Midtownfilms was established in 2001 by Joan Brooker-Marks, and is dedicated to independent documentary filmmaking. Combining interviews, archival footage, and fly-on-the-wall observations, Midtownfilms specializes in documentary portraits—the constructed mosaics of lived life.
JOAN BROOKER MARKSDirector
Joan Brooker-Marks was a television writer in Los Angeles, working on such shows as 'Designing Woman', 'McGyver', and 'Full House'. She moved to New York in 1991, where she returned to graduate school at Columbia University, earning two masters degrees. She currently teaches film at the School of Visual Arts and is part of a four person Thesis Committee that supervises senior thesis work. She is the director of two award winning short documentaries, 'We Got Us', and 'The Loud Ladies of South Fork', and just completed a feature documentary on Larry Flynt, entitled, 'Larry Flynt: The Right to be Left Alone'. She has been a member of SAG, WGA, AEA, CineWomen and New York Women in Film.
Kamil Dobrowolski is a freelance editor, sound designer and colorist based in New York City. A graduate of the School of Visual Arts, Dobrowolski has worked both in narrative and documentary film as well as various commercial venues. He was the picture editor for the feature length documentary ‘Larry Flynt: The Right to be Left Alone' (2008). He also was co-editor on the Lionsgate release 'Rise of the Dead' (2007). He is currently in production on the documentary 'Annie Well’s - From an Arm’s Length' and editing 'Children of the Fleeting Light', shot exclusively on the RED ONE camera. Dobrowolski brings his versatility and creativity to a broad spectrum of the postproduction process.
Walter Marks is probably best known for his song “I’ve Gotta be Me”, recorded by Sammy Davis, Tony Bennett, and many others. He has also written songs recorded by Barbra Streisand, The Temptations, Della Reese, Little Anthony and the Imperials, Steve Lawrence, Eydie Gorme, and other artists.
He wrote the songs for the Broadway musicals “Bajour” and “Golden Rainbow”, the book, music and lyrics for the off-Broadway musical “Body Shop”, the screenplay and songs for the motion picture “The Wild Party” (Merchant-Ivory Films - directed by James Ivory). He also wrote the off-Broadway comedy-mystery “The Butler Did It”.
His current theatre projects are — an untitled comedy musical with a book by Larry Gelbart, and “Langston in Harlem”, a musical theatre piece based on the poetry of Langston Hughes.
Kat Rohrer, a native of Vienna, Austria, graduated from the School of Visual Arts with a BFA in film directing. Ms. Rohrer has written, produced, directed and edited more than eight short films and documentaries of her own and has worked as a cinematographer, sound mixer, gaffer, and grip on numerous shorts and features. As a director, her recent short, "The Search" screened at multiple Festivals (Fort Lauderdale, Westchester Film Festival, etc.) and won Best Short at the LA Femme Film Festival in 2005. Through her production company GreenKat Productins, she is currently developing a feature length screenplay about living and loving in NYC.