Technical Aspects

Standard 16mm
4:3 aspect ration
Running time: 89 minutes

I Am Secretly An Important Man is a feature length documentary film portrait of Steven J. Bernstein (aka Jesse Bernstein), one of Seattle's most celebrated voices. His angry, surprisingly fresh, lyrical writings are about sensitive souls, drifters and drug addicts; people alienated by a society that refuses to understand them. He peeled back the ugliness and the darkness of life on the fringe to expose tender and not so tender human feeling. His unique rhythms, filled with humor and pain, were especially exciting when read in his own gravely voice. People packed into theaters, bars and cafes to hear him read and sing. Unfortunately much of Jesse's work has not yet found the audience it deserves outside of the Pacific Northwest.

Pete Sillen

Director/Director of Photography/Co-Producer

Peter Sillen is a New York based documentary filmmaker. Working both in 16mm film and digital media, Sillen creates portraits of an array of individuals who live and work outside the stereotypical 9 to 5 environments. With a low-tech approach to documentary film and sensitivity to his subjects and their environment Sillen’s work gives an unobstructed view into the lives of a number of uniquely talented artists, trade workers and citizens.

Alex R. Johnson


Alex R. Johnson is a Brooklyn, NY based filmmaker that works in both documentary and narrative. His award winning short films PICKUP AND RETURN and THANKSGIVING screened at over 50 festivals worldwide. The BFI London Film Festival said THANKSGIVING was "a bittersweet and darkly funny tale of urban isolation" while the Florida Film Festival called his work "hilariously melancholy".

Recently he was invited to participate in IFP's 2010 Emerging Narrative program. In 2008 he was invited to the Hampton's International Film Festival Screenwriter's Lab for his screenplay IN UNITY THERE WAS STRENGTH.

Previous documentary productions include Henry Corra's SAME SEX AMERICA (2006 for Showtime), and PROOF: LA (2007 for VH-1) with Corra directing and Joe Berlinger Executive Producing.

Johnson will make his feature directing debut with his script MOUTH LIKE A DESERT. Production is slated to begin in July of 2011.

Ron Egozi

Director of Photography

A sailor’s son, Ron Egozi found early inspiration in the 8mm films his father made during the 1960's on his many ship voyages around the world. Egozi first picked up the camera at university to photograph street life after discovering the work of Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Frank, and Bruce Davidson.  During a pivotal job at Albert & David Maysles production company Egozi realized the power of documentary cinema & decided to pursue a life in cinematography.  Egozi now lives in New York City where he works as a Director of Photography and spends his spare time sailing & exploring the waters surrounding the city.

Parts and Labor

Lars Knudson/Jay Van Hoy
Executive Producers

In 2004, producing partners Lars Knudsen and Jay Van Hoy established Parts and Labor, a production company dedicated to director-driven, collaborative filmmaking.  Integral to the company's vision and consistency is an unwavering dedication to each project, respect for the process and a true love of film.

In October 2008, Parts and Labor signed a First-Look / Development Deal with producer Scott Rudin.  Later that year, at the Toronto Film Festival, Variety singled out Knudsen and Van Hoy in their annual list of "10 Producers to Watch" and they were nominated for the 2009 Independent Spirit Producers Award.  In addition, they've been included in Filmmaker Magazine's annual list of "25 New Faces of Independent Film", on Paste Magazine's Top 10 list of "Arthouse Powerhouse Producers" and most recently, the New York Observer named Knudsen and Van Hoy two of "The Insurgents of 2010: 50 People Shaping the Next New York."

This year, Parts and Labor premiered Aaron Katz's COLD WEATHER at the South by Southwest Film Festival and Cam Archer's SHIT YEAR (starring Ellen Barkin) in the Director's Fortnight at the Cannes International Film Festival. Mike Mills' BEGINNERS (starring Ewan McGregor, Melanie Laurent and Christopher Plummer) premiered as a Special Presentation at the Toronto Film Festival where it was acquired by Focus Features for a spring 2011 theatrical release.

Previous productions include: Kelly Reichardt's acclaimed feature OLD JOY, Cam Archer's WILD TIGERS I HAVE KNOWN, Steve Collins' GRETCHEN, Spencer Parsons' I'LL COME RUNNING.  Nik Fackler's LOVELY, STILL, So Yong Kim's TREELESS MOUNTAIN, Cruz Angeles' DON'T LET ME DROWN, Bradley Rust Gray's EXPLODING GIRL and David Barker's DAYLIGHT. 

Julia Loktev's THE LONELIEST PLANET (starring Gael Garcia Bernal and Hani Furstenburg), filmed this summer in the Republic of Georgia, is currently in post-production.


From the start, loyalkaspar founders/director David Herbruck and Beat Baudenbacher have approached their work as a pleasing occupation, not a professional verdict. Whether its art, work or life in general, the partnership behind the New York-based media arts studio loyalkaspar clearly believes that the journey through every challenge is one to be savored.

Founded in July 2003, loyalkaspar has quickly earned a reputation among advertising creatives and network producers as a creative hub where daring creative and innovative execution intersect.  Their work moves freely between broadcast design, print, network branding, commercials, music videos and other narrative explorations.

Daniel Dörnemann

Graphic/Title designer

Born and raised in Germany in a household that encouraged creativity in all forms, Daniel Dörnemann studied and performed modern dance up until he was 23. He then took his love of art and innate sense of design to the prestigious Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA. From there he moved back to Germany where he did award winning work in print and web design, before uniting his 2 passions - movement and design by joining loyalkaspar in New York in 2007.