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Benicio Del Toro

Benicio Del Toro emerged in the mid-1990s as one of the most watchable and charismatic character actors to come along in years. A favorite of film buffs, Del Toro gained mainstream public attention as the conflicted but basically honest Mexican policeman in Steven Soderbergh's Traffic.

Benicio was born on February 19, 1967 in San Germán, Puerto Rico, the son of lawyer parents Fausta Genoveva Sanchez Rivera and Gustavo Adolfo Del Toro Bermudez. His mother died when he was young, and his father moved the family to a farm in Pennsylvania. A basketball player with an interest in acting, he decided to follow the family way and study business at the University of California in San Diego. A class in acting resulted in his being bitten by the acting bug, and he subsequently dropped out and began studying with legendary acting teacher Stella Adler in Los Angeles and at the Circle in the Square Acting School in New York City. Telling his parents that he was taking courses in business, Del Toro hid his new studies from his family for a little while.

During the late 1980s, he made several television appearances, most notably in an episode of Miami Vice and in the NBC miniseries Drug Wars: The Camarena Story. Del Toro's big-screen career got off to a slower start, however--his first role was Duke the Dog-Faced Boy in Big Top Pee-wee. However, things looked better when he landed the role of Dario, the vicious henchman in the James Bond film Licence to Kill. Surprising his co-stars at age 21, Del Toro was the youngest actor ever to portray a Bond villain. However, the potential break was spoiled as the picture turned out to be one of the most disappointing Bond films ever; this was lost amid bigger summer competition.

Benicio gave creditable performances in many overlooked films for the next several years, such as The Indian Runner, Christopher Columbus: The Discovery and Money for Nothing. His roles in Fearless and China Moon gained him more critical notices, and 1995 proved to be the first "Year of Benicio" as he gave a memorable performance in Swimming with Sharks before taking critics and film buffs by storm as the mumbling, mysterious gangster in The Usual Suspects, directed by Bryan Singer. Del Toro won an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actor for the role in the Oscar-winning film.

Staying true to his independent roots, he next gave a charismatic turn as cold-blooded gangster Gaspare Spoglia in The Funeral directed by Abel Ferrara. He also appeared as Benny Dalmau in Basquiat, directed by artist friend Julian Schnabel. That year also marked his first truly commercial film, as he played cocky Spanish baseball star Juan Primo in The Fan, which starred Robert De Niro. Del Toro took his first leading man role in Excess Baggage, starring and produced by Alicia Silverstone. Hand-picked by Silverstone, Del Toro's performance was pretty much the only thing critics praised about the film, and showed the level of consciousness he was beginning to have in the minds of film fans.

He took a leading role with his good friend Johnny Depp in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, co-written and directed by the legendary Terry Gilliam. Gaining 40 pounds for the role of Dr. Gonzo, the drug-addicted lawyer to sportswriter Raoul Duke, Benicio immersed himself totally in the role. Using his method acting training so far as to burn himself with cigarettes for a scene, this was a trying time for Del Toro. The harsh critical reviews proved tough on him, as he felt he had given his all for the role and been dismissed. Many saw the crazed, psychotic performance as a confirmation of the rumors and overall weirdness that people seemed to place on Del Toro.

Taking a short break after the ordeal, 2000 proved to be the second "Year of Benicio". He first appeared in The Way of the Gun, directed by friend and writer Christopher McQuarrie. Then he went to work for actor's director Steven Soderbergh in Traffic. A complex and graphic film, this nonetheless became a widespread success and Oscar winner. His role as conflicted Mexican policeman Javier Rodriguez functions as the movie's real heart amid an all-star ensemble cast, and many praised this as the year's best performance, a sentiment validated by a Screen Actor's Guild Award for "Best Actor". He also gave a notable performance in Snatch directed by Guy Ritchie, which was released several weeks later, and The Pledge directed by Sean Penn. Possessing sleepy good looks reminiscent of James Dean or Marlon Brando, Del Toro has often jokingly been referred to as the "Spanish Brad Pitt".

With his newfound celebrity, Del Toro has become a sort of heartthrob, being voted one of People magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People" as well as "Most Eligible Bachelors". A favorite of film fans for years for his diverse and "cool guy" gangster roles, he is currently becoming a mainstream favorite respected for his acting skills and choices. So far very careful in his choices and who he works with, Del Toro can boast an impressive resume of films with some of the most influential and respected people in the film business.

Michael Douglas

An actor with over forty years of experience in theatre, film, and television, Michael Douglas branched out into independent feature production in 1975 with the Academy Award-winning One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Since then, as a producer and as an actor-producer, he has shown an uncanny knack for choosing projects that reflect changing trends and public concerns. Over the years, he has been involved in such controversial and politically influential motion pictures as One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, The China Syndrome and Traffic, and such popular films as Fatal Attraction and Romancing the Stone.

Michael Douglas was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey, to actors Diana Douglas (Diana Love Dill) and Kirk Douglas (born Issur Danielovitch). His paternal grandparents were Belarusian Jewish immigrants, while his mother was born in Bermuda, the daughter of a local Attorney General, Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Melville Dill; Diana's family had long been established in both Bermuda and the United States. Douglas's parents divorced when he was six, and he went to live with his mother and her new husband. Only seeing Kirk on holidays, Michael attended Eaglebrook school in Deerfield, Massachusetts, where he was about a year younger than all of his classmates.

Douglas attended the elite preparatory Choate School and spent his summers with his father on movie sets. Although accepted at Yale, Douglas attended the University of California, Santa Barbara. Deciding he wanted to be an actor in his teenage years, Michael often asked his father about getting a "foot in the door". Kirk was strongly opposed to Michael pursuing an acting career, saying that it was an industry with many downs and few ups, and that he wanted all four of his sons to stay out of it. Michael, however, was persistent, and made his film debut in his father's film Cast a Giant Shadow.

After receiving his B.A. degree in 1968, Douglas moved to New York City to continue his dramatic training, studying at the American Place Theatre with Wynn Handman, and at the Neighborhood Playhouse, where he appeared in workshop productions of Pirandello's Six Characters in Search of an Author (1976) and Thornton Wilder's Happy Journey (1963). A few months after he arrived in New York, Douglas got his first big break, when he was cast in the pivotal role of the free-spirited scientist who compromises his liberal views to accept a lucrative job with a high-tech chemical corporation in the CBS Playhouse production of Ellen M. Violett's drama, The Experiment, which was televised nationwide on February 25, 1969.

Douglas' convincing portrayal won him the leading role in the adaptation of John Weston's controversial novel, Hail, Hero!, which was the initial project of CBS's newly organized theatrical film production company, Cinema Center Films. Douglas starred as a well-meaning, almost saintly young pacifist determined not only to justify his beliefs to his conservative parents but also to test them under fire in the jungles of Indochina. His second feature, Adam at Six A.M. concerned a young man's search for his roots. Douglas next appeared in the film version of Ron Cowen's play Summertree, produced by 'Kirk Douglas'' Bryna Company, and then Napoleon and Samantha, a sentimental children's melodrama from the Walt Disney studio.

In between film assignments, he worked in summer stock and off-Broadway productions, among them "City Scenes", Frank Gagliano's surrealistic vignettes of contemporary life in New York, John Patrick Shanley's short-lived romance "Love is a Time of Day" and George Tabori's "Pinkville", in which he played a young innocent brutalized by his military training. He also appeared in the made-for-television thriller, "When Michael Calls", broadcast by ABC-TV on February 5, 1972 and in episodes of the popular series "Medical Center" and "The FBI".

Impressed by Douglas' performance in a segment of The F.B.I. (1965), producer 'Quinn Martin' signed the actor for the part of Karl Malden's sidekick in the police series "The Streets of San Francisco", which premiered September of 1972 and became one of ABC's highest-rated prime-time programs in the mid-1970s. Douglas earned three successive Emmy Award nominations for his performance and he directed two episodes of the series.

During the annual breaks in the shooting schedule for The Streets of _San Francisco (1972)_, Douglas devoted most of his time to his film production company, Big Stick Productions, Ltd., which produced several short subjects in the early 1970s. Long interested in producing a film version of Ken Kesey's grimly humorous novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Douglas purchased the movie rights from his father and began looking for financial backing. After a number of major motion picture studios turned him down, Douglas formed a partnership with Saul Zaentz, a record industry executive, and the two set about recruiting the cast and crew. Douglas still had a year to go on his contract for "The Streets of San Francisco", but the producers agreed to write his character out of the story so that he could concentrate on filming "Cuckoo's Nest".

A critical and commercial success, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest won five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor and Best Actress, and went on to gross more than $180 million at the box office. Douglas suddenly found himself in demand as an independent producer. One of the many scripts submitted to him for consideration was Mike Gray's chilling account of the attempted cover-up of an accident at a nuclear power plant. Attracted by the combination of social relevance and suspense, Douglas immediately bought the property. Deemed not commercial by most investors, Douglas teamed up with Jane Fonda and her own motion picture production company, IPC Films.

A Michael Douglas-IPC Films co-production, The China Syndrome starred Jack Lemmon, Jane Fonda, and 'Michael Douglas' and received Academy Award nominations for Lemmon and Fonda, as well as for Best Screenplay. The National Board of Review named the film one of the best films of the year.

Despite his success as a producer, Douglas resumed his acting career in the late 1970s, starring in Michael Crichton's medical thriller Coma with Genevieve Bujold, Claudia Weill's feminist comedy It's My Turn starring Jill Clayburgh, and Peter Hyams' gripping tale of modern-day vigilante justice, "The Star Chamber" (1983). Douglas also starred in Running, as a compulsive quitter who sacrifices everything to take one last shot at the Olympics, and as Zach the dictatorial director/choreographer in Richard Attenborough's screen version of the Broadway's longest running musical A Chorus Line.

Douglas' career as an actor/producer came together again in 1984 with the release of the tongue-in-cheek romantic fantasy "Romancing the Stone". Douglas had begun developing the project several years earlier, and with Kathleen Turner as Joan Wilder, the dowdy writer of gothic romances, Danny DeVito as the feisty comic foil Ralphie and Douglas as Jack Colton, the reluctant soldier of fortune, "Romancing" was a resounding hit and grossed more than $100 million at the box office. Douglas was named Producer of the Year in 1984 by the National Association of Theater Owners. Douglas, Turner and DeVito reteamed in 1985 for the successful sequel The Jewel of the Nile.

It took Douglas nearly two years to convince Columbia Pictures executives to approve the production of Starman, an unlikely tale of romance between an extraterrestrial, played by 'Jeff Bridges', and a young widow, played by Karen Allen. Starman was the sleeper hit of the 1984 Christmas season and earned an Oscar nomination for Best Actor for 'Jeff Bridges'. In 1986 Douglas created a television series based on the film for ABC which starred 'Robert Hays'.

After a lengthy break from acting, Douglas returned to the screen in 1987 appearing in two of the year's biggest hits. He starred opposite Glenn Close in the phenomenally successful psychological thriller, "Fatal Attraction", which was followed by his performance as ruthless corporate raider Gordon Gekko in 'Oliver Stone''s Wall Street, earning him the Academy Award for Best Actor.

Douglas next starred in Ridley Scott's thriller Black Rain and then teamed up again with 'Kathleen Turner' and Danny DeVito in the black comedy The War of the Roses which was released in 1989.

In 1988 Douglas formed Stonebridge Entertainment, Inc. which produced Flatliners, directed by Joel Schumacher and starred Kiefer Sutherland, 'Julia Roberts', 'Kevin Bacon' and 'William Baldwin' and Radio Flyer starring Lorraine Bracco and directed by Richard Donner. Douglas followed with David Seltzer's adaptation of Susan Issac's best-selling novel, "Shining Through", opposite Melanie Griffith. In 1992 he starred with Sharon Stone in the erotic thriller from 'Paul Verhoeven' Basic Instinct, one of the year's top grossing films.

Douglas gave one of his most powerful performances opposite Robert Duvall in Joel Schumacher's controversial drama Falling Down. That year he also produced the hit comedy "Made in America" starring Whoopi Goldberg, Ted Danson and Will Smith. In 1994/95 he starred with Demi Moore in Barry Levinson's "Disclosure,." based on the best seller by Michael Crichton. In 1995 Douglas portrayed the title role in Rob Reiner's romantic comedy The American President opposite Annette Bening, and in 1997, starred in The Game directed by David Fincher and co-starring 'Sean Penn'.

Douglas formed Douglas/Reuther Productions with partner Steven Reuther in May 1994. The company, under the banner of Constellation Films, produced, The Ghost and the Darkness, starring Douglas and Val Kilmer, and John Grisham's The Rainmaker, based on John Grisham's best selling novel, directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Matt Damon,Claire Danes, Danny DeVito, Jon Voight, Mickey Rourke, Mary Kay Place, Virginia Madsen, Andrew Shue, 'Teresa Wright', Johnny Whitworth and 'Randy Travis'.

Michael Douglas and Steve Reuther also produced John Woo's action thriller Face/Off starring 'John Travolta' and Nicolas Cage, which proved to be one of '97's major hits.

In 1998, ' Michael Douglas' starred with Gwyneth Paltrow and Viggo Mortensen in the mystery thriller A Perfect Murder, and formed a new production company, 2000 was a milestone year for Douglas. "Wonder Boys" opened in February 2000 to much critical acclaim. Directed by Curtis Hanson and co-starring Tobey Maguire, Frances McDormand, Robert Downey Jr. and 'Katie Holmes', Douglas starred in the film as troubled college professor Grady Tripp. Michael was nominated for a Golden Globe and a BAFTA Film award for his performance.

"Traffic" was released by USA Films on December 22, 2000 in New York and Los Angeles went nationwide in January 2001. Douglas played the role of Robert Wakefield, a newly appointed drug czar confronted by the drug war both at home and abroad. Directed by Steven Soderbergh and co-starring Don Cheadle, Benicio del Toro, Amy Irving, Dennis Quaid and Catherine Zeta-Jones, "Traffic" was named Best Picture by New York Film Critics, won Best Ensemble Cast at the SAG Awards, won four Academy Awards (Best Screenplay, Best Editing, Best Director, and Best Supporting Actor for Benicio del Toro) and has been recognized over on over 175 top ten lists.

In 2001, Douglas produced and played a small role in USA Films' outrageous comedy "One Night at McCool's" starring Liv Tyler, Matt Dillon, John Goodman, Paul Reiser, and was directed by Harald Zwart. "McCool's" was the first film by Douglas' company Furthur Films. Also in 2001, Douglas starred in "Don't Say A Word" for 20th Century Fox. The psychological thriller, directed by Gary Fleder, also starred Sean Bean, Famke Janseen and Brittany Murphy.

In 2002, Douglas appeared in a guest role on the hit NBC comedy "Will & Grace", and received an Emmy Nomination for his performance.

Douglas starred in two films in 2003. MGM/BVI released the family drama "It Runs in the Family", which Douglas produced and starred with his father Kirk Douglas, his mother Diana Douglas and his son Cameron Douglas, Rory Culkin and Bernadette Peters. He also starred in the Warner Bros. comedy "The-In Laws", with Albert Brooks, Candice Bergen Ryan Reynolds.

In 2004 Douglas, along with his father Kirk, filmed the intimate HBO documentary "A Father, A Son... Once Upon a Time in Hollywood". Directed by award-winning filmmaker Lee Grant, the documentary examines the professional and personal lives of both men, and the impacts they each made on the motion picture industry.

In summer 2005, Douglas produced and starred in "The Sentinel", which was released by 20th Century Fox in spring 2006. Based on the Gerald Petievich novel and directed by Clark Johnson, "The Sentinel" is a political thriller set in the intriguing world of the Secret Service. Douglas stars with Keifer Sutherland, Eva Longoria and Kim Bassinger. Douglas filmed "You, Me & Dupree", starring with Owen Wilson, Kate Hudson and Matt Dillon. The comedy is direct by Anthony and Joe Russo, and was released by Universal Pictures during the summer of 2006. In 2007 he made "King of California", co-starring Evan Rachel Wood and is written and directed by Michael Cahill, and produced by Alexander Payne and Michael London.

Michael had two films released in early '09, "Beyond A Reasonable Doubt" directed by Peter Hyams and "Ghosts of Girlfriend's Past" starring Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner directed by Mark Waters. He followed with the drama "Solitary Man" directed by Brian Koppelman and David Levien, co-starring Susan Sarandon, Danny DeVito, Mary Louise-Parker, and Jenna Fischer, produced by Paul Schiff and Steven Soderbergh and in Fall '10 starred in "Wall Street 2 - Money Never Sleeps" reprising his Oscar winning role as Gordon Gekko and once again was nominated for a Golden Globe for his performance. Again directed by Oliver Stone, he co-starred with Shia Labeouf, Cary Mulligan, Josh Brolin, Frank Langella and Susan Sarandon.

Douglas had a cameo role in Steven Soderbergh's action thriller "Haywire." "Behind the Candelabra" based on the life of musical '70's/80's icon Liberace and his partner Scott Thorson, directed by Steven Soderbergh costarring Matt Damon, premiered on HBO in May 2013. Douglas won an Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG Award as Best Actor in a television movie or mini series for his performance as the famed entertainer. He followed with the buddy comedy "Last Vegas" directed by John Turtletaub co-starring Robert DeNiro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline and the romantic comedy "And So It Goes" co-starring Diane Keaton directed by Rob Reiner.

Douglas recently starred in and producing the thriller "Beyond The Reach" directed by Jean-Baptiste Leonetti costarring Jeremy Irvine and portrays Dr. Hank Pym in Marvel's "Ant Man" opposite Paul Rudd. It will be his first venture into the realm of comic book action adventure. Most recently he completed a spy thriller "Unlocked" co-starring Noomi Rapace, Orlando Bloom, John Malkovich and is directed by Michael Apted. In 1998 Douglas was made a United Nations Messenger of Peace by Kofi Annan. His main concentrations are nuclear non-proliferation and the control of small arms. He is on the Board of Ploughshares Foundation and The Nuclear Threat Initiative.

Michael Douglas was recipient of the 2009 AFI Lifetime Achievement as well as the Producers Guild Award that year. In Spring '10 he received the New York Film Society's Charlie Chaplin Award.

Douglas has hosted 11 years of "Michael Douglas and Friends" Celebrity Golf Event which has raised over $6 million for the Motion Picture and Television Fund. Douglas is very passionate about the organization, and each year he asks his fellow actors and to come out and show that "we are an industry that takes care of own".

Douglas is married to Catherine Zeta-Jones. The couple has one son, Dylan, and one daughter, Carys. Douglas also has one son, Cameron, from a previous marriage.

Santiago Cabrera

Santiago Cabrera was born in Caracas, Venezuela, to Chilean parents, and grew up in London, Romania, Toronto, and Madrid. Although he considers Santiago, Chile, his hometown, he splits his time between London and Los Angeles.

Cabrera trained at London's prestigious Drama Centre under renowned instructors Yat Malmgren and Christopher Fettes, whose students include many great actors, among them Sir Sean Connery and Sir Anthony Hopkins. Concurrent with his final year at the Centre, he made his television debut with small roles in British television, and on the London stage, playing Montano in Shakespeare's "Othello", at the London Greenwich Theatre, directed by Rupert Goold. His most recent stage role was Romeo in London's Middle Temple Hall production of "Romeo and Juliet".

Cabrera's breakthrough role came in the highly successful first season of NBC's ensemble drama series "Heroes"(2006-2007). There he played Isaac Mendez, a heroin-addicted, lovesick artist able to paint the future and seduced viewers with his moody, manly charm, even though his character didn't live past the first season. He also plays a strong recurring role, as the mythical character Lancelot, in the very popular BBC series "Merlin" (2008-2010).

He can be seen in the historic epic "Cristiada" (2011) opposite Andy Garcia and Peter O'Toole, playing the lead role of Father Vega, a priest turned General during the Cristero War in 1920's Mexico. He was seen in Steven Soderbergh's film, "Che. Part 1" (2008), opposite Benicio del Toro, for which he won critical acclaim for his portrayal of legendary Cuban guerrilla commander Camilo Cienfuegos.

Since 2014, Cabrera has starred as Aramis in the BBC One hit show The Musketeers, a fresh and exciting look at the much-loved novel by Alexandre Dumas. In 2015, Cabrera narrated the successful BBC Two three-part documentary series Patagonia, which explores the rarely seen South American wilderness from the Andes Mountains to Cape Horn.

In addition to his native Spanish language, he is fluent in English, French, and Italian.

Alejandro G. Iñárritu

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

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

Alejandro González Iñárritu was born in Mexico City.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Robert Davi

Robert Davi is an award-winning actor, screenwriter, director, producer and jazz vocalist.

From his portrayal of the opera singing baddie in "The Goonies" and one of the most popular James Bond villains Franz Sanchez in "Licence to Kill" to FBI Special Agent Big Johnson in" Die Hard" or Al Torres in "Showgirls" to most recently Leo Marks in "The Iceman " Robert Davi is one of the film industry's most recognized tough guys . He has also starred in the small screen in hit shows like Profiler, Stargate Atlantis, Criminal Minds and CSI . With over 140 film and TV credits he has frightened us , romanced us ,made us cry or split our seams laughing . He is also one of the top vocalists of our day in interpreting the Great American Songbook, thrilling audiences by playing top venues like the Venetian in Las Vegas where he headlines or for 10,000 people at the Harry Chapin Theater in East Meadow ,Long Island or the Orleans in Vegas where he gave 3 sellout shows with Don Rickles. His debut album Davi Sings Sinatra- On the Road to Romance produced by Phil Ramone shot to number 6 for more than several weeks on Billboard's Jazz Charts.

In his early acting years, Davi attended Hofstra University on a drama scholarship. He then moved to Manhattan, New York where he studied with the legendary acting coach Stella Adler, who became his mentor. Davi became a lifetime member of the Actors Studio, where he studied with acting teacher Lee Strasberg. Always perfecting his craft, Davi studied under Sandra Seacat, Larry Moss, Milton Katselas, Martin Landau, Mala Powers and George Shdanoff, the creative partner and collaborator with Michael Chekhov.

Robert Davi was born in Astoria, Queens, to Maria (Rulli) and Sal Davi. His father was an Italian immigrant and his mother was of Italian descent. Davi was introduced to film when he was cast opposite Frank Sinatra in the telefilm, "Contract on Cherry Street." Later, his work as a Palestinian terrorist in the award-winning television movie, "Terrorist on Trial: The United States vs. Salim Ajami" brought him critical acclaim and caught the eye of legendary James Bond producer Albert R. Broccoli and writer Richard Maibaum, who cast Davi as Colombian drug lord and lead villain Franz Sanchez in the Bond film "Licence to Kill." Today, Davi is one of the top Bond villains of all time ranking at the top on many lists. Davi also received critical acclaim within the industry for his provocative portrayal of Bailey Malone in "Profiler." The show struck a chord with audiences, paving the way for such shows as "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," "Without a Trace," "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," "Criminal Minds" and many others. In 2004, Davi joined the cast of television's "Stargate: Atlantis," which earned Davi many science fiction fans. He has also shown his comedic strength in films such as "The 4th Tenor" with Rodney Dangerfield and "The Hot Chick," produced by Rob Schneider and Adam Sandler.

Having appeared in more than 100 motion pictures, some of Davi's most notable film credits span 30 years and include cult-classics and blockbuster hits with roles as Jake Fratelli in "The Goonies," Max Keller in "Raw Deal," Special Agent Big Johnson in "Die Hard," Al Torres in "Showgirls," Leo Marks in "The Iceman" with Michael Shannon, Winona Ryder, Ray Liotta, Chris Evans and James Franco, and most recently, with Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger among a large A-list cast in "Expendables 3." He has worked with such directors as Steven Spielberg, Richard Donner, Blake Edwards, John McTiernan, Paul Verhoeven and Patrick Hughes. In addition, he has worked on film projects with acting talent such as Marlon Brando, Roberto Benigni, Bruce Willis, Clint Eastwood, Christopher Walken, Benicio Del Toro, Danny Glover and Catherine Zeta Jones, to name a few.

In 2007, Davi produced, directed, co-wrote, and starred in "The Dukes," which tells the story of a once-successful Doo Wop group who fall on hard times. The film won nine awards including the coveted Coup de Coeur award. Davi was also awarded Best First-time Director and Best Screenplay in the Monte Carlo Festival of Comedy by the legendary director Ettore Scola where Prince Albert presented him with the awards. Davi was the only first-time director in the Premiere Section of the International Rome Film Festival along with Sean Penn, Robert Redford, Sidney Lumet, Julie Taymor and others.

In October of 2011, Davi released his debut album, Davi Sings Sinatra: On the Road to Romance (produced by Grammy award-winning producer Phil Ramone) to rave reviews. Within weeks of its highly anticipated release, the album soared onto Billboard Magazine's Top 10 Jazz Chart taking the number 6 spot for several weeks. In response to the release, the legendary Quincy Jones stated, "As FS would say, 'Koo, Koo.' Wow! I have never heard anyone come this close to Sinatra's sound - and still be himself. Many try, but Robert Davi has the voice, tone, the flavor and the swagger. What a surprise. He absolutely touched me down to my soul and brought back the essence and soul of Ol' Blue Eyes himself." In support of the album release, Davi is touring the U.S. with his live stage show, receiving standing ovations. He has performed at The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino in Las Vegas for a three-night engagement, the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza with a 55-piece orchestra, the National Italian-American Foundation's (NIAF) special tribute to the 25th anniversary of its Lifetime Achievement Award to Frank Sinatra at the Washington Hilton in D.C., the Soboba Casino in San Jacinto, Calif., with David Foster at the Beverly Hilton, and in August of 2013, at Long Island's Eisenhower Park for more than 10,000 people. In November of 2013, Davi released the Christmas single, "New York City Christmas."

Besides working in film, television, and music and raising his five children, four dogs and two cats, Davi keeps busy volunteering his time with such charities as The Dream Foundation, Exceptional Children's Foundation, Heart of a Child Foundation, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Youth Foundation, The Humane Society of the United States, Heart of a Horse, NIAF, The Order 'Sons of Italy' in America (OSIA), and UNICO . Since its inception in 1998, Davi has been the National Spokesperson for i-Safe America, which is regarded by many internet experts as the most complete internet safety program in the country and is available in grades K-12 in all 50 U.S. states.

Among his numerous awards for career achievement and community involvement, Davi has received the George M. Estabrook Distinguished Service Award from the Hofstra University Alumni Association (past recipients include Francis Ford Coppola and William Safire). In 2000, Davi was awarded the FBI's Man of the Year Award in Los Angeles. In 2004, Davi was named KNX radios' "Citizen of the Week" for saving a young girl from a fire in her home. The same year, he also received the Sons of Italy's Royal Court of the Golden Lion Award, including a $20,000 donation to a foundation in which he is involved. In addition, he received the 2004 STEP Award (Science, Technology and Education Partnership). In 2007, Davi was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Italian Board of Governors in New York, where New York State recognized his value as an artist and community leader. In 2008, he received the Italo-Americano Award from the Capri-Hollywood Festival. In 2011, Davi was awarded the "Military Order of the Purple Heart" (MOPH) Special Recognition Award for dedication and service honoring America's service members, veterans, and their families. In June of 2013, Davi was honored with a star on the Italian Walk of Fame in Toronto, Canada.

Davi is on The Steering Committee for George Washington University's Homeland Security Policy Institute and is the only entertainer among 28 members, which consists of mainly Senators and former heads of the FBI and CIA. Davi has developed Civilian Patrol 93, which is at Homeland Security, where a lesson plan is being written.

Dennis Farina

Dennis Farina was one of Hollywood's busiest actors and a familiar face to moviegoers and television viewers alike. Recently, he appeared in the feature films, "The Grand," a comedy about a Vegas poker tournament with Woody Harrelson, Cheryl Hines and Ray Romano; "Bottle Shock," also starring Alan Rickman, Bill Pullman and Bradley Whitford; and Fox's "What Happens in Vegas," in which Dennis starred as Cameron Diaz's boss. Farina also appeared on the NBC series "Law and Order" and in the HBO miniseries, "Empire Falls," for which he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Mini-Series.

Farina is well remembered for his role in memorable features such as Steven Soderbergh's "Out of Sight," in which he played the retired lawman father of Jennifer Lopez's character. This was Farina's second outing in an Elmore Leonard best seller, the previous one being "Get Shorty," directed by Barry Sonnenfeld and co-starring John Travolta, Rene Russo and Gene Hackman. Farina received an American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Male for his performance as "Ray 'Bones' Barboni."

In 1998's "Saving Private Ryan," directed by Steven Spielberg, Farina played "Col. Anderson," a pivotal role in the film. It is this character who convinces Tom Hanks character to lead a squad deep into Nazi territory to rescue "Pvt. Ryan." He also co-starred with Brad Pitt and Oscar-winner Benicio Del Toro in the darkly comedic crime drama "Snatch," directed by Guy Ritchie.

Farina's numerous other screen credits include John Frankenheimer's "Reindeer Games," "Paparazzi," Martin Brest's "Midnight Run," the Michael Mann film "Manhunter", among many other feature films. Farina is also recognized for his role in the critically acclaimed television series, NBC's "Crime Story". A veteran of the Chicago theater, Farina has appeared in Joseph Mantegna's "Bleacher Bums," and "A Prayer For My Daughter," directed by John Malkovich, and many others. He died on July 22, 2013 in Scottsdale, Arizona at age 69.

Joaquim de Almeida

Joaquim de Almeida was born in Lisbon, Portugal. Son of two pharmacists and the sixth of eight kids, Joaquim showed signs at an early age that his future lay not in the family business. At the age of eighteen, after attending the theater course at the Lisbon Conservatory for two years, he left Portugal to pursue his studies after the Conservatory was temporarily closed following the 1974 democratic revolution. He lived a year in Vienna, Austria, working in various jobs from the Künstlerhaus-Theater to gardening. He moved to New York City in 1976. There, he studied with Lee Strasberg, Nicholas Ray and Stella Adler while working as a bartender. After doing some theater and small roles in Soap Operas, he finally landed his first role in a film "The Soldier" in 1981. The following year he had his first important role in "Honorary Consul", working next to Richard Gere, Michael Caine and Bob Hoskins. But it was his third film "Good Morning Babylon", directed by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, that opened the Cannes Film Festival in 1987, that propelled him to an international career. Being fluent in six languages has helped him to work everywhere in the world. He hasn't stopped since then. He has been in more then 90 films and Television shows acting with actors and directors like Harrison Ford, Gene Hackman, Kim Basinger, Antonio Banderas, Robert Rodriguez, Steven Soderberg, Benicio del Toro and Kiefer Sutherland among others. It was while playing the main villain in season 3 of the popular series "24", that he discovered the pleasure of living on the beach and he moved to Santa Monica where he lives today. He spends long periods in Portugal where he has a house in Sintra to be with his son Louren and his daughter Ana. Joaquim de Almeida became an American citizen in 2005 and kept his Portuguese nationality. He has been the recipient of many awards: Best Actor - Cairo Film Festival 1991, Golden Globe Best Actor Portugal 1995,1997,2001, SAG Awards- Best ensemble 2005, Portuguese Foreign Press-Personality of the year 1995, Career Award in Festival Cinema de Badajoz 2004, Career Award Festival Iberoamericano de Huelva 2009, Career Award Festival de Cine de Punta del Este 2003, Gold Medal City of Sintra 2008, Gold Medal City of Setubal 2006 and the Order of Infante by the President of Portugal.

Christopher McQuarrie

Christopher McQuarrie is an acclaimed producer, director and an Academy Award® winning writer. McQuarrie grew up in Princeton Junction, New Jersey and in lieu of college, he spent the first five years out of school traveling and working at a detective agency. He later moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in film.

In 1995, his screenplay for The Usual Suspects, directed by childhood pal, Bryan Singer, garnered him the Academy Award® and the BAFTA Award for "Best Original Screenplay". McQuarrie also went on to win the Edgar Allan Poe Award and the Independent Spirit Award. The Usual Suspects has been named one of the greatest screenplays of all time by the Writer's Guild of America.

In the years following, McQuarrie directed The Way of the Gun, starring Ryan Phillippe, Benicio Del Toro and James Caan. In 2008, he collaborate with Singer once again to produce and co-write Valkyrie, starring Tom Cruise. This film would lead to many more McQuarrie-Cruise collaborations. McQuarrie re-teamed with Cruise in 2012 for his sophomore directorial outing, Jack Reacher Within hours of completing the film, he was at work with Cruise again, this time re-writing the script for Doug Liman's Edge of Tomorrow. It was while working together on the sci-fi action film that Cruise suggested McQuarrie direct what would become Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation. The highly anticipated fifth installment of the Ethan Hunt saga, written also by McQuarrie, garnered the biggest opening in the history of the Mission: Impossible franchise, was the highest-grossing 2D Hollywood film ever at the Chinese box office, earning $124 million, and garnered over $680 million worldwide. McQuarrie is confirmed to write and direct the sixth chapter in the franchise, making him the first repeat director in the film's two-decade history.

Jacob Vargas

Jacob Vargas began his acting career when he was discovered breakdancing in a schoolyard at age 12. His introduction to acting came with a bit part as a breakdancer on the hit TV show Diff'rent Strokes. In 1995 he won the very first ALMA Award (for Emerging Artist of the Year) for his work in both Allison Anders' Mi vida loca and Gregory Nava's My Family. He later starred in films such as Selena, Get Shorty, American Me, Romy and Michele's High School Reunion and the cult favorite Next Friday as Ice Cube's nemesis, Joker. He later shined as Tijuana cop Manolo, 'Benicio del Toro''s partner in Steven Soderbergh's Academy Award- winning film Traffic, which earned him a Screen Actors Guild Award and another ALMA Award. He then made us laugh as Sammy the chef in John Moore's Flight of the Phoenix and brought depth to Marine sniper Cortez in Academy Award-winning director Sam Mendes' war drama Jarhead. In 2006 he starred as a straight-arrow DEA agent opposite Laurence Fishburne and Paul Walker in the action drama _Death and Life of Bobby Z, The (2006)_ and joined an all-star cast as a politically charged busboy in Emilio Estevez's historical drama Bobby and played a psychologically tortured drone pilot in Alex Rivera's sci-fi political love story _Sleep Dealer, The (2006)_. Not satisfied with just being labeled as an actor, he has also been focusing his talents on writing and producing through his production company, Third Son Productions. In 2001 he executive produced and starred in the independent film Road Dogz. He also co-produced and starred in the stage play "Latinologues", which ran on Broadway in 2005 and is available on DVD. Through Third Son Productions, he is currently developing several feature film and television projects.

Judson Mills

Judson Mills was born in Washington, DC, and grew up in northern Virginia in a house built by George Washington. Washington was a young surveyor in the area and the home is a historical landmark. Mills grew up hunting and fishing, and was most interested in sports, particularly football.

Judson attended High Mowing in Wilton, New Hampshire, a private school, for his junior and senior year. It is a Waldorf school and rich with history and the arts. Not until his senior year did he involve himself in the theater. He was pushed into performing in his first play and received a standing ovation for his relatively brief cameo.

This approval met Judson's liking and he began pursuing a career in acting. Judson first attended Barry University, a liberal arts college in Miami, Florida, but quickly realized that training in New York was what he needed if he really wanted to succeed.

He moved to Long Island with the intention of attending the prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He auditioned and was accepted. Only 250 people are accepted for the first year of their program, and of those, only 60 are asked back to the second, final year. After two years at AADA, and only two weeks before graduation, Mills was thrown. His bold, reckless personality would prove to be an asset as well as a handicap throughout his career.

While being made an example of for his tardiness and absences was humbling, it also fueled his drive. Two weeks later As the World Turns called AADA looking for an actor for a summer romance storyline. They spoke to a faculty member who was a friend and fan who recommended him for the audition. Judson audition and gained the role

Mills spent two and a half years on the show, laying the foundation for the rest of his career. He was then signed for an episode of Law & Order. Realizing California had more career options, he left everything behind and moved to Hollywood.

The cocky young actor landed a role in a made-for-TV movie starring Alyssa Milano and Jamie Luner shortly after arrival. But again, Mills brash attitude and wild personal life continued to be his worst enemies. Over the next decade, Mills appeared on upwards of 30 TV shows including NYPD Blue, JAG, Murder, She Wrote, Beverly Hills, 90210, The X Files, and CSI: Miami. He also broke into feature films, starting in independents like American Perfekt with Paul Sorvino, Robert Forester, Amanda Plummer, and David Thewlis, Joyride starring Tobey Maguire, 'Benicio DelToro', and Adam West. Judson's first starring role was as surfer/pitcher Hog Ellis, in the third installment in the Major League trilogy, Major League: Back to the Minors. He also went on to work with such greats as Cuba Gooding Jr., in Chill Factor, Sir Ian McKellen and Brendan Fraser in the Academy Award-nominated Gods and Monsters, and Charlize Theron and Bill Paxton in Disney's Mighty Joe Young. He also spent two years in Dallas with Chuck Norris filming the last 52 episodes of Walker, Texas Ranger. Connection with the Norris family (Chuck, his brother Aaron, and son Eric) proved to be valuable when after finishing Walker, they continued working together filming the movie of the week The President's Man: A Line in the Sand. The movie drew 16 million viewers opposite the Golden Globe Awards. Talk of a spin-off series was shelved due to 9-11.

Judson lives in Los Angeles with his two sons, Jagger with wife Morgan and Dalton with ex-wife Julie. He is very close to his mother and father, who have been married nearly 40 years, as well as his brother and sister-in-law.

Sean Marquette

Sean Marquette, born in Dallas, Texas, is successfully building a diverse and established career playing a variety of roles in television, film and animated series. Sean began his acting career starring as Jamie Martin on the Emmy award winning daytime soap, All My Children (ABC).

Sean starred in 13 Going On 30 (Sony Pictures) with Jennifer Garner; Surviving Christmas (DreamWorks) with Ben Affleck; Seabiscuit (Universal) with Toby Maguire; series regular on hit animated series Foster's home for Imaginary Friends (Cartoon Network) and Rocket Power (Nick). Sean has recently guest starred on Still Standing (CBS) and is the voice of Spiderman in 'Ultimate Spiderman' Electronic video game (Activision).

Sean has an impressive list of television credits to name a few, series regular on Hidden Hills (NBC) and guest starred on hit shows such as Without A Trace (CBS); Touched By An Angel (CBS); The Guardian (CBS); Judging Amy (CBS); Strong Medicine (Lifetime) and All My Children (ABC).

Sean's upcoming projects include Grilled (New Line Cinema) film directed by Jason Ensler. Sean stars as Burt Reynold's son who is getting Bar Mitzvah'd and at the request of his father, "becomes a man", with the help of a 19 year-old call girl in the back of a limo, on the way to the ceremony.

Sean is the youngest of the three Marquette brothers. Sean says his older brother Chris Marquette is his inspiration. Sometimes they audition for the same role. They help each other and enjoy the healthy competition. Acting soothes Sean's mind and body by allowing him to express himself. He feels what separates him from other actors is his ability not to limit himself when he acts.

Sean's favorite actor is Tom Hanks because he comes across as a regular normal guy. He admires Johnny Depp's sense of style, Denzel Washington's down to earth demeanor, Benicio Del Toro, strong, silent type persona. Sean's favorite movie is The Pianist. His favorite role in a movie is Jim Carrey in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

In his spare time Sean enjoys reading, computers and movies. He successfully juggles school and his acting career. Sean participates in several charity events. His favorite pastimes are the pursuit of his Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do and beating his brothers in a game of Diablo on the computer.

Sean's huge success on the animated series Fosters resulted in Sean presenting at the 2004 TEAM Awards Show and 32nd Annual Annie Awards. The Marquette brothers Sean, Christopher and Eric live in Los Angeles.

Dylan Kussman

A professional actor since 1985, Dylan got his big break as Richard Cameron in "Dead Poets Society". He has since appeared in numerous feature films, including "Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken", "Jack Reacher", "Flight", "X2", and "The Way of the Gun", and has worked alongside such cinematic luminaries as Cliff Robertson, James Caan, Cathy Bates, Benicio Del Toro, Brian Cox, Alfre Woodard, Sir Ian McCellan, Patrick Stewart, and the late Robin Williams. His television credits include appearances on "Monk", "House", "Without A Trace", "Cold Case", "The X-Files" and "Drop Dead Diva". A longtime screenwriter and member of the WGAW since 2005, he is the sole or contributing writer on "Booth", "The Mayor of Castro Street", "The Ghost Inside" and "Mission Blacklist", as well as being the writer, director, and star of the critically-acclaimed Web series "The Steps".

René Lavan

Originally from Artemisa, Cuba, Rene Lavan debuted on Broadway in 2005 with the critically acclaimed play "Latinologues", a comedy about life in America. Early this year he worked with Benicio Del Toro on the feature film "Guerrilla" directed by Steven Soderbergh. Rene plays the young lead in Revolution Studio's "Christmas With The Kranks" starring opposite Tim Allen, Jaime Lee Curtis, Dan Aykroyd and Cheech Marin. This film is directed by Joe Roth. Lavan plays the role of the Revolutionary, Carlos Suarez, on LGF/Miramax's "Havana Nights, Dirty Dancing". He has been a guest-star on CBS's "CSI Miami" and on NBC's "Las Vegas". He co-stars in "El Nominado", an independent film shot in Chile in October 2003, now playing at many international film festivals. Rene was chosen as one of The Top Ten To Watch In 2004 by the San Diego Latino Film Festival.

American audiences first knew Lavan when he played the role of Javier on "One Life to Live" for the ABC network. It was while working as a cast member on this series that he was offered the role of a lifetime as the lead in the critically acclaimed feature film "Bitter Sugar", directed by Leon Ichaso (Pinero). The film was inspired by true events of the oppressive Cuban regime governed by Fidel Castro. It chronicles the character of Gustavo (Lavan), an honor student and Castro supporter who could no longer tolerate the decay and repression in his beloved Cuba. Lavan received rave reviews and the film was very well received, both domestically and internationally.

Rene first gained recognition as an actor co-starring in one of the most popular Spanish telenovelas ever "Morelia". He has since starred in the very popular telenovelas (TV series) "Maria Belen" and "Enamorada". He has become an internationally re-known actor and is a household name in Spanish speaking homes around the world. His soaps and films have been seen in over one hundred countries. Fluent in both English and Spanish Rene has been working steadily in both the General and Spanish markets since receiving his education at the prestigious New World school of the arts, Performance and Visual Arts Center and with Uta Hagen.

Lavan co-starred in the half-hour sitcom pilot "Macio" for UPN and starred in the independent film "The Emerald Cut."

Rene has appeared in hundreds of television and radio commercials and has hosted the following TV shows: The Billboard Music Awards, Fox Sports and Suenos de Fama (Star Search) to name a few.

Lavan has graced the pages of American publications such as "Vanity Fair", "Harper's Bazaar", "Details", "W" and hundreds of Spanish publications such as "Vanidades", "Cosmopolitan", "Cristina" and recently was named "one of the 25 most Beautiful" of " People en Espanol Magazine".

Rene Lavan is a true crossover actor in every sense of the word, from film to television, from drama to comedy. He is one of the few actors that have successfully made a name in both the General and Spanish Markets. His latest challenge is starring and producing Latino theme television shows and films for his newly formed production company

Yvette Yates

Yvette Yates (El Gringo, Without Men) continues to make strides joining the cast as LUZ of multi-Academy Award Nominated Director Paul Thomas Anderson whose Warner Bros. feature, INHERENT VICE, was released Dec.12, 2014, and nationwide Jan.9, 2015. With its myriad of recognitions, it has also received 2 Academy Award nominations (2015), Golden Globe Best Actor nomination (2015), 4 Critics Choice nominations (2015) and has won the National Board of Review: Best Adapted Screenplay, Los Angeles Film Critics: Best Music Score and lastly, the Director, Casting Director, and Cast were honored with the Robert Altman Award during the 2015 Film Independent Spirit Awards. The Thomas Pynchon adaptation includes the sprawling lineup Joaquin Phoenix, Benicio Del Toro, Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson, Katherine Waterson, Josh Brolin, Martin Short, Maya Rudolph, Jena Malone and many more.

Moreover, Yates stars as Zabeth in the comedy vampire feature, BLOODSUCKING BASTARDS, opposite Fran Kranz (The Cabin in the Woods), Pedro Pascal (Game of Thrones), Joey Kern (Cabin Fever), and Joel Murray (Mad Men) and written by Dr. G-d Comedy Troupe. The film's World Premiere was at the Slamdance Film Festival Opening Night on Jan.23, 2015 and was nabbed by Shout! Factory. In addition, Anchor Bay films in association with Twentieth Century Fox theatrically released the action thriller, IN THE BLOOD. Yvette can be seen as Leta with a prominent cast: MMA fighter-turned-actress Gina Carano (Haywire), Cam Gigandet (Twilight), Danny Trejo (Machete) , Stephen Lang (Avatar), Luis Guzman (How To Make it in America), and Amaury Nolasco (Transformers). In the vein of Taken, In The Blood is set in motion with a husband disappearing while vacationing in the Caribbean with his wife (Carano) who sets out in a relentless pursuit of the men whom she believes kidnapped and killed him. John Stockwell (Into the Blue, Turistas) directs from a script by Bennett Yellin and James Robert Johnston.

Notably, she starred as the female lead in the theatrically released action film, El Gringo, opposite Scott Adkins (The Expendables 2) & Christian Slater as part of Joel Silver's Castle Home Entertainment and After Dark Films called AFTER DARK ACTION. Receiving rave reviews from The New York Times "were it not for a bartender played with verve by Yvette Yates. Her appealing insolence and tasteful love scene provide relief..." Yvette's credits include the comedy Without Men, starring opposite Eva Longoria, Kate Del Castillo & Christian Slater. She can also be seen in the films: Free Ride alongside Academy Award winner Anna Paquin; Water & Power based on Mark Taper play; and Sorority Party Massacre. Yvette's other body of works include Rockstar's popular videogame Red Dead Redemption and Comedy Central's The Nick Show Kroll.

Chiefly, Yvette was honored by the Mayor & City Council of El Paso with a Proclamation as a Community Ambassador naming September 26, 2012 as "YVETTE YATES DAY". In 2008, Yvette was nominated for Best Actress in Film and Best Short at the 23rd Annual Imagen Awards and Malibu International Film Festival for her role as Lucena in the film "Niña Quebrada".

Yvette was born in El Paso, Texas. Being from a border town, she grew up both there and in Cd. Juarez, Chihuahua. She came to Los Angeles and attended U.C.L.A., receiving a B.S. in Physiological Science and published in the Journal of Molecular Immunology.

Community Outreach With a strong commitment to giving back, Yvette dedicates her time in between work to her hometown of El Paso, TX/Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua where she participates in discussions and panels in high schools, synagogues,churches, theatre groups, the El Paso film commission, community colleges, UTEP to the Plaza Classic Film Festival.

*In May 2014 at the National Museum of Mexican Art's "Gala de Art" - themed "Suenos y Esperanzos" ("Dreams and Hopes") - was a dream come true, shattering fundraising records and bolstering the museum's exhibitions and educational programs with more than 700 black-tie-clad guests. Serving as Co-Emcees of the evening were Actress Yvette Yates and host of ABC News Primetime"What Would You Do?" John Quiñones. Such notables included Mayor Rahm Emanuel, actors Billy Zane and and former White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen. A live and silent auction helped the big-ticket night raise the largest to date, more than $600,000, to support the museum's immersive collections of Mexican, Latino and Chicano art.

*She has served continuously on the judging committee for the local Boyle Heights' Film Festival "Reel Rasquache Film and Art Festival".

*In August of 2014, Yvette partook as Mistress of Ceremony for Congregation B'nai Zion's Eleventh Annual Sephardic Anusim Conference and CEREMONY for the dedication of The Sephardic Anusim Cultural Heritage Center in the Holocaust Museum in El Paso, TX.

Jsu Garcia

Born in New York City, Jsu Garcia was raised by his Cuban-born parents, who had fled their country for the promise of a better life in the US. Growing up on the streets of Newark, New Jersey, Garcia had to deal with a neighborhood of toughs. He became aware of his acting talents when a bully intended to mug him and steal his bicycle and the six-year-old Garcia broke into crocodile tears and so disheartened his assailant that he allowed Garcia to leave unharmed--and with his bike. "It was then I knew I could act," Garcia remembers.

His first break came when he auditioned for the TV show "Fame" (1982) and got the part. He then landed a role in Wes Craven's A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), in which he appeared opposite Johnny Depp. This was followed by an appearance in Universal's Gotcha! (1985) opposite Anthony Edwards and Linda Fiorentino, and then in quick succession in features such as Wildcats (1986), Slaves of New York (1989), Vampire in Brooklyn (1995), Traffic (2000) and numerous others. In 2002 Garcia was in Randall Wallace's We Were Soldiers in which he portrays Mel Gibson's heroic buddy, the commander of a company fighting against the Viet Cong; and in Andrew Davis' Collateral Damage (2002), in which he plays a villainous Communist guerrilla who battles good guy Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Garcia also played a major supporting role in Along Came Polly (2004), opposite Ben Stiller, Jennifer Aniston and Philip Seymour Hoffman for Jersey Films and Universal, as the hot salsa dancer. Garcia's most challenging role as "Che Guevara" came true for him in Andy Garcia's passionate Cuban story, "The Lost City", in which he received critical acclaim. Teaming up again with Steven Soderberg in 2007 in "Che" aka "The Argentine", Garcia starred opposite Benicio del Toro.

Taking what he learned from some of Hollywood's greatest actors and directors, he joined with good friend and NY Times #1 bestselling author and spiritual teacher Dr. John-Roger, to create their production company Scott J-R Productions and their first full length feature, Spiritual Warriors. Inspired by Dr. John-Roger's bestselling book Spiritual Warrior, together they wrote and Executive Produced Spiritual Warriors, the movie. Garcia gathered his crew of ten and filmed on location in places such as Egypt, Jordan, and Syria, and finished filming in Los Angeles with a much larger crew.

Spiritual Warriors screened in over 50 cities across 22 countries, and was officially selected for international film festivals in Toronto, Tel Aviv, Cairo, Cartagena, Beverly Hills and Hamburg. Garcia also heads up his company Gilgamesh LLC, and the current DVD distribution of Spiritual Warriors online.

John-Roger and Garcia finished their second feature film in September 2010, as co-writers, co-producers, and co-directors on the project. 'The Wayshower' stars Eric Roberts, Peter Stormare and Sally Kirkland, and was filmed on location in Utah, Morocco, England, France, Spain and Peru. The Wayshower will tour film festivals and other private screenings from early 2011.

Garcia has also graduated from Peace Theological Seminary and College of Philosophy with a Doctor of Spiritual Science (DSS) in 2008. His Practical Treatise (PT) is titled 'Living with a Spiritual Warrior', and explores the lessons he has learnt and blessings discovered in working closely with Dr. John-Roger for more than twenty years.

Garcia currently lives in Los Angeles California.

Shane Salerno

Shane Salerno has been a professional screenwriter since the age of 19. In the years that have followed Detour Magazine has named Salerno as "one of Hollywood's true shapers of popular culture" and Fade In magazine selected him as one of the "100 people you need to know in Hollywood". His diverse screenwriting is distinguished by the quality of directors who have chosen him to write their films including Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, Michael Mann, Ron Howard, Oliver Stone, William Friedkin and Michael Bay among many others.

He was born in Memphis, Tennessee and grew up in Memphis, Maryland, Washington, D.C. and San Diego. He attended ten schools in twelve years on both coasts of the United States.

His film debut happened when he was in high school. At 17 he wrote, produced and directed the award winning documentary film Sundown: The Future of Children and Drugs. The film debuted on Larry King Live in September 1991. Sundown won several notable "best documentary of the year" honors and was showcased on major talk shows and news programs around the world. Shane was also honored individually, in separate ceremonies, in both houses of Congress.

The critical acclaim Sundown received led 9-time Emmy winner Gregory Hoblit to invite a then 19 year old Shane to apprentice on the first season of NYPD Blue as a writer-director. Shane has credited the backstage pass to the brilliant, gritty series during a year when they were honored with a record 26 Emmy nominations as a front line film school.

Salerno is the co-writer and executive producer of Savages, directed by three-time Oscar winner Oliver Stone, based on the acclaimed crime novel by Don Winslow which the New York Times voted as one of the "top ten books of 2010". The all-star cast includes Taylor Kitsch, John Travolta, Blake Lively, Uma Thurman, Benicio Del Toro, Salma Hayek, Aaron Johnson, Emile Hirsch and Mia Maestro. Universal Pictures will release the film in the fall of 2012.

Salerno is also the co-writer of the 3-D re-imagining of Fantastic Voyage, produced by James Cameron, Jon Landau and Rae Sanchini for Twentieth Century Fox.

Salerno one of the few screenwriters to have found success in both film and television: he's the co-writer of #1 blockbusters Armageddon and Shaft, and served as one of the writer/producers of Hawaii Five O during its Golden Globe-nominated first season.

Salerno is also one of the select screenwriters to have sold both pitches and spec scripts to studios for over $1 million.

By the age of 22 he was consistently writing the highest rated episodes of the hit Fox TV series New York Undercover. Shane's gritty, street wise episodes attracted the attention of film producers. At the end of the first season, Shane asked Universal television to be let out of his three-year contract in order to pursue the feature film opportunities that he was being offered.

The first feature screenwriting job Salerno accepted was the adaptation of the World War II submarine thriller Thunder Below for producer-director Steven Spielberg and the newly formed Dreamworks Pictures. Shane next sold the spec script A Season in Hell for $600,000 to Dino DeLaurentiis who also asked him to polish the screenplay of Breakdown starring Kurt Russell. Breakdown was released by Paramount Pictures to critical acclaim.

Salerno experienced his breakthrough at the age of 24 when director Michael Bay recruited Shane to rewrite the Jerry Bruckheimer produced Armageddon based on an original screenplay by Jonathan Hensleigh. The blockbuster film debuted at #1 on July 1, 1998 and was the highest grossing film of the year, earning over $570 million worldwide.

In 1998, at the age of 25, Variety selected Shane as one of the "hottest new creatives on the film scene." Based on Thunder Below and Armageddon, John Singleton, the youngest director ever nominated for an Oscar, telephoned Shane and asked him to serve as his writing partner on "Shaft" which Paramount Pictures was mounting. The Singleton-Salerno collaboration (aided by novelist Richard Price) resulted in Shane's second #1 film when "Shaft" debuted at the top of the box office on June 16, 2000.

That year, Shane (now 27) returned to television by co-creating (with acclaimed novelist Don Winslow), executive producing and serving as showrunner, head writer, and music supervisor for the NBC television series UC: Undercover starring Vera Farmiga (Martin Scorsese's "The Departed"), Oded Fehr (Showtime's "Sleeper Cell") and Golden Globe winner Ving Rhames. The series won and was nominated for awards in acting, cinematography and sound.

In addition to Savages and Fantastic Voyage, Salerno is currently putting the finishing touches on a seven-year labor of love, as the producer and director of Salinger, the highly anticipated theatrical documentary on the mysterious life of Catcher in the Rye author J.D. Salinger. The film features interviews with friends, colleagues and members of Salinger's inner circle that have never spoken on the record before as well as film footage, photographs and other material that has never been seen.

On January 29, 2010, the website Deadline Hollywood broke an exclusive story and review of Salinger, a feature-length documentary about reclusive author J. D. Salinger that Salerno directed, produced and financed himself. The documentary was kept secret for five years. The film features interviews with 150 subjects including Philip Seymour Hoffman, Edward Norton, John Cusack, Danny DeVito, John Guare, Martin Sheen, David Milch, Robert Towne, Tom Wolfe, E.L. Doctorow, Pulitzer Prize winners A. Scott Berg and Elizabeth Frank, Gore Vidal, and "many other fans, journalists, filmmakers, playwrights, and artists inspired by Salinger's work." Michael Fleming, the first journalist in the world to view the film, said Salerno's picture was "arrestingly powerful and exhaustively researched." Additionally, Fleming announced that Salerno had co-written a 700 page biography on Salinger with New York Times bestselling author David Shields. The Salinger film was profiled in Entertainment Weekly and Newsweek and is scheduled for release in 2012.

In 2010, Salerno joined the writing-producing team of Hawaii Five-0. In its first season, Hawaii Five-0 also won the "Favorite New TV Drama" at the 37th People's Choice Awards on January 5, 2011. Series star Scott Caan was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor - Series, Miniseries or Television Film for his role as Danny on Hawaii Five-0. In addition to his producing duties, Salerno was credited for writing the episode "Po'ipu" (Episode 9) on November 15, 2010, co-writing "El Malama" (Episode 16) on February 7, 2011 and "Ho'op'i" (Episode 20) on April 18, 2011 which featured a special guest appearance by Sean Combs.

In addition to his own writing, Salerno also runs The Story Factory a company that produces the work of screenwriters and authors. Don Winslow (Savages, The Winter of Frankie Machine) was the first author to sign an exclusive deal with The Story Factory.

In 2004 Salerno became the youngest "Guest of Honor" speaker in the history of the Los Angeles Screenwriting Expo. He made follow up appearances in 2005, 2006 and 2011.

Wilmer Calderon

Wilmer Calderon was born in Santurce, Puerto Rico and moved to Brandon, Florida near Tampa at the age of two. He learned to speak Spanish at home from his parents and English from watching "Sesame Street." At the age of five he started playing baseball, a year round sport in Florida, and it quickly became his major preoccupation throughout his school years. In his senior year in high school, he set a single season record for stolen bases. Continuing on to Marshall University, it soon became apparent that there was another discipline that was calling him.

In his spare time, Calderon had appeared in several school plays, and eventually he had to choose between following a career in baseball or giving himself full time to acting. He landed three lines in the Florida-filmed feature "The Walking Dead," earned his Screen Actors Guild card and was off and running. He had a recurring role in the TV series "Second Noah," and appeared in the telefilms "Summer of Fear," and "Love's Deadly Triangle: The Texas Cadet Murder." Among Calderon's other television credits are guest appearances on "Veronica Mars," "The Shield," "CSI: Miami," "24," "NYPD Blue," "ER," and "Profiler." His feature credits include Wes Craven's "Cursed," and the soon to be released "Venice Underground."

Calderon is also active on stage, and has appeared with the Actors Circle Theatre. His mentor has been another native of Santurce, Benicio Del Toro.

Anthony Lucero

Anthony Lucero is an American writer, director and producer. He is also known for his work as an actor. He is the founder and co-creator of the circus outreach organization, Circus Remedy, as well as the independent publishing house, Putzina Press.

Lucero is the author of the acclaimed, The Clown (Chiron Review Books, DM-z Lit), dear little missy, with photographer Massimo Leardini, and The Living Party, Selected Earlier Poems (Chiron Review Books). He is widely published in the small press world, both nationally and internationally. He has written several screenplays including Trade, MOO BAAHAHH OINK, Halo of Stars, and an adaptation of Richard Brautigan's, A Confederate General from Big Sur, for Benicio Del Toro.

In 2016, Lucero directed his first feature, Halo of Stars, based on his long poem, The Clown. The film is set for release in 2017 and stars Pål Sverre Hagen, Lily Collins, Holliday Grainger, Keti Mchedlishvili, Harry Treadaway, János Derzsi, Nikola Djuricko, Nutsa Kukhianidze, Stacy Martin and Jean-Marc Barr. Lucero is currently directing a documentary on Richard Brautigan, Here is Something Beautiful (etc., which he began in 2011. He has also been directing a longer reaching documentary, Tomás the Red Haired Angel, on the Czech clown Tomás Kubínek. In 2012, he directed two music videos for Emily Wells: Passenger (acoustic) and the largely animated Darlin' (acoustic).

As an actor, Lucero has many films to his credit, including Loved (Independent Spirit Award nominee for Best Film, Grand Prix spécial Deauville nominee), opposite William Hurt and Robin Wright, Pump Up the Volume (Golden Space Needle Award at the Seattle FF, Audience Award at the Deauville FF), Silent Rain (Academy Award winning short) Molder of Dreams, and HBO's The Image. His television credits include guest star roles on ABC's, Sirens, and NBC's, Unsub.

In 2006 Anthony co-founded the circus outreach organization, Circus Remedy (www.circusremedy.org). Circus Remedy has since made visits to ailing children worldwide, including children's hospitals throughout North America, The Children's Aid Society in Bronx, NY, orphanages in Tanzania and South Africa, Amma's hospitals and orphanages in Kerala, India, Paul Newman's Hole in the Wall Gang Camp in Ashford, CT, and IDP camps in Eastern Europe. Circus Remedy also sponsors organizations such as Afghan Mini Mobile Circus in Kabul, Afghanistan, as well as Circus Harmony's ongoing collaboration with the Jewish and Arab Galilee Youth Circus in Israel. Circus Remedy has produced two short films, Bipsy Twirlarina and the Make Believe Kid and The Fable of Profitt the Fox, both for children's hospitals. In 2009, Circus Remedy introduced 'The Little Hands Project' to California schools, bridging healthy children to children with illness.

In late 2015, Lucero co-created the independent publishing house, Putzina Press.

Joanelle Romero

Joanelle Romero is an actress starred in the first Contemporary American Indian Women's Story produced in 1977 "A Girl Called Hatter Fox", this film marked the first time a Native actress carried a leading role in a contemporary movie. To starring in 1989 Handmade Films Cult Classic "Pow Wow Highway," the film that paved the way for contemporary native filmmaking. Romero an award-winning director and producer of film, television, and other media -- being the only American Indian director, producer, writer, shortlisted for an Academy Award by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Science Documentary Branch in 2000 for her award-winning film 'American Holocaust: When Its All Over I'll Still be Indian. To date this is the only documentary that addresses the American Indian and the Jewish Holocausts.

June 2016, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Science invited Romero to be a lifetime member #Class2016. Romero that same month was invited to Washington D.C. by President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Oprah Winfrey to share her vision and initiatives of her Native Women in FILM, inclusion in bringing national attention to the multi- cultural diversity issues we face as a nation.

Romero has worked in directing and producing original content for online streaming television and commercial advertising through her company Red Nation Television Network - The World is Watching Native is Here, since 2006 and others including ITVS.

Romero being the first American Indian to receive an Humanitarian Award, the Armin T. Wegner Humanitarian Award given to projects that have "the vision to see the truth and the courage to speak it." Romero's expertise and passion in producing and directing media content centers around her love of storytelling and humanity. Romero's commitment in the film industry has been consisted in having established a career of 40+ years and still going strong. In 2007, Romero was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame.

Acknowledgements Joanelle Romero was further acknowledged by Ellen Snortland, former President of United Nations Association, Pasadena Chapter in the Pasadena Weekly, 2006: "American Indians have every right to despise white folks and curse us, rather than bless us. And yet, there are leaders like Romero who boggle the typical pedestrian mind. Like Nelson Mandela, she is a prime example of forgiveness in action. Mandela had every right to call for a bloodbath when he was finally released from prison in South Africa. Mandela-like, Romero stands on his mighty global shoulders and calls for oneness, love and what she describes as female energy." --partial quote.

Romero is a Media Proprietor, her companies include Red Nation Television Network (2006 - reaching 10 million viewers in 37 countries), Red Nation Film Festival - the Authentic Voice of American Indian & Indigenous Cinema (2003), Native Women in FILM (2003), Native Youth Matter - If I Can See It I Can Be It and the longest standing Native Arts & Culture nonprofit organization in Los Angeles Red Nation Celebration Institute (1995). Joanelle Romero's, production company Red Nation Films is an award-winning company in producing American Indian documentaries and independent films.

Romero has a long and impressive career as an actor, starring in the first Contemporary American Indian Women's Story produced in 1977 "A Girl Called Hatter Fox", this film marked the first time a Native actress carried a leading role in a contemporary movie. To starring in 1989 Handmade Films Cult Classic "Pow Wow Highway," the film that paved the way for contemporary native filmmaking. Sundance award winning feature film. Roger Ebert's review 'Thumb's Up".

Romero has been a SAG-AFTRA member since 1977 and is the longest standing American Indian member in the union. She sat on the SAG-EEOC committee from 1998 to 2001 and for many years was the only American Indian representing the native voice to the union. At SAG-AFTRA she produced numerous events including the panels "Where Are We (Native Americans) in Film, Television and Radio" (2000) and "Native Women in Film & Television"(2012).

The Legendary Leonard Cohen discovered singer/songwriter Joanelle Romero. Romero was the first female artist that Mr. Leonard Cohen produced. Leonard Cohen produced her first recordings at A&M Records; Joanelle was the only American Indian recording artist on the world's famous Sarah McLaughlin "Lilith Fair Tour" with Sara McLaughlin, Sinead O'Connor, the Indigo Girls and Natalie Merchant; first all female tour; before being asked to join the "Lilith Fair" Joanelle launched Native Women in Music concert series.

In 1991, Michael Jackson helped launch Ms. Romero's production company. Jackson became the leading force in making Romero's company known to the world. Due to Jackson's insight, he added her newly founded production company (1991) in his press interviews in Entertainment Weekly.

Joanelle Romero was instrumental in bringing American Indian dancers to Jackson's music video, "Black or White" this music video. Romero was able to negotiate for the American Indian dancers to be paid over and above any dancers on any music video ever, due to the fact they were traditionally dressed (the wardrobe did not come from western costume). To date, they are the highest paid dancers in the music video industry. Also, this segment was the first clip of American Indian dancers in a music video without being a Native American music group/artist.

Romero's most current performances have included, 2016 asked by Ed Begley Jr to sing traditional water song at Enviromental Media Awards in honoring Shailene Woodley along with Frances Fisher and Josh Fox. 2015 Dalai Lama's 80th Birthday Celebration in the United States @ The Honda Center. Romero spoke on Native Women and Sacred Water, was asked to sing by Holiness Dalai Lama.

Romero has been invited to sing Traditional Blessing Spiritual songs by such notables as Jane Goodall, Cesar Chavez National Holidays, Gandhi's Grandson for Peace Day, Earth Day Celebrations.

Romero with her Indian Country blues band has opened for notable artists as Rick Danko of The Band, Kris Kristofferson, Stevie Wonder, Eric Anderson, John Trudell, Paul Butterfield, Tin Machine, Freddie Fender, Ritchie Havens and Roseanne Cash.

Romero's produced work in social justice forums include: "Native Women in Film & Television Initiative"; "Native Youth Matter - If I Can See It I Can Be It"; "Warriors Against Aids"; ""The Power of Film"; "Native Fashion with Social Action" to name a few.

Born 1957 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the first child of Rita Rogers Mescalero Apache/Sephardic Jew an actress and father Robert Romero Mescalero-Chiricahua Apache/Cheyenne. Joanelle was born in to this industry. At age 3, she acted with her mother and grandma in plays in New Mexico. In the 60's, Joanelle's mother was signed to Universal Studios, her mother was in nine Elvis Presley films. At age 9, Joanelle used to go to the set on MGM Lot with her mother and hang out with Elvis and Nancy Sinatra, where she learned her love for filmmaking. As a young girl at age 12, Dennis Hopper became her legal guardian. At age 18, Joanelle was cast in her first leading role "A Girl Called Hatter Fox" and went on to study at Lee Strasberg Actors Studio in Hollywood.

Red Nation Film Festival www.rednationff.com

Los Angeles Red Nation Film Festival (RNFF) - The Authentic Voice of American Indian & Indigenous Cinema, the first American Indian Film Festival in Hollywood. Red Nation Film Festival has helped launch feature films such as; Frozen River with Melissa Leo and Misty Upham which went on to garner two Academy Award nominations and six Spirit Awards nominations. (2008); Jimmy P: Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian with Benicio Del Toro, Misty Upham and Gary Farmer; Yellow Rock with James Russo, Michael Spears and Eddie Spears; The Cherokee Word for Water with Kimberly Guerrero, Mo Brings Plenty and Steve Reevis; and Chasing Shakespeare with Danny Glover, Graham Greene and Tantoo Cardinal. In 2013, in collaboration with Lucasfilm and 20th Century Fox, the RNFF became the first urban venue outside the Navajo Nation, to screen the Navajo language dubbed version of George Lucas film classic, Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.

Red Nation Film Festival partnered with Summit Entertainment's "Twilight- New Moon" screening Twilight- New Moon, before the film had its premiere and going into public theaters, this was a first for Summit Entertainment in regards to screening their franchise at any film festival. (2009)

Red Nation Film Festival has launched numerous documentaries like "Honor the Treaties" and The Garden, among others. The Garden was nominated for an Oscar in 2009.

Industry Related: http://www.rednationff.com/industry/

Red Nation Film Festival 'On the Road' Tour. http://www.rednationff.com/tourdates/

RNCI Red Nation Awards

To acknowledge the work of Native Americans in the entertainment industry, Romero established the "Red Nation Award" that honor actors, filmmakers and producers for "exceptional achievement" and "filmmaking excellence." The award ceremony, held on the last day of the Red Nation Film Festival, became the first American Indian entertainment industry award show to be broadcast nationally in 2013 on Camcast and then live in 2014 on Red Nation Television Channel. The LIVE broadcast takes place annually in November.

Native Women in FILM www.nativewmenfilmtv.com

Two years after founding the Red Nation Film Festival, Romero created the Native Women In Film & Television *Film Festival (NWIF). Since it's launch in 2003, Native Women in FILM has helped launch numerous Native women's documentaries. In addition to providing a venue for the screening of their work, the organization provides multiple collaborative opportunities with entertainment industry leaders, professionals and mentors.

Red Nation Television Network www.rednationtv.com

Lacking media outlets to broadcast Native American content, Romero (CEO) founded the first American Indian Television Channel, Red Nation Television Network - Native is Here (RNTV). Launched in 2006, the network provides all native programming, includes feature and independent films plus original programming. The on-line streaming network has over 10 million viewers in 37 countries.

Red Nation Celebration Institute www.rednationcele.org

Romero, in 1995 founded the Red Nation Celebration Institute (RNCI), an American Indian arts and cultural non-profit organization. Through her advocacy she successfully lobbied the City and County of Los Angeles to designate each November, American Indian Heritage Month. For this groundbreaking effort she has received numerous awards and acknowledgments.

One of RNCI's most important projects is Native Youth Matter - If I Can See It I Can Be It. Through it's community outreach program, its mission it to build relationships with Native Youth on reservations and in urban communities through education in film, music, dance, sports and the arts. Since 1995, RNCI has produced numerous Native youth workshops and short films, some of which have aired on Red Nation TV. "Lead Forward: Native Youth Matter is part of a larger RNCI strategy to develop a community of indigenous media-makers. RNCI's partners have included; the Jane Goodall Institute; Screen Actors Guild Foundation; American Indian Film Festival, San Francisco; Southern California Indian Center; United American Indian Involvement; Sherman Indian High School; San Pedro Mid-School; Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico and; Indian Studies departments at UCLA, USC and Cal State University Northridge.

Cindy Cowan

Cindy Cowan is the former president and co-founder of Initial Entertainment Group (IEG), a leading film production and foreign sales company. Cowan co-founded IEG in 1995 with Graham King. With seed capital of only $350,000 and no tangible assets, Cowan was able to secure a $25 million line of credit with Chase Bank to fund overhead, development and production of its projects. IEG was sold to Splendid Films in 2000 for approximately $10 million.

Between 1995 and 2000, IEG had many successes including: an Emmy nomination for Rent-A-Kid, starring Leslie Nielson; Emmy, Golden Globe and People's Choice nominations for If These Walls Could Talk, starring Cher, Sissey Spacek, Anne Heche and Demi Moore; and won a United Nations Award for Savior, starring Dennis Quaid. IEG also saw success with its production of Traffic, starring Michael Douglas and Benicio Del Toro, which won Oscars for directing, screenplay, editing, and best supporting actor. Additional projects produced by Ms. Cowan while at IEG include Very Bad Things, starring Cameron Diaz and Christian Slater; and the Robert Altman-directed Dr. T & the Women, starring Richard Gere, Helen Hunt, Kate Hudson and Liv Tyler.

Since forming a new production company, Cindy Cowan Entertainment, Cowan has produced Scorched, starring Woody Harrelson and Alicia Silverstone and executive produced Fifty Dead Men Walking starring Sir. Ben Kingsley and Jim Sturgess.

Recently, Cowan completed production on Red Lights starring Robert De Niro, Sigourney Weaver, and Cillian Murphy. Directed by Rodrigo Cortes. This film was invited to officially premiere at Sundance, January 2012. Cowan is also in post production on Miracle on 42nd Street, which has Alicia Keys, Terrence Howard and Sam Jackson in it, to name a few. Cowan will begin prepping Gone, a co-production with Pierce Brosnan's company Irish Dreamtime, as her next film. In addition, she is working on the Untitled Ben Ripley Choir Project, with producers Carol Baum, Jane Goldenring and Beau St. Clair. This project has Luis Mandoki attached to direct and stars Pierce Brosnan. Also in development are: Fruit of the Poisonous Tree (a legal thriller) and a futuristic sci-fi film & game entitled Blazeball.

As well as film, Cowan is working on several television projects. She recently sold a scripted TV show to F/X that she created with Stephen Dorff and is Executive Producing. In addition, she is developing a scripted music based show with CBS and several reality shows including The Patti LaBelle Show, and an Untitled Hostage Show involving Navy Seals.

Before her tenure with IEG, Cowan headed up the production and acquisitions divisions of the Beverly Hills Producers Group. Prior to that, Cowan headed up development and acquisitions for Premiere Productions. Her career in producing began as a producer and writer for a CBS news affiliate in Miami, Florida.

In the past, Cowan has written songs for Engelbert Humperdink, and a hit for R & B artist Howard Hewitt, which went to number three on the R & B charts, as well as a few songs for the British pop star Sinatta.

Cowan sits on the board of two non-profit charities that are dear to her heart, Little Kids Rock, which is a non-profit organization that provides free instruments and lessons to under served public schools, and Grassroots Soccer, which is part of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. GRS mobilizes the global soccer community in the fight against HIV/ AIDS. Cindy also sits on the board of THE LOOK.

Cindy Cowan is a graduate of Tulane University with graduate courses towards a Master's Degree in Psychology at Harvard. Cowan is also a major equestrian winning the "World Champion" title more than 5 times in American Saddlebred five-gaited and equestrian horses.

Jamee Natella

Jamee Natella is a producer. Originally from Chicago, Illinois, she attended the Chicago Academy for the Arts. In 1998, Jamee moved to Los Angeles when she was 17. Transitioning from acting to behind the camera her journey began working at a variety of different production companies as well as local film studios (Warner Brothers, Touchstone Pictures). It was at this time that Jamee gained most of her knowledge about the entertainment industry and began to develop strong relationships within the entertainment sector.

In 1995, Benicio Del Toro approached Jamee to Executive Produce his directorial debut short film "Submission", which went on to earn an official selection at the International Venice Film Festival in 1997. The success of "Submission" led to new opportunities for Jamee and she was approached to be head Producer for the critically acclaimed Japanese talk show, "Teatime" for Tokyo Broadcasting System.

After many years of living and working in Asia, Jamee gained extensive experience in both the Japanese and Los Angeles markets. This experience led her to embark on creating a global production company; Blueyed Pictures, opened its first office in Japan in 1998, and has since opened local offices in London (1999) and it's Head Quarters in Los Angeles (2001).

Since its creation, Jamee and her Blueyed team have produced award winning work for advertising agencies ATTIK, FCB, BBDO, JWT, Denzu Japan and for major clients like Virgin Enterprises, Nestle', Pioneer Electronics, "got milk?", Toyota and Pepsi products to name a few. She has been acknowledged and accepted prestigious awards from CLIO, Telly, FWA, Webby, Cannes Lions and the NY Festival's International TV, Cinema & Radio Advertising Awards.

Jamee's success has taken her all over the world and has allowed her to continue to produce projects that she loves.

Jamee Natella's Feature film credits include, "Chilly Christmas" & "Opposite Day" for Anchor Bay Entertainment, "Tekken" for Crystal Sky and Anchor Bay, "Baby Geniuses" 3, 4 & 5 for Crystal Sky and Brockwell/McNamera Entertainment, as well as "Love is the Drug" for Alpine pictures.

Jamee is currently in pre-production on her next feature film for Eone Entertainment. In addition, her new children's books series, "I Am Sam" for Penguin Young Readers will be released at the end of the year.

Bo Day

Bo Day is an Australian actress raised in Victoria, Australia. Growing up as a child she loved to perform for her family. Both her parents, Alan and Heather Day, are both in the creative field. She attended La Trobe University where she studied Bachelor of Arts in Humanities. But during her study she realized her passion was in the Performing Arts. She attended The Actor's Workshop and National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA). In constant pursuit of perfecting her craft she decided to move to Los Angeles in June 2014 to study in the 2 year full-time program at the Renowned Stella Adler Academy of Acting (Alumnis includes: Marlon Brando, Benicio Del Toro, Mark Ruffalo, Salma Hyack and Robert De Niro), where she earned herself a scholarship.

Alejandro Torres Menchaca

Alejandro Torres Menchaca was born in Guadalajara Mexico on July 19th. By 19 years old he was gaining popularity writing and performing stand up comedy in Guadalajara. After one of his shows, he was asked to play in his first feature film, 31 Días directed by Erika Grediaga. This jump started Alejandro's acting career, leading him to the professional theatre where he debuted as Michael in Bang! Bang! Estas Muerto at the Pedro Arrupe Theater in Guadalajara.

The success of Bang! Bang! solidified Alejandro's penchant for acting, and soon after closing he moved to Los Angeles to study at some of the best professional acting programs in the world. He began his training at the Lee Strasberg Institute, where he was taught by David Strasberg himself, followed by the Stella Adler Academy of Acting where he was awarded a full scholarship-an honor Alejandro shares with great actors such as Benicio del Toro and Mark Ruffalo.

During his time in Los Angeles he has performed in acclaimed theatrical productions such as Titus Andronicus, A Vaudeville, Largo Desolato directed by Academy Award winner Milton Justice and Ah, Wilderness!. Alejandro has also acted in several films including Social Norm, Sisters Code, Perception of Art and Retreat Hell.

In 2015 he played the lead role, Louis Ironson, in Tim McNeil's production of Angels in America-a famously challenging character faced with difficult choices in the wake of the AIDS epidemic. Alejandro's honesty and empathy enraptured audiences, reclaiming the timeless importance of Louis's struggle.

Alejandro finished shooting the dark comedy "Pecado Original" in late 2015, a co-production between Spain and Paraguay where he played the part of Luis Alcon, a Mexican painter that comes into the life of a diplomat couple in the Canary Islands to change the way they think and live. With extraordinary performances of the Paraguayan actress Maia Nikiphoroff, the Spanish actor Cesar Di Bello and Alejandro "Pecado Original" will premiere by the end of the year and promises to be a great success.

Frank Feys

Frank Feys is a Belgian international actor. He was trained at the Beverly Hills Playhouse, the school founded by the late Milton Katsalis, considered one of the best acting teachers in Los Angeles. Frank has worked in over 40 TV series and feature films both in the US and in Europe. He moved to Spain in 2003. His portrayal of a British serial killer in 'El caso Wanninkhof' and a Russian assassin in 'Inocentes' caught the attention of the media and the public. Since then he has worked in all the mayor series in Spain. He recently wrapped Antonia Hernandez's latest feature film(winner of a Goya for best script) "To kill time". The part was specially written for the cast after Mr. Hernandez saw the award winning short film 'Das Kind' written and directed by Manu Gómez. 'To kill time' is expected in theaters early 2015. Also being released in 2015 is Frank's collaboration in 'A Perfect day' starring Benicio del Toro, Olga Kurylenko and Tim Robbins directed by Fernando Leon de Aranoa. Frank is also part of the cast of "Wild Oats" along side Shirley MacLain, Jessica Lang, Demi Moore and Billy Connolly. In October 2014 Frank is shooting 'Ministerios del tiempo' a new series for TVE, The Spanish national TV. Mr.Feys speaks 5 languages fluently. (English, French, German, Spanish, Dutch/Flemish.) In 2004 Frank Feys founded the Actors Workshop Spain, an international acting school. British Hannah New (Black sails)studied with Mr.Feys for almost 2 years. In 2016 Frank completed the actor/teacher program at the Ivana Chubbuck Studio in Los Angeles becoming the first certified teacher of her technique in Spain.

Ramin Sohrab

Ramin Sohrab is an actor, director and stunt coordinator known for The Freedom Fighter (2010), And White Was the Night (2013) and Tappajan näköinen mies (2016). Ramin Sohrab has studied and graduated from the Stella Adler Studio in Los Angeles, where actors such as Marlon Brando, Robert DeNiro, Benicio Del Toro, Harvey Keitel, and Mark Ruffalo studied in the past.

Sam Borowski

Born and raised in Staten Island, New York, Sam Borowski was destined to be a filmmaker. Indeed, he grew up just a stone's throw from the house that served as the Corleone Home in the Academy-Award winning film, "The Godfather." During his time at the newspaper, Sam won two national writing awards. After selling his first option in 1999 and attending the Cannes Film Festival, Borowski realized his destiny by producing nine films - six features and three shorts - with another feature on the way. Among them, he directed and produced the much-anticipated feature film, "Night Club (2011)," which was Academy-Award Winner Ernie Borgnine's final theatrical feature and also starred Natasha Lyonne, Paull Sorvino and Academy-Award Nominee Sally Kellerman. "Night Club," also won a whopping 16 awards over 8 film festivals. Before that, Borowski wrote, produced and directed, "The Mandala Maker", a short for Academy-Award consideration in 2010 that got considerable Oscar buzz and went on to qualify for the Oscars in the Live-Action Short category. To date, it garnered seven awards over eight festivals, including three in the prestigious Accolade competition (for Direction, Short Film and Lead Actress). It also played in the prestigious Film Columbia Festival, in a block alongside 2010 Academy-Award Best Picture nominees, "Prescious" and "Up In The Air." One of the features he produced, Rex (2008), experienced quite a bit of success on the festival circuit, winning numerous awards and honors. As the producer of Rex, Borowski was awarded the Audience Choice Award in both the SINY Film Festival in Staten Island, and the 25th Long Island Film Festival in 2008. In addition, Rex was nominated for Best Picture in both of those festivals, as well as several other awards. It also captured Breakout Performance for Acting (Robin Anne Phipps) in the Long Island Film Festival and Best Actress (Robin Anne Phipps) and Best Actor (Eric Rosenberg) honors in the 2008 Queens International Film Festival, and played in the 2009 Traildance Film Festival in Oklahoma. Interestingly enough, Borowski was responsible for casting Rex, and handpicked both Phipps and Rosenberg, who each won acting awards. He also selected all of the music, which included that of Empire City Motorcade, and used his style and sensibility while sitting in editing every day as the Post-Production Supervisor. Borowski also served as a Second-Unit Director on Rex, directing several key scenes including the climactic and shocking ending. Borowski cut his teeth writing and producing the feature-length documentary, "Creature Feature: 50 Years of the Gill-Man", which features Academy-Award Winner Benicio Del Toro and is narrated by A-lister Keith David. The film, tells the story of the era surrounding the creation and distribution of the innovative horror film, Creature From the Black Lagoon, and its impact on the genre. In addition, Borowski has also worked as a script doctor for both studios and independent film companies. He previously lived in London, England for three years, but resides once again in Staten Island, New York.

Most recently, he produced a feature film, "A Place For Heroes," in Iowa in summer 2012 starring Paul Sorvino, Academy-Award Nominee Sally Kellerman, Bill Sorvino and Samantha Tuffarelli. And, he also produced and directed another short for Academy-Award Consideration, "Maniac," starring Bill Sorvino in 2013.

Tom Musca

Tom Musca first captured attention as the producer and co-writer of STAND AND DELIVER. The popular Warner Bros. film starred Edward James Olmos, who earned Best Actor Golden Globe and Oscar nominations, and featured Lou Diamond Phillips and Andy Garcia. Stand and Deliver nabbed six Independent Spirit Awards, including Best Picture and Best Screenplay. In addition to winning the Imagen Award, the Christopher Award and the Nosotros Golden Eagle Award, the film was preserved as a cultural, artistic and historical treasure in the National Film Registry of the U.S. Library of Congress.

Musca wrote the screenplay for ONE MILE NORTH, a story about a restaurant near Ground Zero and the recovery workers who frequented it. Other projects in development include: THE BELL, a horror film set in the Caribbean, produced by Casa Grande Interactive; I LOVE LUPE, a comedy under option; MUNOZ, a biopic about the politician/poet who created Puerto Rico's commonwealth; BETTER THAN GOLD, a love story with an Olympic backdrop; EISENHOWER'S PLAYBOYS, a WWII action film; LONE WOLF--The Pancho Gonzalez Story for HBO; and KINGZ, a high school chess movie currently under option by John Leguizamo.

Musca is also Associate Producer of PRAYING FOR RAIN, a drought farm drama slated to open in 2017. Musca co-wrote TORTILLA SOUP, starring Hector Elizondo, Raquel Welch and Elizabeth Pena. The comedy was an Imagen Award Best Feature Film winner and an Alma Award nominee for Outstanding Screenplay, and it is the third highest selling Latino-themed DVD in history. Musca co-wrote Disney Channel's GOTTA KICK IT UP!--a school dance extravaganza starring two-time Emmy winner America Ferrera. It was the #1 cable show of 2003 among pre-teen girls. Musca also produced and co-wrote Hollywood Pictures' MONEY FOR NOTHING, which starred John Cusack. The L.A. Times proclaimed the film "A Winner!" while CBS radio praised it as "Extremely Entertaining." The 1994 film jump-started the careers of James Gandolfini, Benicio del Toro, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Michael Rapaport, Debi Mazar and Michael Madsen.

Musca made his feature film directorial debut with RACE, a comedic take on an L.A. City Council election, starring Oscar winner Cliff Robertson, Paul Rodriguez, Emmy nominated actors CCH Pounder and Peter Krause and introducing Effrem Ramirez (Napoleon Dynamite). Variety lauded the film as "Brisk, colorful and quirky. A funny social satire." A film festival favorite, RACE premiered on HBO and was an Imagen Award finalist and the Grand Prize Winner of the Saguaro Film Festival.

Tom Musca is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Rutgers and went on to earn a Masters of Fine Arts at UCLA where he collected two student Emmys, twice won the Rod Serling award, was a Samuel Goldwyn Award finalist and took home first prize in the AFI Video Festival for a comedy he wrote and directed that was broadcast on PBS two decades before indie video features were in vogue. Musca handled video camera chores in Alex Cox's underground classic REPO MAN while also finding time to act in a Red Hot Chili Peppers music video.

Immediately after graduation, Musca sold his first screenplay, LITTLE NIKITA. This Columbia Pictures release starred Sidney Poitier and River Phoenix. Other produced feature film credits include producing, co-writing and aerial unit directing FLIGHT FOR FANCY for the Showtime network. This whimsical fantasy starred Dean Cain, Talisa Soto and Miguel Sandoval and won both Best Family Film and Best Latin Film at the 2000 Hollywood Film Festival.

Produced network television credits include working as Executive Story Consultant and writing several episodes of the NBC television series YOU AGAIN? starring Jack Klugman and John Stamos. Musca also developed two prime-time dramatic pilots: BOTANICA for Warner Bros. Television and CBS, as well as MARIA, A Christmas Story for The Disney Channel.

Musca's legit credits include adapting STAND AND DELIVER for the stage, where it averages two-dozen domestic and international productions per annum. He was the Executive Producer of NAMES, Mark Kemble's blacklist drama, that starred Dixie Carter and was among National Public Radio's Top Ten plays for 1996 and Critic's Choice in the L.A. Times. In 2016 he co-produced Kemble's BAD HURT, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Musca's short story, RECENT FOSSIL EVIDENCE, from the novel co-written with Jay Abramowitz entitled FORMERLY COOL, debuted on Nikki Finke's website HollywoodDementia.com.

Tom Musca is also a sought-after Creative Consultant for various filmmakers and production companies. He was an Editorial Consultant on Amy Berg's 2006 Oscar nominated documentary DELIVER US FROM EVIL, and consults and direct videos for Operacion-Exito, an online academic quiz game for teens.

Musca has served on the faculty of Loyola Marymount University and conducted master classes at the Praxis Centre for Screenwriters. He has been a guest lecturer at the Sundance Institute, Slamdance, UCLA, NYU, USC and the AFI International Film Festival among others, and has conducted MPAA workshops on screenwriting and producing on four continents. He was named the Moseley Fellow for Creative Writing at Pomona College for 2006-2007 and headed the screenwriting faculty for the New Mexico Filmmakers Intensive. Currently, he is the Coordinator of the MFA Screenwriting Concentration at the University of Miami where he won the ROBERT AND CHRISTINE STAUB Faculty Excellence Award 2014 presented by School of Communication students and faculty colleagues in recognition of outstanding achievement in teaching.

Sarah Marissa Wullinger

Sarah Marissa Wullinger was born in Filderstadt, a small city near Stuttgart, Germany. Starting at a very young age, Sarah began performing ballet and small plays on stage through which she developed an intense passion and love for acting. At the age of 15 she convinced her parents to send her to an International school, so she could learn to speak perfect English and eventually act in International Films. In 2010, Sarah relocated to Los Angeles, where she enrolled in the famed Stella Adler Academy of Acting, where actors such as Marlon Brando, Benicio Del Toro, Robert De Niro, Salma Hayek and Mark Ruffalo have studied in the past. During that time she performed in numerous plays, such as "Modigliani", "Closer", "Marvin's Room", "Othello", "Hey Fever", "Moon for the Misbegotten", "Identity Crisis", "Lynette at 3am" and "Burn This". She also got cast as the leading part in several short films and a Clinique commercial Contest which nationally won "honorable mention".

In her last Semester at the Stella Adler Academy, she was cast as the 3 crucial parts of a Jewish Rabbi, a Mormon Woman and a republican lawyer in Tony Kushner's "Angels in America" at the Irene Gilbert Theatre, for which she earned critical acclaim.

After graduating the Stella Adler Academy of Acting, she worked on the Psycho Thriller, "The Islander", shot a commercial for the famous brand "Maidenform" and received her O1 "Alien of extraordinary Ability" Visa which gave her the opportunity to continue working in the U.S Entertainment Industry.

Sarah most recently portrayed "Maria", the female lead in the upcoming feature film "Perception of Art". Maria is a strong headed and witty cleaning lady who fights for her family in Mexico. She continues her acting training by taking classes, intensives and seminars, exercising her creative muscle and preparing for any challenge that comes her way. Several months ago, Sarah started working with the famed Academy Award Nominated Writer ("Death Becomes Her" starring Meryl Streep, Bruce Willis and Goldie Hawn) and Director ("Apartment Zero" starring Colin Firth) Martin Donovan.

Micke Moreno

Micke is a very talented up and coming actor who starred in the US feature "Paradise Lost," sharing credits with Benicio Del Toro and Josh Hutcherson. At his young age, Micke has succeeded in Latin America with television series such as "El Capo" and "Alias El Mexicano," both series produced and distributed by FOX Latin America. Apart from his acting chops, Micke has an amazing voice and participated in "The X Factor" and "La Banda".

Chic Daniel

Chic Daniel began is acting career in 1988 and has worked in over forty films and television shows. Chic has appeared in films by Steven Soderberg, Michael Mann, and Roland Jaffe just to name a few.

Benicio Del Toro sent Daniel to his acting teacher, Arthur Mendoza of Actors Circle Theatre, where he continues to work and appear in plays produced at the theatre.

Joseph Newton Cohen

With his extensive knowledge of international finance, as well as his in-depth experience in the entertainment industry, Joseph N. Cohen is highly regarded for his investment banking and media expertise. A graduate of Yale and Oxford, Cohen has held senior positions at several of the leading investment banking firms, including N.M. Rothschild & Sons, Salomon Brothers, Lehman Brothers Kuhn Loeb, Orion Royal Bank and Samuel Montagu. For the past thirty one years he has focused his efforts on the entertainment and media industries and is active in motion picture, television and other media financing throughout the world.

Cohen began his career in 1969 as an investment analyst and portfolio manager at N.M. Rothschild & Sons in London. In 1973, he moved to Salomon Brothers in New York, where he supervised the firm's interests in the Far East, primarily Japan. At Salomon Brothers, Cohen worked closely with Japanese banks, trading companies and corporations. He was intimately involved in the creation of the certificate of deposit market for US branches and subsidiaries of Japanese banks and headed the team that launched the first US private placement for a Japanese bank-Bank of Tokyo.

He was named vice president of the international division at Kuhn, Loeb & Co. (later Lehman Brothers Kuhn Loeb) in 1976, where he specialized in bond issues for sovereign and international agency credits (including the management of direct, guaranteed and municipal bond issues by France, Norway, Sweden, Austria, Denmark, Venezuela, European Economic Community, European Coal and Steel Community, European Investment Bank and the Asian Development Bank), reserve asset management for Central Banks and US debt and equity issues for foreign companies. Cohen was responsible for managing Central Bank portfolios in excess of $1.5 billion on behalf of Indonesia, Spain, Malaysia and the Philippines. His last two years with the firm were spent managing the Eurobond operation (underwriting, trading and sales) in London.

Cohen was appointed executive director in charge of US investment banking at Orion Bank in 1980. Orion at that time was the largest consortium merchant bank in the world and was one of the few non-U.S. investment banks to take an active lead management position of Eurodollar bond issues on behalf of U.S. corporations. Cohen was largely responsible for establishing Orion as a leading underwriter of U.S. corporate issues in the international capital markets and received particular recognition for a series of innovative issues on behalf of General Telephone and Electronics. From 1983 to 1985, he served as managing director of Samuel Montagu (New York). At Montagu, he was active in advising on a number of prominent leveraged buy-outs, including a high-profile management acquisition of Hills Bros. Coffee.

Cohen's involvement in the motion picture industry began in the UK in the early 1980s, where he pioneered the use of tax based lease financing for feature films and with several partners, including Samuel Montagu and Investors in Industry, financed over GBP 400 million of UK-qualified production. Cohen also founded Canadian Entertainment Investors (C.E.I.), which was one of the leading financiers for the Canadian film and television industry and which pioneered the use of public limited partnership offerings to finance Canadian-qualified productions.

In December 1993, Cohen completed a four-year term as President and Chief Operating Officer of Largo Entertainment, the joint venture between JVC/Victor Company of Japan Ltd. and Hollywood producer Lawrence Gordon. Cohen advised JVC on the creation of Largo and under his tenure, Largo produced several major box office hits including Point Break, Unlawful Entry, and Timecop as well as the critically acclaimed film Malcolm X, which it co-financed with Warner Bros.

Cohen is also an active producer and financier of motion pictures. Producer credits include the Showtime Original Movie, Beyond Forgiveness, starring Thomas Ian Griffith and Rutger Hauer (1995), and Solo, starring Mario Van Peebles, for Sony Pictures Entertainment (1996). Executive Producer credits include Iron Eagle IV, starring Lou Gossett, Jr (1995); The Assignment, starring Aidan Quinn, Donald Sutherland and Ben Kingsley, for Sony Pictures Entertainment (1997); Wing Commander, starring Freddie Prinze, Jr, Matthew Lillard and Saffron Burrows, for Twentieth Century Fox (1999); Delivering Milo, starring Albert Finney and Bridget Fonda (2001); Jane Doe, starring Teri Hatcher and Rob Lowe (2001); Fear X, starring John Turturro (2003); Masked and Anonymous, starring Bob Dylan, John Goodman, Jessica Lange and Jeff Bridges (2003); and Words and Pictures, starring Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche (2014).

In 1996, Cohen retired as Co-Chairman of InterMedia/Film Equities to form American Entertainment Investors. ("AEI"). Cohen was instrumental in the creation of Alcon Entertainment, an independent production company established by Frederick W. Smith, Chairman and Founder of Federal Express Corp. AEI advises Alcon on all aspects of finance, distribution and strategic planning. Alcon's productions include the family hit My Dog Skip, starring Kevin Bacon, Diane Lane and Frankie Muniz; Lost And Found, starring David Spade and Sophie Marceau; the hit comedy Dude, Where's My Car? starring Ashton Kutcher and Seann William Scott; Affair Of The Necklace, starring Hilary Swank, the critically acclaimed Insomnia; starring Al Pacino, Robin Williams and Hillary Swank; Love Don't Cost A Thing; Chasing Liberty; Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants; One Missed Call; Something Borrowed starring Kate Hudson; the highly successful P.S. I Love You, starring Hilary Swank and Gerard Butler; Book Of Eli, starring Denzel Washington; Dolphin Tale starring Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd and Harry Connick Jr; the hit sequel Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants 2; Beautiful Creatures; Transcendence starring Johnny Depp; and the blockbuster hit The Blindside, starring Sandra Bullock. Alcon also acquired North American distribution rights to the Bruce Willis action film Sixteen Blocks and the Nicholas Cage thriller The Wicker Man, both released in 2006. Cohen negotiated an output arrangement with Warner Bros on Alcon's behalf under which Warners distributes Alcon produced films throughout the world.

AEI also advises River Road Entertainment on all aspects of finance, distribution, and strategic planning. River Road's first film project was Brokeback Mountain, which won three Academy Awards, including Best Director for Ang Lee, and generated almost $200 million in worldwide box office, which represented 15 times its negative cost. River Road also co-financed the critically acclaimed Lust, Caution, directed by Ang Lee, and Robert Altman's Prairie Home Companion, starring Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Lindsay Lohan, Lily Tomlin, Woody Harrelson, Tommy Lee Jones, Virginia Madsen, and John C. Reilly. Subsequently, River Road has produced and financed FUR, starring Nicole Kidman and Robert Downey, Jr.; the documentaries Chicago 10 and Food, Inc.; the highly acclaimed Into The Wild, starring Emile Hirsch and directed by Sean Penn; The Runaways, starring Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning; and the winner of the Cannes Palme d' Or Award, The Tree of Life, directed by Terrence Malick and starring Brad Pitt and Sean Penn. Most recently, River Road produced 12 Years A Slave, Academy Award Winner for Best Picture in 2014.

Cohen served on the Board of Exclusive Media Group from 2008-2013, a vertically integrated global film entertainment company, founded in 2008 with the backing of the private equity fund Cyrte Investments. Exclusive-backed films include: The Way Back; Let Me In; the critically-acclaimed The Ides of March, directed by George Clooney and starring George Clooney, Ryan Gosling, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Paul Giamatti; The Woman in Black, starring Daniel Radcliffe; and End of Watch, starring Jake Gyllenhaal.

AEI also serves as advisor to Black Label Media, a new production company founded by Molly Smith, which has produced several high profile films, including Sicario, directed by Denis Villeneuve and starring Benicio del Toro, Josh Brolin and Emily Blunt, and Demolition, directed by Jean-Marc Valee and starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts. Black Label has a 25% interest in the multiple Academy Award-winning film La La Land.

AEI advises a number of other independent production, new media and distribution companies on all aspects of finance, distribution, strategic planning and acquisitions.

Cohen is frequently called on to serve as an expert witness in complex litigation, and in that regard he has advised several prominent law firms including Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, Sidley and Austin and Eversheds. He has also assisted the US Internal Revenue Service in evaluating the legitimacy of certain motion picture tax shelters.

AEI is frequently called upon to value film and television libraries and advise on the purchase and sale of such libraries. In 2001, AEI represented InterMedia on the acquisition of the Largo library.

In 2010, AEI advised Goldman Sachs and Assured Guaranty, the primary creditors of the Weinstein Company, on a restructuring of the company. AEI now serves as the Administrator of Portfolio Funding Company, LLC, which owns the pre-2011 Weinstein Company library.

From 2006 to 2010, Cohen co-managed EF Solutions LLC, which invested in a broad range of project financings for the film and television industries, including super-gap loans, prints and advertising funding, bridge financing, monetizing soft money benefits and financing library acquisitions. EFS provided mezzanine financing for the 2008 Academy Award-winning film The Hurt Locker. AEI remains active in the mezzanine space and provided gap financing on a number of recent films, including A Walk Among The Tombstones starring Liam Neeson and The Woman in Black 2. AEI now co-manages a mezzanine fund, Ariel Film Partners, which concentrates on gap and preferred equity deals.

Other prominent transactions in which Cohen has been involved include representing the Saleh family in the sale of the Angelika Theater; valuing Prism Entertainment after its bankruptcy filing; advising Pioneer Electronics with regard to Carolco Pictures' bankruptcy proceedings; raising debt financing for Showscan Entertainment and the Left Bank Group; advising on the construction of a major new international theme park; advising a major minority shareholder on the divestiture of his shares in a large regional broadcaster; advising a major public company on the sale of its television library; and advising two Hollywood studios on international co-financing transactions.

At InterMedia, Cohen represented such clients as JVC/Victor Company of Japan, PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, Shepperton Studios, Japan Satellite Broadcasting, Penta Film, Showscan Entertainment, Scott Free Productions, Rizzoli Corriere della Sera, Alliance Entertainment, as well as several of the major Hollywood studios. Prominent transactions included the structuring and negotiating of U.S. theatrical, home video, and television distribution arrangements on behalf of Polygram International; advising an investment group headed by directors Ridley and Tony Scott on the purchase of Shepperton Studios; representing George Harrison on the sale of his film production company, Hand Made Films; and initiating and negotiating the sale of King's Road's library. Cohen also advised both Dean Witter and E.F. Hutton in the area of motion picture limited partnership investment.

In May, 2017 Cohen published Investing in Movies: Strategies for Investors and Producers which was designed to provide an analytical framework to assess the opportunities and pitfalls of investing in the film industry.

With a proven track record of creative and sophisticated financial strategies, Cohen is recognized as an innovative leader in the ever-changing market of entertainment and media financing. He is considered an authority on the subject and has spoken before the American Film Market, Wertheim Schroder/Variety Seminar, Paul Kagan Seminars, the L.A. County Bar Association, UCLA, Cinetex, Festival of Festivals, and other organizations in the entertainment business, and has published many articles in the field. Cohen is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture, Arts and Sciences and was adjunct professor in The Peter Stark Producing Program in the University of Southern California Graduate School of Cinema/Television for sixteen years. In addition, he is a Trustee of the Yale Library Associates and is a member of the Board of Governors of the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation. He is a past director of PacWest Bancorp and previously First California Financial Group and National Mercantile Bancorp.

John Hoyt

John studied liberal arts at Lehman College and attended acting classes at Carnegie Hall. His teacher, Robert X. Modica, also taught John Turturro, David Duchovny and Rachel Ward. John received his first acting job because of Robert De Niro, who cast him in the film A Bronx Tale. John has been very lucky to work with some great actors, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Wahlberg, Al Pacino, Sean Penn, Christopher Walken, Benicio Del Toro, Victor Argo, Jeremy Irons, Jon Cryer and Eric Roberts. He also worked with some great directors, Brian De Palma, Woody Allen, John McTiernan, Abel Ferrara and Fred Gallo. In addition to acting, John produces independent films with his partner Fred Gallo. Mr. Gallo graduated from the world renowned film school at USC. Two of their films, I am Woody and The Don of 42nd Street won awards in The New York International Film Festival for Best Film and Best Actor.

Robert Ulloa

Robert Ulloa was born September 18, 1967 in Silicon Valley, California. After graduating high school Ulloa was considering a career in the United States Navy as a Naval Officer and wanted to work as an aerial photographer for the United States Navy, but changed his mind after taking several theater classes in college. Robert discovered that acting would be a part of his life forever. He continued studying acting in Palo Alto, California with Ed Hooks 1995. After studying with Ed Hooks he decided to study at A.C.T.1996 in San Francisco, California where he performed his first play Bury The Dead 1996 by Irwin Shaw and then later performing in A Few Good Men 1997 by Aaron Sorkin at the Town Hall Theatre Company in Lafayette California. After working on A Few Good Men he was hired for a Dodge commercial and print work. After graduating college with a Graphic Arts Degree, Robert decided that he still wanted to pursue acting and relocated to Los Angeles where he studied at Playhouse West for two years in North Hollywood California. It was there where he learned the Meisner Acting Technique. After studying at Playhouse West he began working on several projects. In 2012 Robert was fortunate to work for Oliver Stone's / "Savages" as Benicio Del Toro's stand-in. There is no doubt that we will see more work from Robert.

Edward Butron

Edward Antonio Butron was born in Olongapo City, Philippines on November 13th 1983. His mother is Jessie (Butron) Bucad and father Antonio Butron. He has one younger brother. Due to the fact that his father was in the military Edward grew up in multiple locations to include Japan, Korea, California, and Texas. Edward did not join the military as his father but did find a job within the government. In a later date Edward was cast as a supporting background in the Lone Ranger starring Johnny Depp as Tonto and Armie Hammer as John Reid (Lone Ranger). Edward recently was cast as a supporting background in the 2015 film Sicario starring Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro. This ignited the flame to peruse more roles in film and or television. He Hopes to one day make a name for himself in the film industry...

Venessa Verdugo

A descendant of the founding Verdugo Family of Los Angeles and relative of actress Elena Verdugo and Governor Pio Pico, Venessa was born in Los Angeles and raised on the OC. As a child she competed in gymnastics and made the State Finals in the Junior Division.Elementary school years were spent at Bethany Baptist in Whittier; she later graduated Rosary High School in Fullerton.Unsatisfied with the Theatre Arts program at CSUF,actor Benicio del Toro suggested she study acting at the Stella Adler Conservatory West.She followed his advice and finally felt she was home!In 1995 director Michael Mann allowed her to work as an intern on the movie HEAT then later hired her to work as an assistant to casting director Bonnie Timmermann.The knowledge and skills learned were immeasurable! As the daughter of a LASD homicide detective,she grew up reading his murder reports and sometimes accompanied him to work.This developed her deep interest in character study and empathy with victims of crime.In 2010 she wrote and performed her solo show Heiress,'69 at the Elephant Stages Theatre.It is based on the life of Manson murder victim and coffee heiress Abigail Folger as she returns from beyond to speak at her killers' parole hearing. The film version is in the works. She also worked as a writer for Metro LA and can be seen as silent screen actress Barbara LaMarr in a bio short she wrote on her life.Her acting can be seen in various films and entertainment mediums. On her free time, Venessa volunteers at the National Cat Protection Society, a no kill shelter in Newport Beach,California.

Eduardo Moratilla

Eduardo Moratilla "Morata". His first movie was La Buena Estrella, directed by Ricardo Franco in 1997. After that Eduardo has worked as stuntman in films like Torrente, Semana Santa, Utopia or Lobo. He has worked in more than 59 movies many of them with stars like Matt Damon, Ewan McGregor, Viggo Mortensen, Luis Tosar, Elija Wood, Mira Sorvino, Clive Owen, Benicio del Toro, Bill Murray, Naomy Watts, Penelope Cruz, Joseph Fiennes, Santiago Segura, Paco Rabal. He joined SAG-AFTRA in 2013 and nowadays works as stuntman and Stunt Coordinator and is a member of the Academia de las Artes y las Ciencias Cinematográficas of Spain.

Ramiro 'Ramir' Delgado Ruiz

Ramír Delgado, was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. From a Puerto Rican father and Spanish mother, always demonstrated an interest in the arts, which came again later in his life. His father was a vocalist for the music group, Viva La Gente (Up With People), and his mother, was a secretary that worked with a record label, that signed music groups such as Menudo and La Pandilla. He inherited his father's voice and the mother's photographic eye. It was in the University of Puerto Rico, where he started his studies in biology. That same year his life took a turn, when his career went from biology to filmmaking and acting. After flunking an English test and flustered, he accidentally entered an audition, not knowing it was for Puerto Rican zombie film. Two weeks later, he was surprised with a phone call. He was informed of getting two roles in the Puerto Rican film, Barricada. One year later, he was admitted to the School of Mass Communications and started a minor in Drama. In 2006, he got his first cameo in the Sony Pictures film, Feel the Noise.

As time went by, he continued his studies, so did the work in front and behind camera. In 2007, he started shooting runways for Puerto Rican fashion designers. Balancing school work, acting and production wasn't an easy task, but had it rewards. He has had several more cameos and minor roles in both Puerto Rican films and US films. He has worked with and around actors like Benicio del Toro,Johnny Depp, Rachelle Lafevre, Stephen Moyer, Danny McBride, Deep Roy, among others. In May 2009, he was the lead for an Axe Hair commercial campaign in Puerto Rico. One month later, it was in the Puerto Rican film, 4 Estrella, were he started his career as a still photographer in films. In November, he played an elf in a TV commercial for Centennial of Puerto Rico, for the X'mas campaign. December 2009, he graduates Magna Cum Laude.

In January 2010, Ramír attended the IMTA convention (convention where talents such as Aston Kutcher, Katie Holmes, Ashley Greene were discovered) in Los Angeles, California. He was the 1st place winner for the T7 Sitcom category. Days and several callbacks later, he was offered the Brett Rattner Grant for an acting program, in the New York Film Academy. Six months later he continued his acting training. He started getting more speaking roles in short films and discovered he wanted to be a character actor. His production work also continued with various international filmmakers, whose films have won several prizes in various film festivals.

Patrick Milling Smith

Patrick Milling Smith is the co-founder of international production company SMUGGLER. Since its inception, SMUGGLER has twice taken home the coveted Cannes Lions Palme d'Or as well as the Cannes Lions Grand Prix, AICP Awards, Tony's, Olivier's, the Emmy, the Grammy and D&AD Pencils. SMUGGLER has also been recognized as Production Company of the Year several times by the Clio Awards, British Arrows, and Creativity Magazine. Both Patrick and Brian Carmody were among six honorees of the Made in New York Awards presented annually by Mayor Bloomberg.

In 2009, Patrick Milling Smith and Brian Carmody formed a film, television and theater division which most recently produced Greetings from Tim Buckley featuring Penn Badgley, Imogen Poots, Ben Rosenfield, and Kate Nash. It debuted at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival and premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2013. He also executive produced Jimmy P: Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian starring Benicio Del Toro which premiered at the 2012 Cannes International Film Festival and the upcoming Electric Slide starring Jim Sturgess, Chloe Sevigny and Patricia Arquette. Upcoming film projects include Beautiful Ruins based on the New York Times best selling novel to be adapted by Todd Field, Weightless written by Enda Walsh starring Jason Clarke, Ruth Wilson and Nick Nolte and a remake of cult classic Wild Geese written by William Monahan. He also plans to produce the adaptation of Jean Anouilh's play Becket by Academy Award winner William Monahan and Redemption, based on the French Thriller Rapt to be adapted by Danish Academy Award winner Susanne Bier.

In 2011 Patrick produced the Broadway play Seminar which starred Alan Rickman, followed by Jeff Goldblum in an extended production. He also acquired the stage rights to Hollywood legend Robert Evans' memoirs, The Kid Stays in the Picture and its sequel, The Fat Lady Sang.

Patrick has adapted the Oscar-winning musical Once for the stage. Once was adapted by Enda Walsh and directed by John Tiffany. It premiered at the New York Theatre Workshop on December 6, 2011 and is produced in association with Frederick Zollo and Barbara Broccoli. After a successful run in previews Once moved to Broadway's Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre and officially opened Sunday, March 18, 2012. Once is the fastest recouping musical to hit Broadway in over a decade, recouping its initial $5.5 million investment after only 21 weeks and 169 performances.

Once is also among one of the top five most awarded Broadway musicals of all time, winning the Best Musical Award from The Drama Desk, The Outer Critics' Circle, Drama League, and The New York Drama Critics' Circle. It was nominated for 11 Tony Awards in 2012 and won 8 including Best Musical, Best Direction of a Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Actor in a Musical, Best Orchestrations, Best Scenic Design of a Musical, Best Lighting Design of a Musical, and Best Sound Design of a Musical. On February 10, 2013, Once also took home Best Musical Theater Album at the 55th annual Grammy Awards.In addition to touring the US, Once is currently playing in Toronto, Australia, Korea and London's West End where it was nominated for six Olivier Awards including Best Musical in 2014. It picked up two Olivier awards for Best Achievement in Music and Best Actress.

Rebeca Proenza

Rebeca Proenza is an actress from Cuba. She starred alongside Josh Hutcherson in "7 Days in Havana", where she was directed by Benicio del Toro. She has appeared in numerous Cuban films, TV shows and plays before she moved to LA earlier this year.

Rebeca started acting at the young age of six, when she was cast as a regular on a nationwide TV show for children, which could be compared to the Mickey Mouse Club. For five years she performed a different fantastical character every week. She also sang and danced in the show. During that time she started taking acting, dancing and voice coaching lessons.

Following the variety show Rebeca was a regular in "Tras La Huella", a nationwide crime investigation series on Cuban television, where she played alongside Blanca Rosa Blanco. She also was the lead in Descemer Bueno and Buena Fe's internationally successful music video "Ser de Sol", directed by Cuba's most acclaimed director, Ian Padron.

Rebeca has also starred in numerous Cuban plays.

Rebeca has studied with Humberto Rodriguez, the Olga Alonso Academy and Theater Group, Alfonso Bandera Tamayo and Blanca Rosa Blanco, as well as Anita Rojas for voice coaching. She currently studies with Ivana Chubbuck in Los Angeles.

Juan Carlos Arvelo

Since 2001, Juan Carlos Arvelo has acted in dozens of TV commercials and multiple short and feature length films. Born in Puerto Rico, this versatile actor received the "Outstanding Achievement in Cinema" award by the UNESCO Youth Commission in 2010. He performed next to Academy Award winner Benicio del Toro as "Rolando Cubela," in Steven Soderbergh's portrayal of Ernesto "Che" Guevara, "Che:Part One." Arvelo was the lead actor, embodying the early 20th century Puerto Rican poet, Luis Palés Matos, in the television film "Palés y la rumba de esquina." In 2011, Arvelo was recognized at the Cinefiesta Film Festival with the "Distinguished Young Actor Award" for his lead performance in the short film "Darwin's Thoughts."

Matt Ferro

David Rodriguez Ferro known as Matt Ferro it is recognized for their hard work and dedication in the cinematographic industry thanks to the paradise lost film which was his first opportunity to work as a production assistant.

David Rodriguez Ferro born on October 26, 1986 in Padova, Italy, son of Publio Rodriguez and Architect Rosalina Ferro Franceschi. David's parents are Panamenian, but her mother is Italian descent. David is the older brother of 5, 3 sisters and 2 brothers, and due to their parents' divorce, her mother decided to move back to Panamá with her 6 children when David was just 12 years old. David has always been fascinated with cinematography since he was 6 years old, leading David to study Social Communication with emphasis on radio and television production in the Interamericana University of Panamá. In 2013 David made his debut in a cinematographic production in the film Paradise Lost as assistant production, where I had the pleasure of meeting actors Josh Hutchinson, Brady Corbet, Carlos Barden and Academy Award Winner Benicio Del Toro, and for David was one of the most incredible experiences of his life because I had the opportunity of working in the world that always loved. He is currently consolidating more experience in independent productions, in order to achieve direct a film of great magnitude.

In 2016 David officially started using the name Matt Ferro directing, writing and producing his first horror short film with Fabiola Candido who co-directed, wrote and also produced, the short film called La Sombra en la Oscuridad (The Shadow in the Dark) starring Leo Wiznitzer, is an achievement Which Matt was able to achieve as an independent cinematographer with the support of Chaly Barcenas, Marcela Bejarano, Guillermo Barcenas and Luis Pacheco, the short film is scheduled to be released in April 2017.

Lucio Fernandez

Lucio Fernandez is a multi-award winning actor, singer, director, and producer. His many awards include ATI Award, ARTE Award, ITRA Award, ACE Award, STAR Award, Proclamation from the United States Congress, State Proclamation from Governor Chris Christie, and many other Proclamations, Citations, and awards for his artistic achievements and contributions to the community.

He has had a varied and successful career working extensively as an actor, singer, director, and producer. In 2014 he appeared in the play "Comfort" at Lincoln Center in NYC; and in 2013, Lucio appeared Off Broadway in the plays "Till Death" and "Busco Amigo"; and prior to that he starred and produced the Off Broadway play "Cuba: Punto X" to great critical acclaim, and which garnered two ACE Awards, two HOLA Awards, and one ATI Award. He received rave reviews for his one-man show entitled "Lucio... Less Cuban Than Ever" in a sold-out run at The Laurie Beechman Theatre in NYC. His previous one-man show "The Cuban Kid" also played to sold out audiences in NYC and received stellar reviews as well as several awards, including a MAC Award nomination.

In 2014, Lucio produced a series of important events to bring attention to "Comfort Woman" and abuses against women world-wide. He was instrumental in installing in the City of Union City, NJ a monument dedicated to the "Comfort Woman", abuses against women, and human rights. He also curated an art installation "Our Cry"; produced several classical music concerts; and produced and starred in the play "Comfort" at Lincoln Center in NYC, all to bring attention to this important cause.

As a vocalist, Lucio has recorded the music CD's entitled "American Mambo", "Enamorado" and "Volver a Ti", as well as a poetry CD featuring his own poetry entitled "Lucio Fernandez, Poetry". Recently he toured throughout Mexico, Ecuador, and the Dominican Republic, followed by a concert at Lincoln Center in NYC. Although he is a solo artist, he is also presently lead singer and manager of the musical group Maxima Alerta.

He has traveled the world with several Broadway shows including "West Side Story", "Guys And Dolls", "A Chorus Line", "Jesus Christ Superstar", and "On The Town". He has worked with many of Broadway's leading directors and choreographers, including Jerome Robbins, Jerry Zaks, Michael Peters, Robert Longbottom, and Alan Johnson. For three and a half years, he was a principal actor with Repertorio Español in NYC where he performed in such plays as "Strawberry and Chocolate", "Vieques", "Luminaria", "El Publico" by Federico Garcia Lorca, "El Cano", "Te Juro Juana Que Tengo Ganas", and "The Next Stop". Lucio also starred in the Off Broadway play "Speedo & The Straight Man" at the Kraine Theater in NYC for which he received much critical acclaim. Broadway Workshops include "Tropicana" (Chita Rivera, Artistic Director), "Strides" (Michele Assaf, Choreographer), and "El Shaddai".

Lucio has performed alongside many great artists including Marc Anthony, Shirley MacLaine, Gene Kelly, The Pointer Sisters, Tommy Tune, Susan Lucci, Shirley Verrett, Lupita Ferrer, and Lorna Luft. Recently he has appeared in concert alongside such notable Latin recording artists as Jon Secada, Jose Luis Rodriguez "El Puma", Sophy De Puerto Rico, Elio Roca, Malena Burke, and Roberto Ledesma. He has performed at many of the world's finest theaters including Lincoln Center in New York City, the Chatelet in Paris, and the Berlin Opera House. Recently he was invited by the Guayaquil Symphony Orchestra in Guayaquil, Ecuador to perform a solo concert; as well as performed multiple concerts throughout Mexico.

He has made appearances on many television shows including a recurring role as an "orderly" on the daytime series "All My Children". Most recently he was seen on "Younger" on TV Land, the Emmy Award winning show "30 Rock" on NBC, "Louie" on FX, and "The Jimmy Fallon Show" on NBC. Presently, he is the host of the television show "Live On Stage" airing on Cablevision, ComCast, Time Warner Cable, RCN, and Verizon FiOS; and on the show "La Revista Semanal" on Azteca America. Lucio has appeared in many television and radio commercials for products such as Coca-Cola, Budweiser, Sprite, Panasonic, Kudos, Verizon, etc. He has worked extensively as a voice-over artist, and did the looping for the role of "Lazaro" in the award winning feature film "Before Night Falls", and on the feature film "Che" starring Benicio Del Toro. Lucio is the author of "Union City in Pictures", two poetry books, two children's books, and a dozen plays.

He has directed, choreographed, and produced many shows, from big musicals to one character plays, from children's performances to benefit concerts. His comedy "Till Death Do Us Part" premiered at The Grace Theatre in 2001, and then played at Newark Symphony Hall, followed by a run at The Gramercy Arts Theatre in NYC. His family musical "Friend Wanted" also premiered at The Grace Theatre before touring through many of New Jersey's best theaters. His original production, "Havana Moon, The Musical" played to a sold-out audience at Newark Symphony Hall, then at the Park Performing Arts Center. As a fine artist, he has exhibited his work at many galleries and museums, including Queens Museum of Art, Union City Museum of Art, Newark Museum of Art, Pace University, and MasterCard World Headquarters.

Lucio is founder & CEO of MeLu Communications Group, a full service production and public relations company, dedicated to producing for theatre, television, and film. Through its subsidiary, MeLu films, the company has produced several films including the feature films "Vampire in Union City" and "Bahia de Cochinos, Nuestra Perspectiva"; as well as many short films such as "Massacre in the Woods", "Under a City Tree", "Blink", "Cubanoson: The Story", "Pissin", "The Embroidery Industry in Union City, NJ", "Sal", and most recently the documentary "Painting Linda". He has produced many films with other companies including "The Death of April", "La Academia", and "Almas de Furia".

He was co-founder and Artistic Director of The Grace Theatre Workshop, Inc., the premiere presenter of bilingual and Spanish language theatre in the State of New Jersey. He has taught dance, drama, and playwriting, as well as participated in many school career days, and lectured at many organizations.

Lucio is presently Commissioner of the City of Union City. He has served as Chairman of the Union City Redevelopment Board, Trustee of the Union City Board of Education, Commissioner for the Union City Housing Authority, President of the Union City Public Library Friends, Inc., and President of the Union City Day Care Program. Lucio is a graduate of Rutgers University, and studied acting in New York City with the legendary acting teacher Bobby Lewis. He is an advocate for the arts and is always trying to promote and support artists and the arts in general, as well as stress the importance of the arts in every community.

Othello Rensoli

Othello Rensoli, was born on April 22, 1962 in the ultramarine town of Regla, Havana City, Cuba, where he spent his childhood and adolescence.

His work as an actor began in Cuba at the age of 19, leading to important works of the Cuban and universal theatre performances in the theatre Group Paco Alfonso. At the age of 20 he combined his work with the theatre and the television, in groups such as the "Olga Alonso".

His professional cinema debut was in 2007 when the Hollywood Film Director, Steven Soderbergh, and Hollywood Film Producer Laura Bickford chose him, to play Harry Villegas "Pombo" in the Hollywood movies, "Che, The Argentinian" and "Che, Guerrilla", led by Benicio del Toro, giving a beginning to his international cinematography career.

In 2008 directed by Sigfrid Monleon, he worked together with Jordi Molla; in the film "The consul of Sodoma" where he played the character, James Baldwin, an important Afro-American writer, friend of "Jaime Gil de Biedma".

Steven T Stanton

Steven Stanton was born in Jersey City, New Jersey and raised in Detroit Michigan until his family moved to California. Acting was always a love and passion of his. As a child he watched hours of television and imitated the things that he saw. From Dramatic monologues to cartoon voices. Also having a love for music, in his late teens and early 20's he was lead singer of a local band for 5 years. He also made a living for most of his 20's into his 30's as a dancer and choreographer where he danced and choreographed for major artist such as Jennifer Lopez, Michael Jackson and Prince to name a few. But at end of the day Steven's passion was always acting. He finally decided it was time to commit and purse Acting 100 percent in 2006. He started studying at Actors Circle Theatre with instructor Arthur Mendoza. Best known for studying and assisting the Brilliant Stella Adler for years up until the time she died and for training the Actors Actor, Benicio Del Toro. Steven has been Studying with Arthur from 2006 till present. He Believes that Knowing your craft along with working hard and always staying pro active is Key to having a healthy career and surviving in this fickle up and down industry.

Paul Santos

Paul Eumer Santos was born on September 11, 1982 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada to filipino parents. He resides in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada where he has been living since 2002. A self-taught penciller and painter his main aspirations are to be a comic book artist, a screenwriter and pursuing an acting career. Paul's favorite directors are Martin Scorsese, David Lynch, and Pedro Almodovar while his favorite actors include Colin Farrell, Robert De Niro, Benicio Del Toro, Ryan Gosling and Naomi Watts. He cites his favorite film of all time as Raging Bull (1980). He is also an active IMDB critic under the username Mr. Keep It Short+Sweet Layman's Terms Reviewer.

Rob Griffin

Rob "420" Griffin has been on an intense mission to change international laws by creating Cannabis awareness since 1993 and has developed quite a resume in numerous industries.

In 1993, he started the infamous print/web publication "420 Magazine", which was the very first online Cannabis community worldwide and is still to this day, the most frequented Cannabis website in the world, with over 20,000 daily unique visitors.

To reach more of the masses with his message, Rob later launched the subdivision of his mission, the lovely "420 Girls", which was dubbed by Rolling Stone Magazine as, "The Best Website EVER. EVER." The media got wind of this exciting and daring new project, resulting in an international hardcover coffee table book, published by Goliath Books. His book became a Best Seller almost over night and is now in book stores all over the world.

Rob's first project in the film industry was in 2009, co-producing the documentary film about his mentor Jack Herer's book entitled, "The Emperor Wears No Clothes", where he gathered all of the financing and several of the celebrities being filmed. Working side by side with his friend, hero and mentor just before his last stroke, was an epic journey he will cherish forever.

In 2010, Rob was contracted by Showtime to do Product Placement and Cannabis Consulting for "Weeds", in which he gathered all of the Medical Marijuana related products for the dispensary, "Happy Lucky Cannabis".

In 2011, Rob had the honor of teaming up with Oliver Stone and Universal Pictures to create the most realistic looking grow houses ever to be filmed in the major motion picture "Savages". His talents were utilized for Product Placement and Cannabis Consulting, working with the Art/Set Designers and Directors to develop the sets, gathering all of the grow equipment needed for the sets, supervising the builds and advising on numerous Cannabis related issues. "Savages" will be released September 2012 and has a star studded cast ranging from John Travolta, Uma Thurman and Benicio Del Toro to Taylor Kitsch, Salma Hayek and Blake Lively. Rob is proud to be a part of this production as it helps to carry his message even further.

Joey Carrasco

Joey Was born in NYC's historic St. Vincent's Hospital in lower Manhattan's Greenwich Village. His father Ivan, a forensic pathologist, moved the family to San Juan, PR for a position at a local hospital when Joey was 12. At his first school on the island, Benicio del Toro was among one of his close nit friends his group spent time with. His passion for film grew from his earliest years intrigued after watching movie filming in the streets of lower Manhattan as a young child. Joey entered the industry behind the cameras as a lighting and rigging technician as a teenager.

George C. Bujold

George C Bujold is a Los Angeles based actor known for his performances in new media including the web series 'Boom Time' and 'Beverly Hills Bill.'

At George Clooney's suggestion, Bujold wrote himself into his first script Trafficking which he co-produced with producer/director Richard Khouri as an independent production. The film was picked up by Ouat Media group and is being shown internationally through cable outlets.

Bujold was born in Utrecht, The Netherlands and spent his childhood on the move as a dancer in Europe and the United States. He moved to Long Island at age 14 and was soon cast in a production of Oedipus Rex which began his love for acting. Bujold left home and came to Los Angles to apprentice at the Globe Playhouse before moving on to study at the Stella Adler Conservatory. He acted opposite Benicio Del Toro in the play Orphans and was cast in his first film, Flowaz.

Bujold's other credits include Missing Pieces, Talent, Borderless, Excess and the sci-fi / thriller San Francisco 2177, which stars Sean Patrick Flannery, Dominique Swain and John Heard.

Zane Michael Powell

Zane Michael Powell is a New York City based actor and artist. Originally from Sydney Australia, Zane immersed himself in theatre and arts from a young age taking classes with Michelle Collins, the Griffin Theatre Company, and Kate Gaul (Siren Theatre Company), as well as other well-known schools in the Sydney area. Upon the completion of high school Zane deiced to pursue further training and artistic inspiration in New York City.

At the young age of 19 Zane came to New York with a suitcase and a place at the Stella Adler Summer conservatory. Fortunately Zane instantly connected with New York and sorted the details, such as accommodation etc fairly quickly. After completing the summer program at the Stella Adler studio, Zane returned to Sydney, but it wasn't long before his desire to learn and love of the artistic force of New York City drew him back.

In 2009 Zane was accepted to the prestigious Circle in the Square Theatre School, where he trained with teachers such as, Alan Langdon, Therese Hayden, Jacqueline Brookes, Andera Haring, Leigh Dillon, Jeanne Slater, Edward Berkeley, BH Barry (Tony award winner), Mina Yakima, Beth Falcone, Ken Shatz and Elizabeth Loughran. With alumni including Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Felicity Huffman, Idenia Menzel, Lady Gaga, Kevin Bacon, Benicio del Toro, Justin Kirk and Molly Shannon. Zane completed the program in 2011.

Throughout his professional career Zane has appeared in commercials airing in Australia for the AFL, FUJI Digital Cameras and 3 mobile. He has starred in productions including James and the Giant Peach (Sydney), The Cherry Orchard (NY), After the Fall (NY), and Chain of Fools (Sydney). Zane also appeared in the AFI award winning film Hunt Angels.

Recently Zane has formed a theatre company with close friend Brett Molik, called the Technicolor Initiative, which aims to provide a means to develop new and re-imagined works based of the curiosity and ideas of its members and collaborators. Zane is developing a play he has written, tentatively tilted "the land", as well as working with several other theatre companies on projects in the New York area.

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