Cast & Crew
David Klein is the Candyman. He revolutionized the candy business with his invention of JellyBelly jellybeans in 1976.
Costa Botes (Director/Producer) is a film-maker based in New Zealand. He co-wrote and co-directed Forgotten Silver with Peter Jackson, a mock documentary about a fictional movie pioneer. He has since turned his talents to celebrating real life colourful characters. Costa also has a passion for guitar, banjo, and bluegrass.
Bert Klein (Producer) is the son of David Klein-the inventor of Jelly Bellies and the subject of Candyman. Bert has worked in the film business for 20 years as a producer, director, and artist mostly in the area of feature animation. He has produced three independent films with his wife Jennifer that have garnered many awards.
Jennifer Klein (Producer) has worked extensively in feature animation, storyboarding and animating for studios such as Disney (Emperor's New Groove) and Warner Bros (The Iron Giant). Recently she wrote a film that earned Picnic Productions a third Annie Nomination for Best Short, "Pups of Liberty".
Tom McLeod is a New Zealand composer whos recent work includes scoring doco-feature Lost In Wonderland, music directing TVNZ's new prime-time entertainment show One Night Only, plus collaborations with critically acclaimed indie-rock band The Phoenix Foundation on their gold-selling album, Happy Endings, and Luke Buda on the album Vesuvius. He has produced and arranged albums such as Tim Beveridge's Come Rain Come Shine for Sony Music – recorded in LA alongside Oscar-winning arranger Russell Garcia; and The Spirit Symphony with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra; as well as several tracks for pop album Abe Messiah, from the worldwide hit children's TV series The Tribe.
Doug Blush (Executive Producer/co-editor) is the editor of the documentary hits WORDPLAY, I.O.U.S.A., BEER WARS, and OUTRAGE, and a segment of the new adaptation of FREAKONOMICS, opening this year. He has been directing and editing films for over fifteen years as the co-owner of MadPix, Inc, located in Los Angeles, and is currently co-directing a documentary with his wife Lisa on new understandings of bipolar condition.
Eddie Schmidt (Executive Producer) is an Oscar-nominated filmmaker, writer/producer, and commentator, as well as the Board President of the International Documentary Association (IDA). Feature credits include producing, co-writing, and shooting the acclaimed and irreverent IFC documentary THIS FILM IS NOT YET RATED, producing and shooting HBO’s powerful TWIST OF FAITH (for which he was nominated for an Academy Award), and producing the groundbreaking teenage tapestry CHAIN CAMERA. All three films were released theatrically and premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.
For TV, Schmidt has directed, produced, and written documentary and comedy specials and series for HBO, IFC, E!, Lionsgate TV, Current, A&E, and Adult Swim. Since 2006, Schmidt has served on the Board of Directors of the IDA, a nonprofit community for nonfiction filmmakers. During the latter half of 2008, he was the organization’s interim Executive Director. Schmidt was elected President in 2009, and recently re-elected for 2010.
Schmidt is currently producing a new feature documentary on the singer/songwriter scene in late 60s/early 70s Los Angeles.