Alex Halpern (Director / Producer)
Trained as a juggler in Italy, Alex Halpern attended the Instituto De Science Cinematografice in Florence, Italy and NYUís Tisch School of the Arts, where his short film Zelda, Catwoman of Queens won awards at the NYU Film Festival, as well as a Student Academy Award for Best Experimental Film. His writing and directing credits for television include MTVís You Wrote It, You Watch It, as well as commercials and music videos, including Tripping Daisyís Blown Away, the first stop-motion animated music video. Alex lives in New York where he owns Pickled Punk Pictures and Post Factory NY, a downtown editorial facility specializing in both commercials and feature films, and is a founding partner (with Alex Winter) of Hyena Films, a commercial production company. Nine Good Teeth, a portrait of an extraordinary 104-year-old Brooklyn-born Italian-American matriarch (who happens to be his grandmother) is his first documentary feature.

Angelo Corrao, A.C.E. (Editor)
Angelo Corrao was born in Sicily and immigrated to New York with his family as a boy. He served as apprentice editor on Elaine May's A New Leaf (1971), followed by a long association with Carl Lerner including Klute (1971) and editor Dede Allen, collaborating on almost all of her films for over fifteen years, including Serpico (1973), Dog Day Afternoon (1975) and Reds (1981). She in turn introduced Angelo to photographer-filmmaker Bruce Weber to edit his Oscar-nominated profile of Chet Baker, Let's Get Lost (1989). Bruce and Angelo have continued to collaborate, on the series of Eternity commercials, and most recently the film Chop Suey, (nominated for an A.C.E. award for excellence in documentary editing). Another long-term collaborator is director Mike Nichols; Angelo worked as an editor on both Silkwood (1981) and Primary Colors (1998). Award-winning TV films include Kevin Spacey's Darrow (1991) and another Oscar-nominated documentary, The Line King: The Al Hirschfeld Story (1996).

Teese Gohl (Composer)
Born and raised in Switzerland, Teese (Matthias) Gohl has produced film scores for Elliot Goldenthal (including Titus, Butcher Boy, Interview with a Vampire, Heat, Alien 3) Carly Simon (Postcards From The Edge, This Is My Life), Dave Stewart (The Ref, Beautiful Girls) and the Oscar-winning score for The Red Violin by John Corigliano. Orignal soundtrack work includes documentary films by Ken Burns (The West, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Jazz series), Roger Sherman's Alexander Calder and Richard Rodgers. Most recently, he produced (for Elliot Goldenthal) film scores for Neil Jordan's The Good Thief and the 2003 Oscar-winning score for Julie Taymor's Frida.

Madeleine Leskin (Associate Producer)
Madeleine Leskin is a producer, director and researcher for independent documentary and feature films, music videos and commercials. Her short films and music videos, made exclusively from found footage and homegrown super-8 and 16mm, have been exhibited at museums, broadcast channels and film festivals around the world. "El Magazo" was saluted at the 2002 Oberhausen Short Film Festival as one of the best international music videos and was showcased on the Sundance Channelís Sonic Cinema. Her most recent film, "Ibid, desmarches Ibid" (from a track by DJ Spooky the subliminal kid) premiered in the international competition section at the 2003 Dresden Festival for Documentary and Animated Films.

Starring "Nana" Mary Mirabito Livornese Cavaliere

Produced and Directed by Alex Halpern

Edited by Angelo Corrao, A.C.E.

Executive Producer
Caryn Maria Horowitz

Associate Producer
Madeleine Leskin

Commissioning Editor for BBC Storyville
Nick Fraser

Original Music
Teese Gohl

Associate Editor
Laura H. Congleton

Maria Livornese Halpern
Frank Pagano
Janet Mirabito Pagano
Gladys Mirabito Zodda

Rosemary Cavaliere
Gaston Chagniot
Jay Greenberg
Preston Halpern
Roman Halpern
Buster (Preston & Roman's friend)
Tim Halpern (
Caryn Maria Horowitz
Suzanne Livornese
Dominica Musella
Francis Musella
Frank Musella
Gloria Musella
Marianne Musella
Joe Pagano
Neil Tetkowski
Dr. Frank Zodda

Sicilian Voices
Mario Sciacca
Peter Testagrossa

Wayne De La Roche
Joe De Salvo
Alex Halpern
Aaron Phillips
Alex Rappoport
Matt Williams

Animation Photography
Randall Balsmeyer

Additional Camera
Tim Halpern
Nora Szilagyi

Assistant Camera
Mathieu Hagnery
Ari Istler
Anna Yusim

Location Sound
Coll Anderson
Brad Bergbom
Christoph Gelfand
Alex Marshall
Rob Reed
Ben Shapiro
Noah Timan

Assistant Editors
Paula Halton
Rachel Kittner
Katie McQuerrey

Post Production Facility
Post Factory, NYC

Pre-print Processing
John E. Allen & Associates

Sound Designer
Marshall Grupp

Re-Recording Mixer

Michael Barry

Music Editor
Anne Pope

Music Mixed and Edited by
Lawrence Manchester



Main Title Design and Visual Effects
Big Film Design

Designer/Visual Effects Supervisor
Randall Balsmeyer

Visual Effects/Titles Producer
Kathy Kelehan

J. John Corbett

Matthew McDonald


Laura H. Congleton

Archival Footage
Madeleine Leskin

Kerria Seabrooke

Ethnographic Texts
Tim Halpern

Set Photographer
Eileen Sullivan

Music Recorded by
Gary Chester

Violin Solo
Antoine Silverman

Barry Finclair

Garo Yellin

Jill Jaffe

Lawrence Feldman

Bamboo Flute
Steve Gorn

Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Alto/Tenor Sax
Aaron Heick

Bud Burridge

Piano, Keyboards
Teese Gohl

Ben Wittman

T-Bone Wolk

Antoine Silverman

Acoustic Bass
Dick Sapola

Peter Calo

Mary Mirabito Livornese Cavaliere
Big John Calzone and the Zeppoles