Michelle Elise Harding is an award-winning cinematographer, film editor, and producer. Born and raised in New Jersey, Harding fell in love with the film and television industries at an early age due to her proximity to New York City.
Right out of college, Harding had the opportunity to work for Grammy award-winning artist Miri Ben-Ari as her videographer, video editor, and production/talent coordinator from 2014 until early 2016. She was also the Director of Operations of Ben-Ari’s not-for-profit organization, Gedenk Movement, in 2015. Harding worked alongside Ben-Ari with companies such as Scholastic, YouTube, and the Huffington Post. This took Harding to venues such as Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Madison Square Garden, and YouTube Studios NYC.
Harding was a videographer for double-A affiliates of the New York Yankees, the Trenton Thunder, for the 2015 and 2016 seasons. This was the first time she had the opportunity to gain live television experience.
Harding was also the videographer and video editor for the tech startup Fashion Mingle, a networking platform for fashion industry professionals. She covered several seasons at New York Fashion Week from 2014 until 2016, creating online video content by filming and editing fashion shows and designer interviews.
Prior to moving to Myrtle Beach, SC in 2016, Harding was the director of photography, executive producer, and film editor on award-winning short film, Spark. She still resides in Myrtle Beach and works for NBC affiliate, WMBF News, as a Marketing Producer.
Having the opportunity to work with public figures such as Elijah Wood, Lloyd Kaufman, Miri Ben-Ari, and Joe Kovacs have perpetuated Harding’s drive for filmmaking and television. Cinematography and film producing are Harding’s true passions, and she is grateful to be able to implement them every day in her work.
Matthieu Vinel grew up in Lorraine in the east of France, a region marked by the steel crisis.
Early on he discovered a passion for the seventh art and devoured the film selection at his local library – Wilder, Clouzot, Murnau, Walsh, Renoir, Hitchcock, Füller, Kazan, Mann, Kurosawa, Clayton, Spielberg, Polanski...In parallel he cultivated his second passion – the piano. He had a relatively solitary adolescence. A gifted student, he spent time with a few close friends with whom he enjoyed tennis and biking expeditions, when he wasn’t at his piano or in front of a cinema screen!
Matthieu’s aptitude for maths led him to engineering school. After graduating in 2001, he turned his back on a promising career for the world of cinema. With no preparation, he succeeded in gaining a place at ENS Louis-Lumière, a prestigious cinema school in Paris. A gamble that paid off!
Three years at ENS Louis-Lumière enabled him to create his first short 35mm film, Wenzhou, the story of a Chinese illegal immigrant who comes to Paris to find his father.
Aged 27 Matthieu began his professional career working on a number of short and feature films. Having grown disenchanted with the cinema, he found a new calling in the business world and the concise and dynamic format of corporate films. He gained experience in different video and communication techniques and honed his skills in shooting, editing and animation.
In 2011 Matthieu invited his good friend Claire to join him in creating an audiovisual production company and Crea Nostra was launched on 31 March 2011. Seven years on, the company has an impressive list of clients including Danone, Michelin, SNCF, Hutchinson and Pernod.
Although he’s now more of a production director, Matthieu has never abandoned his love of making films. He manages many major client commissions as well as creating ever more ambitious films. In parallel, he continues his musical projects, composing original pieces in diverse genres from ragtime to french songs and english pop.
I'm a Director & Writer. Currently, I'm still getting my master degree in Film and Television in Savannah college of art and design. My short films have been awarded and selected in film festivals worldwide. I worked as an assistant director for "Wolf warrior 2", which is the box office champ in the history of Chinese film market.
My goal, of course, is to direct feature films in the future. Let's make it happen.
Michael Lozano and Paola Flores are co-directors and longtime friends. They are based in Miami. Both of them are currently producing seperate documentaries-- Michael's on poverty-stricken, hungry childen in Bolivia and Paola's on immigrant entreprenuers in Florida.
DT Sheridan is a NYC based filmmaker with over 9 years of experience in the industry on features, shorts, commercials, music videos and television. His experience ranges widely on a film set, including Producing, G&E, Camera, Editing, Acting, and Assistant Directing. DT has harnessed his vast and varied experience in the art of filmmaking to make himself a better screenwriter and director.
His short films, RESISTANCE and OPEN, are both festival bound in 2018. He is currently in pre-production on an exciting short film about love and loss, BITTERSWEET, as well as two thriller features, THEY NEVER LEFT and THE LESSON PLAN.
Branden T. Hampton is a rising icon in the entertainment industry focusing on television/film production, radio and music. Born and raised in Atlanta, GA, Branden recently completed a Master of Science degree in Journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Howard University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Radio/Television/Film.
He has worked with some of the biggest celebrities in the entertainment business while working under Barbara Walters on the Emmy-Award winning daytime talk show ABC's The View. In addition, Branden has also worked with Jesse Collins Entertainment, The Washington Post, BET and Radio One.
Branden also has over 10 years of experience playing the piano, French horn, trumpet and producing/composing music. Branden's production company, B. Hampton Productions, focuses on television/film development, music and more.
In the next five years, Branden hopes to become a successful entertainment mogul having a positive impact on people's lives through music, television and film.
Morten Savage is a recent graduate of the MFA Screenwriting program at UNC School of the Arts. He is currently taking the first steps toward his goal of becoming a full-time Writer/Director. Born in Norway to British parents, but raised mainly in Atlanta, GA, he has sought with difficulty to integrate the various and often conflicting cultural influences from his childhood. He is an avid reader whose intention as a filmmaker is to create moments that challenge an audience’s perspective on a subject by playing with genre conventions and using satirical humor to undermine self-importance.
GUILLAUME ENARD - Director.
Born in Paris, Guillaume studies filmmaking at the Ecole Supérieure de Réalisation Audiovisuelle, where he directs his first short Correction starring the famous French actor Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu.
After graduating, he spends the next 10 years working as editor and sound editor on several TV series and feature films such as L’Affaire Dreyfus, Jean Moulin, Dieu Que les Femmes Sont Amoureuses or Una Pura Formalita, collaborating with such famous French directors as Yves Boisset, Magali Clement or Guiseppe Tornatore.
In 2004, Guillaume becomes a full time script writer. He writes, adapts for the screen and supervises the writing of many TV properties such as Marvel’s Iron Man, Casper, Spirou et Fantasio, Invisible Man, Le Marsupilami, Baskup Tony Parker, Trolls of Troy, Plankton Invasion, Mini Ninjas, My Giant Friend, etc.
Meanwhile he directs Brumes, awarded at the L.A. Screamfest Horror Film Festival and the Ravenna Nightmare Film Festival, and broadcasted many times on Universal’s network 13ème Rue. Then, Guillaume writes several feature films such as the monster movie Unleashed and the animated feature Kitty. Then, Guillaume develops the dystopian TV Series Asile – Le Monde d’Après with Room 237, the supernatural adventure drama Desolacion with producer Michel Ruben and director Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego. Following that, Guillaume also adapts as a TV Series the English thriller best-seller Until You’re Mine for the production company Banijay.
Presently, Guillaume is finishing writing the comedy En Vert et Contre Tous for Tigerfish production company. Now that his new short Par le Sang is completed, he’s beginning to develop his feature film projects with his co-director Jonathan Delerue.
JONATHAN DELERUE - Director
Graduate of the Emile Cohl School of Art in 2004, Jonathan hones his skills as a storyboard artist working for the most part on the “French Frayeurs” film collection such as Frontière(s), Mutants, La Traque and Vertiges.
Rapidly, Jonathan lends his pen and talent to prestigious French production companies, working frequently with Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp (Colombiana, Taken 2, Taken 3, 3 Days to Kill, and the forthcoming Koursk…), Dimitri Rassam’s Chapter 2 (Gibraltar, Paradise Lost), academy award winner Thomas Langman (Vanikoro), Alain Goldman’s Légende Films (La French, HHhH), Jericho Films (Radin, Rémi Sans Famille), and also Why Not Productions’ Jackie… He just completed storyboarding Alain Chabat’s Santa & Cie, and Jean-François Richet’s L’Empereur de Paris…
Currently, Jonathan is moving on to making films with his short Par le Sang, which is the spearhead project to be followed with feature films with his co-writer and co-director Guillaume Enard.
Daljit Kalsi is an Emmy-nominated digital media journalist and an award-winning independent filmmaker from Greenville, SC.
Kalsi’s film “BOUND: An unflinching look inside the brutal world of human trafficking” won best overall at the Tryon International Film Festival in 2017.
He has directed two feature films and a handful of shorts, which have been showcased in film festivals throughout the Southeast.
Jasmine Cannon is a leading journalist of her generation. With a passion for people and dedication to excellence, her storytelling method of choice is visual. She's been doing journalism since she was 10 years old and has never strayed away.
After graduating from the University of Alabama with a degree in telecommunication and film with a focus on sports broadcasting, she decided to share her passion to future generations as a 2013 Teach For America corps member where she taught 7th grade math for two years.
Jasmine went on to study documentary storytelling as a Master's of Journalism Candidate at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, which is where she was a part of the team that created FEARLESS.
Jasmine now lives in the Greater New York City area where she works as a video producer and thinks about documentary storytelling all day.
My first interaction with the film industry was being an extra on a couple of films and the TV series Army Wives. Later on I took acting classes to further my career in film. With a little bit of experience under my belt I manage to book a few commercials and acted in a few independent short films. I've always had the desire to also write and direct my own films. So I later enrolled at Trident Technical College Film Program. I wanted a better knowledge of how things worked behind the camera. I'm an alum with a degree in film production and I have certificate in film making. Even though I'm just getting started, I've done four short films and a documentary. My plans are to continue writing, directing, along with some acting, to one day I'll have a feature film on the big screen.
Sheril Rodgers grew up in a large Hispanic family offering many "characters" with which to draw from in her work in films, on stage and in her songwriting. Sheril's comedic timing and improve skills were honed in musical theatre and she is often cast in roles portraying strong women bringing a level of energy to both dramatic and comedic projects. Combined with experience in fight choreography and dance, Sheril is many times cast in action roles.
The highlight of Sheril's musical career was touring and singing back up for legendary Country music artist, Merle Haggard and while working with Merle, she co-wrote one of his biggest hits "Let's Chase Each Other Around the Room Tonight"; earning her a BMI Millionaire award. During the course of her musical career, she has performed almost every genre of music and continues to write and produce a wide array musical pieces.
Her commitment to acting and singing led Sheril to immerse herself in voice lessons, private coaching, workshops, improvisation, fight training and comedy.
THE LAST KIDS is Sheril's directoral debut. She has written and produced 7 films and is currently producing the documentary "Back the Blue-Documentary and TV series, "OLD BROADS".
Bryan F. Davis is a co-founder of Aurora Jar Productions. He directed, co-wrote, and edited the short film “Job.” Upcoming projects include feature films "Fallaway," "Upsellers" and "Nebula." Bryan has worked in Los Angeles, Florida and is now based in Atlanta.
René Calvo, composer, writer and director came to New York City as a dancer working with Yoshiko Chuma and The School of Hard knocks. After some years performing in the downtown post modern scene he turned his talents to the theater. There he created the off off Broadway serial Ailanthus Grove. The show ran for 72 episodes. While artist in residence at the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center on The Lower East Side hke created a 55 minute experimental film called Let Me Be Frank in collaboration with artist Dawn Clements. In 2011 he started the band Goddess Lakshmi and has made 4 music videos with them. As one of founding members of Carbon County Democrats for Change he made 5 shorts including the award winning Tea Party Chickens. Concurrently he bought a dilapidated townhouse in Harlem in 2000 and transformed it into The Harlem Flophouse. Internationally recognized for its unique beauty it has been the featured location in numerous fashion shoots, films and videos.
I'm a cartoonist, Illustrator, writer, I have been published in France as an author of comic strips.
I've always been attracted to the animated film, I have a lot of ideas and desires of animation but I have not the skills techniques for myself.so I did call on the expertise of a young leader who has redesigned and directed the film based on my drawings and stories, Mélanie Peltier.
I am always looking for animators who are looking for scripts for short films.
Yingxu Jane Hao is a compassionate storyteller for impact. She has a heart for those who suffer, an eye for beauty in the struggle, and a passion for human interest stories.
Born and raised in China, she came to the U.S. in 2015 to get trained as a multimedia journalist at the Medill Journalism School at Northwestern University. There she discovered that her enthusiasm and strength lies in video storytelling.
For her, “the movies are like a machine that generates empathy”as is put by Roger Ebert. She aspires to use this machine to break stereotypes, build bridges and evoke action. She’d love to see her work uplift people and communities that are suffering and struggling.
Nathan Ford was born in Grand Forks, North Dakota and grew up in Warrensburg, Missouri, and is currently a Junior at the University of Missouri studying Digital Storytelling, English and Film Studies. Nathan is a writer and a filmmaker with a passion for camera work and visual storytelling. Nathan has previously worked on Grand Theft Autumn (2018) and is currently working on Down The Rabbit Hole. Nathan hopes to continue his writing and filmmaking career with his focus being on independent filmmaking.
I am Felix Crumbsy. I am a writer/director from Decatur, GA. I have been writing and directing since my undergrad years at Albany State University. Growing up I had never considered filmmaking as a career. I believed that I would be a lawyer, but one morning during my freshman year I just decided that Law School wasn't for me, however, it did not take long for my passion to hit me. That night I watched David Fincher's "The Social Network" and from there I just had an inclination to tell stories. The film to me was so visual and the edit was tight with incredible pacing. To this day I can't tell you why this film grabbed, its not even my favorite film, but it did grab me and made me see my favorite movies and a completely different light. My eyes were to the wonder of filmmaking. Soon after I would enroll in film classes while earning my BA in English Literature. A few month after graduation I would enroll at Full Sail University where I earned my MFA in Film Production. It was at Full Sail that I learned how to be a better writer and director. To me this means that I have learned who I am as an artist.
I try to keep my work honest which means that my films emulate reality regardless of genre. I find that people resonate better with characters if they see themselves in the character. This is what helps me to direct my actors, the camera, collaborate with my PD's and editor and sound. Over the years I have been blessed with the ability to follow my passions and improve as a filmmaker. I aim to continue growing as my journey has only begun.
Sam Gannuch was born and raised in Denver Colorado. At nine he began making films and has relentlessly pursued every aspect of the craft since. At 13 he began a documentary about learning differences which he distributed to Amazon Prime upon completion at the age of 15. He is currently attending Colorado Film School.
Joseph Villapaz's directorial film debut began with the romantic comedy, Love Eterne. Then, a sci-fi series of films emerged, which started with No One Lives Forever followed by 14 Days, Subversive, Engagement and most recently, Tragic Consequence. Joseph Villapaz writes and produces his films with small budgets that he can finance himself without the help of campaign fund support avoiding the need to satisfy expectations of others, keeping his work truly independent.
“The biggest risk in life, is not taking one”. I have always tried to live my life by that quote. The only thing I have ever anted to do with my life is direct. I was born in Springfield, Massachusetts but don’t stay there long. I went to school for filmmaking and made a couple short films in the process. Needless to say they were student films and turned out that way. But practice makes perfect and I continued to make films to develop my craft. It was fun for a while but I was ready for more. “The biggest risk in life, is not taking one”, so not knowing a soul in California, my wife Cathy and I packed up and moved so I could continue to pursue my dreams of becoming a director.
Rodrigo is a director and writer for film and theatre based in New York City. He was born on October 25th, 1985, in Porto Alegre, Brazil. His parents are Maria Francisca Baumgartner and Valdir Camargo Ayres, both doctors in Brazil.
Rodrigo moved to New York City to study filmmaking at the New York Film Academy (2013 - 2014). Since then he has directed several short films, plays and one feature film. Currently Rodrigo is working with the 'Acting Studio' as a theatre director and playwright and also with the company ‘Dutch Angle Films' as a film director.
Beth Cefalu is an award-winning journalist born and raised in New York City.
She is currently residing in Rochester, New York where she works at a local NBC affiliate.
In her six years as a journalist, she's covered ample news stories about the heroin problem but it was only when her investigations took her to the neighborhood labeled "ground zero" of the problem that she realized how bad its become.
That was when Beth decided to do a mini-documentary to show people the real, raw and uncut epidemic turned pandemic.
Katie Garibaldi is an award-winning Americana singer/songwriter and guitar player from the San Francisco Bay Area. She is an endorsed Breedlove Guitars artist and has been named a Music Connection Magazine Top 100 Live Unsigned Artist. An avid national touring performer, Katie has amassed a devoted fan base, due to her engaging live shows and personal connection to her listeners through her music.
Roman Xing is a Chinese actor has been acting for over 14 years. He graduated from New York Film Academy for master's degree in Acting for Film, also graduated form Communication University of China for bachelor's degree in Acting for Film, Television, and Theater. He has been training martial arts for his whole life.
Roman Xing is good at doing action, comedy, and drama projects. He acted in American feature films The Second Coming of Christ, Bloody Hands and so on, and American TV series Supreme Justice with Judge Karen, Ninjak vs the Valiant Universe, etc. He also starred in Chinese feature films The Founding of a Republic, Dedication and so forth, and Chinese TV shows Royal Tramp, A Dream in Red Mansions and so on. Roman Xing is currently working as a professional actor in film and television industry in Hollywood.
Katie Anne moved to Los Angeles in 2014, to pursue her career in the entertainment industry. During her time at Loyola Marymount University's School of Film and Television, she proved to be a standout producer. Her ambition, attention to detail, and ability to execute a director's vision lead her to producing numerous films of varying genres and budgets, and having a full slate of projects a year and half out. She produced more content within the film school than any other student in her graduating class.
In 2017, she was the youngest nominee for the Arkoff Award for Best Produced Screenplay at the FOF Awards, for a film produced that same year. She also held prestigious internships and jobs at the Producers Guild of America, Venice Arts, and ROAR Studios LA, before launching her own media and casting companies.
Upon graduation, Katie Anne co-founded the production company, Sailing Pig, bringing her experience and expertise to lead high caliber commercial and narrative productions, for varying platforms. Shortly after launch, her company was tapped by SyFy and Universal Cable Productions to lead a project for a popular young adult story.
José Luis Anaya. Actor and Director. He began his studies in Method Acting, before studying the acting program at drama school CasAzul Argos. Holds a BA in Communications with a Film minor from Universidad Iberoamericana and a Master's degree in Film Studies from Casa Lamm. He's currently studying a Master's degree in Filmmaking (Directing & Screenwriting) at Facultad de Cine film school in México City. He has acted professionally in film, theatre & television. "Damián" is his first short film, horror genre, and his introduction into the cinema world as a film director. His 2nd short film "La decisión de Lourdes", drama genre, is currently in postproduction and also working on his 3rd and 4th short films, both thriller and supernatural horror genre, soon to start production. He's also working on his first feature film during the Filmmaking Master's, in which he will be both the Lead Actor and Director.
Evgeniya Radilova is a Bulgarian award- winning, filmmaker, actress and acting teacher, who resides in NYC. She successfully started her career in Bulgaria, and after making a name for herself, she moved to New York to master her craft and work with the best in the industry.
Evgeniya is a Co-founder of iDare Productions where she has been producing, writing and directing for the past few years. She started working behind the camera along side her acting career.
Her first directorial debut the music video, “True Paradise,” won the “Best Music Video” award in festivals in NYC "Winter Film Awards" , LA - "Los Angeles Cinema Of Hollywood" and Miami - "Film Miami Fest". One of her films, “My Relationship with The Moon” won the “Special Recognition Award” at the Cayanne Film Festival. Meanwhile, she has also written, produced and directed her first short films “Patrik” and “ El Cavil”. She directed a film called "The Burden", coming out in 2019, and Co-Directed a film called " Then and Now" coming out in 2019.
For the past 6 years, Evgeniya has taught/mentored for Mythic Bridge, a NYC based nonprofit organization that teaches film making to at-risk youth, and as one of the original mentors, she has been part of the creation of more than 20 films.
She has taught successfully in Bulgaria, China and all over the United States. For several years now, she has been regularly teaching in Chongqing and Kunming in China. She excellently directed her students in 2 films - “Fortune Sticks” & “Marga”, and 2 theater productions – the Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night's Dream”, and “Peter and The Star Catcher”. After her work has been recognized by the film industry in China, she was invited to give a talk to local professionals in the film business. She goes back regularly to teach and direct.
Evgeniya also performs and directs show with fire and all kind of specialty acts and has her own entertainment company Evgeniya Entertainment with which she tours the states and Europe.
Nathan Ragland is an up and coming filmmaker from Georgia. Born on May 15, 1996, Nathan is currently studying Mass Media at Valdosta State University to make his dream of being a filmmaker possible, filming or helping with several student films. He's an award-winning director, winning the Spotlight Bronze Award for Grammar Nazi Killer in the December 2017 Spotlight Horror Film Awards. He hopes that his films one day will inspire people in some way, whether that be the message of the film for the audience to try and follow or some aspect of the productions that inspires others to be creative with what is presented. Nathan posts most of his works on his YouTube channel, where you can see a wide arrange of films directed by the young filmmaker.
Paul Overacker comes from the Multi-camera world of studio production, such as News, Talk Shows and Sports. His love for storytelling has lead him to independent filmmaking. This production is Paul's first drama short as a director to be released to the public, marking Paul as a first-time Filmmaker.
Born and raised in Brazil, I have always had a passion for the arts and sought to make a difference by creating groundbreaking original work. I believe films are the most powerful way to reach people, connect to others and change lives.
I currently live in Los Angeles, working as a producer and director for music videos, commercials, documentaries and narrative films.
Started my career at Partizan Entertainment. Since then I worked in commercials for Nike, Nespresso, HBO, Honda, Heineken, Hollywood Burbank Airport, Garner Fructis, Bacardi, Budweiser and Doritos; and music videos for The Strokes, Foo Fighters, Phoenix, Demi Lovato, Future, Beck, Fiona Apple, Andrew Bird and Dj Khaled.
I produced and directed “Blind Dreams” - an experimental and immersive documentary about how dreams are for the ones those were born blind and had lost their vision; and also produced “The Jump” - short film selected by NALIP (National Association of Latino Independent Producers) through their Latino Lens Incubator; and Sra. Genovese - short film premiered at The Academy at NewFilmmakers Film Festival and acquired by HBO for its streaming service.
Mélanie Peltier is a student at a french school of art and design in Paris. Specialized in 3D animation cinema, that doesn't prevent her from also making short films in stop motion with various processes such as pixilation, painting animation or sand animation. She practices beside that as an freelance illustrator. Her passion is drawing, whether fixed or animated and she shares this one on youtube to help people to progress, start and discover the world of art.
Bryson’s passion for filmmaking stemmed from a childhood of performing arts and making short stop-motion movies. He obtained his BFA in Film & Television from the Savannah College of Art an Design, and has produced a multitude of short films and television series. Bryson’s goal as a filmmaker is to tell stories that impact and connect with his audience in a positive way.
I'm an artist from South Carolina who creates clear visions using words. I'm currently located in Georgia, building my brand as a poet, author, and screen writer.
Growing up as an only child gave me plenty of time alone to run wild with my imagination on paper. At the age of eight, I began to write poetry, short stories, stage plays, and etc. From that moment forward the pen became a coping mechanism. Writing became a consistent hobby for me that grasps attention. I began to realize that writing didn't only have to be a hobby, I could turn this talent into a full blown career. I then took my craft seriously by researching different literary formatting genres.
In 2016, I met an editor who presented a blog writing style. I wrote fashion blogs for Pretty Fly Society Boulevard for exposure. That experience not only helped me conquer the fear of sharing my true thoughts with others, but the uniqueness in word play. I became familiar with who I was as a writer which gave me the confidence to expand in other literary genres.
At the end of 2016, I received one on one screen writing lessons from Actor/Writer Javon Johnson known for A Boo Madea Halloween (2016); Barbershop: Back in Business (2004); and Shots Fired (2017). Since then, I've written three short screen plays; Transitions, Forced Karma, Internal and True Colors.
Although I'm indulged in writing screen plays, I invest my feelings into my poetry. In addition to this, I decided to enter a poetry contest for We Are all The Same Project, winning a second place prize. I write poems everyday to soon publish my book, "Emotional".
My unique visions that come to me in nightly dreams will help bring a different type of platform to the film industry. My goals and expectations as a writer will one day have a positive effect on the world. Spreading words that constantly swim around my mind is what gives me the desire to use this gift.
Paola Flores is a Caracas-born, Florida-raised filmmaker. As an avid reader since childhood, Paola is captivated by inventive story-telling— presently through TV and film. She has written, directed, and edited dozens of short films since high school— eventually earning a bachelor’s degree in broadcast media and a film studies certificate from Florida International University. Paola is currently an associate producer and editor at Explica Media in Miami.
Michael Lozano, a South Floridian filmmaker, finds ways to be creative through music and photography. Ever since high school he has been nurturing his hobbies into a craft by dedicating himself fully to his artistic outlets. Primarily recognized for his photography, his somber view of the world is praised as striking and skillful. Michael is currently a freelance photographer and filmmaker in Miami.
Her diversity can be seen in films such as her leading role in Sister Sonya's Prayer Group, Reverse and The Heart Series. Along with her roles in films she has performed in television shows such as Homeland for Showtime, House of Cards for Netflix and HBO's The Wire, Veep, The Washingtonienne, US 2010 Census and The Inevitable in addition to a host of other commercials, music videos and sketch comedy skits.
While working on the varied film and television sets she decided that it was time to pursue a career behind the camera after seeing that there is a huge gap in the marketplace for films about women and people of color that are non-stereotypical. As a result, in 2012 Stephanie wrote, directed and produced her first independent short film entitled Water Is Not Enough and it has been airing on the Comcast channel in Richmond, Virginia for the last four years. In 2014, she wrote, directed and produced her first feature length film by the same name. The full-length film is currently being distributed by Storyhouse Productions and is available on Amazon Prime. The film is an official selection of the Indie Capitol Awards, the North Carolina Black Film Festival and the Soul Image Film Festival.
In her most recent creative endeavor Cookie helmed her second dramatic short film entitled Which Line Are You In? She is the screenwriter, producer and director for this project as well. The film is scheduled to be released this spring through her production companies Dolued Pictures and Cookie Carson Productions. In addition to promoting and securing a distribution deal, she is actively working to adapt this project into a weekly series. This project has earned five nominations from the World Music and
Independent Film Festival.
First and foremost, Cookie considers herself an artist. She views screenwriting to be central to her job as a director. In her free time, she is constantly writing scripts and plans to use them for future short, feature and documentary films. Find Out More
Shanaz Ramzi is a freelance journalist. She joined HUM Network as Head of PR and Publications in 2004 and was with the organisation till 2015, where she was heading these two departments as their GM and was also the editor of all their publications. In November 2015 she set up her own PR and event management company, StarLinks PR and Events. Within one year of the company’s existence it had carried out diverse and huge projects including the launch of the largest mall in South Asia, LuckyOne mall. In 2017 StarLinks won the bronze international Stevies Award for Women in Business for Start-up of the year, and in 2018 she has bagged the gold SVUS award for Female CEO of the Year. This is her first documentary.
Zane Ally is an up and coming film-maker who uses his small hometown in South Georgia as the backdrop for his films. His approach in Twenty Minute Coffee is stylistically reminiscent of the quirky comedic timing and hometown feel of Federico Fellini films. There is an exaggerated feel of time that attempts to tug at the audience's patience. Combine this with the brief scenes of Chaplin-esque physical comedy, they seem offer relief to any audience member whose patience might have been worn.
Visually,. Ally is heavily influenced growing up surrounded by modern art and especially abstract painting. Repetition in colors, shapes, patterns, and character's movements are shared with the techniques of painters, graphic design, and photographers whom Ally admires.
Miguel Chavez is an actor of Mexican/Korean heritage and award winning filmmaker. A recent grad of Woodbury University's Film Program his thesis film "The Voices They Hear" became an official selection at the Burbank and Pasadena International film festival. His film also won Best Student Film at PIFF. As an actor you can catch him as Raul the 17 year old gang banger in the hit indie pilot Homeroom and also as a proud member of the 68 Cent Crew Theatre Company.
After receiving her bachelor of Broadcast and TV journalism from Shanghai University, she entered graduate film school at UCLA, and now she is concentrated on making the documentary. In her teenage years, the most frequent word from her family and friends describing her was “premature,” When her peers were addicted to animations, entertainment programs or popular blockbusters, she had started to watch documentaries or films of the minority and make short documentaries. She also likes traveling to many countries a lot like Germany, Canada, Thailand, and Cambodia to experience varies culture and lives, encounter different people and hear more stories. These experience not only enriched her life but also gave her lots of creative inspiration. Zheyu always wants to be a director with social responsibility, bring truth to society, and lead people to think independently by her work. Her short film “Steal to Earn,” which is about exposing the tort problem existing for in print stores around Chinese universities and digging out the dilemma of protecting our own rights as a common citizen, won Excellence Award in the 8th Chinese “XIEJING Cup” Film Competition.
Between his growing interest in numerous art subjects and trying to discover new meanings to communicate through the image, Cagri Surhay “Nart” Kilic is tempted to continue drawing out one standard of his life and interlacing it with his own words, and neglect the many other threads that make up the tapestry.
Richard D. Lavoie has been doing documentary cinema and multimedia for over 25 years, as a screenwriter, director and producer. He is particularly interested in social and political cinema as well as scientific documentary. He also made videos for museum installations. He is moving more and more towards immersive photographic cinema and is pursuing a doctorate in art studies and practices on the language of this type of cinema.
Joe Naylor and Joe Pellegrino, are professional photographers/videographers and now a filmmaking duo based in Asheville, NC. The Joes met at a grocery store in the garlic aisle and bonded over their love of strange cinema, nude yoga, and garlic at the behest of their wives.
Almost as soon as they met, The Joes started developing their first film together "True Teddy", which won Best Short Film at the 2018 Java Cats Film Festival in Atlanta, and haven't stopped working since! The Joes also wrote and directed "Preacher Boy" which was nominated for "best film" at the 2018 Asheville 48hr Film Festival.
Born on the 26th of February, Pablo Lopez studied Film and Video at The Pennsylvania State University. Initially as a young boy he lived a life of constant transitions until his family finally settled into the small town of Minersville, PA. With all of the people he has met throughout the years he was able to accumulate an understanding for different perspectives. It wasn't until he watched a behind the scenes documentary of his favorite film that he discovered his love for film. He began to create stories at the age of 13 and continued to flourish as he followed his passion to pursue a degree in film. He began his film experience with Post Production editing which then slowly transitioned into Producing, Directing and Script Writing. He hopes to transition to LA in order to further his career as a filmmaker and to expand his passion.
Natalie MacMahon gained her first film experiences as an actress at a young age. After her studies at a Film Acting School in Berlin, she started writing her first script for the short film “The Man Who Couldn’t Cry”, which has been screened at numerous international film festivals, followed by her film noir style short films "Like A Summer Sonata" and "Lola wants to see the sea, which were equally successful. In 2017, Natalie released "It's getting darker every day", a dark sci-fi drama set in the future, as well as her melancholic Esperanto short "A Universal Love Story". The young director just finished her sci-fi genre mix "The Redhead" and shot her new film "The Funeral Dancer", while working on her first feature film script.
I am a self taught filmmaker and digital artist from Los Angeles, CA. I grew up traveling the world and was exposed to a multitude of cultures at an early age which bread my wide ranging curiosities. Motion picture is the one art form that has been able to satiate my creativity and bring together my wide ranging interests. My work exists in the space between opposing forces: Hero and Villain. Moral and Amoral. Dream and Reality.
Ella is thrilled to share her new short film with the world. As a first female filmmaker, she couldn't be more excited to have people of all walks of life relate to the content she is putting forward on the screen. She lived in New York City her entire life taking acting classes and constantly watching every Kubrick film over and over. She has always wanted to be a filmmaker and studied film at Tulane University where she also found her love for music. She wanted to use both of those hobbies in her work and found a job in music supervision for a documentary film company called Dead Famous Productions. Now, she is moving to Los Angeles with a film under her belt, ready to take on new adventures and make many more films!
Anaïsa grew up all over the world, namely in Mozambique, the United States, then France, before moving to Vancouver to pursue an undergraduate degree at Emily Carr University. She graduated in 2013 with a BFA in Film, Video and Integrated Media. She dedicates all of her spare time to helping others make their independent films, and to writing, directing, and producing her own independent work.
Her short script Send Us Smokes won the Hot Shot Shorts contest in 2016, and she was a finalist in NYC Midnight's 2017 International Screenwriting Challenge. She was also privileged to receive the 2017 Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award for Emerging Artist in Film and Media. Anaïsa is passionate about storytelling, and hopes to make a career out of writing and directing films someday.
Aaron Levine is a recent MFA graduate from DePaul University’s Cinematic Arts program where he concentrated in film directing. Before attending DePaul, Aaron went to the University of Texas at Austin where he dual majored in English and Radio-Television-Film, with a concentration in film theory. Aaron’s continued goal as a filmmaker is to blend his theoretical inclinations with narrative filmmaking, in hopes to provide unique and provoking experiences for his audiences.
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