William is a Los Angeles based writer, director, and producer who hails from the tranquil suburbia of Scottsdale, Arizona. He completed his BFA in Film Production at the University of Arizona. He has produced and directed anthropological documentaries dealing with race, ethnicity, and the American Dream. His films have played at over 20 film festivals worldwide.
In the spring of 2013, he graduated from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts with an MFA in Film Production. He has co-written and directed the Colombian feature Piloto, and produced the upcoming independent film, Hit Men.
Born and raised in the Caribbean coast city of Cartagena in Colombia. This upbringing gives him a cultural background and heritage distinguishing him from most producers/directors in Hollywood. By the time Alberto graduated from USC’s prestigious School of Cinematic Arts, he was already an established music video director in his home country, with his work displayed on various networks such as Latin American MTV and HTV. Alberto wrote, directed and produced the Colombian feature Piloto along with William S. Goldstein.
Luke Pennington is an Assistant Professor of Film at Western Kentucky University where he teaches film production, screenwriting, and directing. Luke is currently under contract as screenwriter with Taken Films (The Reign - IndieWire Project of the Month, April 2016) and preparing a second feature through Simpatico Films as writer-director (The Professor, The Con Man, and The Day The Green Orb Showed Up in The Field).
Rebecca Louisell is a producer, director and writer working in independent narrative, documentary and digital spaces. With an undergraduate background in fine art photography and mixed media, she later worked with youth before returning to graduate school for film production at the University of Southern California. While at USC, Rebecca established herself as a filmmaker with a mission to make media that matters. She also received several scholarships, a College Television Award presented by the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, the EP Producing Scholarship and multiple festival awards for her student work. With specialties in crowdfunding and grantwriting, Rebecca has steered five crowdfunding campaigns to surpass their campaign goals. Rebecca’s current projects include producing The Reign with Taken Films, and producing and directing the web series LA Picker.
Renowned director, photographer, and musician, Jose Vergara (A.K.A. Frankie Jazz) has left his prints all over the Colombian entertainment scene. A trailblazer, José is one of the most sought after music video directors and photographers in his country.
Michael Schatz is an editor/director from the MFA program at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. He was an editor on “Soaring on Invisible Wings”, a documentary short about Lupus that has gone to numerous festivals, including Cannes. He also cut the short film “Curio Shop” which he worked on with Scott Crane and Eric S. Anderson. He was recently selected as the winner of MARVEL and Touch Edit's Future Action Editors competition.
Andrew Prahlow is a Los Angeles based composer/producer who has provided scores to independent directors and large companies, scoring over 40 shorts, small documentaries, and ads. Andrew has composed for independent directors and companies including Panasonic, Sony, Lenovo, Google, and Nike.
Andrew composed the soundtrack for the award winning short film Present Trauma and for the feature length film Piloto. He collaborated with Mark Petrie on an assortment of epic hybrid trailer albums, receiving numerous placements such AS Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, The Leftovers, and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Andrew worked, engineered, and played trumpet on the Legend of Korra (2010-2014) and Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness (2010-2014). He is a graduate of the Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television program at USC.
Nicolaas Bertelsen was born on June 27, 1975 in Ames, Iowa, USA. He is a producer and assistant director, known for Behind the Scenes: An Untouchable Life (2007), Use Only as Needed (2008) and Yosemite (2015).
Davood, aka David, immigrated to the Midwest region of the United States from Iran as a teenager. After graduating Magna Cum Laude from UCLA’s Political Science Department focusing on “American Politics”, and earning a Law Degree from Southern Methodist University, David went on to receive his MFA.in Cinema and Television Production from the USC School of Cinematic Arts. After starting his research on education at Oxford University in 2008, David continues to focus on important issues in education by developing documentary and fiction films. David’s USC thesis film, eduCAUTION, premiered at the 2014 SXSW eduFilm festival and currently holds the record for the most followed thesis film in social media history. Since eduCAUTION, while working for entertainment attorney, William J. Kay and freelancing, he has worked with successful and talented Los Angeles based filmmakers in creating a diverse “one of a kind” portfolio of fiction, documentary, and mocumentary projects that fall within eduCinema’s focus.
Anthony makes his living hopping from movie set to movie set, recording the smoothest, sweetest dialogue this side of a Barry White book on tape. He's an alumni of the University of California Santa Barbara with a double major in Psychology and Philosophy although he uses neither (except to pretend that he's smarter than people). He hopes to one day work for a major label and have enough money to hire Pete Wentz as his personal butler just so Fall Out Boy will stop making music.
Allie Jennings is a comedian, actress, and writer, or if you prefer, a writdiantress. She is starring in the upcoming horror-comedy, Crabs! Other credits include Once I Was a Beehive (now appearing on Netflix), Awesomeness TV’s Betch, and Dick Hopper Private Eye - a web series soon to be on Hulu.
Allie can also be seen performing standup around LA; she has upcoming shows at The Comedy Store, The Viper Room, and Flappers. Additionally she studies Advanced Improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade and is on two improv teams. When she’s not performing or writing comedy she is working on producing her self-created web series The Janny Jelly Show.
Julie Zhan stands at a daunting 5’1¾”, unapologetically weird and downright loud. She’s an actress, dancer, and producer who tries to conquer the world every time she has coffee and unabashedly twirls in [public] flower fields because life is flippin beautiful and she seeks to make art that reflect the things her soul wants to express. She delights in making people laugh and not-so-secretly wishes she was related to Jackie Chan. You may have seen her on Grandfathered, Pretty Little Liars, Comedy Bang! Bang!, Growing Up Fisher, as the Photobooth icon on your Mac, smashing cellos with P Diddy, or in her latest feature film, Comfort, currently in the film festival circuit. Zhan was also cast as one of twelve actors in the highly selective ABC Talent Showcase, spearheaded by Executive VP of ABC Casting, Keli Lee. In the new media realm, Zhan has garnered attention for her comedic, dramatic, and dance performances in original works on her channel, ShutUpAndDance (100,000+ subscribers), as well as viral collaborations with Smosh, Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls, Wong Fu Productions, Just Kidding Films, David So, David Choi, AJ Rafael, Jun CurryAhn, Quest Crew, Poreotics, and more. Zhan is passionate about diversity and thoroughly fascinated by the new and boundless opportunities created in the digital universe, which she explores in the feature documentary Uploaded: The Asian American Movement that she produced in 2012. One of Zhan’s favorite moments in life was dancing in the Daniel “Cloud” Campos musical, starring Danny DeVito, which premiered at Tribeca Film Festival in 2014.
Javier Frombold studied Film Production in Santiago, Chile. Later he transferred to Michigan State and then to Iowa State finally graduating with a B.A. in Advertising. He began his film career when interning three years ago for a casting company where he worked as the Producer / Business Developer. He is now a producer and has been involved in several projects such as his last film Sable (2016).
Michael Neal is a reformed ad-man who has worked with world-renowned advertising and branding agencies in both Los Angeles and New York. With an MFA in criticism from The School of Visual Arts, Michael has served as a writer, editor and speaker on topics of design and pop-culture for organizations from Public Radio International, the Canadian Centre for Architecture to The City of Los Angeles. Since 2010, he has worked inspireing new talent in the Southern California creative field as a lecturer in art, design and criticism.