Lys Sparrow: Writer, Director, Producer

For over a decade Ms. Sparrow has worked as a producer, writer and publisher in film, television, radio and print. In 2007, Running with Arnold, the feature documentary Lys associate produced, won Best Documentary at The Zurich Film Festival, which prompted a theatrical release. She has also been a producer on a handful of student and short films in the genres of science fiction and historical narrative. Beginning her career as a filmmaker, her first short, experimental documentary, The Aborted, won Honorable Mention in The San Francisco Short Film and Video Contest. Staying close to her entertainment industry passion, Ms. Sparrow licensed the name and logo from the Santa Monica Observer newspaper to publish three special issues dedicated solely to films. The newspapers were created in 2006 for the Independent Spirit Awards, Malibu Film Festival and The Los Angeles Film Festival. In 2003, Lys was hired by the City of West Hollywood to produce a series of five public service announcements and to write a half-hour health episode for Breast Cancer Awareness Month for the program, Senior Buzz. All content aired on Channel 10 in West Hollywood, CA. As a host and executive producer of Faith Into Action, a live, weekly half-hour public talk show, a few celebrities Ms. Sparrow interviewed included, Jamie Lee Curtis, Barry Bostwick, John Carrol Lynch, Paul Rodriquez, Lily Tomlin, Mimi Kennedy and Mike Farrell. All the guests interviewed supported non-profit organizations.

Gianfranco Serraino: Writer, Director, Producer

Defined by Adnkronos national news agency, As one of the most interesting emerging documentary filmmakers on the international scene in 2007, Serrainos first documentary, Forti i Paleddi, (Come on with the Oars), received the plaudits of public and critics a like winning prizes in various national and international festivals. After working in Rome for six years, Gianfranco moved to Paris where he continued writing, producing and directing documentaries. One of the significant projects he co-directed was Les Metiers Dans the Shades and Profession Producteur for TPS Cinema, currently Canal+. Recently relocated to the United States, Serraino is producing his first International feature between Italy, England and U.S., a biopic about Jayne Mansfield, titled Blonde with a Pink Cadillac. He also has a feature script he wrote and will direct titled, Safari Island, scheduled for production in the fall of 2015 and is slated to direct, Little Chicago, a gangster movie set in the prohibition era.

Neal Kingston: Executive Producer

Neal Kingston is an award winning film and TV producer and EP. He was Producer on Australias longest running and most successful television series Neighbours through Fremantle Media, producing nearly 800 episodes. Neal recently produced the independent micro-budget film, Nerve which premiered at the Sydney International Film Festival and is being distributed through Shoreline Entertainment. Mr. Kingston was a Producer on three series of the internationally successful and acclaimed drama McLeods Daughters. Neal is currently developing a range of original TV series and feature film projects through his company Cornerstone Pictures and on the back of the recent and successful broadcast of the telemovie The Killing Field for the 7 Network, a further six-part series has been commissioned. Feature films Crawlspace and I Am The Thunder have just been shortlisted from over 500 projects for the prestigious Gateway LA script competition. Neal is also a producer on the half hour Australian Indigenous television comedy Ghost Bruthaz.

Jaselle Martino: Line Producer/Co-Producer

Jaselles two-part graduate studies in Broadcast Journalism and Theatre at the University of Arkansas, allowed her to hone her skills in documentary filmmaking as a specialization under the mentorship of Emmy winning documentary filmmaker Larry Foley. For her first film, she wrote and directed the short fiction film, Bike Tales, which was nominated for the 2014 Young Artists Awards in Hollywood and has been selected for the 2014 Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival. Bike Tales has also been commissioned by Columbus Communications for Video on Demand and will be screened throughout the Caribbean and Central American this fall. Her second film, Take Me Home, screened at the New York No Limits Film Festival in May 2014. Ms. Martino just completed her third film in which she wrote, directed and produced, a tango film noir called, Closed Position.

Benjamin Cantor: Unit Production Manager

Benjamin finished his bachelors degree in the windy city of Chicago, with a focus in the emerging new Transmedia Development field. Before graduating, Benjamin spent his last semester in Los Angeles, where he worked two internships at Nuyorican Productions, run by Jennifer Lopez and Mandeville Films, a production company at Walt Disney Studios. Since then, Benjamin has spent time working for a boutique law firm in Century City that specializes in intellectual property. There he was privy to vital information regarding contracts pertaining to artists, entrepreneurs and talent across multiple industries as well as new businesses. In the spring of 2014 Benjamin started his first full time job in the entertainment industry in the mailroom at the Agency For The Performing Artists. There he assisted various agents across departments ranging from branded lifestyle to physical production and began to build his contacts. By the end of the fall, Benjamin transitioned to a new job at Relativity Media where he worked directly under the President of Sales and Distribution learning the importance of digital distribution in domestic television and the future sales of day and date releases. Benjamin currently oversees relationships and sales with media companies at a digital marketing firm in Santa Monica, CA.

A.S. Krishnaswamy: Animator

Beginning his career as a fine artist working for Indias leading newspaper, The Hindu, Krishnaswamy further honed his skills in pursuit of working in the movie industry upon graduating with a degree in Animation Film Design from the National Institute of Design. Throughout the decades he has worked as an Animation Director, Layout and Background Director for Television Series and as a Visual Effects Supervisor on feature films. He has contributed to ToonDisney, Millimages France, BBC Cartoon Channel as an Animation Supervisor and as Creative Director. Holding many academic and industry honors, A.S. has created a curriculum that is used throughout India in training animators.

Michael James Webb: Editor

Michael began writing and composing music in 1999 while studying industry technology softwares and hardwares as a self employed Digital Sales and Service Technician. After moving to Los Angeles in 2013, he brought his focus back to music and began mixing new studio recordings to already existing music videos. Since then he has worked with studios from New York to Los Angeles as a remote technician on multiple entertainment projects for film and radio. Michael was drawn to edit his first feature length project, RED ASH: Burning Rights because of the important message and the opportunity to work with filmmakers who seek to blend traditional documentary style filmmaking with feature film narration.

Mark Rivett: Composer, Arranger

Mark is an Australian composer, arranger and musician based in Venice, California. After 20 years at the creative helm of Song Zu, he recently sold his share in the company to pursue more passion projects (and surf more!!) Song Zu is one of the worlds largest, most respected and awarded studios specializing in music and sound design for advertising, television and film. Mark works primarily as a film composer and over the last 12 months has scored the soundtracks for the feature documentaries, The Network, for Oscar winner producer, director Eva Omer, The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne for Mathew Pond and Kirk Marcolian and co-composed the score for To Spring From the Hand for Neal Lawrence. He also keeps busy as a gigging and session musician, playing with various artists and bands in and around Los Angeles and is known mainly for his jazz and country music chops on guitar, banjo, mandolin and dobro. Over the years, Mark has received many major awards for music excellence including Cannes Gold Lions, London International Advertising Awards, Gold Clios, AWARDS Awards, ATV Awards, Australian Guild of Screen Composer Awards and New York Festival Awards.

Steven Beer: Attorney

Steven concentrates his practice in film, television and music matters. He represents industry-leading film productions, film finance and film distribution companies and has acted as counsel to numerous award-winning writers, directors, producers and multi-platinum musical artists. He has been listed annually as a "Super Lawyer" in the field of Entertainment and Sports, since the 2006 edition of Super Lawyers/New York Metro Edition, ranking him among the top 5% of attorneys in New York State. Also Research and Markets listed him as one of the top lawyers in Entertainment Law, Settlements and Negotiations, and he was cited in The Wrap online magazine as one of "21 Great Thinkers of Indie Film."
Steven regularly attends major film festivals including Cannes, Sundance, South by Southwest and Tribeca, where he has negotiated distribution right deals for many independent films. He also has acted as executive producer for independent films, in addition to acting as distribution counsel.

Each January at the Sundance Film Festival, in conjunction with the New York State Film Office, Steven programs and moderates panels for filmmakers, producers and financiers. After practicing as a shareholder with Greenberg Traurig, LLP from 2003-2012, and with Rudolph & Beer LLP 1993-2003, where he was a founding partner, Steven Beer joined FWRV as one of the top-ranking Entertainment Law Firm in the United States.