All the Ships at Sea - Biographies

Dan Sallitt, Director-Writer-Editor

Dan Sallitt is a former film critic for the L. A. Reader, and has written for Slate, Senses of Cinema, the Chicago Reader, Wide Angle, the Toronto Film Festival, and many other outlets.  He blogs at Thanks for the Use of the Hall.  His 1986 video Polly Perverse Strikes Again! was exhibited at Los Angeles’s EZTV Video Center.  Honeymoon, a 16mm feature, followed in 1998, and received praise from critics such as Kent Jones, Bill Krohn, and Scott Tobias.

Sallitt received a B.A. from Harvard and an M.F.A. in Screenwriting from UCLA.  He currently resides in New York City.  Sallitt can be reached at sallitt at post dot harvard dot edu and some of his film writing can be found here.

Julie Spiegel, Producer

Julie Spiegel has served as production coordinator on Muhammad Rum’s Jihad! and as assistant to the producer on Adam Hall’s Shakespeare's Ghost.  She has a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania, and lives in New York City.

Duraid Munajim, Director of Photography

Duraid Munajim is a Toronto-based director and cinematographer who directed the documentary Exile & Empire: 20 Shorts on Iraq, a series of profiles of present and former residents of Iraq and the Arab world.  His other films include the award-winning time-lapse short Tempus Fugit, which screened at Rotterdam, Montreal, and other festivals.  Munajim has photographed Lisette May’s upcoming feature Lower East Side Stories and Victoria Yoffie’s documentary Behind the Screen, as well as many music videos and short films.  He has an M.F.A in Film Production from Concordia University.

Strawn Bovee (Evelyn)

Strawn Bovee’s film and video roles include her acclaimed performance as Dorothy Parker in Dorothy and Alan at Norma Place, directed by John Dorr, the founder of early video collective EZTV.  She also played a lead role in Dan Sallitt’s Polly Perverse Strikes Again!, and participated in Devo’s interactive CD-ROM Adventures of the Smart Patrol.  Her many stage performances include roles in Tartuffe (with Daphne Zuniga and Jack Stehlin); Richard III; The Cherry Orchard (both with Alfred Molina); The Seagull; Three Sisters; Medea; A Doll's House (with Linda Purl); The Shawl (with Robert Patrick); Landscape; Family Voices; The Balcony; Journey Among the Dead; Garbage, the City, and Death; The Unreasonable Are Dying Out; and Savannah Bay.  She is a member of CircusTheatricals, a theater troupe in residence at the Odyssey Theater in Los Angeles.  Bovee has also done several performance pieces, including The Dance-Crazy Kid from New Jersey Meets Hofmannsthal (with choreographer Rudy Perez) and her own interdisciplinary serial piece, The Astral Tea Party.  Her television appearances include roles in “The Guardian,” “Gilmore Girls,” “The Others,” “Judging Amy,” “Port Charles,” and “General Hospital.”  Bovee has spent 20 years as a radio journalist covering modern developments in religion, and has done a journalism fellowship in Contemporary Religious Movements in America at Harvard Divinity School.

Edith Meeks (Virginia)

Edith Meeks played the top-billed role of Felicia Beacon in Todd Haynes’ Poison, winner of the Sundance Festival’s Grand Prize in 1991.  She has also appeared in Haynes’ Safe, Russ Hexter’s Dadetown, Michael Gitlin’s Berenice (1997 Whitney Biennial), and Peter Coston’s The Snow Field, as well as Dan Sallitt’s previous feature Honeymoon.  On stage, Meeks has performed with the People’s Light & Theatre Company (Rosalind in As You Like It, Bess in Beth Henley's Abundance, Dorine in Tartuffe, Nora in A Doll's House, Lily in The Last Good Moment of Lily Baker, and Flora in The Stone House), the Philadelphia Theatre Company (A Question of Mercy), the Actors Theatre of Louisville (Dancing at Lughnasa), Sharon Stage, the HB Playwright's Foundation, and the Circle Repertory Lab.  She is currently the director of HB Studio, and has taught acting at the HB Studio, Swarthmore College, the New York State Summer School for the Arts, the New School, and Hunter College.  Meeks has a B.A. from Yale University.

Dylan McCormick (Joseph)

Dylan McCormick has directed the short film Night and Day and the feature Four-Lane Highway, which premiered at the 2005 Tribeca Film Festival.  He also played the lead role of Michael in Dan Sallitt’s Honeymoon.  Dylan, a founding member of the Orchard Theatre Company, lives in New York City.

Lois Raebeck (Ann)

Lois Raebeck has had a recurring role on “Guiding Light,” played Conan O`Brien’s mother on “Late Night With Conan O’Brien,” worked on most of the soaps, and performed in many Off Broadway, regional theatre and summer stock productions, most recently playing the role of A in Albee`s Three Tall Women.  She came to acting as a singer, performing her own program "The Human Condition Through Song" in and around New York.   She is also the co-author of two college textbooks (New Approaches to Music in the Elementary School and Orff and Kodaly Adapted for the Elementary School) as well as the creator of a couple of dozen recordings for children.  Raebeck has an M.A. from Columbia University.

Walt Witcover (John)

Walt Witcover has had a fifty-year career in the theater as actor, director, and teacher.  He studied acting with Curt Conway, Herbert Berghof and Lee Strasberg, and directed in Strasberg’s Actors Studio Directors Unit, where his production of Verdi's La Traviata won the Actors Studio Total Theatre Award.  Witcover’s Off-Broadway productions have won three Obie Awards.  As co-founder and Artistic Director of the Masterworks Laboratory Theatre, he has staged over thirty productions of classic plays and operas, as well as poetry, song and story-theatre projects.  Witcover has taught at the HB Studio, the Stella Adler Studio, SUNY Purchase, and the University of Maryland Baltimore County, and now teaches exclusively at the Witcover Acting Studio in mid-Manhattan.  Actors he has taught or directed include Jane Alexander, Barbara Barrie, Ernest Borgnine, Ruth Chatterton, Robert Clohessy, James Coburn, Alex Cord, Sandy Dennis, Farley Granger, Terry Kiser, Liz Larsen, John Leguizamo, Anne Meara, Tony Musante, George Peppard, Charles Nelson Reilly, George Segal, Sylvia Sidney and Jerry Stiller.  Witcover has a B.A. and M.A. from Cornell University.