Gold House is a video production partnership headed by media artists Natasha Beste and Kevin Eckert.
We provide video production, post-production, motion graphics, design, and consulting services to a wide range of clients. Many of our projects have been undertaken on behalf of Detroit-based non-profit organizations such as Living Arts, Bridging Communities Inc., and the Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit.
Our music video production work has included material carried by MTV Networks and featured music acts like Tunde Olaniran, the Koffin Kats, and About The Mess.
Gold House works harmoniously with our clients to create an exceptional, striking final product that everyone involved in the process can be proud of. Let us bring your ideas to the world with the expert treatment they deserve.
Gold House Partners & Associates
Internationally recognized multi-media artist Natasha Beste is best known for her innovative audio and video experimentation. She uses narrative and documentary styles to create complex, compelling mixed media video artwork. Her music videos have been featured on MTV Networks and her documentary work has helped multiple organizations win special award funding for their media arts programs. Natasha also produces and performs original music with her three-piece experimental garage/art rock band, Odd Hours.
Natasha received her B.A in Media Arts from Wayne State University. She has designed, developed and taught video production and animation courses through Living Arts, the Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit, and Y-Arts, serving both neighborhood programs and Detroit Public Schools. She has also taught media arts classes at Wayne State University and the Detroit Film Center.
Kevin Eckert is a multimedia artist known for his video and illustration work in the Metro Detroit area. His videos have been screened for audiences at everything from crucial fundraising dinners to the definitive experimental film showcase, Media City Film Festival in Windsor.
At the Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit (CAID), he developed and directed an original series called “Tonight @theCAID” that highlighted artists, activists, and musicians working in Detroit. The show’s crew transformed the gallery space into a working studio on a minimal budget and used materials from nearby abandoned spaces to create the show’s signature look.
As an instructor, he has taught video production and animation classes at Living Arts, Community Media Network Television, and CAID. His work on The Bell Project, a production class for special needs students, earned him the 2012 Avondale SKILL Program Partner of the Year award.
Kevin additionally specializes in motion graphics and post-production effects work, drawing on his years of design experience as a cartoonist and graphic illustrator with four books released to date. He also lectures and teaches workshops on the subject of cartooning.
Tunde Olaniran is an educator and performer with ten years of experience in art direction and production. A respected performance artist in his own right. Tunde has worked with diverse groups and artists, helping to translate desired moods, messages, concepts, and underdeveloped ideas into compelling imagery. He has worked with various artists and organizations, directing fashion shows, live music performances, photo shoots, music video shoots, short films, and marketing campaigns. Olaniran has staged productions with Cranbrook Schools, Emergence Media (Detroit), Red Ink Flint, TEDxFlint, Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Cameo Gallery (NYC), Rifllandia Festival (Victoria, BC), Olio Festival (Vancouver, BC) and Transmusicales Festival (Rennes, FR) among others.
After earning a double-bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Sociology, Tunde went on to complete a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, and has currently worked in the field for over 13 years. As an experienced administrator, Olaniran has the capacity to not only work as Art Director, but also as a Production Manager, ensuring that all the elements of a production are properly managed and successfully completed.
An artist living in Detroit, Christina Tomlinson is best known for her work within the music industry as a designer, stylist, artistic director, and producer. In a career that has spanned over a decade, Christina’s intriguing designs have been seen on stages across the globe, as well in videos as on MTV networks, multiple magazines & newspaper spreads, and in various fashion & music blogs. She has worked with varied musical artists such as Tunde Olaniran, RoboRobb, Oh My God, Invincible, The Koffin Kats, Miz Korona, Petal Shop, and Odd Hours.
Christina also has an extensive theatrical resume and holds an MFA in costume design from Wayne State University as well as a BA in Theatre and English from the University of Michigan-Flint.
Chris Weagel is a video artist, producer, editor and teacher working in Metro Detroit.
Weagel began producing and publishing regular video series online in 2001. His satirical and documentary videos exploring the lives and culture of working class Americans are published online by Human Dog Productions (humandog.tv). His work has been recognized by Wired Magazine and BusinessWeek.com and featured in the book The Secrets of Videoblogging.
Since 2008, Weagel has been a Production Coordinator at Community Media Network Public Access TV in Troy, MI (cmntv.org). He teaches production classes, manages the station’s online presence and handles post-production and graphic design for in-house productions. In 2011, he produced a series of live Town Hall political programs on statewide and local political topics with The Oakland Press newspaper, merging live studio audiences, phone calls and online commentary for increased public participation.
Weagel is a teaching artist with the Southwest Detroit-based non-proﬁt, Living Arts Detroit, leading video and animation classes for middle-school students at the Detroit Public Schools’ Academy of the Americas.
He is also a board member of DAFT (Digital Arts, Film & Television) a non-proﬁt organization dedicated to media arts education. Chris has taught DAFT Video and Animation workshops throughout Michigan, produces the showreel for DAFT’s annual Michigan Student Film & Video Festival, and runs the DAFT website (daftonline.org).
Chris Weagel holds a BFA from the College for Creative Studies, 2004.
Courtney Spivak is an artist, musician and filmmaker. She has worked in film and video since 1998, and her films have been featured online on IFC’s website and shown in numerous film festivals, including the Court Metrage of the Cannes Film Festival in 2010.
Courtney holds a Master’s Degree in Media Arts from Wayne State University. Since 2008 she has worked as an instructor in Telecommunications at Henry Ford Community College where she currently teaches Audio Production specializing in Pro Tools, an industry standard audio editing software.
SaRyne L. Byers, the owner of Salon Jewel-SaRyn, Inc., is a seasoned visionary, renowned for her vibrant, challenging, and intensely creative designs. A highly respected hair-designer, certified instructor of cosmetology and make-up artist, her career began over thirty years ago.
Byers obtained her cosmetology certification from the Genesee Area Technology Center and Mott Community College. Later, as a hair and make-up instructor, SaRyne educated and motivated thousands of students. She has received numerous awards for her commitment to excellence and accomplishments in the field, with work being showcased in various placements, including MTV Networks.
In addition to running a successful salon for over 25 years, SaRyne’s career has taken her to Flint, Detroit, New York, Chicago, and Las Vegas, where she lent her skills to countless fashion shows, hair design exhibitions, music videos, commercials, feature film productions, and promotional and editorial photo shoots. SaRyne’s makeup competencies include airbrushing, prosthetics, period, theatrical and special effects makeup, with special interests in glamour, macabre, and fantasy looks. Her dedication to perfection and boundless energy make her an indispensable asset to any creative production.