ANNA JONES is a director for the stage and screen. In film, Anna has directed two web series (including My America and Detox - in post-production), over half a dozen shorts, including the Now What? trilogy for Brooklyn Seoul Productions (that has played at over a dozen festivals worldwide) and the award-winning No Strings for Steam Media & Middle G Productions based on a poem by actress Emily Bevan (HBO/BBC’s The Casual Vacancy), seen in the official selection at the London Short Film Festival among others in the UK and US. She is a BAFTA LA Newcomer. In theatre, Anna co-runs NYLon Projects (with J. S. Davall), focusing on bold, diverse storytelling (including Alena Smith's melancholy farce PLUCKER at Southwark Playhouse & Ben Jonson's excoriating C17th comedy about greed Volpone at The Rose Lipman Building with J.S. Davall & Amara Karan (HBO's The Night Of). Anna previously founded and ran Bone Orchard, an acclaimed New York theatre collective (five original productions, including TIMES 365:24:7 "a teeming mosaic", New York Times). Originally from London, Anna studied at Cambridge University and the Yale School of Drama.
ASAAD KELADA is a veteran Stage and Television Director from Cairo, Egypt. He graduated from Yale School of Drama with a MFA in Direction. In Theater, he has directed major productions at the Old Globe Theatre , Seattle Repertory Theatre, South Coast Repertory, Mark Taper Forum Theatre Lab, Antioch Shakespeare Festival, Philadelphia Playhouse-in-the-Park, The Met Theatre, Tiffany Theatres, the Odyssey Theatre, Hayworth Theatre, and the El Portal, the Ensemble Theatre Company in Santa Barbara, and was co-Founder and co-Artistic Director of the Santa Barbara Theatre. In Television, he’s directed over 600 episodes for series including The Office, Two and a Half Men, Everybody Loves Raymond, Dharma and Greg, Who’s the Boss?, WKRP in Cincinnati, The Facts of Life, Family Ties, Sister, Sister, Sabrina, The Michael Richards Show, Rhoda, Phyllis and The Tony Randall Show. He has also directed the pilots for Family Ties, The Last Resort; Report to Murphy (w/Michael Keaton); Bureau; Married People, and George.
SOPHIA JENNINGS is an LA-based writer/producer from North London. She graduated from Wesleyan University with a degree in English Literature. She’s written for NYLON, MTV, The Coveteur and Milk Studios. She was part of the original team behind Oxford's Vulture Sessions and co-founded Exquisite Corpse, a multimedia exhibit shown at St Paul's Chapel in NYC. Sophia currently works as the Production Coordinator at Picrow, Inc.
ROWEENA MACKAY's first film credit as a producer was with Killer Films and Massify for the NYC Ace Hotel Short Film Competition: Charley, (Dir. Dee Robertson). Since then she has line produced three features: Mutual Friends (Dir. Matthew Watts), How We Got Away with It (Dir. Jon Lindstrom) and Someone Else (Dir. Nelson Kim). She produced the mini-series Roger the Chicken (Dir. Matthew-Lee Erlbach) and a short dance film The Birch Grove (directed/choreographed by Gabrielle Lansner). Roweena was also a co-producer on Occupy Texas (Dir. Jeff Barry) and The Brief, Existential Crisis of a Young Underwear Model (Dir. Brett Checkelsky & Drew Checkelsky). She is currently working with writer/director Rhiana Yazzie on her Native American romantic comedy: A Winter Love. Roweena has a M.F.A in Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism from the Yale School of Drama.
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
MIKE ROSSETTI is an accomplished cinematographer who has filmed an incredible variety of projects, from no-budget passion-projects to commercials for top brands and everything in-between. He received an MFA from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts where he focused on cinematography and has since made a name for himself in the industry. Michael worked his way up from the grip & electric department, where he gaffed a number of successful films for some of today's top DPs. Prior to his film career he worked as a ranch hand, a special-education volunteer and a soft-serve ice cream vendor. When he's not working he enjoys camping, still photography and hanging out with his son - preferably all at the same time.
LILLIAN CAMPBELL is a producer based in Los Angeles. Originally from Ohio, she has independently produced a variety of projects including two short films and an independent feature. She currently works as part of the production team at Picrow, the production company behind Amazon Studios original series including Mozart in the Jungle and Transparent.
LIAM MURPHY is an LA-based actor, writer, composer, and producer. In music, he studied the Suzuki method at New York's prestigious School for Strings and composition at the Mannes School of Music. He's performed at Carnegie Hall numerous times. As an actor, he's trained at the Atlantic Theater Company and Upright Citizens Brigade. Originally from Manhattan, Liam writes and acts out of LA's Koreatown.
VENKATESH POTULA was raised in Atlanta, GA and is a recent graduate of UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television where he studyied Theater and English. While in school, Venkatesh studied filmmaking with professors James Franco, Peter Weller and Charles Haid. As an actor, Venkatesh has appeared on BET’s Real Husbands of Hollywood, The Comedy Get Down, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, School Dance, and MTV2’s Wild N’ Out with Nick Cannon. As an editor, Venkatesh recently worked on the show Keith Broke His Leg which won the Indie Series Award for best Web Series Comedy in 2016. This is his 5th collaboration with Anna Jones; past collaborations include Now What? (Highland Park Film Festival) and Communication (Williamsburg International Film Festival).
MARCUS CHAN is an LA-based editor who has worked on numerous short films and an independent feature. He has also edited web content for companies including Cirque du Soleil, XBox and Blizzard Entertainment. He is originally from Hong Kong where he worked as a real estate financing lawyer for nearly a decade before relocating to LA in 2012 to join the MFA Directing program at UCLA. His thesis film, which he edited himself and is currently in post-production, is executive produced by James Franco and features Academy Award winner Whoopi Goldberg. Other projects he directed or edited have been selected for screening in various festivals in North America and Asia including the LA Comedy Festival, the Hong Kong Independent Film and Video Awards and Web Series Festival Global.
JORDAN LEWIS is a producer/engineer based in Los Angeles. He recently recorded Billboard’s #1 album Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight by Travis Scott after finishing Scott's Rodeo in 2015. Other artists he's worked with include YG, Young Thug, Miguel, Migos, Drake, TI, The-Dream, Mary J Blige, madeintyo, Kanye, Soulja Boy, and Metro Boomin.
EMMA GILBERG is a NYC-based graphic designer. She's collaborated with a range of clients including musicians Henry Hall, Trot Fox, and Jess Best, Brooklyn's 61 Local and Tumi Luggage. Emma graduated from Wesleyan University with a degree in Science in Society.
WITH SPECIAL THANKS & GRATITUDE TO PETER LANG OF PICROW, INC.
Filmmakers at the Los Angeles Film Festival, 2017 (Official Selection: MY AMERICA: Indie Series from the Web)