Austin Alward (Director, Producer, Editor)

After living in France for many years, Alward returned to the U.S. in 2002 where he met Paul the Plumber and began the odyssey that has become FREEWHEEL.  After completing the short film KARMA WHEEL, which screened at festivals worldwide, he returned to France and directed the post-apocalyptic LOUIS & ANNE, a short film that employs many of the textural filmic approaches present in FREEWHEEL

Alward has directed music videos for Decibully, Thomas Brun, and The Flesh and was one of a coordinated group of filmmakers around the world for the multi-media project A MOMENT ON EARTH.

Trained as one of the "First Fifty" through Al Gore's Climate Project, Austin became an advocate for global warming awareness following the hurricane season of 2005 and currently resides with his wife in New Orleans.



ANDREAS BURGESS (Cinematographer, Producer, Editor)

A Wisconsin native who now splits time between Los Angeles and New York, Andreas' feature credits as cinematographer include 2006 Independent Spirit Award-Winner CONVENTIONEERS (directed by Mora Stephens) and most recently the underground spy thriller SUBTERRANYA, directed by Philip Farha.

In addition to music videos for Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, The Flesh and others, he has shot numerous short films, including Austin Alward's LOUIS & ANNE and Peter Glanz's A RELATIONSHIP IN FOUR DAYS, which recently screened at Sundance and at Cannes.

His non-fiction subjects range from electric shock survivors (Scott Tuft's WITHIN THE GRID) to one man's nine-year project to memorize and perform John Milton's Paradise Lost (THUS SPAKE JOHN, which Burgess also directed and cut). He is a graduate of Wesleyan University, a lifelong fan of the Milwaukee Brewers, and an avid barbecuer of marinaded meats