The Filmmakers

Writer, Director, Producer, Elisabeth M. Birk
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Elisabeth credits her foreign film aficionado parents with exposing her to the world of European and American independent cinema.  While she would’ have preferred to attend Disney matinees, her parents often dragged her to art houses and movie revival theatres to catch the films of DeSica, Antonioni, Bunuel and Satyajit Ray.   After earning a Master'’s Degree in Broadcasting and Film from Boston University,  she got her start in the New York film industry by script supervising numerous, independent films including "“The Dutch Master"” directed by Susan Seidelman, "Mystery Train", and the cult film "“Diary of a Hitman",  starring Sharon Stone and Forest Whittaker”.   She went on to work on various television movies and projects for HBO, MTV, PBS, ABC, CBS and the Disney Channel.   Elisabeth and Paul Birk, formed DanceBaby Films in 2003 in order to develop their own projects.   Their film, "Remember the Rain"  is making the rounds  on the festival circuit and has screened in New York, London, Wales and South Africa.  Dancebaby Films recently acquired the rights to the 1960 novel "The Double View", by Chandler Brossard and the project is currently in development as a feature film. 

Director of Photography, Producer, Paul R. Birk
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Paul began making films in high school with a super 8 camera.  After studying Journalism and English Literature in college,  he started his first business venture by opening a restaurant and bar, on the boardwalk in Atlantic City.  The bar's colorful clientele renewed Paul'’s interest in storytelling and he eventually opted out of the business and headed for Manhattan where he enrolled in film production classes at NYU.   He got his start in the New York independent film world and moved up quickly through the ranks to become a Chief Lighting Technician on various feature films including “"Jumping at the Boneyard”", "“Sidewalk Stories"” and "“The Dutch Master"”.   While developing projects for their company, DanceBaby Films, Paul continues to work as a Chief Lighting Technician, Best Boy and Rigging Gaffer on numerous television shows and feature films, including “"Leaving Las Vegas"”, "“Laurel Canyon"”, "“Princess Diaries II"”, "“Matchstick Men"”, "“K-Pax" & "Grey's Anatomy"”. 

Music Composer, Michael Reola
Michael’'s music has been featured in several independent films, including, “"A Night Out”", "“Double Header"” and the award winning “"Change"”. His music has been performed in concerts and live theatre, as well as in numerous television shows and commercials.   While pursuing a Master’s Degree in Film Scoring at New York University he was one of 20 composers from around the country chosen to attend ASCAP’s East Coast Film Scoring workshop.  Michael’s music has recently been published by BMG Music Group.

Editor, Kim Rocco Shields
 Kim currently divides her time between the editing room and working on film sets as a script supervisor.  Some of her recent credits include, ”"National Lampoon’s: Pledge This!"”, "“Untold Stories of the ER"”, "“Little Hercules in 3-D"”, "“Not Another Gay Movie"” and “"Intellectual Property"”.  While studying for her BA  in Theoretic Film Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, she wrote and directed her thesis film, "“A Moment of Clarity"”.