Miriam Zimmerman has worked as an associate, field, and managing producer as well as a story editor and writer, for projects as diverse as music videos, commercials, and investigative and historical documentaries. For the past 20 years, she has been making films with Steve York. She has a BA in English from Vassar College where she wrote a collection of short stories for her thesis. She got into documentary production with the hope of making intimate films about quirky people. It only took 30 years to get there. This is Sparta! is her first film.
If Joe Wiedenmayer weren't in the film business, he'd want to be a rock 'n roll singer. Instead he works in a dark room with two computer monitors and a whole lot of moving images. For this film alone, he screened over 50 hours of footage. As a filmmaker, what inspires him most of all is recounting the personal journey a character takes. In This is Sparta! there were many. His three favorite songs from the musical: "A World of Stage Lights," "Friendship," and "How Can I Reach for the Gold?"
Steve York is best known as the director of A Force More Powerful and Bringing Down A Dictator, groundbreaking films about civil resistance movements worldwide. He began his career as a negative cutter and has also worked as a sound recordist and editor. His films have twice won the prestigious George Foster Peabody award and been nominated for Emmys. His latest film, edited by Joe Wiedenmayer, is about the tumultuous uprising in Egypt. One of his favorite Sparta! songs is "A Future We Don't Know."
Diana Lizardi-Sullivan joined the project in the last few weeks of production. She gamely picked up the boom mike, helped set up lights, and generally wore herself out as evening and weekend rehearsals and performances demanded. Before that, she worked at several production companies in LA, and graduated from Yale and the Savannah College of Art and Design. Working on this film reminded Diana of her time as a creative teenager navigating life at the Dreyfoos School of the Arts. Her favorite song from the musical is "It's Only Four Years."