Alicia Lutes, Associate Editor at Nerdist
Lee Jameson, Film Education Manager at Film Independent
Daniel Myrick, Director (THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT)
Dave Kneebone, Producer / Exec Producer (Absolutely Productions - "Tim and Eric", "Nathan For You", "Comedy Bang Bang")
Lindsay Burdge, Actress (DIGGING FOR FIRE, THE INVITATION, THE MIDNIGHT SWIM)
Polly Morgan, Cinematographer ("American Horror Story", THE PRETTY ONE, THE TRUTH ABOUT EMMANUEL)
Anna Hollingsworth, Animation Director (Netflix's "BoJack Horseman")
Michael E. Peter, Producer at 5 Second Films (DUDE BRO PARTY MASSACRE III)
Alicia Lutes is the Associate Editor of Nerdist, Geek & Sundry, and Amy Poehler's Smart Girls. A part-time cheesemonger (in her dreams) and full-time puppy expert, she has previously written for The Hollywood Reporter, MTV, Bustle, Cinemablend, Hollywood.com, and more. Originally from Connecticut, she has a deep, unending love for 90s teen movies, children that swear, and film/television endings that typically make other people very mad. She is currently writing a television series that will likely never see the light of day and also has a hard time taking biography-writing all that seriously.
Dave Kneebone is a film and television producer and partner at Abso Lutely Productions, along with comedians Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim. Beginning with the alt-comedy hit Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!, Dave has since developed and produced several other groundbreaking comedy programs including The Eric Andre Show, Nathan For You, Comedy Bang! Bang!, Check it Out! With Dr. Steve Brule, and With Bob and David. He produced his first feature, Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie, in 2012.
Dave studied comparative literature at Indiana University before earning his MA in documentary filmmaking at Stanford University. Previously, he was the Business Manager for the independent publishing company McSweeney's.
Lee Jameson programs and produces Film Education events at Film Independent, including conversations, panels and special events at the Los Angeles Film Festival, Film Independent Forum and Directors Close-Up. She manages Film Independent’s online educational resources and conducts filmmaker interviews at various film festivals for the Film Independent website.
Lee also serves as an Associate Programmer for the Los Angeles Film Festival, curating digital content and short films for the Festival.
Lee earned her Bachelor’s degree in Visual Media Arts from Emerson College, with a minor in Photography, before attending the Critical Studies Master’s program at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. She has also attended NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and FAMU in Prague.
A native of Sarasota Florida, Myrick was raised within the cultural enclave of Long Boat Key where his appreciation for the visual arts continually evolved. Over the subsequent years, Myrick worked in the fields of of freelance art and photography and went on to become one of only thirty applicants to be accepted into the inaugural, University of Central Florida film program.
Not long after graduating with his BA, Myrick teamed up with former film school graduates to create the indie-film sensation, The Blair Witch Project where he was co-writer/director. Considered a seminal work in low budget, filmmaking, as well as, being one of the highest grossing films in history, TBWP ushered in a new methodology of production and grass roots marketing that is still being utilized today.
Seeing the story telling potential in the web, Daniel was also responsible for producing one of the first online, episodic series back in 2007 entitled, The Strand. Starring Kathrine Helmond, James Morrison with a featured appearance by Kevin Smith. This trail blazing dramatic series was met with rave reviews where it was featured on the KoldCast network.
Shortly afterwards, Myrick wrote and directed Solstice, starring Amanda Seyfried and Shawn Ashmore which shot in the heart of New Orleans. It was picked up and distributed domestically by the Weinstein Co. This soon led to a partnership with Tony Krantz (EP on 24) and John Shiban (EP on X-Files) to oversee and produce six films under their Raw Feed label for Warner Brothers Home Video. Their flagship production, Rest Stop, became Warner Bros highest selling, non theatrical, video release in history.
Myrick then went on to write and direct the sci-fi thriller The Objective, shot in the Berber villages of Morocco with current and former military personnel comprising most of the cast. It was soon accepted by the prestigious TriBeCa Film Festival for its world wide premiere, eventually being picked up by IFC films. It’s considered “required viewing” by many in the Special Forces community due to its authentic portrayal of military combat and tactics.
Most recently, Myrick has completed shooting “Under the Bed”, a “Hitchcockian” thriller shot in Salt Lake City, starring Hannah New (Black Sails) and Beverly D’Angelo (Vacation) in partnership with Radar Pictures and Appian Way.
Myrick is also CEO of Gang of Robots, Inc., as California production company where he’s currently developing several online, television and feature projects that cover a wide variety of genres. Daniel has also been heavily involved with other filmmakers in assisting their careers both as Executive Producer, consultant and providing post production services.
Michael Eugene Peter
Michael E. Peter is a founding member of the cinematic sketch group 5-Second Films, whose work has been featured in TIME Magazine, CNN, Spin Magazine, and Larry King (to name a few) . He recently wrote, directed & produced a short film for New Form Digital, titled The Front Page, and produced the 5SF feature film Dude Bro Party Massacre III.
Lindsay Burdge is an actress and producer from Pasadena.
Most recently she appears in Karyn’s Kusama’s The Invitation, and the Hannah Fidell/Duplass film 6 Years, both which premiered at SXSW 2015. She also starred in Fidell's A Teacher, which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Lindsay made her debut acting performance in First Winter, which she also produced, and can be seen in other recent films such as The Midnight Swim, Wild Canaries. On the other side of the camera she worked as a producer and casting director on festival favorites Gimme The Loot and Lily. Her latest projects include the recently premiered TIFF film Lace Crater, and the Silver/Ott collaboration Untitled Denver Project.
Anna Hollingsworth has been animating in the Los Angeles area for over 10 years. Her credits include supervising animator for Fox's Cosmos series, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, The Ricky Gervais Show, and recently animation director for Netflix's BoJack Horseman seasons 1 and 2. Her love of film drove her to trek across the country from Atlanta to pursue animation, and when she is not animating or at the movies, she can be found playing accordion for local band, Artichoke. She is currently animation at Warner Bros. for the upcoming series, Bunnicula.
Cinematographer Polly Morgan has emerged as a fresh young talent at the forefront of independent cinema.
Since graduating from the American Institute a shoryfour years ago, Morgan has shot eight features, which have played at Sundance, SXSW and Tribeca and have won numerous awards for Best Cinematography including the Gerald Hirshfeld ASC Award.
In the last two years Morgan has been part of the BSC’s “New Wave”, heralded as an ASC “Rising Star” and been included in the Local 600’s “Generation Next”.
Morgan’s work is not limited to Independent film, working on the hit FX show “American Horror Story” and BBC’s “Call The Midwide”. Morgan also works in the commercial market shooting for big brands such as BMW and Target.
From London to Los Angeles, Mumbai to Fiji, Morgan has travelled the globe, with an eye for arresting imagery and a desire to share the stories of the human experience.