CAATJE VAN LEEUWEN
The captain and leader of the production of LEAVE is the accomplished film director, producer, and writer Caatje van Leeuwen. Caatje’s passion lies in telling slice-of-life stories that weave larger social issues with intimate glimpses into the relationships of everyday people. The result is a series of films that go beyond the inherent beauty of filmmaking as an art form to the beauty of life itself, inspiring hope from otherwise dark corners.
The founder of Amsterdam-based Sun Cat Productions and founding partner of Los Angeles-based Cinema Collaboratorium, Caatje is known for her short film WILLIAM, which screened at the Short Film Corner of the Cannes Film Festival 2015, is a selectee for the LA International Film Festival 2016, and will screen at the LA FEMME Film Festival in Beverly Hills on October 21, 2016 (lafemme.org).
Along with his acting career, Michael develops new and exciting original work at Cinema Collaboratorium, a production house he co-owns located in North Hollywood, California.
After reading the short story “Leave,” it was Colin who had the initial vision, passion, and determination to bring the story to the screen. A highly skilled and naturally talented performing artist who has been a working actor since childhood, Colin provided the inspiration, encouragement, and industry insight required to both help fine-tune the script as well as instill his vision and passion for it within others who are now key to the film’s success.
Kurt is a retired sailor whose love of writing has helped him to weather seas fair and foul. He holds an undergraduate degree in English and a graduate degree in Human Relations, both of which he has applied personally and professionally throughout most of his adult life with his work as an Equal Opportunity Advisor and Diversity Management Trainer while in the navy; with his writing as a novelist, screenwriter, and poet; and with his blogging and outreach efforts at Relating to Humans, his website found at kurtbrindley.com.
“Leave,” Kurt’s short story from which he adapted the screenplay for “LEAVE” the film, as well as The Sea Trials of an Unfortunate Sailor, his debut novel about the harsh realities onboard a U.S. Warship during the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell era, were both informed greatly by his time served as a navy EO specialist.