David McClendon is an award-winning director who was Artistic Director of Theatre Aspen and for many years Associate Artistic Director of the Tony Award-winning Old Globe Theatre in San Diego. Along with directing numerous productions for Theatre Aspen and The Old Globe, he has directed at many of the major professional theatres throughout the country. He has also written and directed corporate image and political videos along with directing short and feature films. He served as an Associate Professor of Theatre and Head of the Graduate Professional Director Training Program at Ohio University, was a Master Teacher in the Old Globe’s Professional Actor Training Program, and, as a visiting professor, has lectured and conducted workshops and master classes at many leading universities and professional training programs.
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Catherine Tambini is an award-winning filmmaker. She directed and co-produced HATE RISING WITH JORGE RAMOS for HBO and Univision. She and Mr. Ramos received the Impact Award for Outstanding Documentary from the National Hispanic Media Coalition. Ms. Tambini was nominated for an Emmy Award for THE STATE OF ARIZONA and the highly acclaimed documentary, FARMINGVILLE, won Ms. Tambini the Sundance Special Jury Award, BendFilm’s Best in Show, was nominated Independent Spirit Award, and was the season opener for PBS’s POV. Her most recent project, PERFECTLY NORMAL FOR ME, which she both produced and directed has been chosen by several film festivals.
Ricki Maslar, CSA is a successful casting director and producer with over thirty-five years’ experience in the entertainment industry. She has held a variety of positions as an agent, casting director, teacher and producer. As a casting director, Maslar has had the opportunity to work on studio and independent features with credits that include Chance, The Painted Woman, The Bronx Bull, Under the Bed, The Line, Brother to Brother and Dahmer. She is the Casting Director for Ascension Studio located at Kappa Studios in Burbank. She was recently honored by the TMA. She was nominated 4 times for the Feature Film Casting Director of the Year. Maslar has had the privilege of casting well over 175 films, and is a respected entertainment executive, a member of CSA (Casting Society Of America) and the p.g.a. (Producers Guild of America), and looks forward to making films that change lives and make a difference
Carmen Cabana is a Colombian and Venezuelan cinematographer of Afro-Hispanic descent based in Los Angeles, CA. In addition to the Netflix hit series, NARCOS – Season 2 (10 episodes), Carmen has shot over 22 independent feature films including: the award-winning Detroit drama, DESTINED, the Vietnam War Story RIDE THE THUNDER, BULLIT, ASSASSIN X, YELLOW, and the acclaimed LETTERS TO ELENA, which had an extensive theatrical release. Carmen is a Film Independent member and a Project Involve Fellow, Sundance Director’s Lab Participant, and a member of the Friends of the ASC educational program. Her unique vision and focus on complementing a director’s vision through semiotic methods of visual storytelling has earned her a solid reputation among filmmakers.
Jennifer is an editor and author who has co-written four screenplays with Russel Redmond. Her writing has appeared in magazines like Science of Mind, Cruising World, Sail, Cicada and, most ecently, in Latinos in Lotusland: An Anthology of Contemporary Southern California Literature. She was the prose editor for the anthology, A Year in Ink, Volume 3, co-founder of the critically acclaimed Sea of Cortez Review (1998-2001), and is on the staff of the Southern California Writer’s Conference. Previously, she acted in film, television, and off-Broadway; she still works occasionally as a voice-over artist.
Russel graduated (cum laude) from UCLA Film School with a speciality in Screenwriting. In a varied career, he has written for B.B.C. Television, acted in Spanish Westerns, did Second Unit helicopter cinematography, and was an art director, producer, and on-air film reviewer for various television stations in San Diego. He has thirty years experience as a freelance commercial and documentary writer, fine artist, and illustrator. He’s written five feature screenplays, and since 2004, has been a college professor, teaching film history and screenwriting.
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