Alan Barber Producer and Director
Alan Barber, a first-time filmmaker who grew up in the '50s and '60s in West Texas, is co-owner of Architerra (1989) and The Design Center of Austin (2000). Alan has a BFA (Studio Ceramics, Texas Tech, 1969) and is currently the operating partner of Architerra, Inc., a handmade tile fabrication and distribution business. In 1999 he took the Austin Filmworks "Production One" class under Steve Mims and started researching his first film project, Six Man, Texas. He formed NEVERTOOLATE Films the following year. This is his first feature film.
Laura Toups Co-producer
Laura Toups is a first-time filmmaker who divides her time among serving as managing partner of Urban Design Group, a civil engineering and urban design firm; planning and building a retreat facility in far West Texas; and miscellaneous creative endeavors. After taking an Austin Filmworks film class in 2000, she starting her own film project, In Search of the Messenger. This project evolved into a book (anticipated completion Fall '07) and the retreat project in West Texas. At the same time she teamed up with Alan Barber to help film and produce NEVERTOOLATE Films' first project, Six Man, Texas.
Tom Chamberlain Director of Photography, Co-producer
A professional writer for more than 20 years, Tom Chamberlain became an award-nominated actor on the Austin stage in 1990 before being cast in the Student Academy Award-nominated short Beyond Babylon in 1994. In 1998 he wrote and directed his first feature film, In Flagrante. In Flagrante was a finalist in the 1999 Saguaro Film Festival in Scottsdale, and appeared in AlwaysI.com's Audience Awards Film Festival in 2000. In 2001 it appeared at the Texas Film Festival and has screened in Austin theaters and on cable TV. He has cast several independent feature films including The Perfect Specimen and One Eye Peeled. He is currently working on a documentary on Santa Claus and a mall Santa who has portrayed him convincingly for over 20 years. Families will drive from as far away as 100 miles to see him, convinced he is The Real Santa. He also stars in the indie thriller Isolation, slated to appear in the 2007 LA Film Festival.
Mike Scannell Editor, Co-producer
Mike Scannell graduated from the University of Texas film program in 2001. He is currently teaching film and video production at Austin Community College, where he manages the post-production facilities for the RTF department. He also works in a variety of capacities at Visual Vagos Films, as co-owner, producer, director, cinematographer, and editor. Mike has developed, produced, and crewed on many short films, music videos, and independent feature films. This is his first feature documentary as an editor.
Dipu Bhattacharya Assistant Editor, Website Designer, Graphic Artist
Dipu Bhattacharya is a writer, web designer, editor, and filmmaker. In addition to Six Man, Texas, he has worked on several independent film projects, including the documentary The Real Santa, an animated super-hero feature, and a stint in front of the camera for several small roles in the comedy One Eye Peeled. He has also shot, edited, and produced DVDs for weddings, roasts, plays, and other events. As a web designer, he has produced websites for independent films and other specialty clients. In his spare time, he shoots and edits thousands upon thousands of photographs.
Alex Seward Music Supervisor
Born and raised in Maryland, Alex moved to Austin, Texas three years ago and began working for Alan Barber at Architerra. He became an official member of the Six Man, Texas crew after suggesting that the music of a defunct Baltimore band named The Newlyweds could work well in the film. Six Man, Texas now includes music by The Newlyweds and local Texas artists, including a song written and performed by several of the Aquilla students featured in the film. This is Alex's first film as Music Supervisor.
Patrick Nolan Graphics and Publicity
Patrick Nolan is an award-winning art director and designer with 12 years' experience at GSD&M. He has a passion for creating interactive experiences that build clients' businesses, including the U.S. Air Force, Southwest Airlines, Brinker Restaurants (2006 Silver EFFIE Award), Land Rover and Pennzoil. His recent film credits include design for documentaries Nobelity and In the Shadow of the Blade. The Bill Clinton Foundation selected Patrick to design collateral materials that have helped the organization achieve aggressive fund-raising goals for HIV/AIDS relief, Hurricane Katrina and Tsunami Survivor Benefits, Harlem Small Business development, and the battle against childhood obesity. Patrick is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin.
Katie Arens Publicity
Katie Arens grew up in West Texas, graduating from Three Way School in 1998. She then graduated from the University of North Texas in December 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts in Radio, Television and Film. After spending a year on the island of Guam working on Max Havoc and the Curse of the Dragon, she worked as a videographer, editor and writer for legal and corporate video production companies in Texas. She also worked as a counselor in financial aid and scholarships at Texas State University. She is currently working as the community liaison at Austin Energy and assisting on Production and Publicity for Six Man, Texas. Working with the Six Man, Texas team has triggered many fond memories of her West Texas childhood.
Annika Jones Publicity
Annika Jones graduated Sanderson High School in 2003 and is currently completing a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology at Angelo State University. Her love of sports stems from her parents her mom, a retired teacher/coach, and her dad, the legendary six-man coach Vance Jones. She was very active in choral and drama programs at South Plains College and was cast in several plays and musicals, culminating in the role of Lili in the musical Carnival. Her role as Assistant to Production and Publicity for Six Man, Texas is her first film experience.