MICHAEL IZQUIERDO (Founder, Producer, Actor) is a producer of four feature films, The Weekend, the award-winning The Last Day of August, and the hit horror film, Antidote, as well as Fireworkers with The Neboya Collective. He has appeared on TV and in such films as Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, Ang Lee’s Taking Woodstock, Fireworkers, Meet Dave, Heterosexuals and “Blue Bloods” and “Elementary.” Broadway and Off-Broadway credits include King Lear at The Public, Go Back to Where You Are at Playwrights Horizons, New Jerusalem at CSC, Mother Courage with Meryl Streep, and The Miracle Worker, among others. He has an MFA from NYU Tisch’s Graduate Acting Program. He has also produced and starred in the hit web-series iChannel (Fox), and numerous shorts and web-shows, and has directed music videos. His voice can be heard on many TV commercials, narrations, and networks. He is the founder of Sunnyside Films, and a native New Yorker.
SEBASTIAN ARCELUS (Producer, Actor) has performed on Broadway in A Time to Kill, Elf, Jersey Boys, Wicked, Good Vibrations, and Rent. Off-Broadway credits include The Blue Flower, Happiness, and Where’s Charley? Regional and international credits include world premieres of A Time To Kill and William Finn’s Songs of Innocence and Experience, among others. His voice can also be heard on numerous television commercials and animated programs. He is currently filming the original Emmy Nominated Netflix television series, “House of Cards,” starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright and directed by David Fincher. He produced The Last Day of August with Michael Izquierdo, and associate produced the hit web-series, iChannel.
CRAIG DIFOLCO (Director, Writer, Producer) received his MFA from Columbia University. He has written several features including Leap Year, a quarterfinalist in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science’s Nicholl Fellowship; and Private School, selected by the Columbia faculty as a top screenplay. He was also a writer on the romantic comedy Mutual Friends (directed by Matthew Watts). Craig directed the hit web series, iChannel, seen by over 2 million viewers, and has also worked extensively in production, most noticeably as an assistant to Hunting Lane Films, where he worked on Half-Nelson and Blue Valentine.
BRIAN AVERS (Director, Co-Producer, Actor) has created and directed several plays; The Weekend is his first feature film. Brian received his MFA at NYU, where he was the only actor rewarded an AV Global Fellowship in the Arts. He has performed on Broadway in Rock N Roll by Tom Stoppard, and in The Lieutenant of Inishmore by Martin McDonagh, off-Broadway as Edgar in King Lear at the Public Theater, opposite Kevin Kline; world premiere of The Explorer’s Club at MTC, as well as Itamar Moses’ Completeness and Gina Gionfriddo’s Becky Shaw, both directed by Pam MacKinnon. Numerous film and TV appearances include Gigantic opposite Paul Dano and Zooey Deschanel, Nora Ephron’s Julie & Julia, “Castle”, “The Closer”, “Medium”, “Person of Interest”, “Golden Boy”, “Blue Bloods”, and recurring character Mike Renko on “NCIS” and “NCIS: Los Angeles”. He is currently developing multiple projects for film, television and the internet.
BEN WOLF (Cinematographer) is a cinematographer, director, and occasional editor and teacher. He strives to bridge traditional divides – bringing documentary realism to fiction projects, dramatic storytelling to documentaries, and the latest digital cinema technology to the art of photography. Recent DP credits include the feature film East Fifth Bliss (director Michael Knowles, starring Michael C. Hall, Lucy Liu, and Peter Fonda), the David Byrne Concert documentary Ride, Rise, Roar (director Hillman Curtis), and a series of national broadcast commercials for IBM (director Hillman Curtis). Ben has directed projects for clients including Grey Advertising, Knoll, and Sotheby’s, and shot content for Adobe, Ann Taylor, Bacardi, BAM, Bayer, BMW, Bobbi Brown, Citi, Covergirl, The Getty Museum, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, Illy, MetLife, Ogilvy, Pepsi, Pfizer, and Sprint. Ben is presently developing his first narrative feature, entitled Closed Circuit. He holds a B.A. in philosophy from Yale and an M.F.A. in film from Columbia.
BEN STAUFFER (Editor, Co-Producer) has worked on a wide variety of productions in both film and television including the Telly Award winning documentary series Streetball (ESPN), Through the Fire (Hock Films), Heights (Merchant Ivory Productions), The Heads Up Poker Championships (NBC),The World Series of Poker Europe (ESPN), The Season: 1985 (MLB) and is currently working on the reality television show Million Dollar Contractor (DIY).
PETE DIFOLCO (Director, Writer, Producer, AD) received a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He has been working in film and television production since 2006 on such acclaimed TV programs as “Damages,” HBO’s “In Treatment” & “Bored to Death,” ABC’s “Castle” and the upcoming “Michael J. Fox Show”, as well as independent features such as 2007’s We Own the Night and 2012’s Sinister. He is currently in production on a new comedy series for Fox entitled “Us & Them”. He has collaborated with Sunnyside Films on projects such as “iChannel” and The Last Day of August, and is the co-writer/producer/director of the company’s upcoming horror film, “Viscera”.
MATTHEW RAUCH (Producer, Actor) can be seen as Clay Burton in “Banshee” on Cinemax, and will appear this winter in both Martin Scorcese’s The Wolf of Wall Street and Jason Reitman’s Labor Day. This fall, he will play the title role in “Macbeth” at Hartford Stage. His television credits include recurring roles on CBS’s “Blue Bloods” and HBO’s “Treme,” among others, and recent film appearances include Phil Spector, Premium Rush, and Girls Against Boys. He has been seen on Broadway in revivals of The Merchant of Venice (with Al Pacino) and Prelude to a Kiss, and Off-Broadway at Playwrights’ Horizons, Shakespeare in the Park, Red Bull Theater (where he is a member of the Board of Directors), MCC, the New Group, Keen Company, and Signature Theater. Regional work includes plays at Williamstown, Long Wharf, Arena Stage, the Shakespeare Theatre, and many others. With Brad Shelton, he is the author of several film and television scripts, including Between Two Waves, “The Light,” and “In Between Days” (for NBC). He received his theater training at the ART Institute at Harvard, is a graduate of Princeton University, and is a recipient of the Callaway Award for Classical Performance.
BRAD SHELTON (Producer) As a screenwriter, Brad has co-authored (with Matthew Rauch) three screenplays (Between Two Waves, Trouble With Girls, and Fever) and three shows for television (House of Cards, Doctor Bob, and In Between Days, which was developed with Working Title Television and purchased by NBC). Brad currently works as a Creative Director at BRC Imagination Arts, where he has led the conceptual development of large-scale, story based entertainment developments in places like Dubai (DreamWorks Animation and Freej), Egypt (Sharm el Sheikh RDE Development), New York City (Spectacular City/Times Square), China (Hainan Aerospace Theme Park, Sichuan Culture Park, Changbai Mountain CNG Center), Ukraine (Roshen Chocolate Factory Tour), Saudi Arabia (Duhaira), and the US (Grand Ole Opry Backstage Tour, Ryman Auditorium Daytime Tour, Cuties Visitor Center, Sun Center Studios Tour, Miami Beach Convention Center Cultural Programs). In the theatre, Brad worked as a producer and director around the globe. He is a graduate of Rhodes College and the ART’s Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University. He has also worked as a professor, museum docent, waiter, paralegal, film executive, and, in case you like bad Viking movies, a professional actor.
VAYU O’DONNELL (Creator, Actor) is an actor/writer based in New York. He is a graduate of Yale University where he majored in American Studies with a concentration in Cultural Theory. He went on to receive his MFA from NYU’s Graduate Acting program. He has performed on Broadway in Terrence Rattigan’s Man And Boy, directed by Maria Aitken and Clfford Odets’ Golden Boy directed by Bartlett Sher. Off-Broadway credits include Moonbeam Funk in Alex Timbers’ Dance Dance Revolution, Jester’s Dead (The PIT), L(y)re (Ars Nova), Perfect Harmony (Theatre Row); Regional credits include: Edward II – Gaveston (Shakespeare Theater D.C.) Tamburlaine – Callapine (Shakespeare Theater D.C.); Sweet Bird of Youth (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Harmonious Pimps of Harmony(Williamstown Theater Festival). FILM/TV: I Just Want My Pants Back (MTV); The Weekend; A Beautiful Mind. Vayu created, and co-wrote the new web-series 80/20 with Christopher Oscar Pena.
CHRISTOPHER OSCAR PENA (Creator, Actor) is a playwright from California who received his B.A. in Dramatic Arts from UC Santa Barbara where he studied with Naomi Iizuka and holds an M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. His plays include maelstrom, l(y)re, however long the night, i wonder if it’s possible to have a love affair that lasts forever? or things i found on craigs list, icarus burns, the suicide tapes, alone above a raging sea and a cautionary tail. His work has been developed or seen at the Public Theater, Two River Theater, New York Stage and Film with the Lark, ARS NOVA, American Theater Company (Chicago), NYU Grad, INTAR, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, The Flea, the Ontological Hysteric Incubator, and the New York Theatre Workshop. With Vayu O’Donnell, he is the creator of 80/20. An alumni of INTAR’s Hispanic Playwrights Lab, he has also been an Emerging Artist Fellow at NYTW, a Writing Fellow with the Playwrights Realm, and was a recipient of both the Corwin Award for Playwriting, and the Latino Playwrights Award from the Kennedy Center.
SARA REMPE (Writer, Associate Producer) received her master’s degree in Creative Writing from Hunter College. As one of only six MFA candidates within the graduate poetry program, she was the recipient of the Norma Lubetsky Freidman Scholarship. She’s currently an adjunct lecturer in Hunter’s undergraduate creative writing program, which is the subject of her television pilot script, “Rate My Professor.” She was also a writer on the web-series iChannel.
EVAN SPEAR (Sound Designer) has had a broad range of experience. Originally a performing musician, he learned the other side of the mixing-board working as a music and post-production mixer at Mega Music. He even toured with the USO, mixing live sound as the FOH engineer. He is part of Headroom.
DAN SHARNOFF (Cinematographer) After years spent behind the lens of the family VHS camcorder and improvised VCR home edit suites, Dan Sharnoff began his career in motion pictures working as an editor at a post production boutique in his hometown, Vienna, Virginia. During undergraduate studies at George Mason University he involved himself heavily in content creation and live video and VFX projections through the Art and Visual Technology Dept. He began directing photography late in 2004 and is grateful for his background in music, performance and editing because he feels it has informed his skills as an overall creative collaborator and storyteller. Recent feature length credits include Hal Hartley’s latest project, Meanwhile; the comedic drama *Bottled Up starring Oscar award winner Melissa Leo; Santorium, a gritty psychological thriller; award-winning films The Project, Running Funny and the critically acclaimed drama, Charlie. Dan also photographed two seasons of the hit true crime TV series “Deadly Sins” (ID). Other efforts can be seen on music videos, commercials, short films, documentary and web series.
KATIE MEISTER (Associate Producer) Currently, she is working post production on a documentary film entitled Best Kept Secret about a Newark teacher’s struggle to find placement for her six autistic students as they “age out” of the security of the New Jersey public school system. She is also in the process of developing the comedy web series Riding with Rejects, loosely inspired by reality TV dating shows. BA: Brown University; MFA: NYU Graduate Acting.
KRYSTEL LUCAS (Associate Producer) She was also associate producer on the world premiere of Human Animals Theater Company’s Post Office. Her acting credits include The Merchant of Venice, A Midsummer Night’s Dream at The Old Globe Theatre, Death and the King’s Horseman, Macbeth, All’s Well That Ends Well at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Good People at Dorset Theatre Festival, The Sty of the Blind Pig at TheaterWorks Hartford, In the Next Room or the vibrator play at St. Louis Rep, and The Summer House at Passage Theatre Company. She received her BA from UNC-Asheville and her MFA from the NYU Graduate Acting Program.
JOSE MATEO (International, iChannel) Based in LA, he is a development executive and new media producer straddling American, Spanish and Hispanic markets. Most recently he was a partner and key executive overseeing the roll out of Papanatos, an online comedy channel in Madrid most similar to Will Ferrell’s “Funny or Die”. While at Papanatos he executive-produced several web series, branded entertainment series, a live comedy show, and a late night TV pilot coproduced by Canal + Spain. In NY, he developed a career as a creative producer for a a national TV network in Spain, and worked as a video editor at one of the top independent ad agencies for the Hispanic market: The Vidal Partnership. He produced several award winning short films (Basket Bronx, I Wish, and LQTQO 2.1) and specialized in developing scripted content with a focus on new media, original online series and ancillary material for existing TV formats. In LA his is developing his first TV thriller miniseries for Apaches, a Madrid-based production company, and guides brands in developing smart, original content for the Hispanic market whose buying power is expected to grow 50% over the next five years.
ANDREA MAZZARIELLO (Composer)
Andrea Mazzariello is a composer, performer, writer, and teacher. His work borrows from both popular and art music approaches, and obsesses over technological intervention, instrumental technique, and the power of language. So Percussion, NOW Ensemble, Newspeak, and many others have performed his concert music. He’s played shows at venues like the Knitting Factory, the Princeton Record Exchange, Galapagos, and Cakeshop. The Queens New Music Festival, Make Music New York, and the Wassaic Festival have presented his songs and spoken word. Active as an educator, he’s taught at Princeton University, Ramapo College of New Jersey, and the So Percussion Summer Institute. He’s currently Visiting Professor of Music at Carleton College, where he teaches composition, music technology, and music fundamentals.
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