Romeo is Bleeding - About - The Crew

The Crew

JASON ZELDES // Director



Jason is a documentary director and editor, best known for editing the 2013 Academy Award® winning film, “Twenty Feet From Stardom”.  The film earned Zeldes an ACE Award for best edited documentary feature, and led to more editing credits, including “Racing Extinction”, “The Music of Strangers”, “Out of State” and the Netflix Series “Chelsea Does”. Jason also edited the recently released Netflix series “Abstract: The Art of Design”.  “Romeo is Bleeding” is Jason’s directorial debut.  He is currently directing and editing on an upcoming Netflix documentary series.




Michael is a documentary, narrative, and commercial producer.  He received a BA in Cinema-Television Production from the University of Southern California.  Michael produced the short film “The Deal” written and directed by Daniel Kaminsky and executive produced by Joss Whedon, the short film “Dog Food“ which premiered at the 2014 SXSW film festival, directed by Brian Crano, starring Amanda Seyfried, Cory Michael Smith, and David Craig.  He also executive produced Crano’s most recent feature film “Permission” starring Rebecca Hall and Dan Stevens.  Michael has produced and directed commercials for clients such as AT&T, American Express, Apple, and Viacom.

RUSSELL SIMMONS // Executive Producer

Entrepreneur, author, activist and philanthropist Russell Simmons has launched scores of groundbreaking careers and innovative enterprises in arenas as varied as music, film, television, fashion, comedy, poetry, digital platforms, theater and finance.  His lifelong mission has been giving a voice to extraordinary talent and empowering underserved communities as they in turn shape the mainstream of culture. A longtime champion of social justice and equality, one of his many charitable endeavors include Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, which gives young people opportunities to create and appreciate art.

RAJIV SMITH-MAHABIR // Director of Photography

Director of Photography - Rajiv Smith-Mahabir


Rajiv Smith-Mahabir (or Jeeves as he’s commonly known), is a cinematographer/editor who has worked in the narrative, documentary, and commercial worlds after graduating from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts in 2007.   He has shot and edited videos for top brand clients such as Nike, Clorox, Hyatt, VEVO, and the San Francisco Board of Tourism, to name a few.  Coming from an editing background, he is extremely familiar with the necessary framework of storytelling, and knows exactly where to place the camera in order to capture the action in the best way possible.   He is currently editing the feature documentary “Blindspot: Illusions of Justice”.   Originally from the  Bay Area,  Jeeves was thrilled to return to his home town to work on “Romeo is Bleeding”.




Kevin Klauber has edited documentaries such as the 2013 Academy Award® winning documentary “Twenty Feet From Stardom”, Cameron Crowe’s“Pearl Jam Twenty, and the HBO Rolling Stone’s documentary “Crossfire Hurricane”. He won the 2014 ACE Award for Best Editing in a Documentary Feature and in 2012 was nominated by the WGA EAST for the feature documentary he co-wrote and co-edited “Beaty Is Embarrassing”. Kevin has also been nominated twice for the Golden Reel Award in sound editing by the MPSE. 




Michael Seifert is a multi-platinum award winning producer, recording/mixing engineer, arranger, and composer.  A self-taught multi-instrumentalist (drums, bass, guitar, keyboards and vocals), Seifert has worked with such artists as Tori Amos, Fountains of Wayne, Regina Spektor, Lifehouse, Colbie Caillat, Gerald Levert, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Neil Zaza, Too Short, Eightball, Pimp C (UGK), blues legend Robert Lockwood Jr., critically acclaimed Jazz man Ernie Krivda, Grammy Award winner Snarky Puppy, and many others.  Michael  has  also  scored independent  films and major motion pictures such as the feature length documentary “Running America” as well as multiple projects for legendary filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola.  He ‘s also composed, recorded, and produced music for Fox, CBS, MTV, and Sports Illustrated among others.

Romeo is Bleeding Original Motion Picture Soundtrack now available on iTunes!

JAKE FADER // Composer



Jake Fader is a composer and producer whose music has been featured in programs such as the current Netflix series, “Abstract: The Art of Design”, and in numerous television and web advertisements. Jake has also created original music for film festivals like SXSW and the Cleveland International Film Festival. As a touring guitarist, Jake played on stages in over 10 countries, with television and radio appearances on stations such as the BBC and NPR.

Romeo is Bleeding Original Motion Picture Soundtrack now available on iTunes!

PETE HORNER // Sound Designer



Pete Horner is a sound designer and re-recording mixer.  With a background in music,  he began his career  in  post-production  sound working at American Zoetrope.  He now works at Skywalker Sound.   He has worked on such films as “Apocalypse Now Redux”, “Best of Enemies”, “Rich Hill”, “Hellion”, the upcoming “Jurassic World” and the Academy Award® winning documentary “Twenty Feet From Stardom” and many more . He won the 2012 Emmy for Best Sound Editing on a Miniseries for “Hemingway and Gellhorn”.

KATEY ZOUCK // Associate Producer



Katey Zouck graduated from the University of Southern California with a double major, earning a B.A. in both Theatre and History. While at USC, she worked as a producer and host of Trojan Vision’s debate show Platforum. She also co-produced a short documentary following war reenacters. Since graduation, Katey has worked on the production side of independent feature Much Ado About Nothing, and BBC America’s Richard Hammond’s Crash Course. She also produced an independent short How To Be The Life Of A Cocktail Party, winner of the Award of Excellence in the Short Film Competition at the Canadian International Film Festival.