Artists of the Bahamas
a documentary film that explores the lives and works of key visual artists whose talents contributed to the initial art movement in The Bahamas.


Karen Arthur and Thomas Neuwirth Directors/Producers

Karen Arthur and Thomas Neuwirth have been a filmmaking partnership for the last 25 years. With Arthur as Director, and Neuwirth as Director of Photography, this creative team have worked together on numerous films, mini-series and dramas for network television and cable. Their work has brought them much recognition, with their films being awarded four Emmys, two Writers Guild Awards, four Screen Actors Guild Awards, three Christopher Awards, three Humanitas Awards and one Cammie Award. They have worked with actors such as Angelina Jolie, Kevin Spacey, Kirk Douglas, Bernadette Peters, Christopher Plummer, Vanessa Redgrave and many others. Both Arthur and Neuwirth have always been drawn to biographies and true stories, and together formed Island Films Ltd. for the purpose of making documentary features. They are married and live in New York City, Vermont and Nassau, Bahamas. 

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90 Boedtker Road
Springfield, Vermont 05156

Tel: (212) 308-0019

Aaron Vega  Editor

Aaron Vega graduated from Keene State College in 1996 with a B.A. in Arts with  Concentration in Film Production, and a B.A. in Psychology. For the last twelve years, he has been working in post-production for films. At Florentine Films, he worked with Ken Burns, editing and post-producing on Jazz, the ten-part critically acclaimed and internationally released documentary, as well as Thomas Jefferson, and Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery. Vega went on to edit the much-lauded Ram Dass: Fierce Grace, that aired on PBS as well as Race to the Moon: The Apollo 8 Story, and John James Audabon: Drawn from Nature, that also premiered on PBS. Vega has worked on programs for The Learning Channel, the Food Network and HBO and many film collaborations. In addition to working on Artists of the Bahamas, Vega has new work premiering on PBS and making its way to national and international film festivals. Vega likes to work on projects that allow him social and political expression. He also teaches yoga and runs an edit retreat. 

Tel: (917) 375-7167 


Scott Hancock Editor

Scott Hancock is a freelance editor, shooter, and producer living in Western Massachusetts.  Scott started his filmmaking career at Keene State College in New Hampshire where he graduated in 2001 with a B.A. in film production.  Scott’s first feature film as an editor was the Joan Braderman documentary, The Heretics, which told the story of the second wave of the Women’s movement for the first time in a feature film or video.  The film went on to premier at MoMA in NYC and screened around the world.  Scott has edited three films for Island Films and has counted those films as some of his most fulfilling creative work to date, in large part due to the collaboration with Director, Karen Arthur, and Cinematographer, Thomas Neuwirth.  In addition to feature film work Scott also produces, shoots, and edits content for the commercial world (Porsche, PlumTV), corporate clients (National Science Foundation, Lemelson Foundation, NCIIA) and music videos.  Scott also continues to gather materials for his documentary on the history and effects of adoption in America.

Tel: (603) 568-5956


Tony Silva Original Score

Tony Silva’s music compositions include over 30 commissions for modern dance, theater, documentaries and live performance. He grew up in New York City in an artist colony where he taught himself to play a wide variety of instruments, and started composing at age 20. Exposed to a wide variety of world music at an early age, Tony found himself drawn to Caribbean, Brazilian and African music. He earned a BFA 1994 from the University of Massachusetts where he studied music theory and history. He was also a composition student of the award winning composer, Charles L. Bestor.

Currently, Silva accompanies dance classes at Smith College in Western Massachusetts and performs as a guest artist with various bands, and continues to study music composition with Clifton "Jerry" Noble. Silva just released a CD of the music he wrote for Island Film's "Artists of the Bahamas" documentary series.

His previously released CD, Zen Garage (together with Jonathan Keezing playing Celtic Harp and Perry Yung on Shakuhachi) is a collection of meditative music for relaxation and yoga. A series of CDs for accompanying dance class is in production.

Tony Silva founded Chameleon Sound Studio in 1994 to create diverse musical environments for film and the performing arts, by combining acoustic and electronic timbres with a lot of imagination.

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