Production Bios

Marie Tobin, John Lukacs, William VanDerKloot

William VanDerKloot, Producer/Director

Bill VanDerKloot’s career as a Director and Producer, spans four decades and includes short films, broadcast commercials, television documentaries and theatrical features. Over the years he has traveled the world creating films on a environmental science. He has won over one hundred international awards, including Emmy Awards and the George Foster Peabody Award.

He produced the Atlanta Olympic Film, TIME AND DREAMS, which helped win the bid to host the 1996 Summer Olympic Games. VanDerKloot’s productions include special video installations for the Carter Presidential Museum and Library, the Columbus Museum, and the Special Collections Library at the University of Georgia.

Bill has directed hundreds of commercial and branded content projects for such clients as CNN, Delta Air Lines, Cox Enterprises, Coca-Cola, McKesson, Invesco, US Marine Corps, and Porsche, to name just a few. His work has been shown on such venues as PBS, National Geographic, Turner Broadcasting, CNN, HBO, Showtime, as well as iTunes, amazon, and Netflix.

VanDerKloot created the award-winning Little Mammoth children’s programs, The BIG Adventure Series®, which are licensed in over 30 countries worldwide. The latest episode, The NEW BIG Plane Trip, was released in 2018.

Based in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward, VanDerKloot founded Magick Lantern in 1990, a video post-production house and digital production studio serving the advertising, broadcast and film production industries. He sold the studio in 2013 to focus on content production.

He and his company have supported the local community with pro bono work for dozens of organizations, including Trees Atlanta, Literacy Action, Homeless Taskforce, The Carter Center, The Georgia Conservancy, Habitat for Humanity, and the Girl Scouts, to name just a few. He donated his company’s services to then-City Council President Cathy Woolard and Ryan Gravel, to create a video that introduced audiences to a concept called, The Atlanta BeltLine.

VanDerKloot was the founding director of the Atlanta Film Festival and has written about filmmaking for such publications as American Cinematographer. He has served over 20 years on the Georgia Governor’s Film Advisory Board under numerous administrations. He was a long-time board member and past president of the Georgia Production Partnership (GPP), an industry association responsible for creating Georgia’s wildly successful film tax incentives. 

He is a board member and past-Chair of the University of Georgia Libraries Board of Visitors. He currently serves on the Morningside Neighborhood Association Zoning Review Committee, and has done so for over a decade.

VanDerKloot has screened his films and lectured around the country at such institutions as University of Florida, Georgia State University,New York ChurchilliansCoalition for Quality Children’s Programming, and the National WWII Museum.

Monique Tobin – Head Researcher and Field Producer

Monique Tobin is a writer and journalist based in St. John’s, Newfoundland, and has worked in documentary production for over a decade. In 2001 Monique began researching the ferrying of US-built bomber aircraft to the UK during WWII: her comprehensive research on the subject of RAF Ferry Command has included Canadian, British and American public and private archives and extensive field research. Since 1991 Monique has worked on countless CBC Radio and TV history and current affairs productions as a writer, broadcaster, associate producer and researcher, in addition to work on independent film projects. Monique has written for The Financial Post and numerous other print publications.

Carlo Rota – Narrator

Carlo Rota was born in London, raised in Italy, Hong Kong, the Bahamas and Canada and now lives in Los Angeles. He is best known to American audiences as Morris O’Brian on “24,” where he has filmed 27 episodes. He is also known for his five seasons as Mick Schtoppel on the USA Network’s smash hit “La Femme Nikita” (1997). Carlo also appeared on Showtime’s “Queer as Folk” (2000), “The Boondock Saints” (1999) and in numerous other television shows and movies. Carlo also stars in the Canadian hit, “Little Mosque on the Prairie,” as Yasir Hamoudi. He also co-created, hosted and directed the popular series, ”The Great Canadian Food Show” – a program where he travels across Canada in search of the country’s best culinary delights. Carlo was recently nominated for a prestigious James Beard Award for excellence in culinary journalism. 

James Oliverio – Composer

American composer James Oliverio has created hundreds of original soundtracks and orchestral scores for film, television and the stage. In addition to numerous national grants, commissions and world premieres, he holds five Emmy Awards for music composition from the Atlanta Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS). In addition to performances of his orchestral scores by ensembles including the Cleveland Orchestra and the symphonies of Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Columbus, Oliverio has produced for and collaborated with Jazz @ Lincoln Center, the New York Philharmonic, the New York City Ballet and the Film Society of Lincoln Center. He served as Artistic Consultant on a number of projects with Wynton Marsalis, including the Millennial commission of “All Rise”, which premiered with the New York Philharmonic under the baton of Kurt Masur and enjoyed subsequent performances at the Concertgebouw and with major international ensembles including the London and Los Angeles Philharmonics and the Boston and Chicago Symphonies. Additional special recognition includes the Inaugural “Peoria Prize for Creativity” (2005) for producing the globally-distributed performing arts collaboration entitled “Hands Across the Ocean” and the “Most Courageous and Creative” Award in the High Bandwidth Challenge at the 2001 Global SuperComputing Conference. Oliverio’s work in real-time globally-distributed arts has been featured on CNN International and the BBC. He currently serves as Professor of Music & Digital Media and as Director of the Digital Worlds Institute at the University of Florida.