- Matt LivadaryDirector/Writer/Producer/Co-Editor
Matt Livadary is a passionate filmmaker and a Los Angeles native. After earning his BA from USC’s Cinema School, he worked for several years at the prestigious Creative Artists Agency, for clients such as Ang Lee, Spike Jonze and Cameron Crowe. In 2008, Matt worked as a story editor alongside acclaimed director Marc Forster at the production company Apparatus. While working on Queens & Cowboys, he has also made a name for himself creating content for clients including Sony, EA and Comedy Central. A “deep and wide” filmmaker, Matt possesses a talent for showcasing sentimental and broadly appealing content; particularly utilizing playful themes, passionate optimism and nostalgia to connect with his audience—a filmmaker unafraid to show the size of his heart onscreen.
- Erin KrozekProducer
After graduating from UC Berkeley in 2006, Erin cut her entertainment teeth at the William Morris Agency and as the assistant to Oscar-nominated filmmaker Jason Reitman (“Thank You For Smoking”, “Juno”, “Up In The Air”). Since March 2010, Erin has worked as a Producer in unscripted television and has produced series, pilots, and a TV-movie for networks including A&E, Travel Channel, National Geographic, Discovery Channel, Spike TV, and Animal Planet, including the monster hit “Duck Dynasty”. The proud daughter of a gay father, Erin sees “Queens & Cowboys” not only as a portrait of our country’s complex LGBTQ community, but as an exploration of the universal desire to find the place where we fit.
- Tim StrubeCo-Editor
A native Chicagoan, Tim moved to Los Angeles in 2004 to study film at the University of Southern California. Upon graduating in 2008, he quickly jumped in to the fast-paced world of producing live TV for an NBCUniversal/Comcast network. After almost 5 years and hundreds of hours of live television, Tim decided to join City Room Creative, a boutique entertainment-marketing agency and production house started by fellow USC alum and the creators of 2011’s hit documentary “Jiro Dreams of Sushi.” Since then, he has produced and edited for companies such as IFC Films, the Sundance Institute, Anchor Bay Entertainment, GE Capital, and others. Through all his creative endeavors, Tim remains firmly committed to his belief in the power of good storytelling. He is proud to have worked alongside Matt on various projects over the years, and “Queens and Cowboys” is their first feature-length documentary collaboration.
- Joachim CooderComposer
Joachim Cooder is a composer/songwriter/producer/drummer who lives in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Mt. Washington. As a young boy he would watch his dad, guitarist Ry Cooder score films. He loved all of Walter Hill’s doomed seedy characters and the wide open spaces of Wim Wenders’ Paris, Texas. He spent many nights in his room listening to Tangerine Dream’s soundtrack to Thief and was struck by the strange, cold melancholy that can only be achieved by synthesizers and machines. A feeling that continues to inspire him. He collaborates regularly with his wife, the LA artist Juliette Commagere. The two of them also just produced Carly Ritter’s debut. He also put out his own record under the name Love On A Real Train. His most recent soundtracks include the documentaries “Spark: A Burning Man Story” and “Queens and Cowboys.”