Marilyn Romatka has the best job in the world; she travels to various countries gathering folk art techniques, then returns to the US to teach enthusiastic students! Her passion is getting the traditional skills into the hands of the next generation.
Based in Seattle, she started out as a biochemist - but life intervened, and she became a teacher of ethnic folk craft nationwide.
Her introduction to filmmaking came when she and her husband started to film some of her classes. She is now thoroughly enjoying her next metamorphosis into a documentary filmmaker. Life is Good!
VIDEOGRAPHER / EDITOR
Dr. Rainer Romatka had a life-long interest in photography but did not initially pursue this as a career. Instead he started out following his other passion, studying theoretical physics in Germany and in the US. He subsequently pursued a career in software engineering as developer, architect and manager.
Supporting his wife's new career as folk art instructor he specialized in the photography of folk- and textile art and subsequently in the videography of instructional videos. He has produced, filmed, and edited ten video classes.
"Interlacements - Threads & Lives" is his debut documentary but having tasted the thrill of weaving together a story in film he is convinced that it won't be his last.
Dr. Romatka holds a Ph.D. in physics obtained at the Max Plank Institute for Physics and Astrophysics in Munich, Germany.
ALICIA A. LEWIS
As a pianist, published composer/arranger, performer and recording artist, Alicia finds her greatest joy in creating a wide variety of music that leads the listener into a deeper connection to God, the source of all beauty. In her work she draws on her eclectic academic background (B.A. Linguistics & Anthropology, Bethel University; M.A.T.S., Bethel Seminary; M.A. Musicology, University of WA). She is currently a Composer-in-Residence and pianist at Bellevue Presbyterian Church, WA
Jonathan Silvia (https://www.facebook.com/jonathan.silvia) is a bass-baritone opera singer based in the greater Seattle area. He has performed several principal roles with the world-renown Seattle Opera, most recently as the Marquis d'Obigny (Traviata), the High Priest of Baal (Nabucco), Luther (Hoffmann), and the Second Armored Man (Flute). He also makes regular appearances with Pacific Northwest Opera, Vashon Opera, and several other companies throughout the northwest.
Nationally, he appeared at Des Moines Metro Opera, singing the title role of Carlisle Floyd'sMarkheim, and at Opera Tampa as Colline (La Bohème). With Music of Remembrace, he portrayed Death in Ullmann's Emperor of Atlantis to critical acclaim. In 2014, Mr. Silvia premiered The Lost Voice, a one-act children's opera composed by Aaron Grad. That same year, he sang the title role in Britten's Noye's Fludde at Bellevue Presbyterian Church, where he is a member and resident soloist.