Zak Kilberg - "Jacob"
Zak Kilberg was raised in Rockville, Maryland. He graduated Cum Laude from The Hartt School Conservatory in Conneticut with a BFA in Acting. While at Hartt, he studied abroad in England with directors from the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Zak came to Los Angeles in 2005 and has since played leading or major supporting roles in 12 feature films and television shows. Zak began Producing and Directing in 2006, starting with the short film, NAMELESS. Zak recently formed his own production company, Social Construct, Inc., and has 3 feature films in active development.
Maya Parish - "Mary"
Born and raised in New York City, Maya Parish headed west for college and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California Santa Cruz. After college, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting.
She has appeared in numerous independent films, television shows and commercials. She has also performed in approximately thirty stage productions in venues throughout Los Angeles and New York over the last ten years. An accomplished actor, Maya is also a playwright, choreographer, and dancer. She speaks fluent Italian and conversational Spanish, and has been a member of the award winning Elephant Theatre Company in Hollywood since 2005.
Jo D. Jonz - "Marcus"
Jo has appeared in over a hundred television programs, commercials, and print ads. He's had the great pleasure of working with some of today's most visionary directors and actors, such as Bill Cosby, Nipsy Russell, Eddie Murphy, David Caruso, Keenan Ivory Wayans, Taj Mahal, Alan Rosenberg, Sam Jackson, and Charles S. Dutton.
He is best known for his portrayal as "Pookie" in HBO's FIRST TIME FELON. He has also appeared on numerous television shows, such as CRIMINAL MINDS, NYPD BLUE, ER, THE GUARDIAN, COLD CASE, MONK and GIRLFRIENDS, and in the feature films NEXT DAY AIR and DEADLOCKED.
Larry Cedar - "Detective Ginslegh"
Larry is an accomplished actor of both stage and screen. He had a reoccurring role for three seasons as Leon, the opium-addicted card dealer in the HBO hit series, DEADWOOD, and for six seasons on the Children’s Television Workshop’s SQUARE ONE TV. Some notable films that he has appeared in include THE CRAZIES, HOLYYWOODLAND, NATIONAL TREASURE 2, and FEAR & LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS. Larry recently received rave reviews for his performance in NIGHTMARE ALLEY at The Geffen Playhouse in Westwood, California and as King Charles II in Charles Evered’s CELADINE at the Colony Theater.
Scott Leberecht - Writer/Director/Producer
Scott was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning in 1994. At age 24, Scott joined George Lucas' Industrial Light & Magic Art Department.
Over the next five years, he created storyboards and concept art for eight major motion pictures. When promoted to the position of Art Director, Scott guided the work of computer graphic artists, creating the visual effects for Walt Disney's 101 DALMATIONS, FLUBBER, New Line Cinema's SPAWN, Warner Bros.' THE GREEN MILE, ERASER, and Tim Burton's THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW.
In 2003, Scott earned his Master's Degree in Directing from the American Film Institute. Following in the footsteps of famous filmmakers such as David Lynch, Terrence Malick and Edward Zwick, he wrote and directed six short films while attending AFI. UNDERDOG and NATURAL SELECTION became official selections at major film festivals, winning several awards.
Matt Compton - Producer
Matt began his producing and production management career with the independent feature film DREAMERS. From there, Matt worked on various projects, including the feature films SLIP DREAM and CALLBACK, the Sage Stallone short film VIC, and the Showtime special THE BURKITTSVILLE 7. In 2003, he served as Line Producer on the feature film THE HILLSIDE STRANGLER, starring Nicholas Turturro and C. Thomas Howell.
In addition to features and shorts, Matt has also worked on various promos and commercials. His promos include spots for The Disney Channel, Toon Disney, Playboy Television, and Animal Planet. He’s also Line Produced two Public Service Announcements for The Michael J. Fox Parkinson’s Disease Foundation.
In 2005, he served as Co-Producer and Unit Production Manager on the feature film ALTERED, directed by Eduardo Sanchez. In 2007, he produced the feature film SEVENTH MOON, also directed by Eduardo Sanchez.
Matt is co-owner of Visible Man Productions, a Los Angeles based production company. Through Visible Man, Matt has produced the TV Special THE B.P.R.D. DECLASSIFIED for Columbia Pictures, which aired on FX in March 2004. He's also produced video segments for several "viral" internet projects for Campfire Media, for clients such as Audi, The USA Network, and HBO.
Eduardo Sanchez - Executive Producer
Eduardo was born in Cuba, moved to Spain with his family until he was two, and ultimately settled in Maryland where he discovered an early passion for film. He was 19-years old and attending Montgomery College when he wrote, directed and edited a video feature called VIDEOALL. At 21, he made the award-winning independent feature GABRIEL'S DREAM, which he shot for $3,000. Eduardo then moved on to film school at the University of Central Florida, where he earned his Bachelor's Degree in 1994.
In 1997, Eduardo co-wrote, co-edited and co-directed THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT with fellow UCF film alumni Dan Myrick. The $22,000 independent feature was snapped up for distribution at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival and went on to become a world-wide cultural phenomenon, earning an estimated $240 million at the box office, and thus becoming one of the most profitable films ever made.
Eduardo designed and built the original BLAIRWITCH.COM website, which began an entirely new use of web-marketing for a motion picture. He also co-directed the highly-rated TV special "Curse of the Blair Witch" for the SCI-FI Channel.
Since the release of THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT, Eduardo has directed two feature films. ALTERED, the story of five men whose lives are ruined by an alien abduction, was distributed by Rogue Pictures in 2006. His third feature, SEVENTH MOON, was released by Lionsgate and Ghost House Underground in October 2009.
He has also directed award-winning commercials, including Campfire's "Beta 7" advertising campaign for Sega ESPN NFL Football, which won Addy, Clio, Yahoo! Big Idea and Golden Pencil awards.
Reed Frerichs - Executive Producer
Reed began his film career as an actor in the Disney film POWDER. Other film and television roles followed, including COURAGE UNDER FIRE, SAVING JESSICA LYNCH, and the Angelina Jolie mini-series TRUE WOMEN. Most recently, Reed co-starred in the thriller MEXICAN SUNRISE.
Over the last couple of years, Reed has broadened his film career into producing by working primarily with Haxan Films to develop projects. Reed currently works with the investment firm Hellman Jordan Management Company.
Lyn Moncrief - Director of Photography
Lyn began his career working on documentary films in Boston. He would go on to work for Oscar winning documentarian Errol Morris on MR. DEATH: THE RISE AND FALL OF FRED A. LEUCHTER, JR., which led to opportunities shooting non-fiction films.
Moncrief earned his first narrative film credit in 1999 as cinematographer for the feature film West. He later enrolled in the American Film Institute's prestigious cinematography program where he mentored under Wally Pfister, ASC (The Dark Knight), Conrad Hall, ASC (American Beauty) and Dante Spinottie, ASC (Public Enemies). Currently, Moncrief is compiling an eclectic body of work, including some 50 narrative feature films, documentary, music videos and short films. He has earned over a dozen awards for his work including Best Cinematography at the New York Independent Film Festival for the feature film STILLWATER.
Manuel Pérez Peña - Production Designer
Manuel is originally from Burgos, Spain. He has a degree in interior design from Iade, Madrid, and studied carpentry at I.P.P. Aramburu, Burgos. He came to the United States to study film in 1997, and graduated with his B.F.A. from Columbia College Chicago in 1999.
He worked for six years at Cutters, a post-production house with offices in Chicago and Los Angeles. After relocating to Los Angeles, Manuel finished his M.F.A. in Production Design at the American Film Institute in 2008. He has been Production Designer on many short films and independent features, including BORICUA (Tribeca Film Festival, Chicago International Film Festival, Chicago Latino Film Festival), THE APOLOGIES (IFP), OUT OF LOVE (IFP), and WAKE (SXSW).
Kays Alatrakchi - Composer
Born in Florence, Italy, Kays discovered his passion for creating music at an early age under the tutelage of accomplished classical music teachers. He attended college at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston where he graduated Cum Laude.
A Los Angeles resident since 2004, Kays' unique approach to textural and mood-setting compositions has resulted in a number of well received film scores, such as CUTTING ROOM, which yielded the Best Soundtrack award at the Milan International Film Festival, ZZYZX, THE BROS., BELIEVERS, ALIEN RAIDERS, and THE OBJECTIVE. In 2009, Kays avant-garde score for the short film RITE debuted at the Sundance Film Festival, and in January 2010 Kays original score to the re-imagined Bertolt Brecht play BAAL premiered in Los Angeles to raving reviews.
Kays music has been heard on television in a number of shows like American Idol, The Dog Whisperer, Celebrity Fit Club, Unique Whips, and in many theatrical trailers around the world.