About Us

Crew Biographies

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Tal Yarden (Director & Director of Photography) is a director, video artist and projection designer creating work for a broad array media.  He has shot, edited and created video designs for numerous live events including dance, theater, opera and music performances.  His work has been seen throughout Europe and the USA.  He is currently designing La Clemenza de Tito (La Monnaie/De Munt), Brokeback Mountain (Teatro Real, Madrid) and The Fountainhead (Toneelgroep Amsterdam).  His previous designs include Der Schatzgräber (De Nederlandse Opera), Mazeppa (Komische Oper Berlin) and Macbeth (Opéra de Lyon), Ludwig II (Münchner Kammerspiele), Edward II, The Misanthrope (Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz), Idomeneo (La Monnaie/De Munt), POP! (Yale Repertory), Husbands, The Russians, Children of the Sun, Cries and Whispers, Antonioni Project, Angels in America, Mourning becomes Electra, Roman Tragedies for Toneelgroep Amsterdam, Wagner’s Ring Cycle (Vlaamse Opera) and Reza Abdoh’s Tight Right White and Quotations from a Ruined City He has also created visual designs for Jessica Blank, Daniel Sullivan, Mark Brokaw, Jo Bonney, John Jesurun, Stephen Petronio, Cindy Sherman, Conway & Pratt, Kristen Marting, Mikel Rouse, Patricia Fox, DD Dorvillier, Mark Wing-Davey, Tim Feldmann, Mia Lawrence, Pavel Zustiak, Kyle de Camp, Patricia Hoffbauer and George Sanchez, Circus Flora, Jim Simpson, Jo Andres, Margarita Guergue, Aaron Landsman, Clarinda Mac Low and Nina Martin.  In 1994, he co-founded the theater company Chashama for which he created the site-specific shows Jr. Black's Office and Disease Machine

Tal Yarden has produced, directed and designed events, video installations & projections for clients including United Nations, LG, Microsoft, Shinnyo-En, The New York Times, Quin Hotel, Smart Car, Puma, Levis, Julliard, Coca Cola, CFDA, Heineken, Red Cross, Reem Acra, Rimmel, Armani, Visionaire, Ghost, Rosa Cha, Timberland and Ford Thunderbird. He has also VJ’d and directed live video with Annie Lennox, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Alicia Keys, Snoop Dogg, James Brown, Garbage, Wyclef Jean, Peaches, Patti Smith, Dane Cook, Moby, Lady Sovereign, and Ne-Yo.  He has produced for Arcadia Films, Charles Hobson Productions and RG/A.

Other past work experience includes chef at 80s landmark restaurant; house painter in Paris; directing music videos for various bands including the Silos, 10,000 Maniacs and Barkmarket; selling hotdogs in a football stadium, directing a documentary about Sendero Luminoso, and studying with Cinema Verite founder Jean Rouche.  He has also curated and produced various shows and festivals including Arts on a Highwire, a fundraiser featuring Philip Pettit for New York’s arts community following 9/11; The Imagine Festival during the 2004 National Republican convention which organized over 300 events; programs for Chashama’s site specific productions; a film series for the River To River festival; and First Row Cinema at South Street Seaport.  

Tal Yarden was born in Israel and grew up in Red Hook, NY.  He studied film at Bard College where he curated the film program for two years presenting more than 200 films.  He also was managing director of Janus Circus founded by his colleague and friend Chris Wangro.  

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Jessica Medenbach (Co-Director) is a Hudson Valley native, currently living in Brooklyn, NY.  She graduated from Bard College with a degree in Film Production and Electronic Arts in 2011 and currently works as a freelance videographer and producer in Brooklyn. She has documented the Bard College New Orleans project, organized screenings at Nothing Space in Bushwick, made promotional and kickstarter videos for the theater group New Saloon as well as for the game company King Post and their card game “Moby Dick, or, the Card Game”. She is co-founder of “Bushwick Videography” and documentarian for various theater and dance performances in Brooklyn. She has made music videos for musicians such as Noah London and Johanna Warren. Jessica spends her spare time collaborating on independent projects with friends as well as producing her own experimental videos.