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William Arntz graduated summa cum laude in 1972 from Penn State University with a degree in Engineering Science and accepted employment as a Research Physicist with Pratt and Whitney Aircraft. There he worked on developing the first wave optics simulator for high-energy gas dynamic laser weapons (a.k.a. Star Wars). After two years of corporate life, William retired, and drove around the country. Eventually he ended up in Boston where he reunited with a longtime friend who was enrolled in the Masters Degree film program at Boston University. Together they created, Beat the Deva, a one-hour animated film noir, which won a Cine Eagle, the Kenyon Film Festival, and received distribution on the art house circuit.
Upon completion of the film in 1980, William moved to California to pursue a film career, but found the process of moving up through the ranks daunting and less than ideal. So he moved to San Francisco, retired, and became a Buddhist. By the late 80s his Buddhist teacher assigned him the task using his meditation/visualization skills to create a software product and company, which was to become a huge success. Lacking the common sense to realize what he was up against, he took $100,000 in savings, no business experience, and sat down and in 5 months wrote AutoSys a distributed job scheduler. The skills must have worked, for AutoSys went on to be one of the most widely used pieces of System Management software ever written, with clients as diverse as Merrill Lynch, NASA, ILM, Sun Microsystems, Cisco, and Boeing.
In 1995 William Arntz sold his company and took a year off. He then devised a second successful software company, which he sold nine months after creating it. After retiring for the 3rd time he became interested in uniting his 4 great interests: (1) leading edge science, (2) spiritual inquiry, (3) filmmaking and (4) computers. After realizing that with the success of his two software companies he had succeeded in bypassing the onerous task of rising through the ranks, he happily (despite still lacking common sense) embarked upon the creation of What the #$*! Do We Know?
Betsy Chasse was born to be in film and television. Literally. Her birth was filmed for a popular news programs report on natural childbirth. Betsys on-screen career continued for the next eighteen years as an actress in more than 120 national commercials, television series, and motion pictures. She was cast as Gretle in The Sound of Music at the Music Center in Los Angeles and also played violin for the Los Angeles Youth Orchestra. Eventually, Betsy realized that what she really wanted to do was to work behind the cameras as a Producer.
With huge aspirations, Betsy began her production career as a Production Assistant on a low, low, low budget action picture where, on her first day, she promptly totaled her car. Fortunately, the Producer was in the car with her and could think of no other way to assist her except by promoting her to Production Coordinator. After all, who else would work for $80 dollars a week and drive 150 miles back and forth to Chino everyday!? After that, Betsy served as Production Coordinator on several films including, Best of the Best 2, and Robert Altmans The Player. Her first outing as a Production Manager came with the independent film, Public Access, directed by Bryan Singer, which won the 1995 Sundance Film Festival. Thereafter she freelanced as a Production Manager and Line Producer on over 30 feature films. In 1996 Betsy started her own production company, Rampant Feline Films, which has produced several cable specials, and music videos.
From 1997 until May of 1999 Betsy was Senior Vice President of Production for Prosperity Pictures, an independent Production Company, where she supervised physical production on thirteen films. She also Produced and Co-Produced eight films including: Labor Pains with Kyra Sedgwick, Rob Morrow and Mary Tyler Moore; Love and Action in Chicago, with Courtney Vance, Regina King, Jason Alexander and Kathleen Turner; The Spanish Judges with Vincent Di Onofrio and Matthew Lillard; Just one Night, with Timothy Hutton and Maria Grazi Cucinotta; and Chasing Destiny with Casper Van Dien, Roger Daltry and Christopher Lloyd, produced in association with her company Rampant Feline Films.
In 2000, Betsy produced the first feature length extreme sports comedy entitled, Extreme Days, combining the stars of the extreme sports world with the young stars of today (Dante Brasco (Hook), Derek Hamilton (Disturbing Behavior, Taboo) A.J. Buckley (Scream 3), which was released in 300 theatres and distributed by Providence Entertainment.
Betsy is to embark on producing the most meaningful film of her career, WHAT THE #$*! DO WE KNOW?!
Mark Vicente was born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1965. With a father in show business and a mother in the Diplomatic Service, Mark rarely stayed in one place for very long. As a child he traveled the world and lived in such diverse places as Portugal, Brazil, Canada, and the US. However, Mark took his cue from his Grandfather who owned an advertising agency and he soon developed a keen eye for visual storytelling. This led to Marks professional decision at age fourteen that he wanted to make movies.
Finding himself back in South Africa at the age of eighteen, Mark decided it was time to get this dream going. He enrolled in a Drama School, but much to his chagrin found himself having to dance, act, and make strange primal noises in voice class. At the time he could not justify these distractions when all he kept thinking was, I just want to be a cinematographer! Little did he realize that all this diverse training would serve him well in the future as a director.
mastering the Steadicam and working as a news-cameraman in Apartheid
South Africa, Mark went on to shoot music videos and commercials. He
got his first big break as Director of Photography on the musical, Sarafina
starring Whoopi Goldberg. In 1992 Mark got the opportunity to go to
Hollywood and shoot a picture for Disney entitled, Fatherhood
starring Patrick Swayze. Excited and nervous, Mark found himself at
the age of 26 as one of the youngest Cinematographers to shoot a big
budget studio picture.
In 2000, driven by creative desperation, Mark decided it was time to embrace his inevitable destiny as a director. He began directing and shooting commercials and documentaries that gave voice to his rebelliousness and challenging sense of humor. His Rockumentary, Where Angels Fear To Tread, takes to task organized religion and the lengths to which human beings will go in the name of God to abuse minorities and women.
I want to know how God created this world. I am not interested in this or that phenomenon, in the spectrum of this or that element. I want to know His thoughts; the rest are details.
- Albert Einstein
The truth dazzles gradually, or else the world would be blind.
- Emily Dickinson
If I could take all your words away and give you but a sparse few, they would be: ‘I now know, I am absolute, I am complete, I am God, I am.’ If there were no other words but these, you would no longer be limited to this plane.
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