Meet Our Team

Virginia Quesada

Virginia Quesada (Filmmaker) is an award-winning producer and editor, specializing in cultural programming and documentaries. In 1989 she founded Video Culture, Inc., a nonprofit tax-exempt arts organization, in order to facilitate making films about artists.  Most recently, she worked on the music documentary Landfill Harmonic, which after a successful festival run received an international theatrical release. Her credits include: music videos for Mary Chapin Carpenter (Passionate Kisses, In the Spotlight, Down at the Twist and Shout); music-oriented PBS specials (Tango, The Spirit of Argentina, Kansas City Jazz and Blues, Muddy Waters Tribute, Singing for the Union with Pete Seeger); documentaries for PBS, Discovery Channel, and National Geographic; and other feature documentaries about artists.

vq@video-culture.org

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Ed Eastridge

Producer, engineer and musician.
As an award winning recording engineer and producer Mr. Eastridge has worked for hundreds of the worlds premiere artists including Sheryl Crowe, Emmylou Harris, Wynton Marsalis, Diana Krall, Richard Thompson, Vince Gill, Linda Ronstadt and many others.
His close collaboration with the late guitar legend Danny Gatton has been a source of material for several major releases and anthologies. He continues to work on recordings for Danny Gatton’s estate.

John L. Simson

Entertainment Attorney, and a Music Industry Visionary & Executive

John Simson has been in the music industry since his signing in 1971 as a recording artist and songwriter. Simson’s career has included stints as a manager, handling the career of 5X Grammy winner, Mary-Chapin Carpenter, special advisor to Harry Belafonte for music and television projects, and a 30 year career as an entertainment lawyer advising clients on copyright and business issues in film, television, music and the visual arts. He most recently served as the Executive Director of SoundExchange from 2001-2010, an organization he helped launch in 2001. SoundExchange collects royalties from internet and satellite radio services on behalf of recording artists and record labels. The organization is now responsible for distributions greater than two bllion dollars since inception. Simson received an Emmy nomination for his music supervision of the PBS series, “American Roots Music” and was named the Outstanding Volunteer Lawyer by Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts on their 10th Anniversary celebration. Simson was at the forefront of the battle for artist’s rights and their ability to be paid for their work online and has been featured on NBC Nightly News, The New York Times, WSJ, Marketplace, CNN and others.

Sheila Smith

Director of Photography and Steadicam Operator
Sheila Smith is a Director of Photography and steadicam operator who works filming documentaries, commercials, television shows, independent features, sports, dance, and music videos. She also enjoys mentoring younger women wanting to become DPs and working on independent feature films and documentary projects.

Jack Twesten

John “Jack” Twesten

Jack Twesten is a Director of Photography, Director/Cameraman and Producer. He works in music oriented programs, documentaries, commercials and corporate videos.  With over 30 years in the business,  an impeccable reputation and many awards – Jack’s work has been seen all over the world.  His clients  include: National Geographic, ABC  Sports, A&E History Channel, HBO sports, TLC, and many others.

Jay Schlossberg  – Visionary and Big Picture Guru

Jay Schlossberg is President and owner of Media Central, LLC and Executive Producer of Media Central Films and has over twenty eight years in the film/video business. 

Started in 1993, Media Central has become a leader as a global crewing, production and post-production services broker/agent. To date, they have arranged for “local” crew, production and post support throughout the US and in over 111 other countries. Clients include HBO, Lucasfilm, Discovery Channel, The Curiosity Project, Paramount Pictures, Mark Burnett Productions (Survivor and The Voice), National Geographic TV, Sony Pictures, Showtime, BBC Worldwide and many others.

Now in production is the feature documentary film entitled, “Feast Your Ears – The Story of WHFS 102.3 FM” about the musically, socially and politically iconic “free form progressive” FM radio station that was based in Bethesda, MD from 1961 until 1983. He is the Director, Producer and Executive Producer of the film.

Louise Hernon 

Gaffer and Lighting Designer

As a  freelance gaffer and lighting director,  Louise Hernon’s  work includes films, television shows, interviews for documentaries, commercials, PSAs  and press conferences.

Jeff Krulik 

Independent Film Guru
Silver Spring-based director/producer Jeff Krulik has screened at the Museum of Modern Art, Lincoln Center, the American Film Institute and on PBS. His resume includes work for Errol Morris, Discovery Networks, and National Geographic Channel. His honors include guest filmmaker at the 48th Annual Robert Flaherty Film Seminar, participant in WGBH/PBS Producers Academy, and inaugural recipient of the Peter C. Rollins Award for Achievement in Documentary Film, given by the Popular Culture Association. Krulik is also co-producer of the cult documentary ‘Heavy Metal Parking Lot’ which was turned into a reality TV series for pop culture network TRIO called ‘Parking Lot’. Other documentaries include ‘Hitler’s Hat,’ ‘Ernest Borgnine on the Bus,’ and the recent ‘Led Zeppelin Played Here.’

Deb Elliott

Deb Elliott 

Social Media – Her mission has been keeping Danny’s Legacy Alive

Deb Elliott heard Danny when she was 14 and her life was changed by his music and artistry. Wow! Her brother Dave Elliott was Danny’s drummer for over 18 years.

She started Danny’s Facebook Tribute Page in 2012 and now it has over 3200 likes. Deb feels that Danny Gatton is truly a legend and his music should live on forever.

AC Warden 

Producing and Editing consultant

AC Warden has been an award-winning editor and producer of documentaries since the days of 35mm. Major credits include, “George Stevens: A Filmmaker’s Journey” and episodes of PBS series “Frontline, American Experience, and Avoiding Armageddon”. She is very excited to be involved with this production.

Cathy Dixon

Photographer, Writer and Blues Visionary

Since 1986 Cathy has been involved in photographing blues artists through her volunteer work with the Natchel’ Blues Network, a non-profit arts organization in the Hampton Roads area dedicated to promoting the blues as a true American art form.

She is a freelance editorial and commercial photographer located in Norfolk. Clients include USAToday, Newsweek. The Virginian Piot, Navy Times, Army Times and a host of other publications as well as numerous small businesses and local government agencies in the Hampton Roads area.

Since January of 2009 Cathy Dixon has been the elected President of the Natchel’ Blues Network and she continues to lead the organization.

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Toni Janelli

Motion Graphics, Art Direction, Print and Multimedia Design

Toni’s specialty is compositing and creating graphic elements for motion graphic design projects. Motion design allows her to use her background in post-production, design, film, and fine art to tell and sell stories that are dynamic and infinitely varied. She has experience in storyboarding, typography, logos, branding, publication, and illustration, and is always interested in pushing her skills and talents into new areas.

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