The Rise & Fall of the Harkness Ballet
Leslie Streit - writer, director, producer
Her 2005 film, God Wears My Underwear, a documentary-narrative hybrid, which ties the 1940s Jewish Holocaust to the 1950s genocide in Tibet was screened at several international festivals, including XXVII Festival Internazionale Cinema e Donne, DNA Film Festival in Toronto (Best Short Film), WCFF, M-SPIFF, NYIIFVF and IFFS. It is currently distributed through iTunes.
Streit’s short films have been screened at international festivals and broadcast on Bay Area PBS, OffLine, World News Network and IFC online. Honors include Selected Artist at the Hong Kong Arts Biennial 2002 and several screenplay awards.
In 1996 Streit co-produced the historic VD2001 one of the first serials to appear on the web which was based on her live multimedia production. This toured to the Edinburgh Festival with support from Intel Corp and several other Silicon Valley corporations. As co-producer with Robin McCain, she was awarded the right to use the prestigeous ".p.g.a." title for her work on the recently completed Elly and Henry, a feature documentary currently in worldwide distribution by Espresso TV.uk.
Leslie is working on season 4 of the online comedy cooking series Evil Auntie's Quick & Sexy Family Cooking, an Official Honoree of the 2009 Webby Awards and a Silver W3 Award winner, currently distributed by Blinkx and other online venues through TubeMogul. Also completed in 2014 was the interactive DVD How to Make a Ballet Dancer which was sponsored by ODC Theater, San Francisco and featured Maria Vegh, former Harkness Ballet School co-director (with David Howard) presenting her somatic approach to teaching Ballet.
Robin Elaine McCain – co-producer
She is a pioneer in applied multimedia, computer graphics and theatrical productions. Robin holds a B.A. degree in radio/tv/film & technical theater from Rhodes College. She is a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA) where she has served as a board member of PGA NorthWest and on the PGA Documentary and Nonfiction Committee. McCain has also been a member of USITT, Bay Area Video Coalition and Film Arts Foundation/San Francisco Film Society.
She also stars in the online comedy cooking series, The Evil Auntie Show, for which she is co-producer, editor and vfx artist.
McCain filled several production roles on Elly and Henry, a feature documentary about the architect of the first solar house in America, as co-producer, sound, grip and webmaster.
Earlier she was co-producer and responsible for digital visual effects on God Wears My Underwear, an award winning experimental film about the Holocaust and reincarnation which toured to several international festivals and is currently available through iTunes and is included in The Internet Archive.
McCain has co-produced over two dozen projects with Leslie Streit. Most notably, Vlad Draculea in the Year 2000 (1994), a multimedia stage production which toured to the Edinburgh Festival and provided the inspiration for VD2001 (1996) the first episodic serial on the World Wide Web (winner of several awards), Eyewitness (1999) an internationally acclaimed short film and Anarchist, a graphic novel.