Joseph Garner (director Craigslist Joe, Associate Producer for The Hangover II and III) (@craigslistjoe): Joseph was born in a suburb of Chicago, Illinois. His love for filmmaking started at a young age when he discovered his parents old camcorder in the basement of their house. Prior to moving to Los Angeles, Joseph received his B.A. from San Francisco State University with a degree in Cinema. During his senior year, he created the West Coast Student Film Festival, which featured student films from over twenty-five countries. Joseph got a job in the film industry working as the assistant to director Todd Phillips on the blockbuster hit, The Hangover. Since then, he has continued working with Phillips, as the associate producer on such films: Due Date, The Hangover Part II, Project X, and the upcoming The Hangover Part III. Joseph has also won numerous awards as a filmmaker including, Grand Prize at the Script Pipeline Into Motion Pictures Screenwriting Competition, Top This TV Challenge for a commercial he wrote and directed, and finalist at the Tribeca Film Festival Short Film Competition. Craigslist Joe is his first feature-length film.
Rider Strong (actor/creator/director/author) (@onthestorm): Rider Strong began performing in local theater when he was just five years old. After being cast as Gavroche in the San Francisco production of Les Miserables, Rider started a professional career that has lasted two decades and spanned a variety of genres and formats. He became best known in his teens for his role of Shawn Hunter on Boy Meets World, which ran for seven seasons on ABC. After the show wrapped, Rider pursued his education, graduating magna cum laude from Columbia University and receiving his M.F.A. in Fiction & Literature from Bennington College. His short stories and poems have appeared in literary journals throughout the country, including Whiskey Island, The Chiron Review, and Poetry Motel. Meanwhile, Rider secured his place in the independent film world by starring in Eli Roth’s Cabin Fever. He’s been covered in blood for a slew of horror and thriller films since. Back on stage, he starred as Benjamin Braddock in both the First US National Tour and Australian productions of The Graduate. Along with his brother, Rider wrote and directed the award-winning short film, Irish Twins, which premiered at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival and went on to play festivals worldwide. The pair also created a campaign commercial in support of Barack Obama that became the first political ad to air on Comedy Central. Their first graphic novel, Blood Merchant, was released in 2011, as well as two of their new short films, The Dungeon Master and Method.
Shiloh Strong (actor/writer/author/director) (@shilohstrong): Shiloh Strong is an American actor, screenwriter, photographer and film director whose roles include "Zelos Wilder" from Tales of Symphonia, "David Scott" from Dinotopia, and "Grant" from Buck Naked Arson. At the age of 16, Shiloh won a Dramalogue Award for writing the play Shades of Blue. He wrote, directed and starred in the award-winning short film Irish Twins along with his brother, Rider Strong. The film premiered at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival. In 2008, Shiloh Strong helped create a television commercial for Barack Obama's Presidential campaign called "It Could Happen To You". He appeared in the commercial with Alexandra Barretto and his brother Rider Strong. The commercial won Moveon.org's contest for funniest commercial and aired on Comedy Central. Along with his brother, Shiloh wrote their first graphic novel, Blood Merchant, which was released in 2011, as well as two of their new short film The Dungeon Master (which won at Tribeca Film Festival) and Method (which premiered at the Palm Springs Int’l Film Festival). Shiloh graduated, with honors, from Brooks Institute and has been the recipient of four International Photography Awards.
Kyle Buchanan (movies editor, New York Magazine/Vulture) (@KyleBuchanan): Kyle Buchanan is the senior editor at New York Magazine' acclaimed entertainment website Vulture, where he writes pop culture essays and interviews in addition to his contributions to the magazine. Buchanan was most recently the co-lead editor at Movieline, and has held staff positions at The Advocate, where he served as chief film critic, and the irreverent entertainment blog Defamer. He has contributed to magazines such as Glamour, Elle, and Flaunt, and discussed film and TV for outlets like CNN, 20/20, NPR, and E!
Brian Udovich (producer, The Wackness, All the Boys Love Mandy Lane) (@BrianUdovich): Brian Udovich is an award winning feature film producer residing in Los Angeles, California. His first feature-film, All the Boys Love Mandy Lane (Amber Heard, Anson Mount) debuted at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival where it was sold to The Weinstein Company. His second film The Wackness (Ben Kingsley, Josh Peck, Olivia Thirlby) debuted at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and was the winner of the festival’s Audience Award. A Necessary Death was the winner of the 2009 AFI FEST Audience Award for best dramatic feature film. The Key Man (Hugo Weaving, Brian Cox) made its world premiere at the SXSW film festival in Austin, Texas last year. He studied at the Colorado Film School, has his Masters degree in Producing from the American Film Institute (AFI), and has his bachelor’s degree from Illinois Wesleyan University. His AFI thesis The Monster and the Peanut was the recipient of a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan foundation and won the first prize “Emmy” for best dramatic student film in 2004 from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. In 2007 he was awarded the Robert M. Montgomery Outstanding Young Alumnus Award from Illinois Wesleyan University. From 1998-2001 Mr. Udovich traveled the world working as a senior business consultant for the French firm Cap Gemini. He is a co-founder of a film development and production company Rough & Tumble Films and co-founder and programmer of the weekly genre screening series Reel Grit Sundays.
Joe LaMattina (producer, Last Call with Carson Daly) (@Joey_Latts): Joe LaMattina is a writer-director-producer in Los Angeles. His credits include NBC's Last Call with Carson Daly and Showtime's Dave's Old Porn with Dave Attell. He his currently in post-production for his latest project The Prince of Burbank (co-produced by Negin Singh and Lisa LaMattina). More importantly, he is a diehard Yankees Fan.
Terrie Samundra (head programmer IFFLA, programmer Slamdance) (@TerrieSamundra): Terrie Samundra is the director of two award winning short films Kunjo (2009) and A Short Tale of Xuan (2007). She is a 2009 Princess Grace Award recipient and holds an MFA in Cinema from San Francisco State University.
Terrie fulfilled one of her life’s goals by making her film Kunjo in the village she was raised in Punjab, India. Working in the collaborative model, she made the film with a group of Rajasthani children from a neighboring refugee community. The film was awarded a National Geographic All Roads Seed Grant, won Best Narrative Short at the Academy nominating Athens International Film Festival and the Audience Award for Best Short Film at the Indian Film Festival of LA 2010. It was the first film to win the “Wake Up To Justice” Award at the Angelus Film Festival, an award geared toward films dealing with social justice issues.
Her previous film, A Short Tale of Xuan, garnered several awards and screened in over twenty festivals internationally. As a Producer, Terrie has worked under Producers Xandra Castelton and Brian Benson (Howl) on the film Full Grown Men, and has produced several short films herself. She is currently set to direct her next short Ice Cream Walla, this fall and has just completed production on a music video for the legendary doom metal band, OM, for their latest release on Drag City records. Terrie is the Head of Short Film Programming at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles. Along with David Walter Lech, she is the screenwriter of Betamax and Pooja's Honor, both of which have been finalists for the Sundance Screenwriter's Lab and Sundance Mumbai Mantra Lab's.
Steven Wilson (two-time No-Budget Film Festival Critic’s Choice winner): has always been motivated to create. He grew up playing piano, writing music, animating, and making short films. At age 16, his 2-minute musical animation, Noodles on my Back, won him a Gold Award from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, and lead to his being selected as a 2005 Presidential Scholar. In college, he won all his film equipment from online video contests, which he then used to create two UCLA Campus Movie Fest winning films: Nice Guys in 2009, and The Butterfly King in 2010. He was also a director and editor for the online sketch-comedy group, The Wait List. Steven’s short film, The Bellybutton, received Critic’s Choice at the No Budget Film Festival in 2011. His latest piece, and largest project to date, Brainiac, will be screened at this year’s No Budget Film Festival Opening Night Party on August 25th.