Minos Papas, Writer/Director/Producer
Minos Papas hails from sunny Cyprus and is an established independent filmmaker in New York City. His films have been screened and awarded at multiple film festivals all over the world. Minos' most recent feature film, "Behind The Mirror" (2015) was awarded Best Thriller at the Manhattan and the Mexico International Film Festivals.
Son of internationally acclaimed film director Michael Papas, Minos was introduced to the film world at a young age achieving his first international award at the age of 16 with the short film Whispers (1993) at the Make-A-Video youth competition in Helsinki, Finland. He earned a BFA in Film at the School of Visual Arts and was awarded the school's top award for Cinematography. His first independent feature film, Shutterbug (2009)
was released theatrically in New York, Los Angeles and Nicosia, Cyprus. Shutterbug received reviews from Variety, The Village Voice, The New York Times and many more publications and blogs which merited the film for its Lynchian atmosphere and beautiful imagery. Minos' documentary "A Short Film About Guns" (2013) won best online short at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Minos has worked with industry figures such as Martin Scorsese, David Tedeschi, Lisa Rinzler, Lisanne Skyler, Eric Roberts, Matthew McConaughey, Scarlett Johansson, Andrea Bocelli and Rufus Wainwright. Minos is a member of the Director's Guild of Cyprus, a creative member of Studio-AVA, a unique video production house, and the founder of film production company Cyprian Films, New York. Minos is into Kubrick, Tarkovsky, soccer, death metal and kittens.
Michael Day, PRODUCER and consultant on veterans issues
In September of 2003 Michael Day was discharged from the United States Marine Corps as a combat veteran, having served in Iraq. Seven years later he began to dabble in prose and photography as a means of finding outlets with therapeutic value to combat his symptoms of PTS. Currently, he lives in Queens, NY and is a writer, producer, and shooter for Cyprian Films NY. In 2013 he self published a collection of poetry and vignettes entitled “I am the Title.” Michael is in the process of completing a novel and recently worked on Judd Apatow’s “Trainwreck,” NBC’s “The Slap,” and the latest feature film from Minos Papas “Behind the Mirror.”
LIZ SARGENT, PRODUCER AND PRODUCTION DESIGNER
Liz Sargent is an independent producer and designer for film and performance in New York City. Ms. Sargent's work with Cyprian Films, New York includes: Producer/Production Designer for “Tango on the Balcony” (2016), Art Director for the Oxfam International PSA “The International Arms Trade Spares No-One” (2013), and Production Manager for Minos Papas’ feature film “Behind the Mirror” (2015).
With a background in Modern Dance from North Carolina School of the Arts she has worked in various capacities in the performing arts in New York City. As a Producer/Production Manager, she has worked with Kyle Abraham/Abraham In Motion, Dance Theater Workshop, Noemie Lafrance Noir, Mount Tremper Arts and Go Forth by Kanaza Schaal/PS122. Liz has also worked with David Byrne on Contemporary Color, the Mark Morris Dance Group, St Ann’s Warehouse and Young Jean Lee’s Theater Company among others.
As a performer, she has collaborated with Jim Findlay in two experimental plays; Dream of the Red Chamber and Botanica. Ms. Sargent's own evening length performances have been produced by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Danspace Project and The Chocolate Factory.