ABBY BERENDT LAVOI
DIRECTOR | PRODUCER
DIRECTOR | PRODUCER
Abby Berendt Lavoi is an award-winning Director, Producer, Writer, mother, cancer survivor, and joyful ball of sarcasm. She is currently Showrunner, and Executive Producer of My Amazing Cheap Date: New Orleans, and Fantasy Homes: New Orleans. She has received honors and awards from the New York Television Festival, the Telly Awards, New Orleans Film Festival, PromaxBDA, Broadcast Education Association, 48 Hour Film Festival, Colorado State Alumni Association, Oxford Film Festival, and the Seattle International Film Festival, among many others. She is a member of Free the Bid / Free the Work, Women in Film & Television (WiFT) and Cinefemme. She has worked with various media companies, which have spanned the industries of TV, Film, Internet, Publishing, Radio, and Music. Her television & staff credits include MTV, MTV2, mtvU, TV Land, Nick@Nite, and Current TV. Since 2008, she has successfully run Lavoi Creative, LLC (TeamJADED Productions), a full service creative agency and production studio. She has created video work for Google, YouTube (Corporate) Pandora Internet Radio, Netflix, Autodesk, Squarespace, MindBodyGreen, Vox, MindBodyGreen, Bank of America, SFMOMA, YouTube, TuneIn Radio, Discovery Channel, Google Play, COMPLEX, Marriott, Mastercard, as well as many other companies and various political campaigns. She created and produced the web series "It’s a Rough Life", which was a finalist for the 2014 New York Television Festival’s History Unscripted Development Pipeline. Her film, Always There won Best Film and Best Actress at the San Francisco 48 Hour Film Festival in 2012. She produced and edited the feature length film, Rolled, which won Best Editing at Mockfest in 2012. She produced the award winning short film, Rougarou, directed by Lorraine Caffery. Her doc short “Feufollet: Roots of Fire” from the larger documentary project “Roots of Fire” was a finalist in the Berlin Flash Film Festival in 2017. In 2020, another short doc from the Roots of Fire project, "California Creole", featuring Grammy awarding winning accordion prodigy, Andre Thierry, screened at several festivals, including SFIndieFest, Oxford International Film Festival, and the New Orleans Film Festival. Her screenplay, Saving Yourself, was a finalist in the WeScreenplay 2021 Feature Contest. Her current directing project, “Roots of Fire” is screening on the festival circuit globally. She has earned five Telly Awards for short documentaries and branded content. Abby also has an in-depth background in marketing & promotions, spearheading campaigns for HarperCollins Publishers, working in the Sony Music Alternative Marketing Department, and writing and producing promos for TVLand, Nick@Nite, and Current TV. She has a degree in Technical Journalism and Video Communication from Colorado State University. Her fundamental passion is to tell creative, socially relevant, and cinematically engaging stories.
Jeremey Lavoi is an award-winning Director and Director of Photography working in documentary film, unscripted television, and digital marketing. He is currently Showrunner, and Executive Producer of My Amazing Cheap Date: New Orleans, and Fantasy Homes: New Orleans. He was part of the Emmy awarding-winning staff at Al Gore’s Current TV where he directed dozens of short documentaries on various topics including "Skating the Aftermath" a documentary about New Orleans skateboarders in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. He also produced hundreds of spots for the networks Yahoo! and Google partnerships. He was a lead Producer at the web video start-up Seesmic in 2008 producing, and editing several ongoing web series. Since 2009, he has been a partner at Lavoi Creative, LLC (formerly TeamJADED Productions), a creative video agency. They have created content for Google, Youtube (Corporate), Netflix, Vox, Pandora Internet Radio, TuneIn Radio, COMPLEX, Discovery Digital, ESPN.com, Autodesk, Squarespace, MindBodyGreen, BRIT+CO, SFMOMA, Sierra Club, and many others. They have earned five Telly Awards for short documentaries and branded content. His additional television credits include Discovery Health (Addicted: Producer/ Shooter), Current TV (Various: Producer/ Editor), MTVu (Occupational Therapy: Producer/ Shooter), Science Channel (Oddities San Francisco: Camera), MTV2 (Various: Producer/ Shooter), CNBC (The Deed: Camera), BRAVO (Southern Charm: Camera), History Channel (The Stoned Ages: Camera), and TechTV/ G4 (Unscrewed: Production and Writing Assistant). In 2009, his short documentary film "Make it Happen: Lowcard" was featured in the Seattle International Film Festival/ Skateboard Film Festival. He was editor of the documentary film "Supercharged, the Life and Times of Tim Brauch"in 2009. He was a Producer/ Editor on Whit Scott's mockumentary Film "Rolled", which received accolades at Mockfest in 2011. In 2013 his team won Best Film at the San Francisco 48 Hour Film Festival. He created the web series “It’s a Rough Life”, which was a finalist for the 2014 NYTVF History Unscripted Development Pipeline. His short “Feufollet: Roots of Fire” from the larger documentary project “Roots of Fire” was a finalist in the Berlin Flash Film Festival in 2017. He was a Director of Photography on Jennifer Newsom’s documentary film “The Great American Lie” in 2019. His current directing project, “Roots of Fire” is screening on the festival circuit globally. He has a bachelor's degree in English, Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. He was born and raised in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and now splits his time between New Orleans and San Francisco. He is also the proud father of a beautiful and inquisitive little girl.
PRODUCER | SOUND
Stephen Thorpe is a Bay-Area based audio engineer. He started his career doing live sound and recording concerts back in 2004. Music studio work introduced him to the world of video post-production and eventually he found himself traveling the country with video crews. In 2012 he founded Din Pan Alley, an audio services company and in 2015 started a sound design studio in uptown Oakland. He does field and post-production sound for networks including ABC, CNN, NATGEO and ESPN, records remotely for NPR and travels with reality-documentary shows.