MICHAEL KOEHLER spent his childhood making home movies in East Africa. After earning a BFA in Film & TV Production from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, he spent a year in Southeast Asia doing relief and documentary work. He then returned to New York City, where he edited narrative, documentary, and non-profit film projects for four years. He currently works as a screenwriter and story consultant and he also runs Lights Film School, an online education environment for independent filmmakers around the world.
NOAH WAGNER is an award-winning director, writer and filmmaker, and a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
His work has appeared on HBO, NBC, BBC, VIMEO STAFF PICKS and THE NEW YORKER, and has screened at Oscar-Qualifying film festivals and prominent AI companies worldwide. He’s also worked in varying capacities for – among others - THE DAILY SHOW, BBC, NICKELODEON, and HBO, where he spent close to a decade creating ancillary video, VR, and digital content across many platforms for docs, sports, and series such as WESTWORLD, SILICON VALLEY, BALLERS, and GAME OF THRONES.
He is currently in development with Michael on the feature-length adaptation of Watch Room.
JULIA ELAINE MILLS hails from the artistic and eclectic communities of Tulsa, Oklahoma. She grew up acting and capturing beauty in whatever way possible; be that in the outdoors or within her interactions. Realizing her real passion was cinematography and producing, she went to New York University for film to specialize in those two with a focus in Producing and Cinematography.
Her goal as a filmmaker is to create stark and progressive works of beauty in new and diverse ways showcasing the human condition. Blending her interests in traveling and different cultures, she strives to make every work a new and interesting encounter into the way of looking at characters and worlds.
MIKE KANEY is a storyteller, filmmaker, marketing strategist and a cancer crusher. He is the founder of RockBridge Productions, a video production agency based in San Francisco & Los Angeles that concentrates on building strong relationships with leading brands including Salesforce, Square, Fitbit, Nike, and Chevron to bring their visions to life through commercials, branded content, and feature films. After losing both his parents to cancer in 2008 he joined the San Francisco Social helping raise funds for Kipp Bay Area Schools, Larkin Street Youth Services, and The San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center. He has contributed over 100 videos helping raise over $60 million in funds for organizations including those above, as well as, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Make A Wish, Family House, GenesysWorks Bay Area, Project Open Hand, BUILD.org, and the National Psoriasis Foundation. In September 2016, Mike was diagnosed with Stage IV Colorectal Cancer and on the short end of his timeline given until Christmas to finalize his affairs. In early 2017, by the Grace of God, he crushed this cancer back to remission beating all odds along the way. Kaney's focus for filmmaking is to tell very specific stories through film that help generate socratic dialogue long after the fade to black.
SCOTT AMENTA is an entrepreneur focused on business storytelling, organizational management and leadership excellence. Scott has worked in the early stages of prominent technology startups in NY focused on biz dev, operations, and strategy. Most recently he served as the Chief of Staff at Spring, a fashion & beauty marketplace acquired by ShopRunner at the end of 2018. As CoS, Scott led projects across product strategy, fundraising (raising over $100mm in 4 rounds of financing), investor & board management, corp dev, finance, and team operations (growing the team to 150 employees in less than 4 years).
Scott also founded the CoS Tech Network - a private network of Chiefs of Staff from over 130 VC-backed tech and media companies with active chapters in NY and SF.
MAV BLOCK is a American filmmaker, artist, and aspiring (though unsuccessful) vagabond having grated from the undergraduate program of film & television at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. In his work, he prefers to explore emotional extremes, paradox, and is drawn to portraiture. He grew up outside of Philadelphia and spent twelve years at a Quaker school, where he learned consensus didn’t work after his teachers abandoned it in favor of voting by the ninth grade. He has produced many short films including his own award-winning film Adherence.
JANICE GILMAN is a distinguished production professional with experience as a coordinator, producer, and manager on diverse projects. After growing up in Washington, DC Janice moved to NYC to major in photography at New York University. While at NYU Janice discovered her love of photography and impacting the world through images extended to moving pictures as well. Since graduating, Janice has worked on a wide array of diverse projects and draws her strength from creative problem solving. Both her photography and film work are largely impacted by subject matter that forces the viewer to delve deeper into reality and confront sometimes uncomfortable topics or questions.
NICK WALKER is a native of the Colorado Rockies. He grew up with an appreciation for all things beautiful. He followed his passion for crafting unique images and stories to New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he studied cinematography. After graduation, Nick co-founded GDBYM, a New York City-based production company and has since shot numerous award-winning music videos, short films, commercials and documentary projects around the world. His films have been nominated for Oscar Shorts and been shown at Cannes numerous times. His work has been screened at numerous international film festivals and has been seen by millions online. He is looking forward to the upcoming release of his first feature length film and feature length documentary, Nana. He hopes to continue his pursuit of visual excellence well into the future.
Forged from the Vesuvian flames of New York independent film productions, NICHOLAS TONG has since transitioned into the world of commercials & short form content. A tinkerer by nature, he is obsessed with the mechanics of all things, real or imaginary. With an eye for scope and scale as well as an intimate understanding of minutiae, he has an uncanny ability to weave fully formed worlds from words on a page. Long engaged in a love affair with high concepts and practical effects, Nicholas sees harmony in the balance of art and technology. There is no subject too esoteric for him, and no imagery too abstract to tackle.
MATTHEW GLASNER graduated with a BFA in Musical Theatre from Ball State University in 2012. After graduating, he interned in the casting department at Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Upon completing his internship in Chicago, he moved to NYC and interned with Telsey+Co., and Manhattan Theatre Club. He was hired as the full time NY assistant at Barden/Schnee Casting and assisted casting for select projects, including this years Academy Award Winner for Best Picture Spotlight, Jessica Jones for Netflix, The Interestings (pilot), Good Girls Revolt (pilot), Wayward Pines Season 2, and the upcoming films The Girl on the Train and Bleed for This; among many others over the course of his 2+ year career there. He is now the Casting Associate for the new USA Series FALLING WATER alongside Casting Director Mia Cusumano and Meghan Rafferty.
TERRITORY STUDIO is a highly experienced motion graphics specialist based out of London, England. They are an ambitious and innovative group of designers, artists, animators and producers with a shared desire to deliver original, high-end creative work for film. Territory designs and animates screen graphics for live on-set playback and post-production, produces VFX for features and creates film titles and original content trailers.
Credits Include: Avengers: Infinity Wars, Blade Runner 2049, Ready Player One, The Martian, Ex_Machina, Ghost in the Shell, Guardians of the Galaxy, Prometheus, Fast and Furious 6, and Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
CHRISTINE SCIORTINO is a makeup artist and costume designer with a passion for storytelling through character. She completed a diverse course of study in film and women’s literature at New York University, art theory and French in Paris, and a costume design intensive studio in Prague. In 2013, she moved back to her hometown of Chicago where she earned her Cosmetology license at Pivot Point Academy and quickly built a wide client base. She currently works in hair and makeup for film, television, and theater. Recent projects include NBC’s CHICAGO FIRE, Netflix’s EASY, The Goodman Theatre's WAR PAINT (now on Broadway), and Rupert Wyatt’s upcoming sci-fi feature CAPTIVE STATE. Christine is also a professor of Cinema Makeup and Character Design in the Cinema Art + Science school at Columbia College Chicago where she is thrilled to be working with the next generation of filmmakers!