Bruce Mason (Writer and Director) makes his feature debut with Chez Upshaw, for which he was awarded Best Director at The IFS Film Festival. In addition to numerous theater and television credits, he previously wrote and directed the award-winning short Clowns, which starred Dan Butler and John Fleck and was produced by Christopher Lore. Clowns screened at Slamdance, Cannes and other festivals around the world. As a playwright, he’s the only artist that legendary young adult author Judy Blume has authorized to adapt her work Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing. Tales premiered at The Kennedy Center then toured internationally, and it has never been out of production since. Bruce’s television credits include serving as Head Writer and Associate Producer for the Barton-Printz series “Imagine” and as Head Writer for a series of short dramas sponsored by KCTS, Seattle’s PBS affiliate. Mason was educated at Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts and The American Film Institute in Los Angeles, from which he received an MFA in Directing.
Marvin V. Acuna (Producer) – is the CEO and President of Rainmakers, AE Inc, the Co-Founder of The Business Of Show Institute and LA Dinner Club, and the CMO of BreathlessNotHopeless.com. Mr. Acuna is the co-creator and the Executive Producer of the elimination competition series for BRAVO titled “Platinum Hit,” which showcases undiscovered singers and songwriters as they battle through a series of songwriting challenges. It stars international recording artists Jewel and Kara DioGuardi. His next television project is the non-scripted series “Lyrics and Recipes: The Art of Food & Music” for PBS’s Masterpiece programming, which Acuna created in collaboration with The National Recording Academy (known to the world as The Grammys). Acuna is set to produce the project Honey Flood, based on the novel The Old Man and Me by Elaine Dundy, starring “Glee’s” Dianna Agron in late 2014. His other produced feature film credits include The Great Buck Howard starring John Malkovich, Colin Hanks, Emily Blunt, Steve Zahn, and Tom Hanks; Lovelace, which stars Amanda Seyfried, Peter Saarsgard, James Franco, and Sharon Stone and sold in a heated bidding war at Sundance 2013 to the Weinstein Company; and Death Everlasting, starring Shane Johnson and Rachel Deacon.
Samuel Ameen (Cinematographer) has worked with a wide range of filmmakers including Academy Award winning actor/director Jon Voight and Golden Globe winning actor/director Anthony Edwards. His independent features have been official selections at many acclaimed venues including The Sundance Film Festival, AFI Fest, The Taos Film Festival and The Berlin Festival. His films range in genre from quirky art house comedies and coming of age dramas to family programs and children’s shows. Many of his feature films have appeared on network and cable television, including HBO and Showtime. Sam’s television shows include specials for many prime time network series, including “Gray’s Anatomy,” “Ugly Betty,” and “The George Lopez Show,” as well as several reality series.
Jason Schmid (Editor) has worked in Hollywood for over fifteen years in virtually every capacity in the business. His gift for story-telling has made him a sought after editor in the independent feature film world, and his edgy TV concepts are in development at numerous networks. With his company Blue Apples Media, Jason finds ways to branch out and explore his creative life in the world of Branded Entertainment. He combines his knowledge of modern technical filmmaking techniques, his deep appreciation for classic filmmaking styles, and his constant study of the acting process to guide his ever-evolving style and to bring a fresh take to marketing and advertising. When he is not working, Jason can be found in Los Angeles, working.
Carol Strober (Production Designer) left a successful career as a New York architectural designer to attend The American Film Institute where she earned a Master of Fine Arts in Film, with an emphasis in Production Design. Her design projects have been published in numerous magazines (Interiors, House & Garden Decorating Guide, House Beautiful’s Home Remodeling), books, and exhibited in shows, including The American Institute of Architects show Women in Architecture. Carol’s production design credits include: Older Than America, starring Adam Beach and Wes Studi, directed by Georgina Lightning; West 32nd, starring John Cho and Grace Park directed by Michael Kang, an Official Selection of the Tribecca Film Festival; Starting Out in The Evening, starring Frank Langella, Lily Taylor and Lauren Ambrose, directed by Andrew Wagner, an Official Selection at the 2007 Sundance and Toronto Film Festivals; Man in The Chair, starring Christopher Plummer and Michael Angarano, written and directed by Michael Schroeder, an Official Selection of the 2007 Berlin Film Festival; Thirteen, starring Holly Hunter, Evan Rachel Woods and Jeremy Sisto, written and directed by Catherine Hardwicke, an Official Selection of the 2003 Sundance Film Festival and distributed by Fox Searchlight; and Star Maps, directed by Miguel Arteta, an Official Selection of the 1997 Sundance Film Festival and distributed by Fox Searchlight. A sampling of her film work can be seen at www.carolstrober.com.
Beth Caucci (Composer) is the co-founder of the film and television music production team Alula Studios based in Los Angeles. She began her career as an orchestral percussionist and educator before adopting film music as her full-time passion. Among her credits are the animated films Rio, Ice Age: Continental Drift, Free Birds, The Lorax, Happy Feet Two,Kung-Fu Panda 2, and the Oscar-nominated score for How to Train Your Dragon. Beth recently collaborated with filmmaker Kate Marks on 7 Day Gig, co-produced by Film Independent’s Project Involve. She also provided the music for the award-winning sci-fi short Bunker 731, which was an official selection of the Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival, among others. http://www.imdb.me/bethcaucci
John Fee (Composer ) is an accomplished jazz bassist and composer who loves movies. He grew up playing in bands and making short films with his friends. John earned a degree in jazz performance from Rutgers University. While in college, he never lost his interest in cinema; he took almost as many courses in cinema studies as music classes. After completing college, touring in bands, and teaching, John finally decided to combine his passion for music and film. He earned a Master’s in Music Composition for Film from Columbia College in Chicago and moved to Los Angeles. He then co-founded Alula studios with Beth Caucci and started a successful film and television music career. As a composer, John’s emotional and lyrical style adds depth to story and characters, whether the project is a children’s animated television series, an independent drama, or a big-budget action film. John is the composer for multiple shows on the Discovery Channel and the upcoming film Bad Country (Willem Dafoe, Amy Smart, Matt Dillon). He has also written additional music for numerous film and television projects including the Emmy-winning score for World Without End, Syfy’s Continuum, The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day, and Silent Hill: Revelation 3D. http://www.imdb.me/johnfee