ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS
ANDREW SULLIVAN (writer/director) As an independent filmmaker and photographer, Andrew seeks to tell relevant and compelling stories. Sullivan founded Refinery, an independent interactive agency focused on Fortune 500 brands. During the height of his 13 years as CEO, Refinery was comprised of 175 employees and earned $25 million in revenue. The company was one of the ten largest independent agencies in the country. During his tenure, Andrew oversaw the interactive marketing strategies for over 100 independent feature films. His accolades included INC. 500 Fastest Growing Companies (3 years in a row), CEO of the Year under 40, Young Entrepreneur of the Year, and Entrepreneur of the Year. BOKEH is Sullivan’s first feature, which he co-wrote and co-directed with his writing and directing partner, Geoffrey Orthwein. Sullivan and Orthwein are working on various film and television projects. Sullivan is currently developing his next feature film, WET CLAY.
GEOFFREY ORTHWEIN (writer/director) As photographer, independent filmmaker and director Geoffrey’s work has been shown in film festivals across the US and Europe, museums, and broadcast television. He got his start in post-production, working as editor and colorist on independent films and documentaries with renowned underwater cinematographer Feodor Pitcairn including Ocean Voyagers, narrated by Meryl Streep. This work culminated in the custom, multi-screen film Ocean Odyssey, a permanent installation wrapping 270º around the Smithsonian Institution’s Sant Ocean Hall, at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC. From there he went on to live production, where he toured the world as technical director for live shows for companies including Google, Salesforce, The Walt Disney Company, T-Mobile and Virgin. He directed the web series Sword & Laser, hosted by Veronica Belmont and Tom Merritt, for the award winning Geek & Sundry network. Orthwein and Sullivan have worked together for over 20 years, collaborating on scripts, short films and interactive projects. In the summer of 2013, over a three-day weekend in a rented cottage in Los Feliz, California the idea for BOKEH was born. From there the pair took the concept to feature script, casting the following spring and completing principal photography in Iceland in the summer of 2014. While finishing the film they were invited to participate in the Independent Film Project’s Narrative Feature Lab in 2015.