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© 2018 Black Duck Productions LLC

The Production Team

Production offices and studio are on Aquidneck Avenue in Middletown, RI. We have a 4K studio with green screen cyclorama and an audio dubbing booth. We are editing on Final Cut ProX for 4K broadcast in NTSC and PAL. Auditions and rehearsals were held here. Wardrobe and  Prop departments are on-site.
Writer/Director - Paul Madden 

Paul Madden is a graduate of The National Film & Television School of England who has directed 4 feature films (see IMDB here) 

 

He has written several screenplays and is a member of the Writer's Guild of America, He wrote the first draft of Paramount’’s “A Show of Force” based on a non-fiction book about a political assassination that starred Robert Duval, Andy Garcia, Kevin Spacey and Amy Irving. He has directed 4 feature films, including 'Summer Job' for Sony Pictures

and 'Medium Rare' for Limelight Films.

He has been a resident of Newport on and off since 1980 when he restored

The Astor's Beechwood Mansion (Wikipedia) and, with URI Drama Department,

he founded the  Beechwood Theater Company, which has entertained over a

million visitors to the mansion with costumed Victorian theatrical tours and

musical productions. He has served on the Boards of The Newport Music Festival

and the American Sail Training Association (ASTA).  

Producers - John Taft and Patricia Cahill Taft

John Taft grew up sailing on Narragansett Bay. After college John spent four years

in the Coast Guard engaging in Maritime Search & Rescue and fighting marine

pollution, followed by a year as a foreign fishery inspector for NOAA. In the early

‘80s John joined his old sailing friend Don Glassie in renovating historic properties

as small inns and hotels, including Newports original 18th century jail, many of the

iconic Art Deco buildings on Miami Beach, and other properties from Manhattan to

Martha’s Vineyard. He and his associates continue to operate these properties under

the Atlantic Stars banner.  John’s interests in maritime affairs also lead to the

creation of Classic Cruises of Newport, which besides the charter schooner

“Madeleine” also operates the excursion vessel “RumRunner II” , which is an original

Prohibition era contact boat used by New Jersey Mobsters to move their cargos of liquor in from Rum Row in the late 1920s. For the past 25 years RumRunner II has done daily tours over the same waters that Charlie Travers and the crew of the Black Duck traveled the night of their fateful encounter with Coast Guard cutter CG290.

Patricia Cahill Taft, a lifelong artist, grew up along the waterfront of Boston’s North Shore. Her father served as Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy and joined the first class of the U.S. Underwater Demolition Team, as a Frogman, which preceded the formation of the U.S. Navy Seals. He later served as head of Boston Harbor security for the U.S. Navy. This influenced Patricia to take on a job as Lighthouse Keeper for four New England winters on a remote island in Salem Sound, Massachusetts. She has won many awards for her paintings and photography, one being a winner of Canon USA and Ron Howard’s “Project Imagination”.  She was one of the founders of Classic Cruises of Newport, which operates the schooner, Madeleine, and the restored1929 Elco “contact boat”, Rum Runner II.

Executive Producer - Carey Fitzgerald
 

Carey Fitzgerald has a long history in all areas of Film & TV production, distribution, advertising, financing and global sales and marketing. She began her career in production working for Michael White and John Goldstone on legendary titles such as MONTY PYTHON’S LIFE OF BRIAN and THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW. She then managed major film accounts including Twentieth Century Fox and Cannon Films for London based advertising agency Dewynters.

She managed a number of London based Film & TV distribution companies including Liberty Films, NVC Films and Gavin Films before founding High Point Films & TV, the multi-channel financing and international distribution company which she built into one of the most established independent global rights management companies in Europe. For over two decades she ran the business enjoying Oscar nominations, Cannes Festival selections and raised the finance for over twenty three BBC prime time TV movies during the course of a few years.

She is a the Managing Director of Ireland and UK based Silver Mountain Productions and is regularly called upon as a panelist or guest tutor in Film & TV at domestic and film & TV festivals and events worldwide and is also a Business Mentor for Women In Film & TV.

 
Writers - Screenplay by Paul M. Madden (WGA) with assistance from the researchers and production team.
 
Associate Producer - Anthony Ambrosino 
 
Director of Photography - Leif Husted Jensen.
 
Creative | Director for commercials and branded content. Proficient in live action direction, cinematography, visual storytelling and light comedy. I work with clients and colleagues to ideate and implement motion picture content that engages, entertains and informs audiences.
1st Assistant Director - Amadeus Finlay
 
Drone Cameraman - Halsey Fulton

 

Halsey Fulton is an experienced marine cameraman and drone operator who is also a direct descendent of Halsey Hereshoff. He grew up sailing the waters of Narragansett Bay. See his work here: http://fishhawkfilms.com

Head of Wardrobe and Makeup: - Sissy O'Hara
Production Coordinator - Sunny Kennedy
Locations Coordinator - Kim Paltridge
 
Chief Researcher - Kevin Hodson

Kevin grew up near the Fairhaven saltwater farms that Charlie and Mildred Travers

owned and he has been researching tales of their exploits for more than 10 years.

See his website here: http://www.nokatay.com

 
Props Master - Bonita Flanders 
Gaffer/Grip - Jed van Dale 
Second Camera Assistant - Nick Brown 
On-set Dress and Property Supervisor - Sarah Raff

                                                                                                John Taft and Kevin Hodson 

                                                                                       at Charlie's grave in New Bedford

Black Duck Studio