Writer/Director: Ryan carmichael
Ryan Carmichael is a writer and filmmaker from Southfield, MI. He studied film at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor where he graduated with honors and won a Directors Guild of America Student Filmmaker award for his thesis film “Everything’s New in Lost Time.” After testing the waters of advertising for a year, Ryan decided to continue to pursue his dream by accepting admission to NYU’s graduate film program. There he met his creative collaborator, Jason Stefaniak, and formed Impolite Company.
Inspired by the music of Thelonious Monk and The Roots, the writing of Dostoevsky and Kurt Vonnegut; and the films of Spike Lee and Jean-Luc Godard, Ryan aims to channel and synthesize these paradigm-shifting influences and filter them through a lens that examines and questions the existential circumstances and ironies of modern humanity. He is persistently driven by the exploration of new ideas.
Producer: Jason Stefaniak
Jason Stefaniak received a Master of Fine Arts in Film and Television Production at New York University, an Emmy Award for Outstanding Student Production, and his work has been featured on 20/20, MSNBC, The Huffington Post, The Progressive, MoveOn.org and has screened at the United Nations. He has been recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. He is the producer of the award-winning short film, A Warm Spell, and is currently developing his first feature as a writer/director.
Associate Producer: Joyce Wu
Joyce grew up outside Detroit. She was awarded a Maurice Kanbar Institute fellowship and a scholarship from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to pursue her master’s degree in film production from New York University’s prestigious Graduate Film program. She wrote, directed and produced a feature film called SHE LIGHTS UP WELL, which recently screened at the United Nations and was acquired by American Express to stream on its AmEx Now app on smart TVs and Roku and for which she is planning a college tour.
Associate Producer: Tiffany salone
Tiffany has a decade of experience working in nonfiction video production. She runs Chain of Lakes Productions, producing, shooting, and editing short videos. But Not For Me was her first feature film experience since college, and she loved it! Tiffany graduated from the University of Chicago in 2008 with a double major in East Asian Languages & Civilizations and Cinema & Media Studies; she also worked there for four years producing, shooting, and editing video as part of the communications department. She moved to New York with her fiancé in 2012 and has been freelancing for the American Museum of Natural History, the SciStarter Blog Network, NPR, and more since 2013.
PRODUCER OF MARKETING AND DISTRIBUTION: LILLY RIBER
Lilly is a digital marketing professional who is passionate about connecting audiences with unique and meaningful stories. She grew up in South Carolina, and first cultivated her passion for independent film while pursuing her B.A. at Tufts University in Boston; she graduated in 2009 with a major in English Literature and minor in Communications & Media Studies. Lilly has extensive experience in digital media strategy and marketing across a range of industries and has overseen the design, execution, and optimization of many successful campaigns. She recently completed her MBA at NYU Stern, where she specialized in Entertainment, Media & Technology. While at Stern, she gained hands on experience in the film industry by interning at Universal Pictures, FilmBuff, and Bleecker Street, in addition to her work on But Not For Me. She is currently working at MUBI, a streaming platform offering a curated selection of international, independent, and classic films.
Director of photography: josh fisher
Josh Fisher was born and raised in Brooklyn, NYC. He studied cinematography at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and The American Film Institute in Los Angeles. His commercials, shorts, and feature films, have been awarded at festivals around the world. But Not For Me is his third feature film.
production designer: Anna yates
Anna Yates is a set and production designer based in London, UK. She has designed two other feature films: The Fly Room, (Dir. Alexis Gambis) which premiered at the Woodstock Film Festival in 2014, and She Lights Up Well, (Dir. Joyce Wu) which screened at a number of festivals including SOHO International Film Festival, 2015 and CAAMFest 2015. Anna has also designed sets for opera and theatre productions including Kafka’s Quest (The Theatre for the New City), The Miser (Brave New World Rep), The Face on the Barroom Floor and Emperor Norton (Chelsea Opera); The Dwarf, (The Vertical Player Repertory); Careers for Attractive Ladies (Sydney Fringe Festival ’10); C’est La Vie (The Duplex); Figaro (Curtain Call Theatre); The Liar, and The Humans are in Trouble (NYU, Tisch). Anna graduated from Tisch, NYU in 2013 with an MFA in Design for Stage and Film, and was awarded the J.S. Seidman award for excellence in design. Originally from Sydney, Australia, Anna has recently moved to London, UK to take on the land of brilliant greens and foggy days.
Sound Design: DAVID FORSHEE
David Forshee is a sound designer and supervisor living and working in New York City. David has sound designed award-winning films such as Fort Tilden (SXSW Grand Jury Award Winner) and Door God (Student Academy Award Silver Medalist).
Music: Rafaël Leloup
Born in Belgium, Rafaël Leloup graduated from the Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles in Composition with “Grande Distinction”. He also studied composition at the Conservatorio di Bologna (Italy), and accordion at the Conservatoire Royal de Mons after receiving the Belgian Government Medal and the Prix du Patrimoine du Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles. In 2008, he moved in New York to specialize in Film Scoring at NYU. He received several honors for his curriculum and his works from Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles, Belgian Vocation Foundation, ASCAP, and NYU.His work has been played in such places as MoMA (New York), Bozar (Brussels), and include the award-winning films Twa Timoun, Official Selection of the Berlinale and Toronto International Film Festival, and Un Café pour l’Amérique, Best Film Foreign @ Downtown Film Festival – Los Angeles, Official Selection of the Palm Springs ShortFest. Rafaël has been nominated in 2010 for the European Talent Award for Film Music in Cologne, Germany, and for Best Young European Composer at World Soundtrack Awards 2013.
music: Nicholas Herd
Coming from the Midwest of Saginaw, Michigan to New York City, Nicholas Herd, also known by his stage name Quazzy, is a Sound Designer and Sounder Mixer (Production/Post) for Film, Television, and Music. Quazzy also teaches Yoga, which he has said opened his eyes to new ways of approaching his Sound Editing process. His styles have a wide range of influences that shift as the medium shifts. Whatever is needed of him, Quazzy makes sure to adapt.
Editor: Chris Smith
Chris began his filmmaking journey at the NYU Tisch School of the Arts where he collaborated with many of his peers and developed a unique style of storytelling . He resides in NYC where he works as a film editor, educator and continues to create his own projects as a writer and director.