ALUMBRA TEAM

Lisa Nunziella

Partner/Producer/Choreographer  Alumbra Films

 

A complete dancer and choreographer by the time she became a teenager, Lisa was the constant companion of her mother as they frequented the many Salsa nightclubs in New York City. Her extraordinary physical skills opened doors for her as a dancer not easily attainable for most. By the 1980's it wasn't a surprise to those who knew her that she had competed and won the biggest television cash prize on the forbearer to shows like "American Idol" and "Dancing With The Stars", a show entitled "Star Search", hosted by Tonight Show with Johnny Carson co-host Ed McMahon. Soon after she works with director/choreographer Kenny Ortega on the television version of the classic motion picture "Dirty Dancing". After stints on "The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air" "Beverly Hills 90210," and many others, the doors burst open and Lisa found herself starring in mega shows in Las Vegas and Europe.

 

Soon Hollywood beckoned and when director Chuck Russell needed someone to stunt double for Cameron Diaz in the now iconic jitterbug dance sequence with superstar comic actor Jim Carrey in "The Mask", it was Lisa Nunziella he called. The same applied when David Zucker needed her special acrobatic skills in "Naked Gun 21/2".

 

Her skills as a dancer lent perfectly to the artistic wishes of such music superstars as Earth, Wind & Fire, Cher, Babyface and Steve Winwood. Her visual genius did not go unnoticed by another visual savant, Prince. Where she danced beautifully in the music video of his classic song "Diamonds and Pearls".

 

Now a businesswoman of considerable artistic vision and drive, she partners with filmmaker Franc. Reyes, (Empire, Illegal Tender), himself a former dancer/choreographer who toured Europe with Lisa, and Alumbra Films is born. Now fully prepared to bring her strengths to the production side of the camera, it will be no surprise to those who have experienced Lisa Nunziella that success will surely follow.

Carlos Berrios Director/Editor/Re-recording Mixer  Alumbra Films

Carlos is a record producer and remixer with a career spanning over two decades. His first release with Profile Records in 1987 "Make Noise" was his initiation into the music industry. In five years he would go on to produce, remix or edit over 120 records for most of the top U.S. record companies, including Def Jam, Columbia Records, Warner Bros, Atlantic Records, Motown and Polygram. Carlos was fortunate to work with the great artists of the time, including Duran Duran, Aerosmith, Samantha Fox, Nona Hendrix, Grand Master Pooba and producers like Jazzy Jay, Andy "Panda" Tripoli, Mark Kamins, Mantronix and The Latin Rascals.

Carlos then teamed up with songwriter/choreographer and filmmaker, Franc. Reyes (Empire, Illegal Tender, The Ministers) to write and produce Lisette Melendez's debut album, including the groundbreaking Billboard top 40 hit single "Together Forever" for Russell Simmon's Def Jam Records and Sal Abbatiello's Fever Records. This record is credited with rejuvenating the pop dance music scene in New York and paved the way for Carlos' production of Corina's "Temptation" for Atlantic Records. A single that found its way onto Billboards top 10. The only American Latin Freestyle Dance record to do so.

By the mid 90s Carlos was semi retired from producing records, and started using his musical experience to work freelance editing documentaries. This led to directing and editing music videos, before moving onto narrative directing and editing opportunities.

To date Carlos has edited 28 shorts and 2 feature films, also working as the dialogue editor and re-recording mixer. He's worked as cinematographer on 2 feature films, and in 2009 he wrote, directed and edited, "The Found", a narrative short film.

Carlos edited "Sleeping With The Fishes" and also did the sound work from dialogue editing to the final mix. The nightclub scene in the film also features original music, which he composed and produced.

Carlos is now working on what will be his directorial debut, from a Franc. Reyes script under the Alumbra Films banner.

Tony Aliperti  Music Supervisor Alumbra Films

 

Tony Aliperti and Franc Reyes began a songwriting partnership in 1996, that led to writing the lion's share of original songs written for Franc's first feature film, "Empire".

Tony has logged thousands of hours recording and has performed on

records, movie soundtracks, TV programing and national commercials. He's worked on numerous music industry projects with music producers Rodney Jerkins, Jim Jonsin (B.O.B. and Lil Wayne), Mario Winans, Needlz (Bruno Mars, The Game), Allstar, Infinity Beats, Hex Hector, Battle Roy (Eminem, Bruno Mars), Robo Pop and Peter Wade.

Tony and Franc. are currently working on new music for Franc's next feature film.

Dara Wishingrad - Production Designer  Alumbra Films

Dara began her design career with the creation of massive, 360º sets in live events for private and corporate clients such as Superbowl, The Ryder Cup and PGA Golf Tournaments, Donna Karan and Lawrence Fishburne. She was the production designer for the Directors Guild of America Honors and the Tribeca Film Festival, designing the public and private events and screening venues, most notably the General Motors "Tribeca Drive-In."

Film and theatre credits include design for directors, writers and producers like Franc. Reyes, John Leguizamo, Michael Urie, Michael Lembeck, Nia Vardalos, Frank Whaley, Stephanie Laing, Boaz Yakin, Paul Gordon, Tina Andrews, Stanley Bennett-Clay, Leslie Lee, Charles Strouse, Kent Nicholson, Wayne Cilento, Deb Margolin, Charles Busch, the Negro Ensemble Company, the cell theatre, Tribeca Film Festival, Superbowl, The Ryder Cup and many others.

Trained in fine art and dance, Dara performed with her mentor Dianne McIntyre, with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, David Esbjornson, Richard Gonzalez’ Afro Caribbean Dance Company and toured her original performance art in the U.S. and Canada. www.wishservices.com