DIRECTOR / PRODUCER / CINEMATOGRAPHER
BEN BURKE is a lifelong student and practitioner of the motion picture. He is a self educated filmmaker who has been immersed in the craft, history, and business of the art form for over 15 years.
After borrowing the family camcorder to record himself practicing magic tricks, he was making movies by age 12. Burke founded a film society by 19 and was soon to produce and/or direct dozens of short form projects. He has continued working on productions for over 10 years for Hollywood, Bollywood, and countless Independents; as well as six years of professional videography and four years managing performance theaters and art galleries for the Arts Council in his home town of Lexington, Kentucky.
In 2009, Mr. Burke Directed the 70 minute crime thriller NOBODY IN PARTICULAR. The improvised film has received critical praise, describing the film as “above and beyond those who are vomiting formulaic drivel into North American movie houses”.
Burke has produced numerous feature film content ever since, including the ghost story/psychological thriller FASON NOU and RED RIVER MOON, a survival story of two young girls stranded in the Appalachian wilderness after their mother is accidentally killed during a family camping trip.
As well as producing and directing, Burke is also an accomplished Cinematographer. His list of commercial clients includes L’Oriel, Armani, Yves St. Laurent, Los Angeles Department of Transportation, E-how.com, as well as numerous small business’ and more. As a Gaffer, Ben has done lighting work on films released internationally and theatrically through mini major distributors such as LIONSGATE and IFC.
Recently, Burke partnered with entertainment and corporate attorney Doug Shoemaker and producer and marketing executive Sean McCarthy to reinvent Torn And Restored Pictures with an experienced eye on the international market for feature films and broadcast content.
Currently, Ben resides in Los Angeles, California and Lexington, where he enjoys working freelance as cinematographer and producer while developing and executing new projects.
PRODUCER / EDITOR / DIRECTOR / GRAPHIC DESIGNER
SEAN MCCARTHY was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. While he has always been artistically driven, Sean developed his love of filmmaking in high school. Completing several short films by graduation, Sean realized his undeniable love for the art form and knew that wherever he ended up, film would always be a major passion in his life. His film education began with film camp at UCLA and a summer course at the New York Film Academy where he was first introduced to the complexities of directing, editing and cinematography. Sean continued his education at USC, where he majored in Communications with an emphasis on marketing.
After graduation, Sean began an internship at Imprint Entertainment, a production company located on the Universal Studios backlot whose previous credits included PERCY JACKSON & THE OLYMPIANS, THE STEPFATHER, and THE TWILIGHT SAGA.
Soon Sean became a Creative Executive with the company, where he developed creative content and managed new acquisitions. Next, Sean was given the opportunity to direct and edit an episodic web-series entitled ASK THE EASY CHICK for one of Imprint’s clients.
Yearning to acquire more on-set experience, Sean stepped away from the executive world. He began working as a production assistant on several low budget features being shot in the L.A. area. Again moving rapidly up the ranks, he soon became a Grip, a 1st AD, and an editor.
It was during this time that he met his colleague, partner, friend, and mentor: Ben Burke. McCarthy and Burke have worked together as crew on several low budget features. After partnering to create the T&R empire, they now intend to take the reins and produce and direct the type of films that they feel will entertain others while remaining marketable and financially viable. This creative team has several promising projects on the horizon and aim to be a creative force in the film industry.
Sean is also an editor and professional graphic designer who has created posters and marketing materials for numerous film and fashion companies.
DOUGLAS SHOEMAKER (COO)
PRODUCER / ENTERTAINMENT & CORPORATE ATTORNEY