Cast and Credits
Filmmaker Bio
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Filmmaker Bio


Although Wetlands Preserved is Dean Budnick’s directorial debut, he has been engaging both the subject and the medium for some time. Budnick first stepped foot into Wetlands in 1989 while pursuing his law degree at Columbia University. He continued to visit the club over the intervening decade while he lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts earning his Ph.D. from Harvard University’s History of American Civilization program. Budnick’s doctoral dissertation focused on the life and work of silent film star Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle.

Upon completing his degree, Budnick taught American cultural history while also pursuing his passion for film and music. He currently serves as Senior Editor of Relix Magazine, hosts a weekly show on XM Satellite radio and has written three books on improvisational music. In addition he is the co-creator of the Jammy Awards and his work this context with former Wetlands owner Peter Shapiro, ultimately led to Wetlands Preserved. He is married and the father of two brainy and beautiful children.

JONATHAN HEALEY, Director of Photography, Editor

Jonathan Healey has worked tirelessly documenting and editing music and comedy-based events, for television, film and broadband. Upon departing his role as Director of Marketing for Lorne Michael’s Burly Bear Network, Healey began A View Of You, an independent production house, to pursue his passion full-time. A View Of You cut its teeth creating full-length concert DVDs for music outfits such as RAQ, Seth Yacovone Band and Berkshire Mountain Music Festival, as well Internet interstitials from varying concerts surrounding the 2002 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

In 2003, Healey and A View Of You were contracted by National Lampoon to produce a weekly music series, dubbed AV Squad, for the company’s college-oriented cable network. After booking, filming, interviewing and editing talent such as Blues Traveler, Rich Robinson, The Walkmen, The French Kicks, The Neptunes, Ben Kweller, Keller Williams, Primus and My Morning Jacket, the network again contracted Healey to created a comedy-based program utilizing the A View Of You magazine format titled, Comedy Academy. Healey often served as a one-man crew on Wetlands Preserved,  lighting, recording dialogue and filming interviews before returning to the editing suite to create stylized and animated motion graphics.


Independent music and film entrepreneur Peter Shapiro’s varied career has thus far been marked by two things: a desire to create films, TV specials and events that span the musical spectrum, and a need to continue to push the envelope with each new project. He continues to do this with acclaimed and ground-breaking projects like the IMAX concert film All Access, the annual Jammys awards show and all-star concert, the VH1 hip-hop documentary And You Don’t Stop and forthcoming high-profile film projects with the likes of rock superstars U2, The National Football League and The New York Philharmonic.