Williams Rossa Cole (Producer, Director, Editor)
Williams Cole has been producing, directing and editing documentary film for over 15 years. Feature-length producing credits include Sundance Film Festival premieres like Finding Fela!(2014), 99% - The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film (2013), the HBO feature Gun Fight (produced with Academy Award winner Barbara Kopple) and the documentary Giuliani Time. He recently produced a film about the poet WS Merwin broadcast on PBS in 2016 and is co-directing a film about the legendary publisher Barney Rosset (http://www.barneyswall.com). In the past years he has been filming in places like Lebanon, Senegal, India, Thailand and Chile for the Rockefeller Foundation’s “100 Resilient Cities” initiative and has produced and directed over 60 short documentary profiles of authors for Open Road Integrated Media. He was a Fulbright Scholar at the London School of Economics and a founder of the Brooklyn Rail (www.brooklynrail.org) where he still writes about documentary, film, politics and culture.
Rossa Williams Cole (Co-Producer, Camera)
Rossa Cole is a longtime photographer who cut his teeth on the hard streets of New York long before paparazzi was a bad word. His artistic development is strong and diverse and has gone from photography to sculpture, art direction, the moving image and kinetics.
Ed Godsell (Cinematographer)
Ed Godsell graduated from the National Film inDun Laoghaire in 2001. Since then he has been working as a freelance Cameraman and sometimes director for TV, mainly shooting documentaries. Ed has worked for companies producing high quality programming for the likes of RTE, BBC & National Geographic. He has shot many documentary and observational series, three of which were nominated for IFTA (Irish Film and TV awards). Ed has directed two broadcast documentaries which he also filmed and produced “Obama- The Road to Moneygall” and ‘The Shed”. Three of his short documentaries have picked up awards at film festivals in Ireland and the US. He has shot in many countries around the world from Algeria to Zimbabwe and has filmed in difficult terrain such as the Amazon rainforest, India, and aboard fishing trawlers in rough seas.
Olivia Tracey (Executive Producer)
Since her starring role opposite Malcolm McDowell in Tamar Simon Hoffs’ “Red Roses and Petrol”, Olivia has worked alongside Robert Duvall and Drew Barrymore in Warner Bros’ “Lucky You”, directed by Curtis Hanson. She also featured in Michael Bay’s “The Island” with Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson, and with Angelica Huston in “Agnes Browne.” Some of her Television credits include “Windfall” (NBC), “The Handler” (CBS), The Ambassador” (BBC), “The Gilmore Girls” (WB) and “Happily Divorced” (TVLand). Most recently, she played a recurring role in the PBS and Emmy-nominated series, “The Moochie Kalala Detectives’ Club.” Commercials have been many, as have runway and print campaigns with the renowned Ford Model Agency.
Still a household name in her homeland since her reign as Miss Ireland in 1984, Olivia is well remembered for her TV Hosting career in RTE, and for her Dublin theater days in starring roles from Cinderella to Lady Chatterley. She continued her theatrical career in New York at the Irish Arts Center, as well as penning her own bi-weekly column for The Irish Echo newspaper, contributing to the New York Times and writing feature stories for Ireland’s largest selling newspaper, The Sunday Independent.
She was especially thrilled to take a trip back to her hometown of Dublin to attend the Irish Film & Television Awards 2012 where she presented the Best Actor in Film Award to the talented Michael Fassbender. In 2009, she was awarded “Irish Woman of the Year” by the Irish Fair Foundation in association with the City of Los Angeles. In 2011/2012/2013 she acted as Ambassador to the LA Irish Film Festival (LAIFF), and in 2015 she was voted “Most Stylish Lady” at Cork Fashion Week. The year 2016 has delivered the ultimate honor as Executive Producer of the documentary film “Rebel Rossa,” created by Williams and Rossa Cole, the great grandsons to one of our legendary Irish heroes and the film’s subject, Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa.
Laure Sullivan (Editor)
Laure's first major editing credit was on Listen Up! The Lives of Quincy Jones. Since then she has worked with directors Michael Moore, Gaylen Ross. Josh Fox, Jimmy Smallhorne and others. She has a passion for working on and supporting films about the Irish Diaspora. She has edited the Sundance award winner 2x4, 4 Cops for HBO and, now, Rebel Rossa. She has curated various work-in-progress screenings for Irish American Artists and Writers, striving to help expand film awareness in the Irish American community.
James Fearnley (Composer)
In 1980 James Fearnley became the last guitarist for the Nipple Erectors, the London-based punk band fronted by Shane MacGowan. In August 1982, MacGowan invited Fearnley to be the accordion-player for his latest project: a group to play Irish traditional songs fuelled by the punk ethos, called Pogue Mahone. In their tumultuous, twelve-year career, the Pogues released six studio albums and gained international renown. As the Pogues’ only ‘musician’, earning him the sobriquet ‘Maestro Jimmy’, Fearnley helped anchor the Pogues’ careening folk-punk with his metronomic guitar-playing and widen its scope by the inclusion of piano, cello, hammered dulcimer and percussion, and by string arrangements such as that in the perennial Christmas anthem, ‘Fairytale of New York’.
James left the Pogues in 1993 and moved to Los Angeles to compose for film and theatre and to write. The following year he formed The Low and Sweet Orchestra, with Circle Jerks’ guitarist, Zander Schloss and violin- and cello-playing brothers Kieran and Dermot Mulroney, and in 1995 released the critically acclaimed album Goodbye to All That, on Interscope Records. Soon after The Low and Sweet Orchestra split up, James formed Cranky George with the Mulroney brothers. Their debut album, Fat Lot Of Good, will be released in October 2016 and will be available in limited edition vinyl and all formats.
James has played on albums by such artists as David Byrne, Talking Heads, Annie Lennox, Kirsty MacColl, Elvis Costello, Joe Strummer and Melissa Etheridge, and has worked with such producers as Steve Lillywhite, Hugh Padgham, Steve Lipson, T-Bone Burnett, David Briggs, Gavin MacKillop, Michael Brook, Brad Wood, John King and Ted Hutt.
2012 saw the publication by Faber and Faber of Here Comes Everybody: The Story of the Pogues – James’s memoir of the first twelve years of the Pogues’ career, from the band’s coalescence in the tenements south of King Cross, to the dismissal of its lead singer in 1991. The book has recently been published in the United States. An audiobook, narrated by the author, was released, with original music, by Audible UK in 2015.
In the past year, James has been fronting his own band, playing shows with select musicians in New York and Los Angeles, revivifying songs from his lasting career, and performing new material – songs of ribaldry, romance and regret.