Filmmakers

 

Kelly Blatz

Kelly Blatz

Writer/Director

Kelly Blatz is an actor and filmmaker from Los Angeles, California. As an actor, he has worked in numerous films and television shows over the last decade, including 4 minute mile opposite Richard Jenkins and Kim Basinger, and the lead in the television series Aaron Stone and Glory Daze. He most recently appeared on season two of AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead and NBC’s new series Timeless. In 2014, he made his foray into filmmaking, directing numerous short documentaries. In 2015, he directed and starred in his first narrative short film titled The Stairs opposite Anthony Heald. The film has gone on to receive numerous accolades, including the Audience Award for Best Short Film at the Ashland Independent Film Festival and the Special Jury Prize at the River’s Edge International Film Festival.

Isadora Kosofsky

Isadora Kosofsky

Writer/Producer

Isadora is a Los Angeles-based documentary photographer and filmmaker. Her career began at the age of 15 when her “Waiting series: portraits from Hospice” was nominated for “Best Social Documentary Essay” at the New York Photo Festival. She takes an immersive approach to photojournalism and filmmaking, working with her subjects for years at a time. Her multimedia films and photographs have been featured in TIME, Slate, VICE, The Washington Post, The London Sunday Times, Le Monde and many others. She received the 2012 Inge Morath Award from the Magnum Foundation for her work on romantic relationship in senior citizen communities. Her work has received distinctions from the Magenta Foundation, World Press Photo, Lead Awards, Prix de la Photographie Paris and The New York Photo Festival and others. Her undergraduate education was in Film, Television and Media and Gender Studies at UCLA where her theoretical writings were published extensively, including in the scholarly journal Film Matters.

Jenna Cavelle

Jenna Cavelle

Producer

An award-winning journalist and filmmaker, Jenna Cavelle’s work has been published in prominent academic journals and magazines, and screened at film festivals and in theaters throughout the world.  Cavelle’s feature film directorial debut, Blood Heist, starring and produced by Oscar-nominated actor James Franco and featuring Emmy-nominated actor James McMeniman of Orange is the New Black, is an official selection of the Fantasia International Film Festival. She also served as a co-director on the upcoming feature film The Mad Whale starring James Franco, Dominic Rains, Camilla Belle, and Summer Phoenix which premiered at the Heartland Film FestivalCavelle recently produced the feature film The Adventures of Thomasina Sawyer, for Elysium Bandini. Additionally, she has served as a producer on the feature films Pistachio (Denise Richards, Joey Lawrence, Madeline Carroll), Catharsis, and Ladyworld (Annalise Basso, Maya Thurman-Hawke), all of which are currently in post-production. She has produced digital content for Gunpowder & Sky, Google, Riveting Entertainment, and Jaunt VR. Cavelle graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BS in Political Ecology from the University of California, Berkeley. She holds an MFA in Film & Television Production from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, where she also heads film and television development at USC’s Media Institute for Social Change. 

Matthew Smaglik

Matthew Smaglik

Producer

Matthew Smaglik, the former creative director and producer for Sundance award-winning Dogfish Pictures (Like Crazy, Prince Avalanche and Compliance), has experience ranging from producing feature films to commercials for media giants like BBDO, AMC, and VOX. An interest in new media and technology lead to a collaboration with Massachusetts General Hospital last year. With Dogfish, Matthew co-produced the sci-fi feature Diverge, which won the U.S. In Progress Paris 2015 prize and was selected for the Fantasia Frontières market. In 2015 Matthew produced the feature Florence, Yesterday starring Daisy Bevan in Italy and David Bly’s Sweet Parents in NYC. He was selected as an IFP Emerging Storyteller in 2015, attended the Cannes’ Producers Network in 2016, was selected for the Frontières International Co-Production Market 2016 and participated in the EPI’s Trans Atlantic Partners this past year. Most recently he attended the Frontières and Cannes Marché du Film Financing Forum in Amsterdam and co-produced Nathan Silver’s Thirst Street, which features Anjelica Huston and will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2017.

Drew Diamond

Drew Diamond

Producer

Drew Diamond is a producer from South Texas. Growing up along the Texas-Mexico border provided Drew with an unique exposure to local folklore and appreciation for the art of storytelling. His passion for narrative led him to apply to the prestigious USC School of Cinematic Arts where he received his MFA in Producing. He has produced short films for the Media Institute for Social Change (MISC), Entertainment Technology Center (ETC) and Project Greenlight. He was the producer on the Student Academy Award-winning documentary “A Second Chance”. He enjoys collaborating on projects, which explore personal stories that reach global audiences. He recently produced the Research & Development project titled “The Suitcase” for ETC sponsored by Disney, Universal, Sony, Amazon, & Google.

Katrina Kudlick

Katrina Kudlick

Co-Producer

Katrina Kudlick graduated from USC’s prestigious School of Cinematic Arts. She began her career producing music video, commercial, interactive and VR content, working with clients such Apple, Beats by Dre, The Garcia Companies, Hanes, Freeform, Aviron, NRDC and Jaunt VR. After working in every cinematic medium she’s found her niche in the indie filmmaking world. She’s been a producer on multiple features, recently completing Ladyworld (Annalise Basso and Maya Hawke) and The Adventures of Thomasina Sawyer with Elysium-Bandini. Prior to that she produced the psycho-thriller feature Paris Window and co-produced the horror feature The Believer, both of which are in post-production. In addition to her work as an independent film producer, she is a resident producer of branded content at Disney Digital Network.

Jon Keng

Jon Keng

Director of Photography

Jon’s work revolves around visual storytelling and exploring the nuances of the human condition. He regularly lenses films across Singapore, London, Beijing and Los Angeles, screening at over 100 film festivals across the world.

A graduate of the American Film Institute Conservatory, his thesis film, ‘Fata Morgana’, premiered at the world renowned Clermont Ferrand Film Festival and went on to win Best Short Film at the 31st Golden Rooster Awards, China’s equivalent of the Oscars. Most recently, he shot ‘Pineapple’, an episodic series which was selected for the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.

JC Cantu

JC Cantu

Casting Director

J.C. Cantu is an acclaimed casting director who has cast numerous films for the last decade such as Safety Not Guaranteed, Machete, Death Proof, Grind House, Che 1&2, Gimme Shelter, The Killer Inside Me, Gamer and many more.

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