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.

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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ALISON COLLINS has developed a cross-industry career our of a passion for building brands from the ground up.  She received her B.S. in Psychology from New York University where she gained a unique understanding of the importance of relationships.  Upon graduating, she went on to pursue a career in the beauty industry serving as Marketing Manager for the rapidly-growing skincare start-up Glow Recipe where she has played a key role in building brand's presence in major retailers such as Sephora and Target.  With an equal love of the film industry, Alison has served as producer on multiple projects for Donna's House Productions, including Julie and Kay, My House, Brennen, and Good Grief.


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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