Filmmakers Bios

Scott Petersen - Director/Editor

Armed with degrees in film and economics from the University of Michigan, Petersen began his career on the feature film Zebrahead. Along with working in John (Home Alone, Sixteen Candles, Ferris Bueller's Day Off) Hughes’ office, his résumé includes work on “Antiques Roadshow,” “Rescue 911,” “Unsolved Mysteries,” Fox News, BBC, VH1, the Food Network, MGM Home Entertainment and several feature films and commercials.

Petersen produced and directed the award-winning, feature-length documentary
Out Of The Loop, which explored Chicago’s underground music scene and featured such Windy City notables as Veruca Salt, the Jesus Lizard, and Steve Albini. This movie enjoyed a 15-city tour of colleges and universities and played at several festivals around the United States and Europe. Out Of The Loop was broadcast on PBS.

He delved deep into the cutthroat world of tournament Scrabble® with his award-winning 2003 documentary,
Scrabylon, which he produced, directed and edited. Media outlets such as the Los Angeles Times, TimeOut New York and the syndicated entertainment news program “Extra!” have all featured stories on Scrabylon. After numerous festivals and screenings around the United States, this acclaimed doc was featured on PBS and is now available on DVD.

He currently edits projects for the Recording Academy and Latin Recording Academy, who present the annual Grammy and Latin Grammy Awards, respectively.
The Renaissance of Mata Ortiz is his third long-form documentary. He lives in Southern California.

Pete Biagi - Director of Photography

Award-winning cinematographer Pete Biagi’s body of work includes more than 40 short and 17 feature-length films, in addition to several national television commercials. Biagi is a 1989 graduate of Columbia College-Chicago with a B.A. in film/video. He attended Marquette University in Milwaukee, studying mechanical engineering before deciding on a career in filmmaking.

Recently, Biagi had the good fortune to operate camera on the Robert Altman and Garrison Keillor feature
A Prairie Home Companion and shoot Jeff Garlin’s Someone To Eat Cheese With for producers Steve Pink and Harold Ramis. In his first stint with Altman in 2001, Biagi operated camera on The Company, an acclaimed look at the Joffrey Ballet. He lensed the much-publicized Project Greenlight film Stolen Summer for director Pete Jones and producers Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and Chris Moore, as well as Jones’ HD follow-up, Outing Riley.

A veteran of many Hollywood features, Biagi's résumé includes work on
PayBack, Return To Me, White Boys, and HellCab as well as the award-winning indie feature Normal Life and the television series “Cupid.”

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Patrick Kirst - Composer

Patrick Kirst is one of Hollywood's next generation of film composers providing a fresh and a unique voice in the film music industry. He recently finished his powerful lyrical score for The Big Cat (Der Große Kater), starring acclaimed actor Bruno Ganz (Downfall, The Reader) along with an all-star German cast. The political thriller will have its theatrical release in January 2010.In 2007 Kirst started his working relationship with critically acclaimed composer Aaron Zigman. Credits include this year's top-grossing romantic comedy The Proposal, starring Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds, The Ugly Truth, starring Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler, Sex and the City: The Movie, and Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium, starring Dustin Hoffmann and Natalie Portman. In 2008, Kirst collaborated with Disneynature on their first nature documentary Earth, based on BBC's highly successful Planet Earth TV series.

He attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston, followed by New York University, and then the University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles where he studied under distinguished composers such as Academy Award nominee David Raksin, Golden Globe nominee Christopher Young, Jack Smalley and Grammy Award winner Joe Harnell. In 2007 Kirst joined the adjunct faculty at USC. He is honored to be part of the incredibly talented pool of faculty members and enjoys sharing his experience as an artist in today's highly competitive film music market.

Diana Acosta

Diana Acosta - Associate Producer

Diana Acosta is an entrepreneur based in Casas Grandes, Chihuahua, Mexico. She operates Agave Lindo Tours, which offers guided regional tours, travel consulting, translation & interpretation services, catering and business/artist event coordination. She is the top liaison between travelers and all the important and fascinating tourist sites and artists in the area and is recommended by the Lonely Planet Mexico travel guide. A 2008 graduate of the Universidad de Ciudad Juarez with a degree in tourism, her interpretation skills and connections to the artists in the village proved invaluable to the production of The Renaissance of Mata Ortiz.