A longtime educator with degrees in both law and art history, Unguarded represents the perfect intersection of Simonetta’s interests and talents. A professor at Brooklyn’s St Francis College, Simonetta’s previous, Oaxaca-set documentary, The Awakened Heart, won numerous awards, including a top prize at Mexico’s International Film Festival.
An accomplished filmmaker, Giovanni directed the romantic comedy Al Cuore Si Comanda, as well as the acclaimed documentaries Arena Concerto: La Musica Per Il Cinema and Ennio Morricone in Venice. He has also directed music videos, television soap operas, and an operetta. He served as Head Writer on Sitcom, and has taught at the New York Film Academy, School of Visual Arts, and St. Francis College. With Simonetta d’Italia-Wiener he produced and co-directed the award-winning documentary short The Awakened Heart.
T.J. Berden is a film producer at Big Sur Pictures. T.J. has developed, produced and distributed documentary and narrative films, including the award-winning Full of Grace (2016) via Cinedigm and Paul, Apostle of Christ (2018) starring Jim Caviezel. He served as a marketing and PR consultant on specialty films such as The Stoning of Soraya M., Waiting for “Superman," The Tree of Life, The Two Popes and A Hidden Life.