PRINCIPLE CAST/ FILMMAKERS
BEAU BRIDGES (Sheriff Robert Brogden, Jr.)
Golden Globe and Emmy award winning actor, Beau Bridges is the son of actor Lloyd Bridges and his wife, who was his college sweetheart, Dorothy Dean Bridges. Born just two days after the attack on Pearl Harbour, he was delivered by candlelight because of a power blackout. Named Lloyd Vernet Bridges III, his parents immediately started calling him Beau after Ashley Wilkes' son in Gone with the Wind (1939), a book they were reading at the time. His younger brother, actor Jeff Bridges, was born in 1949 and a sister, Cindy Bridges, the following year. Although only 5'10", Beau played basketball for UCLA his freshman year. The following year he transferred to the University of Hawaii, but dropped out to pursue acting and got his first major role in 1967. During his first marriage to Julie Landifield, they adopted Casey Bridges and then had Jordan Bridges. He and his second wife, Wendy Treece Bridges, have three children from this marriage: Dylan Bridges (born 1985); Emily Bridges, (born 1987) and Ezekiel Jeffry Bridges. Beau likes to play guitar and collects Native American percussion instruments. He also loves the ocean, including swimming and surfing. He is also active in environmental causes and handgun control.
JOSH HENDERSON (Billy Brody)
Nurturing an impressive body of work that encompasses film and television, Josh Henderson has positioned himself as one of Hollywood's most promising talents as his career continues to evolve with exciting and challenging projects. Josh starred alongside an all-star cast in the highly anticipated TNT series Dallas, which is an updated version of the beloved 80's drama. He played the son of JR Ewing (John Ross Ewing, Jr.) and the show focuses on the offspring of rivals and brothers, JR and Bobby Ewing, who clash over the future of the Ewing dynasty. Josh won over audiences playing Austin McCann, the bad-boy nephew of Nicolette Sheridan, on popular series Desperate Housewives and starred on FX's critically acclaimed Steven Bochco series Over There playing an ambitious young soldier coping with the tragic consequences of the war in Iraq. His other television roles include a recurring role on the CW drama 90210 and guest starring roles on some of primetime's most popular shows including C.S.I. Segueing effortlessly between the big and small screen, his recent film credits include Disney's feature film STEP UP! about a delinquent teen given a second chance, as well as Paramount's Broken Bridges in which he shares screen time with fellow Oklahoman and country music superstar Toby Keith. He made his film debut in New Regency's The Girl Next Door alongside Elisha Cuthbert and Sony's remake of the family comedy Yours, Mine & Ours with Dennis Quaid and Rene Russo. His other film credits include Fingerprints, April Fool's Day and The Jerk Theory; which he also contributed music to the soundtrack. A native of Texas, Josh was raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma and moved to Los Angeles after winning a talent search for the WB reality show POP STARS. He continues to write and perform music.
AIDAN QUINN (Cameron Brogden)
Aidan is a native Chicagoan whose stage credits include Hamlet (title role). On Broadway A Streetcar Named Desire ("Stanley", Theatre World Award) and Off Broadway in Sam Shepherd's Fool For Love and Lie of the Mind: The Exonerated, Salome and most recently Conversations in Tusculum at the Public. Numerous television credits include the current hit TV series Elementary (Emmy Nomination), An Early Frost (Emmy Nomination) and recently HBO's Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (Emmy Nomination). Quinn has starred in more than 50 feature films, among them Desperately Seeking Susan, Stakeout, Avalon, At Play in the Fields of the Lord, Benny and Joon, Legends of the Fall, The Assignment and Songcatcher. Quinn was most recently seen in Warner Brothers Unknown opposite Liam Neeson. Upcoming films include If I Were You opposite Marcia Gay Harden and Sarah’s Key with Kristin Scott Thomas. In Ireland, Aidan has appeared in many films including Michael Collins: This is My Father written and directed by his brother Paul and filmed by his brother Declan. Also Song For A Raggy (IFTA Nomination) and 32A directed by his sister Marian. And in Conor McPherson's The Eclipse (Won 2010 IFTA Award).
HALEY WEBB (Sarah Johnson)
Born and raised in Northern Virginia, Haley Webb moved to Los Angeles nearly a decade ago where she began pursuing acting full time. She graduated high school early, at 16, and enrolled in the Meisner-based acting school The Joanne Baron/D.W. Brown Studio shortly thereafter. After performing in theater productions of Bye Bye Birdie, Rumors by Neil Simon, and various others, she quickly made the transition into film, starring in both independent and studio-based films. In addition to starring opposite Beau Bridges and Aidan Quinn in Rushlights, she has played Nick Stahl's girlfriend in On the Inside also starring Olivia Wilde, and was a lead in The Final Destination. She continues to reside in Los Angeles where she is involved in the local art and film scene, and in her spare time has worked with disabled actors helping them develop their craft. Also passionate about children, she seeks to dedicate her spare time to general arts education and the social integration and development of Autistic children. Haley continues to act in film as well as pursue theater roles in Los Angeles and New York and has recently started a production company of her own, developing material written and directed by herself and her screenwriter father.
Antoni Stutz is a filmmaker, painter and photographer.
Stutz’s neo-noir thriller Rushlights, which he directed and produced, starring Beau Bridges, Aidan Quinn, Josh Henderson and Haley Webb, was included in the official selections of the Montreal International Film Festival, the Shanghai International Film Festival, the Dallas International Film Festival as well as the Newport Beach Film Festival. An extended director’s cut of Rushlights was released in 2016.
Stutz later served as Executive Producer alongside Fred Roos and Jeffrey Coulter on the feature film Expired (2007) directed by Cecilia Miniucchi. Starring Jason Patric and Samantha Morton, the film was included in the preeminent Sundance Film Festival and the Cannes Film Festival. Patric won Best Actor for the film at the Stockholm International Film Festival.
Stutz is currently developing his next feature film, a political thriller.
Born and raised in Germany to Swiss parents, Stutz’s father was an accomplished architect and avid art collector who introduced him to the arts as a child.
At age 12, Stutz was shooting 35mm still, developing his own negatives and prints. By 14, he was creating short films using Super-8 as well as video respectively.
Stutz graduated college in Germany with an emphasis on Fine Arts. He continued his education in the United States at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute, both in Los Angeles and New York, under the direction of Anna Strasberg. At the same time he immersed himself in film studies at UCLA.
As a young actor on the set of his first feature film, John Frankenheimer’s “Dead Bang,” Stutz had the privilege to shadow the legendary director in action for several months. This intensive film school educational experience led him to pursue a career as a director.
As Stutz continued working behind the camera as a freelance director on commercials and music videos including MTV’s iconic ROCK THE VOTE campaign, he also focused on developing his art portfolio. From painting to photography to 3D and multi-textural wall installations as well as sculpture, he amassed a body of work that came to mirror the style of his work as a filmmaker.
Stutz has exhibited his paintings, photography and multi-textural installations both nationally and internationally in museums and galleries. His first solo art show was in 2005 at Bergamot Station followed by an exhibit in 2006 at the Riverside Art Museum curated by American art critic Peter Frank. In 2014, Stutz's work was presented at the Irvine Fine Arts Center followed by a show in 2016 at BerlinArtProjects Gallery in Germany.
INTERVIEW with ANTONI STUTZ:http://antonistutz.com/
LORAN RAVER (Belle)
Lorna Raver's career as an actor is characterized by its versatility and diversity, portraying roles as varied as the devilishly revenge-obsessed “Mrs. Ganush” in Drag Me To Hell, to a concentration camp survivor on The Young and the Restless, to an adult film director on Nip/Tuck. Her portrayal of the title character in the film The Caller combines her skills as a voice and on-camera actor. Raver's work on television, stage and screen continues to reveal the actor's ability to inhabit surprising, challenging characters. Raver's varied guest-starring credits include the hits Eli Stone, Nip/Tuck, CSI, Bones, Desperate Housewives, Boston Legal, Weeds, Malcolm in the Middle, Cold Case, NYPD Blue, ER, The Practice. Prior to her move to Los Angeles to further pursue film and television roles, Raver appeared on stage in New York, Chicago and regionally. Her notable credits include The Seagull at the Matrix Theater, The Women at San Diego Repertory, I Am A Camera and The Dybbuk at The National Jewish Theater, and off-Broadway roles in Robin Swicord's Last Days at the Dixie Girl Café and Matt Williams' Between Daylight and Boonville. Raver's role as “Mari Rothka” in The Drama Coach at the Shop Theatre Co. in Los Angeles earned her both an LA Weekly Award and a Dramalogue Award. Raver is also a sought-after voice artist whose voice will be familiar to audio book listeners. Raver has received numerous AUDIE Award nominations for her recordings including such classics as The Age of Innocence and The Portable Dorothy Parker.
JORDAN BRIDGES (Earl)
Jordan Bridges comes from a long line of entertainers including his father actor, Beau Bridges, and Oscar Winner uncle, Jeff Bridges. He made his career debut at the age of five on the made for TV movie The Kid from Nowhere in 1982. Four years later he scored the role of “Travis Tilby” in The Thanksgiving Promise. While in High School, Bridges appeared in roles ranging from “Henry the Eighth” in Anne of the Thousand Days to the role of “Jesus Christ” in Godspell. He also performed with the rock band The Mighty Thermos. In 1994, Bridges appeared in his next made for TV movie Secret Sins of the Father, which was followed by a number of other TV movies including A Stranger to Love, The Second Civil War, The Defenders, and P.T Barnum. In 1999, Bridges made his first silver screen debut, playing the supporting role of “Eddie Lampbell” in the teen hit Drive Me Crazy, as well as playing the role of “Michael” in MacBeth in Manhattan. Bridges also began making guest appearances in popular television shows including Charmed, Hack, Law & Order, CSI:NY, and Dawson's Creek. His career highlights include the films Mona Lisa Smile, Frequency, The New Suit, as well as television shows Bionic Woman, Without a Trace, Conviction, Happy Campers, and the play The Lieutenant of Inishmore on Broadway. Bridges has just finished filming three movies with leading roles that will be released in theaters in 2012 titled Five Hours South, A Holiday Engagement, Rushlights and will next be seen in the highly anticipated Warner Brother's film Hoover starring Leonardo Dicaprio directed by Clint Eastwood. Currently, Jordan stars on TNT's hit TV series Rizzoli & Isles opposite Angie Harmon as “Frankie Rizzoli Jr”. Bridges resides in Los Angeles and New York with his wife and two children.
CRISPIAN BELFRAGE (Edward Romero)
Crispian Belfrage is an accomplished theatre/tv/ ﬁlm actor who hails from London, England. He is the son of the legendary London agent Julian Rochfort Belfrage, whose clients included Ian Holm and Daniel Day-Lewis. Crispian is carving out quite a niche in his own rite as a skilled Hollywood TV and ﬁlm actor. His credits include, Bent, with Mick Jagger, Clive Owen, and Jude Law, The Donner Party, alongside Crispin Glover, and Mary, Mother of Jesus, opposite Christian Bale, among many others, Additionally, he is the co-star and producer of the ﬁlm As Good as Dead, starring Cary Elwes and Andie McDowell. His latest ﬁlm, Rushlights, co-starring Beau Bridges and Aiden Quinn.
PHILIP LENKOWSKY (Sly Wheaton)
Philip began his performing career as a silent clown and juggler on the streets of his native NYC. His focus changed to film when he was cast as Woody Allen's assassin in Stardust Memories. He played “Salieri's Servant” in Milos Forman's Amadeus, as well as a role in Forman's Man on the Moon, and “Fritz” in James Ivory's Slaves of NY. He worked in Prague as “The Guild Agent” in the mini-series Dune, in A Knight’s Tale, and as “Cipriani” in the French production of Napoleon and in S. Africa as the psycho killer “Cole” in Supernova. TV credits include ER, NCIS and CALIFORNICATION. He currently lives with his wife and 3 year-old son in Warsaw, Poland.
ASHLEY SCOTT MEYERS (Writer)
Meyers sold Dish Dogs to 7.23 Productions. Dish Dogs was co-written with long time friend and writing partner Nathan Ives. It's a semi-fictitious account of their travels across the country working as dish washers ("dish dogs") in various restaurants. Dish Dogs stars Sean Astin, Mattew Lillard, Brian Dennehy, Shannon Elizabeth, Maitland Ward, and Richard Moll. Independent producer/director Douglas DeMarco produced Meyers' screenplay Reunion which eventually found distribution in some art house theaters around the world. Man Overboard, also co-written with Nathan Ives, was sold to and produced by Treasure Entertainment. It's a broad comedy anchored in the world of boat sales.
CECILIA MINIUCCHI (Executive Producer)
Born in Rome, Italy and educated in the United States, Ms. Miniucchi has worked with directors such as Federico Fellini and Lina Wertmuller. In the United States, she has apprenticed at Francis Ford Coppola's Zoetrope Studios. Just prior to Executive Producing Rushlights, her most recent feature as a director, Expired, stars Samantha Morton, Jason Patric, Teri Garr and Illeana Douglas. Produced by Fred Roos and Jeffrey Coulter, Expired was an official selection at Sundance and Cannes, got high critical acclaim and secured US and foreign theatrical and DVD distribution. Idea in America, her next feature which she is set to direct and produce, is scheduled to start filming in April 2012. Idea in America stars 24 year old italian actress Cristiana Capotondi surrounded by an impressive American cast: Stanley Tucci, Nick Nolte, Orlando Bloom. As a documentary director, Ms. Miniucchi has directed documentaries on such filmmakers as Robert Altman, Francis Ford Coppola, Sidney Lumet, Susan Seidelman, John Sayles, James Ivory, Martin Scorsese, Paul Verhoven, Barbet Schroeder; I Drink, I Gamble, and I Write a documentary on Charles Bukowski, was recently released by Warner Brothers. Director of EMI's best selling Selena Remembered, a film on the assassinated Texan music star Selena, she has also directed music videos for pop stars such as Gloria Estephan, White Zombie, Ricky Martin, Selena, Andy Preboy, Devo, etc. and several commercials. Ms. Miniucchi's first music video American Martyrs' President won an MTV award. Cecilia has studied at Harvard, Oxford and the AFI.
DONALD ZUCKERMAN (Executive Producer)
In 2011, Governor John Hickenlooper appointed Zuckerman Colorado Commissioner of Film & Television, a position he holds today. In 2010, Zuckerman was Executive Producer of Freaky Deaky, directed by Charlie Matthau, and adapted by Charlie from Elmore Leonard’s novel. The film premiered at Tribeca Film Festival in 2012, and is being distributed by Eone. In 2009, Donald Zuckerman executive produced Casino Jack, directed by George Hickenlooper, and starring Kevin Spacey, Kelly Preston, Barry Pepper and Jon Lovitz. The film premiered at Toronto International Film Festival and was released in theaters in 2010 by ATO Pictures. Fox Home Entertainment distributed DVD. In 2008, Donald Zuckerman produced Beer for My Horses, directed by Michael Salomon, and starring Toby Keith, Rodney Carrington, Claire Forlani and Tom Skerritt. Roadside Attractions released the film in theaters, and Lionsgate has foreign sales. In 2008, Zuckerman produced Not Forgotten, directed by Dror Soref, starring Simon Baker and Paz Vega. Anchor Bay Films is releasing the picture in theaters May 15, 2009. In 2006, Donald Zuckerman produced Secrets of the Code, a documentary based upon Dan Burstein’s eponymous NY Times bestseller, and directed by two-time Academy Award nominee Jonathan Stack, with narration by Susan Sarandon. In 2007, Sony Entertainment released film in North America and most major markets.
In 2006, Donald Zuckerman produced Suffering Man’s Charity, directed by Alan Cumming and starring Cumming, David Boreanaz, Anne Heche, Carrie Fisher and Karen Black. The film is being released by Genius in N. America in 2008. In 2005-2006, Zuckerman produced Broken Bridges, directed by Steven Goldmann, for MTV Films/Paramount. The film stars Toby Keith, Kelly Preston, Burt Reynolds, Tess Harper and Lindsey Haun. Paramount Classics released the film in theaters in September 2006.
In 2004, Donald Zuckerman produced Green Street Hooligans, directed by Oscar nominated director Lexi Alexander, starring Elijah Wood, Charlie Hunnam and Claire Forlani. The film won the Grand Jury and Audience awards at the 2005 SXSW Film Festival. Also in 2004, he produced Dishdogz, written by Steve Sessions, and directed by Mickey Hilb, starring Luke Perry, Haylie Duff, Marshall Allman and Tony Alva. Lions Gate Entertainment is distributing. Donald Zuckerman was Executive Producer of the documentary Mayor of the Sunset Strip, directed by George Hickenlooper. The film premiered as the prestigious Centerpiece selection at the Los Angeles Film Festival in June 2003 and was invited to the Toronto and New York Film Festivals. The film received a Best Picture nomination for an Independent Spirit Award. First Look distributed the documentary theatrically in the U.S.; Lakeshore Entertainment is selling foreign. Zuckerman produced The Man from Elysian Fields, directed by George Hickenlooper. The film stars Andy Garcia, Mick Jagger, Julianna Margulies, James Coburn, Olivia Williams and Anjelica Houston. The film premiered at Sundance in 2002 and was released theatrically by Samuel Goldwyn Co./Fireworks Pictures. In 2001, Zuckerman produced Say Nothing, directed by Allan Moyle, and starring William Baldwin and Nastasha Kinski. The film was produced for HBO. In 1999, Zuckerman produced Beat, directed by Gary Walkow, and starring Courtney Love, Kiefer Sutherland, Norman Reedus and Ron Livingston. The film is the true story of William Burroughs and his wife, Joan. It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2000.
In 1998, Zuckerman produced Thick as Thieves, written and directed by Scott Sanders and starring Alec Baldwin, Andre Braugher, Michael Jai White and Rebecca De Mornay. October Films picked the film up for theatrical release and it premiered at Sundance in January 1999. In 1998, Zuckerman also produced The Big Brass Ring, a political drama based on an Orson Welles screenplay. The film is directed by George Hickenlooper and stars William Hurt, Nigel Hawthorne, Miranda Richardson (she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award) and Irene Jacob. The film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 1999.
Zuckerman produced George Hickenlooper’s feature film The Low Life starring Rory Cochrane, Kyra Sedgwick, Sean Astin and J.T. Walsh. The film was released theatrically in May of 1996. Completed in September of 1997 is the feature Dogtown, also directed by Hickenlooper, and starring Mary Stuart Masterson, Jon Favreau, Karen Black, Maureen McCormick, Rory Cochrane and Natasha Wagner. Zuckerman executive produced a feature length animated film for Live Entertainment entitled The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. The film was released direct to video in the fall of 1997.
In 1995 and 1996, Zuckerman was executive producer and principal in a series of international live pay-per-view television events entitled Battlecade: Extreme Fighting. He thereafter produced another pay-per-view show entitled The Contenders featuring Olympic gold and silver medalist wrestlers. Zuckerman has a long history of creating exciting New York City nightlife venues including The Ritz (a 2,500 capacity music venue), Heartbreak, Singalong, and Metropolis. Zuckerman also executive produced the Live from the Ritz series of television specials for MTV. He managed Columbia Records recording artist Scandal featuring Patty Smyth (gold and platinum albums) and Henry Tillman, the 1984 Olympic heavyweight boxing gold medalist and professional boxing contender. Donald Zuckerman graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and received a law degree from the Boston University School of Law. He worked for four years as a Staff Attorney for the New York City Legal Aid Society Criminal Defense Division and subsequently maintained a private law practice.
JEFFREY COULTER (Producer/Composer)
After studying philosophy at College, Jeffrey spent his formative years in a rock and roll band (performing, drumming and composing) playing the LA scene and touring internationally. In the following decade he made the transition to composing music for film, commercials and television. Concurrently, he produced a large number of music videos and several documentaries (Terry Riley, Herman Nitsche, Andy Summers). In 2007, Jeffrey produced the feature film, Expired (Samantha Morton, Jason Patric, Teri Garr and Illeana Douglass), which achieved international critical acclaim. Expired was invited to the world's most prestigious festivals, including Sundance, Cannes, Shanghai, Stockholm, AFI . Jeffrey also composed the original score for the film. Jeffrey is currently in pre-production and development for several feature films.
GABRIELLA STOLLENWERCK (Producer)
Gabriella Stollenwerck started her film career at Orion Pictures Classics, working alongside directors such as Pedro Almodovar, Richard Linklater and Jim Jarmush. She went on to serve as vice-president of advertising and publicity at Sony Pictures Classics where she coordinated the 1992 Academy Awards campaign for Howards End and Indochine. Gabriella also provided worldwide marketing for Sony's IMAX 3D program, including Jean-Jacques Annaud's Winds of Courage. Over the past years, Gabriella has produced several critically acclaimed independent features, including the horror thriller Dead End, starring Ray Wise, Mixing Nia, featuring Isaiah Washington, Big Nothing, starring David Schwimmer and Simon Pegg, James Hacking's No Ordinary Triffle, and Mauro Borelli's Box of Shadows. She also has a slate of films in development including Mark Young's Sexy Criminals, Filip Jan Rymsza’s A Girl and A Gun, amongst others. In 2010, Gabriella started Bsmart Interactive, a digital content boutique agency which provides online content and marketing solutions. Gabriella grew up between Paris, France and New York City, and she now resides in sunny Los Angeles. She is fluent in several languages including French, Italian, and Spanish.
VALERIE MCCAFFREY (Casting Director)As an independent casting director coming from the studio level, Valerie uses her knowledge and her eye for talent to the producing capacity as well. She recently produced a film called Lost and Found in Armenia with Jamie Kennedy and Angela Sarafyan. She also completed an award winning cancer documentary Tumor, It’s in the System which she co-directed and co-produced. She produced an award-winning film entitled Neo Ned, starring Jeremy Renner and Gabrielle Union. She also produced the family film Magic and Down the PCH and a short film called Full Disclosure with Judy Greer and Brent Sexton which won awards in festivals such as Ashland, Florida, Seattle, and Sedona, just to name a few. Along with producing, Valerie also cast the critically acclaimed Hard Candy (she put Ellen Page in her first American film), The Dukes, What the Bleep Do We Know!?, and Hero Wanted with Ray Liotta and Cuba Gooding Jr. She also has worked internationally with Guisseppe Tonatorein which she cast Legend of 1900. From April 1994-2000, Valerie held the position of Vice President of Feature Film Casting for New Line/Fine Line Films. During her tenure at New Line/Fine Line, Ms. McCaffrey cast scores of films, developing strong relationships with all major talent agencies and management firms. Among the many highlights of her career, she cast Edward Norton and Eddie Furlong in New Line Cinema’s American History X. Mr. Norton received an Oscar nomination for Best Actor for his gripping portrayal and Mr. Furlong’s performance was heralded as the best of his career. From 1985-1994 as a casting executive at Universal Studios, she cast James Cromwell in Babe, earning him an Oscar Nomination. She cast such films as Hard Target (John Woo’s first American Film) Dark Man (Sam Raimi’s first studio film), among scores of others. She has scores of films in development, one of which stars Vera Farmiga and Elle Fanning called Pure Life which is in the process of shooting in Finland. While at Universal Studios, she taught drama to inner city kids for three and a half years for the LAPD Gang Prevention Program. She served on the Board of Directors for the Casting Society of America and is a member of The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. She is also on the Board of Directors for the World Children’s Transplant Fund, which provides life-saving organs to children.
NATHAN CORNETT (Associate Producer)
Nathan has also served as producer on the feature documentary My Tale of Two Cities for writer/director Carl Kurlander (St. Elmo's Fire), as well as the upcoming fashion doc Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston, which premiered at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival. Nathan has also worked in the editorial department of numerous feature films, including The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, starring Brad Pitt and Casey Affleck. He recently finished work on Faye Dunaway's directorial debut, Master Class.
GREGG EASTERBROOK (Director of Photography)
Gregg Easterbrook is an award-winning feature Cinematographer and commercial Director-DP. He holds a magna cum laude MFA in Film from UNCG and received the prestigious Eastman Cinematography Scholarship in his final year of study. SHOOT magazine selected him to their New Directors Showcase, and his work has appeared in numerous festivals and award shows (SXSW, Edinburgh Film Festival, Tellys, Spirits, Addys, etc.). His recent features for Lionsgate, IFC Films, New Films Int'l, ArcLight, and others employ a wide gamut of shooting formats, from Super-35mm (Rushlights) to Arriflex D-21 (The Killing Jar) and the most current digital flavors (RED, PhantomHD, Arri Alexa, etc.). Currently, he's prepping features to shoot in LA and Atlanta this fall.
NIKO VILAIVONGS (Production Designer)
Niko Vilaivongs, is a Los Angeles based Production Designer and is member of the Art Directors Guild. She has a degree in Art and a background in Theatre Set Design. For the past 10 years Niko has been designing and art directing numerous feature films, television shows, music videos and commercials across the nation.
JOE FINEMAN (Post Production Consultant)
No less a studio executive than Robert Evans has noted that while “Post Production may sound like a technical word…in actuality, it’s the most important element in the anatomy of filmmaking.” Yet, most producers have only a nodding acquaintance with the process. The need by independents for executive level post production has long been clear, and now, finally, so is the solution. It is Executive Post Consulting. After years learning the nuts and bolts of editing I joined Roger Corman’s New World Pictures where I received my education in the mad world of independent cinema. Technology was launching and I joined those on the cusp of that revolution in helping to design the first digital sound editing system. I then joined New Line Cinema to become their Senior VP of Post Production. Digital mixing and video editing for films was in its infancy. I helped pioneer that technical leap by pushing cd quality audio mixing and converting film to ones and zeros for computer editing. For 11 years New Line pioneered advances in media and data. With 200 films under my belt from Seven and Shine to Dumb and Dumber and The Mask I took the risk on my own venture which I called Executive Post Consulting. Since 1997 I have geared my operation to the indie world where pure creativity lives and breathes. During the past 12 months my pictures have won multiple awards at CANNES (Drive for best director) and at SXSW for three pictures Natural Selection, A Year in Mooring, and 96 Minutes. Of the over 100 pictures I have supervised recently, several have been acclaimed including Pan’s Labyrinth, Little Miss Sunshine, and Thank You for Smoking. The visual effects extravaganza THE SPIRIT in 2009 was an exceedingly proud moment.
GINA AMADOR (Music Supervisor)
Gina Amador, CEO of Silent Bay Entertainment, has over 20 years experience in entertainment with expertise in both film and television ranging from producing, post supervision and music supervision, to financial management and accounting. As a film music producer and member of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, Gina discovers and nurtures music talent for placement in feature films.