The co-directors: Brian Chidester (left) and John Winer (right). Photo by Shervin Lainez.
Brian Chidester (co-director) has been researching the life and music of Eden Ahbez since 1995. He produced two recent compilation albums of the songwriter's rare music—The Exotic World of Eden Ahbez (2014) and Wild Boy: The Lost Songs of Eden Ahbez (2016)—and also directed of a short documentary on Ahbez for the BBC-TV series The Secret Map of Hollywood in 2005. Other multimedia forays by Chidester include the book Pop Surf Culture: Music, Design, Film, and Fashion from the Bohemian Surf Era (2008) and regular contributions to publications like The American Prospect, the Village Voice, and the L.A. Weekly. Chidester holds a Master's in Art History from Brooklyn College and currently lives in New York City.
John Winer (co-director) is an award-winning corporate and indie filmmaker. His nonprofit, Candlewood Media Collective, is producing reimagiNATION, a feature-length documentary examining the living legacy of the hippie and counterculture movements of the 1960s. Winer's industrial film base includes performing arts, travel, educational, summer camp, and corporate clients. He spent the early part of his career in broadcasting, advertising, and marketing, including stints at Foote, Cone & Belding, an advertising agency headquartered in Chicago, and CBS Television in New York City. Winer holds a Bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Southern California and a Master's in Business Administration from New York University, where he served on the faculty of the University's School of Continuing and Professional Studies as Adjunct Professor in the Department of Film, Video, and Broadcasting.