CEO, Managing and Founding Member
Adam Saunders is the CEO of Footprint Features. He has served as the lead producer of Footprint’s first four films “When We First Met” (dir. Ari Sandel, starring Adam Devine and Alexandra Daddario) which he produced alongside Oscar nominated producer MXN, and Wonderland Sound and Vision; “Shimmer Lake” (writer/dir: Oren Uziel, starring Benjamin Walker, Rainn Wilson, Rob Corddry, and Ron Livingston), produced alongside Writ Large; “About Alex” (writer/dir: Jesse Zwick, starring Nate Parker, Maggie Grace, Aubrey Plaza, and Max Greenfield) alongside Oscar winning filmmakers Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz’s Bedford Falls Company, which played the 2014 TriBeCa Film Festival and was sold to Sony Worldwide, and “Family Weekend” (dir: Benjamin Epps, starring Kristin Chenoweth, Matthew Modine, Joey King and Shirley Jones) also alongside Bedford Falls, which was sold to Paramount Worldwide and released in 2013. In addition to his producing work, Mr. Saunders acted in Footprint’s first three films. He was the co-founder and Artistic Director of the professional theater company Footprint on the Sun, upon whose foundation Footprint Features was built. He holds a BA in Drama from Duke University and an MFA in Acting from the Yale School of Drama.
Head of Production
Steve Eddy is the Head of Production at Footprint Features. He Executive Produced Footprint’s “When We First Met” (Dir. Ari Sandel) and “Shimmer Lake” (Dir. Oren Uziel), and served as the production executive for the film “About Alex” (Dir. Jesse Zwick). Prior to joining Footprint, Steve was the Vice President of Physical Production at Summit Entertainment. During his time at Summit he was intergral in the company’s transformation to a mini-major studio, and was part of a team that oversaw 14 movies and more than $500M in production spending. Projects overseen include “A Better Life” (Dir. Chris Weitz), “Knowing” (Dir. Alex Proyas), “Remember Me” (Dir. Allen Coulter), “RED” (Dir. Robert Schwentke), “Letters to Juliet” (Dir. Gary Winick) and “The Twilight Saga” films. He holds a film degree from Emerson College and lives in Los Angeles with his family.
Creative Executive/Executive Assistant
Emily Rasenick was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, and studied History and Film Studies at Wesleyan University. After graduating college, she was the production coordinator for the documentary company Disarming Films, where she worked on such projects as “West of Memphis“, “Ring Girls“, and the feature “Every Secret Thing“. In addition to line producing the indie feature 5 Pilgrims, Emily produced the short film “Your Old Man“, which premiered at the 2016 LA Shorts Festival. She received her MFA from the Peter Stark Producing Program at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts in 2016.
Lisa Callif is an entertainment attorney whose primary focus is on representing independent filmmakers in all aspects of their movie making, including financing, production and distribution. She was recently profiled in Hollywood Reporter’s Power Lawyer List as one of Hollywood’s Top 100 Attorneys (2016) and named by the Daily Journal as one of the Top 100 Women Lawyers in California (2016 & 2014). She was also named by Variety as one of The Best and The Brightest (2011). As part of her practice, Lisa does a significant amount of clearance work for documentaries, including rendering fair use opinion letters, which permits her clients to use limited amounts of unlicensed material in their films under the fair use doctrine as codified in US Copyright Law.
Michael Swander has over 16 years of experience assisting high-net-worth individuals, entertainment industry professionals, artists, athletes, production companies, financial management companies and non-profit organizations with their financial lives.
Prior to joining GWO, Michael was in the Family Office Group at Rothstein Kass. He provided accounting, financial management, reporting and business consulting services to a variety of clients. With a pre-CPA background in film and television production, he utilized his industry knowledge and managed the production accounting segment of the business. He also worked hand in hand with the entertainment tax practice on strategy and consolidations of multi-layered production entities.
Benjamin Epps is a founding member of Footprint Features. He served as the director and co-producer on the film “Family Weekend“, starring Kristin Chenoweth, Matthew Modine and Olesya Rulin. He has a BA from Duke University in his self-created major “Elements of Film”; and an MFA from the American Film Institute in Directing. He began his career working for Randall Wallace and Mel Gibson in roles ranging from personal assistant to editor to documentarion. At AFI, he directed highly stylized, genre-bending movies about warring fairy sisters, Monopoly playing politicians, rapping HIV patients, and split-brained clones.
Peter Gail is a founding member of Footprint Features. He discovered the script “Family Weekend,” and went on to serve as a Co-Producer on the film. Prior to joining Footprint Features he worked in Television and Motion Picture development with Warner Brothers’ Last Straw Productions. Peter was also a professional actor, appearing in numerous stage, television and film projects. Off the screen he was Captain of the Duke soccer team. He is the founder of PG Method, a company dedicated to helping student-athletes navigate the college recruiting process. Mr. Gail holds a BA in English and a minor in Drama from Duke University.