JAMES EVANS is a filmmaker from Mastic Beach, NY. He received his BA in economics from Fordham University. Upon graduating he heard the call to become a visual storyteller, a passion he has had for his entire life. As an MFA candidate at SBU/Killer Films he has realized six short films: Julie and Kay, My House, Call Me, Beautiful, BrennenGood Grief, and Whiskey Kills the Hunger. In addition to teaching film at SBU, he has also compiled an extensive writing portfolio ranging from a television spec script to multiple feature films. His work is a love letter to his hometown, dealing with working class people and the dark humor that is inherent to the human condition. 

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In addition to a solid base of studio film and TV credits, AMY GAIPA's first love of independent and developmental projects includes the character Lady in Good Grief, feature films Silver Tongues and La Vida Inesperada, Trudy Bolt in TITANIC, the Sloane readings at the Tribeca Film Festival, Sam in Show Pony and a plethora of roles with New York Madness, and most recently Meredith in The Visiting Hours off-off Broadway.  A summer stint with Steppenwolf Theatre Company, which included Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream, seemed to usher in this very productive artistic period.  Amy is thrilled to be a directing MFA Film candidate with SBU/Killer Films as well as serving as a Production Designer and Producer on multiple projects.  Amy teaches film at SBU and is a member of NYWIFT, New York Women In Film & Television.


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JAMES SHARPE'S diverse background includes developing commercials and managing multi-million dollar ad budgets for world leading communications technology companies. As Film Producer, his works include the upcoming feature films Bait & Tackle, Tom of Your Life and Big Fork. As Director, his art house shorts have played internationally in Wales, India and Belarus, as well as domestically in Chicago, Miami, Memphis, San Jose and Beverly Hills. As an actor he's worked on such hit films and TV shows as Take Me Home Tonight, Mad Men, Criminal Minds, Parks & Recreation, Weeds and Hung.


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ENDLA BURROWS leverages a deep resume of film management and production experience to deliver top-quality content.  As Executive Director and General Manager of the Jim Henson Creature Shop, she oversaw a diverse slate of Creature Shop film, television and commercial stage productions.  At Industrial Light & Magic, Endla was an integral part of the computer graphics management team that guided the concurrent production of the Star Wars prequel trilogy with dozens of films such as Twister, Mission Impossible, Pirates of the Caribbean and Harry Potter and the Socerer's Stone.  Endla's passion for excellence and teamwork is no less apparent in her personal life where she was a six time National Champion in Women's Rugby and executive officer of the Berkeley All-Blues Rugby team.  She also enjoys performing on stage with the Upright Citizen's Brigade in NYC.  Endla has an MBA in Marketing from Temple University and a BA in English from the University of Pennsylvania.  She is currently pursuing an MFA in film at Stony Brook University/Killer Films.

LIZ HORBAL is a lifelong resident of the Mastics-Moriches-Shirley community. Her family's ties to the neighborhood date back to the 1960's, when they would travel from their home in The Bronx to their vacation bungalow in Mastic Beach.  Liz is an avid fundraiser, which has led to her involvement with the production of BAIT & TACKLE.  She is elated to be part of this project, which she anticipates will highlight her beach side hometown and its residents in a positive light.  BAIT & TACKLE is Liz's first foray as an Associate Producer on a feature film.


KEVIN PARADA'S love for film dates back to his earliest memories and remains strong to this day.  He aspires to be a writer and filmmaker, learning as much as he can from every aspect of these art forms.  He is a student of Stony Brook University studying Applied Mathematics and Statistics with the hopes to pursue a creative bridge between math and film for future projects.  Most recently Kevin joined Donna's House Productions at the start of 2019 to help produce the inagural year of the Mastic Beach Mini Indie Film Festival, assisted on WHISKEY KILLS THE HUNGER and is currently fundraising and assisting on pre-production of BAIT & TACKLE with an eye to play a key role once camera is up in June of this year.  Kevin has had an auspicious start to his career in film with the aforementioned and is excited to continue to dedicate himself to his craft.

Imported from Brazil at an early age, GIL SELTZER spent his formative years studying photography at the Corcoran and playing blues and punk guitar in various bands around Washington DC. After a spirited stint as an environmental scientist, he found himself dissecting Truffaut and learning to load Arri Mags at the Academy of Art in San Francisco. Finally landing in Gotham City, Gil has gone on to lens commercials for Sprint, Sony Playstation, Green Giant, The New York Yankees and many others. His documentary and narrative projects have screened at festivals around the world including SXSW, The Miami Film Festival, Lunafest and are currently streaming on Netflix and Amazon. His hope is that the power of storytelling can break all boundaries and destroy all prejudices.

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