Crystal Sphinx Productions is proud to present To Climb a Gold Mountain, a feature length documentary. The principals of the film development are:
Alex Azmi: Director, Executive Producer
Alex Azmi is a filmmaker with interest in documentaries that deals with social and cultural issues. Alex’s is currently involved in several projects including short films and other feature-length documentaries.
Rebecca Hu: Producer, Co-Director
After graduating with honors from the University of Toronto with a triple major in Cinema Studies, English Literature and Psychology, Hu went on to win the prestigious 2005 Diversity in Broadcasting Award as presented by Women in Film & Television - Toronto. After eight years and over on hundred productions later, her credits include the independent feature “Rice on White,” “Pretty Rosebud” and “Muffin Top: A Love Story,” the TV show “Red Bull’s Rock the Route,” the feature length documentary “I Heart Hollywood,” and the web series “Digg into Books.”
Raymond Bell: Executive Producer
Raymond is a Executive producer and distributor of independent feature films, documentaries, book to film adaptations, and special interest programming. Mr. Bell has extensive working knowledge of all major media platforms and is an expert in the development, production and licensing of all forms of audio visual content.
David Fulmer: Writer
David Fulmer was the writer-producer of the radio series “Americana – A Mosaic of American Music,” which was featured on NPR-affiliate WABE-FM and on WMLB-AM. He wrote and produced the documentary "Blind Willie's Blues," which Video Librarian called "nothing less than the economic, social, and historical evolution of America's indigenous music.” As the author of six historical novels, he has won a Shamus Award and a Benjamin Franklin Award, and has been nominated for a LA Times Book Prize, a Barry Award, a Falcon Award, and another Shamus Award. His books have received superlative reviews from The Times Picayune, The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Washington Post, The Telegraph (UK), and The Christian Science Monitor, and have been translated into Italian, Japanese, French, and Turkish.
Grisha Alasadi: Editor
Originally born and raised in Germany, Grisha Alasadi studied photography and worked as a freelance editor, director and creative producer for all major television networks in Germany. He has produced over 200 theatrical and TV trailers, including blockbusters like Schindlers List, Jurassic Park, Ghost Busters and Batman, just to name a few. His recent work on the environmental documentary Harmony, starring HRH The Prince of Whales, helped earn the film, the Cinema of Peace Award at the Berlin Film festival, as well as a 2011 Grammy nomination.
Ilsik Byun: Composer
Educated in Berklee College of Music and New York University, Ilsik Byun studied classical orchestration, composition and tonal/jazz theories with noted composers such as John Bavicchi, Richard Davis, and Dinu Ghezzo. Upon graduation, Ilsik relocated to Los Angeles to pursue film and television scoring full time. Since then, he has participated many post-production projects including indi films, documentaries, national television commercials and radio commercials as a composer and an arranger. From 2004, Ilsik Byun also started his career as a music professor at Cornel School of Contemporary Music. He is teaching various classes including Jazz Harmony, Orchestration, Music Production, and Film Scoring courses. From 2008, Ilsik serves as an Associate Dean of the School.