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Filmmakers and Participants

Brian Cox - Narrator  - (Succession) Emmy/BAFTA Awards

It was a dream come true when Brian Cox accepted to do the Narration of A Castle in Brooklyn, King Arthur. Brian is an Emmy Award winning Scottish actor. whose career spans many years internationally. He is recently known for his role as media mogul, Logan Roy, on HBO's award winning series, Succession.   He also portrayed Lyndon B. Johnson in a new play on Broadway, named The Great Society. His career spans years in both the UK and American cinema and television.
He was awarded Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2003 Queen's New Year's Honours List for his services to drama.

Dear Tyler,
"I finally got to see ‘ Castle in Brooklyn’ An absolutely amazing piece of work on your part. Heartbreaking in its portrayal of the decimation of an artist.I could not believe how Arthur could through the horror that was visited on him and poor Cynthia.I am very honored and proud that you asked me to narrate it for you. I had no idea how deep the power of your commitment to right the injustice that was visited on Arthur.Thank you for reasserting the right of an individu
al to his or hers artistic vision.Deepest congratulations! As ever B x
Tyler A. Chase - Director

Tyler is an auteur/filmmaker who founded L'ORAGE Productions while attending NYU Film School where she created two short narrative films that screened at: the Tribeca Screening Room, the Cantor Screening Room, New York International Independent Film Festival, Ocularis Open Eye and The Pioneer Theater. Tyler completed the award winning feature documentary, A Castle in Brooklyn, King Arthur wit Emmy/BAFTA Award winner, Brian Cox as the Narrator; short documentary, Sweet Soul in Exile (2018) (Berlin Short Film Festival - Audience Award 2020), and the short narrative film, Animal Crackers, (Pentimenti) (2012). Presently Tyler is completing post production for Blues for 475 Kent and is in development/planning with the feature documentary with the working title, Always Here. Tyler screened work and lectured at the Kanbar Instititute of Film & Television at NYU Tish School of the Arts and her work has also been featured at the National Arts Club, The Players Club and the Dante Aligieri Society in Cambridge. Tyler was accredited by the Center for Women's Global Leadership to attend the United Nations Universal Periodic Review of Human Rights Violations in Geneva, Switzerland where testimony from footage of A Castle in Brooklyn and Blues for 475 Kent was screened. Her work was also screened as testimony for the UPR of Human Rights at Columbia University. She participated on the human rights in housing panel at that session. Soon after, Tyler participated in a review discussion at the White House feedback event.  Tyler makes films about subjects that she feels strong empathy for and works to exhume the many layers that define the human condition. Memberships: Film Fatales, IDA, D-Word, The National Arts Club, Fractured Atlas

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Shanimal - Singer/Songwriter

Shannon lived for years down the block from Broken Angel. She was instrumental in planning the Block Party in 2013 that attracted thousands of people to honor Arthur Wood. Shannon wrote and performs the song, Old New York, based on the story of the Broken Angel and so it was natural that she offered it for the film A Castle in Brooklyn, King Arthur. She has known Arthur Wood and Cynthia for many years and has a personal stake in having this film made. She is an independent American artist with a unique style of singing and her songs respect her southern roots. Her band Shanimal has put out an album, called Rough & Tumble. (c) photo by aka MARIELLE

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Lisette Cevallos Producer/V.P

Lisette Cevallos (Producer, V.P. of L’ORAGE), graduated from the NYU Film Program and has supported the creative work of L'ORAGE Productions from the onset as producer, production manager, administrator, writer and budget/accounting person. She is a producer of the award winning, documentary, A Castle in Brooklyn, King Arthur with Brian Cox (Succession) as Narrator; the short documentary, Sweet Soul in Exile (2020) (Berlin Short Film Festival - Audience Award 2020), and the short narrative film, Animal Crackers-Pentimenti (2012). Cevallos is presently involved in projects in different stages of development, production and post: Blues for 475 Kent, Always Here, Let Them Eat Geese (development/production) and Touched by Duse (US filming completed and pending foreign production). Lisette has participated on panels at the National Arts Club, The Players Club and other venues with Paul Sorvino, William Esper, Helen Sheehy, Susan Batson and Angelica Page for special events and private screenings the work by L'ORAGE.


Cody Geil - Composer/Musician
also much of background score


Cody Geil studied Suzuki violin when she was three and piano at six. In 2000 she went, on scholarship, to Berklee College of Music in Boston. Her experience in the international music scene is strong: touring Europe and The United Arab Emirates with her electric string band Eden, touring China with bluegrass group East River Ensemble, and recently with indie-rock band Freak Owls in both the USA and Europe.

Cody played with Kanye West, Christina Aguilera and also at Nelson Mandela's Birthday concert. She played at President Obama's inauguration ceremony,  U.S. Open with Nick Jonas and the Clinton Foundation Performances include New York’s Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, Late Show with Dave Letterman, and MTV. Cody sings and leads a jazz group, Bon Musique, playing events for Martha Stewart and Vera Wang and at the NY Public Library's centennial event.

She has been involved in L’ORAGE Productions independent feature films from their development, including  A Castle in Brooklyn, King Arthur and Blues for 475 Kent. (c) photo by aka MARIELLE

Mike Mermin - Singer/Songwriter


Mike's song All Fall Down is included in the documentary film, A Castle in Brooklyn, King Arthur. Mike resides in New York but he was raised in Georgia. At thirteen he picked up his father’s Sears Silvertone guitar and began playing the songs of his punk rock heroes. He delved into other flavors of music, from blues to country to folk, enriched by the American landscape of his travels. Mike lived for several years in San Francisco, where he released his first two albums, Long Journey and Back to Eden, to critical acclaim. Filmmaker, Tyler A. Chase contacted Mike on Facebook after hearing his song, All Fall Down, which mysteriously appeared on her IPOD. Tyler knew it was fate and perfect for the film, A Castle in Brooklyn, King Arthur.

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Phyllis Novin and Richie Naef
Gibraltar Jazz
Home Sweet Home Cover

Phyllis and Richie of Gibraltar Jazz are seasoned musicians whose background in music spans many genres, having begun in rock and evolved to rockabilly and jazz. They composed and played in theater productions by Chase in her formative years as a theater director/producer, and later were involved in the short narrative film, Animal Crackers (Pentimenti) 2013. They did the orchestrations and recordings of HOME, SWEET HOME (Music: H.R. Bishop / Lyrics: John Howard Payne - adapted from the 1823 opera, "Clari, Maid of Milan") for the feature documentary film, A Castle in Brooklyn, King Arthur

Julie Praetzel - Second Camera/Sound
Night Scene with Telescope
and UN UPR Event

Julie studied Women’s Film for Social Change, graduating with a B.A., Magna cum Laude from Hunter College. In 2010, Praetzel received CUNY BA’s first Doroshow Travel and Research Grant, an award established by a CUNY BA alumnus and worked on a documentary to focus on artist, Juanita Guccione.She was our sound person on a very difficult all night shoot on the roof of the Broken Angel building. She also was our videographer at the Universal Periodic Review of Human Rights Violations event at Columbia University.

Krista Blomberg
Narration Text - Consultant

Krista lent her writing skills to help flesh out the Narration text for actor, Brian Cox to read in A Castle in Brooklyn, King Arthur. She co-wrote and worked with Director, Tyler A. Chase on the award winning short film, Animal Crackers - Pentimenti, also delivering an outstanding performance as the main character, Sylvie.  She has a strong New York Theater background having worked with LAByrinth and studying acting with Susan Batson.

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Innes Smolansky-Legal Counsel

Lawyer Innes Smolansky, guided us through our vetting process for Errors and Omissions Insurance relating to A Castle in Brooklyn, King Arthur, preparing it for distribution.  She has been doing entertainment law for twenty years. She graduated from Brown University, Class of 1992, B.A., magna cum laude, , University of Paris X, Diplome D'Etude Juridique Europeenes University of Pennsylvania, Class of 1995, J.D., and now has her own practice. Innes Smolansky was admitted in 1996 to the New York Bar;. Her practice areas include Intellectual Property, Entertainment Law, Motion Pictures, Television, Theater, Publishing, Art Law.

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Michal Towber Singer/Songwriter

Emmy Award winner, Michal Towber donated her song Tissue Paper Wings to the documentary, A Castle in Brooklyn, King Arthur Her music has been featured in Television and Film, including HBO and Lifetime movies, Dawson’s Creek, Felicity, Pepsi, Sonos, Canon Camera commercials, and the Warren Miller extreme skiing movie, Like There’s No Tomorrow. Her albums include Sky With Stars (2000) (distributed by Columbia/SONY and co-produced by Michal and Dave Pirner of Soul Asylum), Coma (2002) (a editor’s pick), Desireless (2005), Lifesblood (2010), and MagiCat: Up the Rabbit Hole (2011)

“Michal’s ethnic background adds to her unique appeal. Her songs display her talented voice and her acoustic guitar skills.” Latin Girl Magazine.

“Singer Michal…is on the verge of stardom.”   -Cosmo Girl Magazine.

Sounds like: a more eloquent Fiona Apple, with a stronger voice...she hits her stride when she makes melancholic sound majestic...Michal may have been weaned on Chopin, but she was saved by rock 'n' roll.”

Seventeen Magazine.

Evan D. Normand
2D Animator

Evan D. Normand is an American 2D animator who studied animation at Austin Community College. After graduating with scholastic excellence in 2016, he has since worked on a large variety of freelance projects from clients across the world. Evan was able to create accurate and beautiful animation for our movie, A Castle in Brooklyn, King Arthur, depicting events that were crucial. We look forward to working with him again!

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Theresa Galvin 

Theresa A. Galvin (MS, RDN, CD-N) briefly served as Grant Writing Consultant on both Blues for 475  and A Castle in Brooklyn, King Arthur for L’ORAGE Productions, a considerable departure from her three decades as a devoted HIV/AIDS Clinician.  She assisted in follow up filming at the Broken Angel building. Her interest in both projects came naturally, borne of her long history and passion for advocacy and activism around human, civil and animal rights. She was particularly moved by director, Tyler A. Chase's vision on both of these films, re-igniting her passion to expand outside the realm of healthcare. She has done grant writing and management for over 15 years and only recently transferred this skill in to the world of film making.   

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Page Walker Walters
Graphic Designer


Based in Atlanta, Elizabeth Page Walker met Tyler A. Chase and producer, Lisette Cevallos at the Cannes Film Festival in 2013. Since then, Page created the L'ORAGE website and has participated on several projects as a Graphics person for posters.  Originally from the deep south of Georgia. “Page” , is a filmmaker, photographer and artist.  She graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Georgia. Her major was Mass Media Arts with an emphasis in Video Production and her minor was Chinese Language and Culture.

Page debuted her first short film, Remnants in a college classroom.  Page made several other short films for Campus Movie Festival, including, Maddy and Eavesdropped, in which she did Cinematography. She completed a Production Assistant Internship in Shanghai, China with , Bright Shadow Films. After her graduation, Page spent over a year studying and teaching English in Mainland China.  She is certified Internationally to teach English.

Thanks to Photography Donors

Martha Cooper
Renowned  photographer Martha Cooper photographed the Broken Angel building for an article with writer, Maggie Wrigley some years ago.  She was the first female photographer at the New York Post. She is best known for documenting the Graffiti scene in New York in the 1970's and is a world renowned photojournalist. Her work has appeared in National Geographic, Smithsonian and Nathural History magazines as well as several dozen books and journals. Her work can be found in galleries around the country.  She is the Director of Photography at City Lore.  Learn more about her on TED

Robert Cadena
Poster Image of Arthur Wood

Robert knows Arthur Wood and captured his likeness and spirit in the portrait that is the poster for A Castle in Brooklyn, King Arthur.  Born in Bogota, Colombia, South America and raised in Washington State, Robert dreamed of becoming a professional soccer player while growing up. He played bass guitar in punk rock bands in his youth and toured around in an old Dodge Econoline van, listening to KISS on an 8 track and sleeping on dirty couches. He graduated with a B.A. in History from Gonzaga University. Robert lived in Italy and backpacked extensively throughout Europe and parts of Central and South America and Asia. Have lived in the NYC area for 15 years. A self-taught photographer. Learned by reading books and experimenting in the darkroom while shooting street and documentary photo essays in New Orleans. Assisted many great photographers and directors after moving to NYC from New Orleans.

Mark Blackshear
Mark Blackshear contributed his photography from an article with writer, Sarah Almond some years ago. He was a personal friend of the Woods and was a frequent guest to their Broken Angel building. In addition to the many publications that his work has appeared in Mark has exhibited at The Brooklyn Academy of Music, The African American Museum in Philadelphia,  40 Acres Art Gallery, Chastain City Gallery in Atlanta, Leica Gallery, Manhattan, and The Rotunda Gallery
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While at NYU as a film major she began photography. She is the director of photography on indie movies currently in post production, and is listed on IMDB for the still photography of various documentary films as well as for movie posters. Some of her work has been exhibited at the National Arts Club online exhibition.  Two of her works, Where She Was and Where She Was 2, were part of the ArtSplash 2015 exhibition. Where She Was, was sold to a private collector. Her photographs have been published in media like and others.  She specializes in art photography as well as nature to portraiture. MARIELLE does stills for movies and sessions with musicians, sculptors and interesting people who want to make a statement.

Thanks to our Archival Footage Donors

Max and the City - the Sky is the Limit Program

Max and the City footage courtesy of  Max Westerman and RTL Netherlands


Beautiful Obsessions (cable TV special) - footage featuring the Broken Angel building in Brooklyn, NY.  1980's



Footage of Arthur and Cynthia Wood dancing on top floor of Broken Angel

courtesy of Christopher Wood

additional from Pond5, Pixnio and VideoBlocks


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