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The Crew

Raisin’ Cain Productions, LLC

Tate Wittenberg - Producer/Director
The force behind the idea for Raisin’ Cain, Tate grew up in Tulsa and nearby Claremore where Cain’s Ballroom was the source of his early musical education. It was the mystique and extraordinary musical history of ‘Tulsa’s timeless Honky Tonk’ that inspired the idea for filming a documentary to record for posterity the amazing legacy and worldwide influence of his hometown treasure. Starting out studying broadcast journalism in Tulsa, Tate moved to Los Angeles and studied film at UCLA and the American Film Institute.He has worked for 13 years on feature films, commercials and music videos. He’s worked with directors Wim Wenders and Toby Hooper and shot interviews for Variety and The Los Angeles Times of Emmy and Academy Award winning directors and actors including Wes Anderson, Ben Affleck, Christian Bale, Kenneth Branagh, John Cusack, Sophia Coppola, David Cronenberg, Matt Damon, Robert DeNiro, Ang Lee, Sean Penn, Charlize Theron, Eddie Vedder, James Blunt, Slash, The Eagles and The Pretenders as well as Tulsan Jeanne Tripplehorn. Because of the power of his idea, his excitement and his deep knowledge of the subject matter, Tate has inspired and attracted a highly skilled and experienced crew to the project.

Phil Parmet - Producer/Cinematographer
Phil is a widely respected 30-year veteran of the film business and a director of photography with more than 42 theatrical and documentary features to his credit. Beginning his career in documentaries in the 70’s, his work includes Academy Award winning American Dream and Harlan County USA. His music films are seminal include Led Zeppelin’s The Song Remains the Same and Frank Zappa’s Baby Snakes as well as concert films with Lynard Skynard, Bruce Springsteen, and Roseanne Cash.His most recent film credits include theatrical films for Sony, Screen Gems, Miramax, and Lionsgate including Halloween, Grindhouse and The Roommate. His films have earned hundreds of millions of dollar in wide theatrical releases. Recently he produced the theatrical film Mercy with Scott and James Caan and worked on the ABC Disney series Switched at Birth.

Minerva Productions, LLC

Anne O’Shea- Producer
Anne is a native Tulsan and long-time Cain’s Ballroom fan. She was the previous owner of Harry’s American Bar, a popular Tulsa music club. Anne then founded Minerva Productions to give women more opportunities in theatre both in front of and behind the footlights, encourage new works by women and to focus on women’s and children’s issues both locally and globally. Her productions include The Women, The Last Night of Ballyhoo, Extremities, Cloud Nine, The Vagina Monologues with Michele Williams, Busy Philips and Mary Beth Piel as well as Key West Summer Stages 2011 in Key West, FL that was co-founded by Minerva VP of Theatrical Production, Henry Cosec. Currently the newest production, the Broadway show Ann on Broadway: The Ann Richards Story starring Holland Taylor premiered to rave reviews at Lincoln Center in March 2013.

Brian Quattrini – Executive Producer
Brian joined Minerva Productions as they moved into film production. Anne and Brian achieved success on their very first project with The Kids Are All Right, starring Annette Bening and Julianne Moore, garnering four Oscar nominations and winning two Golden Globes including Best Motion Picture- Musical or Comedy. Additional projects include The Whistleblower starring Rachel Weisz, Girl Most Likely starring Kristen Wiig, Annette Bening and Matt Dillon, What Maisie Knew with Julianne Moore and Goats starring David Duchovney. Recently Any Day Now premiered to rave reviews in both Variety and the Hollywood Reporter and won the coveted Heineken Audience Award for Best Narrative Film at the TriBeCa Film Festival as well as the audience award at ten other festivals around the country.

Additional Crew Members:

Kyle Schember - Producer
Kyle has been involved in all facets of production working with notables such as Robert Downey Sr., Robert Downey Jr. and Steven Spielberg. He co-founded Subractive Inc, a multi-media production company that creates content for broadcast, retail and live events with clients including the Grammy Museum, MTV, Capitol Records, Disney, TNT, Universal, CMT, Showtime and LucasFilm. Kyle has also worked on numerous documentaries such as Corman’s World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel, Surfwise, Kurt Cobain About a Son, Wild West Comedy Show: 30 Days & 30 Nights – Hollywood to the Heartland, Punk Like Me, Coachella and many others.

TJ Morehouse- Associate Producer
TJ is a native Oklahoman who grew up with the tradition of Cain’s Ballroom. A third generation Cain’s attendee, his grandparents attended Bob Wills dances and his parents frequented the Johnny Lee Wills dances at Cain’s. TJ was a coordinating producer on New Year’s Eve Live from Times Square with Ryan Seacrest. He has been Production Manager for many projects including Janet Jackson: Live in Hawaii and Tim McGraw: Here and Now and VH1’s Behind the Music. TJ’s numerous clients include Flaming Lips, Taylor Swift, Nora Jones, Ryan Seacrest and Little Steven.

Barbara Kopple – Associate Producer/Advisor
Two-time Academy Award winner, Barbara is a documentary filmmaker whose celebrated films range from the struggles of workers to form unions to film portraits of Woody Allen and Mike Tyson to Woodstock 94. She earned her first Oscar for Harlan County, U.S.A. and her second for American Dream. Then in 2006 Barbara directed the documentary Shut up and Sing about the Dixie Chicks. Renowned within the documentary and entertainment worlds with diverse contacts in the businesses of music and fundraising, Barbara is a valuable advisor to the Cain’s Ballroom documentary.

Michael Lang- Advisor
Michael is legendary in the movie and music business as a producer of the iconic 1969 Woodstock Festival and was featured in the 1970 Academy Award winning documentary film Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace & Music. Subsequently he has worked as a musical manager and producer for artists including Ricki Lee Jones and Joe Cocker, who has performed at Cain’s. Michael was also an associate producer of Wes Anderson’s Bottle Rocket and recently was a feature character in Ang Lee’s Taking Woodstock.

John Karpowich- Audio Engineer
John Karpowich is a five-time Grammy award winning audio engineer with two decades of professional experience collaborating with major recording artists and record labels. Best known for his engineering on Carlos Santana’s Grammy award winning album Supernatural, he has recorded Rick Martin, Yes and Rod Stewart among others. His film credits include The Matrix: Reloaded, The Matrix: Revolutions, Ozzy Osbourne’s Ozzfest Video plus Enter the Matrix video game.

Jamie Oldaker- Music Supervisor/All-Star Jam
Jamie, a Tulsa native and popular local drummer, had his break performing with Phil Driscoll on the Ed Sullivan show. He was a session musician for Leon Russell’s Shelter Records, performed at Live Aid and has played with Bob Seger, Freddie King, Peter Frampton plus even Ace Freely of Kiss fame. He was part of Eric Clapton’s entire Tulsa band line-up during the 1980s and also produced Mad Dogs & Okies, featuring Eric Clapton, Vince Gill, Tony Joe White, Willis Alan Ramsey, Taj Mahal, Peter Frampton, Bonnie Bramlett, Ray Benson, JJ Cale, Willie Nelson and others. Jamie will direct the house band during the All Star Jam concert that is part of this film.

Larry White- Artist Relations
Larry recently relocated from southern California to Tulsa where he is managing emerging recording artists Desi and Cody. He has served in executive positions at KHJ Radio, MCA Records and Warner Bros. Records. He managed Davy Jones of The Monkees and directed the T.V. special The Great Golden Hits of The Monkees. He also managed Public Image Ltd., directed their music videos and the long-form special PiL Live in Japan. Larry wrote and produced radio specials for Barbra Streisand, Olivia Newton John, WAR, Shaun Cassidy, k.d. lang and produced and directed the MTV special Punks and Poseurs. Larry has toured and worked with artists as diverse as Red Hot Chili Peppers, Neil Young, Erasure, Pete Town- shend, The Who, The Monkees, The Cult, Paul Simon, Van Halen, REM and Debbie Harry.

Tamara Logsdon Hawkinson- Writer/Research
Tamara is steeped in the stories and music of Cain’s Ballroom and western swing since her father, Dr. Guy W. Logsdon is the iconic historian on Bob and Johnnie Lee Wills. She grew up with numerous notable houseguests from folksinger Pete Seeger to Arlo Guthrie since Guy is also an authority on Oklahoma’s Woody Guthrie. David Carradine even spent part of a summer with them as he honed his role of Woody in the movie Bound for Glory. She is a 3rd generation writer/researcher with access to research her dad’s extensive Bob and Johnny Lee Wills papers and collection. Tamara has written two books including The Desert Home and her dozens of articles have appeared in magazines as diverse as National Geographic Traveler and Antiques Roadshow Insider. She has also taught an on-line screenwriting course for six years for the Los Angeles based Writers Boot Camp.