Brett Marty is a commercial director, finally making the transition to filmmaking with his directorial debut on YOUTH.
Before advertising – where he has directed over 75 pieces for over 50 companies – Brett got his start as a documentary film editor. In previous lives, he studied sculpture and photography at UC Berkeley, drove an old Buick from San Francisco to the tip of South America, and works as a presidential campaign photographer during presidential elections.
Josh Izenberg is a director, producer, and writer based in Oakland, California.
He directed his first low-budget feature in the mountains of Appalachia and has since worked on documentary projects covering surfing veterans and Peruvian drug rehab. His short documentary, SLOMO, won over a dozen awards, including best short documentary at SXSW and the IDA award. It was short-listed for an Academy Award and premiered as a New York Times op-doc.
Amelia Whitcomb is a San Francisco-based fiction writer with an MFA in Creative Writing from California College of Art.
Her narratives tell the tales of a diverse cast of characters including bestial pig farmers, punk rock nannies, sympathetic circus freaks, and young boys who speak only in birdsong. In addition to Youth, she is currently working on her first novel, In God’s Wildness, about a young stutterer who joins a lion-taming act in a traveling circus. In November 2014, she attended the Jentel Artist Residency in Banner, Wyoming as a resident writer. Her screenplay, CANADA – another collaborative film project with Brett Marty and Joshua Izenberg – was shortlisted for the Sundance Screenwriter’s Lab in 2015.
Following his graduation from Florida State University Film School, James’ career began with an Independent Spirit Award nomination for his cinematography on writer/director Barry Jenkins’ debut Medicine for Melancholy in 2008. He soon followed as director of photography on David Mitchell’s The Myth of the American Sleepover, which world-premiered at the 2010 Cannes International Film Festival.
Most recently, James has won acclaim for his work on Moonlight, which has garnered over a dozen awards, including an Academy Award nomination.
Jessica Stroup is best known for her role as Erin Silver on 90210 and as Max Hardy on The Following. She also starred in in the horror films Left in Darkness, The Hills Have Eyes 2, and Prom Night.
George Maguire is a renowned stage and film actor, director, and voice over artist. He has also been in the entertainment business since childhood appearing on stage and film. He is Professor Emeritius at Solano College Theater where he co-founded the Actor Training Program. His career began in as a teenager 1964 with Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, it encompasses Broadway, Off- Broadway, regional theaters, Shakespeare Festivals and numerous films and TV shows.
Paula Lima was born in southeastern Brazil. In 2001, she received her degree in Advertising, moved to São Paulo and there began working as an assistant director. Paula worked on several feature films, TV shows and hundreds of commercials. In 2008, she moved to San Francisco, California, where she earned her Master’s Degree in Film. Since then, Paula has been developing award-winning shorts and feature-length narrative films; working as a producer, unit production manager, and assistant director in the Bay Area, Los Angeles, and her home country.
Hillary is a production designer and installation artist capable of making anything, with a knack for the dark, quirky, and surreal. When she’s not working on films, she creates installations and multi-sensory experiences, often involving psychedelic costuming and performance elements.
Though Oakland is home, she has worked all over the globe with folks like Woody Allen, Tim Burton, The Wachowskis, La Blogothèque, and Google.
Distinguished costume designer from the theater who began her film career with George Lucas’s “American Graffiti” (1972). Notable subsequent credits include “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (1975), “The Color Purple” (1985), for which she was nominated for an Academy Award, and “Star Wars: Episode IV – Return of the Jedi” (1983).
Marcus Fischer is a musician & multimedia artist currently based in Portland, Oregon. With early beginnings in the LA independent music scene, Fischer moved from there to Olympia, Washington where in addition to drumming in various bands he found new opportunities to further experiment with sound, using tape loops and electronics. The journey led next to Portland, Oregon, where he continues to refine his experimentations. Field recordings, chance, and DIY instruments, coupled with acoustic instrumentation and visual art, define what has become Marcus’s minimal signature.
Jeff is an editor living in Santa Monica, CA. He studied film at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he discovered his passion for editing. After moving to LA, he got his start in the commercial world working for Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter (Social Network and The Girl With Dragon Tattoo). When Jeff isn’t editing, he is either traveling, surfing, and/or eating Sour Patch Kids. Jeff also appreciates a good breakfast.
Marc Weidenbaum served as music supervisor and, with composer Taylor Deupree, co–sound designer on the documentary The Children Next Door, directed by Doug Block (Birch Street, 112 Weddings). He wrote the 33 1/3 book on Aphex Twin’s Selected Ambient Works Volume II. In 1996 he founded Disquiet.com at the intersection of sound, art, and technology. Since 2012 he’s moderated the Disquiet Junto, an online community of weekly music/sonic projects that explore creative constraints. He’s exhibited sound art in Los Angeles, Manhattan, Dubai, and San Jose. He lives in San Francisco.
Adrienne is known for working closely with Directors and Producers to secure the types of casts that open doors to major film festivals, many of which have premiered at Sundance, Toronto, Cannes, Tribeca, Berlin, South by Southwest, and Seattle, among others.
She was the Casting Director of The New York Sundance Writers Lab Reading Series from 1996-2005, and has been on both the selection committee and jury for the Gen Art Film Festival. She is a member of BAFTA, IFP, CSA, New York Women in Film and Television and Ensemble Studio Theatre. And sits on the Board of The Greenwich International Film Festival and The First Time Fest.