From filmmakers Henriette Mantel and Steve Skrovan:
Henriette: I want people to be able to watch a historical documentary about a great American who changed the world as we know it. Students can watch this movie and learn about Ralph while learning the history of the consumer movement in the United States.
Steve: I hope this film will be an inspiration to young people to see the example of Ralph Nader’s life and career and know that they too can make a difference. In line with that, I hope the film will preserve not only Nader’s legacy but that of all the unsung heroes who have worked to keep us safe and our government and industry honest.
Their three favorite films:
Henriette: Mary Poppins, Grey Gardens and either The Sting or The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad. I know that’s four but come on, how can I choose my favorite movies? I love most of them in their own way.
Steve: 1) Dr. Strangelove 2) Midnight Run 3) Toy Story
Their advice for aspiring filmmakers:
Henriette: Just start shooting and remember you need a beginning, a middle and an end.
Steve: The first step is to pick a good subject.
Their most inspirational food for making independent film:
Henriette: The bad, bad studio films that Americans are supposed to sit through should motivate any storyteller to tell a good story.
Mantel is a writer, actress and stand-up comic. She has extensive experience in documentary and reality television as a writer/producer on such shows as the Emmy Award-winning The Osbournes and Michael Moore’s The Awful Truth. She won her first Emmy for writing on Win Ben Stein’s Money. Most recently, Mantel was a consultant for HBO’s The Comeback and co-authored the book Speedbumps: Flooring It Through Hollywood with Teri Garr. As an actress, she has appeared in many feature films and television comedies. In the late 1970s, before deciding to spend her life in smoky comedy clubs and cramped writers’ rooms, she spent two years in Washington, D.C. working with Ralph Nader at his Center for the Study of Responsive Law.
Skrovan has worked as a stand-up comedian and TV comedy writer for 25 years. He has written for many shows, most notably, Everybody Loves Raymond, where he was an executive producer. He graduated with a B.A. in English from Yale University in 1979. AN UNREASONABLE MAN is his first film.
Kevin O’ Donnell
O’Donnell has worked on such hit television shows as Ellen, Party of Five, The Drew Carey Show and Everybody Loves Raymond.
Provost received her bachelor’s degree from U.C. Berkeley in media literacy, after which she spent a year in San Francisco working with CellSpace, an artists’ collective, encouraging community involvement and participation. Her interest in filmmaking led her back to Los Angeles where she tried her hand at publicity, helping to promote the award-winning documentary SUNSET STORY.
Gallagher has edited a variety of documentary and non-fiction programs for more than twenty years. She received an Emmy for Best Documentary Editor in 2003 for her work on Big Sur: California’s Wild Coast. Her first Emmy Award nomination was in 1996 for Sinatra: 80 Years My Way.
Kraemer is a film composer and singer-songwriter who resides in Los Angeles. His scores include The Way Of The Gun, The Poseidon Adventure (NBC), Framed (TNT), The Hitcher 2, House Of The Dead: Dead Aim, Hard Ground, The Trail to Hope Rose and The Mystery Woman series for Hallmark Channel. Kraemer has also produced and stars in Monday, a feature which screened at the Slamdance Film Festival in 2006.