“Delicious… The food is lovingly photographed, and the human stories are engrossing and unpredictable!"
Stephen Farber, President, Los Angeles Film Critics Association

JOSEPH LEVY (Writer / Director / Producer / Editor)

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A native of Texas, Joseph Levy attended the University of Southern California, with an initial emphasis in music composition, film scoring and cello performance. Though graduating with a music degree, he spent his final two years studying film production at the USC School of Cinema-Television. For several years after graduation, Levy worked in various capacities of production, development and representation.

In 1999, Levy produced the highly acclaimed short film George Lucas In Love. It became one of the most viewed short films in internet history, and the best-selling short film of all time, grossing over $500,000 from DVD, television, online and theatrical release around the world. The film has earned a multitude of awards and accolades, and it has screened at festivals around the world including the Toronto International Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival and U.S. Comedy Arts Festival.

In 2003, Levy founded Amusement Park Productions, an independent film, television and multi-media production company, which became Chaos Theory. Since then, Levy has created, written, produced and directed numerous series, pilots and specials for Fox Television Studios, Food Network, SpikeTV, FX, World Wide Pants and Fine Living. He produced the independent feature film Last Man Running, which won the audience award at the Los Angeles Film Festival. Levy’s first television series, a reality/documentary series for the Food Network titled “Into The Fire”, garnered a James Beard Award Nomination. Spinning Plates marks his feature directing debut.

Levy currently resides in Los Angeles.


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Jacqueline Lesko graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a degree in Film Production and Screenwriting. She then went on to work as an executive assistant to such actors, producers and directors as Paul Reiser, Blake Edwards, Tom Shadyac, Denise DiNovi, and Todd Lieberman.

Lesko balanced these demanding positions while producing and directing short films, plays, documentaries and features. In 1999, Jacqueline was the executive producer on the award-winning short film George Lucas in Love. And a few years later she produced, co-wrote and co-directed the feature length documentary Kiss My Grits: The HERstory of Women in Punk and Hard Rock.

Lesko directed and produced the 35mm short film The Vision, starring Sheeri Rappaport and Jason Lewis. The Vision premiered at the Los Angeles Intl. Shorts Film Festival and went on to screen at The Sarasota Film Festival, VisionFest in New York City, Women in Film’s Independent Film Series and IFP/LA Cinema Lounge.

Producing beckoned and this time it was for a one-woman play. My Journey to Becoming a Super Woman was written and performed by Nafeesa Monroe and showcased at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. Most recently, Jacqueline produced the micro-budget feature film Finding Focus, directed by David Henri.

In 2011, Lesko wrote, produced and directed two commercial parodies that were featured on the websites Huffington Post Comedy, Jezebel, and College Candy. Lesko is currently writing screenplays and works with screenwriter and producer Craig Mazin as his creative executive.


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Miranda Bailey is a producer, actress and documentary filmmaker. She began her entertainment career as a New York theater actress. Bailey’s television and film credits include on FOX's “Beyond Belief” and the NBC mini-series “The 60's”. Recently, she co-starred with Jeffrey Donovan (“Burn Notice”, “Changeling”) in the thriller Hindsight, which premiered at the 2009 Victoria International Film Festival, and for which Baily won Best Actress at the First Glance Philadelphia Film Festival.

Bailey formed Ambush Entertainment in 2000, and since then has produced a wide variety of successful films. Bailey was an executive producer of the Academy® Award and Golden Globe nominated The Squid and the Whale, the critically-acclaimed drama starring Laura Linney, Emmy® Award-winner Jeff Daniels, Jesse Eisenberg and Anna Paquin. She produced the cult hit Dead & Breakfast, the 2006 sex comedy The OH in Ohio and Wonderful World which had its World Premiere at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival. Bailey also produced the drama, Against the Current, with Joseph Fiennes, Mary Tyler Moore and Justin Kirk; Super starring Rainn Wilson and Ellen Page; Every Day starring Liev Schriber, Helen Hunt, Carla Gugino and Brian Dennehy and she executive produced the coming-of-age, fly fishing novel adaption of The River Why. She executive produced the Kristin Wiig comedy, Girl Most Likely, that premiered at the Toronto Film Festival. Other recent projects include the science fiction thriller Uncanny and the graphic novel-based Hellbenders 3D. Baily has directed three films; she made her directorial debut with the documentary Greenlit, which premiered at the 2010 SXSW Film Festival; the short sex comedy Another Happy Anniversary and the short documentary A Look Behind The Scenes: Super. Baily is also the co-founder of The Film Arcade, which launched at Sundance in 2012


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A partner and founder of Ambush Entertainment, Matthew Leutwyler studied film at the San Francisco Art Institute, and his first film, the black comedy Road Kill, won the Audience Choice Award for Best Feature Film at the Santa Barbara Film Festival. wrote and directed the comedy/horror/musical Dead and Breakfast, starring Jeremy Sisto, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and David Carradine. His producing and executive producing slate of films includes: The Oh In Ohio, starring Parker Posey and Paul Rudd; Lower Learning with Eva Longoria, Jason Biggs and Rob Corddry; Against The Current, with Joseph Fiennes, Mary Tyler Moore and Justin Kirk (Sundance 2009); the Matthew Broderick and Sanaa Lathan drama, Wonderful World and Every Day, starring Helen Hunt, Liev Schreiber and Carla Gugino, which made its World Premiere at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival.

In 2011 Leutwyler directed The River Why, starring William Hurt, Zach Gilford and Amber Heard, based on the acclaimed novel. He executive produced Super, starring Rainn Wilson and Ellen Page and directed the ensemble drama Answers To Nothing starring Dane Cook, Barbara Hershey and Julie Benz. Leutwyler and Ambush teamed with Title IX Productions to develop and produce The Bitch Posse to be directed by Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight). Leutwyler executive produced two films that premiered at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival, the 3D horror comedy Hellbenders and the comedy-drama Girl Most Likely, starring Kristen Wiig and Annette Bening. Leutwyler is also a partner in The Film Arcade.

TAZ GOLDSTEIN (Executive Producer)

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Taz Goldstein’s award-winning film, The Dancing Cow, was the first acquisition made by the Dreamworks and Imagine Entertainment co-venture for short-film distribution. The Daily Telegraph London ran the headline: “When the history of 21st-century entertainment is written, it may all turn out to have started with a Dancing Cow.”

Goldstein directed The Universal Truth starring Alec Baldwin, Dwayne Johnson and Nick Cannon, and the short Last Chance Lloyd, for Walt Disney Studios. He produced Pearl Harbor II: Pearlmageddon, which had an extended run on HBO and Cinemax before being released internationally on DVD.

Goldstein partnered with Joseph Levy to create the film and television production entity, Chaos Theory. He has written, produced or executive produced and directed numerous film and television projects for Fox Television Studios, FX, TBS, Food Network, World Wide Pants, MTV, the Primetime Emmy Awards and Morgan Creek Productions. He has also produced and directed new-media projects for Sony Electronics, Fuji Film and Adobe.

PHILIP ROSENTHAL (Executive Producer)

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Philip Rosenthal is the creator, executive producer and two-time Emmy® Award winner for Best Comedy Series of the hit CBS show and one of the most popular television series of all time, “Everybody Loves Raymond.” The show earned over 70 total Emmy® nominations and won 15 times. Rosenthal, who stayed with the show for its entire run of 9 years, also won a WGA Award for Excellence in Television, for the “Everybody Loves Raymond” episode, “Italy”.

Rosenthal’s writing credits include the series “Down the Shore” and the popular “Coach.” He wrote and produced the documentary Exporting Raymond, the short Around the World in 90 Seconds and the TV movie Earth to America. Rosenthal directed President Bill Clinton in a White House Correspondents Dinner video, which was broadcast wide at the event, and he co-wrote “America: A Tribute to Heroes”, the 9/11 telethon which aired on all four networks and won a Peabody Award and an Emmy® nomination for Outstanding Writing.

Rosenthal was born in Queens, New York, and started his career as an actor. He appeared in James Brooks’ Spanglish, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story and The Simpson’s Movie, as well as “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “30 Rock”.

Rosenthal lives in Los Angeles, with his wife, actress Monica Horan (Amy on “Everybody Loves Raymond”) and their two children.

SIM SARNA (Executive Producer)

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Sim Sarna is a graduate of the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts. Sarna was the in-house production coordinator at New Line Cinema, and worked in development for Robert Redford's Wildwood Enterprises and FX Networks. Sarna was hired as a development executive at James Cameron's Lightstorm Entertainment. As an independent producer he has produced or executive produced Winter Break, starring Milo Ventimiglia (“Heroes”) and Anna Faris; Lower Learning, starring Eva Longoria, Jason Biggs and The Hangover star, Ed Helms; Answers To Nothing, starring Dane Cook, Barbara Hershey and Julie Benz and the sci-fi thriller, Uncanny, starring Mark Webber and “The Office” star Rainn Wilson.

ERIN HARVEY (Cinematographer)

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Erin Harvey’s passion for images and filmmaking began at a young age, circling the globe with his photojournalist father before kindergarten and winning his first filmmaking award before his first shave. Eager to perfect his craft, he traveled from his hometown of Richmond, Virginia to film school at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. It was there that he first gained a reputation as a cinematographer, shooting many of the films produced there at the time.

After film school, Harvey gained professional experience as assistant camera, grip, gaffer, boom operator, production assistant, and more. He continued to develop his filmmaking and cinematography skills shooting independent projects, including the documentaries Ramadhan in Indonesia and Harold Hitchcock: Life in Light, both winners of the Cine Golden Eagle award.

His focus on documentary filmmaking soon led to work with PBS, the Discovery Channel, and a long relationship with National Geographic Television. Gorilla Murders, a story about the struggle between park rangers and armed rebels in the Congo, received an Emmy nomination for cinematography, and The President’s Photographer, an intimate look inside the Obama White House, led to a private screening with the President and First Lady. His first narrative feature film, Autumn, was an official selection for the Toronto International Film Festival and received the Best Cinematography award at the Newport Beach Film Festival.

Harvey’s first collaboration with Spinning Plates director Joseph Levy was while shooting an episode of Into the Fire for the Food Network.


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Over the past two decades, Edward Shearmur has demonstrated his ability to transcend comedy, action, thriller, and dramatic projects alike. His gift for capturing the spirit of family material and comedy can be found in such films as Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules, Jumping the Broom, Bride Wars, Blue Streak, College Road Trip and Miss Congeniality. His thrilling, heart-racing action scores can be found in The Count of Monte Cristo, Derailed, Charlie’s Angels, Charlie’s Angels 2, Johnny English, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, Cruel Intentions, Reign of Fire, K-Pax, The Skeleton Key, and most recently Abduction. His tender, dramatic side was showcased beautifully in the 2009 film Mother and Child, and he won an Emmy® Award for his theme to the Showtime series “Masters of Horror”. Shearmur scored the ABC drama pilot “Devious Maids” from “Desperate Housewives” creator Marc Cherry.

Shearmur was born in London, sang in a boy’s choir, and studied at the Royal College of Music. He became Michael Kamen’s assistant in the ’90s, and broke out with the drama The Wings of the Dove.