Director BIO – Kiana Kalantar-Hormozi (LOUD AND PROUD)

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Director Statement

I’m 24, a post-graduate filmmaker, amateur rapper and crisp-crunching enthusiast.
Recently I saw an advert for gendered crisps for women that don’t crunch – because women apparently “don’t like crunching in public”.
I disagree, I love crunching crisps. I wanna be unapologetic about it.
I’m gonna be LOUD AND PROUD. So I decided to make this film!
I’ve experienced a range of work, including music/theatre performance, and working at the IBC for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014. I recently made a hip-hop protest film with media co-op, called Tax on Me.
My dream is to live on a boat and establish a production company of my own, making awesome films and travelling round the world.
Check out my work at my website http://www.kkreative.co.uk – coming soon – and my #Spinraza4all campaign!

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Director Biography – Matthew D. Gilpin (THE DOCKS)

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Matthew D Gilpin is a Writer, Director, and Actor based in Bristol, UK. After graduating from The University of Westminster’s Film and Television program, specialising in Editing and Sound, he began to direct his own short films.

Director Statement

I like to focus on shorter, more finely crafted pieces, rather than longer ones. I’d rather make a clean, powerful 2 minute film than a messy, unfocused feature.

Director Biography – Riccardo Oggioni (CRUEL WINTER)

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Riccardo Oggioni was born in Monza (Italy) in 1958. He is a doctor and began taking nature photos about forty-five years ago. He is specializes in Macro photography but also some pictures of birds, mammals and landscapes. His photographs are today mainly managed by Alamy agency and his videos by agency Pond5. In 2001 he published his first book “Acque”, in the series Fotografi per Natura by Pubblinova ed. Negri. He mainly uses NIKON equipment for photo shoots and NIKON, CANON, SONY and Adobe for videos equipment.

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Director Biography – Michael Pizzano (SAY NO TO DRIFT WALKING)

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A native New Yorker, Michael has been obsessed with movies since birth. The son of an architect and structural engineer, he threw a major curveball at them when he decided to pursue filmmaking as a career. His work has been screened at various film festivals across the country, most notably Workplace Woes: Scavengers Among Us, a web series pilot that was accepted into seven festivals and won Best Ensemble in a Short at Chain NYC Film Fest.

 

Director Statement

Just say NO to drift walking! Only together can we take a stand.

Director Biography – Travis Darkow (ELIZABETH)

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My name is Travis Darkow, I am 26 years old from Bremerton Washington where I currently live with my wife and our dog Jax. I have had a passion for writing and creating since I was very young. I was always writing stories, usually about aliens or monsters, or making my own little comic books. As I got older I never stopped writing, all through school I took as many writing courses as I could and my passion only grew over the years. I enjoy all aspects of writing. I write poetry, I love writing and playing music, and have written fifty to a hundred original songs. I have about a dozen or so children’s books that I have written as well. My greatest passion though is film. I absolutely fell in love with movies when I was a kid, and found that my absolute favorite thing in the world is writing and directing films. I’ve written, directed and edited around two dozen short films since the seventh grade, and in June 2019 I completed my first feature length horror/sci-fi film called Goodbye Tomorrow. I am currently writing and directing short and feature length original films, as well as developing an ever expanding list of original pilots and feature length screenplays that I have been hard at work writing. Crafting stories and creating whole new worlds that didn’t exist before has always brought me much joy. It is truly my favorite thing in the world and I will never stop creating.

Director Statement

Horror and science fiction has been my passion for as much of my life as I remember. I recall watching the original House on Haunted Hill and Humanoids From the Deep with my grandpa when I was about 7 years old, and something clicked in my young brain at that point. A feeling that I had found something that spoke to me on a different level than anything else has ever done since. Creating horror, to me, is creating a terrifying environment where you can run around this disturbing playground, and by the end of it, feel relieved. Maybe relieved to just be done with the creepy visuals and sounds of a horror film. But also relief from releasing fears you have built up inside yourself, in a safe and engaging way. My favorite horror films are the ones that straddle the line between horror/science fiction, and psychological thriller or mystery. I love nothing more than leaving a theater, or sitting through the credits of a movie at home, and not being able to get what you just saw out of your head. Movies that make you think deeply about the world, and our relationships to the horrors and tragedies that occur here I find to be absolutely fascinating. These are the types of films I hope to craft as I continue my journey of writing and directing horror based films. I put a lot of thought and energy into crafting worlds full of foreshadowing and blink and you’ll miss it details, and I strive to keep growing and pushing forward in my pursuit of my true passion.

Director Biography – Alberto Ferreras (LESSON #10)

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Alberto Ferreras is a writer, filmmaker and creative consultant known for his award winning novel “B as in Beauty”—published in the U.S. Spain, and Italy—, and for “Habla”, a 14-part documentary series created for HBO Latino that has aired from 2003 until 2016. He is one of the creators of “El Perro y el Gato”, a bilingual children’s animated show for HBO Family, and “Madres y Comadres” the first web-novela produced by Kmart for the Hispanic market of the U.S.
Ferreras has directed advertising campaigns for Dish Latino, HBO, Cinemax, MetroPlus, Verizon Wireless, and Walgreens—among many others— and has directed branded content for AARP, P&G, and Time Warner.

He made his debut as a screenwriter with the feature film “Que Viva La Música” official selection to Sundance 2015. His documentary “Cada Paso del Camino” (2017) commissioned by AARP/D Expósito premiered at the NY Latino Film Festival and went wildly viral on Facebook reaching more than 7 million views, and over 9 thousand comments.

He currently working as a content curator for the Smithsonian Latino Center, and he is writing, directing and producing an independent short film series called “The Lessons” which has been presented at The Sedona International Film Festival, NY Latino Film Festival, Havana Film Festival, Outfest, Newfest and NY Shorts.

Ferreras started his career as writer and producer for MTV’s International show with Daisy Fuentes (1991 to 1993), and then became Executive Producer of HBO Creative Services (1993 – 2005) in charge of comercial campaigns, behind-the-scenes specials and short form content creation. As an independent director and producer he worked with Latino Media Works on several HBO specials of the Habla series.

In January 2015 he created his own company: The New Yorkian LLC.