Chris Gavagan, Director, Producer
A screenwriter and director with Radiate & Reflect Productions, Chris Gavagan has worked in New York's independent film world since 1999.
Since work on Coached into Silence began in November of 2009 Chris has had the opportunity to speak and show work-in-progress footage from the film before legislators in numerous State Capitols in support of laws strengthening victims rights and child protections, as well as on national television and radio. (The New York Times, New York Daily News, The Atlantic, Anderson Cooper, NPR)
As a result of his ongoing work on Coached into Silence, Chris was chosen to be a member of the the USOC's athlete advisory group for Safer Training Environments and recently had the honor of giving the keynote address at the inaugural Safe Sport Leadership Conference in Colorado Springs, hosted by USA Swimming.
He has a degree in Communications from St. John's University and studied film production at New York University's School of Continuing and Professional Studies. A native of Brooklyn, NY, he still lives there with his wife and daughter.
Dave Dodds, Director of Photography & co-producer
Capturing reality in compelling, bold ways is just another day at the office for Dave Dodds. Dave, an Emmy-nominated cameraman, has contributed on exciting content for Discovery, Animal Planet, NatGeo, PBS and more - from sensitive human-interest series work, to exciting action sports films, and so much in between.
Dave has also directed and produced engaging branded content for Cisco Systems, Kraft Foods, Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus and more. Recently, he helmed and produced the feature documentary, "Cherry's In Season," about a legendary Fire Island bar with deep ties to the roots of the gay rights movement. Also, in development, is “Sveit,” a feature exploring the heritage of Elves and folktales in modern Iceland.
Dave is serving dual roles on Coached into Silence as both producer and director of photography. On a technical and creative level, he brings his sensitivity and content-first attitude to the camerawork, crafting attractive but unassuming imagery to hide behind the incredible interviews. As producer, Dave brings on his many years of production experience, helping the machine of a film chug along towards its profound destination.
Dave currently resides in Seaford, NY, with his wife and son.
Bret Scheinfeld, Sound Mixer
Bret Scheinfeld is a freelance sound engineer living in New York City. He is a proud member of I.A.T.S.E. Local 52, and works primarily as a utility sound technician and 2nd Unit production sound mixer on the sets of episodic television shows and feature films. Credits include the television series Master of None(Netflix), Law & Order: SVU (NBCUniversal), and The Americans (FX), and feature films including The Amazing Spider-Man 2, The Wolf of Wall Street, and Louder than Bombs.
Beyond his work on film sets, Bret is an experienced live sound engineer and theatrical sound designer, voice actor, musician, photographer, and RiderCoach with the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.
Bret lives in Queens, NY with his pet Triumph Tiger 955i.