Tim Oliver worked on the 22nd Floor of One World Trade Center, the shining new symbol of a city determined to rebuild after the terrorist attacks of 9/11. Oliver is the longtime Art Director at Golf Digest magazine. He came up with the idea for his book, “Finding Fifteen,” during his daily walks through the 9/11 Memorial on his way into the office. In “Finding Fifteen,” Oliver takes the reader on a six-month journey to locate families, friends and colleagues of 15 victims of that tragic day 15 years later. He interviewed more than 55 people in his desire to remember and honor the lives of these innocent Americans who were caught up in the attacks on New York City, Washington D.C., and rural Pennsylvania.
A graduate of Fordham University, Oliver has vast media experience, having worked as a staff art director at the New York Times, Time Magazine and major metropolitan newspapers in Atlanta, Detroit and New Jersey. He also was a political and education reporter for Gannett Westchester Newspapers in suburban New York City. Oliver has lectured nationally about creative possibilities for content-driven design. He was an adjunct professor at Monmouth College in New Jersey. Oliver has won more than 40 awards for his design work from the Society of Publication Design, Society of Newspaper Design, the American Society of Magazine Editors and the Society of Illustrators.
Oliver has won more than 40 awards for his design work from the Society of Publication Design, Society of Newspaper Design, the American Society of Magazine Editors and the Society of Illustrators. Oliver also designs specialty products for the New York Times and Steiner Sports. Book projects include: Best-selling instruction books for Hall of Fame golfers Tom Watson, Nick Faldo and Phil Mickelson and some of America’s top professional golf instructors; New York Times Travel guides; “official” book of the national champion University of Tennessee football team; a book on the history of the NFL’s Green Bay Packers.
Michael Finnegan, an Army veteran, freelance filmmaker, photojournalist and documentarian from New Haven, Connecticut and owner of Film Haven Productions LLC. He studied film and journalism at Southern Connecticut State University and The Institute of Advance Media in Hartford Connecticut. He enjoys every minute of telling stories visually. He has fallen in love with the art of visual storytelling and documentary production. Moreover, he is truly inspired by the stories of people and the social issues we face day to day.
Michael loves reality filmmaking or cinéma vérité. His professional goal is to produce documentaries and photojournalism projects that shape our future, unfolding the most interesting stories in our communities and throughout the world. He has produced and directed a few short and insightful documentaries. He has worked for the Connecticut Arts Department, creating a series of small documentaries for their Power of Place mission, the Veteran Artist Program creating a successful fundraising video and documentary, and the Kennedy Center, creating a mini documentary about the Autism Project that helped the organization raise funds for the project. Additionally, he produced multiple award wining documentaries that have screened at various local, regional and international film festivals and directed a few PSAs, commercials and promotional videos for a variety of clients.
Co-Director/ Camera Operator:
David Trapasso, was an artist at a very young age. In high school his teacher, Mr. Vansteenburg, inspired him to go to college for video production. Since that day he has been building a demo reel full of narrative, experimental, documentary, commercial, music videos and motion graphics. Onirico, one of his shorts, won an award for best experimental at SCUFF, Southern Connecticut University Film Festival in 2015.
After graduating from Southern Connecticut State University with a bachelor in communication with a concentration in video production, he continued to produce videos with friends and local business establishments. Another Day in Paradise, his first gangster/cop film will begin production in 2017.
Director Of Photography:
Maher Shakir, has five years’ experience in videography and photography. He began his journey as a photographer in Iraq, photo-journaling personal stories from the War in Iraq. From there, he helped photograph weddings, sporting events, and government functions. After falling in love with photography, he naturally progressed into videography. As a refugee in Jordan, he worked hard to capture the refugee experience through his video lens. He worked with the Royal Film Industry in Jordan, helping to film many international movies and commercials before moving to America.
Maher believes photographs are more than a piece of paper. They are a connection to our past and a gift to our future. They are the representation of all that the mind forgets and what the heart will always remember.
For the last five years, Maher has had the privilege of helping people capture the most important moments of their lives from war to weddings. He began his journey as a photographer by documenting life in Baghdad during the Iraq War. In Jordan, he used his lens to capture the refugee experience.
Albert Silva Sr. is an Air Force veteran, biologist, film maker, medic and real estate investor from Los Angeles, California. He studied biology and psychology at Southern Connecticut State University where he earn his bachelor’s degree and ultimately a master’s degree at the same university studying biology. Although Albert’s education and training is chiefly in the life sciences, he always maintained a fascination with film.
Growing up in the entertainment capital of the world, Hollywood, Albert attended tapings of different shows and even worked as an extra on various movies, commercials and television programs before joining the military.
During his studies in college, he befriended a young filmmaker, Michael Finnegan. Recognizing Albert’s talents for creative writing, and natural ability to infuse life and sincerity into demanding scenes, Michael recruited Albert to form their company, Film Haven. Their first collaboration was a short film that was written, produced, and edited all in 48 hours. It was considered by most to be the best film of the contest. Albert also teamed up with Film makers David Trapasso Jr and Conner Etter in Film Haven to produce various documentaries, commercials, and public service announcements.
Connor Etter is a filmmaker who has a passion for telling good stories, whether it’s documentaries, narratives, etc. Connor, growing up, was a fan of movies made by James Cameron; such as Terminator and Titanic. Connor’s interest to James Cameron was his motivation on portraying human emotion in films.
Connor attended Southern Connecticut State University and studied video production; he met two other students with a passion in film — Dave Trapasso and Michael Finnegan. They worked on student films while attending Southern.
After graduating Southern, Connor worked different crew positions for TV networks, mainly on reality shows, and then went to D.C. to work on a short horror called Rotary, as the co-producer. Rotary has been selected for multiple festivals, both in the U.S. and international. Soon after, Connor, Dave, and Michael went on to found Film Haven Productions.
Teresa Oliver is a freelance photographer from Huntington, N.Y., less than 40 miles from the World Trade Center. A lifelong Long Island resident, Teresa is a graduate of Berkeley College in Long Island. She has had careers in both medicine and real estate.
With her camera always beside her, Teresa is behind the scenes documenting the making of “Sky So Blue.” She interviewed and photographed many subjects for the 2016 non-fiction book “Finding Fifteen,” about 15 victims of 9/11 written by her husband, Tim. Teresa was an editor/researcher on the project and organized a successful book launch party in Long Island.
Teresa serves as Tim’s guiding conscience to make a film that will help unite Americans through the wisdom of the 9/11 families. Teresa’s dream is to open a bed and breakfast and photograph her visitors enjoying a happy experience away from their hectic lives.