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Philip K. Dick

Philip Kindred Dick was born in Chicago in December 1928, along with a twin sister, Jane. Jane died less than eight weeks later, allegedly from an allergy to mother's milk. Dick's parents split up during his childhood, and he moved with his mother to Berkeley, California, where he lived for most of the rest of his life. Dick became a published author in 1952. His first sale was the short story "Roog." His first novel, "Solar Lottery," appeared in 1955. Dick produced an astonishing amount of material during the 1950s and 1960s, writing and selling nearly a hundred short stories and some two dozen or so novels during this period, including "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?," "Time Out Of Joint," "The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch," and the Hugo-award winning "The Man In The High Castle." A supremely chaotic personal life (Dick was married five times) along with drug experimentation, sidetracked Dick's career in the early 1970s. Dick would later maintain that reports of his drug use had been greatly exaggerated by sensationalistic colleagues. In any event, after a layoff of several years, Dick returned to action in 1974 with the Campbell award-winning novel "Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said." Perhaps more importantly, though, this same year Dick would have a profound religious experience that would forever alter his life. Dick's final years were haunted by what he alleged to be a 1974 visitation from God, or at least a God-like being. Dick spent the rest of his life writing copious journals regarding the visitation and his interpretations of the event. At times, Dick seemed to regard it as a divine revelation and, at other times, he believed it to be a sign of extreme schizophrenic behaviour. His final novels all deal in some way with the entity he saw in 1974, especially "Valis," in which the title-character is an extraterrestrial God-like machine that chooses to make contact with a hopelessly schizophrenic, possibly drug-addled and decidedly mixed-up science fiction writer named Philip K. Dick. Despite his award-winning novels and almost universal acclaim from within the science-fiction community, Dick was never especially financially successful as a writer. He worked mainly for low-paying science-fiction publishers and never seemed to see any royalties from his novels after the advance had been paid, no matter how many copies they sold. In fact, one of the reasons for his extreme productivity was that he always seemed to need the advance money from his next story or novel in order to make ends meet. But towards the very end of his life, he achieved a measure of financial stability, partly due to the money he received from the producers of Blade Runner for the rights to his novel "Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?" upon which the film was based. Shortly before the film premiered, however, he died of a heart attack at the age of 53. Since his death, several other films have been adapted from his works (incuding Total Recall) and several unpublished novels have been published posthumously.

Nicollette Sheridan

Nicollette Sheridan has won a worldwide audience with her past television and film roles. She exploded on the small screen with her Golden Globe-nominated role of "Edie Britt", the blonde bombshell of Wisteria Lane, on ABC's hit show Desperate Housewives. Sheridan was honored in her native England, receiving the 2006 Glamour Women of the Year Award for Best U.S. TV Actress, adding to her back-to-back 2005-2006 Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Sheridan was born in Worthing, Sussex, England, the daughter of actress Sally Sheridan (née Adams). She discovered a passion for ballet as a small child and studied intensely, broadening her love of the arts as a student at the Arts Educational School in London. In addition to the theatre, she nurtured her talents as an avid equestrienne along with a rigorous thirst for reading and a love of the works of William Shakespeare. Moving to Los Angeles and being courted to explore her talents was a natural progression.

Sheridan became a household name portraying the beautiful, powerful and manipulative Paige Matheson on Knots Landing. This led to a variety of roles in other projects, including The People Next Door with Faye Dunaway, A Time to Heal opposite Gary Cole, Indictment: The McMartin Trial with James Woods and Dead Husbands with John Ritter, along with a special guest appearance on the season finale of Will & Grace.

Sheridan was first introduced to film audiences in Rob Reiner's The Sure Thing opposite John Cusack, going on to appear in other film comedies such as Noises Off... opposite Michael Caine, Spy Hard opposite Leslie Nielsen, Beverly Hills Ninja with Chris Farley, I Woke Up Early the Day I Died with Billy Zane and Code Name: The Cleaner opposite Cedric the Entertainer and Lucy Liu.

With an affinity for the animated world, she has brought her English accent to the Disney animated series The Legend of Tarzan and was also heard as a Russian fly in the animated feature Fly Me to the Moon 3D with Tim Curry, Kelly Ripa, Christopher Lloyd and Buzz Aldrin. Additionally, Sheridan voiced the role of "Zenna" in Promenade Pictures' animated film Noah, in which she stars opposite Michael Keaton, Rob Schneider, Marcia Gay Harden and Sir Ben Kingsley. She also appeared in the independent comedy Jewtopia, based on the famous play.

Generous with her time, Sheridan has lent her devotion and star presence to philanthropic causes including those focused on cancer, women and children at risk, and natural disaster relief (e.g., Hurricane Katrina), as well as such entities as the Red Cross, Humane Society, Last Chance for Animals, Best Friends Animal Society and The Amanda Foundation. In September of 2010 she teamed up with Natural Balance Pet Foods to raise money for National Guide Dog Awareness Month.

She resides in Los Angeles, California.

Drew Scott

Andrew Alfred Scott, better known as Drew Scott, is an entrepreneur and entertainer. He is a well-known television personality, co-hosting HGTV's popular series Property Brothers, along with his identical twin brother Jonathan Silver Scott. Property Brothers, which blends Drew's passions for real estate investment and TV production, focuses on helping families get into their dream homes without breaking their budget. As one of HGTV's highest-rated shows, it has several spin-off series, including Property Brothers at Home, Property Brothers at Home on the Ranch, Property Brothers - Buying + Selling and Brother vs. Brother.

Much like his brother Jonathan, Drew began acting in theater, improv and sketch comedy at a young age. His earlier television appearances have included roles on Smallville, Breaker High and Madison. Drew developed an interest in directing and producing while in high school, and to avoid being a struggling actor/director, he began investing in real estate as a means for funding their own productions. In 2004, after years of growing his successful real estate company, Drew decided to once again focus more energy on acting, directing and producing. As a young, driven filmmaker, Drew became heavily involved producing independent film. Drew and Jonathan founded their own production company that later evolved into Scott Brothers Entertainment, a multifaceted media entity creating scripted and unscripted productions. Over the years Drew has also produced film and TV events such as the Leo Film & TV Awards and the Producers Ball. Founded by Drew and Jonathan in 2011, the Producers Ball is an annual gala held during the Toronto International Film Festival. This highly exclusive gala honors the best of film, television and digital producers.

Since Drew and Jonathan were approached with the television show concept for Property Brothers in 2009, the resounding success quickly led to multiple spin-offs, three of which are produced by their own Scott Brothers Entertainment: Brother vs Brother, Property Brothers at Home and Property Brothers at Home on the Ranch. The powerhouse producers continue to expand their reach behind the camera by producing multi-genre programming for numerous networks, starring other talent.

In addition to both serving as Scott Brothers Entertainment's co-founder and executive producers, Drew and Jonathan showcased their longtime passion for music by releasing two country music songs on iTunes, "Hold On" and "Let The Night Shine In," in 2015. Their first book, Dream Home: The Property Brothers' Ultimate Guide To Finding And Fixing Your Perfect House, released April 4, 2016 and debuted on the New York Times Best-Seller List and Wall Street Journal Best-Seller List. The brothers have also expanded their furniture and decor line, Scott Living, into one of the largest and most recognized brands in the home space.

Another passion for Drew is philanthropy. From working with the Children's Hospitals to coordinating initiatives to help underprivileged youth, he demonstrates the importance of giving back. Over the past few years, Drew has been collaborating with the network of artists involved in Paul Haggis Artists for Peace and Justice (APJ), a non-profit organization that supports communities in Haiti through programs in education and health. Drew has had the honor of helping raise millions of dollars and global awareness for APJ's efforts.

Whit Hertford

Whitby Hertford was raised in Oak Park, California and is an actor, writer and director. He studies at the University of Essex's East 15 as a MFA theatre directing scholar and is a graduate of the University of Utah's Actor Training Program conservatory. Whit began his career at the age of three in Los Angeles, California. He is co-founder of the independent film entity, Sneak Attack and artistic director of the London based theatre company, The Stage Standard. He is the brother of Chelsea Hertford (Major Dad, American Beauty and Brighton Hertford (General Hospital and The Work and the Glory).

Peter Bogdanovich

Peter Bogdanovich was conceived in Europe but born in Kingston, New York. He is the son of immigrants fleeing the Nazis, Herma (Robinson) and Borislav Bogdanovich, a painter and pianist. His father was a Serbian Orthodox Christian, and his mother was from a rich Austrian Jewish family. Peter originally was an actor in the 1950s, studying his craft with legendary acting teacher Stella Adler and appearing on television and in summer stock. In the early 1960s he achieved notoriety for programming movies at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. An obsessive cinema-goer, sometimes seeing up to 400 movies a year in his youth, Bogdanovich prominently showcased the work of American directors such as John Ford, about whom he subsequently wrote a book based on the notes he had produced for the MOMA retrospective of the director, and the then-underappreciated Howard Hawks. Bogdanovich also brought attention to such forgotten pioneers of American cinema as Allan Dwan.

Bogdanovich was influenced by the French critics of the 1950s who wrote for Cahiers du Cinema, especially critic-turned-director François Truffaut. Before becoming a director himself, he built his reputation as a film writer with articles in Esquire Magazine. In 1968, following the example of Cahiers du Cinema critics Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, Claude Chabrol and Éric Rohmer who had created the Nouvelle Vague ("New Wave") by making their own films, Bogdanovich became a director. Working for low-budget schlock-meister Roger Corman, Bogdanovich directed the critically praised Targets and the not-so-critically praised Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women, a film best forgotten.

Turning back to journalism, Bogdanovich struck up a lifelong friendship with the legendary Orson Welles while interviewing him on the set of Mike Nichols' film adaptation of Catch-22 from the novel by Joseph Heller. Subsequently, Bogdanovich has played a major role in elucidating Welles and his career with his writings on the great actor-director, most notably his book "This is Orson Welles" (1992). He has steadily produced invaluable books about the cinema, especially "Who the Devil Made It: Conversations with Legendary Film Directors," an indispensable tome that establishes Bogdanovich, along with Kevin Brownlow, as one of the premier English-language chroniclers of cinema.

The 32-year-old Bogdanovich was hailed by a critics as a Wellesian wunderkind when his most famous film, The Last Picture Show was released. The film received eight Academy Award nominations, including Bogdanovich as Best Director, and won two of them, for Cloris Leachman and "John Ford Stock Company" veteran Ben Johnson in the supporting acting categories. Bogdanovich, who had cast 19-year-old model Cybill Shepherd in a major role in the film, fell in love with the young beauty, an affair that eventually led to his divorce from the film's set designer Polly Platt, his longtime artistic collaborator and the mother of his two children.

Bogdanovich followed up The Last Picture Show with a major hit, What's Up, Doc?, a screwball comedy heavily indebted to Hawks' Bringing Up Baby and His Girl Friday, starring Barbra Streisand and 'Ryan O'Neal'. Despite his reliance on homage to bygone cinema, Bogdanovich had solidified his status as one of a new breed of A-list directors that included Academy Award winners Francis Ford Coppola and William Friedkin, with whom he formed The Directors Company. The Directors Company was a generous production deal with Paramount Pictures that essentially gave the directors carte blanche if they kept within strict budget limitations. It was through this entity that Bogdanovich's next big hit, the critically praised Paper Moon, was produced.

Paper Moon, a Depression-era comedy starring Ryan O'Neal that won his ten-year-old daughter Tatum O'Neal an Oscar as Best Supporting Actress, proved to be the highwater mark of Bogdanovich's career. Forced to share the profits with his fellow directors, Bogdanovich became dissatisfied with the arrangement. The Directors Company subsequently produced only two more pictures, Francis Ford Coppola's critically acclaimed The Conversation which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture of 1974 and garnered Coppola an Oscar nod for Best Director, and Bogdanovich's Daisy Miller, a film that had a quite different critical reception.

An adaptation of the Henry James novella, Daisy Miller spelled the beginning of the end of Bogdanovich's career as a popular, critically acclaimed director. The film, which starred Bogdanovich's lover Cybill Shepherd as the title character, was savaged by critics and was a flop at the box office. Bogdanovich's follow-up, At Long Last Love, a filming of the Cole Porter musical starring Cybill Shepherd, was derided by critics as one of the worst films ever made, noted as such in Harry Medved and Michael Medved's book "The Golden Turkey Awards: Nominees and Winners, the Worst Achievements in Hollywood History" (1980). The film also was a box office bomb despite featuring Burt Reynolds, a hotly burning star who would achieve super-nova status at the end of the 1970s.

Once again beholden to the past, Bogdanovich insisted on filming the musical numbers for At Long Last Love live, a process not used since the early days of the talkies, when sound engineer Douglas Shearer developed lip-synching at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The decision was widely ridiculed, as none of the leading actors were known for their singing abilities (Bogdanovich himself had produced a critically panned album of Cybill Shepherd singing Cole Porter songs in 1974). The public perception of Bogdanovich became that of an arrogant director hamstrung by his own hubris.

Trying to recapture the lightning in the bottle that was his early success, Bogdanovich once again turned to the past, his own and that of cinema, with Nickelodeon. The film, a comedy recounting the earliest days of the motion picture industry, reunited Ryan O'Neal and 'Tatum O'Neal' from his last hit, Paper Moon with Burt Reynolds. Counseled not to use the unpopular (with both audiences and critics) Cybill Shepherd in the film, Bogdanovich instead used newcomer Jane Hitchcock as the film's ingénue. Unfortunately, the magic of Paper Moon could not be repeated and the film died at the box office. Jane Hitchcock, Bogdanovich's discovery, would make only one more film before calling it quits.

After a three-year hiatus, Bogdanovich returned with the critically and financially underwhelming Saint Jack for Hugh Hefner's Playboy Productions Inc. Bogdanovich's long affair with Cybill Shepherd had ended in 1978, but the production deal making Hugh Hefner the film's producer was part of the settlement of a lawsuit Shepherd had filed against Hefner for publishing nude photos of her pirated from a print of The Last Picture Show in Playboy Magazine. Bogdanovich then launched the film that would be his career Waterloo, They All Laughed, a low-budget ensemble comedy starring Audrey Hepburn and the 1980 Playboy Playmate of the Year, Dorothy Stratten. During the filming of the picture, Bogdanovich fell in love with Stratten, who was married to an emotionally unstable hustler, Paul Snider, who relied on her financially. Stratten moved in with Bogdanovich, and when she told Snider she was leaving him, he shot and killed her, sodomizing her corpse before committing suicide.

They All Laughed could not attract a distributor due to the negative publicity surrounding the Stratten murder, despite it being one of the few films made by the legendary Audrey Hepburn after her provisional retirement in 1967 (the film would prove to be Hepburn's last starring role in a theatrically released motion picture). The heartbroken Bogdanovich bought the rights to the negative so that it would be seen by the public, but the film had a limited release, garnered weak reviews and cost Bogdanovich millions of dollars, driving the emotionally devastated director into bankruptcy.

Bogdanovich turned back to his first avocation, writing, to pen a memoir of his dead love, "The Killing of the Unicorn: Dorothy Stratten (1960-1980)" that was published in 1984. The book was a riposte to Teresa Carpenter's "Death of a Playmate" article written for The Village Voice that had won the 1981 Pulitzer Prize. Carpenter had lambasted Bogdanovich and Hugh Hefner, claiming that Stratten was as much a victim of them as she was of Paul Snider. The article served as the basis of Bob Fosse's film Star 80, in which Bogdanovich was portrayed as the fictional director "Aram Nicholas".

Bogdanovich's career as a noted director was over, and though he achieved modest success with Mask, his sequel to his greatest success The Last Picture Show, Texasville, was a critical and box office disappointment. He directed two more theatrical films in 1992 and 1993, but their failure kept him off the big screen until 2001's The Cat's Meow. Returning once again to a reworking of the past, this time the alleged murder of director Thomas H. Ince by Welles' bete noir William Randolph Hearst, The Cat's Meow was a modest critical success but a flop at the box office. In addition to helming some television movies, Bogdanovich has returned to acting, with a recurring guest role on the cable television series The Sopranos as Dr. Jennifer Melfi's analyst.

Bogdanovich's personal reputation suffered from gossip about his 13-year marriage to Dorothy Stratten's 19-year-old-kid sister Louise Stratten, who was 29 years his junior. Some gossip held that Bogdanovich's behavior was akin to that of the James Stewart character in Alfred Hitchcock's necrophiliac masterpiece Vertigo, with the director trying to remold Stratten into the image of her late sister. The marriage ended in divorce in 2001.

Now in his mid-60s, Bogdanovich clearly has imitated his hero Orson Welles, but in an unintended fashion, as a type of monumental failure much beloved by the mythmakers of Hollywood. However, unlike the widely acclaimed master Welles, the orbit of Bogdanovich's reputation has never recovered from the apogee it reached briefly in the early 1970s.

There has been speculation that Peter Bogdanovich's ruin as a director was guaranteed when he ditched his wife and artistic collaborator Polly Platt for Cybill Shepherd. Platt had worked with Bogdanovich on all his early successes, and some critics believe that the controlling artistic consciousness on The Last Picture Show was Platt's. Parting company with Platt after Paper Moon, Bogdanovich promptly slipped from the heights of a wunderkind to a has-been pursuing epic folly, as evidenced by Daisy Miller and At Long Last Love.

In 1998 the National Film Preservation Board of the Library of Congress named The Last Picture Show to the National Film Registry, an honor awarded only to the most culturally significant films. Viewing Daisy Miller alongside The Last Picture Show should be a standard part of film school curriculum, as it tends to debunk the auteur theory. Bogdanovich's career gives truth to the contention that film is an industrial process and each movie has many "authors," not just one (the director). If the auteur theory were true, Bogdanovich arguably would have returned to form eventually and produced more good films, if not another masterpiece.

He didn't - he didn't even come close. Thus, Bogdanovich will remain a footnote in cinema history, more valuable for his contributions to the literature of film than to the medium itself.

Trina McGee

Born in the Bronx, New York, Trina McGee is the eldest child to her classical pianist mother and her Haitian photographer/revolutionist father. Although her father was absent from the family unit, his political legacy continued to shape Trina's life. Exiled from Haiti in the 1960s for publishing pamphlets denouncing Papa Doc, he spent Trina's youth fleeing the Haitian authorities, who would find out his whereabouts periodically and force him to run for his life. Meanwhile, Trina learned to play piano, write songs and showed an interest in acting, creative writing and political issues. As a child, she attended the prestigious and politically-acclaimed Manhattan Country School, founded in 1968, as a result of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech.

Children of all races and financial backgrounds were able to learn and compete on an equal playing field. This base of this education has been the crux of her crossover appeal in the present day. After attending Howard University for two years with political science as her major, she decided that wasn't her path and returned home to New York to pursue music. She was convinced she could make it when a song she wrote was passed on to some local Minneapolis, Prince-affiliated producers. The song became #1 on a local Minneapolis station and gave her the inspiration to go for a music career. Shortly after, she was approached by a movie producer in New York who thought, based on Trina's unique physical appearance, she could procure work as an actress. The producer let Trina use his name to get an agent, and soon after she found herself in the original production of "Chelsea Walls", acting with Marisa Tomei and Gina Gershon, directed by Jane Alexander and Edwin Sherin. After that run, she did three Hip Hop musicals, of which she was the lead rapper and vocalist. This background came in handy when, shortly after the musicals, there was an open casting opportunity from Quincy Jones, who was searching for girls who could act, dance and sing. His vision was a television show based on 'The Monkees' sixties phenomenon, but with a girl group in place. After seeing eight hundred girls around the country, and a rough auditioning process, which turned away a young 'Lauren Hill' and Regina King, Trina lasted to become one of the final four. Although Quincy's vision never met fruition, the assistance she received from Quincy in starting a life in California has been crucial to her development as an artist.

During the next phase of her life, she got married, did numerous sitcoms and dramatic television guest spots, an action movie with Sylvester Stallone and the The Fast and the Furious director Rob Cohen, worked with Mike Nichols in The Birdcage, and somehow managed to have three children, in-between. The last child was born while filming the sitcom, Boy Meets World, where Trina spent three years on the seven-year ABC, TGIF staple. Although she was now a mother of three, she portrayed a teenager, simultaneously, on television. This was also one of the first interracial relationships portrayed by teenagers on television and was the result of a LA Times article which subsequently published an editorial reply written by Trina, herself, on the importance of racial tolerance.

Always a survivor, when Trina became a single mom at the end of her "Boy Meets World" run, she focused on the repairing of her family unit, which meant at that time being an at-home mom, taking on a slew of commercial work. She shook her bottom in a hot commercial with Kid Rock, was smoothed out sophisticated with a car ad alongside Halle Berry's ex, soul singer Eric Benét (directed by Rob Cohen of the Fast and Furious), and currently has the AT&T logo slapped on her backside as her good friend, D.L. Hughley, lustfully looks on. She also starred in the last Ice Cube Friday franchise, Friday After Next, and several more guest television spots. She is a consistent entity in the entertainment field and is recognized daily wherever she goes, especially by kids 5-17, who grew up on her work. She is also finding herself as a writer and currently has several television sitcoms in development. Not only has she penned these works herself, she has procured commitment from the array of star power she's come in contact with over the years. It seems next level of stardom is Trina's destiny.

Trina now lives in the San Fernando Valley with her three kids. She also likes painting and putting on plays, with her talented children, in her spare time.

Louis Mandylor

Recently reprising his role in, my big Fat Greek Wedding 2, the 400 million dollar- grossing history-making comedy sequel, Mandylor's latest movies / Daylights End playing Lance Hendrickson's son in a Post apocalypse zombie infested world/ Mandylor also leads his expendable type crew through a high Octane action drama Titled HUNTED", Mandylor also teams up with Creig Sheffer in chasing down the exciting Steven Segal in CODE OF HONOR a 2016 NEW RELEASE Sept by Sony. Some of Mandylor 's other credits are numerous hit television shows/ Grace Under Fire, Martial Law, the worldwide-loved Friends, episodes of CSI, Castle & NCSI..Mandylor's production company, has steadily raised the bar for independent filmmaking following the successful production of its first three award-winning feature films. Top HONORS at The AOF film festival not to mention the coveted best drama feature distinction and an array of best picture awards for In the eyes of a Killer. Mandylor has since produced and directed 8 films comprising of world wide sales and awards to accompany. Mandylor's latest film BLACKOUT has opened best seller at RED BOX 2016 and getting high acclaim.. With this momentum, At AFM 2016 Mandylor merged and Launched with Marc Clebanoff to steer a new fully funded and operational world wide sales-production company Odyssey Motion Pictures. With a slate of films set for 2016 and the release of DAYLIGHTD END Louis remains a sought after entity in HOLLYWOOD.

David A.R. White

David A.R. White has been a working actor, director and producer in Los Angeles for over twenty years. He was raised in a small Mennonite farming community outside of Dodge City, Kansas.

At the age of 19, David moved to LA, and only six months after moving, landed a recurring role on the hit top 10, TV CBS sitcom, Evening Shade for close to four years. He played the best friend of Burt Reynolds's son. David then went on to guest appearances on such shows as: Coach, Saved by the Bell, Sisters, Melrose Place, Martial Law and many others.

In 1999, produced and starred in his first feature length film, The Moment After. The following year, he produced and starred in the groundbreaking faith based theatrical film, Mercy Streets opposite Eric Roberts, Stacy Keach and Cynthia Watros. David was nominated for a movie guide's "best actor" award for his dual roles in the film. Sony picked up both films for distribution. David kept producing and starring in films throughout the next several years.

In late 2005, David became a founding partner in the film distribution/production entity Pure Flix.

Today, Pure Flix maintains its position as the number one Faith based studio, producing and distributing more films in this genre than any other studio. David also maintains his position as one of the most prolific actors/filmmakers in the faith based arena, as he writes, directs, produces and stars in many of the films.

David has starred in over 20 films. Some of his film credits include: SIX...the Mark Unleashed, The Moment After 1,2, In the Blink of an Eye, Hidden Secrets, Holyman Undercover, Run On, Marriage Retreat, Me Again, Jerusalem Countdown (based on the best selling book that sold over 2 million units and the Revelation Road movies.

In 2012, David created, produced and starred in the UP original film, Brother White. He co-starred with Reginald Vel Johnson, Jackee, Victoria Jackson, academy award nominee Bruce Davison, Ray Wise and his lovely real life wife, Andrea Logan White. At the TCA's that year, David got rave reviews and became a darling, charming the critics with his real life Mennonite stories.

For his performance in Brother White, David was named a finalist in 5th Annual Cable FAX Program Awards in the category of Best Actor/Actress - Family Friendly

In 2014, David produced and Co Starred in the #1 live action independent movie of the year, God's Not Dead. He starred with Kevin Sorbo and Dean Cain in God's Not Dead. God's Not Dead maintains it's position as the 6th most profitable movie in cinema history based on it's ROI.

Also in 2014, David helped produced a new Sony Film, which he helped create with his wife, Mom's Night Out. This movie starred Patricia Heaton, Trace Atkins, Sean Astin and his wife, Andrea Logan White.

In 2015, David starred in the new action/comedy dog movie Dancer and the Dame. He starred opposite Billy Gardell. (Mike on Mike & Molly). He continues to be at the helm of Pure Flix shooting and releasing 4 theatricals films a year, and building and creating content for Pureflix.com

Kamal Haasan

Kamal Haasan was born November 7, 1954 in Paramakudi, Tamil Nadu. He debuted as a child artiste in the film "Kalathoor Kannamma" (1960), which was released in the year 1960. Since then, he has starred in nearly 200 films in the major Indian languages - Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam and Hindi. He has been a part of the film industry for 52 years, as of 2012. His journey in cinema has seen him do various roles - from child artiste, to romantic lead to one of the most respected and revered heroes of the film industry today.

He has famously said that he is a reluctant actor. He has an avid interest in every aspect of film making and is known for his work as a choreographer, director, and writer, as well.

He wrote his first script at age 18 for the film "Unarchigal" (1976), which was then followed by films that have gone on to become cult classics - Rajapaarvai (1981), Sathya (1988), Apoorva Sahotharargal (1989), Thevar Magan (1992), Mahanadi (1994), Kurudhippunal (1995), Avvai Shanmugi (1996), Hey Ram (2000), Pammal K Sambandam (2002), Panchathanthiram (2002), Anbe Sivam (2003), are a few of the films etched in popular memory for having set the bar for craftsmanship in the fields of screenplay, script, and dialogue.

He is also a prolific writer of fiction and non-fiction in Tamil and his published work is testament to his constant exploration of structure and form.

Kamal Haasan's strong convictions in his art have led to some of Indian cinema's most path-breaking films like Pushpak / Pushpaka Vimaanam / Pesum Padam (1987). Kamal Haasan also worked as a choreographer while transitioning as a well-known child artiste to the lead actor in a feature length film. Some of his best-known work as a dancer can be seen in Saagara Sangamam (1983) and the popular hit Punnagai Mannan (1986).

Kamal Haasan is also a student of Carnatic music, studying under musical maestro Dr. Balamuralikrishna. One of his biggest hits as a playback singer was the song "Inji Iduppazhagi" for the film Thevar Magan.

His career as a director began with the film Chachi 420 (1997), the Hindi remake of Avvai Shanmugi. Since then he has called the shots for critically acclaimed films like "Hey Ram" and "Virumaandi".

He has never hesitated to state his opinions and encourage debate about topics that are socially relevant. He is a rationalist in thought and moderate in opinion and a humanist in philosophy. The need to be socially conscious is seen in the way his fan clubs have revamped themselves into entities that carry out charity and volunteer work.

Charles Band

Charles Band is a writer, producer, director and publisher. He was born on December 27, 1951 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Charles Robert Band. His father was producer and director Albert Band and his brother is composer Richard Band.

Band has been writing, producing and directing films in the horror, science fiction, fantasy and comedy genres since the 1970s both for other company's and with his own studios, Empire Pictures and Full Moon Features. He was instrumental in ushering in the home video boom of the early 1980s with his companies Meda (later renamed Media Home Entertainment) and Wizard Video, the latter imprint which was responsible for being among the first entities to distribute European horror movies from such now celebrated filmmakers as Jess Franco and Lucio Fulci.

Band is perhaps best known for his work with Empire Pictures, making such pictures as Ghoulies, The Dungeonmaster, Terrorvision, Re-Animator and From Beyond and later, with Full Moon Features making films like Puppetmaster, Doctor Mordrid, Subspecies, Pit and the Pendulum, Castle Freak and many more.

Despite the changes in the home video and theatrical film marketplaces, Band has never stopped making and distributing movies. Many of his classic Full Moon pictures can be found on his Full Moon Streaming channel and now on the Full Moon Amazon channel. Band also distributes hundreds of his own and other filmmakers movies on DVD and Blu-ray via Full Moon Direct, along with a myriad toys and related Full Moon universe merchandise.

Recent Full Moon Features productions include Evil Bong High 5, Trophy Heads, Killjoy's Psycho Circus, Ravenwolf Towers and Puppetmaster: Axis Termination.

Ryota Nakanishi

He has extensive experiences in all aspects of both filmmaking and social movements. He studied at the best film school in Taiwan, National Taiwan University of Arts where the best Chinese film directors Ang Lee and Hsiao-Hsien Hou had learned filmmaking. Not only he attended their lectures, but also He made US award winning horror short movie Ryota Nakanishi's Moxina during this Batchelor degree program period at the film department. Besides these, he was one of film school representatives of Taiwan to attend the largest academic film conference Pak Tong Cheuk's Hou Hsiao-Hsien Master Class at Baptist University Hong Kong in 2007. In which, he dedicated to the series of lectures and conversations with Hsiao-Hsien Hou and representatives of film schools in the Greater China Region.

His master piece short horror film won the Best Foreign Short, Roger Corman Award at the largest horror film festival, Fright Night Film Festival in USA in 2012.

After graduation from National Taiwan University of Arts, he successfully entered M.F.A. Filmmaking program at Taipei University of the Arts where is the most prestigious film school in Taiwan. He had engaged in making of the S3D film for Taiwan government, Shih-Han Tsao's The Blue Sky as a directorial assistant and film dialogue translator for the Japanese role. The entire production notes were published as a film book in Taiwan.

Then, he transferred into the best film school in Japan, Tokyo University of the Arts and its film department to further develop his film career. In 2011, he went to UCLA and Hollywood to complete his summer program. He attended Michael Moore and Leonard Nimoy 's film and photography classes. He made his fist theatrical feature film debut by making an anthology film, Takeshi Tanaka's The Rakugo Movie. It staring the most famous Japanese actor Takayuki Yamada and the best actress Tsubasa Honda as protagonists, 2013, Japan. This film won the best seller top #1 in drama and comedy categories in Amazon.co.jp and the top #1 best seller record in general sales of DVD category in Oricon.

He also had experiences in working with famous film directors as assistant and actor. Such as Palme d'Or winner Abbas Kiarostami's Like Someone in Love which nominated for Palmed'Or at Cannes Film Festival. And Japanese famous film director Takeshi Kitano's Ryûzô to 7 nin no kobun tachi.

For TV shows, he made six documentary episodes Ryota Nakanishi's Furusato-Time with well known actor Shingo Kazami for the largest cable TV station, J:COM. And he also created TV drama series for NHK-E Television, such as E-Tele-Judge with legendary Samurai star Ken Matsudaira . He created and edited homage to Samurai movie and Western movie series, Ken Matsudaira's Obugyosama! Part 1 and Obugyosama! Part 2 . He made professional TV editing works for the series of drama for NHK in 2015.

Besides these, his main priority of life has been changed into social movements after graduation of TUA, he had experiences of political campaigns with ex-Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Masahiko Yamada on the 1st. Anti-TPP law suit from May 2015 to June 7, 2017. Then he co-organized anti-Abe regime political campaigns with ex-prime minister of Japan Government Yukio Hatoyama and the richest Japanese politician Ichirô Ozawa for All Japan: Episode II 3.18 Grand Convention -The Force of the People Awakens. TV production, photography and video making in different fields, ranged from independent entities, local to multinational companies (2005-2016). And every thing was meaningful for the next. 6 TV shows for major TV stations and 6 award winning films are his representative works.

In 2017, his TV and film editing master piece, The Rakugo Movie was successfully nominated for the International Emmy Awards in Comedy.

Ariel Vromen

Born in Israel, Ariel Vromen has been the creative force behind numerous projects including Feature Films, Shorts, Music videos, and Documentaries and has directed and produced many projects for major production entities such as First Look Films, Screen Media Universal, Lightning Entertainment, Film Colony and Next Wave Films. He has written and directed several films, including the underground hit, Jewel of the Sahara, starring Gerard Butler (300, The Phantom of the Opera) the award winning feature film "Rx," starring Colin Hanks (King Kong, Orange County), Eric Balfour and Lauren German, and the Blue Omega psychological thriller, "Danika," starring award-winning Marisa Tomei, Craig Bierco and Regina Hall. While in London, he opened a recording studio and produced three music albums. Ariel has amassed his film education at both New York University and the Los Angeles Film School and has a law degree from Kent University in the U.K.

Stacey McKenzie

Stacey McKenzie has channeled her passion for fashion into a successful career. A model, motivational speaker,TV personality and actress, Stacey is a proven entity in the industry. Self trained as a model, Stacey has and continues to work with some of the worlds fashion elites. She has graced numerous pages and covers of magazines and landed major campaigns including, Vogue (U.S, Italian, British, Korean and Spanish), Harpers Bazaar, Interview, Verve-girl, Flare, Vibe,Calvin Klein, Jean Paul Gaultier and MAC Cosmetics.

In addition to modeling, Ms. McKenzie hosted Stylissimo on MTV Europe.! The show was broadcast all over Europe, Africa and Asia. She also corresponded for Fashion File, and, landed her 1st major role to date as a "quirky stewardess" alongside Bruce Willis in The Fifth Element.

In 2006 Stacey accepted the job of becoming one of the judges and model master for Canada's Next Top Model.

She returned to a 2nd season of Canada's Next Top Model as a Judge/Model Master. She was recently seen on hit Reality shows, America's Next Top Model, MTV's "Made" and Re-Vamped II, CBC Canada Reads and Host of CBCLive at The Genies Red Carpet 2012.

Stacey pursued a vision to teach all aspect of modeling and most importantly teaching young people to be confident within themselves. Her pursuit of this vision led to the development of Walk This Way Workshops.

Stacey is actively involved in giving back to the community, encouraging youth to "Own You" and "Rule Your Runway" with confidence. She is so passionate about her Walk This Way Workshops she's started a tour, focusing on channeling your inner supermodel to promote life-skill building in young girls and boys, men and women aged 12 plus in inner city communities.

Cylk Cozart

With 30 films and more than 20 television shows to his credit, over 75 million viewers in the United States alone have seen Cylk Cozart's work. But, for Cozart, it is his love of children and helping others less fortunate that led him to Hollywood and what continues to underscore his reason for being in show business. Cylk Cozart's wide range of talents as an actor, producer, writer, singer, model and songwriter have made him one of Hollywood's most sought after artists. Cozart has an impressive list of film credits to his name that have garnered well over a half a billion dollars at the box office, including: Conspiracy Theory (Mel Gibson and Julia Roberts); Ron Shelton's White Men Can't Jump; Three to Tango (Matthew Perry and Neve Campbell); Love Affair (Annette Bening and Warren Beatty); Eraser (Arnold Schwarzenegger); Play It to the Bone (Antonio Banderas and Woody Harrelson); Blue Chips (Nick Nolte and 'Shaquille O'Neal (I)'); and In the Line of Fire (Clint Eastwood).

Born in Knoxville, Tennessee, to a Native American mother and an African-American father, Cylk was given the fuel he needed to fulfill his life-long dream. A natural athlete, Cozart excelled at sports in high school and was one of the best players on both the basketball and football teams. Graduating with high marks and outstanding athletic skill, he was offered numerous basketball and football scholarships to colleges across the country. He chose King College in Bristol, Tennessee, where he majored in Child Psychology. After college, Cozart pursued his goal of playing professional basketball, but a foot injury while playing in the NBA Summer Pro League ended his dream.

After a successful modeling career in Miami, Cozart made his feature film debut in Warner Bros. Blue Skies Again opposite Andy Garcia. Deciding to relocate to New York to study his craft, Cozart continued modeling and appeared in numerous publications such as Vogue, GQ, and Essence. His love for theatre soon led him to be in two prominent stage plays: "Diary of a Black Man" and "The Big Knife." He also trained at the American Repertory Theatre and the Sundance Institute under the tutelage of Robert Redford.

Since then Cozart has appeared in the movies-of-the-week: Johnny Tsunami for Disney; Slam Dunk Ernest with Jim Varney and A Family Divided with Faye Dunaway, both for NBC. He also had recurring roles on NBC's Reasonable Doubts with Mark Harmon, ABC's Gabriel's Fire with James Earl Jones; and HBO's Dream On. He guest-starred on such shows as UPN's Sister, Sister; CBS's Diagnosis Murder and Walker, Texas Ranger; Fox's Ned and Stacey Roc, M.A.N.T.I.S., and Living Single; NBC's The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air; ABC's Hangin' with Mr. Cooper; and Lifetime's Any Day Now with Annie Potts in which Cozart also exhibits his singing talents. His early film work included roles in School Daze directed by Spike Lee, and Fire Birds with Nicolas Cage and Tommy Lee Jones.

President of his own production company, Cozart is also Co-Chairman of the newly formed production entity, P.O.V. Planet, which recently created and produced the Wave to the World All-Star Celebrity Recording and Video "Spirit of Life" for the 2000 Paralympic Games in Sydney, Australia. "Spirit of Life" has earned, to date, the prestigious Videographer and Aurora Awards, the NY Film Festival Bronze Award, and the Telly Award. With a number of projects on his slate, Cozart is also producing the feature film Baby of the Family, which will star the award-winning Alfre Woodard. The film is inspired by award-winning author Tina McElroy Ansa's book of the same name and will be directed by 'Joneé Ansa'. Cozart is also producing and starring in the upcoming feature film What's Going On? (Marvin Gaye) with legendary songwriter Ed Townsend consulting, and is producing a unique documentary multi-part series based on the African-American Vernacular Art books called "Souls Grown Deep."

Among his other creative pursuits, the multi-talented Cozart is completing his first co-produced music CD on which he sings lead vocals and has composed two original songs. He is also an active partner and celebrity spokesperson for a new, innovative, manufacturing company, The Original Ballbag Co., whose products are licensed by the NBA, NBA.com, Tommy Hilfiger, and others. Today, basketball continues to be one of Cozart's personal passions; he is the back-to-back 3-Point Shooting Champion and Team Captain for the NBA Entertainment League and is also Team Captain of the Hollywood Knights Celebrity Basketball Tour.

His compassion, understanding and capacity to give are exemplified by his devotion to utilizing his celebrity status to advocate and support numerous charities and humanitarian events. Cozart is a spokesperson for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and is the founder of the "Hoops for Hope" Basketball Charity Game, a non-profit star-studded event. He is founder of the "Cylk Cozart Celebrity Classic All-Star Basketball Game" to benefit the Toni Stroman Fund, and is a celebrity spokesperson for the National Make-A-Wish Foundation and The Boys & Girls Clubs of America. He is also a celebrity supporter for the National Tourette Syndrome Association, The Lupus Foundation of America, The National Indian Council, and others, along with numerous non-profit celebrity sports tournaments and fund-raisers. In recognition of his outstanding charitable efforts and accomplishments, he was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation by Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan.

In February 2013 Cylk co-founded Cure4Hunger.org as their CEO & Co-Chairman. Cure4Hunger is the world's first legitimate and affordable cure for global hunger by integrating 7-technolgies into 1 sustainable solution. One acre of Cure4Hunger Food & Water Domes feeds 58,000 starving people 365 days a year.

Alexandros Avranas

Alexander Avranas, born in Larissa in 1977. He started studied sculpture at the Athens School of Fine Arts (1998-2001) and then he continued at the Universitat der Kunste Berlin. With his first film "Without" he win seven awards at the 49th Film Festival of Thesaloniki and suggested for the Best Director Award at the International Film Festival of Milan.

Alexandros Avranas in all his works, film and visual arts, examines social and political issues. The interest concerns employing modern man either as an independent entity or as a member of society. Alexandros Avranas sneers, triggers, denounces our indifference and passivity.

On September 7th 2013 he won the Silver Lion Director at 70th Venice Film Festival for his film «Miss Violence», proves that times can be tough but there is still hope. The Greek film «Miss Violence» also won other honors since Themis Panou won the Volpi Cup Best Actor for his role in the film of Avranas. These awards were added to the other two Avranas won the last Friday of juries parallel Awards : Prize of critics FEDEORA of the best European -Mediterranean film competition section of the Mostra and prize Arca CinemaGiovanni conferred group of 70 young Italy, France and Tunisia. The film also won several awards in between Best Script at the Stokholm film Festival.

Avranas' film had the first view of the Lido impress audiences and critics, both the subject of (a Greek dysfunctional family driven into terrible situations, comment on the current economic situation in Greece and not only) and with the style - a style strict, austere, which although highly unrealistic not touched any naturalism.

A story centered on the Greek family and the degradation of neat mask, is in the heart of «Miss Violence»: the 11 year-old Angela jumping, smiling, from the balcony on the day of her birthday, and social services are struggling to understand why, as the family insists that he was listless accident while trying to hide guilty secrets.

Note that this is the second Lion of St. Mark winning Greek director at the Mostra film debut was the Gold Lion won the 1980 Theo Angelopoulos for his film "Alexander the Great".

Steve Golin

Steve Golin is founder and CEO of "Anonymous Content LLP", a multimedia development, production and talent management company based in Culver City, California. The company reunites Golin with such directors as David Fincher, Neil LaBute, David Kellogg, Gore Verbinski and Mark Romanek, all of whom worked with Golin through his first venture, "Propaganda Films". Today, while developing a slate of film and television projects at "Anonymous", Golin has guided the company's commercial division to become, in less than a year, one of the top commercial production entities in the industry, producing spots and campaigns for Nike, Intel, Citibank, United Airlines, Ford, Audi, Coca-Cola, Pepsi and others. Its music video division, which earned Best Hard Rock New Artist Clip of The Year at the 2000 Billboard Music Video Awards for A Perfect Circle's "Judith", directed by David Fincher, has also produced projects for the Wallflowers, Third Eye Blind, Smashmouth, Filter and Cypress Hill, among other artists. Under Golin's leadership, the company's management division has grown to represent more than 50 writers, directors and actors. Previously, as co-founder of "Propaganda Films", Golin helped develop such filmmakers as Michael Bay, Spike Jonze, Dominic Sena, Simon West and Antoine Fuqua. There, he also oversaw the development and production of such acclaimed television projects as Beverly Hills, 90210, Twin Peaks and the Peabody Award-winning Tales of the City. Golin built "Propaganda" into the largest music video and commercial production company in the world, winning more MTV Video Awards and Cannes Palme d'Or Awards than any other company. He helped revolutionize the music video and commercial industries with sophisticated and award-winning work for such artists as Michael Jackson, Madonna, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Bonnie Raitt, George Michael and The Red Hot Chili Peppers, and major advertisers including Budweiser, AT&T, IBM, Nike, Apple and McDonald's.

Bernadette Lafont

Bernadette Lafont was born at the Protestant Health Home of Nîmes in Gard, the only child of a pharmacist and a housewife from the Cévennes. Her mother always wanted a boy to name Bernard and, once she gave birth to a girl, she enjoyed to hold this against all the catholics she knew as the proof that their God either was blind or didn't exist. Often dressed as a boy and nicknamed Bernard, Bernadette nevertheless had a great relationship with her parents. Having spent part of her childhood in Saint-Geniès-de-Malgoirès, she returned to Nîmes where she took ballet lessons at the local Opera House. She proved to be a gifted student and she did three little tours and about twenty galas there. An extroverted girl with a fervent imagination, she used to spend her holidays at the Cévennes family mansion playing dress-up with her friend Annie, along whom she used to pretend to be an actress from an imaginary West End Club, working in Italian cinema: doing this started to win her a lot of male attention. She also began to develop a passion for film from an early age, adopting Brigitte Bardot and Marina Vlady as role models.

On the summer of 1955, the "Arènes" of Nîmes hosted a Festival of Dramatic Arts for the second time: 40 actors came from Paris while 50 regional aspiring thespians and 30 dancing students were recruited on the place. The main attraction was a production of "La Tragédie des Albigeois", a new play which featured music by Georges Delerue and starred, in the leading roles, the acclaimed stage veteran Jean Deschamps and a talented young actor called Jean-Louis Trintignant, who would go a long way from there. The play also offered bit parts to future directing genius Maurice Pialat, Trintignant's then wife Colette Dacheville (the future Stéphane Audran), and the skilled Gérard Blain, who, by then, had already appeared in a handful of movies, although usually in uncredited roles. Having seen Gérard on his way to a rehearsal at the "Arènes", Bernadette was immediately won over by his "bad boy" charm and decided to walk around the place (which had ironically been the spot of her parents' first encounter) to catch his attention: she did. Already separated from wife Estelle Blain, Gérard immediately developed a great interest in Bernadette, stating that he was willing to bring her to Paris to introduce her to certain people at the Opera House and stating how glad he was that she didn't have any interest in pursuing an acting career, something he regarded, in a woman's case, as a road to perdition. After she finished her studies, Bernadette's parents gave her permission to marry Gérard and she did so in 1957.

Blain found his first relevant film role in Julien Duvivier's brilliant thriller Deadlier Than the Male and Bernadette spent a lot of time with him on the movie's set, something that made her fascination with cinema grow even bigger. The film opened to positive reviews and was also lauded (quite an oddity for a Duvivier feature) by the ruthless "Cahiers du Cinéma" critics, including the young François Truffaut, who called Blain "the French James Dean". Gérard decided to give the critic a phone call to thank him for the kind words and, after the two had a couple lunches together, Truffaut ended up making him a work offer. It's always been very hard for film critics to point at a specific work as the undisputed start of the French New Wave: for many people it's Agnès Varda's La Pointe Courte , but the director herself never wanted to be bestowed this honor and prefers to be considered a godmother to the movement. Others think that the roots of this new school of cinema can be found in the early shorts of Jacques Rivette, Jean-Luc Godard and Truffaut. The latter's The Mischief Makers is certainly one of the most significant of these ground-breaking works and happens to be the project for which Blain was recruited. Truffaut wanted to shoot the short in Nîmes and, with the exception of Gérard, he hired only non-professional actors: this included several local children and, of course, Bernadette. The mini-feature is centered around two lovers, Gérard (Blain) and Bernadette Jouve (Lafont), who are spied on by a group of children and are separated forever once he leaves for a mountain excursion from which he will never return. The character of Bernadette, a head-turner who becomes a great object of attention wherever she goes, was very much based on the real-life Lafont, just like her relationship with her beau Gérard (who has to leave Nîmes for three months, promising to marry her at his return) was very much reminiscent of her engagement to Blain. The two actors stayed at the house of Bernadette's parents for the entire shooting of the short. She chose to act in bare feet the whole time to make a homage to Ava Gardner in The Barefoot Contessa and, at the same time, a favour to Blain, not exactly a man of exceptional height. When he had married Bernadette, Gérard had sworn to himself that his new wife would have never stolen the spotlight from him like Estella had previously done: unfortunately for his plans, he was soon going to be sorely disappointed. Truffaut managed to get the best out of the young actress through rather unorthodox methods at times (like threatening to slap her hadn't she cried convincingly), but they established a great chemistry in the end and he taught her not to look at someone like Bardot as a source of inspiration, since the big star didn't possess any gift Bernadette should have been jealous of. "Les Mistons" turned out to be a little gem which already contained all the best elements of the great director's cinema. During the shooting, Bernadette got to know many other key figures of the upcoming French New Wave, including Rivette, Paul Gégauff and Claude Chabrol. The latter had already asked her to appear in his debut feature film by the time Truffaut had proposed her to star in "Les Mistons": she had accepted both offers simultaneously and, once the shooting of the short movie was over, she immediately embarked on another adventure.

Chabrol's atmospheric Le Beau Serge is now officially considered the movie that kickstarted the French New Wave: it was shot in Sardent, where the director had spent many of his childhood years. The main cast was formed by Bernadette, Gérard and another young actor called Jean-Claude Brialy, who would soon become a cornerstone of French cinema in general and an assiduous presence in New Wave movies in particular. The movie takes place in a community of drunkards and is centered around the relationship between the rebellious Serge (Blain) and his better balanced friend François (Brialy). Bernadette got the juicy role of Serge's slutty sister-in-law and lover, Marie. This role of a very impudent and provocative woman of slightly vulgar charms allowed her to introduce the French audience to a new female image that was very much different from the ones usually found in the cinema of the period and worked as a prototype to the unforgettable gallery of "bad girl" types her cinematic work will forever be strictly associated to. The movie was very much praised along with the great performances of its actors. Bernadette was immediately featured on the cover of a recent edition of "The Cahiers du Cinéma" along with Brialy. Her rise in popularity had predictably an immediate negative impact on her relationship with Blain. The two male stars of "Le Beau Serge" were paired again in Chabrol's subsequent feature, the least interesting Les Cousins, but, this time, the leading female role was given to an absolutely unremarkable Juliette Mayniel. Bernadette started to grow more and more bored as Gérard was away from home to shoot the movie and even tried to contact him on the set asking for a divorce.

Bernadette teamed up again with Chabrol in the director's third released feature , Leda, which didn't work as well as a thriller rather than as an ironic spoof on the clichés of the genre and actor piece. The film's acting laurels go undoubtedly to Bernadette as a saucy waitress, Jean-Paul Belmondo as a cheeky young man with an alcohol problem and the glorious Madeleine Robinson (rightly awarded with a Volpi Cup at Venice Film Festival) as a troubled wife and mother. By the end of the year, Bernadette had eventually divorced from Blain and gotten into a relationship with a Hungarian sculptor she had known on her 20th birthday, Diourka Medveczky. 1960 was a turning point for her, as the work she did helped cementing her status as the female face of the New Wave. L'eau à la bouche was the first and most famous feature of Jacques Doniol-Valcroze, another critic of the Cahiers who wanted to follow the same path of his colleagues turned directors and decided to call Bernadette after seeing "Le Beau Serge". The superb Les Bonnes Femmes was Chabrol's fourth movie and remains one of his masterworks. The film follows four girls (Bernadette, Stéphane Audran, Clotilde Joano and Lucile Saint-Simon) who are bored with their lives and waiting for a positive change to arrive, whether it's the coming of true love or the fulfillment of a dream. With many scenes set in the shop where the four characters work (a surreal place where time seems to have stopped), Chabrol was able to create something that seemed to come out of Sartre, managing to perfectly spread to the viewer the sense of loneliness and boredom weighing down the girls, seemingly trapped in the antechamber of hell. One of the film's strongest assets were three performances: tragic actress Joano gave a delicate and poetic portrayal of the ill-fated Jacqueline, Italian veteran Ave Ninchi added a lot of authority to her Madame Louise and, of course, Bernadette did the usual splendid job lending her energetic screen persona to Jane, the obvious haywire of the group, but, at the same time, a character more vulnerable and less gutsy than her usual creations. The movie allowed the actress to stretch her range and gave her a lot of good memories, such as pushing journalists on a swimming pool (which is at the heart of a key scene) along with Stéphane, somehow managing to galvanize the normally extremely shy girl. To appear in the movie, Bernadette had to decline the role of prostitute Clarisse (eventually played by Michèle Mercier) in Truffaut's masterpiece Shoot the Piano Player, but it was a worthy sacrifice. The same year she gave birth to her first daughter with her now husband Diourka, the future actress Élisabeth Lafont, in the same health house where she was born. Bernadette's next collaboration with Chabrol was the remarkable Wise Guys, where she got her most memorable role so far as Ambroisine, a girl who gets recruited by Jean-Claude Brialy's Ronald to create trouble in an old-fashioned environment with her modern, liberated persona, but eventually becomes impossible for him to control because of her mean-spirited nature. Her anarchic side was used to full potential for the first time, something that lead to one of the best portrayals of dark lady in a New Wave movie. But, like the other characters in the film weren't ready for a new type of woman such as Ambroisine, the movie-goers of the period seemed unwilling to fall for the charms of this revolutionary type of woman Bernadette was bringing to the screen and "Les godelureaux" was a box office flop, just like "Les Bonnes Femmes" had been. The latter, now regarded as one of Chabrol's best, was also a critical disaster, although Bernadette got positive reviews for her performance. Watched today, it's clear that both movies outclass several entries from the director's most celebrated noir cycle from the late 60's to the early 70's. But considering the tepid impact that her movies used to have with the big public, Bernadette was seen just as a half-star and icon of niche cinema exclusively and her agent used to have much trouble in finding her roles at the time. Producer Carlo Ponti once offered her to come to Italy to do some movies: now that his wife Sophia Loren was moving to Hollywood (not exactly to electrifying results), he thought there was a void in Italian cinema that needed to be filled by a feisty, curvaceous actress. This proposal lead to nothing. A project with Godard never saw the light of the day. Rivette never bothered to answer a letter by Bernadette where she had asked him to cast her in his debut feature film, Paris Belongs to Us. She was offered her ticket to major stardom with Jacques Demy's Lola, but she had to decline the title role in the movie because she was pregnant with her second child, David. The part eventually went to the limited Anouk Aimée, who gave the best acting she could ever be capable of, but it goes without saying that, had Bernadette played the part, she would have elevated the movie to entirely new levels.

The 60s, for most of the time, didn't prove to be a very happy decade for Bernadette as she got to face both a personal and professional crisis. Immediately after "Les Godelureaux", her talents were wasted in several obscure movies and shorts. In 1962 she appeared in And Satan Calls the Turns, which boosted a high-profile cast, but was scripted by Roger Vadim, something that predictably sealed the movie's fate. Although officially directed by one-shot filmmaker Grisha Dabat, the film contained all the worst elements of Vadim's cinema and Bernadette was given such a thankless role that not even she could elevate it. One year later she was without an agent and took a break from acting, also to give birth to her third daughter, the future actress Pauline Lafont. The passion between her and Diourka had cooled down by now and the main reason they stayed together for a few years more was their common love for cinema: he was indeed planning to make his directorial debut. For the time being, they tried to make it work by opting for an open marriage where both enjoyed plenty of extra-conjugal affairs. Bernadette's friends Truffaut and Chabrol couldn't really come to her rescue either. The first sent her a letter which read: "You chose life. I chose cinema. I don' think our paths will ever cross again". The second was now engaged to Audran and was soon to enter a second phase of his career, one where he regularly did films whose central female characters weren't witty, animated provincial girls, but frozen, humourless bourgeoisie ladies that were tailor-made for Stéphane. In 1964, Bernadette had a rather unhappy "rentrée" with Male Hunt , a very disappointing comedy made by the talented Édouard Molinaro on an utterly unfunny script by Michel Audiard. Her role as a prostitute was hardly one minute long, but she had little money and a ton of debts at the time, so she had to accept everything she was offered. During the decade, she found work in a few more resonant projects such as Louis Malle's The Thief of Paris, Costa-Gavras's Compartiment tueurs and Jean Aurel's Lamiel, but she was given very indifferent roles in all of them. Once again, going after unusual projects by new, alternative auteurs was the decisive factor that helped her putting her career back on track. In Diourka's remarkable first work, the short Marie et le curé, she shined as a provocative young woman who seduces a priest to nefarious consequences for both. Shortly after, she appeared in the silent movie Le révélateur, which was directed by her love interest of the time, Philippe Garrel, and co-starred Laurent Terzieff, opposite whom she had always dearly desired to act. The film was shot in Spain and Bernadette helped funding it thanks to a loan from Chabrol. At around the same time, she also shot the "conjoined" shorts Prologue and Piège, which were written and directed by Jacques Baratier and co-starred the great Bulle Ogier. Having seen Bulle in her most acclaimed film role in Rivette's titanic achievement L'amour fou, Bernadette had been astonished by the actress' monstrous amount of talent and was a bit scared by the thought of having to cross blades with her. As two thieves locked in a mysterious house by a vampiresque entity, the two actresses went on to gave a great lesson in metaphysical acting. Closer to an example of visual arts or Noh theatre than a cinematic work, Barratier's double short may feel too extreme even to some New Wave purists, but is nevertheless a fascinating watch and a must-see for the fans of the two ladies, equally impressive in the acting department and perfectly suited to create the needed physical contrast, with the taller brunette adding an earthy element and the petite blonde providing an ethereal quality. Bernadette and Bulle developed a beautiful friendship which lead to several other collaborations. In 1969, Diourka made his first feature film, Paul. Jean-Pierre Léaud, a cult actor if there ever was one, had loved the Hungarian sculptor's previous shorts and sent him a letter asking to work with him, so that he would add another unique title to his genial filmography. He so earned the honour to play title character in Diourka's (only) film, as a little bourgeois who escapes from his family, joins a group of sages and meets temptation in Bernadette's form. None of these works really gave the actress a major popularity boost, however. Unlike fellow female standouts of the New Wave such as Ogier, Edith Scob, Delphine Seyrig, Jeanne Moreau and Emmanuelle Riva, Bernadette didn't have theatrical roots, but this didn't prevent her from appearing in stage productions of Turgenev's "A Month in the Country" and Picasso's surrealist play "Le désir attrapé par la queue" in this period. The official start of her career renaissance came, however, at the end of the decade with Nelly Kaplan's A Very Curious Girl, a retelling of sorts of Michelet's "La Sorcière". Conceived as a monument to her talents, the transgressive movie stars Bernadette as Marie, a village girl who becomes a prostitute to settle a score with society (winning male and female hearts alike) and eventually gets revenge on all her men clients. The vendetta bit had been inspired by an off-screen feud between director Kaplan (an angry feminist) and actor Michael Constantin, who had refused to recite the line 'they were very happy and didn't have children" because he was a family man and opted for a more prudish "they were very happy and had children" instead. Bernadette's fearless performance had such a huge impact that, after the film's release, she got offers to star in porn features along with obscene proposals from the more misguided moviegoers. Once again, the public had proved not to have understood what kind of woman she represented, but auteur cinema was now going to welcome her back to a fuller extent.

The 70's were definitely a more successful decade for Bernadette. She was still seen as an alternative actress and was hardly ever offered traditional roles in conventional movies, but she didn't care about it, since she felt more at home in unique experiments such as La ville-bidon, Valparaiso, Valparaiso or Sex-Power. Moshé Mizrahi's feminist dramedy Sophie's Ways offered her one of her best parts as the rebellious wife of an excellent Michel Duchaussoy in one of his least charming roles. Jean Renoir himself was knocked out by her performance. In 1971, Bernadette finally got to work with Rivette for the first time in the director's epic Out 1, originally conceived as an 8 part mini-series to sell to French TV. The movie is centered around 12 main characters that work as pieces of an intricate puzzle and Bernadette was teamed up with several acting heavyweights such as Michael Lonsdale, Françoise Fabian, Juliet Berto and her former co-stars Léaud and Ogier. She played the role of Lonsdale's ex-girlfriend, a writer he tries to recruit for his mysterious dancing group. The actress, unlike other cast members, wasn't used to Rivette's working method, which involved little explanations and a lot of room for improvisation. Since it took her a lot of time to adapt to this style, she was reproached by the director, who harshly accused her of having chosen not to do anything, therefore hurting her feelings. Eventually these words helped Bernadette to find a way to incorporate her "handicap" into the character, imagining that Marie was experimenting writer's block like she had found herself unable to act. A scene where she and Léaud kept just staring at each other because they didn't know what to say was kept by Rivette because he liked the authentic feeling about it. Eventually French TV never bought "Out 1". Rivette also cut it down to 4 hours in the form of Out 1: Spectre, but both versions were hardly released outside of festival circuits. One year later, Bernadette got to play her best remembered and most iconic role: Camille Bliss in Truffaut's underrated black comedy A Gorgeous Girl Like Me. As a girl who's released from prison so that she can be analyzed by a student of criminology, the actress got to play a role that exemplified her career (being 'one of a kind') and felt like the summation and sublimation of all the naughty ladies she had played before: of coarse manners and vulgar laughter, indomitable, unstoppable, irreverent, incandescent and more of a destructive force that she had ever been in any of her previous movies, including "Marie et le Curé" , "La fiancée du pirate" and "Les godelureaux". Her performance won her the "Triomphe du Cinéma Français" and was stellarly received in the US, with "Newsweek" and the "New York Magazine" giving it such phenomenal praise that a French journalist wrote this comment: "Bernadette Lafont, historical monument to the U.S.A.". After bringing the female type she so often personified to its definitive cinematic form, Bernadette gradually started her image makeover. The first example was in Jean Eustache's supreme masterpiece The Mother and the Whore, where she would have been the logical choice to play the title "whore" Veronika, but was actually given the touching role of the title "mother" Marie. Eustache, another former critic of the Cahiers had known her for about ten years and given her the script in 1971. After reading a couple pages she had been immediately won over and realized how much she desired to do it. The director's towering 4 hour achievement is centered around a love triangle formed of Eustache's screen alter-ego Alexandre (Léaud in his very best performance), slutty nurse Veronika (non-professional actress Françoise Lebrun, whose angelic appearance provided the perfect contrast with the nature of the character) and Bernadette's Marie, Alexandre's patient girlfriend who enjoys a very open relationship with him. Managing to convey an entire era in the characters' long, sublime dialogues, Eustache easily made one of the greatest and most significant movies of the French New Wave. Bernadette's portrayal of Marie showed a vibrant, affecting sensitivity that she had hardly done before, giving further demonstration of her talent and versatility. The film was shown in competition at the 1973 Cannes film festival, where it predictably got a mixed reception: some, including Jury President Ingrid Bergman, hated it, while others worshiped it as the future of cinema. In the end, Eustache was given the Grand Prize of the Jury. The same year, Bernadette also appeared in Nadine Trintignant's Défense de savoir, which was no great shakes, but also starred two of the nation's top actors, Jean-Louis Trintignant and Michel Bouquet, both of which she greatly admired. She teamed up with the two again, respectively in The Probability Factor and Vincent mit l'âne dans un pré (et s'en vint dans l'autre). She was particularly entertaining in the second as an eccentric rich lady, proving that she could be also very convincing at playing very chic and sophisticated characters. The movie ends on a high note with the actress giving an unforgettable, sexy laugh. Daughters Élisabeth and Pauline were also given roles in the movie. The final great role Bernadette played in this period was in Rivette's misunderstood masterpiece Noroît: Giulia, daughter of the Sun. Centred, like many of the director's works, on the dichotomy between light and shadow and day and night, the movie sees Geraldine Chaplin's Morag ending up on a mysterious island ruled by an Amazon-like society where males are either enslaved or, like in her brother's case, murdered. A great revenge tale not without its 'steampunk' element, the film is certainly highlighted by the transforming performance of Bernadette as a ruthless, modern day Pirate queen, cutting one of her female minions' throat with one of the most frighteningly icy expressions ever recorded by a camera and eventually facing Chaplin in a climatic knife duel on the ramparts. Unfortunately, Rivette's previous feature Duelle had been so unsuccessful that "Noroît " wasn't even released and, to this day, it remains the director's least popular work, which means that many people aren't familiar with Bernadette's sinister, against type performance, which ranks with her very best and is undoubtedly one of the great villainous turns in New Wave cinema. By 1978 there had been another change of muse in Chabrol's movies, as an astounding 24 years old Isabelle Huppert headlined the cast of one of his best works, Violette, the first of a series of successful collaborations which included the director's number one masterpiece, La Cérémonie. Bernadette was given a brief, but memorable cameo as Violette's cellmate. This 1969-1978 period easily represents the zenith of her career. After that, it was a bit difficult for her to deal with the changing times.

By the end of the 70's, most of the New Wave auteurs had moved on to more conventional projects and French cinema was entering a far less creative phase. Bernadette's desire to constantly challenge herself and look for different, ground-breaking projects often lead her to be part of totally unremarkable movies. Her nadir was probably represented by her two collaborations with Michel Caputo, arguably the worst French director to ever work with name actors (before he exclusively moved on to do porn under several aliases): Qu'il est joli garçon l'assassin de papa and Si ma gueule vous plaît..., two supposed comic works that would make Michel Audiard's comedies look like Bringing Up Baby in comparison. But, although the modern viewer can hardly believe the existence of such detrimental works, they actually weren't unusual products of their time, but clear evidence of a scary change of taste on the public's part. Actresses like Bernadette, who used to mainly work for an audience of intellectuals, had to struggle hard to keep afloat after this change of tide and, in the early 80's, she had to lend her talents to a dozen of movies that weren't worth it. The Lee Marvin vehicle Dog Day was the second occasion she found herself working with a mega-star in an international production since her cameo opposite the legendary Kirk Douglas in Dick Clement's Swinging London abomination Catch Me a Spy. Although she was given a bit more to do this time around, this title didn't add anything to her filmography either. Luckily, this wasn't the case of Claude Miller's An Impudent Girl a.k.a. "Impudent Girl". It's very ironic -and certainly not coincidental - that a movie going by this title and starring a 14 years old Charlotte Gainsbourg as a gutsy rebel would also feature Bernadette, who had, by all means, every maternity right on this type of character which had grown more and more diffused on the French screen thanks to her work. But the film had a much different flavour from the actress' vehicles from the 60's-70's: Gainsbourg's stubborn but ultimately good-hearted Charlotte is actually nothing like "Les Godelureaux"'s Ambroisine or "Une belle fille comme moi"'s Camille Bliss and Bernadette's Léone, the new love interest of Charlotte's father and mother of an asthmatic girl, is a very likable and moving character. Having moved on to more accessible projects, Bernadette naturally started to receive more award consideration as well, and her sweet, beautiful performance in Miller's movie was honored with a Best Supporting Actress César, one of the best and most inspired choices ever in the category. Her next project was Inspecteur Lavardin, the second and best movie centered around Jean Poiret's unconventional police inspector and her first collaboration with Chabrol since "Violette". Wearing the most recurring name of the director's heroines, Hélène, she also dyed her hair blond for the first time on his wishes, so that she would have taken a step further in changing her screen persona. She liked the idea and would keep blond hair for the rest of her life. She worked with Chabrol for a seventh (and last) time only one year later in one of the director's most gothic-like works, the underrated Masques, which stars the great Philippe Noiret as a villainous TV presenter worthy of the pen of Ann Radcliffe, Christian Legagneur, who keeps an innocent Anne Brochet imprisoned in his imposing manor and wishes to kill her to get his hands on her fortune. The juicy role of Legagneur's masseuse won Bernadette a second nomination for the Supporting Actress César.

In 1988, Bernadette's life was sadly affected by a horrible personal tragedy. In August, she was spending a holiday in the Cévennes family mansion, La Serre du Pomaret, along with son David, daughter Pauline and painter Pierre De Chevilly, her new life mate. On the 11th day of the month, Pauline left the house early in the morning to have a long walk to lose weight. By midday she hadn't come back yet. The family began to worry and David started to look for her. Bernadette was unfortunately committed to appear in a TV show in Nice and she left with her heart in her throat, hoping that, in the mean time, David or Pierre would have found Pauline. That wasn't to be. The family lived many weeks in a state of anguish, using the TV show "Avis de Recherche" to diffuse some photos of Pauline in the hope that someone could have shed some light on the mystery. There were several false reports from people who claimed to have seen her and Bernadette kept fooling herself for a long time, wanting to believe that the quest would have been greeted with success. Tragically, on the 21st November, Pauline's body was found in a ravine. Her death was officially called a hiking accident, although its circumstances are still mysterious to this day and some people considered the suicide theory. Bernadette dealt with her devastating grief by throwing herself into her job: always an extremely prolific actress, she got to work more and more and, as a result, she added a lot of unremarkable titles to her resume. She would still find a few good parts in the following decades.

Between 1990 and 2013, the actress added over 70 titles to her film and TV resume. Her talents were rather wasted in Raoul Ruiz's uneven Genealogies of a Crime and in Pascal Bonitzer's delightfully cynical Nothing About Robert. She shined much more as an alcoholic mother in Personne ne m'aime (where she teamed up with Ogier and Léaud once more), a former teacher who almost ends up abducting her grandchildren in Stolen Holidays, an antique shop dealer who still has a great ascendancy over younger men in Bazar and a family matriarch in the comedy I Do opposite Alain Chabat and successor Gainsbourg. Her performance in this movie won her a third nomination for the Best Supporting Actress César. Her massive body of TV work from this period was highlighted by her performances in La très excellente et divertissante histoire de François Rabelais and La femme du boulanger. She also did more stage work than ever in the 2000s. Starting from 2010, she was again employed for a few projects that had a bigger impact. First she borrowed her wonderful, husky voice to a treacherous nanny in the lovely animated feature A Cat in Paris, which was Oscar-nominated. This nasty lady role felt like a homage to the characters that had made her famous. The following year, Bernadette and fellow New Wave legend Emmanuelle Riva were unfortunately the latest victims of Julie Delpy's game of playing director, as they were cast in the actress' catastrophic vanity project Skylab. Delpy's latest directorial feature contained all the typical elements that she thinks are enough to make a movie: a seemingly endless family reunion, characters talking about hot hair around a table and a few off-colour gags here and there. The two glorious veterans, sadistically mortified by the granny look they had to sport, did the best they could with the material they were given, but it was just too little to begin with and, consequently, they can't possibly be considered a real redeeming factor of the terribly written, lacklusterly directed and otherwise insipidly acted film. In 2012, Bernadette got her best role in years as the title character in Jérôme Enrico's black comedy Paulette. Enrico's pensioner version of Breaking Bad sees Bernadette's Paulette, a penniless, xenophobic widow, finding herself in a Walter White type of situation as she gets into drug dealing to make a living and begins to smuggle hashish right under the nose of her son-in-law, a coloured cop. The actress was immediately won over by the script, finding it modern and socially significant and decided to give a strong characterization to her character. Getting inspiration from Charles Chaplin's heroes and Giulietta Masina's performance in La Strada, she provided Paulette with a clown side which came complete with a funny walk and her leading turn proved absolutely irresistible. The film opened to positive reviews and got more visibility outside France than Bernadette's latest vehicles and many were foreseeing another career renaissance for her. Sadly, it wasn't to be.

In early July 2013, Bernadette was on her way to her family mansion in Saint-André-de-Valborgne (Gard) when she was the victim of a stroke. Forced to stay in Grau-du-Roi for a while, she had a second one on the 22nd and was quickly moved to the University Hospital centre of Nîmes, where she tragically died three days later. Her funeral took place at the Protestant temple of Saint-André-de-Valborgne on the 29th. Her passing was a cause of great grief for an enormous number of people, as she had gradually become a huge favourite of the French audience and a cornerstone of their cinema, and her colleagues had always adored her on both a professional and personal level. The admiration she had earned through the years had been repeatedly proved by several career tributes, including an Honorary César, the title of Officer of the French Legion of Honour and medals from the "National Order of Merit" and the "Order of Arts and Letters".

Bernadette's legacy could never be extinguished, but, in addition to everything she had already bequeathed to cinema, she graced the silver screen for a last time even after her death through her final completed movie, Sylvain Chomet's Attila Marcel. The movie, recently showed at Toronto film festival and released in French theatres, was greeted with positive reviews where big kudos were reserved to Bernadette's portrayal of the eccentric adoptive aunt of Guillaume Gouix's protagonist. With the film's upcoming release in many more countries, plenty of others will have the bitter honour to see her eventually taking leave. Since the 25th October 2013, the Municipal Theatre of Nîmes has been renamed the Bernadette Lafont Theatre to honour the memory of the great actress. A once unforeseeable and absolutely logical reaching point for the barefoot girl biking in the city's streets in "Les Mistons".

Eliana Alexander

Eliana Alexander was born in Mexico City. Her parents, Elias and Ana Rosa chose her name by using the first half of theirs, thus making her name very unique. Her father was an industrial engineer who worked for the US government constructing and improving towns all over South and Central America. Eliana traveled with her parents to countries such as Paraguay, Guatemala, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, and Argentina. Eliana mastered the Spanish language in five dialects while becoming fluent in English. Her love for classic films inspired her to perform. Although Eliana is multi-talented, her passion lies in singing, dancing and acting. After moving to Los Angeles in her early teens she started singing lead in a band three to four nights a week while attending high school. Her remarkable talent and 4-octave range soon propelled the angelic vocalist to Japan as a solo artist. Upon returning to LA, she auditioned for a musical that ignited all of her passions. She pursued both dance and acting simultaneously with the utmost desire to be the best. Eliana's uncompromising will to be the best drove her to open EDGE performing arts center, Kids Dance LA and LA Dance Force. With Eliana at the helm, all three entities became world-renown for training top-notch dancers and choreographers. Although she has since moved on from the dance industry, her legacy continues to touch lives around the world. Eliana's intoxicating performance on camera has earned her an Alma award and her enchanting choreography on stage helped earn Imagen awards for both Paquito's Christmas and Veteranos. Throughout her life, Eliana has maintained a simple motto "class and elegance." Whether Eliana is on stage as a triple threat or using her genuine creative genius to compose, choreograph, direct, produce or write it is her love for the performing arts coupled with the support of her husband John and her courage to follow her dreams that has enabled her to succeed in everything she does.

Adrian Kali Turner

Adrian Kali Turner is an actor, singer, dancer, writer, entrepreneur and community activist. Adrian is from Atlanta, Georgia and lives in the Los Angeles area where he is pursuing a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree.

From portraying the emotionally compelling Duane in The Walking Dead to the hilariously funny and scene stealing Shawn in Bad Teacher, Adrian is a young actor with the skill, range and experience of a heavy-hitter. His acting repertoire includes roles in major film and network projects such as, The Walking Dead (AMC), Bad Teacher (Columbia Pictures), My Name is Khan (Fox Searchlight Pictures), Arrested Development (20th Century Fox), Camp Fred (Nickelodeon Network), iCarly (Nickelodeon), Don't Trust the B _ in Apartment 23 (20th Century Fox) Standing Up and Saving Westbrook High ( Swirl Films).

At 9 years old, Adrian earned top recognition for Monologue and Commercial competitions at the Actor's Modeling and Talent Competition and qualified as a finalist for the Best Overall Child Actor award. Soon after moving to Los Angeles, at 10 years old, Adrian received an invitation to join the Screen Actor's Guild.

In addition to acting, Adrian is an avid singer, starting out as a soloist for the children's choir at church. While in the children's choir, Adrian developed and honed his rapping and writing skills. He performed on Donna Summer's final album, sang with Jason Mraz and performed with Will.i.am during President Obama's Inaugural Ball celebrations. Adrian was a member of the short-lived boy band, Boyz Crew. He wrote an original piece, which her performed on the Peace in our Hearts CD Project, which is the brainchild of Ms. Hanalea, He also performed alongside international activist, Fred Nassiri for the I Want Peace--the World's First Portal to Peace Organization Project.

Adrian is the Owner and CEO of the independent record label, Golden Zed. Under the label, Adrian performs his collection of original music as house/dance music personality - DJ Bludwork.

Adrian is active in the community through his charity, "Toys for Teens." Adrian formed this non-profit entity to benefit foster youth in the Atlanta, GA. Also, each year, Adrian emcees the International Earth Day Celebration held in Culver City, CA. He is a regular volunteer for the Star Eco Center in Culer City, CA, ( a rescue center and shelter for abandoned animals) and served as youth ambassador for the US Forestry Campaign aimed at encouraging youth and parents to re-connect with Nature.

Branko Tomovic

European actor Branko Tomovic was born in Muenster, Germany, though his actual origin is from the Carpathians in Serbia. His parents emigrated in the 70s from the Golubac Fortress area on the Danube and Branko was raised between Germany and Serbia before he studied acting at the prestigious Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in New York City. Tomovic was first seen on the big screen in the lead role of the award winning American Film Institute/Sundance drama Remote Control, for which he received the OmU-Award at the Potsdam Film Festival. Now currently settled in London, with his dark, brooding looks he has appeared in striking roles on British Television. He played the creepy main suspect Antoni Pricha, the Morgue Man, in Jack the Ripper thriller Whitechapel, the pyromaniac Junky-Henchman Marek Lisowski in the final episodes of A Touch of Frost and Polish fighter pilot Miroslaw Feric in WW2 drama The Untold Battle of Britain. He has been named "One to watch" by Moviescope Magazine and worked with internationally respected film directors as Ken Loach, Sönke Wortmann and Paul Greengrass. In 2010, he won the 'Best Actor' Award at the San Francisco Short Film Festival and at The Accolade Film Awards for his performance as a Serbian soldier who is tormented by grief and guilt after being a witness of war crimes in the drama Inbetween. He also stars opposite Debbie Harry in Jimi Cauty 's Road movie Believe the Magic and 'Steve Stone' 's ghost thriller Entity with Dervla Kirwan and Charlotte Riley. Entity won two awards at the London Independent Film Festival 2013 and Best Film at the British Horror Film Festival where Branko was also nominated for Best Actor. The British Filmmakers Alliance honoured him as Best International Actor for his role. He is set to play the title character of Nikola Tesla in the upcoming bio-pic Tesla. In 2014, he played Jack Bauer's right hand man, the mysterious and dangerous Belcheck, next to Kiefer Sutherland in 24: Live Another Day. He was also seen opposite Brad Pitt and Logan Lerman in David Ayer's WWII drama Fury. In 2016 Tomovic made his directorial debut with Red, a short dark thriller set in the underground world of illegal organ trade. Branko stars in the lead role Niklas alongside Dervla Kirwan and Francesca Fowler. The Film has played numerous prestigious festivals, e.g. screening at the San Diego International Film Festival, Tangier International Film Festival, the European Film Award qualifying International Short Film Festival in Drama, and picking up awards and nominations at Kraljevski Filmski Festival, the Maverick Movie Awards and Naperville Independent Film Festival.

Steven Lance

Steven Lance was born in Freehold, New Jersey and is a versatile film and voice actor, narrator, broadcaster, impressionist, writer, editor and published author. He is best known for his feature film roles as a Vegan crewman in Star Trek: The Motion Picture and the Young Emergency Room Intern in Woody Allen's Stardust Memories. Lance was "gifted" his role in "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" by series creator Gene Roddenberry for his longtime association with Star Trek as host of the original New York City Star Trek conventions. He hosted Al Schuster's Star Trek '74 at New York's Commodore Hotel, as well as Star Trek '75, Star Trek America, and Bi-Centennial 10, all held in New York City's Americana Hotel. Lance (who initially worked under the Stage Name "Heash") hosted up to three conventions a year in New York, Philadelphia, and Atlanta.

Lance's professional career was launched while he was still in high school, writing and producing radio commercials for local businesses, which included the Monmouth Mall in New Jersey. Then in 1973, Lance and his friend Barry attended their first Star Trek convention in New York City. Lance entered the talent show and performed his Star Trek stand-up routine--complete with impressions of the Enterprise crew. He won that competition and, as a result, was hired to host the 1974 International Star Trek convention. Lance continued hosting Star Trek conventions through 1983, while also working as a radio disc jockey on WRLB-FM, newscaster on WJLK-FM, and later program host of "Names in the News with Steven Lance," on New Jersey's ground-breaking modern rock radio station, FM 106.3, where his boss was Matt Pinfield of MTV's "120 Minutes" and "Celebrity Deathmatch."

Lance has been in showbiz since the age of four, first appearing on stage as an assistant for his dad, a professional magician. While most of his friends were outside playing sports, Lance was inside watching television and dreaming of being "in" the box just like Mike Teevee, the tv-obsessed character from the original Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. He was fascinated with every aspect of the medium, and knew then that he wanted to pursue a career in entertainment. His 4th grade teacher said of Lance on one of his report cards, "Steven is very bright, but he talks too much." Little did she know that his proclivity for being so chatty would one day earn him a living. Lance got his first break doing cartoon voices for animated segments of Sesame Street and Villa Alegre because they were produced by his maternal uncle, renowned animator and producer Harvey Siegel, who had earlier produced the classic cartoons Rocky and His Friends, The Bullwinkle Show, Tennessee Tuxedo and His Tales, Hoppity Hooper, and Underdog.

Lance is a "quick study" at picking up new voices and has mastered many, including Boris Karloff--from his Frankenstein Monster's growl and speech in "Bride of Frankenstein" through his early motion pictures such as Edmond Bateman in "The Raven," to his older double-role as both the Grinch, and the narrator, of the Chuck Jones animated classic, "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!" He can effortlessly switch from Jack Mercer's original Popeye's (unscripted) high-pitched under-the-breath wisecracks and singing, to Lance LeGault's guttural Colonel Decker from The A-Team. He loves doing Bob & Ray [Bob Elliott (Chris Elliott's dad) and Ray Goulding] from the show that was produced at WOR-AM radio in New York, which is where he met and became close friends with them. Lance of course enjoys doing his "Star Trek" impressions, including William Shatner as Captain Kirk, George Takei as Mr. Sulu, Walter Koenig as Pavel Chekov, and his absolute dead-on favorite, James Doohan as "Scotty," the Enterprise's irascible Chief Engineer. His cartoon impressions include the Art Carney Ed Norton knock-offs for Yogi Bear and Barney Rubble. And he has actually done the voice of Kermit the Frog for Jim Henson, and Grover for Frank Oz.

Lance holds a B.A. degree in English from Upsala College and his acting training comes from being on the other side of the microphone and cameras. His list of industry mentors include, Broadcaster Geraldo Rivera, Talk-Show host Morton Downey, Jr., Motion Picture director Robert Wise, Comedian, actor, writer and director Woody Allen, Walt Disney animator Tex Henson, and his dear friend, Henry Darrow, who played the aging Zorro on "Zorro and Son," and Don Alejandro opposite Duncan Regehr, on the Family Channel series in the 1990's. Darrow also provided the voice of Zorro in the Filmation animated cartoons, and it was he who taught Lance the art of providing inflection and energy for animated characters. Having worked with the cast of the "Star Trek" television series for a dozen years, he also got tips, guidance and advice from them when they did their characters' voices for Star Trek. Lance's most valuable schooling came from his dear friend, actor James "Scotty" Doohan, who voiced the ship's Chief Engineer, along with up to three other character voices for each of the 22 episodes.

Lance is also a professional writer and published author. He has completed a feature film screenplay and his pop-culture television reference book "Written Out of Television: A TV Lover's Guide to Cast Changes" was published by Scarecrow Press in Hardcover and Madison Books as a Trade Paperback. He also served as the Lead Researcher for James Robert Parish's, "The Unofficial Murder, She Wrote Casebook" book and Research Assistant for more than a dozen other books including Vincent Terrace's "Television Specials" and "Television Characters and Story Facts." Those successes won Lance a job as the Marketing Director for Geraldo Rivera. The position led to appearances on numerous radio and television shows that included "The Rocky Allen Showgram" on New York City's WPLJ-FM, and Fox TV's "Good-Day New York" with Donna Hanover. During his "Star Trek" years, Lance appeared three times on The Joe Franklin Show, the same show on which the original Ghostbusters appeared. Lance is also the former creator, producer, and host of the weekly "Planet Showbiz" podcast on WCCR Rutgers Camden and served as Entertainment Editor for the Comcast cable on-line entity, Comcast@Home. In addition, he has earned a reputation as the nation's foremost trivia expert on the Adventures of Superman television series. In an article that appeared in the NY Daily News, Lance was called, "The Closest Thing to Superman Since George Reeves."

Lance is a multiple award winner, having received numerous Jasper Awards from The Jersey Shore Public Relations and Advertising Association in recognition of outstanding achievement in the field. He is also included in the 20th (2003) edition of the international Marquis reference book, Who's Who in the World; the 24th edition of Who's Who in the East, the third edition of Who's Who in Entertainment, and the 56th (2000-2001) and 57th (2002-2003) editions of Who's Who in America.

Lance is hard at work on a new book about his "Star Trek" years.

Adrienne McQueen

Adrienne McQueen grew up all over Europe, Germany, England, Austria, and Italy. She won the European Musical Voice Award of the year for Austria, after touring with the musical Hair.

At a young age, she started her career, training as a classical ballet dancer at the Royal Academy of Dance in London and Frankfurt. Her education in art led her to her first acting jobs on stage at the English Theater in Frankfurt as well as at the Opera Frankfurt.

Musical was what she wanted to do, until she fell in love with the movies.

To get a solid training in acting she enrolled at the Stella Adler Academy of Acting and graduated with a degree in acting. During her time at Stella Adler Adrienne had a 5 piece band and toured the L.A club scene with her pop record "Future starts with a dream". Traveling between Europe and America she landed various roles in TV shows and movies and later also went to presenting trends for various show formats on RTL and PRO7 television in Germany.

Being an Hollywood Insider she was hired by the German Radio station YOU-FM, which belongs to the Hessische Rundfunk a major radio entity, to be the host of "You-FM calling Hollywood" in the famous Rob Green Morning show, updating Germany on Entertainment news.

Attending the Cannes Film Festival she was discovered by German director Uwe Boll to act in his film BloodRayne alongside Michael Madsen, Michelle Rodriguez, Ben Kingsley, and Meat Loaf, who is one of her childhood music idols.

She also starred in the horror film Brotherhood of Blood directed by Michael Roesch and Peter Scherer and was directed by Joaquin Phoenix in a music video for the band Ringside.

Besides acting and music, Adrienne is now also developing and producing feature films of various genres in which she also acts in.

Hal Roach

Hal Roach was born in 1892 in Elmira, New York. After working as a mule skinner, wrangler and gold prospector, among other things, he wound up in Hollywood and began picking up jobs as an extra in comedies, where he met comedian Harold Lloyd in 1913 in San Diego. By all accounts, including his own, he was a terrible actor, but he saw a future in the movie business and in Harold Lloyd. Roach came into a small inheritance and began producing, directing and writing a series of short film comedies, under the banner of Phun Philms (soon changed to Rolin, which lasted until 1922), starring Lloyd in early 1915. Initially these were abysmal, but with tremendous effort, the quality improved enough to be nominally financed and distributed by Pathe, which purchased Roach's product by the exposed foot of film. The Roach/Lloyd team morphed through two characters. The first, nominally tagged as "Will E. Work", proved hopeless; the second, "Lonesome Luke," an unabashed imitation of Charles Chaplin, proved more successful with each new release. Lloyd's increasing dissatisfaction with the Chaplin clone character irritated Roach to no end, and the two men engaged in a series of battles, walkouts and reconciliations. Ultimately Lloyd abandoned the character completely in 1917, creating his now-famous "Glasses" character, which met with even greater box-office success, much to the relief of Roach and Pathe. This new character hit a nerve with the post-war public as both the antithesis and complement to Chaplin, capturing the can-do optimism of the age. This enabled Roach to renegotiate the deal with Pathe and start his own production company, putting his little studio on a firm financial foundation. Hal Roach Productions became a unique entity in Hollywood. It operated as a sort of paternalistic boutique studio, releasing a surprising number of wildly popular shorts series and a handful of features. Quality was seldom compromised and his employees were treated as his most valuable asset.

Roach's relationship with his biggest earner was increasingly acrimonious after 1920 (among other things, Lloyd would bristle at Roach's demands to appear at the studio daily regardless of his production schedule). After achieving enormous success with features (interestingly, his only real feature flop of the 1930s was with General Spanky, a very poorly conceived vehicle for the property), Lloyd had achieved superstar status by the standards of "The Roaring Twenties" and wanted his independence. The two men severed ties, with Roach retaining re-issue rights for Lloyd's shorts for the remainder of the decade. While both men built their careers together, it was Lloyd who first recognized his need for creative freedom, no longer needing Roach's financial support. This realization irked Roach, and from this point forward he found it difficult, if not impossible, to offer unadulterated praise for his former friend and star (while Lloyd himself was far more generous in his later praise of Roach, he, too, could be critical, if more accurate, in his recollections). Lloyd went on to much greater financial success at Paramount.

Despite facing the prospect of losing his biggest earner, Roach was already preoccupied with building his kiddie comedy series, Our Gang, which became an immediate hit with the public. By the time he turned 25 in 1917, Roach was wealthy and increasingly spending time away from his studio. He traveled extensively across Europe. By the early 1920s he had eclipsed Mack Sennett as the "King of Comedy" and created many of the most memorable comic series of all time. These included the team of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, Charley Chase, Edgar Kennedy, 'Snub' Pollard and especially the long-running Our Gang series (AKA "The Little Rascals" in TV distribution). Pathe, which distributed his films, shut down its U.S. operations after its domestic representative, Paul Brunet, returned to France in 1927. But Roach was able to secure an even better deal with MGM (his key competitor, Mack Sennett, was also distributed by Pathe, but he was unable to land a deal, ultimately declaring bankruptcy in 1933). For the next eleven years Roach shored up MGM's bottom line, although the deal was probably more beneficial to Roach. In the mid-'30s Roach became inexplicably enamored of 'Benito Mussolini', and sought to secure a business alliance with the fascist dictator's recently completed film complex, Cinecitta. After Roach asked for (and received) assurances from Mussolini that Italy wasn't about to seek sanctions against the Jews, the two men formed RAM ("Roach And Mussolini") Productions, a move that appalled the powers at MGM parent company, Leow's Inc. These events coincided with Roach selling off "Our Gang" to MGM and committing himself solely to feature film production. In September 1937, Il Duce's son, Vittorio Mussolini, visited Hollywood and Roach's studio threw a lavish party celebrating his 21st birthday. Soon afterward the Italian government took on an increasingly anti-Semitic stance and, in retribution, Leow's chairman Nicholas Schenck canceled his distribution deal. Roach signed an adequate deal with United Artists in May 1938 and redeemed his previous record of feature misfires with a string of big hits: Topper (and its lesser sequels), the prestigious Of Mice and Men and, most significantly, One Million B.C., which became the most profitable movie of the year. Despite the nearly unanimous condemnation by his industry peers, Roach stubbornly refused to re-examine his attitudes over his dealings with Mussolini, even in the aftermath of World War II (he proudly displayed an autographed portrait of the dictator in his home up until his death). His tried-and-true formula for success was tested by audience demands for longer feature-length productions, and by the early 1940s he was forced to try his hand at making low-budget, full-length screwball comedies, musicals and dramas, although he still kept turning out extended two-reel-plus comedies, which he tagged as "streamliners"; they failed to catch on with post-war audiences. By the 1950s he was producing mainly for television (My Little Margie, Blondie and The Gale Storm Show: Oh! Susanna, for example). His willingness to delve into TV production flew in the face of most of the major Hollywood studios of the day. He made a stab at retirement but his son, Hal Roach Jr., proved an inept businessman and drove the studio to the brink of bankruptcy by 1959. Roach returned and focused on facilities leasing and managing the TV rights of his film catalog.

In 1983 his company developed the first successful digital colorization process. Roach then became a producer for many TV series on the Disney Channel, and his company still produces most of their films and videos. He died peacefully just shy of his 101st birthday, telling stories right up until the end.

Sumner Redstone

Viacom Chairman Sumner Murray Redstone, the multi-billionaire who is the controlling shareholder of media conglomerate Viacom and of CBS Corp., was born Sumner Murray Rothstein on May 27, 1923, in Boston, Massachusetts, to Michael Rothstein. His father created National Amusements, a chain of three drive-in theaters, in 1936, after starting out with one drive-in in Valley Stream, New York.

Sumner Redstone attended Harvard College after graduating at the top of his class from the elite Boston Latin School, completing his bachelor of arts degree in three years during World War II, when college years were accelerated so that graduates could serve in the military. Redstone served in the army during World War II, working at the Pentagon decoding Japanese messages. After being demobilized, he remained in Washington and matriculated at Georgetown University Law School before transferring to Harvard Law. After graduating from Harvard Law with an LL.B, he returned to Washington, DC.

After working for the U.S. Department of Justice in San Francisco, Redstone went into private practice for several years before eventually returning to his father's National Amusements, which he turned into a major motion picture exhibitor in New England. He first made National Amusements one of the premier drive-in circuits in the country before turning to indoor exhibition. In 1964 National Amusements started building multi-screen theaters, originally called "twin theaters". These developed into the "multiplexes" and "megaplexes" that made National Amusements one of the top indoor exhibitors in the country, a great repositioning of the company, and a fortuitous one as the drive-in circuit faded away.

Redstone branched out of exhibition, as he believed that controlling the content was the way of the future--though distribution channels constantly change (from movie theaters, to TV, to cable, to videotape, to DVD), content remains constant. With this philosophy he began investing in motion picture production companies, turning a profit on buying, holding and selling shares.

In 1987 Redstone engineered a hostile takeover of Viacom International by National Amusements. Viacom began as a subsidiary of CBS, syndicating programs for the network. However, when the FCC in 1971 established its now rescinded "fin-syn" rule (that television networks could not syndicate programs they produced), Viacom was spun off from CBS. As a separate company Viacom continued to syndicate most of CBS' TV programs but was free to syndicate programs for others. After syndicating programs for cable TV channels, Viacom itself moved into cable and acquired MTV Networks in 1985. It represented a good platform from which to develop a content-distribution behemoth.

After winning voting control of Viacom, Redstone engaged in a series of acquisitions to make Viacom one of the top players in the modern media industry. During the 1990s Viacom eventually would own Columbia Pictures, Twentieth-Century Fox, Orion Pictures and Paramount Pictures, making huge profits from the sale of all but Paramount, which would become the motion picture arm of the conglomerate.

Paramount Communications, parent of Paramount Pictures, was acquired in 1993. Although criticized initially for paying too much for the company, Redstone helped pay for the acquisition by selling off some of its assets, including Madison Square Garden and its cable TV properties, and Simon & Schuster's educational publishing units. The sale of Paramount Communications' assets made the acquisition substantially profitable.

Redstone then acquired Blockbuster Entertainment, which gave Viacom Aaron Spelling's TV production company and a huge library of films, most of which were absorbed into Paramount Pictures' own library. Blockbuster eventually was spun off into its own independent entity. In 2000 Viacom pulled off arguably its most important acquisition when it acquired its former corporate parent, CBS Corp. In December of 2005 Paramount acquired Dreamworks SKG for an estimated $1.6 billion.

Under Redstone's management, Viacom has assembled one of the largest and most diversified media conglomerates, covering TV broadcasting, cable TV, radio broadcasting (Infinity Broadcasting), outdoor advertising, music publishing, motion pictures, television production, and its original business of TV syndication (King World Productions, which syndicates The Oprah Winfrey Show).

In 2005 Viacom International was split into two companies, Viacom and CBS Corp. Redstone is chairman of both the new Viacom and of CBS, controlling a majority of both firms. Currently, Redstone controls over 70% of the voting stock of Viacom, which is a subsidiary of National Amusements, his private family-owned company.

National Amusements, whose president is Sumner's daughter (and probable successor) Shari E. Redstone, also owns a controlling interest (70%) of video-game maker Midway Games. In addition to its controlling interests in Viacom and CBS Corp., National Amusements is an international chain of movie theaters with 1,500 screens operated by the chains Showcase Cinemas, Multiplex Cinemas, KinoStar and Cinema de Lux banners in the U.S., the U.K., South America and Russia. It additionally operates IMAX theaters in the U.S. and Argentina. The firm is also a partner with AMC Theatres in the on-line ticketing firm "movietickets.com".

Redstone published his autobiography, "A Passion To Win" (co-written by Peter Knobler), was published in 2001 by Viacom's Simon & Schuster subsidiary. In 2006, he was ranked #63 on Forbes magazine's list of the 100 richest people in the world, with an estimated worth of $7.7 billion.

Deborah Richards

Deborah Richards, English born in 1971, Deborah studied film at the College of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas. Her film knowledges comes from a lifelong love and passion for photography and story telling. Growing up in the middle east, living in Europe and owning a bar in Las Vegas has given Deborah a deep well of life experience and a unique perspective in her art.

In 2013 Deborah opened 1905 Film Studios, a boutique soundstage in Las Vegas for the film industry. In 2015 Deborah closed the physical studio but the retained the entity as a film production company focused on narrative features.

Deborah came out at the 2015 Regional Emmy® awards as a Transgender Director when she won four student production Emmys® for her 2014 Sci-Fi Romance Short ' Boy Meets Girl' which ends its year long festival run in February 2016.

This year, Deborah has focused her attention more to writing and development of her debut feature as writer/director as she finishes up post production on her latest short, 'Send Hollywood My Love'

Deborah Richards awards include... Student Emmy® 2015 Best Director - 'Boy Meets Girl' Student Emmy® 2015 Best Short - 'Boy Meets Girl' Student Emmy® 2015 Best Editing - 'Boy Meets Girl' Student Emmy® 2015 Best Screenplay - 'Boy Meets Girl' Top 100 Blood List Best Screenplay 2015 - 'Blood Brothers' Arts & Literature Award - 2015 Trans Pride Las Vegas Best Production Design 2015 CSN Showcase - 'Boy Meets Girl' Best Ensemble Cast Award 2015 48 hour film festival - '5 Ways to Get Rich' Best Screenplay 2014 CSN Showcase - 'Hellixium'

Tucker Tooley

Tucker Tooley is a film producer and CEO of Tooley Productions LLC. His films have earned more than $1.2 billion at the domestic box office. Most recently, Tooley was President of Relativity Media, where he was responsible for overseeing the company's day-to-day film and television operations. Under Tooley's leadership, Relativity Studios earned numerous Oscar® and Golden Globe® nominations, and three of its releases opened number one at the box office. In addition, he was instrumental in the launch of the company's television division which, in 2015, sold to private equity firms for $125 million.

Prior to becoming President of the company, Tooley was President of Worldwide Production at Relativity Studios, where he played an integral role in the acquisition of Overture Films's marketing and distribution operations, transforming Relativity from a slate financing entity into a full-fledged independent studio.

While at Relativity, Tooley was an early advocate for and executive-produced David O. Russell's The Fighter, which earned seven Oscar nominations and won two. Also, he produced or executive-produced Neil Burger's Limitless, starring Bradley Cooper, and the action-thriller Act of Valor, both of which opened number one at the domestic box office. Other credits include: Dear John, starring Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried; Nicholas Sparks's Safe Haven; and Steven Soderbergh's Haywire.

In addition, Tooley produced the 2013 summer box-office hit We're the Millers, which grossed $270 million worldwide.

Prior to joining Relativity, Tooley served as CEO of Tooley Productions, where he produced television shows and feature films such as Lee Daniels' Shadowboxer and Ric Roman Waugh's Felon. Before that, he ran the production company Newman/Tooley Films with Vincent Newman. He began his film career at Interlight Pictures.

Tooley is a Member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as well as the Producers Guild of America. He earned his B.A. at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and in 2009 was named "Executive of the Year" by the Ischia Global Film Festival.

Tim Sullivan

Writer/Director/Producer known for a wide variety of modern horror films, most significantly cult favorite 2001 Maniacs and its popular follow-up, 2001 Maniacs: Field of Screams. Beginning his career as a New Jersey teenager pumping fake blood for 80's splatter classic The Deadly Spawn, Sullivan moved to Los Angeles where he worked in development at New Line Cinema, co-producing Detroit Rock City.

With a directing style ranging from the 'splatstick' nature of the Maniacs franchise to the serious bent of teen thriller Driftwood, Sullivan gained additional notoriety as celebrity director of Vh1's hit series Scream Queens, as well as creator and host of "Shock N Roll", his weekly talk and video blog on leading web network Fearnet.

Re-joining forces with Detroit Rock City director Adam Rifkin for the comedy/horror anthology Chillerama, Sullivan contributed the musical segment I Was a Teenage Werebear, followed by the Burt Reynolds starring vehicle Dog Years, on which Sullivan earned an Associate Producer credit.

Up next, the rock and roll vampire show "Night Songs" and documentary series Untold Horror, both produced through Sullivan's production entity, New Rebellion Entertainment.

Christopher Bates

In 17 years in the film business, Christopher Bates has traveled the world to shoot over 25 studio and independent feature films on location in the USA, Europe & Asia. Chris has experience from development through post-production, including co-founding management of a digital media services company in Los Angeles.

As Line Producer in China, Chris most recently prepped "Man of Tai Chi" being directed by Keanu Reeves in Winter/Spring 2012; and completed the feature film "Man with the Iron Fists" for Universal Pictures, directed by RZA from WuTang Clan. Iron Fists was produced by Marc Abraham, Quentin Tarantino & Eli Roth, and stars Russell Crowe, Lucy Liu, RZA, Cung Le & Dave Bautista among many others. Iron Fists will be released worldwide in late 2012.

Additionally, the team at Maxmedia has be involved in production, acquisition and distribution of films from all over the world including "The Others", "Vanilla Sky", "Sea Inside", "Abre Los Ojos", "Sky Blue", "Emperor and the Assassin" among many others. In the early days, Chris started worked for Filmwerks and Director Albert Pyun, making Action Movies fast and furious in locations all over the world.

From 2003-2007, Chris was part of the co-founding management of "MESoft", a Media Services company that specialized in securely transferring media worldwide for Hollywood Studios and Production Entities. The company was purchased by venture capital company Sid Bass Associates in 2007.

Mary Beth Rubens

Mary Elizabeth (Mary Beth) began her professional stage career at the age of 17, followed by a busy 27 years performing lead roles in theatrical, television and feature film productions domestically and abroad, in addition to her ongoing formal education, professional development and training. She recently returns from a multi-year hiatus during which she pursued her research and formal studies in the complexities of the legal system (completing an Honours Degree in Law & Society), which fed her lifelong interest in legal and social justice, themes which she is now applying to the development of new television projects. Mary Beth kept sharpening her skills throughout her studies with recent roles that include 'Queen Margaret' in Shakespeare's Richard III and 'The Countess' in All's Well that Ends Well. Having recently moved to Montreal, Mary Beth is thrilled at the prospect of becoming a contributing entity of such a passionate and vibrant artistic community.

Ellie B. Brown

Ellie Brown, known by followers as EllieB, is a recognized visionary who has designed a brand based on positive-action, service to others, and a return to classic entertainment.

Prior to his passing, Ellie's broadcast mentor Merv Griffin, was in pre-production of a feature film based on her courageous personal and professional life-story. He called it his very own friend's 'Erin Brockovich-like powerhouse story.'

Ellie Brown is a fully empowered woman, entrepreneur, entertainer, and grandmother of four, who believes it is critical to 'unleash' creativity. A testimony to resilience, her improvisational and multi-dimensional talent is at once mesmerizing, as it is fun and engaging. To those who know of her dedication to the emerging artist and entrepreneur, EllieB is considered a safe, culturally savvy & joyful personality. As a result, the EllieB's brand has attracted a significant loyal following from diverse sectors around the globe.

EllieB Block Party Productions LLC (EBBP):

Prior to launching EBBP in 2014, Ellie Brown had a three-decade successful career in branding development including various roles as a public relations specialist, producer, and broadcaster. She spent much of her professional life working with people battling addiction with special emphasis on adolescent addiction, gangs, eating disorders and violence prevention. Also, much of her stage, television, radio and print experience is the result of her award-winning production to high level educational, corporate and government entities.

Todd E. Wise

Todd E. Wise is a writer, producer and director best known for his award winning screenplay, Ghost Patriot (2017), which tells the true story of James Armistead Lafayette, an American Revolutionary-era slave who performed one of the most important spy missions in American history. For more than 20 years, Wise has traveled to over 40 countries working with companies, organizations and government entities to develop effective television programs, documentaries and communication strategies around the world.

Brent David Fraser

Brent David Fraser is the progeny of 17th, 18th and 19th century Scottish, Dutch and Austrians in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, who gained American prominence as Builders, Church Reformers, Freemasons, Businessmen and Industrialists. His heart is rooted in the Highland Clan Fraser of Lovat and Noble family trees on his father's side. Fraser was born in Bremerton, raised in Bellingham and began his career as an actor and singer/songwriter in the Seattle live theatre and music scene in 1985. He wrote poetry as a child and learned guitar, harmonica, as well as piano and violin. His first influences were his mother's favorites-Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, Jim Croce and Jackson Browne. His tastes transitioned to pop-radio, hard rock, to David Bowie and new wave, to 80s Glam, to Tom Waits. After moving to Seattle he began working in professional theatre, and as a "busker" at Pike Place Market. He was accepted to The North Carolina School of the Arts but stayed less than a year going back to Seattle to study privately with Mark Jenkins, and to work as a professional actor and musician. He worked repeatedly with The Group Theatre, in plays such as "Tamer of Horses" with William Mastrosimone, and "Tracers" with John DiFusco, but it wasn't until he landed his first feature film role in Keith Gordon's, The Chocolate War, that Los Angelenos took notice of his talent and encouraged him to move south. Upon arrival in L.A. he landed a string of starring roles in independent features including Jezebel's Kiss with Malcolm McDowell, Wild Orchid 2 with Nina Siemaszko and Tom Skerritt, The Dark side of Genius with Seymour Cassel, Finola Hughes and Moon Zappa, and The Little Death with Dwight Yoakam, J.T.Walsh and Pamela Gidley. He was in David Lynch's, Wild at Heart with Nicolas Cage and Laura Dern and New Line's Book of Love with Chris Young and Josie Bissett. His chameleon talents were utilized as "Jed" the socially inept, criminal drug-chemist in the gritty, Broken Vessels, for which he and Martin Blasick wrote much of the music and score. He also starred in Tall as Trees, a Filipino/American film shot in Manila, with Chin Chin Gutierrez and Monsour Del Rosario. Fraser has also appeared in television series' such as, Fox TV's The Tracy Ullman Show, NBC's Dark Skies (as Jim Morrison), and Showtime's The Outer Limits. MGM/Trilogy wrote a challenging character, combining his talents as an actor and singer as a recurring character on the show Fame-L.A. in which they also placed some of his original songs on the show and two of the songs. Fraser sang can be heard on the show's compilation CD, on Mercury Records. The opportunity to have his own songs placed in TV and film productions in which he worked as an actor or not, has carried throughout his career. Fraser has recorded his songs with artists such as Warren Zevon and Don Henley's band via Manager/Producer Andrew Slater, and Global Producer/Musician Corrado Rustici (Aretha Franklin, Cyndi Lauper, Elton John, Sting, Bono, Pavarotti). His writing talents were utilized by Corrado to write three songs with Italian artist Elisa Tofoli, for her album Pipes and Flowers. After development deals with Randy Jackson at Sony and Lou Maglia at Zoo Records, Santa Monica based Motion City Records found him reverting to his roots in a coffee house acoustic gig and offered a record deal, which he accepted, hoping that with an independent label he would get to make the album that suited his artistic sensibilities. He co-wrote 5 songs with Tim Schools and Joey Molland of Badfinger. On his concept CD "Albion Moonlight and the Sea of Troubles" with Motion City Records producer Martin Blasick, Fraser makes use of poetry, theatricality and all of the influences he has ever known. It's the mythical story of a young man recovering the imposed and self-imposed losses due to a mental illness centered in the ego/mind. It's a tale of redemption and love. Upon hearing it, with a desire to record a follow-up album with him, legendary Jack Douglas (Aerosmith, Cheap Trick, John Lennon) said of Fraser that he was one of the best songwriters to come along since Lennon. Fraser's Scottish heritage being closest of anything to his heart, he is a lifetime member of his family founded (1961) Clan Fraser Association for California and is a Fellow in good standing of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. He also studies a bit of Gaelic and Hebrew. He splits his time between Bellingham, WA and Laguna Beach, still writing his autobiographical novel "My Highland Heart", performing as a singer/songwriter frequently and is active in the foundations he esatblished "US Veterans and Law officers Care Endowment", "The Robert W. Fraser Inquest for Civil Justice" and "The Orange County Commission for the Administration of Justice" established in 1968 by then president of the Orange County Bar Association, Robert W, Fraser a Marine Veteran of WWII and Korea, a 60 year attorney in CA and MT and the man who raised Brent in the Fraser and Noble traditions and schooled him in the Legal Arts along with Black's Law volumes. Owns A Mhòr-fhaiche Public Relations, Inc., forming nonprofit corporations, religious entities and, domestic stock companies and startup businesses that contribute to the good of our society and decrease suffering in the world. Fraser's life is focused on helpfulness to others, kindness and compassion.

Karrine Steffans

From meager beginnings on the thirty-mile island of St. Thomas to New York Times best selling author residing in Los Angeles, Karrine Steffans has come a long way. Details of the first twenty-five years of her complicated, yet, thrilling former life and lifestyle are captured in the pages on her memoir, Confessions of a Video Vixen, published by Harper Collins Publishers, making a biography almost obsolete. Since Confessions debuted on June 28, 2005, Karrine and her enthralling story has been on the lips and minds of most everyone.

Among many other mediaoutlets Paula Zahn, Donny Deutsch, Tyra Banks, Bill O'Reilly, and the queen of daytime herself, Oprah Winfrey have sought Karrine and helpedpropel her into the limelight and even contributed satirical editorial to HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher. This sudden thrust into the world's eye has prompted publishing giant Hachette Book Group USA/Grand Central Publishing (formerly Warner Books) to welcome Karrine into their family, inking two publishing contracts for three additional books.

Karrine's premiere venture with Hachette is her continuing memoir, and yet another New York Times bestseller, entitled The Vixen Diaries, published September 2007. In March 2007, Karrine instated her own imprint aptly named, Steffans Publishing through which she assists undiscovered writers in breaking into the business of publishing. Steffans Publishing receives hundreds of synopsis a month, through SteffansPublishing.com, and each is meticulously combed over by Karrine and her staff. Synopses worthy of becoming a published manuscript are the present to the major publishing houses Karrine has affiliations and relationships with.

Karrine has added magazine contributor to her list of accomplishments with her first article for the October 2008 issue of XXL Magazine. The article takes readers inside her overly publicized, yet, misunderstood relationship with music artist Lil'Wayne.

She is also a staff writer at Telepictures online entity,MomLogic.com as well as Fox News Corporation's FNC-iMag.com. Karrine has since published her third New York Times best seller, entitled The Vixen Manual: How to Find, Seduce & Keep the Man You Want, which made its debut on NBC's The Today Show, July 13, 2009 and was as instant New York Times best seller.

Karrine has also inked her third publishing deal for her fourth book and continues to court radio, television and film entities while searching for only the most perfect situation and opportunity to further and expand her brand. She is also attached to a reality program for a major cable network, to be announced at a later date. Her personal website, Karrine.com has, since July 2007, been visited more than 6,000,000 times, proving she is a growing pop culture influence.

A married mother of two, Karrine can't believe all she has accomplished in such a short amount of time and looks forward to leaving the uncertainty of her twenties behind and welcoming a new era. With all that goes on in Karrine's business life,still, she insists on being a mother first and finds loves and strengthin the support of her family. Working from home allows her the luxuries of being successful both as a literary figure and as a parent and she wouldn't have it any other way.

Karrine Steffans is living proof that change is good and confession is good for the soul but she is, most importantly, a testament to the old adage; to whom much is given, much is required and her own adage, just because you may have started off wrong, doesn't mean you won't end up right.

Charles Bernstein

Talented, prolific and versatile film composer Charles Bernstein was born on February 28, 1943 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He conducted his own orchestral music at age sixteen and studied composition with Vitorio Giannini and Vincent Persichetti at Juilliard. Bernstein also attended the University of California; he received an Outstanding Graduate of the College Award, a Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship and a Chancellor's Doctoral Teaching Fellowship while working with American composer Roy Harris. His impressively eclectic musical style ranges from comedy to drama to action to horror. Bernstein has supplied the scores for a bunch of enjoyably down'n'dirty 70's drive-in exploitation features: he turned up the funk with "That Man Bolt," went all-out groovy for the "Invasion of the Bee Girls," and kicked out the tuneful swinging country jams on "White Lightning" (a snippet of this score was used in the "Kill Bill Vol. 1" soundtrack), "Gator," "A Small Town in Texas," and "Nightmare in Badham County." Bernstein's scores in the horror genre are especially chilling and effective: Among his finest fright film scores are "Hex," "Sweet Kill," "The Entity" (this is one of Bernstein's most inspired, inventive and underrated scores; it was nominated for a Saturn Award for Best Music), "Cujo," Wes Craven's terrifying classic "A Nightmare on Elm Street," and "April Fool's Day." Moreover, Bernstein has done scores for a large number of made-for-TV movies. He won an Emmy Award for his score for the "Little Miss Perfect" episode of the "CBS Schoolbreak Special." His scores for "Enslavement" and "The Sea Wolf" were nominated for Emmy Awards while his score for "The Man Who Broke A 1,000 Chains" received a Cable ACE Award nomination for Original Score. Outside of his substantial film and television work, Bernstein has also done music for Off-Broadway theater, modern dance, and the World Festival of Sacred Music, played jazz in the cellars of Paris, and danced and played folk music with the Greeks and gypsies from the Balkans. Moreover, Bernstein has written the acclaimed books "Film Music and Everything Else - Volume 1: Limitations" and "Movie Music: An Insider's View." He won an ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for his writing on music. Bernstein is a member of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Board of Directors of the Society of Composers and Lyricists, and the Board of Directors of the ASCAP Foundation. In addition, Charles Bernstein has taught on the graduate film scoring faculty at USC and holds an annual film scoring seminar in the summer at UCLA Extension.

Jon Jashni

Jon Jashni is a content producer and media investor who recently founded Raintree Ventures, an investment and incubation fund operating in the entertainment space.

Previously, Jashni was President and Chief Creative Officer of Legendary Entertainment where, as part of his duties, he oversaw the development and production of such film projects as Warcraft, Krampus, Crimson Peak, Godzilla, the Jackie Robinson biopic 42 and Pacific Rim. He joined the company in January 2006 and was integrally involved over a ten year period in evolving the company from a film-financing entity into a diversified, multi-platform media company.

Prior to joining Legendary, Jashni was President of Hyde Park Entertainment, a production and financing company with overall deals at 20th Century Fox, Disney and MGM. While there, he oversaw the development and production of Shopgirl, Dreamer, Walking Tall and Premonition.

Before joining Hyde Park, Jashni was a producer on director Andy Tennant's romantic comedy smash Sweet Home Alabama. Jashni's collaboration with Tennant began with the fairy tale Ever After, for which Jashni oversaw development and production as a senior production executive at 20th Century Fox.

Jashni has also co-produced two films that received a total of three Academy Award®nominations: the critically acclaimed drama The Hurricane, which garnered a Best Actor nomination for star Denzel Washington, and a non-musical reinterpretation of Anna and the King, which starred Jodie Foster, and earned two Oscar nominations.

Jashni was earlier partnered with industry power broker Irving Azoff at the Warner Bros.-based Giant Pictures. Together they produced The Hurricane, Jack Frost and The Inkwell. Jashni joined Azoff after a stint as a production executive at Columbia Pictures, where he was involved in the development and production of such films as Groundhog Day and Bram Stoker's Dracula. Jashni began his career at Daniel Melnick's The IndieProd Company, where he was involved in the production of Roxanne, Air America, Mountains of the Moon and Punchline.

Jashni is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Producers Guild of America in addition to serving as a Trustee of the American Film Institute. He holds a BS from the University of Southern California and an MBA from UCLA's Anderson School of Management.

P.J. Bloom

PJ Bloom is a 20-year Entertainment Industry veteran and has remained a top Music Supervisor for well over a decade. He is a two-time Guild of Music Supervisors Award winner, two-time ASCAP Award winner, four-time BMI Award winner, placed No. 80 on Billboard Magazine's annual Power 100 list, owns a Grammy-winning record label and is partners in one of the top Music Supervision firms in the US.

PJ's career soundtrack sales tally more than 50 million singles and 15 million albums worldwide. As the Music Supervisor for the groundbreaking Glee franchise, his work holds the record for most charted songs by a single act in Billboard Hot 100 chart history, surpassing Elvis Presley, The Beatles and James Brown.

PJ has created unique soundtracks for over a thousand episodes of television and fifty films as well as video games, advertisements and even amusement park thrill rides. He has collaborated with such prolific filmmakers and television producers as Steven Spielberg, Ryan Murphy, Michael Mann, Jerry Bruckheimer and Ridley Scott while rendering his distinctive brand to nearly every studio and network in the Hollywood system.

PJ is a partner at Neophonic Music & Media, one of the largest and most highly decorated full-service Music Supervision and Consulting firms in the US. Neophonic's recent credits include Game of Thrones, The Americans, The People v. OJ Simpson, Westworld, Vinyl, Feud, American Horror Story and True Detective.

PJ owns Black Magnetic Records and Publishing, a full service entity dedicated to harvesting and championing new artists and music. Black Magnetic artists and writers have sold over 17 million singles, claimed three Top 10 hits including two worldwide #1's and won a Grammy Award.

Krista Carpenter

Krista Carpenter has 10+ years experience in the entertainment industry having worked proficiently in Los Angeles as well as Australia where she headed the development division at ScreenWest, the highly-respected film/television government funding body of Western Australia.

In this role, Ms. Carpenter oversaw the development team, which worked to advance the state's Indigenous, digital, and general film and television industry through more than 30 programs and hundreds of grants annually. Carpenter created and spearheaded many innovative funds, which administered millions of dollars to high-level production companies. Ms. Carpenter also pioneered exciting new internships for local talent, provided creative analysis on all materials submitted to the agency and worked closely with the filmmakers throughout development. Her work led to the career advancement of many notable up-and-coming writers, directors and producers within Australia.

Prior to moving to Australia, Ms. Carpenter was Vice President Development (Features) at Krasnoff/Foster Entertainment (The Soloist, When In Rome, Community), which had a first look deal with Paramount Pictures. Working with producer Gary Foster for three years, she helped developed, package, and manage dozens of projects that were set up at major studios.

Ms. Carpenter is co-founder of the Los Angeles-based independent production and management company Fictional Entity.

Jena Waldron

Jena Waldron is an East Texas native with a passion for producing films that impact lives. She enjoys being involved in projects that connect people and share her love of life. Jena likes projects she can, not only put her time into, but her heart. Serving as the CEO of 2theSkyEntertainment and former president of Prelude Limited and AMG Releasing, Jena works tirelessly to promote and produce quality films with messages that reach across generations. Jena began her film career as an actress in high school plays and regional productions. After high school, she continued to study with some of the greatest acting coaches in Texas and Los Angeles. Jena has appeared in more than a dozen films, including "The Reckoning" in 2012, along with many commercials and industrial projects. She is also a certified Ballroom Dancing instructor. It wasn't long, however, before Jena realized her passion for producing films. In 2012 she merged a partnership to form a new production company where she produced the feature films "The Underneath" and "Entity,"along with several television pilots. Afterwards she began her role with Prelude Limited. In 2013 Prelude Limited had an impressive production schedule of original feature films planned including "Court of Kings," "September Testament" and "Our Father," story from late Emmy winning actor John Candy. To add to her accomplishments and strengths, Jena became CEO of AMG Films in the early summer of 2013. AMG Films is an international distribution and sales agency headquartered in West Palm Beach, Florida. She carried that titled to the end of 2014 when she chose to stay closer to home and form her new company, 2theSKY Entertainment, a production and distribution company, which has an impressive lineup of films for production for this year. Jena is also a board member of Movie to Movement, a group who strives to produce films that promote culture of life, love and beauty. A natural people-person, Jena loves working with actors and crew members, alike. Taking a project from the idea stages to viewing it onscreen with an audience after its completion is an experience Jena hopes to have again and again!

Theo Caesar

Theo Caesar is the head of 90210 Talent Agency and the Agency's primary Theatrical Agent. He joined the agency as a talent rep in 2009.

Theo's journey into the entertainment industry began at the age of 12 when he became a child actor and landed a role in "Police Academy 3: Back In Traning". The South Bronx, NY native went on to star in several film, television, print and theater productions from New York to California and even Canada. At the age of 16, his family relocated to Virginia Beach, VA. He took up an interest in music and began interning at a recording studio called "TMH (The Music House)". Before long, the studio owner, David Velazquez, taught Theo how to engineer and produce recordings of his own, making him the head engineer and business manager of the studio. In his early twenties, he entered into a business partnership with David and they began a production company called "QSL Entertainmentt". Theo started a hip hop group named "Black Reign" with his friends Shante "L.U.V." Holland and Donshay "Big Qweezy" Gregory. Over time, Velazquez decided to take a different direction in business and turned over the majority of his interest in QSL and TMH over to the trio. They went on to sell thousands of CDs throughout the East Coast and perform regularly over a ten year span which even led them to win the 2005 Blendzville Award for Best Independent Label in Hampton Roads, VA.

In 2005, Theo joined Studio Center Total Production as a voice over talent and began doing radio and television commercials for entities such as McDonalds, Church's Chicken and Carmax, as well as others. He decided to try his hand at the acting game once again and moved to Los Angeles in January of 2007. Once there, opportunities on the business side of entertainment began to unfold at neck-breaking speed. He met casting director/producer, Ann Ross and writer/director, Tim White, who showed him the ropes of the other side of the movie game. After working with them on their film, "Gurdian", he decided to form his own company, TEAM Casting and Production, LLC.. Within his first year in CA, Theo dove into several positions in the industry from acting to casting to talent management and film production. He was approached by his brother-in-law, entertainment lawyer Christopher Brown of Brown & Rosen, LLC in Boston, MA, to seek out aspiring producers looking for financing for film and TV projects. Their first successful venture was for promotion and advertising funds for the Bill Duke directed, 20th Century Fox project, "Cover" through producers Kenneth Dixon and Gus Blackmon. All around, this dynamic hustler is a go-getter fit for the nickname.... The O Mazing!!

Stephen Reynolds

From a background of self funded short films, British Writer/Director Stephen Reynolds blasted onto the UK film scene in 2013 with his debut feature 'Vendetta'. He is known for his fast paced shooting style and energy whilst maintaining a strong and slick visual aesthetic. After no one picked up the phone to him following the success of Vendetta in the UK he got on a plane and flew to Los Angeles to knock on some doors, catching the eye of WWE Studios and soon followed up with the actioner 12 Rounds3:Lockdownwhich he shot in 15 days. Stephen is fast becoming a rising entity on the action movie scene and is actively writing new material.

Galen Hooks

Galen Hooks is an LA native who has been in the entertainment industry since she was 7 years old. The ultimate multi-hyphenate (dancer-choreographer-creative director-producer-singer/songwriter-actress-host), she is a chameleon who defies genre and can seamlessly shift between roles both in front of and behind the camera.

Whether she's photographing, styling, choreographing, performing, directing, or producing, she has an eye for detail and storytelling that she breathes into every project.

At 7 years old, her dance group was the Junior Dance Champion on Star Search. As a child, she was working on shows like Full House, modeling for Mervyn's, and performing in an opera with Placido Domingo; as a teen, she was assisting choreographer Marguerite Derricks for movies like Donnie Darko and shows like That 70's Show.

Galen received a Choreography Media Honor for her work with Fergie performing "Live and Let Die" on Movies Rock and four World Dance Awards for her choreography with The LXD, YouTube's ReMixed, and her own "Campfire Vaudeville", a song and dance experience featuring original music written by Galen. Her YouTube show "Masterclass" (Consulting Producer and Host) was honored by the Webby Awards and Streamy Awards.

Presently, Galen has worked with over 60 artists, including Janet Jackson, Justin Bieber, Britney Spears, Usher, Chris Brown, The Jonas Brothers, Miley Cyrus, Rihanna, Banks, Grimes and John Legend. She also modeled extensively for Nike's Dance and Sport Culture lines, including countless catalogs, billboards, and a two-page ad in Vogue magazine.

Producing credits include America's Got Talent (Associate Consulting Producer), The Voice (Associate Performance Producer), Disney Channel Presents: Radio Disney's Family VIP Birthday (Executive Producer, Creative Director), and YouTube's "Masterclass" (Consulting Producer and Host).

Theater work includes Associate Co-choreographer for the revival of the hit Broadway show Dreamgirls and choreographer for Higher Education, a new musical from the Tony Award-winning producers of Hair and Memphis.

Galen is involved as a dancer, choreographer, and actress in LXD: Legion of Extraordinary Dancers, which has a 3-season show on Hulu and has had groundbreaking performances on So You Think You Can Dance, TED Talks, the 82nd Annual Oscars, as the opening act for two Glee Tours, at the Guggenheim New York, Invisible Children's Fourth Estate (with an original score by Hans Zimmer) and Google Zeitgeist in London.

She is also well known for being a leading lady for R+B heartthrobs Miguel (Arch N Point), Usher (Good Kisser), and most recognizably as a dancer, choreographer, and actress for Ne-Yo's concept album Libra Scale, in which she played the lead character Diamond Eye and her alter ego, Pretti Sinclair, in the album's music videos, album leaflet, and live performances.

Hooks was also a songwriter on recording artist Raistalla's self-titled album. Galen wrote "Krazy" and co-wrote "Attention" and "Speedracer".

In her free time, Galen is a leading activist in the dance community, having served 10 years as the chair of Dancers Alliance and as a board member of SAG-AFTRA. She currently consults DA and is spearheading the new entity Choreographers Alliance.

Galen is also sharing invaluable knowledge with her new intimate intensives, "Behind the Audition" and "Galen Hooks' Heels Intensive", focusing on limited class sizes and direct feedback. She also teaches (and takes) regular dance classes around the US and internationally, and is a guest teacher on conventions such as The Pulse, NUVO, and Monsters of Hip Hop.

Galen is also a graduate of Penn State University, with a BA in Law.

Sheree Ali

Sheree Ali, actress, writer, musical composer, philanthropist and lover of humanity warms souls in a new Hollywood tradition. Embarking upon her first major motion picture, Oops, Ups & Downs: The Murder Mystery of Humpty Dumpty (2006), her production company Sparkle Light Entertainment, Inc. has received international acclaim from New Zealand to the European community. Fluent in the linguistic skills of Italian, French and Spanish; familiarity of Mandarin, and working knowledge of Russian and German, she has awaken international alliances in the world of motion picture dealmaking.

Sheree learned to filter life's peculiar journeys through the writing of 12 fascinating screenplays; several sit-coms, poignant Movie of The Weeks for television and a host of intriguing documentaries over the past 12 years. Her product line of sci-fi, comedy, thrillers, period pieces, children's animated features, romance and pyscho-dramas are of the many presentations she has at the forefront of acquisition. Ms.Ali chooses various products for Development by partnering with specific artisans of Emmy, Tony and Oscar acclaim making her ideas a winning commodity. Sheree has a vast and refined sensitivity, a mental acumen (IQ tested far above genius); which compels such Oscar wining directors to take note.

Sparkle Light Entertainment, Inc.has pioneered innovative new concepts designs for marketing digital media --cross platformed in each of Sheree's projects; like "Vision", :Kookieland", "Operation Unilateral Intercourse/ O.U.I.", "OOPS"; and "Unforgiven Exposure", parlaying distinct messages of humor, hope and love of humanity for the faint at heart.

A gifted cellist, violinist, flutist, pianist, and harp player, Sheree has performed to a full house at Carnegie Hall as last chair cellist with the New York Philharmonic, at the young age of 16. She was mentored by great legends like Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Flip Wilson, Maurice Hines and many more. As a young actress, she appeared in; commercials such as "Clouds Jeans", "Estee Lauder Skin Care", "7-Up", "TSS Stores", "Hersheys Chocolate". In the 1980s she appeared in print ads for "Riunite Wine", "McCall's Patterns", "Essence Magazine" and "Country Living". Sheree appeared in Latin American countries in a TV commercial for "White Cloud" toilet paper/ "Papel Higienico". She soon was awarded acting roles in various seasons of "Saturday Nite Live", which brought her an interesting exposure to the legendary casts of the series in the early eighties. Invariably, on the west coast, she was discovered "again" with brief acting appearances in Hollywood, in TV sit-coms like "Cheers", "Married With Children", TV dramas like "Hill St. Blues", "Moonlighting", "ER", "Highway To Heaven", "Dynasty" and Soaps like "All My Children" and "One Life To Live". At that time, Sheree felt that acting was not academically challenging enough and gracefully turned away from co-starring roles in "New York Undercover", guest starring roles in episodes of "Law and Order" as well as a supporting role in the motion picture "The Rose".

Journalism intrigued Sheree after college in Boston, and quite by happenstance, she landed a career as a reporter in New York, New Jersey, Bahamas, Washington D.C., Philadelphia and as news writer/researcher/editorial desk associate at ABC World News Tonight, NBC Nitely News, WOBM Radio, KISS-FM New York. She discovered that reporting hard news conflicted with her genuine level of inner truths based on what she thought was an imperfect society; and what the facts from the news industry's reality actually were. During this time, while at the United Nations, Sheree met international heads of state, from the Russian Embassy, African Kings from two nations, various sheiks, Crown Princes, and other international royal family members abroad and state side. Later, her affiliation with congressmen and senators were more than a chapter in the yellow brick road of life. The embrace of these life-long alliances by far sparkled new perspectives, the exposure, and the opulence unveiled as a special "jpy"... for her. In 90's, without thought to the future, she abandoned journalism and entered the Hollywood community as a personal and executive assistant to high end moguls, CEOs, CFOs and lawyers of studio and TV network entities. There, the shoe seemed to fit because they loved and appreciated her cultural savvy, refined tastes, endeared loyalty and smooth intellect often conveyed. It was at this point that she began to write scripts, through her eyes, expressing hints of where life's journeyed places had taken her. Sparkle Light Entertainment, Inc. was and still remains a true collaboration of special friends, leaps of faith and excruciating hard work. Sheree's screenplays are well received, and have been the subject of Sparkle Light's funding talks with Warner Bros., Sony Pictures Entertainment, Dreamworks, Warner Bros. Animation and CBS.

Society Tea Parties, horseback riding, pleasure reading, polo, ice skating, yoga, world history, physics, mathematical theorems, exotic animal training, fine arts and faith healing are some of Sheree's passions. . A native New Yorker, daughter of NJ Evangelist, the late Rev. Shirley Woods, cousin of Silver Olympic Medalist, Sheree continues to hold her own in this Hollywood town.

Tracy Fanara

Tracy, aka Inspector Planet, aka Dr. Tre, is originally from Buffalo, N.Y., and earned a B.S., M.E., and PhD in Environmental Civil Engineering from the University of Florida with a focus on hydrology, civil design and sustainable development. Tracy has extensive experience in design and modeling through her doctoral research as well as almost 10 years of civil engineering consulting experience with some of the world's most prestigious engineering firms in between, and during her graduate studies. Her master's research involved building a treatment system and storm-chasing in Gainesville, Fla. Tracy has also studied the impact of public outreach through the development of environmental videos and the use of social media, as well as physical/visual learning, as she mentored and was the design engineer for two integrated, nationally winning, EPA Rainworks Challenge teams. As of 2017, Tracy manages the environmental health program at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, where she investigates natural and man-made impacts to the environment and human health, communicates those impacts to the public and stakeholders, and develops design strategies and methodologies to alleviate those impacts. She collaborates on a number of projects with the federal government, state, and academic entities (including development of water treatment technologies and a cell-phone microscope with the ability to detect microscopic toxic algae). Tracy tests environmental myths to justify action or to alleviate public misconceptions, then communicates results to the public through through media interviews, public seminars, citizen science programs, and scientific investigative docu-reality videos. Tracy played lacrosse, soccer, ice hockey, softball and just about any other sport you can think of, loves animals (including her staffordshire terrier, Bambo), builds remote control cars, is an expert outdoors-woman, and a natural bad ass.


Yaphathtoar aka Yaphath, is a multi-hyphenate entrepretainer and CEO of Yaphattainment International.

She began her creative pursuits at a very young age with a keen curiosity for all aspects of performance and related arts. She appeared on stage in lead and supporting roles in such works as the award winning "In Walks Mem'ry" with the National Repertory Theatre Foundation and "Friends to the End" with the Coleman and Smith Artistic Company. She explored film playing Alexus, in "Catch the Air", an independent short film by Kateland Brown for La Mancha Independent Films and the Drama Queen in the poetic short, "No More Drama" for Flat Foot Frog Productions/PopLyfe Entertainment.

As a favourite pastime she marries original works in photography and poetry to create various art installations that call attention to humanitarian conditions and events - occasionally diverting from this to more environmental subjects designed to inspire, uplift and evolve humanity. She won 3rd place in the 77th Annual Writer's Digest Competition in the television/movie script category for her original screenplay "Mwen Sole".

Her work extends to arts education and community involvement through Yaphathtoar Academy of Dramatic Arts (YADA) - now known as the Yaphattainment Art Society (YAS) - which she established in the summer of 2003 as the first entity of its kind in the Bahamas with a comprehensive concentration in dramatic arts training.

Yaphathtoar continues to learn the art and science of show business specific to the performing and liberal arts with each new project that she works on both behind the scenes and on stage and screen.

Lamont Patterson

Music is the driving force for WORLD MOVEMENT RECORDS. Lamont Patterson, the CEO and founder of the label, is living this each day. LAMONT THE TALENT Lamont Patterson was born in Bonham, Texas on March 19, 1950 to Sam and Eula Patterson. He is the oldest of three children. Lamont started out at the tender age of five, singing in the church choir and moving on to tenor saxophone as his instrument of choice. With role models such as jazz greats, John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins and Roland Kirk, Lamont excelled as a musician. After high school, Lamont's cousin Bobby Sanders included him in the rehearsals of his clients, Little Anthony and The Imperials and The Young Hearts, giving him the unique opportunity to sing, dance and practice choreography, inspiring him onward in music. In college, Lamont was offered an opportunity to sing second tenor and write lyrics for New Birth an R & B group. The group toured with such notables as the O'Jays, Blue Magic, The Four Tops and other great sounds from the Motown era. As his talents increased, Lamont became more and more intrigued with the desire to play a bigger role in the music industry. His first group was The Elements of Peace, an R & B group, produced by Aaron Neville, in which he sang lead and played tenor saxophone. This would open doors for him to work with Grammy winners Aaron Neville, Quincy Jones, Marvin Gaye, Ike Turner and Tina Turner, Bill Summers, Big Boy, and Side Effect, in collaborative projects. It was in these collaborations that Lamont got his first taste of the production side of the business. BEGINING WORLD MOVEMENT RECORDS Sensitive to how the industry requires artist to change their music based on the new and upcoming sounds of the newer developing artists; with a new outlook on music, Lamont started WORLD MOVEMENT RECORDS (WMR) in 1990. WMR became the place where artist could be who they truly are. Artist thrived under Lamont's direction, leading to Platinum Records for Ghetto Hippie and Bobby Caldwell and a Gold Album for Jeffery Osborne, (Prince, Morris Day, and Warner Bros) among others. As the industry changed, so did Lamont, moving into the digital age and following technical trends. WMR began supporting artists as an entire entity from music distribution to merchandising and publishing, to TV and film roles. Pretty Tony became the first to release books into the market place through World Movement Publishing. Followed by compilation CD's for such artist as West Coast Bangaz and Coast Ridaz. DEVELOPING NEW TALENT As of January, 2016, Mr. Patterson's has signed the South African artist Rapper Luka 120 Nicks to his record label World Movement Records. Luka 120 has work with Pimpin Ken from North Carolina and many other artists based in South Africa. Mr. Patterson has also sign Snoopy So Fly of New Orleans, LA to the World Movement Record. Both Snoopy So Fly and Luka 120 have worked on a collaboration that will be out soon. Snoopy So Fly, a rapper that has found the perfect balance between Rap, Hip-Hop, R&B and Rock adds a new flavor to the World Movement repertoire of music. In the past Mr. Patterson has hosted many community events like The Pop Kids Program, The Rising Stars Youth Showcase held in California. Rock the Economy and The Rising Stars Industry showcase for adults held in Las Vegas each brought together artist from all genres united by a cause. Two new artists with WMR, Randy Rogon has two new releases, "Why There's Christmas Time" and "The Credits Roll" which is available everywhere and Drew Raber, a 15-year-old, whose single "Questions" positioned on the Billboard pop chart. Lamont believes music is a universal language but he has also chosen to broaden his horizons in the motion picture industry. TELEVISION AND FILM CAREER Mr. Patterson's earlier ventures included appearances in The Player, a drama on NBC staring Westley Snipes, Damon Gupton and Charity Wakefield along with bounty of other shows such as "House of Lies" starring Don Cheadle, which is a Showtime special that aired in January 2014, also on Hit The Floor (Kimberly Elise) on VH1, The New Girls which aired on the FOX network, Benched on USA, Modern Family on USA, Outlaws on NBC and The Last Ship and Franklin & Bash, both on TNT, Mr. Patterson has appearance on such shows as Criminal Minds an ABC Production, Murder in the First, Agent X Starring Sharon Stone and Playing House with (Kenny Loggins) on the USA Network. Mr. Patterson was also involved in the Nike Commercial Monster Jam with Blake Griffin. In 2015, Mr. Patterson's career includes an extensive range of television and film. As an entrepreneur and actor, Lamont Patterson developed his career with his most recent appearance in the television drama Shameless starring Oscar nominated William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum and Joan Cusack. The story is based on a Chicagoan Frank Gallagher who is the proud single dad of six smart, industrious, independent kids, who without him would be...perhaps better off. To add to his accomplishments, he appeared in the following comedy-dramas, 2 Broke Girls, the story of two waitresses for a friendship in hopes to launch a business, staring Kate Denning and Beth Behrs. This can be seen on CBS. The Grinder staring Rob Lowe, Fred Savage and Mary Elizabeth Ellis. The story is about two brothers. One is a lawyer and the other one plays a lawyer on television. After moving back home after a stint in Hollywood, he believes that qualifies him to run a family law firm; also Rosewood, written by Todd Harthan and includes such stars as Morris Chestnut, Lorraine Toussaint, Jaina Lee Ortiz and a host of Hollywood greats. The series aired September 23, 2015 on the Fox Network. Other acting appearances include "Bosch," an American television series based on the book written by Michael Connelly produced by Amazon Studios. It is based on a detective Harry Bosch, a veteran homicide Detective with the LA Police Department, starring Titus Welliver as Harry Bosch. Season 3 to be released in 2016, Code Black, a medical drama television series, centered around LA County Hospital Emergency Room, featuring Marcia Harden, Landon Ashworth, and Theo Breaux to mention a few. This series aired September 30, 2015 on CBS. Mr. Patterson's acting career also includes The Colony, starring Isabella Croyetti-Camp, Gonzalo Menedes and Ally Walker, the ongoing network series "Bones" an American Crime Comedy about a forensic anthropologist that reads clues from victim's bones and works with Law Enforcement to solve crimes starring Emily Dreschanel, Michael Conlin and Patricia Belcher to mention a few. Wicked City, starring Jeremy Sisto and Gabriel Isaac Luna two LAPD detectives who are partners, as they search for a pair of romantically-linked serial killers (Ed Westwick and Erika Christensen) terrorizing the Sunset Strip. The main cast also includes Taissa Farmiga, Karolina Wydra, Evan Ross, Anne Winters, and Jaime Ray Newman the series will air on NBC. Mr. Patterson can also be seen in the 1989 recreation of Uncle Buck, which previously starred the late comedian John Candy now starring the hilarious Mike Epps as Buck Russell, the story is based on cheerful oaf called on to care for his brother's kids in a crisis. In addition, he can be seen on the show Major Crimes, with Mary McDonnell, GW Bailey and Robert Gossett on TNT. A Law Enforcement squad and prosecutor that work together to fight crime within the LAPD that deal with high profile and sensitive crimes. Lamont has been retained as Chief Financial Officer and Soundtrack Coordinator for (Initial Shock: The Brigitte Harris Story) a feature Film to begin Shooting 2015. Lamont is a true humanitarian showing major support by becoming a board member for TELL HFSAC (Humanitarians for Sexually Abused Children). At the present time, Lamont is producing a Cooking Show titled "Cooking with my Homies", a celebrity base cooking show directed to display the lives of artists and their challenge to consume a home cooked meal, while leading a hectic life in the entertainment industry. It will showcase a genre of artist including R&B, Jazz, Rock, Country and Hip Hop. To-date, Lamont continues to educate, develop, promote and encourage the youth of today, and those with a serious desire to display their talent through his live broadcast which is heard weekly by tuning into his show Can a Playa Play at blogtalkradio if you would like to join the conversation. Here you can embrace knowledge from all areas, which includes topics directed to the music, film, sports, and the entertainment industry. PM Wednesdays, Lamont can be heard on his music show I am Indi. By tuning into blogtalkradio: indyizz.

Daniel Wheatcroft

Daniel Wheatcroft is a 35-year veteran of the entertainment industry whose career spans the Production, Marketing and Distribution of some of Hollywood's biggest success stories. As an executive at Universal Pictures, he successfully led marketing campaigns, strategic planning and talent development for over 200 major motion picture campaigns, including Jurassic Park, Schindler's List, Backdraft and Apollo 13, Back To The Future II & III, Death Becomes Her, Out Of Africa, Field Of Dreams, Conan The Barbarian, Days Of Thunder, Do The Right Thing, Jungle Fever, Army Of Darkness, Far & Away, Cape Fear, Tales From The Crypt, Casino, Trespass, Kindergarten Cop, Twins, etc.

His production credits include Executive Producer & Producer of 10 Network Television Specials, 125 Broadcast Features, 180 World Premieres, ShoWest and pioneering the use of New Media in the entertainment industry.

Well known in the industry for his creative deals, he has developed joint ventures with corporate giants such as Warner Bros., Paramount, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Walt Disney Corp., Universal, Fox, MSN, NBC, CBS, ABC, General Motors, Coca Cola, American Media and Pepsi.

Wheatcroft held the position of President of the National Association of Theatre Owners of Cal/Nev and ShoWest, the world's largest Motion Picture Industry Entertainment Convention, representing the creative and technical interests of all major Studios, Theatre Owners and Talent.

He was a founding member of the team who launched KEEN/INGENIO, a successful Internet company that merges telephony with the Internet, now owned by AT&T Holdings.

Along with musicians from Quiet Riot, he founded and held the position of President of MusicWorks Entertainment Group LLC, a company who connected entertainment artists with corporations to develop and further their mutual creative projects. At MusicWorks he has developed a unique way to bring ideas and projects direct to the artist, bypassing the traditional layered process and empowering both sides with direct connections.

In 2005 Wheatcroft founded Shoot To Thrill Productions, LLC, a company which specializes in the Development, Production & Marketing of Entertainment properties. Investors, State Governments, Corporations and private entities utilize STTP to connect them to Entertainment business opportunities. Clients include Walt Disney Corporation, ABC Studios, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Warner Bros., DreamWorks, Fox Entertainment, Paramount Pictures, Microsoft, Ingenio Corporation, AT&T, Apple. STTP associates produce a variety of entertainment projects.

Clara Kimball Young

Clara Kimball Young was born Clarisa Kimball on September 6, 1890, to Edward Kimball and the former Mrs. E.M. Kimball, traveling stock company actors with the Holden Co. Though she claimed Chicago as her birthplace, there are no records of her being born in Cook County--which includes Chicago--and she may have been born on one of her parents' tours. Her parents lived in Benton Harbor, Michigan, where her birth name Clarisa changed from the 1890 census to Clairee in the one of 1900, though she once claimed her birth name was Edith.

Young Clarisa Kimball made her professional debut as an actress at the advanced age of three, touring with the Holden Co. with her parents and playing child parts in the company's repertoire. After attending Chicago's St. Francis Xavier Academy, she joined another traveling stock company that took her out west. She married actor James Young, and sometime between 1909 and 1912 they were both hired by the Vitagraph Co. Though she was making $75 a week in the stock company, she accepted Vitragraph's offer of an annual contract paying her $25 a week, as it was steady employment.

In addition to her husband, who was hired as an actor but eventually became one of the company's best directors, Vitagraph hired her parents. The studio, which had been formed at the end of the 19th century as the International Novelty Company by English vaudevillians Albert E. Smith, J. Stuart Blackton and Ronald A. Reader, was a family-friendly company. In addition to the Youngs, it also employed the sisters Norma Talmadge and Constance Talmadge, the Sidney Drew family, and Maurice Costello and his daughters Dolores Costello and Helene Costello.

Though Clara made dozens of films at Vitagraph, few of them survive. In her early films she was quite charming, and these showcased her natural personality better than did her later dramas. A tall, dark-haired, full-figured gal who was a popular type in the early 20th century, Clara played both conventional leading ladies and light comedy I(at which she excelled). She quickly became a top star at Vitagraph, ranking 17th in a 1913 popularity poll of stars that was topped by Kalem's Alice Joyce.

Clara would soon knock Joyce off her perch atop the popularity charts. When Vitagraph supplemented its normal output of one- and two-reelers in 1914 and '15 with several longer feature films, it paired Young and the equally popular 'Earle Williams' as her leading man. One of their first collaborations, My Official Wife--a potboiler in the then-popular Russian aristocracy genre, propelled Young and Williams to the top rank of stardom in the polls. The movie, helmed by her husband, made him a major director.

Into this "Garden of Eden" arrived a serpent in the guise of producer Lewis J. Selznick, the vice president of the new World Film Corp., who signed Young to a personal contract in 1914 and proceeded to change her image into that of an unbridled sexpot. In that year's Lola (aka "Without a Soul"), which was directed by her husband, she played a decent woman who dies and is resurrected, unfortunately lacking a soul (like many producers before and since). Transformed into a "vamp", the heartless Lola sets out to destroy men, resulting in Clara conquering the box office with another huge hit that cemented her reputation as a superstar. Simultaneously, Selznick was destroying the equanimity of his leading lady's home life, leading her husband to remark ruefully to Mabel Normand, "[W]here I made my mistake was in ever inviting that fellow to the house."

In 1916 James Young filed a lawsuit against Selznick for alienation of affections, to which Selznick riposted that the marriage was troubled before he had arrived on the scene. Clara filed charges against her husband, charging cruelty, though eventually it was James Young who obtained a divorce on grounds of desertion on April 8, 1919 (bBy then the Selznick-Kimball Young relationship was on the rocks and in the courts, and there was another correspondent to the divorce).

After playing two man-eating vamps, Clara settled into a series of roles as the traditional hapless heroine whose travails are resolved with a conventional happy ending. She did, however, get to assay the title roles in Camille and Trilby with more tragic results, and she got to play some more decadent Russian hussies in Hearts in Exile and The Yellow Passport.

Screenwriter Frances Marion, her longtime friend, reported that Clara was bored with her roles at World Film and resentful about Selznick's control over her private life. Like many a movie mogul before and since, Selznick was determined to create a public image for his star that matched the roles she played, that of a gloomy tragedienne.

Selznick was an ambitious man who had a habit of alienating his business partners (a trait that would trigger the failure of his last company in 1923). He was ousted as general manager of World Film in February 1916. Three months later he left formed the Clara Kimball Young Film Corp. to produce films for her with himself as president, and Selznick Productions Inc., to distribute both her films and those of independent production companies. Now with exclusive control of her career, Selznick seemed determined to turn her back into the sexpot he made her when he produced her first movie at World. Leaving behind the five-reelers, he launched her in seven-reel extravaganzas, dressed in fashionable wardrobe and parrying risqué subject matter in The Common Law, The Foolish Virgin, The Price She Paid and The Easiest Way.

She had a falling-out with Selznick after the initial series of four films for the company named for her--but controlled by him--apparently due to the salaciousness of the subject matter and his complete control over her life and career. At this time she became associated with Detroit-based movie exhibitor Harry Garson, with whom she entered into a personal relationship, as she had earlier with Selznick. In February 1917 a knife-wielding James Young attacked Garson as he exited New York City's Astor Theater with his wife.

It was Garson, anxious to make the leap from exhibition to production that former exhibitors like Louis B. Mayer had accomplished, who apparently encouraged her legal campaign to become emancipated from Selznick. She filed a lawsuit against him in June 1917, charging the president of Clara Kimball Young Film Corp. with fraud. She alleged that Selznick had set up dummy corporations to hide profits and had elected himself president of her production company while not allowing her any input into its management. Publicly denying the charge, Selznick obtained an injunction forbidding her to appear in movies produced by any other company. Selznick counter-charged that Young was under the influence of Garson and planned to make films with him as director for her new lover's Garson Productions.

The ball now in her court, Clara announced to the press her plans to take complete control of her career, artistically and financially, by forming her own company. Bristling over her former mentor's turning her into a public sexpot, she announced that she would no longer make pictures that flouted the mores of the censorship boards. In the legal round robin that their troubles degenerated into, Selznick then sued Garson to keep Garson Productions from doing business with Selznick Enterprises, which had a contract to release Clara Kimball Young films. For his part, Garson claimed that Clara's contract with Selznick was broken due to the failure of Selznick's companies to produce and deliver her movies.

The machinations of Selznick nemesis Adolph Zukor, who would later force him into bankruptcy and out of the business in 1923, came into play. Zukor helped finance the formation of the C.K.Y. Film Corp. in August 1917, while secretly acquiring a 50% stake in Selznick's company. Zukor temporarily left Selznick in charge of the renamed Select Pictures Corp., which would release films produced by Young with her own C.K.Y. Film. Corp.

Clara, her parents and her "business manager" Garson moved to California in early 1918, and in June of that year they announced plans to build a studio. To build a stock company for this new studio, Garson hired Blanche Sweet and director Marshall Neilan, and named himself a producer. The output of C.K.Y. Film Corp. continued Selznick's practice of outfitting Clara in fancy duds, but the length of the "features" was cut back to five reels. Intended for an adult audience, the films starring Clara featured female characters who could think for themselves and make their own decisions--ironically a case of wishful thinking for this woman who had had not one but two Svengalis in her life within a short period. She did branch out beyond her Selznick-construed vamp image, though, and appeared in a few comedies, including Cheating Cheaters, which was hailed for its ingenious plot and wonderful supporting performances. Unfortunately, none of the movies produced by C.K.Y Film Corp. have survived.

Conflict with Selznick reared its ugly head again in 1919, when C.K.Y. posted a legal notice as an advertisement in the January 11th issue of "Moving Picture World". In it, Clara declared, "I have this day served notice upon the C.K.Y. Film Corporation of the termination of all contract relations between that company and myself, because of several flagrant violations of the terms of the agreement under which motion pictures has been produced for distribution through the Select Pictures Corporation." The ad also stated that "Cheating Cheaters" would be the last film for the C.K.Y. Film Corp. Declaring themselves independent producers, C.K.Y. and Garson began shooting The Better Wife.

Another legal donnybrook between Trilby and her penultimate Svengali ensued. Selznick claimed that C.K.Y. was under contract to the C.K.Y. Film Corp. until August 21, 1921, and that Select Pictures owned C.K.Y. Film. "The Better Wife" wound up being released by Select Pictures in July 1919, the same month that Equity Pictures Corp. was created to distribute Clara Kimball Young films produced by Garson Productions. Launching their first independent feature, Eyes of Youth, Young placed another advertisement declaring she had her own independent production company. Equity got off to a strong start, as "Eyes of Youth" proved to be a huge hit, her biggest box-office smash since "My Official Wife" made her the top female star in motion pictures back in 1914. Arguably the best film she ever made, "Eyes of Youth" sported fashionable gowns and a first-rate supporting cast, including featured player Rudolph Valentino in his pre-superstar days, and featured high-quality production values. The film was heavily advertised, which paid off at the box office. Her success was short-lived, however, as Selznick launched another legal battle against her and Equity Pictures. His threats to sue exhibitors who showed "Eyes of Youth" forced many canceled bookings, causing Equity Pictures to ultimately sustain a loss despite its healthy box-office intake.

After the qualified success of "Eyes of Youth," Harry Garson decided he wanted to direct. An uninspired director whose control over the medium seemed to deteriorate with experience, he helmed Young's next nine films. The movies, with weaker scripts, turned out badly and the productions were hampered by a lack of capital. The decline of the quality of their films became so blatant that critics scored Garson and Young for the bad direction of her last two films. Young was always mature-looking, even in her youth, and the films contained characters who were supposed to be possessed of a youthful quality now alien to the actress. She had grown old on-screen, violating one of cinema's strongest taboos that still is in effect for actresses.

The "Roaring Twenties" proved her demise. The quality of her films had deteriorated to the point that her 1921 film, Hush was released on a "states rights" basis rather than as a road show, a sure sign of the waning appeal of the woman who was once the #1 female star in America. Exhibitors would not pay top dollar for her films, and the income from them was sure to drop, as under the "tates Rights" model, exhibitors could show a movie as many times as they wanted within their territory for a contracted period and would only have to pay the initial exhibition fee to the production company, instead of the usual system in which the studio got a percentage of the entire box office.

The financial fortunes of Equity took a hit when the courts held for Selznick, ruling that he was owed $25,000 for each of her next ten films. In addition to fighting Selznick's legal barrage, she was subjected to lawsuits by the Harriman National Bank and Fine Arts Film Corp. The fan magazine "Moving Picture World"' in a case of paid-for editorial content, featured many stories attesting to Young's continued popularity, sometimes accompanied with personal appeals from her to her fans to continue showing their support. By the time Equity released her last two films for the company, What No Man Knows and The Worldly Madonna, her films had degenerated into the cheap, rushed look of what were known as "Poverty Row" productions. Equity Pictures and Garson Productions ceased to be functioning entities in 1922.

Paramount Pictures head Adolph Zukor reportedly offered Young a Paramount contract if she would promise to keep Harry Garson out of her career, but she refused and signed with Commonwealth Pictures Corp., owned by Samuel Zierler, who allowed her to bring along her favorite director, Garson. Samuel Zierler Photoplay Corp. was to be the producer of her films, which would be distributed by Commonwealth in the state of New York and by Metro Pictures in all other territories.

Times, however, were changing. Boyish figures on women became the rage during the Twenties, and Young had a figure from the late Victorian era, which combined with the mature appearance made her look older than she actually was, and in fact she came across as matronly. It was the time of jazz babies and flaming youth, and a more naturalistic style of acting that damned more florid players as Young as "old-fashioned." Furthermore, by the 1920s the movie industry was becoming more vertically and horizontally integrated. The days of the entrepreneur were through; until 'Burt Lancaster (I)' became a successful independent star-producer after World War II, Charles Chaplin proved to be the last movie star to form and run his own successful production company. Creating new companies to produce and distribute one's films, as Young did, was a difficult process to undertake in the best of times, and the early 1920s saw a decline at the box office due to a postwar recession and an over-expansion of production that did in C.K.Y.'s nemesis, Lewis J. Selznick himself. It was a Sisyphean task Young had set for herself, hampered by a rolling stone named Harry Garson.

Garson was only to direct one film for Zierler, The Hands of Nara, an out-and-out debacle. He was booted upstairs as producer, and experienced directors were assigned to her films, such as the far more capable King Vidor. Trying to turn around the trajectory of a falling star is difficult, and the uneven quality of her new films hurt her, as did changing tastes. Critics and exhibitors, already derisive of an aging star playing young, began carping about overacting. "Variety," the show business bible, published a sort of pre-mortem, commenting on how deeply Young's star had gone into eclipse in just two years due to bad movies. A Wife's Romance was the last of her films released by Metro, though she would make one more silent picture, the independently produced Lying Wives. Young tried the novel career move of playing a villain, opposite Madge Kennedy's heroine, but the film fared badly with the critics, and the silent film career of Clara Kimball Young was over.

The rest of the Roaring Twenties were spent in vaudeville and cashing in on her former stardom with personal appearances. She eventually ditched Harry Garson and married Dr. Arthur Fauman in 1928. With the advent of sound, RKO Pictures brought her out of retirement for a featured comic role in Kept Husbands, but her attempt to rejuvenate her career was hampered by a public perception that she was a "has-been". She segued over to Poverty Row for lead roles in and Mother and Sonfor low-rent Monogram Pictures and Women Go on Forever for Tiffany Productions, a producer primarily of cheap "hoss operas" and for introducing James Whale to Hollywood with Journey's End. This was the apogee of her career trajectory in talkies, being reduced to bit parts in Poverty Row productions and appearances as an extra in productions at the "major" studios. Her claim to fame at this stage of her career was her appearance in the classic The Three Stooges short Ants in the Pantry.

Her husband Arthur died in 1937, one of a series of personal misfortunes that Young suffered in the 1930s. Her comeback was derailed by bad publicity, as the press chronicled the sad state she had sunk into, the former top box-office star reduced to bit parts and extra work. They had built her up, and now they tore her down, as Hollywood did love its clichés, this one the great star now has-been reduced to the career gutter, a morality play for the masses who read movie magazines.

Young began appearing in westerns, appearing with William Boyd in his "Hopalong Cassidy" series, and productions with Gene Autry and Richard Dix. She even appeared on the radio, but her attempts to make a go of it ultimately failed. Years later she quipped that "during the Depression I had half a mind to take up a tin cup and beg for alms." She announced her retirement in 1941, declaring, "I've been working since I was two years old, I think I deserve the chance to quit and just enjoy life."

Her last film work was in 1941, in bottom-of-the-barrel PRC's Mr. Celebrity (a.k.a. "Turf Boy"), in which she appeared as herself with another silent-screen-star/has-been, Francis X. Bushman. During the early days of television broadcasting, the major studios' embargo on selling films to TV and a lack of programming meant that many TV stations began airing silent movies to fill air time. Young's surviving silents began to be showcased, giving her a new notoriety. Once again in the public eye, she was interviewed and went on the personal appearance circuit again, this time attending film conventions. In 1956 CBS hired her as the Hollywood correspondent for the original The Johnny Carson Show that ran for a single season in 1955-56.

At the dawn of the 1960s, Young battled poor health and had to retire to the Motion Picture Home. Frances Marion, the Oscar-winning screenwriter who had remained her friend, said that Young told her, "I was worn out from the long journey, but I have found my way home."

Clara Kimball Young died on October 15, 1960, and was interred at the Grand View Memorial Park in Glendale, California, after a funeral attended by several hundred friends.

James William Guercio

James William Guercio is the chief executive of The Caribou Companies in Boulder, Colorado of which Caribou Films is an entity. Guercio produced and directed "Electra Glide in Blue," the American entry in the 1973 Cannes Film Festival, and in 1979, produced "Second Hand Hearts," directed by Hal Ashby. He was the original director for "Tom Horn" starring Steve McQueen in 1979.

As a guitarist, bass player, arranger and composer, Guercio, started in the music business with Dick Clark in 1962. Touring and performing with Gene Pitney, Brian Hyland, Del Shannon, Chuck Berry, Bobby Darin and Chad and Jeremy. He was an original guitarist with Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention along with producing, arranging, and composing numerous hits for Chad and Jeremy and the Buckinghams. Guercio also won two Grammy Awards for his work as a music producer. His legendary Caribou Ranch studio recorded artists including Chicago, Phil Collins, Earth, Wind and Fire, Amy Grant, Billy Joel, Elton John, Carole King, John Lennon, The Beach Boys, Supertramp, and U2.

He has 36 Grammy nominations, winning Album of the Year in 1969 for Blood, Sweat, and Tears along with a Grammy for his work with Chicago. He produced numerous works by Blood, Sweat, and Tears, Chicago, and the Beach Boys.

In 1986, Guercio purchased and became the primary shareholder of Country Music Television which was sold to Gaylord/Westinghouse in 1991. He has been married to Lucy Angle Guercio for 35 years and has three children.

Debra Hopkins

Debra is one of six children to parents, Ron and Judy Spagnoli. Her father is a highly recognized basketball and football coach, including "The Michigan Coaches Hall of Fame". After completing her education at Oakland University (Michigan) on a full-ride dance scholarship, Debra went on to perform in several national tours, whereas she landed her first acting role in Los Angeles. Within her career, Debra's first son became seriously ill with seizures, and she left the entertainment business. After the miracle of her son's complete recovery, Debra returned to acting as well as writing. In 2005, she was awarded "Best Actress" at "The MovieNation Film Festival" in Las Vegas for her role of Elaine Ways in the multi-award winning short film, "Passing Darkness". Debra is also an accomplished International Health and Fitness Presenter, including such clients as "Warner Brothers Studios" and other "Time Warner Entities".

Mitsuki Takahata

Born in Higashiosaka east of Osaka, Japan on the 14th of December 1991, Takahata Mitsuki attended Tokyo's Hosei University. She made her way onto the small screen in 2007, silver screen in 2013 and a win at the 40th Japan Academy Prize as Newcomer Of The Year in 2017. She has appeared in several videos, released her own album through Warner Music Japan and advertised for Panasonic, Glico and other corporate entities. She is signed to Horipro Talent Agency.

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