Mary Pat Avery
A six-year member of the Producers Guild of America, Mary Pat Avery has worked in production and post production for over twenty years. With PBS, she produced, directed and edited cultural arts programming, culminating in writing, directing and producing an award-winning documentary on skydiving. After moving to Los Angeles she was an Associate Producer and Post Production Supervisor for Castle Rock Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox Television, Paramount, Jersey Television and MGM, working with such well-known directors as Rob Reiner, Brad Silberling, and James Keach. Her credits include Kate Brasher, Manhattan AZ, Home Alone 4, The Young Riders, and That's Life.
Mary Pat is an experienced skydiver with over 1500 jumps, participating in World and State records.
Stephen Nemeth formed and heads up Rhino Films, the independent film
company that originated as a division of iconoclastic record label Rhino Records. He has produced and executive produced dozens of films. He also worked with Amnesty International through Artists for Amnesty on developing and producing human rights related motion picture and television projects. His producer credits include The Sessions (starring John Hawkes, Helen Hunt and William H. Macy, which will be released by Fox Searchlight October 26th as The Sessions), Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (starring Johnny Depp and directed by Terry Gilliam), Why Do Fools Fall in Love (starring Halle Berry), Dogtown and Z Boys, What We Do Is Secret, Radio Free Albemuth (the last Philip K. Dick novel), and You and I (directed by Roland Joffe). He is also in post-production on Snake and Mongoose about a legendary drag-racing rivalry.
World Champion Skydiver/Aerial Coordinator/Co-Writer
Dan Brodsky-Chenfeld made his first skydive in 1980 when he was a freshman at Ohio State University. He instantly fell in love with the sport, which he believes to be the closest mankind has come to experiencing true human flight. He worked his way through college as a licensed skydiving instructor, jumpmaster, parachute rigger and pilot, graduating in 1984 with a major in Aviation and a minor in Theatre.
A National skydiving competitor since 1983, Dan's extraordinary talent for bringing out the best in others has made him one of the most influential people in the history of skydiving and one of the most sought-after coaches in the world. Among his most recent successes is coaching the 2004, 2005 and 2006 Women's World Champion teams to victory.
As a competitor Dan has lead teams to 16 National Championship Gold Medal victories and 7 World Championships. In addition to his competition career, Dan was one of the primary coordinators of the GO FAST 300-WAY, the World Record largest freefall formation consisting of 300 skydivers jumping from 14 airplanes simultaneously.
Dan is currently General Manager at Perris Valley Skydiving, one of the largest skydiving centers in the world, and where this story took place. He lives in Temecula, CA with his wife Kristi, daughter Chloe and son Landen.
Norman Kent is one of the preeminent and most sought-after skydiving photographers in the world. Norman has created some of the most captivating and heart-stopping motion picture skydiving scenes, providing unprecedented images for feature films, television, commercials and print media. Norman was responsible for some of the most famous aerial sequences appearing in Hollywood productions such as Cutaway, Drop Zone, Point Break and Eraser having worked for Artisan Entertainment, Warner Brothers, Paramount, Disney, Columbia Pictures, Orion and Tri-Star Pictures. Most recently, he and Guy Manos completed the scenes for the Warner Bros. movie "Get Smart" starring Steve Carell and Anne Hathaway.
A born innovator, Norman introduced the three-dimensional flight "Freestyle" to the world in his award-winning film, From Wings Came Flight, which ushered in the future skydiving disciplines of skysurfing and free-flying. Norman continues to be a leader in skydiving cinematography and photography and his work knows no bounds. His website, www.normankent.com offers a glimpse into his thriving seminar and retail businesses.
Joe Jennings brings his own unique talents to skydiving aerial photography, and has made his mark on the Hollywood scene with credits such as Charlie's Angels, Air Force One, Triple XXX, and the IMAX film Wild California. Joe's work has been seen in numerous television shows and commercials, including the famous Super Bowl commercial of the "Pepsi Goose". Joe is also a multi-time World Champion in the Skysurfing discipline of skydiving (as the camera flyer part of the team). His work has been and continues to be cutting edge, and can be seen in more detail on his website www.skydive.tv.