Film Crew

Film Crew

Film for the Fallen

Film for the Fallen is a Brooklyn-based production company that was founded to document Run for the Fallen and share its story with the world.  A small film crew followed the Run on its 72-day journey across America, and the result is the documentary, To Them That’s Gone.  The producers of the film are Andrew McKay, John McKay, William Gardiner and Rolando Garcia.  The filmmakers can be reached at info [at] tothemthatsgone [dot] com.

Andrew McKay

Director, Producer, Editor

To Them That’s Gone is Andrew’s first feature film and he is proud to tell the story of Run for the Fallen and 1LT Michael Cleary, with whom he attended Hamilton College.  Andrew has previously worked for Miramax Films as a business affairs coordinator.  Prior to Miramax, he worked for National Dance Institute (NDI), a non-profit that uses the arts to inspire children.  He is particularly grateful to NDI Founder and National Medal of Arts recipient, Jacques d’Amboise, for his support over the years.  Andrew has also assisted on two documentaries that have aired on HBO: Doug Block’s 51 Birch Street and Anthony Avildsen’s Jacques d’Amboise in China.  He lives in Brooklyn with his incredibly supportive wife and daughter.

John McKay

Co-Director, Producer

While attending Hamilton College, John became close friends with Michael Cleary, the inspiration behind Run for the Fallen and To Them That’s Gone, and Jon Bellona, the Run’s founder.  John served as the film’s director and field producer on the road for the duration of the Run, from California to Arlington.  He previously wrote an award-winning short story, “O.” (First Prize, Hamilton College Alumni Review Writing Contest, 2007), inspired by the life and death of Michael Cleary.  John lives in Brooklyn and works for a prominent law firm in Manhattan.

William Gardiner

Co-Director, Producer, Editor

Will has worked as a professional television editor in New York City since 2006, frequently working on projects for The History Channel and The Discovery Channel.  He has co-edited a Webby Award-winning documentary, Hometown Baghdad, which aired on Sundance Channel in 2009.  In addition to being editor and producer of To Them That’s Gone, Will also traveled on the road with Run for the Fallen and shot additional footage.  He is a graduate of Hamilton College.  Will currently lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Cliodhna.

Rolando Garcia


Rolando has worked in the film industry since graduating from Williams College in 2002.  Before signing on to produce To Them That’s Gone, he spent three years at Miramax Films, where he served as Creative Marketing Coordinator, working on campaigns for Oscar®-winning films such asThe Queen and No Country For Old Men.  His responsibilities included the creation and distribution of behind‐the‐scenes featurettes and in‐theater displays.  His earliest film jobs included PA work on The Human Stain and Elf.  Born and raised in Park Slope, Brooklyn, Rolando now lives in Middle Village, Queens.

Nicolas Catania

Director of Photography

This project resonated with Nick in a profound way, as his own brother was serving in Afghanistan during production.  Nick is a cinematographer who has lived and worked in the New York City film and television industry for 16 years.  His past credits include an award-winning film about New York street-skating, Broadway Bomb, as well as work with clients including MTV, ESPN, and Fox Sports Mexico.  He continues to work on documentaries that examine the intersection of human relationships and action sports.

Doran Danoff


Doran Danoff is a composer, pianist, singer, songwriter and producer.  As a songwriter and recording artist he has been featured nationally on radio stations including the world famous KCRW and KCSN in Los Angeles as well as WFUV and WNYC in New York and has performed in concert halls and festivals throughout the United States.  As a film composer, he has scored and produced music for several award-winning short films and documentaries shown in festivals throughout the world, including Telluride, Sundance, Cannes, and Toronto, and has also composed music for television and commercials.  Doran has been commissioned for original compositions for chamber ensembles, symphonic orchestras, percussion, and wind ensembles and music for modern dance, performance art, and interactive multi-media works.  Doran’s 2012 debut full-length record “The Ghost & The Scratch” is available from Urbivor Records (ASCAP) on iTunes, Bandcamp and other digital stores.  Visit to learn more about Doran and his work.

Curtis Grout


Curtis grew up in the foothills of northern California and attended San Francisco State University where he graduated with a B.A. in Cinema.  Since graduating, he has been focused on his career in filmmaking with a specialization in editing and post-production.  Curtis’ first venture into feature film editing, Meandher, was nominated for Best Drama and Best Feature at the Lakedance Film Festival and brought home Best Actor and Best Actress prizes.  Curtis also served on the post-production team of the multi-award winning documentary Audience of One (SXSW, Bend Film Festival, AFI-Silverdocs, SFDocFest), and on ESPN’s “30 for 30″ documentary series for the film Silly Little Game.  He has also done freelance work for companies such as Y&R, Comedy Central, A&E, Sharp Entertainment, and iNDemand.

Thomas Lee Wright

Executive Producer

Thomas Lee Wright was a story editor at Columbia Pictures and production executive at Paramount before a screenwriting career that included the original screenplay for Warner Brothers’ urban classic New Jack City.  His work as a producer of prize-winning documentaries, which ranges from the definitive film on WTO protests in Seattle (Tradeoff) to a look at gangs during the Los Angeles riots (The Making of a Crip), has toured with the International Human Rights Watch Film Festival and been broadcast on the Discovery Channel.  He is honored to support the filmmakers of To Them That’s Gone.

Thomas J. Ratcliff

Executive Producer

The Honorable Thomas J. Ratcliff, USA (Ret.) is the founder of the Soldier-Statesmen organization and previously served as partner and chief operating officer of a national political strategy, public policy, government affairs and public relations firm. He currently serves in the leadership of both the Veterans for National Security Foundation and GradPAC, the service academy graduate political action committee, in Washington, DC. Reflecting on his grandfather Ratcliff’s service in World War I and his maternal grandfather’s service in World War II, he felt it his duty to protect and defend his country as his forbearers had done. Ratcliff served on active duty as an Army Scout/Attack helicopter pilot until experiencing a career-ending injury. A scholar-athlete, Ratcliff is a Dean’s List graduate and three-year varsity letterman of the United States Military Academy at West Point. During his cadet career, he was also named West Point’s first-ever White House intern. Ratcliff is active in many veterans’ organizations as well as philanthropic and historical preservation endeavors.

Associate Producers

  • Erik Herron
  • Rafael Martinez

Still Photography

  • Triona Dombroski-Fritsch
  • Erin Kavanagh


  • Doran Danoff
  • David Poe
  • Ben Peeler
  • Tyler Wenzel
  • Alexander Bouton
  • Low Red Land

Production Counsel

  • Robert Rando