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Edgar Ramírez

Edgar Ramirez Arellano is a Venezuelan actor, born on March 25, 1977 in the city of San Cristobal (Tachira State, southwest Venezuela). He is the son of Soday Arellano, an attorney, and Filiberto Ramírez, a military officer.

Being the son of a soldier and living abroad with his family, he learned several languages, like English, German, Italian and French, as well as his mother tongue, Spanish. He studied Journalism (Comunicación Social) at the Andres Bello Catholic University, in Caracas. He began exploring his acting vocation, playing on several school made films.

He was recognized as an actor after portraying "Cacique" in the popular venezuelan soap opera "Cosita Rica", aired through 2003 and 2004, lasting over 270 episodes. His debut as an international Hollywood actor was playing Choco, Domino Harvery's love interest in Tony Scott's Domino.

His next major feature film was Vantage Point directed by Pete Travis. In this high-budgeted Sony Pictures political thriller, Ramírez joined an all-star international cast including Dennis Quaid, Matthew Fox, William Hurt, Forest Whitaker, Eduardo Noriega and Ayelet Zurer. Ramírez plays Javier, an ex-special forces soldier forced to kidnap the American President. Later on he starred in the title role of Alberto Arvelo's Cyrano Fernández, based on the French play Cyrano de Bergerac.

Ramírez also appears in La Hora Cero (The Magic Hour) (Venezuela), a short film directed by Guillermo Arriaga, the acclaimed screenwriter of Amores Perros, 21 Grams and Babel (Mexico); Plan B, directed by Alejandro García Wiederman (Venezuela); Yotama se va volando (Yotama Flies Away), directed by Luis Armando Roche (Venezuela/France); and Punto y Raya (Step Forward), directed by Elia Schneider (a Venezuela, Spain, Chile and Uruguay co-production), submitted by Venezuela for Oscar consideration for 2004 Best Foreign Film, in which he played the role of Pedro, a Colombian soldier.

Alejandro González Iñárritu

Alejandro González Iñárritu (ih-nyar-ee-too), born August 15th, 1963, is a Mexican film director.

González Iñárritu is the first Mexican director to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director and by the Directors Guild of America for Best Director. He is also the first Mexican-born director to have won the Prix de la mise en scene or best director award at Cannes (2006), the second one being Carlos Reygadas in 2012. His six feature films, 'Amores Perros' (2000), '21 Grams' (2003), 'Babel' (2006), 'Biutiful' (2010), 'Birdman' (2014) and 'The Revenant' (2015), have gained critical acclaim world-wide including two Academy Award nominations.

Alejandro González Iñárritu was born in Mexico City.

Crossing the Atlantic Ocean on a cargo ship at the ages of seventeen and nineteen years, González Iñárritu worked his way across Europe and Africa. He himself has noted that these early travels as a young man have had a great influence on him as a film-maker. The setting of his films have often been in the places he visited during this period.

After his travels, González Iñárritu returned to Mexico City and majored in communications at Universidad Iberoamericana. In 1984, he started his career as a radio host at the Mexican radio station WFM, a rock and eclectic music station. In 1988, he became the director of the station. Over the next five years, González Iñárritu spent his time interviewing rock stars, transmitting live concerts, and making WFM the number one radio station in Mexico. From 1987 to 1989, he composed music for six Mexican feature films. He has stated that he believes music has had a bigger influence on him as an artist than film itself.

In the nineties, González Iñárritu created Z films with Raul Olvera in Mexico. Under Z Films, he started writing, producing and directing short films and advertisements. Making the final transition into T.V Film directing, he studied under well-known Polish theatre director Ludwik Margules, as well as Judith Weston in Los Angeles.

In 1995, González Iñárritu wrote and directed his first T.V pilot for Z Films, called Detras del dinero, -"Behind the Money", starring Miguel Bosé. Z Films went on to be one of the biggest and strongest film production companies in Mexico, launching seven young directors in the feature film arena. In 1999, González Iñárritu directed his first feature film Amores perros, written by Guillermo Arriaga. Amores perros explored Mexican society in Mexico City told via three intertwining stories. In 2000, Amores perros premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and won the Critics Weeks Grand Prize. It also introduced audiences for the first time to Gael García Bernal. Amores perros went on to be nominated for Best Foreign Film at the Academy Awards.

After the success of Amores Perros, González Iñárritu and Guillermo Arriaga revisited the intersecting story structure of Amores perros in González Iñárritu's second film, 21 Grams. The film starred Benicio del Toro, Naomi Watts and Sean Penn, and was presented at the Venice Film Festival, winning the Volpi Cup for actor Sean Penn. At the 2004 Academy Awards, Del Toro and Watts received nominations for their performances.

In 2005 González Iñárritu embarked on his third film, Babel, set in 4 countries on 3 continents, and in 4 different languages. Babel consists of four stories set in Morocco, Mexico, the United States, and Japan. The film stars Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett and Adriana Barraza. The majority of the rest of the cast, however, was made up of non-professional actors and some new actors, such as Rinko Kikuchi. It was presented at Cannes 2006, where González Iñárritu earned the Best Director Prize (Prix de la mise en scène). Babel was released in November 2006 and received seven nominations at the 79th Annual Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. González Iñárritu is the first Mexican director nominated for a DGA award and for an Academy Award. Babel went on to win Best Motion Picture in the drama category at the Golden Globe Awards on January 15, 2007. Gustavo Santaolalla won the Academy Award that year for Best Original Score. After Babel, Alejandro and his writing partner Guillermo Arriaga professionally parted ways, following González Iñárritu barring Arriaga from the set during filming (Arriaga told the LA Times in 2009 "It had to come to an end, but I still respect González Iñárritu").

In 2008 and 2009, González Iñárritu directed and produced Biutiful, starring Javier Bardem, written by González Iñárritu, Armando Bo, and Nicolas Giacobone. The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festial on May 17, 2010. Bardem went on to win Best Actor (shared with Elio Germano for La nostra vita) at Cannes. Biutiful is González Iñárritu's first film in his native Spanish since his debut feature Amores perros. For the second time in his career his film was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 83rd Academy Awards. It was also nominated for the 2011 Golden Globes in the category of Best Foreign Film, for the 2011 BAFTA awards in the category of Best Film Not in the English Language and Best Actor. Javier Bardem's performance was also nominated for Academy Award for Best Actor.

In 2014, González Iñárritu directed Birdman, starring Michael Keaton, Naomi Watts, Edward Norton, Emma Stone, Zach Galifianakis, and Andrea Riseborough. The film is Iñárritu's first comedy. Birdman is about an actor who played an iconic superhero, and who tries to revive his career by doing a play based on the Raymond Carver short story What We Talk About When We Talk About Love. The film was released on October 17, 2014.

In April 2014, it was announced that González Iñárritu's next film as a director will be The Revenant, which he co-wrote with Mark L. Smith. It is based on the novel of same name by Michael Punke. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy and Will Poulter with shooting began in September 2014, for a December 25, 2015 release.The Revenant is being filmed in Alberta and B.C. with production scheduled to wrap in February 2015. The film will be a 19th Century period piece, and is described as a "gritty thriller" about a fur trapper who seeks revenge against a group of men who robbed and abandoned him after he was mauled by a grizzly bear.

From 2001 to 2011, González Iñárritu directed several short films.

In 2001, he directed an 11 minute film segment for 11.09.01- which is composed of several short films that explore the effects of the 9/11 terrorist attacks from different points of view around the world.

In 2007, he made ANNA which screened at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival inside Chacun son cinéma. It was part of the 60th anniversary of the film festival and it was a series of shorts by 33 world-renown film directors.

In 2012, he made the experimental short film Naran Ja: One Act Orange Dance - inspired by L.A Dance Project's premiere performance. The short features excerpts of the new choreography Benjamin Millepied crafted for Moving Parts. The story takes place in a secluded, dusty space and centers around LADP dancer Julia Eichten.

In 2001/2002, González Iñárritu directed "Powder Keg", an episode for the BMW film series The Hire, starring Clive Owen as the driver.

In 2010, González Iñárritu directed Write the Future, a football-themed commercial for Nike ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, which went on to win Grand Prix at the Cannes Lions advertising festival.

In 2012, he directed Procter and Gamble's "Best Job" commercial spot for the 2012 Olympic Ceremonies. It went on to win the Best Primetime Commercial Emmy at Creative Arts Emmy Awards.

Eugenia Kuzmina

Eugenia Kuzmina's first entertainment gig was at 13 years old when she was pulled out from a group of kids in her school to appear in a Russian version of SNL " Eralash " . She was then cast to appear in Chuck Noris film , but couldn't leave the country due to visa issues . After appearing in commercials for Coca Cola , Loreal and Wrigleys in Moscow she was noticed by a scout at Nathalie Models Europe . She signed a contract and moved to Paris at 15 to work with such brands as Cartier , Dior , Armani,Hermes , Loreal , Vogue among many others .... After Ford Models , then IMG resigned her contract and moved her to US , she was noticed by Rodrigo Prieto ( cinematographer " Wolf Of Wall Street ", " Babel " ) to appear in his directorial debut opposite Elle Fanning " Likeness " . The movie was screened at Tibeca and received excellent reviews . John Turturro cast Eugenia to play opposite him in a film with Woody Allen " Fading Gigolo " . Recently Eugenia worked opposite Bill Murray in " Rock The Kassbah " and opposite Milla Kunnis and Christina Applgate in " Bad Moms " Eugenia's Tv credits include " True Blood " ," New Girl " , " Castle" , " The Comeback " , ' Lady Dynamite " ... Eugenia is very passionate about comedy and writes and performs Stand Up regularly at THE COMEDY STORE . Her other hobbies include motorcycles , languages ( French , Portuguese ) , and supporting environmental issues around the world

Aaron D. Spears

Aaron D. Spears has come a long way. A Washington D.C. native, Aaron has exhibited his natural talent in sports which have given him the tenacity, perseverance and inner strength that has helped launch him into a career in film, and television. Aaron's television appearances include, NCIS, Castle, Bones, Shark, and the CBS Series Criminal Minds. Aaron's latest big screen effort came in the form of a role as Officer Lance in the Academy Award nominated film Babel.

In 1997, Aaron established his own company which brings a new facet of spoken-word poetry and thought provoking film to Hollywood. Teaming up with his longtime friend and director, Craig Ross, Jr on their fourth project together, Aaron also shines as an Executive producer on The Mannsfield 12.

Sam Wanamaker

Actor and director Sam Wanamaker was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Ukrainian Jewish immigrants, Molly (Babell) and Maurice Wattenmaker, a tailor. He studied at Drake University, IA, then trained at Goodman Theatre, Chicago, worked with summer stock companies in Chicago as an actor and director, and made his London debut in 1952. In 1957, he was appointed director of the New Shakespeare Theatre, Liverpool, and in 1959 joined the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre company at Stratford-upon-Avon. He produced or directed several works at Covent Garden and elsewhere in the 1960s and 1970s, including the Shakespeare Birthday Celebrations in 1974. He worked both as director and actor in films and television, his appearances included The Spiral Staircase, Private Benjamin, Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, and Baby Boom.

Married to Charlotte Holland, his daughter is actress Zoë Wanamaker.

Rodrigo Prieto

Rodrigo Prieto is a Mexican cinematographer. He is best known for Brokeback Mountain (2005), Babel (2006), Argo (2012), The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), and Silence (2016).

He also worked with Alejandro González Iñárritu on the acclaimed Amores perros (2000), 21 Grams (2003), and Biutiful (2010).

Pietro was nominated for two Academy Award for Best Cinematography, first in Brokeback Mountain and later in Silence.

Reggie Nalder

With a mysterious past and a mouth marred by burns, Reggie Nalder has a unique, if under appreciated, place in the history of cinema. Born Alfred Reginald Natzick in Vienna, Austria, the year of his birth has been a matter of speculation. While his obituary in the New York Times claimed 1922, photographic evidence has revealed that it was significantly earlier; most sources now cite 1911. Little is known about his early years. His mother was a beautiful actress who appeared in German films between 1919 and 1929. Nalder himself was an Apache dancer and stage actor in the 1920s and 1930s, and the anecdotes he occasionally shared with friends hint at a colorful career even before his life in films. Photos of Nalder from this period, which surfaced after his death, reveal a handsome young man in his early 20s, almost unrecognizable as the man we know from celluloid. The burns that scarred the lower third of his face and forever cast him as a villain are also a source of uncertainty; Nalder had at least three different explanations for them. Whatever the true cause, it was this disfigurement which bestowed upon him a permanent place in the annals of film. His career was punctuated by two definite high points. The first was his role as Rien, the leering assassin of Hitchcock's 1956 remake of "The Man Who Knew Too Much." His second great triumph was as the horrifyingly effective vampire Barlow in the TV mini-series "Salem's Lot" (1979). In between he had some memorable film and television appearances -- the cold Russian operative in "The Manchurian Candidate" (1962); the yellow-jacketed gunman in Dario Argento's "The Bird With the Crystal Plumage" (1969), a part written especially for him; the lecherous witch-hunter Albino in Adrian Hoven's notorious "Mark of the Devil" (1970); the title character in the Thriller episode "The Return of Andrew Bentley" (1961); and the alien Shras, Andorian ambassador, in the classic Star Trek episode "Journey to Babel" (1967). Though small, Nalder's role in Fellini's "Casanova" (1976) was also a source of personal pride. Along the way were many forgotten roles, and a few of which he himself was embarrassed (he insisted on being credited as Detlef Van Berg in the sex films "Dracula Sucks" and "Blue Ice"). However dubious the quality of some of the films in which he appeared, his gaunt face, expressive eyes, and soft, haunting voice never fail to absorb. In real life, Nalder was soft-spoken man of considerable culture and taste who knew four languages and enjoyed the opera ("Tosca" was reputedly his favorite). He died of bone cancer at a Santa Monica nursing home on November 11, 1991. With him went the truth behind "The Face That Launched a Thousand Trips" and the keys to much of his mystery-shrouded past.

Reggie Nalder may be far from a household name, and he may have appeared in many films of questionable artistic merit. But he has provided film buffs with indelible cinematic images and characterizations for which he was singularly well-equipped. Whether you were chilled by the methodical killer behind the curtain at the Albert Hall in "The Man Who Knew Too Much" or terrified by the shining eyes of the vampire of "Salem's Lot," you -- along with cinema-goers the world over -- have felt the icy touch of Reggie Nalder.

Gustavo Santaolalla

Argentine musician and leader of the now defunct bands "Arco Iris" and "Soluna", Gustavo Santaolalla was one of the references of his country's national music by the end of the 1960s and beginning of the 1970s. During the 70s he relocated to the United States, where he formed the band Wet Picnic, with Aníbal Kerpel, Aaurie Buhne and Robert Brill, with which he developed an intense activity in the city of Los Angeles. In 1982 he returned to Argentina to record a solo work - with a new sound- very influenced by the American pop trends of the time, called "Santaolalla", in which participated Argentine bassist Alfredo Toth (GIT band) and keyboardist Alejandro Lerner. In the music production area, his work was emphasized in "De Ushuaia a La Quiaca" ("From Ushuaia to La Quiaca") -another Argentine mythical musician León Gieco's project- following his same national folk line. Back in Los Angeles, produced records for "Café Tacuba" and "Maldita vecindad" among others, returning once more to Argentina in the middle of the '90 with a second solo work, "GAS" (his name's initials). His works in group production from the USA have turned Santaolalla into a prominent figure in that area, what gave him, besides, the chance to participate in big musical projects for cinema movies with successful results ("Amores perros", "21 Grams", "Diarios de motocicleta" -"The Motorcycle Diaries"), crowned with the Oscar award in March, 2006, by the music of the controversial film "Brokeback Mountain" and in 2007 for his friend Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Babel". This makes him the third composer to win in the Best Original Score two years in a row.

Sofía Lama

Sofia Lama was born in Puebla, Mexico, a state rich with culture and tradition in the center of Mexico . She started acting at the age of 11 and was the star of several TV shows for kids including Disney Club with Disney Channel Mexico.

At the age of 18 Sofia moved to Mexico City. She starred in the musical "Grease" playing "Frenchie" and toured successfully throughout Mexico. She continued her passion for theater and had lead roles in several plays in Mexico City such as "Las Arpias" & "El ultimo Aliento". Sofia also studied film for 3 years at the Estudios Cinematograficos INIDI. She took acting classes with Adriana Barraza (Oscar nominated for BABEL) and studied with the esteemed Maestro Juan Carlos Corazza (Spain).

Sofia worked consistently in Mexican television before getting the opportunity to travel to Miami and begin her career in the U.S Hispanic Market.

With now over 12 Series Regular credits under her belt, Sofia has become one of the most well known faces in both Latin America and the U.S Hispanic Market. Her numerous series with NBC Universal/Telemundo including "Pecados Ajenos", "La Casa De Al Lado" & "Dueños Del Paraiso (where she starred opposite Kate Del Castillo & Adriana Barraza) have aired in more than 100 countries worldwide and streamed on Netflix.

One of Sofia's most important roles was "Alicia Gonzalez" in the acclaimed and popular Univision series "Eva Luna". It's finale drew more than 9.1 million viewers in the U.S. and she became one of the most popular young actresses in the Latin Market.

Sofia had the lead role of "Fernanda" in the 2015 film "Desde El Mas Alla" which she also produced. The film was a critical success and toured in the most influential film festivals in Mexico. That same year she played 'Vanessa' in the romantic comedy "Enamorandome de Abril".

In 2016 she played "Elizabeth Cardenas", one of the series regulars on "Eva La Trailera" for NBC Universal/Telemundo.

In 2017 she will star in the Fox International/Telemexico series "Guerra De Idolos". The story revolves around the death of a regional Mexican music idol and showcases the lives of those who manage and control the Latin music business in the U.S.

Sofia is based Los Angeles, California.

Qyoko Kudo

Qyoko Kudo, a Japanese actress in film and on stage, sifted her life to be an actor after building her business carrier. While having acting training at United Performers' Studio in Tokyo, she got her role in the Alejandro González Iñárritu film 'Babel' in 2006 casted by Yoko Narahashi. Accumulating experience in acting, she started engaging in the films created by directors from abroad that sought Japan from their perspective, as well as those films shot by Japanese directors'. While many works she got involved in were nominated for numerous domestic and international awards, the Edmund Yeo film 'kingyo' brought her to Venice International Film Festival in 2009. Same year at Raindance Film Festival by the Yasutomo Chikuma film 'Now, I...'. In 2011, the Yusaku Okamoto film 'Fragrance of Smoke' at Short Shorts Film Festival in Asia. In 2013, nomination for Best Director and Best Lead Actress award of St. Tropez International Film Festival by the Sutipornprachum Vichian film 'Clothes Pegs'. Same year at Taipei Film Festival by the Edmund Yeo film 'Springtime Nostalgia'. In 2013, casted by Yoko Narahashi again, she joined the James Mangold film 'Wolverine' as Aya, a wife of Shingen Yashida played by Hiroyuki Sanada. Bike riding and Aikido advocate. Japanese and English speaker.

Emily Carmichael

Emily Carmichael was born and raised in New York City. She was the top-ranked English student in her graduating class at Stuyvesant High School, and shared the second-place ranking in Physics with one other student.

As a teenager, she contributed two essays ("Fight Girl Power" and "Acid Torches of Doom") to Ophelia Speaks, a collection of works by adolescent girls, which spent eighteen weeks on the New York Times Best Seller List. Salon's review of the book singled out her work as the strongest in the collection and she appeared as a featured guest on National Public Radio's Talk of the Nation to discuss issues of girlhood and modernity. In 2000 she won Bertelsmann's World of Expression Award for her short story "Losing It."

At Harvard University, she earned her B.A. with honors in Painting and Literature and continued to distinguish herself as an artist, playwright, and theater director. She wrote and directed two full-length plays -- Stopover and The Passion Sell (co-directed with Geordie Broadwater) -- and three short plays -- Amy's Roadside, The Impossibles, and The Minute Kings. She also co-directed a production of Macbeth: The Puppet Shakespeare for which she designed and sculpted twenty-two clay puppets. Her comic strip, Whiz Kids, which debuted in her high school newspaper, ran in the Harvard Crimson over two years. Seth MacFarlane, writing in Noise magazine, praised its artistry and Doonesbury rhythms. In Cambridge her paintings and sculptures were regularly featured in student exhibitions and she graduated with the David McCord Prize for Excellence in the Arts.

After her graduation in 2004, she moved back to New York City where she began to work professionally as an artist and writer. She assisted with story development on One Rat Short (Short-listed for the 2006 Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film), and wrote and workshopped her new play, Madrigal's Dome, at the Manhattan Theater Club. She also served as a graphic designer for several ad and promotional campaigns and as a set designer for the second season of the Babel Theater Project.

In 2006, she entered the MFA film program at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. Her thesis film, The Hunter and the Swan Discuss Their Meeting, premiered at Sundance in 2011. Since then, her short films have screened at Sundance, Tribeca and SXSW, as well as international film festivals around the world.

Jon Kilik

Jon Kilik graduated from the University of Vermont in 1978 where he studied film under Frank Manchel and Vivian Sobcheck. Jon moved to NYC in 1979 and started developing screenplay ideas with his NJ friend, Paul Mones. Kilik and Mones sold their first screenplay, 'Delamer Park', in 1980 but it was never produced. Kilik held a variety of production jobs on various features from 1979-1986 (No Nukes, Stardust Memories, Sophie's Choice, The Verdict, Tootsie, The King of Comedy, Maria's Lovers, Crocodile Dundee, Prizzi's Honor, and Raising Arizona) while he and Mones continued to seek financing for their screenplays. In 1986 Kilik and Mones were able to secure financing for their first feature, "The Beat", with Vestron Pictures. Kilik produced with Julia Phillips and Nick Wechsler. Mones wrote and directed. 'The Beat' was released by Vestron in 1987. That same year, David Picker introduced Jon to Spike Lee. Spike was working on a screenplay for what became 'Do The Right Thing'. This was the beginning of a collaboration that has produced 14 features over 25 years from 'Do The Right Thing' to 'Mike Tyson, The Undisputed Truth". Kilik has produced over 30 other features by directors such as Oliver Stone, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Bennett Miller, Jim Jarmusch, Julian Schnabel, Robert De Niro, Tim Robbins and Gary Ross. He has received 2 Golden Globe Awards; Best Picture "Babel", and Best Foreign Film "The Diving Bell and The Butterfly" and an Oscar nomination. He returned to The University of Vermont in 2003 to receive an honorary doctorate and deliver the commencement address. In 2012 he returned home to NJ to receive an honorary doctorate and deliver the commencement address at Monmouth University. In 2013, Kilik delivered the Keynote address at the IFP at Lincoln Center where he challenged other, gloomier accounts of the state of cinema.

Alex Merkin

Alex Merkin is an American film director, screenwriter, producer, and editor. A New York native hailing from the prestigious Boston University College of Communication, Merkin is noted as being a "talent to watch" by Daily Variety. Initially, Merkin graced the silver screen with his directorial skills in the 2006 short film titled Across the Hall , starring Adrien Grenier (Entourage), and produced by First Look Studios and Jon Kilik (Babel).Director Alex Merkin Earning high acclaim, the short film received over fifteen awards throughout the film festival circuit cementing Merkin's arrival into the Hollywood realm. Ascending from the rave reviews and critical acclaim of his short film, Merkin developed a feature length screenplay with writers of Across the Hall making its debut in theaters in 2009. The feature length version of Across the Hall stars Brittany Murphy, Mike Vogel, and Danny Pino. Merkin's feature film directorial debut was positively received by critics, and was noted as being " a riveting trip into betrayal and revenge". Regarded as being an influential film maker by infusing modern film techniques into noir fiction genre, Merkin utilized his highly stylized and classic cinematic sensibility tactics within Across the Hall. Theatrically released into the U.S. Market, the film continues its course with great commendation and is currently available on Blu-Ray And DVD. Applying his signature neo-nior highly stylized approach, Merkin received the award for "Best Thriller of 2010 by Gorezone Magazine in London, England. The Daily Variety again noted Merkin's work as "truly one of the finest suspense" films. With Merkin's success stemming from thematic bodies of work encompassing thriller, revenge, betrayal, and suspense, Queen Latifah's newly formed production company, Flavor Unit, entrusted Merkin's directorial vision with the companies debut feature films, Percentage, and House of Bodies. Percentage starred Cam'rom, and Macy Gray and centers on " two hustlers on the run set up a credit fraud operation that soon attracts the attention from the police and the city's top criminals" Aside from Merkin's theatrical dedication, he is noted as being an exceptional commercial director, editor, and music videographer. Much of his commercial success may be seen with recurring projects and clients such as HBO, PUMA, SONY, First Look Studio's, Toyota, Bad Boy, Epic Records, Atlantic Records, Samsung, First Look Studios, Ruff Ryder, Harlem World and Frank151. Much the film enthusiast and preservationist, Merkin designed and supervised the new television and film department at the prestigious Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute at New York University in an effort to instill fundamentals in film making, and further the appreciation for the art. Ever the artistic advocate, and paying homage to his initial New York aesthetics, Merkin continues working in all creative capacities and mediums including both film and commissioned still art.

Matte Babel

Matthew Babel was born in Toronto, Canada. He attended Wilfrid Laurier University and graduated with a Double Honours in Sociology and Communications, along with Minors in Business and Geography; played both Varsity Basketball/Football, and managed to sneak off his third year to play professional football in Europe.

After University, Matte went on to work for MuchMusic, a Canadian cable specialty channel, as the Host of MOD (Much On Demand) a Gemini nominated, live, national, prime time, daily television show. MOD was nationally recognized as a home to A-list Celebrities. During his four year tenure on the show, Matte hosted hour long special with the likes of Tom Cruise, Gerrad Bulter, Matthew McConaughey, J.J Abrams and Mark Wahlberg to name a few - musical guest include star such as Mariah Carey, Usher, 50 cent, Pink, Justin Timberlake, Jay z and hundreds of others. While at MuchMusic Matte also hosted an array of Special Programs such as LIVE@MUCH, Exposed, Live Earth, My Date With... and The MuchMusic Video Awards.

Established as a Canadian pop-culture icon, In 2009, Matte was recruited to CP24, a Canadian 24 hour News Channel, where he contributed to the launch of CP24 Breakfast, a live three-hour morning show that reaches 1.2 million different viewers each week. Matte's role later expanded with the channel as a Reporter.

After helping Launch CP24 Breakfast Matte would head south of the boarder to co-hosts FuseNews in NY, a 30min daily national music news program with Alexa Chung and Jack Osbourne, executive produced by Rick Kaplan. While co-hosting the show he also served as correspondent for Entertainment Tonight Canada (ETC), as well as a contributor to entertainment tonight (ET), The Insider and TVOne. The former of which he still serves as a correspondent.

Matte also hosts Canada Sings a national, prime time competition show - where two teams compete in front of a live audience singing and dancing to win money for a charity of their choice. The show which is currently on hiatus also had a judging panel of Vanilla Ice, Jan Arden and Laurieann Gibson

Matte also participates in various conferences as a expert panelist, including Canadian Music Week, North by Northeast Music Festival and Conference (NXNE), and The Urban Music Association of Canada (UMAC). As a member of the National Speakers Bureau, Matte is a spokesman on various issues pertaining to youth, education, generation gaps, new media, entertainment, pop culture, and he is an Advocate for Anti-Smoking Campaigns. He also joined Richard Branson as one of the authoritative voices behind the Flick-off Campaign, an environmental initiative encouraging youth to cut down on the production of green house gases.

He also manages a number of Major label recording artists.

Matte was nominated as one of the top five Hottest Television Personalities at Canada's prominent Gemini Awards. He was listed, by Hello! Magazine, as one of the top 10 most eligible Bachelors in Canada and the Toronto Star newspaper named him one of the Top 30 Most Eligible Bachelor's in Toronto.

John Wheeler

John Wheeler, a character actor best attributes hie voice and short bald stature, is most familiar from TV. Graduated college from University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA, where he earned a Bachelor of Music. His Tenor voice came in his roles thoughout his career. Played roles on Odd Couple, Green Acres, Brady Bunch, and on Star Trek played the tellarite Gav From "Journey To Babel. With his rich, powerful voice, he sang with the City Center Opera in New York and performed in Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel and Bernstein, Comden, and Green's Wonderful Town at the 1958 Brussels World's Fair, later repeating his role in the latter work in its television premier that same year. On Broadway, he appeared in The Happiest Girl in the World, Kean, Cafe Crown, and I Had a Ball. He also was in the stage version of Sweet Charity, portraying Herman, the dance hall proprietor, a role that went to Stubby Kaye in the movie adaptation (Wheeler played a smaller role in the film and never had the chance to immortalize his voice on "I Love To Cry at Weddings"). Remained active into the 1990's which put him into his 60's.

Mariana De Cordoba

Mariana Córdoba or Mariana Fernandez de Cordoba is a Colombian actress known for her roles in "La Seleccion", "Tres Caines" and "Alla Te Espero" among others. She was born in Bogota, and started acting and singing at a young age in London, England at the Chelsea School of Performing Arts. She later resume her acting studies at Studio Babel and Taller de Herramientas (Bogota) and Plot Point (Madrid-Spain). She has a Bachelor in Fine Arts from Universidad de Los Andes and is 100% fluent in Spanish, English and French.

Dwayne McDuffie

Dwayne McDuffie was an African American comic book and animation writer best known as one of the founders of Milestone Media, an imprint of DC Comics dedicated to promoting better stories and characterizations for minorities and for his contributions to Justice League and Justice League Unlimited, the final installment of what DC Comics fans refer to as "the DCAU". McDuffie, who notoriously despised stereotypes and vehemently fought against them in his work, won three Eisner Award nominations for his work in comics.

Born Dwayne Glenn McDuffie in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Edna McDuffie Gardner, as a child he initially dreamed of becoming an astronaut and studied physics, but he was rejected from that occupation due to his 6-foot-5 stature. A voracious reader, McDuffie then dedicated his energy to writing. Following a stint as copy editor for Investment Dealer's Digest (a business magazine) a friend's connection helped him win an interview at Marvel Comics as an assistant editor to Bob Budiansky, where he cut his literary teeth on helping develop the company's first superhero trading cards and writing "Damage Control", a miniseries dealing with the insurance company that has to deal with the collateral damage of the super-hero Vs. super-villain brawls that plague the company's fictional interpretation of New York City. When he became an editor for Marvel he submitted the spoof proposal Ninja Thrashers in response to the company's treatment of its black characters.

Following freelance writing in 1990 for various Marvel, DC Comics and even Archie Comics titles, McDuffie wrote Monster In My Pocket for Harvey Comics editor Sid Jacobson, whom he cited as a mentor.

Following his early 1991 divorce from his first wife, Patricia D. Younger, McDuffie and three partners founded Milestone Media, in order to express a multicultural sensibility he felt comic books were lacking. With McDuffie as editor-in-chief, Milestone's characters included the African-American Static, Icon, Hardware, the Asian-American Xombi, and the multi-ethnic superhero group the Blood Syndicate, which include black, Asian and Latino men and women. Milestone debuted its titles in 1993 through a distribution deal with DC Comics.

Following the discontinuation of Milestone Media's publishing, Static would be adapted into the animated series Static Shock, for which McDuffie wrote 11 episodes, also serving as story editor. McDuffie then joined the writing staff of Justice League, essentially replacing long time DCAU writer Paul Dini, later promoted to story editor and producer when the series became Justice League Unlimited, writing, producing or at least story-editing 69 of the series 91 episodes. Other animation writing credits included What's New, Scooby-Doo?, Ben 10: Alien Force, Ben: Ben 10: Ultimate Alien, and Teen Titans.

In addition to his TV animation writing credits, McDuffie also wrote for a number of direct-to-DVD animated films for Warner Brothers featuring DC Comics heroes. Among these were Justice League: Crisis On 2 Earths (2010), based on an abandoned story idea he'd originally pitched as a bridge between the end of Justice League and the beginning of Justice League Unlimited, All-Star Superman (2011) and Justice League: Doom (2012).

During his return to comics, McDuffie wrote the Marvel miniseries Beyond! and the Fantastic Four, and Firestorm and Justice League America for DC Comics, the latter he was unfortunately fired from following his very frank and unflattering answers to fans about the creative process. McDuffie then wrote Milestone Forever, chronicling the final adventures of the Milestone characters he'd helped create before they were added to the regular DC universe.

Friends, family and fans were devastated when McDuffie died on February 21, 2011, only one day after his 49th birthday, due to complications from emergency heart surgery at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center. His younger brother, Darryl, had died only a few months earlier, while their older brother Brian had died as an infant. Truly a titanic, larger than life visionary who fought relentlessly for better quality storytelling for all, McDuffie was a talent lost too soon. He is survived by his second wife, animation-TV writer Charlotte Fullerton, and his mother. When Justice League: Doom, loosely based on Mark Waid's Tower of Babel miniseries, was released a little more than year later it was dedicated to his memory.

Carl-Gustaf Lindstedt

He was raised on Kungsholmen in Stockholm, where his father had a flower shop. His father was also a social democratic politician. 'Unga Örnar', a socialist youth club, had a theater club which he joined. Since his parents were poor, he had to start work at the age of 16 as a delievery boy. Meanwhile, he continued with acting, performing at weddings and stag parties. In 1944 he met 'Gunnar 'Knas' Lindkvist' and 'Curt 'Minimal' Åström' and together they formed 'Tre Knas', touring Sweden with funny sketches. In 1946 the three of them joined the Casino Theatre, playing comedy together with Arne Källerud and Gösta Bernhard. In 1957 he bought the 'Nöjeskatten' theatre together with Arne Källerud. His first movies were often extensions of what he had done on the stage: Lattjo med Boccaccio or Stjärnsmäll i Frukostklubben. As time passed, his acting developed, giving place for more mature and dramatic parts like Harry Munter, Man on the Roof or _"Babels hus" (1981) (mini)_.

Marjo-Riikka Makela

Marjo-Riikka Makela (SAG, AFTRA, AEA) is a world renowned theatre director, master teacher, acting coach, and a professional actress. She has specialized in a variety of different acting techniques, is a long-standing member of the Michael Chekhov Association, and has worked extensively with the M. Chekhov Technique both as an actress and director. Ms. Makela received her training at the Russian Academy of Dramatic Arts (GITIS), holds an MFA in Acting from CSULB, and has extensive stage credits from Europe. Here in USA some of Marjo-Riikka's favorite roles include Medea in direction of David Bridel, Yelena in Uncle Vanya at the Classic Stage Company in NYC, and her work with Sarah Kane and Andrei Malaev-Babel at the Stanislavsky Theatre Studio in Washington DC. Her directing credits include Shakespeare, Chekhov, Schiller, and devised work. Recently, Ms. Makela has taught at the Stanislavsky Institute, California State University LB, Acting Corps Studios, ActorFest, Chapman University, Loyola Marymount University, The Insurgo Theater Movement, The Actor's Movement Studio (NYC), the INTAR Theater (NYC), The Actors' Gang, University of Southern California, and CalArts MFA programs. Marjo-Riikka does weekly private coaching for many successful TV and film actors and actresses*. She has coached actors for series such as True Blood, Madmen, The Office, Silicon Valley, CSI, Californication, Mentalist, Castle, Nip Tuck, Alphas, Body of Proof, Ghost Whisperer, Entourage, How I Met your Mother, General Hospital Night Shift, Bones, Numb3rs , Deadwood, in Treatment ... to mention a few. She has clients around the world, and she has been featured in Back Stage, the Los Angeles Times, American Theater Magazine and several major European publications. Marjo-Riikka is an honorary member of the Stanislavsky Institute and School of Cinema, in Sao Paulo Brazil, and the founder and Artistic Director of Helsinki West Theatre Ensemble and Chekhov Studio International in Los Angeles.

Raymond Mansfield

Entertainment production and finance specialist Ray Mansfield has more than 15 years of professional experience, which has included overseeing various aspects of over 100 films and raising more than $150 million in production and distribution financing over the course of his career. His experience has equipped him with the insight and expertise necessary to understand all components of the filmmaking process, from creative conception to packaging, financing, production and distribution.

In August 2010, Mansfield launched film financing and production company Movie Package Company, LLC (MPC) alongside industry veteran Shaun Redick, where the two currently serve as owners and managing partners. MPC is involved with a diverse portfolio of business, including strategic alliances with multiple entertainment funds and private investors.

MPC's latest releases include: multiple Independent Spirit Award nominee "Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter," co-produced with Academy-Award® winner Alexander Payne and starring Academy-Award® nominee Rinko Kikuchi (Babel, Pacific Rim); "And So It Goes," a romantic comedy directed by Rob Reiner (When Harry Met Sally, Stand by Me) and starring Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton; "La Bare," a documentary directed by Joe Manganiello (Magic Mike, HBO's True Blood) about the history, lives and culture of the world's most popular male strip club, La Bare Dallas; highbrow horror thriller "Nothing Left To Fear," produced with, and featuring original music by, iconic rock star guitarist Slash; and "In the Blood," directed by John Stockwell (Into the Blue, Blue Crush, Turistas) and starring MMA fighter/action star Gina Carano (Fast and the Furious 6, Haywire) along with an ensemble cast of Danny Trejo (Machete), Stephan Lang (Avatar), and Luis Guzman (Boogie Nights).

Prior to the launch of MPC, Mansfield worked with Tower Hill Entertainment, a feature film production and finance company, where he assumed the role of a production/development executive.

Preceding Tower Hill, Mansfield worked with management/production company The Collective from 2006 to 2009, where he undertook a critical role in the Motion Picture Finance and Sales Division. His entrepreneurial experience coupled with his keen talent for recognizing marketable material helped Mansfield assume a primary role in the success of The Collective's production and distribution division. Mansfield's efforts at The Collective contributed to the packaging, finance and successful sale and distribution of dozens of high-profile independent films, including: multiple Academy-Award® nominee and Berlin Film Festival winner "The Messenger" with Woody Harrelson, Ben Foster, Steve Buscemi and Samantha Morton; Tucker Max's No. 1 bestselling book adaptation, the hit comedy, "I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell"; and "Powder Blue," starring Academy Award® winner Eddie Redmayne, Academy Award® winner Forest Whitaker and Jessica Biel.

Before joining The Collective, Mansfield established himself as a successful independent producer working alongside Darko Entertainment and producing second unit for Richard Kelly's feature film "Southland Tales," starring Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Seann William Scott and a host of additional celebrities. In addition, Mansfield produced "added value" documentaries, animations and short films for studio DVDs. His work on 2005's special edition two-disc "Donnie Darko Director's Cut" was awarded the distinction of "Top 10 DVDs of 2005" by The Hollywood Reporter.

Mansfield's experience also includes working as a screenplay analyst for Script P.I.M.P. ("Pipeline Into Motion Pictures"), where he read, deconstructed and rebuilt screenplays for developing writers.

Additionally, Mansfield spent several years working with Bernie Mac and Steven Greener at management / production company, 3 Arts Entertainment, where he played a fundamental role in 20th Century Fox's television series "The Bernie Mac Show," and feature films "Mr. 3000" and "Guess Who."

Mansfield graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2000 with a degree in Radio-Television-Film.

Smari Gunn

Smari Gunn is an Icelandic born actor/director with a rich background in sports and music. Smari moved to Denmark to train in music & drama and then relocated to the UK where he trained at Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance. He received further training at The Estonian Academy of Music & Drama. His career has consisted of work in Film and TV both as an actor and director as well as doing voice over work. Smari is based in London, England with a second base in Reykjavik, Iceland. His directorial debut, Babel Ltd. received plaudits at multiple film festivals worldwide.

Jacory Gums

Jacory Gums was born and raised in Vallejo, California. He attended Hogan Sr. High school where he studied drama. He began his acting career in San Francisco, Ca. booking national commercials. His first television role was in 1998, on the CBS series "Nash Bridges," alongside Cheech Marin, which captured the attention of L.A. Agents. After making the daring move to L.A. in 2000, Jacory booked his first recurring role as Ty, one of the high school jocks on the daytime Soap "Days Of Our Lives," which led to many other guest star and recurring roles, including booking his first pilot for the WB (Now CW) Network, entitled "Other People's business" starring alongside Judy Greer and Rhea Perlman. Then, just to name a few... Reba, Medium, Judging Amy, NCIS, Reba, Arrested Development, followed.

Most recently, Jacory started his own Production Company, 2 Dark Dudes Productions, LLC. along with his two partners Nicholas McCullom and Pro Soccer Player, Ryan Babel. The company specializes in writing, producing and directing low budget projects, including sketches that receives millions of views at a time. Jacory wrote and produced the short film, "Happy Medium," about a troubled man dealing with depression after losing his father, his only escape is through his obsession with a woman named Clover. Starring Jeremy Gilbert and Sufe Bradshaw. (Veep)

David Black

David Black is an award-winning journalist, novelist, screenwriter, and producer. His novel Like Father was named a notable book of the year by the New York Times and listed as one of the seven best novels of the year by the Washington Post. The King of Fifth Avenue was named a notable book of the year by the New York Times, New York Magazine, and the A.P.

Mr. Black received the Edgar Allan Poe Award nomination from the Mystery Writers of America for best fact crime book for Murder at the Met. His second Edgar Allan Poe Award nomination was for "Happily Ever After," an episode of Law & Order. His third Edgar Allan Poe Award nomination was for "Carrier," also an episode of Law & Order.

He won the Writers' Guild of America Award for The Confession. He was also nominated for the Writers' Guild of America Award for an episode of Hill Street Blues. He received an American Bar Association Certificate of Merit for "Nullification," a controversial episode of Law & Order about Militia groups, which the Los Angeles Times called an example of "the new Golden Age of television."

Among his other awards, he has received a National Endowment of the Arts grant in fiction, Playboy's Best Article of the Year Award, Best Essays of the Year1986 Honorable Mention, Forward's Book of the Year Special Mention, and an Atlantic Monthly "First" award for fiction. He has also received a Pulitzer Prize nomination for The Plague Years, a book based on a two-part series that he wrote for Rolling Stone and that won a National Magazine Award in Reporting and the National Science Writers Award.

Researching articles, David Black has risked his life a number of times, including being put under house arrest by Baby Doc's secret police in Haiti, infiltrating totalitarian therapy cults, being abandoned on a desert island, and exposing a white slave organization in the East Village.

Among the television shows he has produced and written are the Sidney Lumet series 100 Centre Street, which was listed as one of the 10 best shows of the year, the Richard Dreyfuss series The Education of Max Bickford, Monk, CSI-Miami, Hill Street Blues, Miami Vice, and Law & Order, which received an Emmy nomination for Best Dramatic Show and a Golden Globe nomination. He has also been nominated for the PGA Golden Laurel Award.

His TV movie, Legacy of Lies, a drama about three generations of Jewish gangsters and cops in Chicago, which starred Eli Wallach and Martin Landau, won the Writers Foundation of America Gold Medal for Excellence in Writing. It also received an ACE Award for Martin Landau for Best Actor.

His feature, The Confession, starring Alec Baldwin, Ben Kingsley, and Amy Irving was praised in New York by John Leonard and in The Hollywood Reporter, among other places, and was described in Metroland as "an almost miraculous act of storytelling."

He has published nine books and over 150 articles in magazines, including The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, Harper's, and Rolling Stone. His new novel, An Impossible Life, has been praised by, among others, Nobel Prize winning author Czeslaw Milosz, Erica Jong, Bruce Jay Friedman, and Leslie Epstein, who called it the best writing about Jewish gangsters since Isaac Babel.

Contemporary Authors describes Black as "a versatile, multi-media writer who has distinguished himself in both fiction and non-fiction."

He has taught writing at Lehman College, Mt. Holyoke College, and Harvard, where he is a scholar-in-residence at Kirkland House. He is also a former board member of the Mystery Writers of America and a member of the Century Association, the Williams Club, the Columbia Club, PEN, the Explorers' Club, and the Players.

Michael Coady

Michael Coady is an award-winning actor, producer, writer, working between LA, Toronto and his native Newfoundland, Canada. As an actor, he has made guest star and co-star appearances on shows like the BBC America Series, "Copper", "The Lottery" on Lifetime Network, CBC series "Murdoch Mysteries" and "Republic of Doyle", CMT series "Angels Among Us", History Channel series "Zero Hour", National Geographic Channel "Valentine's Day Massacre", and "1000 Ways to Die" on Spike TV. Michael's film credits include the short films By Water's Edge (screened at the 2011 Cannes Festival), The Historian Paradox (won Audience Choice Award at the Big Island Film Fest in Hawaii), Silent Night in Munice (with R.D. Call [Into the Wild, Babel, State of Grace]; screened at the Action on Film Festival in Los Angeles) and the multiple award winning web series Dead Grandma. Michael's theater credits include the Toronto productions "Evita", "Cabaret," and the Canadian premiere of "Urinetown." He also produced and starred in the East Coast Canadian premiere of "Doubt" in 2008.

Michael is the Executive Director for Canada of We Make Movies, a film collective in Los Angeles and Toronto. Michael continues to write and produce his own projects like "Obsession" (which he also starred in) and his upcoming short screenplay "Cop Out", a winner of the We Make Movies Canada (WMM-CA) Screenplay Competition and chosen as one of WMM-CA's Slate One Films.

Carlos Armella

Winner of the Golden Lion for Best Short Film at the Venice Film Festival in 2008 for his film Tierra y Pan (Land and Bread). Born in Mexico City in 1978. Graduated from the London Film School in 2002. In 2005 he co-directed and edited the feature-length documentary Toro Negro (Black Bull), which was awarded at festivals like San Sebastian, Morelia and Havana among others. Also a director of TV spots and TV documentaries, Armella is shooting a feature film titled Las Voces (The Voices), in 2011/2012.

Other works: Common Ground: Under Construction Notes (co-director, editor/2006), a feature-length documentary following the journey of Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu during the shooting of his film Babel

Christian P. Minkler

Following in the footsteps of his great-grandfather Darrell, grandfather Don and Oscar winning father Michael, Christian Minkler is the fourth generation in his family to work in motion picture sound. He began his career with Skywalker Sound, Los Angeles, in 1989 and earned his first credit as mixer five years later on The Crow. Shortly thereafter, he got his big break on Oliver Stone's Natural Born Killers. Since then, he has built diverse credits across all genres and media. Other notable credits include Independence Day, The Alamo, August: Osage County, Ride Along and the television series Bloodline. He received a BAFTA nomination for Babel. He also hones his skills by working as a live sound mixer for bands and solo musicians. He is an active member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences.

Rosalinda Morales

Rosalinda is a native of Los Angeles, California attended USC, and achieved a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater. Rosalinda began her career in the entertainment industry, 25+ years ago, as a Casting Associate moving on to Talent Agent where for 10 years she developed up and coming talent in the areas of film, TV, theater and commercials. Rosalinda then returned to casting and production, working with notable industry professionals like veteran TV producer, Stu Segall and indie filmmaker, Ken Loach. Rosalinda's focus on diversity casting has lead her to work throughout the U.S. and internationally on film, television and theatre projects in the areas of Production and Casting. Rosalinda's notable feature casting credits are Under the Same Moon (La Misma Luna (U.S. Casting)), Ladrón Que Roba a Ladrón; Down For Life (2009 Official Selection Toronto Film Festival and Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival) an urban cautionary story, starring Danny Glover, and a diverse cast including: Elizabeth Peña, Snoop Dogg and Kate del Castillo; and the short Lindo y Querido directed by Patricia Riggen (Under the Same Moon) and starring Academy award-nominee, Adriana Barraza (Babel).

Rosalinda is currently working on the feature film Flights of Fancy which recounts the true life, rags to riches story of Dr. Ricardo E. Saca.

Rita Hayek

Rita Hayek is a graduate of the National Institute of Fine Arts of the Lebanese University. She also attended the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in Los Angeles, California. She made her screen debut in 2006, starring in the television series "Helem Adar", followed by many other television works in Lebanon and abroad. In 2011, at the Byblos International Festival, she made her stage debut in Don Quixote, directed by the Rahbani Brothers. But the real turning point was the play: "ka3eb 3ale" Directed and produced by Jacques Maroun, the play is an adaptation of "Spike Heels" by Theresa Rebeck and it ran in Beirut at the Monot and Babel Theatre from November 2013 - March 2014. In addition to her acting career, Rita is the host of "So you think you can dance" Arabia showing on MTV Lebanon, Fox movies Middle East and AL Nahar TV. She previously hosted the Xtra Factor Arabia and a Pan Arab show called Rotana café. Rita is as serious about the performing arts as she is about fitness! In 2012, she ran the Beirut marathon, and in June 2013 she competed as a platform diver in the television program Splash and made it to the final stages.

Juliana Betancourth

Colombian actress who was born in Antioquia, Colombia.

At a very young age, she moved with her family to Ibague where she attended junior high and high school. She was part of the theatrical group in the San Simon school always playing a complex characters which were her favorite, like the time she was offered the role of a princess, but she prefered to be a Beggar.

In 2003, she went to Bogotá to study Social Media with an empahasis in organizations at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, but her passion for acting grew stronger day by day. She sacrificied her free-time to prepare herself professionally as an actress. She enrolled in the acting school of the Director Alfonso Ortiz, Taller Caja de Herramientas. In 2006, she started taking part in the acting studio Tao Sierra where she stayed for three years. Then, she took clases in Studio Babel directed by Juan Pablo Feliz as also in The Varasanta Theater where she took classes with the voice trainer Carlota Llano.

During these years of preparation she became part of a number of theater plays such as "El Festín de los Cabrones", "Morir", "Las Rubayatas." She also participated in tv productions such as "Amor Sincero" y "Tu Voz Estereo", and in a substantial amount of shortfilms for Javeriana University, Unitec, and independent films, in which "Impoluto", "Con Mis Perros", "Día de los inocentes", "Madre en tierra", stood out among others.

In 2010 she traveled to Spain where she settled for two years, she took a film master class with directors of Spanish films "Imanol Uribe, José Luis Cuerda, Gracia Querejeta y Miguel Albadalejo, as well as with the directors of casting Amado Cruz, and Carlos Manzanares. As also for comedy on television with the director Carla Revuelta and Juan León. She traveled to Colombia many times for television projects " La Reina del Sur" and " Tres Milagros", then participated in the film between Colombia and Venezuela "Patas Arriba". Later, she took private classes with the voice trainer Concha Doñaque, which has prepared actors such as Gael García bernal and Angie Cepeda, to speak with Spanish accent naturally.

In 2013, she traveled to London to perfect her English and there she starred in the music video for singer Casso Blax's "How to Treat a Woman". She has also been part of a campaign of shortfilms to prevent cancer.

Early in 2015, Juliana came back to Colombia to star in the movie Virginia Casta. This film is in post production and will be released in 2016. She shares scenes with the Colombian actor Aldemar Correa and with the Mexican actor Jose Angel Bichir, as well as with other important Colombian celebrities such as Majida Issa, Marcela Carvajal, Cristina Umaña, and Patricia Castañeda.

Luigi Pulcini

Luigi Pulcini is an Italian composer and a computer engineer.

He studied Composition at "Santa Cecilia" Conservatory in Roma and Computer Engineering at Marche Polytechnic University in Ancona, dissertating a thesis entitled "The Virtual Orchestra" about the new techniques of MIDI Programming and Digital Audio Sampling applied to Virtual Orchestration.

His music production showcases the strong roots of his Italian musical background, from intimate piano solo pieces to powerful and epic orchestral scores, where the classical symphonic textures tastefully blend with electronic elements.

In 2008, he moved to Los Angeles where he established his career as a film music composer, starting his long collaboration with composer Christopher Young on major motion pictures such as "Love Happens", "Drag Me To Hell", "The Monkey King" and "Deliver Us From Evil", among many others. In 2010, the "Society of Composers and Lyricists" selected him as one of the eight young composers attending the annual "SCL Mentor Program".

His scores for the feature film "The Investigator" and the short film "4" were awarded with a Global Music Award in 2012 and 2014 and nominated in the Best Score category at the Hollywood Music in Media Awards 2014. In July 2015 he scored the feature film "Deserted" directed by Ashley Avis, working with Academy Award winning film editor Douglas Crise ("Birdman", "Babel") and Academy Award winning sound mixer Ben Wilkins ("Whiplash").

Luigi is now based in Los Angeles, where he founded Film Scoring Lab, a company providing music production services to the film industry.

Eric Piccoli

Growing up with a pencil in hand, Eric first studied traditional animation before pursuing in film production. He then founded Babel Films with long time partner Marco Frascarelli and took care of the creative direction of the company. They wanted to offer authentic, accessible and audacious films. That's how Piccoli created and directed Time out (2012 Gemini Awards winner and two-time International Digital Emmy Awards nominee) and Project-M (2014 Gemini Awards winner). Those two were rare science fiction proposals in Canada, both greatly appreciated by critics and the public. Passionate about politics and social sciences, he finds pleasure in developing ordinary characters in extraordinary situations. Right now (2015), he is currently editing his first documentary feature film called ''Yes '' that he shot in Scotland during their referendum.

Michael Hoggard

Michael W. Hoggard is the senior pastor of Bethel Free Will Baptist Church in Festus, Missouri.

Aside from his pastoral duties, he is known for a multitude of independently produced videos which specialize in scripture numerics, bible prophecy, occult practices and freemasonry.

He is the host of three regular online TV shows, he writes, produces and stars in numerous online TV specials and documentaries, and also preaches at various bible conferences and church services, many of which are broadcast live online.

He is the author of four books -- "By Divine Order", "The King James Code", "The Babel Conspiracy", and "Capital Secrets" -- as well as the "Watchman Companion Series" which features transcripts of his TV and video work, all of which are published independently.

He was the founder and principle of Liberty Christian Academy, and is also the founder and director of Prophetic Research Ministries.

He has spent many years researching the Scriptures and has discovered several biblical principles for understanding the Word of God as a prophetic voice. He has been called upon to lecture on college campuses, Bible conferences, and local churches.

Mike is married to Lisa Hoggard, and together they have five children and five grandchildren.

Guida Vianna

Guida Vianna is a Brazilian actor and producer. As an actor, her work includes over 40 theatrical plays including: Le Roi, le Rat et le fou du Roi and Le Dernier Godot by Matei Visniec; Marriage Play by Edward Albee; The School for Scandal by Richard B. Sheridan; Glorious by Peter Quilter; Endgame by Samuel Beckett; The Woman destroyed by Simone de Beauvoir; Alaska by Harold Pinter; Noises Off by Michael Frayn; Lux in Tenebris by Bertolt Brecht; Cat on a hot tin roof by Tennessee Williams; As you like it, Measure for measure and Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare; La Ronde by Arthur Schnitzler; Roberto Zucco by Bernard M Koltés; La Tour De Babel by Fernando Arrabal. Guida Vianna has also acted in 8 soap operas, 10 mini-series and 10 films. Nominated four times, she has won two awards (Prêmio Shell 2004 Best Comic Actress and Prêmio Qualidade Brasil 2006 Best Drama Actress).

Virginia Novello

Born and raised in Guadalajara, Mexico, Virginia Novello is a prominent Latina actress and producer. Starting in theater at age 13, she fell in love immediately with acting. She performed in several acclaimed plays such as "The Power of the Darkness," "Blood Wedding," "Oscar Wilde," and "Frida Kahlo," for which she received a Best Actress nomination at the ITESM Awards. Along with Spanish and English, Novello speaks fluent German, learned from her upbringing in German school, and a year spent living in Germany at age 11. That year only furthered her passion for traveling and getting to know other cultures. When she finished her studies in Mexico she moved to Los Angeles to study film. Since then she has worked on numerous films. Gone (directed by Will Wallace) was her first foray into screen-writing and has been accepted into several film festivals. It received nominations for Best Short, Best Actress (Novello) and Best Actor (Mark Alan) at the Idyllwild International Film Festival. Her passion for producing resurfaced during filming on Gone, and she has gone on to join the production teams of multiple films, including La Sangre De Dios and Hora Cero with Guillermo Arriaga (Babel).

Sebastian Schwarz

Schwarz studied at the School of Dramatic Arts "Ernst Busch" Berlin. During his studies he worked at various theaters in Berlin (including Danton Danton's death in the Deutsches Theater in 2007 and Jim in The Glass Menagerie, asked 2006) and worked for film and television.

Since January 2008 he is a permanent member of the theater in Berlin. Here mainly influenced the artistic director Thomas Ostermeier Meier its further development as a stage actor. That was in addition to Schwarz and Lars Eidinger to see in a production of Hamlet, and played in the premiere of the Stephen Ravenhill The cut. In December 2008, Ibsen's John Gabriel Borkman, directed again Ostermeier, Rennes premiere. In France as in "Performance of the Year 'acclaimed performance as Erhardt Schwarz played alongside Josef Bierbichler , Kirsten Dene and Angela Winkler . In the premiere of David Giesel's comedy Die Tauben, Schwarz embodied the forgetful psychologist Dr. Erich Asendorf. This was followed by roles in Friedrich Hebbel's Nibelungen , Edward Bond's Saved and Brecht's The Good Person of Szechwan. Then he stood again with Lars Eidinger in The Misanthrope, in a production of the Belgian director Ivo van Hove on stage.

The playwright Marius von Mayenburg wrote to Judith Engel, Eva Meckbach, Robert Beyer and Schwarz Perplex, the piece, which premiered in November 2010 in the theater.

His film debut was with the film Polska Love Serenade (2007) on the side of Claudia Eisinger. The film was for the Max Ophüls Prize Nominees.

Sebastian Schwarz moderated at irregular intervals with Georg Uecker developed by Frank Oberhäußer quiz format Babel Fish to the stage in Berlin and designed the stage with David Ruland comedy Zack and Dave.

Sebastian Schwarz lives in Berlin.

Nick Morgulis

Nick Morgulis is a Brooklyn-based award-winning Director and Cinematographer. In the fall of 2014 he shot an international tour documentary for the band KONGOS. In the summer of 2014, he directed the narrative feature film, "Paradise, FL", shot in a bold vérité style, the chilling yet beautiful story of a blue-collar oyster fisherman that battles persona demons as he tries to save his best friend's family.

Nick's documentary about the tragic closing of the Warm Mineral Springs in Florida, "Closing the Fountain of Youth", won gold at the 2014 Houston International Film Festival for best historical documentary. At the award ceremony, Hunter Todd, founder of the film festival, said: "You were not afraid to speak out against the bureaucratic machine or against the corrupt authorities, and you won. This is an example to all communities across the globe."

Nick is currently finishing up a year-long shoot as cinematographer for the documentary film, "Big Daddy Autism", featuring the inspiring relationship between Ken Siri, a divorced father with sole-custody of his son, Alex, a non-verbal sixteen-year-old on the autism spectrum. Nick also has another feature length documentary film coming out in 2015: "Finding Babel", the story of a prominent Russian writer who was silenced by Stalin during the Great Purges. Nick works in collaboration with the New York City Children's Theater and the Applied Theatre Collective. He holds a BFA in Digital Filmmaking from the Ringling College of Art and Design.

Allen Markuze

Allen spent the last several years working in Los Angeles for producer/manager Dan Halsted (Garden State, SWAT, Any Given Sunday, Virgin Suicides, etc.)

Before working for Dan Halsted, he worked for screenwriter Janus Cercone -- she wrote "Leap of Faith" with Steve Martin. He also served as a development intern at Underground Films and Management (Remember Me, All About Steve) and Sekretagent Productions (Dogs of Babel).

As well, he worked as a Production Assistant and Script Assistant for the CBS show "Big Brother". He was also involved with Starz Animation, where he contributed to the Disney movie "Gnomeo & Juliet."

He's fluent in three languages.

Hendrick Dusollier

Hendrick Dusollier composes the shots of his films mixing real shootings in 3D virtual spaces. Reflection on time and the memory of Barcelone's old neighborhoods, his first short film Obras received more than 30 awards in international festivals and was nominated for the Cesar 2006. In parallel with his work as Art Director for television and for commercials, he directed and produced with his production company StudioHdk the experimental film Face and the 3D stereoscopic installation Facebox for Canal+, as well as the opening film for the Guanajuato film festival 2007 in Mexico : Fade to Black. Since 2005, during severals journeys, he has shot the mutations of Chinese society. His new film Babel is an allegory of today's China.

Frederick Bailey

Frederick Bailey was born in Dallas, Texas (full name: John Frederick Bailey II).

He made his debut as a feature director with a fantasy action/adventure about a sword-wielding superhero in Shogun Cop (1999), unveiled at the Tokyo International Fantastic Film Festival. He's worked on a total of 23 scripts that have made it to the screen (two in foreign languages), plus another 30 that have yet to see celluloid.

Bailey's written extensively in documentaries, composing the narration for numerous bonus features included in DVD reissues of classics, such as The Day The Earth Stood Still, Laura, and the special edition reissue of The Wizard Of Oz. He wrote narration for profiles on actors Gail Russell, Ward Bond and Sean McClory, and the screenwriter James Edward Grant. He wrote narration for numerous Disney short features, including a time-line on Walt Disney. He also worked on longer documentaries for The Passion Of The Christ and The Shield. He co-wrote the narration for Ghost Mountain, shown at the Visitor's Center at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in Borrego Springs, California. With an equally prolific background in live theatre productions, he's directed over 100 stage plays in New York City and in various regional, repertory and stock theaters, including the world premiere of Beth Henley's Sisters Of The Winter Madrigal. He's a playwright, author of such stage pieces as The Bridgehead (which was co-winner of First Prize at the first annual New Play Festival at the Actors Theatre of Louisville in 1977), No Scratch, Rio Pork, Lonesome Canyon, Walkie Talkie and Dirty Ugly People & Their Stupid Meaningless Lives. Gringo Planet, a science-fiction comedy, was produced on the stage in London in 1982 with a cast that included Peter Wight (Vera Drake (2004), Another Year (2010), Babel (2006)) and again at the Actors Theatre of Louisville in 1987. After decades of hands-on experience in the movie industry, both above- and below-the line, both in front of and behind the camera, Bailey turned to teaching in 2006. At the International Academy of Film & Television (IAFT) in the Philippines, he has taught Intermediate and Advanced Screenwriting and pioneered a course in Directing Actors, before moving on to the River Hollywood Training School in Tokyo, where he taught acting classes, drawing on his years of toiling in the trenches with actors. In 2010, he wrote, directed and on-screen hosted two 45-minute educational documentaries for IAFT, on Directing and Screenwriting. He holds a BFA in directing and playwriting from Southern Methodist University. He's married to producer Atsuko Ohtani Bailey. They have a son, Angus, born in 2002.

Mark Anderson

Mark Anderson is a highly accomplished executive producer, investor and entrepreneur.

In 1989, Mark Anderson was one of the founders and owners of the legendary Silver Screen Partners. During his tenure the company produced a catalogue of superb films including "Pretty Woman" "Stakeout" "Down and Out in Beverly Hills" "Tin Men" "Dick Tracy" and "The Rocketeer" just to name a few. The company was sold to Disney in 1994.

In 1994, Mark Anderson goes on to establish Summit Entertainment which goes on to achieve legendary status as a sales agency, production company and distributor. During Mark's tenure from '94 to '06 company credits included "The Blair Witch Project" " Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels" "Memento" "Vanilla Sky" "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" and "Babel". Mark sold his interest in the company to a Wall St. group in 2006.

Mark continues to be one of the most successful Executive Producers in the world of independent film.

Kristin Swenson

Kristin Swenson was born in Duluth, MN. She has a Ph.D. in Religious Studies (the history and literature of ancient Israel) and earned tenure as a professor at Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond, VA). She moved to Charlottesville, VA and is affiliated with both VCU and the University of Virginia (Charlottesville) but now writes full-time. She is the author of nonfiction including Bible Babel: Making Sense of the Most Talked About Book of All Time (Harper Perennial, 2011) and God of Earth (forthcoming). Her screenplay Tell Mister Lincoln, a biopic of Harriet Tubman won the Virginia Screenwriting Award (2015) and advanced to the second round in Austin film festival's screenplay competition (2015). Among her present projects, Kristin is writing a series of historical fiction set in ancient Babylon and Persia as well as a young adult fantasy set in today's world.

Mariana Arriaga

Mariana Arriaga Armendáriz (Born March 15, 1991) Is a Mexican director and producer. Her first work, a short film named "On self defense" was nominated to the Venice Horizon Award and to the International Film Festival of Morelia.

Mariana Arriaga was born in the middle of the new era of the Mexican cinema. Her father, Guillermo Arriaga (21 grams, Babel, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, Burning Plain, among others) is a well renowned screenwriter, author, director and producer. That gave Mariana the motivation to give her entire life to what she loves the most; telling stories. Since she graduated college, Mariana has studied curses all around the globe on photography and movie making, and has been assisting her father in many projects. She's now is planning on directing another film, produced by Santiago Arriaga, her brother, which will be starring the new star of Venezuelan cinema, Luis Alejandro Silva (Winner of the Golden Lion on Venice, 2015)

Richard Orr

Richard Orr is an actor from Northern Ireland. Extensive Theatre work since 1986 includes Mojo Mickybo (UK Tour), British premier of Neil Simon's Biloxi Blues, USA tour Philadelphia, Here I Come; Fathers and Sons with Stanislavsky Theatre studio, Washington D.C. Appearances in Scotland with Theatre Babel as Vasquez in 'Tis Pity She's a Whore, King Lear. Also Passing Places (Borderline Th.), Borderland (7:84).

Major roles with Tinderbox, Replay, Prime Cut, Charabanc, Kabosh, Big Telly. Many roles at Lyric Th. Belfast, i.e. Of Mice And Men, Once Upon A Mattress, John Bull's Other Island, New Years Eve Can Kill You, Death Of A Salesman, All My Sons, Taming Of The Shrew, Wind In The Willows, Voyage Of The Dawn Treader, Wuthering Heights, Hidden Curriculum, Ideal Husband, Dracula etc. Numerous Xmas Shows; played Paddington in Paddington Bear, Bill Sykes in Oliver Twist, Ugly sister in Cinderella, Wizard in Wizard Of Oz (Peacock Theatre award winner) many others. Also TV, Film and Radio work, including radio series Mind's Eye.

Todd Woodard

Todd Woodard (SAG-AFTRA) is a New York City-based Actor, who has most recently appeared in the films "Interference" (2017) and "Magos: An Impossible Door" (2016). Other films include "The Babel Trunk" and "Michael". Past Theatre credits include: "The Brothers Karamazov" at Russia's Moscow Art Theatre; the title roles of "Woyzeck" and "Coriolanus" at LaMaMa ETC, in the Atlantic Theater Company's New Works Series; leading roles at the Metropolitan Playhouse, New Dramatists, NYC Fringe Festival. Todd trained with the Atlantic Theater Company and with Terry Schreiber. As a Theatre Educator, Todd earned a Master's Degree in Educational Theatre from the City College of New York. He currently teaches for Lincoln Center Theater, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), and DreamYard, the Bronx's largest arts organization, and has taught recently for Metropolitan Opera Guild and Broadway Teaching Group.

John Bell Young

Pianist John Bell Young, whose recordings of the music of Scriabin, Friedrich Nietzsche and others on the Newport Classics, Americus and Sony Classical labels have earned international critical acclaim, has performed throughout the US, Europe, Asia, and South America. He also performs frequently in Russia, where he has appeared on the concert series of the Scriabin Museum, the Glinka Cappella, the Sochi Philharmonic and the Riga Philharmonic (Latvia).

He made his American recital debut at Washington's National Gallery of Art in 1976. The following year he performed on the concert series of Christchurch Spitalfields in London, the Koepelzaal in Amsterdam, and in 1983, the Musée Carnavalet in Paris. He is the subject of the 1977 Dutch television documentary, John Bell Young, Sweet Summer Concert, filmed in concert in the historic Koepelzaal and aboard an open tour-boat in the canals of Amsterdam. In July 2001 he was heard in recital at the prestigious Great Hall of the Forbidden City in Beijing, inaugurating the Poly-Culture International Piano Festival, sponsored by Volkswagen.

Winner of the 1985 Chopin Foundation Council Prize in New York, Mr. Young is also a leading authority on the music of Alexander Scriabin. He was endorsed by Scriabin's daughters Marina and Yelena, and awarded a generous grant from the [Rockefeller] Trust for Mutual Understanding to lead the American delegation to the International Scriabin Conference and Festival in Moscow in 1992. His master classes and lectures have taken him to Brown University, the Juilliard School, the University of South Florida, and the Leningrad and Boston Conservatories.

He is a prominent music critic whose columns for the American Record Guide, Opera News, Clavier, Classical DisCDigest, the St. Petersburg Times and the popular on-line publications Tower of Babel and Music and Vision are widely read. His principal teachers were Constance Keene, Margarita Fyodorova, Olga Barabini and Bruce Hungerford. He has coached with Claudio Arrau, John Browning, Shura Cherkassky, Vladimir Feltsman and Ernst Levy.

John Bell Young is a frequent adjudicator for international competitions, including the Young Prince (Gelendzhik, Russia); the Russian American Music Association Competition (Boston); the International Russian Music Piano Competition (San Jose); the Greta Erikson European (Karlstad, Sweden); the Greta Erikson Nordic (Kils, Sweden); and the Premio Jaen (Spain).

His CD, entitled 'Prisms', featuring music of Scriabin, Mahler, Michel Block, Leo Tolstoi, and Hugh Downs, was released by Americus Records in 2000. In October 2002 Americus Records will release his recording of Richard Strauss's unusual melodrama, Enoch Arden, for narrator and piano, where he is joined by the distinguished film and stage actor, Michael York.

Mr. Young is also the founder and CEO of Identity Marketing for Concert Artists, Inc, a consultancy that produces recordings for numerous labels and concert artists.

Carey Ann Strelecki

Carey Ann Strelecki has been writing, directing and producing non-fiction television and film for over 20 years. She started working at WQED-TV in Pittsburgh in her early twenties on the international PBS series, "Space Age." From there, she garnered credits on National Geographic Television, TLC, History Channel, ABC, CBS, Discovery Channel, HGTV and NHK.

In the 90's she branched out into themed entertainment starting at Disney's Imagineering and then produced media for Paul Allen's Science Fiction Museum in Seattle for Big Buddha Baba Productions and also for the California Academy of Sciences Museum in Golden Gate Park for Cinnabar Productions. She won the Golden CINE and other awards for "DoubleTake," the film that introduced Paul Allen's art collection at the Experience Music Project.

She later co-produced the award-winning feature doc, "I Have Never Forgotten You" about Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal while simultaneously serving as the senior research consultant to "An Inconvenient Truth."

She has also consulted on other feature films including "Fight Club," "You've Got Mail," "Blade" and "11.09.01" when she worked with Academy Award-winning director Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu (Biutiful, Babel, 21 Grams).

Strelecki is a member of the Producers Guild of America, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the Writers Guild of America.

Juan A. Gamero

Director, cinematographer and scriptwriter. He participated in the Festivals of Berlin and San Sebastian with two shortfilms, "4 Km" and "Hop!". Director of "Prisma", a series for TVE (1991, 26x30min.), a personal proposal with a purely visual style; the observation of people's life and nature in different parts of the world. Some of the works: "Turkana", "The beach", "Galapagos, the Darwin's journey", "A-Tila", "Barcelona 1800-1900", "Is land", "Ol Doinyo Lengai", "Tourist", "Costa Brava", "Ireland, stone in time", "Train to the tropic", "Otavalo-Barcelona". Director and scriptwriter of the final film of the Barcelona'92 Olimpic Games during the closing ceremony. He directed 300 short fiction stories for "Pinnic" (children TVE program, Ondas Intern.1993, bronze New York Fest.1994). Author of the documentaries "Living the utopia" (1997, 94 min., anarchists remembering their revolution during the spanish civil war. Arte-TVE), "Carme Riera, landscapes for happiness" (2001, 50', super16mm, TVE) and the awarded "Babel 2015" (DTV-Natura, 2000). With his company, Paradocs, he has been producer, director, scriptwriter, cinematographer and editor of documentaries filmed in Bali, Ecuador and Mali. Director, co-scriptwriter, cinematographer and editor of "Searching for the first european" (50', Turkana films, Roma Docscient 2011, best documentary on science and gold medal World Media Festival, Hamburg 2012). Since 1997 is member of the EDN.

Mauro Porrino

Mauro Porrino was born in Sao Jose in Octuber 22th of 1973. He started his career working in Model Agencies when he was 22 years old. He worked posing for photographs, publish and parades for Ellus, Ford, M. Officer and others. He starred in commercials for Gillette Mach 3, Neston and Apracur. Actually he works for Talent Agency, London-Elite, and he also stars on TV, Deus Nos Acuda (2005) on Rede Globo Television, in Brazil, and TV commercials for analgesics for flu, and publicity photos for Ford Agency. He has lived in the U.S.A, Japan, China, and Hong Kong, working as a male model.

He works very hard and has starred in other novels from Rede Globo, like: "Torre de Babel", starring as a hunk model who works for Rafaela (Cristiane Torloni), at Torre de Babel Model Agency; "Deus Nos Acuda", he stars as Gilson, a beautiful and mysterious criminal who works for international Mafia with his brother Marco (Oscar Magrini) to spy on Otto Bismark (Francisco Cuoco), a rich and powerful man, and obligate one poor father (George Doria) and his daughter (Claudia Raia) to pay their boss, The Lion. He also starred in a film "The Lady From The Shanghai Cinema" with Antonio Fagundes. And even though he is doing more TV commercials, Mauro plans to dedicate more time to acting.

Martin Loridan

M. Loridan is a French contemporary composer. His work includes chamber, orchestral and vocal music, as well as film-music and orchestrations. He graduated from the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris (CNSMDP). He has achieved distinction in several composition competitions. His works have been performed through Europe, Asia, and America by various orchestras and ensembles such as the Pittsburgh symphony orchestra, The Arditti Quartet, the London Schubert players, the Senzoku Gakuen New Philharmonic Orchestra, the Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players, l'Instant donné... They have been conducted by Edwin Roxburgh, Manfred Honeck, Zsolt Nagy, Ulrich Nicolai, and performed by renowned soloists such as Claude Delangle. Also working as a film-music composer, he has worked with European film treasures, for which he has composed the music of the silent film Akt Skulturen, and taken part in several projects as an orchestrator.

His music is published at BabelScores (chamber music) and edition Philipe Caillard (Vocal music)

Diego Ojeda

Born in Miami, Florida, Diego Ojeda studied Film & Business at Boston University. He has produced and directed for the On-Air sectors of the major television channels: NBC Universal's Mun2 and Viacom's MTV Latin America. As a commercial director, his work has been prized with BDA and Promax awards. Ojeda spearheaded Mun2's 2006 Upfront Image campaign, which was received with much success by international top agencies and leading level industry executives.

In 2007, he parted from Universal Studios to independently produce his first feature-length film with Peruvian director Ricardo de Montreuil. The film, entitled 'Mancora', includes a great cast as well as key Latin-cinema industry figures together with the production designer of 'Y Tu Mama Tambien', the editor of 'Amores Perros', and music supervisor of 'Babel' and '21 Grams'. The film has had great critical acclaim and has been accepted into the internationally prestigious 2008 Sundance Film Festival.

Currently, Ojeda is working with director De Montreuil on their second film, a psychological crime thriller to be set in Detroit. The film is to include a top level Hollywood cast.

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