Writer / Director Kessler, of Pale Moonlight Cinema, strives to provide an audience something they've never experienced before. His films invite you to think differently about human nature.
In his debut festival run, Kessler's Dyscrasia (a psychological thriller/horror short) has done just that. Winning Best Director, Best Editing, and a Golden Spotlight, his work is starting to capture attention.
Currently, Kessler is in the midst of Post-Production on a dark comedy short, Tryst, expected late-spring of 2018. He is also in Pre-Production for his most ambitious short film yet--experimenting with cerebral visuals, visceral storytelling, and lurid practical effects.
Chris Layton is the writer and director of The Deceiver. He is a recent graduate of the Savannah College of Art & Design, where The Deceiver was his senior thesis film. Chris was born and raised in central Alabama. He and his friends made dozens of short films from middle school through high school. After the Air Force, Chris still wanted to make movies and used his GI Bill to attend Film School. He plans on writing and directing horror films in the future, so keep an eye out for his name in the theaters.
Iannis Aliferis studied Creative Writing at Middlesex University in London and has completed acting courses in Western Australia at the WAAPA and at The Bull Academy in London. He has performed on stage and in various independent films, most notably in projects for Borderline Shorts Ltd and Evergreen Media Europe Ltd. Acting and writing were followed by a large interest in the actual formation of film projects, so in 2009 Iannis completed various film-making courses at Raindance and also attending the Guerilla Film-making Masterclass Weekend course. In 2009 Iannis directed his short script 'Exodus', which was produced by Borderline Shorts Ltd, a film that won the Johnson Trophy for Drama in the same year and a BIAFF 4 Star Award in 2010. He followed that by writing, producing and directing the feature play 'A Priest in Love' which was performed in The Network Theatre in Waterloo. Iannis has produced various short movies since then, has written and directed 'Lady Crimson', 'Ambrosia', 'Ethel' and most recently the horror short 'Flesh'. He has directed 'Six Seconds To Die' and written and starred in 'Headz'.
Marco Rosson is a director born in 1984 in the little city of Voghera, Italy. After having attended the Cinema and Television Civic School of Milan, he debuts as a director with his first short film METASTASI which receives numerous awards including best director under 30.
In 2012 he debuts with his first feature film NEW ORDER, a sci-fi movie starring Italian legend Franco Nero. The motion picture is distributed in the US and Asia by Midnight Releasing.
In 2014 he shoots INSIDE THE WINE a documentary on the vinification process commissioned by the Italian Oltrepò Pavese wine district. The project is sponsored by the Consortium for the Protection of Oltrepò Pavese Wines.
After having worked with music videos and commercials in the past years, 2016 marks the director's comeback into moviemaking with the horror feature film SHANDA’S RIVER.
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 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.
Born in Brisbane, Australia, Steve has had a long and successful career in Special Makeup FX. His company, Steve Boyle Studios has created the FX for films such as Daybreakers, Predestination, Jungle, Guardians Of The Tomb, and most recently Winchester. Steve has continued his love for Filmmaking by moving into writing and Directing. AVULSION allows him to combine his love of writing, directing and Special FX. He is currently prepping his directorial debut, THE OPPRESSION.
Doug Wilder is a filmaker from the Washington, DC area. He is currently the education director of the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts, and the founder/Director of Crash of Rhinos Productions, a film and theater collective in Washington, DC.
After failing out of medical school, Doug went into a life on the stage. In 13 years in the Washington, DC area, Doug performed in and directed a combined total of 163 plays and musicals, including several original works. Doug has been nominated for three Helen Hayes awards for excellence in acting for the stage, winning the 2014 Helen Hayes award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his work in 'One Man Two Guv'nors.
Doug began transitioning to a life in the film industry in 2011, and has now directed and written over 50 short films. Like many aspiring filmmakers, Doug got his start in the local 48 Hour Film Project, which he won in 2014 and 2016. He has won several smaller film festivals in the United States, including the Grove Film Festival for his short film 'The Situation Room', and the Christian Film Festival in Newport News for his short film 'St. Miranda'.
Lying Dormant is Doug's first feature film as a director, having previously written and acted in the feature film 'Life as We Know It', which is planning a 2018 festival run of it's own.
He shares his life and art with his wife Maggie Wilder, an accomplished actor herself.
Matthew E. Robinson was born and raised in the melting pot of New Orleans. With a Colombian mother and his family's distinct cultural influence, Matt's sense of normal was different than most. As a result, he was drawn to films and filmmakers that went against the grain. Matt makes films that engage audiences, and challenge them to think critically. He uses genre to tell personal stories. After graduating from Colgate University, where he won the Film & Media Studies Award, Matthew Robinson worked in the local film industries of New Orleans and Austin for two years. His work included commercials, television, and feature films, including "Midnight Special," "Kidnap", "Into The Badlands," and "Our Brand Is Crisis." He graduated in 2017 with an MFA in Film Production from Florida State University, with a specialization in Directing.
Born in Gloucester, Joshua has always had a Passion for film and animation. He was always playing with vhs cameras and remaking his favourite films as a teenager.
He began his working career as a car mechanic working along side his dad at his car garage.
He then became fabrication welder, which he still works as today.
It was later in his twenties that he finally decided bite the bullet and pursue his love of writing and directing and handed in his notice and moved to Leeds to study film and television production at the Northern Film School, where he specialised in script writing, cinematography and directing.
Since then he has written and directed several award winning short films (the Lolly Ranger 2014 and Time 2015) as well as continuing to work full time as a welder.
I am a director and writer based in Central Amriy Ramadhan is a self-taught director, who also learned the knowledge of filmmaking through film workshops and from his experiences in working for TV commercials industry since 2010.
He has won a few National/Local short video and music video contests, and has also participated in some of National and International short film competitions. His recent achievement was in 2016, taking 3rd Place Winner in Festival Iklan Bukalapak (Bukalapak’s Commercial Festival) in a 30 second video titled “Pahlawan Keluarga”. But he is best known for his work in “Sandekala”, as his first debut in directing and writing a horror short film -- that has achieved an award as Audience’s Choice Winner in XXI Short Film Festival (2016).
Now, this 27 year old young man, would like to present another short horror film titled “Rep-Repan: A Demonic Visitation.” -- with the hope to once again scare and at the same time, entertain the audiences.
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Andrew Bassett grew up in Montana and went to film school in Bozeman. After traveling through Europe and living in LA for the film scene, he is back in Montana and working at a local production company in Missoula. Loon is the first movie he has directed, written and shot on his own.
Lilian Langston grew up in Montana and went to school for journalism and film in Missoula. After being a local news reporter in Missoula, living in Washington DC for a few months striving to work in politics, she is back in Montana and working for a local Missoula production company. Lilian helped a bit on the movie "I'm A Patriot" in 2014 as an associate producer. Loon is the first film she has co-directed, written and produced.
Xander Turian is an Actor, Musician and Entrepreneur. He is the founder and front man of Swedish rock band “Our Untold Story”, the CEO and Creative Director of Cuprite Productions and debuted as a Director with the Short horror/drama film “Rotten Love” written by Sarah Giercksky whom also Co-Starred alongside him.
Eric E. Poe has been actively involved in film-making in Augusta, Georgia, since 2011.
After working behind-the-scenes positions on a number of projects, Eric found himself in front of the camera. He has acted in many movies, including roles in feature films, such as "Wretched," "Cabaret Diabolique," with Camille Keaton and Linnea Quigley, and "Strip Club Massacre," with Erin Brown. In addition to writing and acting in "Incubation Period," it is also Eric's directorial debut.
M.A. at Royal Holloway University of London. Professor at Faculdade de Artes do Paraná, Brazil for Film and Theatre. Head of Cinemateca de Curitiba for 9 years. Director and playwright for his company Vigor Mortis Mortis since 1997. Winner of 8 Troféu Gralha Azul (Paraná State Stage Award) for Morgue Story and Graphic. Winner of several international film awards for his feature films Nervo Craniano Zero(Best Director at New Orleans Horror Film Festival and Best Feature at Montevideo Fantastico, among others) and Morgue Story (Best Horror Feature at the International Illinois Film Festival)
Wiro Berriatúa (Madrid, Spain, 02/03/1973) University Bachelor of Fine Arts. “Defuncionary” (2017) is his third short film after “The Old Man and the DustDust” (2015) and “Shadows of the Future” (2012).
As a cinematographer he has worked on feature films and several short films of Pablo Llorca, Fernando Merinero, Julio Diamante.
In film, video and advertising has worked as a filmmaker, production, camera, lighting, gaffer, electrician, art department, editing, sound, special effects… And also works on Spanish Cinema Research since 2001.
Chris Jopp is a filmmaker based out of Minneapolis.
By day he works as a commercial Director and Editor and by night he is an independent filmmaker, capturing stories with a taste for the dark and whimsical.
He has created numerous award-winning ads and music videos and his short films have graced television as well as film festivals from Minneapolis to New York City. His current award-winning film is Meow.
Charlie Dunn is an LA based filmmaker specializing in the bizarre and outrageous. Heavily influenced my mondo films, Japanese ero-guro art, and 2 Girls 1 Cup, he has directed several short films and music videos, all bearing his uniquely dark comedic brand. His production company BooBoo Productions specializes in this kind of low-brow content and has several high concept projects in production.
Antoine Osorio studied history of cinema at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris. He then graduated from DESRA (Diploma State School of Audio-visual Direction) in 2009, a French hands-on directing school where he learnt filmmaking. During five years, he worked as assistant director, unit manager or set designer for several movies and TV shows. Two years ago, he created the website Au Coeur de l'Horreur (In the Heart of Horror), where he shares his passion for horror movies. Au Coeur de l’Horreur is also an association of production of horrific short films. “Meat” is its first movie.
Paul-André is a director, writer, and steadicam operator. He gets the DESRA (Diploma State School of Audio-visual Direction) in 2009. Next, he directed his first short film, “Hat Story”, a thriller, and several other short films later. As operator and operator steadicam, Paul-André is always looking for new ways to frame, to stage and test their own vision of the scenography. He is an expert in different shooting : shoulder camera, aerial shooting (experience in a Helicopter), and vehicles (experience snowmobile and Quad.) His career has allowed him to meet many directorial feature films such as Olivier Marchal, Philippe Lioret, Fred Cavayé, Christophe Barratier, etc … These unique experiences have allowed him to expand his knowledge of acting, and direction of actor, and enable him to communicate fully with both actors and technicians.
Michael Mortimer has written eight feature length screenplays, one of which he directed into a low budget film called IN THE DARK (view the award-winning trailer here: https://vimeo.com/28559282). He's also written several shorts, one of which he directed into ten minute film called NOWHERE MAN. In June 2016, he graduated from Wilkes University with an M.A. in Creative Writing/Screenwriting. His short screenplay CHIMERA was a finalist in the 2016 Shriekfest Horror Film Festival. His most recent project is the short film MOTION LIGHT. He's currently developing an idea for a limited tv series.
Richard is an award winning TV creator/Writer/Executive Producer and the President and founder of 405 Productions, Inc. He has worked in all areas of production and development and brings a strong creative process to all sides of this business including the creation of original formats, competition, game shows and film.
Richard began his producing career by producing his first short film, “Foursome,” which screened at multiple film festivals around the U.S. He then moved up to co-producing “Wild Heirs” his first feature, filmed entirely on location in Tucson, Arizona. While working on a TV pilot he met the President of Wildrice Productions and was recruited for their development team. He quickly rose through the ranks to become Head of Alternative TV Development & Production at Wildrice Productions. There, he created, developed and sold several projects to Bravo and other cable networks. In addition, he created and sold an original game show format called, Heads or Tails, to 3Ball Productions, which was further developed and produced for channel 5 in the UK with 11 Primetime Episodes. Next, Richard served as Head of Alternative TV Development & Production for Muse Entertainment, USA where he continued to create and produce content for domestic and international markets.
After 6 years of creating, writing, producing, and directing for other companies, Richard finally found his calling and created his own production company, 405 Productions Inc. Conceived as a boutique production house and a powerhouse development shingle by creating original formats, competition and game shows. Out of the gate, 405 created the hit CW game show and 2013 Rose D’or winner, “Oh Sit!,” where he served as Creator, Executive Producer and Writer on the hit series. He has been in the trenches in development, finance, production and post-production environments. He has a deep knowledge of the industry, an independent and creative spirit and has contributed to major brands across the industry both domestically and internationally.
He is quickly expanding 405 Productions and Richard Joel brands with unscripted and scripted content domestically and internationally. In doing so, he produced 13 episodes of “Tainted Dreams,” a 2014 and 2017 Daytime Emmy Nominated scripted series currently airing on Amazon, and he recently co-produced the multi-award winning short films, “The Candle” with René Ashton and screening in more than 30 film festivals internationally and domestically and “Page’s Great and Grand Escape” with Micky Levy and Brian Meade. He is a member of the Writers Guild of America, Producers Guild of America and SAG-AFTRA.
Focused in lighting, set design, art direction, and post-production, Peter Hartsock is a multimedia artist studying film and animation at Syracuse University's College of Visual and Performing Arts. Building darkly lit worlds he attempts to transport his audience into another reality more comfortless than our own; a reality that falls into the absurd.
Gary Gannaway retired from teaching in 2011 to devote himself fulltime to filmmaking, mainly because he does not hunt or fish, garden or golf. In 2013, he founded Big House Pictures, LLC, to produce films with low cost and high marketability. His first production was from a script he wrote, Virgin Cheerleaders in Chains, a meta horror comedy, which won best screenplay at the 2013 New Orleans Horror Film Festival and advanced to the second round Austin Film Festival.
In 2016, he teamed up with the Brazilian master of gore, Paulo Biscaia Filho, to bring VCNC to the screen. The film has been enthusiastically received in several international festivals: HorrorHound honored it with its Best Feature award. It has also screened at Grotesc-O-Vision in Curitiba, Brazil (Latin American premier); Trash – Mostra Internacional de Cinema Fantástico in Goiânia, Brazil; Montevideo Fantástico in Montevideo, Uruguay.
She holds a degree in Public Relations from the Autonomous University of Barcelona as well as certifications in Film Directing and Screenwriting from the Quincedeoctubre academy, where she directed the short film “Santa María” filmed in 16mm, and Camera and Photography Directing from the IDEP school.
In 2016, she completed her full-length film “La Invasión de los Cerdos Simbióticos”, for which she was director, screenwriter and producer. The film was shown at the Film Festival of Jaén, the B-Retina Film Festival and Horrorvision in Barcelona and the Fantastic Gore Film Festival of Amposta, Tarragona. Previously, she was Assistant Director for the film “Memorias de Alicia”, presented at the Moscow Film Festival in 2012.
She has carried out the directing, screenwriting, and production of short films including “Conspicación” and “La Habitación Blanca”, which was presented at the SONCINEMAD Music and Film Festival in 2006 and the Brigadoon section of the International Fantasy Film Festival of Sitges in 2008.
As a screenwriter, she developed the original idea, bible, pilot episode screenplay and storyline
of the TV series “Ánima”, sold to Cuarzo Pruductions. She has written the screenplay for the full-length film “Mithos” (currently in the review process) and the short film “Bajo la Tierra”, among others. She has just finished the screenplay for her first theater productions: “Los Manolos, the musical”.
She is also the director, screenwriter and executive producer of this short film “X” and the
screenwriter, production director and executive producer of the short film “Entrañas” by Juan
Davide Melini was born on April 9, 1979 in Rome. His career officially started up in 2004 and, until now, he has directed 6 short films: "Amore Estremo" (2006), "La Sceneggiatura" (2006), "The Puzzle" (2008), "The Sweet Hand of the White Rose" (2010), "Lion" (2017) and "Deep Shock" (2017).
In his career he has also worked as an assistant director in the TV series "Roma" (2005), "Penny Dreadful" (2016) and "Into the Badlands" (2017), in the movie "Baciami piccina" (2006) by Roberto Cimpanelli and in "Mother of Tears: The Third Mother" (2007) by Dario Argento .
Both "The Puzzle" and "The sweet hand of the White Rose" have won many international festival awards and they received excellent critics worldwide from USA, Canada, England, Scotland, Ireland, Austria, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Greece, Spain, Italy, Sweden, Germany, Malta, Hungary, Poland, South Africa, Thailand, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Australia and Japan.
In July 2012, the well-known American website "Dr. Terror Blog of Horror", presented the "Italian Horror Week: The Rebirth of the Italian Horror Empire" including Davide Melini as one of the best Italian filmmakers of this genre.
In January 2013, the famous American website "Creepercast" presented the best director of horror movies around the world. "Creepy Horror Bites: The Independent Short Horror Film Director You Should Know Vol. 2" pays tribute to Davide Melini and his short films.
In November 2014, the popular Swedish website "Theatre of Blood" has paid a real tribute to the 'giallo' and the Italian horror films. In the article talks about Mario Bava, Dario Argento, Lucio Fulci, Sergio Martino, Antonio Margheriti, Massimo Dallamano, Umberto Lenzi, Riccardo Freda, Lamberto Bava, Michele Soavi, Aldo Lado, etc., Many films are also analyzed, with a special eye about music (Ennio Morricone and the Goblin are mentioned). A complete tribute that spanning the entire history of Italian Horror. The article also talks about the new generation of giallo filmmaker and Davide Melini is considered as one of the most promising Italian horror directors.
Will M. Chang was born and raised in Queens. He began his career in business, but quickly caught the acting bug with influence from his brother (NYC actor) and mother (a stage actor in China).
He's been on Bull (CBS), Chinese puzzle, and off Broadway plays. He went on to produce a comedic web series, Campaign TV, and continuously shoots Indies with the local NY talent.
Much of his work is inspired through his personal hardships, from his brother's recent stroke and father's passing. He aims to create more content for the Asian community.
Co-Owner of Mass Grave Pictures, Lindsay has been a producer in the NY/NJ Indie Horror scene since 2008. Working with a number of Indie film crews as AD and/or Producer, she has worked on feature films Theta States, Blood Slaughter Massacre and Good Day, the TV series' Zombie Hunters City Of The Dead, The Attack Of The Brain People, and The SPIES Files, as well as over two dozen short films. Beneath is Lindsays first film as writer & director.
Born in 1982 in North Little Rock, Arkansas, Richard Stringham aspired to make films since he watched horror and exploitation films at a very young age. After screenwriting for seventeen years, Stringham finally pulled together funding for his first feature, "Close Calls", after quitting the heating and air industry, which he had been in since 2002. After the production of "Close Calls", Stringham immediately began networking with other indie filmmakers (such as P.J. Starks and Brian K. Williams) to get further involved with other indie projects in the genre.
Brian Patrick Lim is a freelance cinematographer and director, based in Manila, Philippines. He often works closely with production house, Runaway Robot. He’s worked with clients such as Coca-Cola, Nestlé, L’Oreal, PLDT, Lady’s Choice, Merck, Unilab, Mondelez, Jollibee, and KFC. His short film, The Harvest, recently won 3rd place at a local film festival sponsored by one of the largest telcos in the Philippines called, The Globe Independent Film Festival. His feature, Chasing Fire, participated a the Fandependent Film Festival in 2016 and won best screenplay at the Barcelona International Film Festival in 2013. A short film he worked on as a production designer, entitled, Crossroads, premiered at Cannes Short Film Corner in 2015. He’s worked on a number of indie films, to name a few, Smile Baby, Straight from The Pole, Seeing Love, A Friend of The Devil, and Fantabulous.
Padrick Ritch is a Boston based independent filmmaker, editor, and colorists, whose films have
screened at dozens of film festivals both internationally and domestically. He received his MFA from Boston University in 2012 and began teaching as an adjunct there in the fall of the same year.
Additionally, he taught at Harvard University’s Department of Continuing Education, while helping design Harvard University’s Hauser Studio before taking over the role of Production Supervisor of the studio beginning in 2014.
"Sticks" is Mark's professional directorial debut. Mark began writing the feature-length screenplay for "Sticks" back in the summer of 2006, inspired by a road trip to a house in the woods. When he realized time was ticking away in the summer of 2015 and it was too late to try to shoot a feature version, he decided to get a group together and shoot the short version at his mother-in-law's house in Belfast, Maine. He has worked on multiple projects in and around NYC (tv shows, short films, feature films, film festivals, entertainment publicity/promotions, etc.) and has acted since he was a child. He currently is the Casting Director & Talent Relations at ABC's Lincoln Square Productions, primarily casting actors on the hidden camera show What Would You Do?, and also is the on-camera acting teacher for children & teens at Artistree Performing Arts in Mamaroneck, NY. In addition to creating more indie shorts, he hopes to show "Sticks" to as big an audience as possible and then make the feature film version in the near future.
Tommy Groth is a former resident of New Jersey, now an Atlanta based actor and occasional writer/director of short films. Represented by The Jana VanDyke Agency, he has appeared in television shows, films, and commercials.
Writer / Director / Producer, E.K. Scarfone was raised in California. She completed the certificate program in Screenwriting at UCLA Extension in 2001, but had to forsake the dream in order to earn a living. After many years as a Digital Strategist, she returned to the dream, currently halfway through an MFA program in Filmmaking and Producing. She started pursuing film race projects outside of school. After earning a Top 15 Finalist laurel on the 72-Hour Horror Film Race, her team’s film “Gratuity” won “Best Student Film.” A few months later, she directed the award-winning mockumentary, “Nawthwest Bounty Hunters.’ for the 48-Hour Film Project, Seattle (2017).
She is currently in preproduction on three short films, including a Sci-Fi/Horror “creature” film (short). Upcoming projects include a Sci-Fi/Horror feature film and a Sci-Fi TV series.
Luciana Faulhaber is an actress/director. She was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and came to the US to conclude her studies. She attended Columbia University has studied with William Esper in New York City. Luciana started creating content with her creative partner Javier E. Gomez in 2008 which included the off-Broadway highly acclaimed New York premiere of "The Smell of Popcorn" and a number of subsequent short films.
Luciana and Javier continued on to produce "Don't Look" Luciana's directorial debut in which she also star in. After her experience directing this horror feature Luciana continued on to direct her short "December" now on the festival circuit. She has a few project currently in development including a latino comedy pilot written in partnership with Javier E. Gomez which she is also set to direct.
Luciana Faulhaber is also a television and film actress. You can catch her in Iron Man 3, Grey's Anatomy, The Night Shift and as J-Lo's sister in Shades of Blue. She is set to star in Pathosis, a horror film shooting in 2018. For updates on her work follow her on instagram @lucianafaulhaberofficial
Michael Oshins is a SUNY Purchase Film Conservatory graduate with four-plus years of experience on professional and commercial productions. He has worked on dozens of short films, features, commercials and industrials. Some of his most known work is lead animator of The Lumineers' "Submarines" (Official Music Video) and director/lead animator of Swear and Shake's "Fire" (Official Music Video). His senior thesis film, THAT OLD FEELING, received SUNY Purchase's prestigious Saul Turrell Award in 2012. He is a veteran of the United States Air Force where he served two tours in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.
I'm 42 years old and I live in Udine, a city in Friuli region, north east of Italy. I'm a drone pilot and a videomaker. I' ve always been passionate about the horror genre, and in the spring of 2017 I decided to try to create my first short film. I wrote two screenplays: one is "Revenge", and and the other...you will see it in 2018.
Sean and Luke began writing and directing together in 2012, making a number of short films including their short film ‘Athena’ (2015) which was among the official selection for the 40th Boston Sci-Fi film festival. It was at this stage that they decided that the time was right to make their debut feature film Blood Myth.
Sean Brown started his career working for ITV in post-production, working on shows such as, A Touch of Frost, BBC’s Life on Mars, and Bronson (2008). He continued making short films while working at the Northern Film School.
Luke Gosling entered the film industry as a model maker but after making a series of short films, writing and directing became his focus.
Oldrich was born in Trebic, Czech republic, on the 29th of February 1984. During studies at secondary school he wrote and directed 2 stage plays. He finished University of economics in Prague and he spent more than 10 years in online business. He has been running his own online company since 2009. However his love has allways been film, so he spent another 2 years studying production at FAMU and then during a summer workshop in 2016 at Prague film school, he finally made his debut movie The Traitor, a short gangster movie.
Sarah Misch is a Las Vegas native turned New York based performer. She serves as the Social Media Coordinator for Film Repertory Group, a collective of emerging indie film artists. This year, she made her debut as a producer with the award-winning horror short, "Corpse Pose." Other favorite FRG projects include the short film "Friday Night" (Lily) and the comedic sketch, "CASTING: Paid Protesters" (Female Protesters). In addition to serving as FRG's Social Media Coordinator, Sarah is a company member with Improbable Stage, a movement-based theatre ensemble. She holds a B.S. in Educational Theatre from NYU Steinhardt. You can learn more about Sarah's stage and non-FRG film and television work at sarahmisch.com.
As a self-taught filmmaker I spent my childhood goofing around with a camera, some toys and a scale model scenery I build with my father. For as long as I remember, the magic of filmmaking has always been a part of my life.
After a lot of trial and error I gradually learned a lot about films. Steven Spielberg, Stanley Kubrick, John Carpenter, Wes Craven, the Coen brothers and many others have inspired me along the way.
I decided to start making my own films after a few years working as a freelancer for television. I am looking forward to create many more films and become a better director and storyteller.
My love of photography began as a teenager where I could be found taking pictures of pretty much everything imaginable with my trusted Canon FTb. Yes, it was still film in those days, and instant gratification was not a 'thing' discussed in photography circles.
It required learning the craft deeply, like film properties, shutter speeds, f/stops, depth of field, focal lengths, lighting, and a host of other technical aspects of photography, so that when you left the field or a client left your studio, you were confident you had what you came for. After many years of honing my eye and upgrading both my knowledge of the art, and my equipment, I became comfortable both in the studio and on location in commercial photography.
My current passion is the moving image; filmmaking in particular. Starting in 2007, and in cooperation with a local production company, I produced and directed a couple of commercials for a small business I own jointly with my wife. My interest only grew as digital cameras became more capable and affordable.
I started getting my hands really dirty about 6 years ago through personal projects and self-study of all aspects of filmmaking, from pre-production, through production, and post-production.
I'm passionate about learning, and am happiest when I am challenged to learn something new, or when expanding my expertise through intense self-study and hands-on experience. After spending many years working as a scientist, I've learned that, although just doing it can be a successful way of approaching things, attacking any new project with a solid foundation of technical knowledge has served me well.
Ayman Tamano is a freelance Videographer & Director based in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. After winning second place in a video competition conducted by Saudi Film Organization and Hyundai KSA in 2012, he decided to pursue a career in the Professional Film Industry & has directed over 50 corporate films (Advertisement, Event Coverages & Corporate documentaries) since then.
On his 4th year as a Film Maker, he was finally given the opportunity to direct his first feature film "Madayen."
Gary Reich has produced and directed numerous short films and television shows including three series of “How Not To Live Your Life” for the BBC and “Vicious” starring Ian McKellen and a Derek Jacobi for ITV. He also produced and directed the low budget feature film “Uncle David” which was distributed by Peccadillo, played at 12 film festivals and won Best Film and Best Actor at the Cheries Cheries festival in Paris. It was entirely improvised and shot in 3 days with each scene shot once, in one take. He’s just finished shooting the sequel in the same style, a style he also used in the making of “Wytch”. All the actors in “Wytch” also star in the Uncle David sequel.
Justin Schmidt is the producer of The Deceiver. He comes from Knoxville, TN and is currently attending his senior year at Savannah College of Art & Design. Justin has always known that he wanted to be a filmmaker, but only became really interested in horror within the past couple of years. He has been part of multiple successful short films, including "Timeline", "Paperous", and "Headlocked". He has an end goal of being a Producer and Director of feature films. Now, Justin is in the throws of his final year at college, and already has multiple other projects in the works. He is proud of how far he has come, and he is always looking for the next challenge.
PETE JACELONE was in born in New Jersey in 1953. His initial involvement in independent film making was as an actor in Timothy O’Rowe’s GHOUL SCHOOL (1990). He played various small parts in JR Bookwalter’s POLYMORPH (1996) and BLOODLETTING (1997), as well as in several “Seduction Cinema” productions including TITANIC 2000 (1999), and PLAYMATE OF THE APES (2002). His directorial debut was PSYCHO SISTERS (1998). He subsequently produced and directed DEAD STUDENTS SOCIETY (1999), THE EROTIC MIRROR (2002), BEEF: YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT (2007), SCULPTURE (2009), CREEPY CLOWNS (2016), as well as numerous short films.
Justin T. Bowler is an award winning film producer and theatre director. While earning his BFA in Theatre at UCSB, Justin got his professional producing start working under an Academy Award winner in Santa Barbara. During his career at the production company, he cowrote and coproduced edutainment videos for developmentally disabled adults. Shortly thereafter, he moved to LA. As a writer, he has written/cowritten countless edutainment videos, a few short films (two currently making the rounds on the Film Festival circuit) and a feature. Most recently, he produced the award winning short, Touch, which was accepted to over 30 festivals, and won 6 awards.
Gretchen Heinel is a film photographer, filmmaker, performance artist, and hook suspension practitioner based in the lower Hudson Valley. Her body of work is informed by her personal experiences as a “bad woman.” With her subjects, she explores sexuality, body modification, and unfettered emotions, all while challenging the viewer to engage with her work beyond the knee-jerk reactions often elicited by such behavior. She draws endless inspiration from dark
goddesses, hysterics, witches, and other historical examples of "bad women.”
Caleb is a 19-year-old aspiring filmmaker, credited with making dumb videos with his friends. The Projection is his first attempt at a professional looking, cohesive short film, and he's excited to hopefully continue to make more like it!
Tanuj Chopra’s first feature film PUNCHING AT THE SUN about South Asian teenagers coming of age in Elmhurst, Queens premiered at Sundance, Tribeca and won the grand jury prize at the San Francisco International Asian American Film festival. Variety called the fiery debut “a display of talent that's distinctive, original and iconoclastic.”
Tanuj's recent award winning feature films GRASS and CHEE AND T were both acquired by genre leader Comedy Dynamics. CHEE AND T premiered at 2016 LAFF (comedy award) and played at Urbanworld, San Diego Asian American film festival (Best Picture) Cinequest, Outfest, Omaha, Atlanta, CAAMfest and VC film fest. Grass also screened at CAAMfest, VC film fest (best editing) and Austin Asian American film fest (best picture).
Other award winning titles he's directed include BUTTERFLY, CLAP CLAP, and 2 ITVS Futurestates films TEACHER IN A BOX and PIA about a runaway genderbending android. He is also the co-writer, director, and editor of the popular episodic female comedy mini-series NICE GIRLS CREW.
In his downtime, he facilitates the NEW VOICES FOR YOUTH filmmaking initiative, a program dedicated to empowering creativity and civic engagement for teenagers. He holds a BA in Art Semiotics from Brown University and an MFA in film direction from Columbia University where he was awarded the Dean’s Fellowship.
He's currently part of the 2017 Fox director's lab.
Connor Strader is an aspiring horror-comedy independent filmmaker based in Los Angeles, CA. He has a record of unique experience in the film industry and has worked on and off set in various production roles. He currently works full time directing game capture footage to be used in trailers and advertisements for major video game titles. His short films have been official selections of the Famous Monsters of Filmland Film Festival (2014) and the Scare-A-Con Horror Film Festival (2012). His work is available on Vimeo and YouTube.
Jax Price is an aspiring filmmaker from Boca Raton, Florida. His interest in theatre and film started in high school when he was cast in various roles in productions such as Guys and Dolls, The Wizard of Oz, and Shrek the Musical. In 2014 he co-starred in the movie The Town Inside with veteran actor Gregory Alan Williams and caught the "director's bug" while working on the project. In 2015 he began writing and producing his own short films, focusing on horror and science fiction. He will pursue his passion this fall as a freshman at Lynn University where he is majoring in film and cinematography. Caution: Spikes is his first film festival entry.
Hakeem is a medical doctor turned filmmaker from Saudi Arabia and is considered a pioneer of the horror genre in the country, creating the first award winning feature length horror film in the country, Madayen.
José is a young photographer passionate about psychology and horror movies. Since very young, he developed a special fascination for the aesthetics horror movies involved and the psychological aspects that most of its characters might have. He believes that horror movies can contain interesting stories, having nothing to envy to dramas. José is Multimedia Engineer focused in Special FX from Colombia, while working in postproduction processes, he discovered that framing a story from the beginning with a creative atmosphere was what he found more interesting. He found in photography the chance of creating stories with one still image and with very few resources. Now days, he establish himself in Los Angeles, working as a cinematographer and also DI Finishing artist for multiple independent productions, in order to continue creating all those atmospheres he made before, now for a real motion picture.
William Allum is a London based filmmaker originally from the South East of England. Being interested in film from an early age, he first started out by making shorts with friends. He then continued his passion at University, creating more shorts and further honing his skills.
After graduating he spent some time teaching in Japan, before moving back to the UK to focus on media full-time. Working in various technical and post-production positions, he continued to work on personal projects long and short.
Now working as a Creative Producer at London based creative agency Blacklist Creative, where he co-directed the short film ‘Flowers for No One’.
Paul-André is a director, writer, and steadycam operator. He obtained the DESRA (Diploma State School of Audio-visual Direction) in 2009. He directed next his first short film, “Hat Story”, a thriller, and several other short films later. As an operator and steadycam operator, Paul-André is always looking for new ways to frame, stage and test his own vision of scenography. He is an expert in different shooting techniques: shoulder camera, aerial shooting (experience in shooting from choppers and vehicles (snowmobile and quad experience). His career has allowed him to meet many feature filmmakers such as Olivier Marchal, Philippe Lioret, Fred Cavayé, Christophe Barratier, etc. These unique experiences have allowed him to expand his knowledge of acting, and direction of actors, and enabled him to communicate fully with both actors and technicians.
Tiago Santiago is a Brazilian screenwriter, born and raised in Rio de Janeiro. He has won the highly prestigious São Paulo Association of Art Critics Award (2006) as Writer and Creator of TV series A Escrava Isaura / The slave Isaura (Record TV, 2004) and Prova de Amor / Proof of Love (Record TV, 2005).
Santiago is a 4-time Premio Contigo Award (considered Oscars of Brazilian TV) nominee as Best Writer 2005, 2006, 2008,2009. He has also been nominated twice Premio Qualidade Award (Quality Awards) as Best Writer (Television). Quality Awards ceremonies take place since 1977 and have different versions in 21 countries.
Tiago Santiago’s TV series transcend national and cultural boundaries and have achieved global audience with great commercial success and record-breaking television ratings in many different countries.
Possessions, Gold Medal of Spotlight Horror Awards, Atlanta, USA, is the first film he has written, directed and produced. The movie was shot in Rio de Janeiro, original audio in Portuguese with English subtitles.
Graduated in Social Sciences, with MA in Sociology, Tiago has recently moved to Los Angeles. Being a lifelong lover of horror genre, Tiago Santiago is currently working on the American version of Possessions.
Marcos Muñoz Flores was born on March 17th, 1982 in Mexico City. He studied Graphic Design and specialized in Marketing at Universidad Tecnológica de México. For 10 years now, he’s been the general director of DomiStudio agency. In 2013, he started Voyboy Animation and made his first independent animation series.
During the years 2014 and 2015, he studies a one-year intensive Film Career at Asociación Mexicana de Cineastas Independientes (AMCI).
He has taken part in the short documentary film “La Casa Cósmica” as the Sound Recording Man and in the short fiction film “El Arte de Vivir como Sofía” as the Director’s First Assistant.
The short film “El Carroñero” (a.k.a. “The Scavenger”) is his first horror short film production where he used several technical processes.
Mitchell Vincent Slan was born and raised with an undying love for the horror genre. A true horror geek at heart, Mitchell has been writing and directing horror films for the last 3 years and has begun to find his place in the horror community.
"Balloon" is currently playing at film festivals internationally and is finding incredible success in the horror festival circuit.
Nate Schrader is a senior film student and will be attending his last semester at Stevenson University, this fall. The horror genre has always interested Nate since he was a lad, growing up with classics such as Halloween, Night of the Living Dead and Psycho to name a few. Nate hopes to break into the horror industry and create new macabre stories to send chills down peoples' spines.
René Ashton is a woman of multiple talents and interests. Her passion for acting has landed her more than 100 commercials and dozens of network television shows.
Not only does René act, she writes her own material. Her first film, the romantic comedy, BE MY BABY starring herself and Lacey Chabert is available on DVD and television worldwide. In 2010 she had three features optioned which lead her to form her own production company, Abundant Media, LLC. Since then René has joined the WGA and written and produced three spec television pilots. MILF MONEY, starring herself and Missi Pyle, won 10 out of 13 festivals entered. SPERM DONOR stars Alan Thicke, Missi Pyle, David Liesure, Simon Rex, and René. ACTORS ANONYMOUS, stars herself, Sally Kirkland and Lorenzo Lamas, it won the 3 festivals entered, including an offer for a development deal w/VH1. Her romantic comedy, SHRINK-ISH was just optioned and René will star in the film in 2018. But wait, there's more...her comedic drama, BOY’S NAME, is next in the pipe line.
Directing seemed to be the next natural course of things, so René wrote, produced and directed the short film, SERIAL DATER and most recently completed writing/directing/producing/acting in the web series, 40’S AND FAILING.
René has taken another direction with her writing skills, penning books. LIGHTS, CAMERA… YOU! MAKE MONEY DOING TV COMMERCIALS IN LOS ANGELES OR ANY TOWN, USA and HOW TO STOP HATING YOUR EX SO YOU CAN CO-PARENT IN PEACE, are both available on Amazon and in various bookstores.
Neil is a Manchester based writer/ director. He co-wrote and produced romantic comedy Three In A Bed, which won the Audience Favourite award at the Cinema Diverse film festival. The film was released on DVD, reaching No1 in the UK and US Amazon LGBT film charts. Recently, Neil garnered critical acclaim for writing/directing short film Mirrors, Mirrors was premiered at London’s prestigious BFI Flare LGBT film festival to rave reviews, and came highly recommended by the Iris Prize Festival for Best Short Film.
Writer/Director Lloyd Eyre-Morgan trained at UCLA Film School his movies have received showings and release at: Picturehouse Cinemas London and Cineworld North West.
Lloyd’s movies have had large worldwide DVD Sales e.g.: Dream On – TLA Releasing 2012 – Best selling DVD in UK, with release Europe, USA
In 2015 Lloyd wrote and directed BAFTA accredited short film Closets which recently won the prestigious IRIS Prize Best of British – winning £14,000 to spend at Pinewood Studios on post production for his next film i.e. KILL PILL. (Closets is currently being developed into a feature film) .
Closet is set for cinema release by Peccadillo Pictures in July 2016 as part of a film collection and is to be released on DVD Worldwide and iTunes. Closets is also currently being shown around schools after winning the IRIS Youth Jury Award Prize
Born and raised in Sweden, Jarno Lee Vinsencius began his passion for film making when his Indonesian father brought home a Super 8MM projector. Jarno's first movie he experienced was the original King Kong from 1933, a 20-min version. He was then mesmerized by the magical world of motion pictures when Star Wars was introduced 1977.
In the late 90's J.L.V. moved to United States where he attended film school. After graduating he returned to Sweden where he started his own production company, JLV Pictures. Jarno has directed and produced several successful music videos. Currently, Jarno is finishing his first feature film, Evil Rising, which he wrote, produced and directed. Evil Rising will be released early 2017. Darkness Falls was written, cinematography, directed, edited, and produced by Jarno Lee Vinsencius.
Adam is a multi award-winning film and television Director/Producer in both live action and animation. With more than 16 years of experience he has established himself as a capable and seasoned veteran with a strong understanding of visual effects, motion capture and 3D.
It is with a constant attention to rhythm and aesthetics than Adam approaches his craft. As a story-teller first and foremost, Adams goal is to engage the viewer, take them on an enjoyable journey through the use of original and unique narratives - regardless of the style or genre.
His critically acclaimed short films have screened at over 50 international film festivals including Fantasia, Film Quest, Shriekfest and RI International film Festival.
Damon's directorial debut, The Tour, premiered at festival giant Fright Fest in London's West End. It went on to play some of the largest genre festivals in the world such as Screamfest in LA, Horrorthon in Dublin and Rio Grinde in Canada.
The film also went on to pick up numerous nominations and awards whilst also being nominated for best horror short 2014 by The Fright Meter Awards.
His follow up, The Package, premiered at the Fright Fest Halloween event, opened Horrorthon and won best short at The Weekend of Horrors in Germany. The Package was nominated for best horror short for 2015 with The Fright Meter Awards. Damon is the only short filmmaker to have been nominated two years in a row.
Dissociative, his third short film, also premiered at Fright Fest and went on to win Outstanding Horror Short at the Dazed 4 Horror festival. Dissociative was filmed as part of an ambitious project where Damon filmed three short films in one weekend. The other two are currently in post production.
In early 2017 Damon was asked to be a part of the Soska Sisters (American Mary) annual “Blood Drive PSA” where select filmmakers are chosen to submit work to a chosen them. For the 2017 release, the Soska’s commissioned a music track to which each filmmaker did their own video. The end result was an edit of selections from each video, with each filmmakers full video being released on the back of it.
His latest short, Stolen is getting its World Premier at the prestigious FilmQuest festival in Utah.
Antoine Osorio studied history of cinema at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris. He then graduated from DESRA (Diploma State School of Audio-visual Direction) in 2009, a French hands-on directing school where he learnt filmmaking. During five years, he worked as an assistant director, unit manager or set designer for several movies and TV shows. Two years ago, he created the website Au Coeur de l'Horreur (In the Heart of Horror), where he shares his passion for horror movies. Au Coeur de l’Horreur is also a production collective of horrific short films. “Meat” is his first movie.
Jeff Lyon is an experienced filmmaker, writer and long-time horror movie aficionado.
His short films have appeared in several festivals, including the Rhode Island International Film Festival, Tortured Artists, and Undershorts. He was co-producer and Director of Photography on the House That Jack Built (short) (2009), which screened on the 2009 Halloween Episode of Director’s Cut on PBS and in the 2010 Phoenix Comicon Film Festival.
Jeff’s fiction has been published in The Best Underground Fiction: Volume One, next to writers such as Irvine Welsh (Trainspotting), and Elizabeth Crane (All This Heavenly Glory).
James C. Shahanshah’s upbringing was relatively anything but straightforward or simple. On June 8, 1987 in Frankfurt, Germany, he was born into his parents quest to America. 9 years later, they settled down in Los Angeles, California. Raised in a strict learning household, Shahanshah enjoyed movies so much that he had seen 850 movies by the time he turned 18.
After high school, Shahanshah had to take a break in his studies after a horrific car accident that left him almost completely paralyzed. During his recovery Shahanshah continued to explore his interest in writing, fueled by a deep passion for cinema. His favorite horror movie is John Carpenter’s ‘Halloween’ and his most admired director is Stanley Kubrick.
Born and raised in Tennessee, Erick Lorinc has had a deep love of film and the horror genre, in particular, since he can remember. Making short films with his high school friends turned his passion for gory fun into a need to create.
At the University of Miami, Erick wrote and directed "THE DEAD AWAKE" and "SKIN OF THE WITCH" which both won top prizes at the University of Miami's Scares and Scores Film Festival, and now "I AM THE DEVIL", a short about a filmed seance gone as wrong as it can go. Graduated as of May 2017, Erick is currently working on his first feature-length horror film, THE LAST THANKSGIVING.
Henry Steedman is 37 and lives in Reading, UK. He is an award-winning Director with a background in photography. After studying Fine Art he went on to teach himself camera work and editing, becoming self employed as a film maker in 2010.
He works mostly in corporate films – working for the likes of Microsoft, Cisco and other global brands, making case studies and marketing films.
He also directs and edits commercials and music videos, with over 2m views on Youtube.
With a passion for films, especially horror, he has written, produced and directed The Scottish Play – a short film based on a script he has written for a feature length version. He is also working on scripts for a drunk werewolf film and a chiller set aboard the Marie Celeste. Influences include John Landis, Peter Jackson and Sam Raimi, for their blend of dark humour and visceral horror.
Rory Abel has worked on a variety of projects from internet videos and independent films to public and cable television. He’s worked for companies such as iVillage, IGN, Lifetime Television, NBC Universal, IPG Mediabrands and A&E Networks. He's currently employed by Us Weekly Magazine as their Senior Video Editor and Motion Graphic Designer.
His feature horror film "Phobia" is available on DVD and streaming services from RLJ/Image Entertainment. His short documentary, “In Glass,” which dealt with a fused glass artist’s struggle with throat cancer, won Best Documentary at the Mad Dragon Film Festival and took 3rd place in the Best Documentary category at the Firstglance Philadelphia Film Festival as well. His short horror films “Love Story” and "Apathy Breeds Contempt" have screened across the United States in numerous festivals. "Apathy Breeds Contempt" can currently be seen on the digital cable channel American Horrors.
Nick Barrett is an independent film maker living and working in London. His previous film Pearl had a London cinema premiere at the Crouch end Art House and Mild Mannered has recently had several succesful London screenings. His recently completed third project, Devil Town, is clocking up the international festival screenings and awards and garnering many excellent reviews across the web.
Brian Conley is the founder and principal of The Conley Company, LLC. The Conley Company is a multi-media production and entertainment company headquartered in Pasadena, California. Current projects in development include the feature films, A New York Christmas, The Basement, Us, and The Vanishing (at Cape May).
Prior to founding The Conley Company, Conley was founder and principal of Apollo Creative Group, a multi-media holding company that has owned and operated numerous online, marketing and newspaper interests in the US, UK and Canada.
A published novelist and screenwriter, Conley is the founder of the Brian M. Conley Young Writer’s Institute at the University of Tennessee. He has served on numerous philanthropic boards, including the Board of Visitors of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, his alma mater.
Frazer Lee is a filmmaker, screenwriter & author.
His film and television directing credits include multiple award-winning films ‘On Edge’ and ‘Red Lines’ (starring Doug ‘Pinhead from Hellraiser’ Bradley), 'The Stay', and the promo campaign for Discovery Channel’s ‘True Horror With Anthony Head’. His screenwriting credits include the acclaimed horror/thriller feature film ‘Panic Button’ and award-winning short film 'Simone'. His script doctor and story consultant engagements include commissions from The Asylum, Mediente Films International, Movie Mogul, and others.
His debut novel ‘The Lamplighters’ was a Bram Stoker Award® Finalist for ‘Best First Novel’ and a Book Pipeline Finalist. His other published works include the Amazon #1 horror/thriller ‘Panic Button: The Official Movie Novelization’, novels ‘The Jack in the Green’ and ‘The Skintaker’, and the ‘Daniel Gates Adventures’ series of novellas.
Frazer is Head of Creative Writing at Brunel University London and is an Active Member of the Horror Writers Association and International Thriller Writers. His guest speaking engagements have included StokerCon, World Horror Con, London Screenwriters Festival, and the Guerilla Filmmakers Masterclass. He lives with his family in Buckinghamshire, England just across the cemetery from the actual Hammer House of Horror.
Fred Crohem is a London based filmmaker originally from Paris. With a family in the Arts and Francois Truffaut as his first cousin once removed, he was always interested in using his creativity.
He moved to New York in the early 90’s to finish his studies in Fine Arts and multi-media. His first internship was with MTV Networks in New York, which is where he started to combine his love for the arts into a more commercial environment and a broadcast world.
He has since worked with Turner and Disney in London an directed over 30 shoots for Disney.
He is now working as creative director at London based creative agency Blacklist Creative, where he co-directed the short film “Flowers for No one”.
I am a director and actor based in Central Scotland. Scotland has a wealth of film making talent that I have had the pleasure of collaborating with. I may not always have the biggest budget but we have the passion and drive for film making.
I have written and directed several short films usually of a horror/supernatural theme including Sacred Birth (2015) and Out Of His Tree (2016) which won a Bronze Spotlight Horror Film Award.
I draw upon various sources including history and mythology for inspiration to create character driven stories and engaging visuals.
I am particularly interested in a strong feminine presence in film.
I am delighted that my film Career Opportunity: The Protégé will now have further exposure to an audience in The United States.
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Mike Frazier was born and raised in East Providence, Rhode Island. He became interested in film at a young age after watching Michael Jackson’s ‘Moonwalker’ on vhs. His interest was cemented after seeing Jonathan Demme’s ‘The Silence of the Lambs’.
He has written and directed multiple short films as well as music videos and commercials and has also published a collection of short stories entitled ‘Harvestmen: and other short stories’ which you should probably go buy on Amazon.
Sixteen years ago, he picked up a camera, and never stopped creating. 85 shorts and 2 movies later his work has been featured on Netflix, Nickelodeon, MTV and The Today Show. Last year, he wrote and directed "Expelled" which topped the digital sales charts to become the #1 movie worldwide on iTunes. In 2013 his Ford commercial won the "Best Commercial" award for the Fiesta Movement campaign. His passion for filmmaking has garnered him experience in many fields but to him these are just tools to service the most important part of the story; the characters.
Erik is a two-time New England Emmy® Award winner, eight-time nominee, and former Top 200 Director on HBO's Project Greenlight. His tongue-in-cheek, film noir-infused television series, The Cobblestone Corridor (for which Erik serves as showrunner and lead actor) is the winner of three New England Emmy® Awards and recipient of nine nominations. Recent theatre directing includes The 39 Steps (Connecticut Critics Circle nominee) at the Ivoryton Playhouse and Footloose at Ozark Actors Theatre in Rolla, MO.
Film and television acting credits include The Mystery of Matter: Search for the Elements (PBS), Secrets of the Arsenal (American Heroes Channel), and Sorority Nightmare (Lifetime). Recent theatre productions include the American premiere of Calendar Girls, the world premiere of Rear Window (starring Kevin Bacon), and Tony-winner Darko Tresnjak's celebrated mounting of Hamlet at Hartford Stage.
Erik has served as adjunct faculty at Trinity College and Artist-in-Residence at Avon Old Farms School. Erik graduated cum laude from Trinity and is an alumnus of the London Dramatic Academy in London, England. Upcoming work includes debut feature, Long Lost.
Director / Writer / Editor Michael Trainotti is an industry professional specializing in production, post-production, and technical operations. He began his formative years in the production department at Lightstorm Entertainment, diving into every imaginable area of the filmmaking process.
As a firm believer to always keep pushing forward and stretching boundaries to learn and grow, Michael enjoys the complexity and nuances of the filmmaking process with family and industry friends. Whether writing and/or directing personal projects, helping people get their projects to the finish line, or working with his sons on their projects, it’s a passion that keeps life interesting and highly creative.
JESSI GOTTA is a NYC based filmmaker. She formed her first production company, gotta/enk films, with co-conspirator Bryan Enk in 2009. Their
first feature, THE BIG BAD, screened at several national and international film festivals and won Jessi the Best Feature Writer award from the 2011 LA Femme International Film Festival. THE BIG BAD won additional awards while on the festival circuit and is currently distributed by Entertainment one.
Her second film, ANNIVERSARY DINNER, screened at several film festivals and won Best Short Screenplay from the 2012 Maverick Movie Awards, among others. It was also included in the 2012-2013 Viscera Film Festival tour and the Scream Queen Filmfest Tokyo tour throughout Japan. Gotta's third film, THEY WILL OUTLIVE US ALL, won several awards, including Best Horror Sci-Fi Feature from the 2013 Toronto Independent Film Festival, Best Horror Feature from the 2013 ShockerFest International Film Festival, Best Horror Comedy from the 2013 Atlanta Horror Film Festival and Best Feature & Best Creature Feature from the 2013 New Mexico Fright Fest. THEY WILL OUTLIVE US ALL is currently internationally distributed by
Wild Eye Releasing.
In 2014, Gotta formed Inappropriate Films, a production company dedicated to creating genre-bending films. THE MOOSE HEAD OVER THE
MANTEL is the first feature film from the company.
Leah Pollack was born in Little Rock, Arkansas September 3rd 1992. From an early age she had a fascination with visual story telling through film and television but started out in traditional stage theater. She began film making in 2011 while attending the Parkview Magnet High School for Arts and Sciences. She started attending SCAD in 2013 for Film and Television and won the SCAD Narrative Thesis Award for her short film “The Scarecrow. She will graduate in Spring 2018 with a B.F.A in Film and Television
Dan Sellers is the President of Wreak Havoc Productions, a small film production company out of Greensboro, North Carolina. Dan started his career in filmmaking with the horror-comedy feature film, "Hank vs. The Undead" in 2014, which was followed-up with the short "Hank vs. Dracula." In 2015, Dan wrote and directed the short "Dark Heat" which was included in the feature film anthology "Witching Hour II." In 2016, Dan produced and directed the feature documentary, "Sammie the Comic Book Man," which has won several festival awards. Dan's latest short, "Midnight Shift" is a found footage style horror film about an exorcism caught on a police body-cam.
Dan is also the Director of the Wreak Havoc Horror Film Festival, a venue for international shorts and feature films in the horror genre. Also, Dan is the co-host of the Wreak Havoc Film Buffs Podcast with his producing partner, Sammie Cassell, and is the producer and host of the upcoming, Carolina Haints Podcast. Dan is currently writing his next feature film, "The Boogeyman of Black Mountain.
Todd Redenius a Seattle based movie maker and musician. His experience so far includes 14 movies ranging from horror,drama, thriller, comedy/horror and suspense. These movies range from 2 minutes to 70 minutes.
'My goals are simple, do it yourself and shoot everything your way and have fun doing it. You don't need a studio or millions of dollars to make a movie. You can make movies and learn the technical aspects as well as honing your story telling skills. There's nothing wrong with developing your talent that way, just buy a camera and go make the movie you want to make.'
Angel Dillemuth (Producer, Director, Writer, Actor) was born in the Bronx, New York. He received his B.A. in Acting at Lehman College and M.F.A. in Acting from the Actor's Studio Drama School, primarily studying under Susan Aston and Elizabeth Kemp. Upon graduating with his M.F.A. Angel worked with his coach Nico Hartos, until he passed away. Currently, he is studying with Paul Calderon and Catherine Calderon.
As an Actor he has been blessed to work with established veterans such as, but not limited to Jim Caviezel, Michael Ealy, Tim Guinee, budding new stars, Shawn Brown, Winston Duke, Jas Anderson and more. His credits include Off-Off Broadway, Off-Broadway, short films, indie films, Television shows including Power, The Blacklist, and Person of Intrest.
He is a new director/screenwriter in film and co-directed his first short horror film "Night Runners". His next writing/directing projects include "Don't Wet the Bed" and series "The Dark". He has also recently been cast in an episode of a hit Netflix Television show.
Nectarios Leonidas (Co-Director) was born in Rhodes, Greece and studied at the University of Connecticut. In the mid 90s, he moved to New York City to pursue filmmaking, where he attended the School of Visual Arts. After SVA, he continued his training on high profile films, like “Basquiat” and “The Mirror Has Two Faces.”
As an award-winning filmmaker in his own right. His shorts, commercial and feature film, “Black Site,” have appeared in numerous film festivals, and broadcast markets around the world. He has worked with different musical artist and brands to bring their visions to life.
As a video editor with over 10+ years experience, he has worked on independent films like “Blueprint,” which was nominated for an IFP Gotham award for best film in 2007 and “Salud,” which won Best Screenplay at the 2009 Beverly Hills Film Festival. Most recently, he worked on the award-winning shorts, “Redeploy, ” and “Paper Wrap Fire.” Additionally, he helped craft the rough cut and teaser trailer, for the award winning feature, “Front Cover.”
He has freelanced on different documentaries, news shows, non-profits, web series, corporate and promos for a variety of clients ranging from broadcast to high-end corporate and government agencies. In all the videos, his focus is on telling a compelling story to the target audience.
Sean and Luke began writing and directing together in 2012, making a number of short films including their short film ‘Athena’ (2015) which was among the official selection for the 40th Boston Sci-Fi film festival. It was at this stage that they decided that the time was right to make their debut feature film Blood Myth. The film has been very well received at Film Festivals such as Spooky Empire Film Festival and Sacramento Horror Film Festival and will be released in 2018.
Sean Brown started his career working for ITV in post-production, working on shows such as, A Touch of Frost, BBC’s Life on Mars, and Bronson (2008). He continued making short films while working at the Northern Film School in Leeds, UK.
Luke Gosling entered the film industry as a model maker but after making a series of short films, writing and directing became his focus.
Justin Moriarty is a New York City-based filmmaker and co-founder of Sassy Mare Films. After studying to pursue a career in medicine, he abandoned it to follow his passion for film. He has been working in various capacities on films, digital series, and television pilots since 2010, including projects starring Josh Gad, David Wain, Steve Rannazzisi, Mary Lynn Rajskub, and William H. Macy.
As a child, Justin was raised by TV. Films and television series have been immensely influential on him - they helped him realize that storytelling and the awe-inspiring nature of film needed to be a part of his life. While having love and respect for all genres, he has always been drawn to stories that unnerve, scare, and intrigue. He has written and directed several short films and produced many others.
Matthew Mark Hunter is a 17 year old filmmaker from Cleveland Ohio. He will be attending Cleveland State University to major in film. He currently goes to Cuyahoga Valley Career Center. He was in She Was So Pretty: Be Good For Goodness Sake as Christian for Dirt Candy Productions. Darkside Stories was his idea when he was 12 and he finally made it happen. He has been filming since he was 12. He also wrote and directed Apples and is working on his next film Nightmares Unleashed.