Meet the crew

Sonny Quinn, Director

Sonny QuinnSonny Quinn has created award winning films, collaborated with acclaimed filmmakers, and completed commissioned works for some of the world’s best known companies.  His exciting vision and story telling abilities were cultivated by years in a thriving career as a commercial artist and cartoonist.  Those particular skills have been put to use as a storyboard artist for Irwin Winkler and MGM and as an illustrator for the bestselling book “Film Directing Fundamentals” by Nick Proferes.  He started pursuing life in arts & entertainment as an actor, writer and scenic artist.  Deeper understanding of the film industry came about while he worked organizing test screenings with the National Research Group (NRG) in Los Angeles for noted filmmakers such as Ridley Scott, Ron Howard and Tim Burton.  Later, picking up the camera and working as a cinematographer and video editor for NCAA football and soccer, leading to shoots for HBO sports and NFL Television, equipped Quinn with the skills and eye for action that solidified his confidence and desire to seriously pursue making films of his own inspiration.  After receiving numerous film festival acknowledgments and top honors in the Columbia University MFA film program, his first film 25 Years, 5 Months & 3 Days was awarded Best Film at the Durango Film Festival.  The founding of Maestro Film Partners, LLC by Sonny Quinn and his chief creative collaborator W. Scott Mason came about in order to make motion pictures that entertain, educate and inspire.  A Light in the Dark: The Art and Life of Frank Mason is proudly their flagship feature film.

 

W. Scott Mason, Producer

Scott Mason | Maestro FilmsBefore co-founding the production company, Maestro Film Partners, LLC, W. Scott Mason started his career as a classical style painter and journalist. Through ten years of experience as an investigative journalist, gallery curator and administrator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Mason gained the inside knowledge to help Sonny Quinn produce a feature length documentary film based upon the practices he observed while on the inside. Through critical writing and art education Mason dedicates his life to preserving our collective cultural patrimony. As a fine art adviser and agent, Mason continues to stimulate interest and raise awareness for the studies and practices of traditional art.

 

Rick Lopez, Director of Photography

A former cinematography instructor at Columbia University, Rick López has filmed features, commercials, live concerts, documentaries, and web content.  Spike Lee executive produced his last feature, The Girl is in Trouble, and it starred Wilmer Valderrama.  For his work on I Sell the Dead, starring Ron Perlman and Dominic Monaghan, López was awarded the Kodak Vision Award for Best Cinematographer at the Slamdance Film Festival.  Variety magazine has described his work as “expert.”  He has lensed concerts for Alicia Keys, Norah Jones, Mariah Carey, Harry Connick, Jr., and the Jonas Brothers.  Corporate clients include Sears, Bank of America, Philips Norelco, Sony, Kimberly-Clark, Nestle, and Hersheys.  Before embarking on a career as a professional cinematographer, López worked as a Congressional aide in Washington, DC.  He served as legislative assistant to Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, Executive Director of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, and a political appointee in the Clinton Administration. He holds a Masters in history from Stanford University and an MFA in film at Columbia University.  López is based in New York City.  He is always looking for something new and interesting to shoot.
Rick Lopez Cinematography

 

Amanda Curry, Publicist

Amanda Curry is overjoyed to be working on promoting A Light in the Dark. Amanda’s career has spanned all aspects of marketing & communications. From working on large advertising campaigns to producing indie animations, to hosting children’s television shows and directing yoga dvd’s, she’s now in the unique position to only work on projects that she loves. A Light in the Dark is one of those rare films that inspires you while you see it and then it peeks back into your life day after day after day. It reminds me that the world is a truly beautiful place and that conservation is not limited to the environment, but includes preserving art and telling the story of artists like Frank Mason.

 

Lindsay Mason, Marketing

Lindsay Mason is the grand niece of Frank Mason and sister to Producer of the film, Scott Mason. Lindsay was influenced by her great uncle’s art and vibrant personality while growing up and, as a result, developed a great passion for the arts.  Her professional experience in product development and as an avid supporter of film has led her to a unique position to provide both structure and social connectivity for the promotions and marketing of A Light in the Dark.  Lindsay is excited to be instrumental in the debut of this beautiful film which she has participated in and supported from its inception.

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