John Benjamin Hickey, Executive Producer
John Benjamin Hickey is a Tony Award-winning, Emmy-nominated actor from Plano, Texas, currently starring in WGN’s Manhattan. Other credits include The Normal Heart on Broadway, The Big C, Hannibal, Modern Family, The Good Wife, The New Normal, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Flags of our Fathers, and Bone Collector. He is a graduate of Fordham University. John Benjamin Hickey Wiki Page / IMDb Profile
Ed Hellman, Director
Ed Hellman hails from Baltimore, Maryland. He holds a BFA from Bard College and a MPS from The School of Visual Arts. Ed is an Apple-certified Final Cut Pro Editor and professional freelance Director and AD. He has been making films since the fourth grade, often investigating the themes of identity, gender, sight, and miscommunication. Ed won the Adolfas Mekas Award for Scriptwriting in 2006 for his 3rd feature film, Elephant in Love and his most recent short, Retire for the Evening, won Runner-Up Best Picture at its premiere festival, the SVA Film Fest 2013. It has screened in over 18 cities, including Los Angeles, Manhattan, and London – and most recently the Oscar-qualifying Atlanta Film Festival. He is currently working as a freelance Director, and 1st or 2nd Assistant Director, while in pre-production on a web-series with Carla Rhodes. Ed lives with his wife, Andrea, and their two hairless cats in New York. Retire for the Evening Official Site
Ricardo Lorenzo, Producer
Ricardo Lorenzo is a filmmaker who was raised in Weehawken, NJ. He grew up watching films with his father, who was an avid moviegoer. Throughout his high school and undergrad days, he wrote, directed, and edited short experimental films, which were broadcast on small local and college networks. Ricardo enrolled and was accepted into the School of Visuals Arts Live Action Short Film program, headed by commercial director Bob Giraldi. While attending SVA, Ricardo wrote, Produced, Directed, and Co-Edited his short thesis film, Transparent. He has since produced numerous short films; including Drafthouse Film’s ABCs of Death 2.5 horror short, M is for Mariachi. Currently, Ricardo works as a freelance Producer and Editor for his production company, 95FILMS and resides in the outskirts of New Jersey; living with his girlfriend, Missy and their two “kids:” Molly (dog) and Chloe (cat). Personal Site
Jaime Medrano Jr., Cinematographer
Jaime Medrano Jr., born-and-raised in El Paso, Texas, is a New York-based independent filmmaker and photographer. Having studied Film Production and Photojournalism at St. John’s University, and received his Masters in Live Action Short Film from the School of Visual Arts, he has a keen knowledge of light and lenses. He uses this knowledge to create compelling and aesthetically pleasing images that serve the story. He currently resides in Brooklyn, working as a Cinematographer, and Camera Assistant. Personal Site
Bosley, Soundtrack Composer
Baltimore’s native son and soul sensation, Bosley Brown, has been writing and performing since childhood; his career accelerated in 2012 following the release of his outstanding debut album Honey Pig, which won him a devoted fan base and garnered him growing critical acclaim. Named #1 on Baltimore Magazine’s Hip List, Bosley and his fabulous band channel eclectic influences from 40′s Swing, to 60′s R&B, to 80′s Hip Hop, and continue to turn out unique, original pop music and blazing, high energy live performances. The brand new album, The Dirty Dogs Radio Show, was released in March 2014 to rave reviews. Dance parties imminent. Personal Site / Twitter / Facebook / YouTube
Emilio Lecce, Logo & Pulp Magazine Illustrator
Emilio Lecce is a comic book artist and creator, who has been working since 2007 with the major Italian publishers. His clients also include: Aurea Editoriale, Round Robin, IDW Publishing, and Boom Studios. He is the co-founder of Skeleton Monster. Personal Site / Skeleton Monster
Bob Giraldi, Executive Producer
Bob Giraldi is an American film and television director known for directing the film Dinner Rush and the music videos for Michael Jackson’s Beat It, and Pat Benatar’s Love is a Battlefield. His work has garnered many accolades, including several London International Awards, Cannes Advertising Awards, NY International Awards, Addy Awards, Chicago Film Festival Awards and hundreds of Clio Awards. He has also been named one of the 101 Stars Behind 100 Years of Advertising. His production company, Giraldi Media, has Produced and Directed close to 3,000 commercials, music videos. and short films. This is the second film Directed by Ed Hellman that Bob has Produced. Giraldi Media / SVA MPS Live Action Short Film
John Michael Wagner, Writer
John Michael Wagner is a Writer and Actor from the Washington D.C. area. He has been writing since he can remember: journal entries, stories, plays, and movies. In 2011, he moved to New York City to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and is currently finishing his bachelors in Creative Writing at Hunter College. He currently resides in his apartment in Brooklyn, the inspiration for the setting of the film, and is very excited to make his professional film debut. He would like to thank his family for their continuous support.
Alon Gelnik, Producer
Graduated from The Sammy Ofer School of Communications, Gelnik managed prime-time television productions including Come Dine With Me, Super Nanny, and The Voice. Gelnik has filmed and produced with Director/presenter Alexandra Leroux, host of the travel series Les Nouveaux Explorateurs – a Canal+ production. Gelnik also founded StorySlam//Tel Aviv, an open stage for story tellers to share their personal experiences. In 2013, Gelnik enrolled at the School of Visual Arts, where he received his Masters in Live Action Short Film. He lives in Brooklyn with his plants. Runner Official Site
Matt Fleischer, Assistant Director
From Brooklyn, NY, Matt is a Creative Writer with a BA from Hunter College, and a MPS from The School of Visual Arts in Live Action Short Film. Matt loves to write, direct, and AD. Often writing comedy and drama, Matt looks to advance his career in television. His recent comedy short Blue Beat, cast exclusively with The Upright Citizens Brigade has launched Matt to become a freelance 1st Assistant Director, 2nd Assistant Director, and Creative Writer. Matt currently resides in Brooklyn, and has a new feature film in the works.
Victoria Aguila, Production Designer
With a background in photography, performance art, and a MPS in Live Action Short Film from the School of Visual Arts, Victoria brings a unique and personal approach to designing worlds within films. Known for her attention to detail and symbolism, she’s delighted to dress the playground for these authentic, yet universal Rebels to play in. Born-and-raised in Miami, Florida, Victoria currently lives and works as a Production Designer for various independent short films and music videos in New York City.
Eric Pennycoff, Editor
Birthed under a harvest moon and raised in the fields on Indiana, Eric Pennycoff exhausted most of his youth terrorizing children around Halloween in haunted houses, as well as dominating the citizens of his local community at laser tag. His love of all things horror and sci-fi spawns from these two venues, later morphing itself into a desire to make movies … bright, loud and absurd movies.
Now working in New York City as a Freelance Video Editor, Eric has written, produced, directed and edited numerous short films, music videos, trailers, docs and experimental pieces. His work as an editor has spanned various projects, mostly in the realm of fictional narrative and trailer assembly.
Regardless of the genre, Eric works closely with clients to craft a vision that is bold and unique. With a background in music and an eye for detail, Eric is sure to strike wonder in audiences across the globe. Personal Site
SJ Costello, Pulp Magazine Colorist/Graphic Designer
SJ Costello is a comic artist and illustrator, born and raised among the trees and seas of New England and currently residing in New York City. In 2013 she received her BFA in Illustration and Cartooning from the School of Visual Arts. Growing up among antiques and tales of seafaring, her work tends to deal with historical and nautical themes, drawing a great deal of inspiration from the nineteenth century. In addition to her work as a freelance artist for various clients, and a production artist for Inbeon Studios, she is in the process of penning her graphic novel, Going to Weather. Personal Site