Owner and Director
Throughout the last decade, Don Schechter has spearheaded Charles River Media Group, drawing upon his expertise in production, marketing, and technology to create dynamic and client-centered material. As the visionary behind CRMG, Mr. Schechter has created an innovative company that serves the needs of corporations, universities, non-profits, and government organizations across the United States and the world. Mr. Schechter has spent the last eight years teaching at his alma mater, Tufts University, from which he holds two degrees.
Director of Photography
Bruce Petschek has worked in film for over thirty years. He studied filmmaking at the Orson Welles Film School, as well as video production for Human Services at the College of Public and Community Service, University of Massachusetts, Boston. He was the Director of Photography for “Give Me The Banjo”, a PBS documentary with Steve Martin. Mr. Petschek’s videos have won awards in film festivals from Rio de Janeiro to San Francisco. He has worked on projects throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Japan, Central and South America.
Nadia de Lemeny
Producer and Stylist
Nadia de Lemeny is an actor, voice over artist, and photographer from England. She has over 20 years of voice over experience including work with Sky Television, ITV, and the BBC. She has produced a variety of projects, including the Ascendants short film series and Marranos, an independent film. Nadia has served as a photographer and stylist on corporate, educational, and creative productions. She is also an experienced studio photographer.
Project Manager and Editor
Jaqueline Noack studied International Film Studies and French at Tufts University. Since graduating, she has worked for Peter Bogdanovich and HBO Documentaries. She is fluent in Spanish and French and can serve as a CRMG translator.
Director of Photography
David Bouley is an experienced producer, cinematographer, and director. He has honed his skills working as a producer, gaffer, and grip on a number of productions in Boston, New York, and Los Angeles.
Audio and Webcast Engineer
Jon Shedler has experience with camera, sound, and post-production. He also works in the events industry as a live sound engineer for concerts. Jon combines his passions for video and events by engineering solutions to record and broadcast live performances to an internet audience.
Polikseni Manxhari has held the title of National American Miss Massachusetts Teen 2008 and Miss Massachusetts USA 2015. She competed at the nationally televised Miss USA competition. She is pursuing a Masters Degree in Journalism at Harvard Extension School and as a member of CRMG is both an on-camera talent and live event host.
Gaffer and Key Grip
Fletcher Burns is CRMG’s outspoken Gaffer and Key Grip who is known around the country for – not only his professional talent – but his collection of unique wardrobe.
Kassidy is CRMG’s “guard dog.” She keeps an eye on the studio when not in use and is a fan of non-liver treats. She demands your attention!
Jon Mercer is known for his ability to deconstruct a frame or narrative, finding it’s essential elements and drawing out the underlying emotion. As an editor, compositor, and colorist, his commercial work has been broadcast nationally and helped expand viewership for a number of online platforms. His film work has screened internationally at festivals and his editing for the documentary Calling My Children helped guide it to twelve festival wins and a Cine Golden Eagle Award.
Yvonne LaBarge is a writer/director as well as an acclaimed script supervisor. Throughout the span of her career she has script supervised over 30 different projects ranging from short films and features to TV pilots, music videos, web series, commercials, and corporate videos. Her most prominent directorial work is a short superhero film about periods and female empowerment entitled, “The Womanhood” (2012), which received international acclaim.
Director, Assistant Director
Cody Signore has worked on broadcast commercials, corporate videos, and narrative and documentary films. Cody photographed the theatrical release poster for “Transcendent Man” for Ptolemaic Productions, and was a camera operator for “All In: The Poker Movie,” produced by 4th Row Films, and multiple “New Kids on the Block” promotional videos with Kinetic Films. He has also worked as an AD and Producer for the independent feature film “The Aristocrat” and the short film “Avarice.”
Ben Didsbury is an audio engineer with a focus on audio production and post production for TV and film. He has worked for major TV networks in the United States and abroad. Ben also has extensive voice over work.
Director of Photography and Producer
Ian Fein is multifaceted filmmaker and producer, as well as the founder of Fein Productions. He has worked on a full range of projects including shooting underwater nature documentaries, commercial and corporate promotions, and educational material.
Camera, AC, AD
Originally from Reno, Nevada, Tosha Palani moved to New England to pursue film at the age of eighteen, quickly falling into freelance camerawork. Palani frequently works in the camera department on both features and short films, and is an award-winning music video director, with work featured by Pitchfork, Stereogum, Alternative Press, among others.
Director of Photography
Tom Fitzgerald has worked on numerous feature films in the camera department, and is currently working his way up as a director of photography. Tom also has extensive experience as a DP on corporate and commercial shoots.
Jan Paul Kaim
Motion Graphics Designer
Jan P Kaim is Charles River Media Group’s lead designer and motion graphics animator. Jan works as a creative director for film, theatre, and online video. His work with CRMG includes designs and animations for NEJM Group, Springer, Charles River, Pearson, Houghton Mifflin, and Vicor.
Makeup SFX, Audio
Jeff Adler has extensive experience with audio recording, special effects makeup, and grip. He has worked on major studio productions such as “Grown Ups 2” and HBO’s “Clear History” as well as on corporate and commercial shoots. Jeff continues to follow his passion in helping filmmakers fully realize their vision.