Thomas Wirthensohn - Director
Born and raised in Austria, Thomas traveled the world as a successful fashion model but it wasn’t until he stepped behind the camera that he found his true passion.
Now based out of New York, Thomas captures the faces and places that inspire him most with a documentarian’s eye. As a photographer, director/cinematographer and video editor, his unique style supports brands to better tell their stories. He continues to work on exciting projects and ventures in New York and around the world.
HOMME LESS is his first feature length documentary that he wrote, co-produced, directed, filmed and co-edited.
Mark Reay - Protagonist
HOMME LESS would not have been possible without the great collaboration of its protagonist. Mark guides us through the film and takes us on a fascinating journey through his life where he reveals his most intimate secrets.
When we started to shoot we didn’t think much about the consequences the movie would have on Mark’s life once it was released. We were joking about it, but the closer to the end we came, the more I started to worry. Not that he wasn’t aware of the repercussions, but when the film was almost finished he was still in the same situation, a situation that in the worst case could get him arrested. So it was one of my priorities to make sure he was safe and ready for the release of the film.
Mark was born and raised in New Jersey in a family of five. He was a high school athlete and graduated from the College of Charleston, South Carolina, with a liberal arts degree in business administration. After working for an importer in New Jersey he spent four years in Europe pursuing a career in modeling. In 1994, he took acting classes and worked as a photographer. In 2000, he went back to Europe to model and returned to the US in 2007 to shoot for Dazed and Confused during Fashion Week. He lives off the grid and works in New York.
Josh Cramer - Editor
Josh's feature credits include Tommy Pallotta's American Prince (the sequel to Scorsese’s seminal documentary “American Boy”), La Lupe Queen of Latin Soul that premiered on PBS Independent Lens, Christine Choy’s American Poet and Thomas Wirthensohn's Homme Less.
He has cut short films for Jonathan Caouette (All Flowers in Time), Iara Lee (Beneath the Borqa) and Lance Weiler (Pandemic) all of which have premiered at Sundance. Josh has also cut award winning television projects for PBS (Ku-Ling Yurman’s episode of EXPOSÉ), a segment for the 2012 Emmy-nominated Stand Up To Cancer special, short films for Human Rights Watch, the A&E web series Think Tank and music videos for indie bands such as Zero 7, Ra Ra Riot, Calla, Ghostwave, We Are Scientists and Ambulance LTD.
In 2008, he won a Webby Award for his work on the New York Times short All the T in China, which he also directed. As a commercial editor, he has helmed campaigns for Ford, Dos Equis, Glenlivet, David Yurman, Budweiser, Cinelan, History, Pepsi, MTV, Southwest Airlines, and Johnson & Johnson.
In 2009, Josh launched the weekly web series RADAR as lead editor. RADAR was a groundbreaking series based around creativity and storytelling. As the series grew, Josh became more involved as a producer and by the end he had directed over a third of the 42 episodes.
Kyle Eastwood and Matt McGuire – Music Score
It has been 15 years since bassist Kyle Eastwood burst onto the jazz scene with his 1998 debut, From There To Here. At that moment in his budding career, the press seemed more preoccupied with his paternal lineage (he's the son of famed actor-director Clint Eastwood) than his music. Over the course of the four subsequent releases - 2004's Paris Blue, 2005's Now, 2009's Metropolitan, 2011’s Songs from the Chateau and 2013’s The View From Here - Eastwood built up an impressive body of work while earning respect in musician circles.
In addition to his six solo albums, Eastwood has also contributed music to eight of his father's films: The Rookie (1990), Mystic River (2002), Million Dollar Baby (2004), Flags of Our Fathers (2006), Letters from Iwo Jima (2006), Changeling (2008), Gran Torino (2008) and Invictus (2009). And while he takes pride in those credits, his most personal, fully realized and rewarding project to date is his current quintet offering, The View From Here.
Matt McGuire is a Los Angeles based composer/pianist as well as the CEO of MusicWerksProductions, Inc. From major recording studios Capitol Records and Universal Studios in Los Angeles, to world renowned Carnegie Hall in New York, and several world tours in between, Matt enjoys a successful career in the music profession that spans over 30 years. Recently Matt, along with Kyle Eastwood, scored the award-winning film by Director Susan Morgan-Cooper "Mulberry Child" The film was narrated by Jacqueline Bisset. Matt continues to write for ABC's 5th Floor Music Library and his music is featured on the daily hit show "The Chew." Matt also is currently writing for 4K Media's YuGiOh Zexal which airs Saturday mornings on the CW network.
Matt also scored the music, along with Kyle Eastwood, for Clint Eastwood’s film “Jersey Boys,” released in 2014.
Wolfgang Ramml - Producer
After graduating with a PhD in economics, he founded Filmhaus Films/Filmhaus Vienna with cinematographer Thomas Kloss in 1984. Filmhaus has since become one of the largest and most successful production companies in Austria.
In addition to producing award-winning commercials, Filmhaus Films also specializes in producing documentaries, TV shows and theatrical motion pictures such as Before Sunrise (with Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy; which was started with funding from the Austrian Film Fund and was the first collaboration with Karol Martesko-Fenster), “Epstein’s-Nacht” (Mario Adorf, Annie Girardot, Nina Hoss und Bruno Ganz) and the six-hour TV series Napoleon for A&E with John Malkovich, Isabella Rossellini & Gerard Depardieu.
Recently Wolfgang produced the acclaimed documentary about Udo Proksch, “Udo Proksch Blue Danube Cowboy,” directed by Robert Dornhelm, about a political wizard in the ’80s in Austria, and Carl Djerassi’s “Vienna’s Lost Intelligence.”
At the moment Filmhaus is involved in four feature film projects and five documentaries.
Karol Martesko-Fenster - Producer
Karol is an Austrian-born American entrepreneur and media industry innovator with broad motion picture, broadcast, print, and Internet backgrounds and his career spans over two decades including leadership in the American independent film industry. He is the President of Film & Media for S2BN Entertainment and a Managing Partner of cinelan and was previously SVP&GM of Film at Babel Networks, Head of Film at Chris Blackwell's Palm Pictures, President of RES Media Group and President/Publisher of Silicon Alley Reporter.
Most recently Karol collaborated with Michael Cohl on Emmett Malloy’s 2013 Grammy Award winning BIG EASY EXPRESS and Harry Belafonte’s SING YOUR SONG and he is a producer of Maura Axelrod’s THE ESCAPE ARTIST and Thomas Wirthensohn’s HOMME LESS. Karol is an Executive Producer on Havana Marking's SMASH & GRAB, Noel Dernesch & Moritz Springer’s JOURNEY TO JAH, Daniel McCabe’s THIS IS CONGO, Phil Cox’s THE LOVE HOTEL and THE BENGALI DETECTIVE, Amy Benson’s THE GIRL WHO KNEW TOO MUCH, James Allen Smith’s FLOORED, Dean Budnick’s WETLANDS PRESERVED, JJ King and Peter Mann’s DARK FIBRE and Danfung Dennis’s 2012 Academy Award Nominee HELL AND BACK AGAIN.
Karol has produced 25 television and satellite broadcast music programs and he co-founded FILMMAKER Magazine, RES Magazine, and the media content enterprises cinelan, conditionone, indieWIRE and Thought Engine | Media Group. Way back when, Karol was a Coordinating Producer for PBS & WNET’s Great Performances Music Division and Market Director for the breakout 1989 Independent Feature Film Market and in 1990, as the Executive Director of the IFP, he restructured the organization and co-initiated the inaugural Gotham Awards.