Filmmaker Bios

Tami Pivnick Director/Editor Tami Pivnick

Tami has a unique talent to connect with others and deliver their message so that we all embrace our human connection. Her passion for everyone to respect each other and to be aware and validating role models for our youth and each other emanates from her presence. Tami has been involved with broadcast, film and print media for over 30 years. At CNN-Atlanta, she was on-air Graphic Designer. After moving to Los Angeles, she perfected her editing skills and directed trailers, music videos, and motion graphics for clients such as John Denver's Windstar Foundation and created a documentary for Special Olympics. She worked at WFAA-TV in Dallas as a Broadcast Designer and as Art Director for WSB-TV in Atlanta where one of her projects was the Columbine tragedy.

For the past 12 years, Ms. Pivnick has been VP of Production for Purple People Inc. creating award-winning films, books and products. Tami's enthusiasm for Purple People's concepts has prompted her to share her wisdom and soul through writing, directing and producing films on Equality. The newly released, award-winning Bullied to Silence is the culmination of her brilliant combination of story-telling and technique that creates film that will change the world. Numerous non-profit organizations, equal rights organizations, and educational institutions have shown two of her films "Purple" and "Are You Listening?" Pivnick has been instrumental with Broude in establishing a film production company, Dog Eats Hat Productions. The documentary "Let It Begin! A Filmmaker's Journey" directed by Pivnick and produced by Broude won Audience Choice and Best Director Awards and was submitted for a 2011 Academy Award in Documentary.

Susan Broude Producer/Writer Susan Broude

After spending over a year researching the epidemic of bullying across the world and producing and writing Bullied to Silence, Susan's passion to be the change is being manifested in her unique approach to marketing the film to spread its impact worldwide. Susan continues to empower others by bringing awareness to topics on equality, human connections and her desire to create positive change and positivity in our lives by addressing audiences after being involved in the filmmaking as Executive Producer, Producer and Writer. Believing that her purpose is to help others to "Honor our Differences and Cherish our Similarities," creating films with the purpose to advance that tenet, allows her to reach a broad and diverse audience.

As an award-winning writer, inspirational speaker and founder of Purple People Inc., Susan combines her love of writing with her intention to deliver a story in a way that touches your soul. Trained as an attorney and with 30+ years of business experience, her verbal, written and organizational skills contribute to her natural ability to be the Executive Producer and Producer/Writer of several films including the 2010 award-winning film, "Let It Begin! A Filmmaker's Journey" which received numerous accolades including Audience Choice and Best Director, acceptance at many film festivals nationally and was submitted for the 2011 Academy Award in Documentary. Ms. Broude's education includes: J.D., New England School of Law; B.A., Brandeis University; Elementary Ed. Certification, Brandeis University.

Suzie Schomaker Executive Music Producer/Composer Suzie Shomaker

Suzie's career as a NYC performer/singer/songwriter includes entertaining thousands from small village bistros & cabarets to high powered gatherings fronting 40 piece Orchestras. She has performed with the Indigo Girls, Keb Mo', John Sebastion and Carvin Winans and is the founder of The Sedona Performers Guild. Another love has been recording jingles for the radio and demos for publishers and writers. Suzie was also the composer for the award-winning film "Let It Begin! A Filmmaker's Journey" and Co-Executive Music Producer for "Sedona" (The Movie).

Bryan Reinhart Cinematographer/Director of Photography (DP) Bryan Reinhart

Bryan has a long-standing career in the entertainment industry as producer, director and editor for both film and television. Susan Broude and Tami Pivnick had the pleasure to work with Bryan on their award-winning documentary short "Let It Begin! A Filmmaker's Journey" when Bryan was DP on the Michael Moore interview. Previously, Bryan was cinematographer for "Lines Across the Sand," which included an interview with Robert Redford. His involvement with Sedona International Film Festival includes interviewing Jonathan Winters in 2011. For the past ten years, Reinhart has been involved with Zaki Gordon Institute for Independent Filmmaking (ZGI) in Sedona, AZ as Coordinator of the Documentary Program where he has taught documentary filmmaking and master seminars in editing and during which time he directed, "Reality Check." Reinhart states, "I love observing the world around me, it is very visual. I think that is what attracted me to filmmaking, it's a way to tell stories visually, while creating your own worlds."

Annette Star Lustgarten Associate Producer/Research Manager Annette Star Lustgarten

Annette brings her extensive law career experience, her vast involvement with non-profit organizations and her artistic creativity to Bullied to Silence. A University of Miami School of Law grad, Annette spent her 20 year legal career as a County or City Attorney and in private practice specializing in Local Government and Family Law. Annette enjoys being involved in non-profit corporations and has been on numerous Boards of Directors including the Sedona Community Foundation (Grants Committee member), the Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley (and its legal counsel), the Museum of Northern AZ (and a member of MUSES, the local organization that supports the Museum and a Museum docent) and on the Board of Trustees of the Sedona Public Library. Annette is passionate about putting an end to bullying through the enactment of state and federal laws to provide safe school environments and consequences for bullying.

Marc Sterling Production Accountant Marc Sterling

A highly accomplished businessman, speaker and teacher, Marc was most recently Producer and Production Accountant on Sedona (The Movie) completed in Feb 2011. He made his first foray into filmmaking as the Executive Producer and Production Accountant with the award-winning film Hate Crime. With a B.A. in Accounting from the University of Texas and after working for the Internal Revenue Service and two CPA firms, he established Sterling's Bookkeeping and Tax Service in 1985, growing his company into a huge success that now serves over 2,800 clients throughout the United States.