For select ventures, CoPilot creates, supports, produces and/or finances interesting projects with friends of Pilot.
Matthew Stoneman dreamed of pop stardom. Instead, he went to jail, learned Spanish, and emerged as Mateo, America’s first gringo mariachi singer. Now, Mateo is on the brink of completing an album of original songs in Havana. But his criminal past and affinity for Cuban women nearly derail him on his quest for fame.
Aaron I. Naar (Director) is a Film Independent and IFP Documentary Lab alumnus and a recipient of the Pacific Pioneer Fund. His first feature film, MATEO, will have its World Premiere at SXSW 2014 in Austin. The film was also shortlisted for the San Francisco Film Society Documentary Film Fund in 2011 and later went on to participate in IFP’s Independent Film Week: Spotlight on Documentaries, and Camden International’s Points North Pitch Forum. Aaron currently serves as a Director and Editor at Editree Inc. where he has created documentary-style commercials for clients such as Google and Expedia. Aaron graduated from Vassar College with a dual BA in Hispanic Studies and Latin American and Latino/a Studies. He is based in Los Angeles, California.
Benjamin Dohrmann (Producer) grew up in the White Mountains of Maine and graduated from the University of Southern California in 2008, where he studied creative writing and won the Middleton Prize for fiction writing. His first short film, “Kelp”, which he co-wrote and co-directed with longtime collaborator Seth Cuddeback, premiered at SXSW in 2010 and won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Short Film at the Philadelphia Film Festival in 2010. Along with MATEO he is shooting his second short film with Cuddeback titled “The Best and Worst Days of George Morales’ Unnaturally Long Life“. He is also busy developing his first feature-length narrative, “My Time with the Woodland Gnome”, which he hopes to shoot in his native Maine. He currently resides in Michigan with his wife and is learning to ice fish.