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Dissonance and Harmony: Arabic Music Goes West - Premiering November 2, 2008

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Miles Copeland

Miles Copeland

Miles Copeland
Executive Producer / Music Impresario

As the former manager for the internationally renowned band, The Police, and also for Sting, and as the founder of IRS Records and as the producer of numerous feature films, Miles Copeland is an accomplished and colorful entertainment executive.

Copeland was raised in Damascus, Cairo and Beirut, the son of a well-known CIA operative. There, he developed a love for Arabic culture and specifically, music, and now, his company, Firstars, is dedicated to the integration of world music into our culture.

Copeland is fluent in French and proficient in Arabic. He splits his time between Los Angles and France. www.milescopeland.netOff-site link

“It's when there’s that barrier that there’s no way we’re ever going get them and there’s no way they’re ever going to like us or they think there’s no way we’ll ever appreciate them – it’s when you get to that point that you start having really serious issues. And anything that can stop that I think is important, even if it’s just a song.” —Miles Copeland

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Jonathan Brandeis

Jonathan Brandeis

Jonathan Brandeis
Producer/Director

Through his company, Brandeis Productions, IncOff-site link, Jonathan Brandeis has, to date, been a creator, executive producer, director, writer, producer, editor and on-camera personality for network, syndicated, basic and premium cable television series, documentaries, specials, short features and marketing campaigns. Clients have included ABC, PBS, Showtime, Cinemax, The Movie Channel, AMC, Comedy Central, fX, Bravo, MTV, VH-1, Lifetime, A&E and others. Subjects have chronicled the genesis and production of Woodstock, the fall of Studio 54, the global phenomenon of bellydancing, the nature of fame, the ability of comics to help people and a look inside the Irish Republican Army, to name a few.

Brandeis is a graduate of the NYU Institute of Film and Television and lives outside New York City.

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Edward Marritz

Edward Marritz

Edward Marritz
Director of Photography

Edward Marritz is an accomplished documentary filmmaker with three decades of experience. His credits include the Oscar-winning Maya Lin: A Strong, Clear Vision. Marritz was an Emmy nominee for Best Cinematography for In Memoriam: 9/11 New York City, for HBO. Other DP credits include Why Can’t We Be a Family Again? (2005 Oscar nominee for Documentary Short), Faith and Doubt at Ground Zero for Frontline/PBS (Columbia-Peabody Award), The Secret Life of the Brain for PBS (Emmy winner), and Young@Heart, a portrait of an elderly chorus singing the songs of Jimi Hendrix, The Clash and The Rolling Stones. www.marritz.comOff-site link

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