Director Biography – Cole Needham (LADY IN THE WATER)

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Cole Needham was born in small town Iowa, home to less than 800 people. His interest in filmmaking began by shooting motocross videos with friends until he finally wrote and directed his first narrative his senior year of high school. He has since moved to Los Angeles where he works full time in the industry as a director and priducer for his company he founded Golden Anvil LLC.

Director Statement

This film was an amazing experience to tell a story through the lens of the camera with very simple dialogue to support it. As Caleb presented this script to me, I was excited by the liberties the screenplay allowed us to take. We were fortunate to have access to a great camera and lens package which helped carry the cinematography and visual style throughout. As true indie filmmakers, we had no other choice but to shoot this film in our backyard. The ‘show, don’t tell’ element to Lady in the Water was an amazing experience that helped me continue the path of finding my directing style. I hope for the audience to enjoy this film and are able to conclude the ending to the film with their own thoughts.

Director Biography – Dale Fabrigar (VEGAN AND THEN SUM)

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Dale is a multi-disciplinary creative and has long been using his imagination and visual sensibilities to communicate and tell stories in a visual way.

Dale has produced and directed numerous award-winning films and projects over his ever-evolving creative career. Notably known for his complex and heartfelt, award-winning drama, LONELY BOY (2013), 100 YARDS (2018), AREA 407 (2012) as well as a variety of music videos, industrial films, infomercials, and live theater productions. D-RAILED (2018), which he directed, co-wrote, and edited won over 50+ awards on the film festival circuit, including two wins for Best Director. His latest feature, MIDDLETON CHRISTMAS, starring Multi-Emmy winner Eileen Davidson (Young and the Restless) and Michael Paré (Eddie and The Cruisers) is currently in post-production and will be released this holiday 2020.

Regardless of genre – Dale strives to entertain by telling uncompromising stories about the power, strength, and often flawed character of the human spirit.

Director Biography – Victor Gabriel (BLACK BOYS CAN’T CRY)

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Victor Gabriel is an African-American writer/director in Compton CA and is a recent MFA graduate of AFI Conservatory. He holds a BA in Sociology and an MA in Clinical Psychology and has been working as a therapist with survivors of trauma for the past several years. Growing up in poverty and experiencing severe abuse and abandonment pushed him to attempt to help others heal and soon he turned to filmmaking as another way for him to wrestle with suffering.

Director Statement

“We don’t care about what happens to black men and how they suffer, but we love performing outrage at their deaths…”
-Tommy Curry

Black males are not allowed to cry. Because of this, they do not know how to. So much violence in my community occurs because of the shame that our men hold. The shame and fear that I’ve held, and internalized since a child that then turned into rage and extreme pain. This movie is about me, my family, the men I’ve worked with as a therapist, and the thousands of black boys who have suffered traumatic injuries in silence with no one to hear their hidden tears. I made BLACK BOYS CAN’T CRY with the hope that one day, those who are weary and heavy-laden will find rest for their souls.


Director Biography – Oshri Cohen (GRANDPA MASUD)

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Oshri Cohen was born on January 11, 1984 in Israel.
He is an actor, known for McMafia (BBC 2018), Beaufort (2007 nominated for best foreign film at the American Oscars) and Homeland (2011).

HE participated in more then 50 tv shows, films and theatre production along the years , and now he is making his first steps as a director.



Director Statement

I’ve know this story about my grandpa for many years but an old box of VHS convinced me to make a short film out of it.

Director Biography – Anthony Rubinstein (THERE’S SOMETHING GOING AROUND)

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I’m a UK based commercial director and producer – I’ve made a diverse range of films for global brands such as BBC, Chelsea FC, Red Bull, Fujifilm & more. I previously worked as a Creative Producer for Red Bull Media House, creating globally digested adventurous content.

I graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2016 with a degree in manufacturing engineering and a love of creativity and design. I strive to keep innovating and pushing the boundaries wherever I can; whether it’s camera tech, drones, motion graphics design, or building a customised hyperlapse mobile – I love it all.

Director Statement

We tried our best to capture the way that the Great British Public responds to the crisis of a generation – turns out that’s through incessant memes, forming orderly queues and building eccentric contraptions in our gardens.

Director Biography – Aaron Goldenberg (DEREK PLANS)

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Aaron Goldenberg began acting at a young age, and quickly found corresponding passions in directing and editing. In his 20’s, he took a break from acting to direct & edit full time for clients such as PBS and various independent projects with churches and local filmmakers. He now lives in Atlanta, GA as a full time actor.

Director Biography – Oshri Cohen (SPRING TOWN BLOSSOM)

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Oshri Cohen was born on January 11, 1984 in Israel.
He is an actor, known for McMafia (BBC 2018), Beaufort (2007 nominated for best foreign film at the American Oscars) and Homeland (2011).

HE participated in more then 50 tv shows, films and theatre production along the year and now he is making his first steps as a director.


Director Statement

Rolling around in the city with my wheels and smartphone in times where everyone are quarantined made me wonder: does the city miss me as much as I miss her?
So I started to shoot . Then words came in.

Director Biography – Lola Rùi (ECCLESIASTES)

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Lola Rùi is an actress, screenwriter and director. She studied acting with Jorge Eines and Susan Batson. In theater, she starred in “Mary Magdalene” opened at the historical 13th Street Repertory Theater in New York City. As a film actress, she received several awards at international film festivals including best actress at the “21st Bare Bones International Independent Film Festival” and “Best Shorts Competition” for her role in the short film “The Door” (2018, USA), and best actress in fantasy-thriller film at “Actors Awards” and “Best Actors Award” for her role in the short film “Family” (2019, Spain). As a director, she garnered more than twenty international awards at festivals in United States, Canada, India, Germany and Italy, with the short film “The Door” (2018, USA). She was a jury member in the IX Iberoamerican Short Film Festival (FIBABC). Recently she has written, directed and co-starred in the short film “Ecclesiastes” (2020, USA).

Director Statement

Ecclesiastes story was born one day while I was watching TV news. Suddenly, an image caught my attention, laboratory rats stuffed into cages. One of them was out of its cage held by a scientist with a syringe in the other hand. I noticed how the small animal opened its eyes and tried to escape from the man with small and quick movements while he injected the syringe content into its back. At the same time, the reporter ́s voice announced great news: Science was very close to discovering eternal youth. At that moment, I thought that milestone would lead to the discovery of eternal life in a next step. Our temporal space perception is what makes us aware of death causing fear sometimes so man has always tried to seek the secret of immortality. But this new, instead of making me feel happy, stirred me up inside. Many mixed feelings. There could be less to overcome the fear of dying, and on the other hand, many questions arose in my head, but with each question my own answers made me feel more uneasy.

At that time, I started writing Ecclesiastes script. I felt that sharing my feeling through a film was the only thing that could protect me from my own fears. After a few lines of the script, my feelings of anguish didn’t stop. One day, my young goldendoodle Larry, lying next to me, gave me the answer, calming my fears with just a glance, and clarifying how the end of the Ecclesiastes story should be. It happens that animals give us wise answers about life and death beyond the contribution they have made to human being with their own lives. We just have to admire them.

Once the script was finished, it was time to start it. A science fiction short that had to be done on a low budget was something that could be very difficult at first, but finally thanks to an incredible team that trusted me and the project, we managed to advance with the available resources, with a lot of imagination, passion and a lot of work.

Director Biography – Doug Werby (MOTORBIKE THIEF)

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Director Doug Werby has a true talent for authentic performance and beautiful imagery is at the heart of each project. He started directing comedy commercials and returns to it from time to time. He can both direct and edit, which makes him a true silver bullet. His keen sense of timing and appreciation for the human condition (comedic and otherwise) shines.

His personal mission statement is to provide intensely creative and collaborative filmmaking, a desire that was sparked as an early child following in the footsteps of celluloid heroes. For this creativity, doug has received commercial awards and recognition from the Clio’s, D&AD, multiple Telly Awards including the 20th Anniversary Gold, Halo and Ad Club.

Director Statement

I love what I do which is telling stories through moving images. With extensive experience in commercial production and post, my hope is to build on all this knowledge while challenging myself creatively to produce original narrative works like No Tricks and Motorbike Thief. My mission is to provide intensely creative, collaborative filmmaking that informs and inspires. I love film.