Producer / Director
Lori’s career includes work in documentary, unscripted television, stand up comedy, theatre, journalism and film. For LOGO, Lori executive produced and directed the highly acclaimed documentary series The Ride: 7 Days To End AIDS that detailed the struggles and triumphs of six people riding for a cure.
Kaye’s extensive career as a showrunner and executive producer includes Arranged, a docuseries about arranged marriage in America for FYI Network, Bravo’s Work Out which she developed from concept, Kathy Griffin: My Life on The D List and First Class All The Way also for Bravo, The Real Skinny, a documentary special for TLC and the docuseriesCurl Girls also for LOGO. Other television credits include competition series Blush: The Search for the Next Great Makeup Artist on Lifetime and American Princess for NBC and WE.
Lori developed, produced and directed the fashion documentary series Stylemaker for the Style Network, which featured such noted style icons as Donna Karan, Michael Kors, Vera Wang, Simon Doonan, Carolina Herrera and Kevyn Aucoin -- which is how Lori first met Kevyn.
Lori formed Putti Media with her partner in life and business, Leslie Thomas, in 2007 to develop projects for TV, film and theatre.
Leslie Thomas has been producing documentary and unscripted television for the past 15 years with specialties in comedy and food.
In the documentary space, Leslie is passionate about exploring what it
means to be human. Documentary credits include Dark Roots: The Unauthorized Anna Nicole for Showtime, Surviving the Holidays with Lewis Black and The History of the Joke with Lewis Black for History Channel and UNCUT: The True Story of Hair for A&E.
Leslie is currently executive producing several Food Network series including Holiday
Baking Championship, Kids Baking Championship, Halloween Baking Championship and Spring Baking Championship. Prior to all those tempting baked goods, she brought her culinary expertise to Late Nite Chef Fight for FYI and the NBC series Food Fighters as well as 5 seasons of premier cooking competition The Next Iron Chef for Food Network.
Other credits include Curl Girls for LOGO, Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List for Bravo, Work Out for Bravo, Cowboy U for CMT, Girlfriend Intervention for TLC and The Bruce Vilanch Show for Bravo.
Leslie graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a degree in Writing for Film and Television. With partner Lori Kaye,Leslie co-wrote, produced and directed a comedy short film called LA DOLLS that premiered at Outfest in 2005 and featured Mo Gaffney, Marc Shaiman and two ten-inch high musical writing dolls. LA DOLLS graced film festivals worldwide (London, Tokyo, Tel Aviv, New York, Los Angeles) and won the Grand Jury Award for Best Female Short at The Fire Island Film Festival.
PJ is an accomplished editor whose feature credits include gothic horror film The Yellow Wallpaper and documentary The Mechanical Bride. He feels deeply connected to Kevyn’s story and is thrilled to have edited KEVYN AUCOIN Beauty & The Beast In Me. His mile-long television resume includes Esquire Network’s Knife Fight and the Emmy-winning Best Thing I Ever Made for the Food Network.
But what he really loves to do is direct. After years of slinging bass for a variety of rock bands, including a stint with Billy Idol (PJ appears alongside Idol and Steve Stevens in the video for Speed the title track of the ’94 movie of the same name), P.J. began shifting gears from musician to director by jumping behind the camera. He has directed dozens of indie rock, punk and country videos, commercials, live concert films etc. working with a wide variety of artists including Keanu Reeves, RZA, The Cramps, John Doe, Kanye West, The Supersuckers, Punk Rock Karaoke All-Stars and more.
P.J. also produced and directed the feature DIY documentary/concert film Badsville, a critically acclaimed look at LA’s thriving underground music scene at the turn of the millennium. He also helped launch LA indie rock label Acetate Records. His darkly atmospheric short film, 9 Minutes, (Vimeo Staff Pick, featured on i09.com, ShortofTheWeek.com & GeekTyrant.com) starring Joshua Leonard (Blair Witch Project, Bates Motel) marked his narrative directorial debut.
PJ recently completed filming a new crime thriller/horror short, Somewhere Between Darkness and Dawn, currently in post-production, and is putting the finishing touches on a feature screenplay for the psychological horror Bedeviled.
Director of Photography
Laurent is originally from France and moved to the United States in 1979 with his parents. After completing his French Baccalaureate he went on to study Graphic Design and Visual Communication at UCLA. In the early 1980s Laurent started camera operating shooting primarily news and current events
as well as documentaries. In the late 1980s and through the 1990s he honed his skills as Director of Photography on live concerts, performance videos, movie sets and value added programming for premium cable channels. Simultaneously he also became an accomplished Avid editor which helped develop his sense of storytelling and timing. By the early 2000s Laurent's experience as Director of Photography appealed to Reality TV producers who were craving that docu-style. Countless unscripted TV shows later, Laurent is now shifting his focus to Directing unscripted as well as soft scripted TV shows.Laurent and Lori Kaye have a long history and have worked together on numerous projects that have taken them to exotic locations around the world. For this film, he’s thrilled to have accompanied Lori to Louisiana and to be part of this very meaningful documentary.