Crescenzo Giacomo Notarile was raised in Brooklyn, New York from first generation Italian descent. Born of artistic lineage, Crescenzo’s parents, Maria – an interior designer and sculptress, along with her husband Vincenzo – an art director, graphic designer and painter, encouraged his creative inclination throughout his life. Graduating from high school in Huntington Long Island, with a graduating class of over 2000, Crescenzo received a high honors Cum Laude scholarship to New York University for outstanding photographic achievement, and also a high honors degree from the Nikon School of Photography for Photojournalism. Upon completing an extensive photo essay on the Homeless for a magazine, Crescenzo decided to create a 16mm black & white film of the same subject for a PSA.
This allowed Crescenzo to emotionally compare and study movement contrasted by stillness, and to epitomize the feeling of kinetic energy through a single frame – a still photograph transcended into moving frames. The film was received with critical acclaim at the student festival. This experience brought Crescenzo to shift his focus from photojournalism, to motion picture filmmaking. As a result, he followed a mentor filmmaker who was teaching at The New York Institute of Technology, and transferred there immediately. He soon directed and photographed a short film on the elderly and his grandmother, titled, Old Friends, which was aired on Public Broadcast Television, and was the recipient of an award at the University’s Film Festival.
Crescenzo’s father, at this time was an Art Director/Graphic Designer for an “A List” advertising agency in New York City, and was the recipient of several Clio awards for ‘Best Commercial Art Direction’. His photographer then – amongst several, was Richard Avedon, and Crescenzo sat in on many shoots, learning the persuasive art of advertising. At this time, Crescenzo worked during his summer vacations at his father’s agency as a ‘camera production assistant’ for an in-house film production company. This is where he learned the art and craft of cinematography.
Upon graduating Cum Laude in 3 years with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Communication Arts, Crescenzo passed a test and joined I.A.T.S.E. Local 644, an International Cameraman’s Union. He very quickly worked his way up the ranks. Crescenzo worked as a cameraman for Dino De Laurentiis, and for the late spaghetti western director, Sergio Leone, on the epic Once Upon a Time in America.
Now, 30 years in the film business, Crescenzo Notarile has become an Emmy award-winning cinematographer. For the past 27 years, Crescenzo has been living and working bi-coastally in Soho New York and Los Angeles California, which continuously feeds his discriminating creative eye. It has also afforded him to qualify as a world traveler. His acutely sensitive and creative eye is constantly observing the world that surrounds him, which ‘simply waits to be seen for the first time’. He carries his camera with him always, and thus has photographed the world, dozens of times over. The result is Crescenzo’s fine art photography, which represents a pure essence of his soul, his character, and his experience as a person and as an artist in this world.
Ryan Stock became fascinated with magic at an early age and quickly developed his skills as a magician. He soon graduated from simple tricks to performing amazing feats like fire-eating and fire-breathing. Ryan has the ability to make painful looking and unbelievable stunts palatable and entertaining for all audiences. He has an extraordinary control over his body, allowing him to swallow swords, insert objects into and through his nasal cavities, demonstrate unusually high pain tolerance and much more. Ryan performs “stupid human tricks” and “super human stunts” with a comedic flare that cannot be duplicated. He is regarded as having one of the largest repertoires of unusual skills in the world, and is undoubtedly at the top of his game.
You’ve probably already seen Ryan Stock’s unique brand of entertainment, whether you know it or not. While he’s featured in several viral internet videos that have been linked, liked and viewed millions of times, he has also appeared on television and in print around the world for over 15 years. He was “Rupert” in The Jim Rose Twisted Tour (Travel Channel 2003) where he demonstrated his skills in close up magic, juggling and dangerous stunts such as balancing lawnmowers on his face and even escaping from chains underwater.
Ryan Stock was also the star of his own award winning TV series for 3 seasons (Guinea Pig, Discovery Channel 2007-2009). Ryan performed increasingly dangerous stunts and experiments while collecting data in the name of science, he was seen testing police tazers, pepper-spray, and rubber bullets, and even getting bit and stung by insects, scorpions and snakes. Ryan has been dubbed the “Comedy Daredevil” for his off the wall and unforgettable stunts that incorporate strange objects like toasters, chainsaws, hooks, and hangers. He has performed in over 30 countries, been on several major networks and even performed on Ellen and The Tonight Show With Jay Leno. His stunts aren’t just impressive, they’re record setting, with multiple entries in the Guinness Book of World Records and accolades from Ripley’s Believe It or Not!
Ryan Stock performs live with his ever present partner AmberLynn, together they present a stage show that is guaranteed to amaze and amuse. Their live show has received several five star reviews in international theatre festivals and collected thousands of fans in nightclubs and comedy clubs around the world.
You don’t have to take our word for it, in the words of Ellen Degeneres “You have to see it for yourselves.”
Carolyn Palmer is an accomplished sculptor whose passion is creating larger than life-size bronze busts and figures, many of which are displayed in prominent museums and public venues as well as in various private collections.
Carolyn’s most recent work was a spectacular sculpture of Pope Francis displayed in the entrance of the Papal Residence to greet the Holy Father. The Holy Pontiff performed a special benediction over it during his visit to the USA in 2015.
Another prestigous commission was for the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, NY where she created two dynamic bronze busts of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt for the main entrance of the newly renovated Library. Her impressive pieces caught the attention of the New York Times where they were photographed and published for the library’s extensive newspaper article in 2013.
These renown and larger than life size bronze Roosevelt busts will proudly greet over 100,000 visitors each year.
Carolyn also has her sculptures on loan at the New-York Historical Society in New York City, the Sara Deleno Roosevelt House and the New York State Museum in Albany, NY where they were featured in a recent exhibition.
Her first edition of Orville and Wilbur Wright were commissioned by a Sanford/Orlando (FL) Airport and proudly displayed in the terminal entrance. Terrwilliger Productions (a Los Angeles-based aviation motion picture production company) purchased a second edition of her Wright Brothers. ( www.terwilligerproductions.com )
Another prestigious commission was her larger-than-life-size (full figure) bronze Thomas Jefferson which highlights the lobby of the prestigious Jefferson Center in Syracuse NY. a televised celebration was unveiled by Mayor Matt Driscoll in 2004.
She was also chosen by Mayor Christopher Doherty of Scranton PA to create a life-size park scene of Scranton natives, Vice President Joe Biden and former Pennsylvania Governor Robert P. Casey. The project moves forward pending financial support.
CBS discovered Carolyn’s talent and are presently renting her sculptures for the set of their television series, “Madam Secretary.”
Recently Carolyn unanimously won a national competiton to sculpt a life size bronze figure of Lucille Ball for Lucy’s hometown in Jamestown NY. The unveiling is set for Lucy’s birthday on August 6, 2016.