Claudia Murray, MPI’s social action associate, develops “Get Moving” campaigns designed to accompany MPI-supported films and spur social action. She has experience organizing a broad array of outreach initiatives and has helped street vendors, parents, limo drivers, craft-beer aficionados, homeowners, and many others fight for their rights. A lifelong advocate for civil liberties, Murray began her career as an attorney for the Institute for Justice. She most recently worked as a speechwriter and policy advisor for Florida’s Chief Financial Officer. She earned a B.A. in creative writing and a subsequent J.D. from the University of Florida, where she was the executive managing editor of the Florida Law Review.
As a former Little 500 rider for Delta Gamma, Kirsten brought her knowledge of the race and the Bloomington cycling community to the film. She studied film production and design at IU before graduating in 2012 and still rides her Little 500 bike on her work commute.
Peter Stevenson covered his first Little 500 races as a photographer while he was still a student working for the Indiana Daily Student, and has fond memories of learning how to photograph cycling in the rain (and just about every other weather imaginable). Before starting the One Day in April project with Thomas Miller, Peter was a photographer for IU communications, then moved to Washington, DC where he covered national politics as a freelancer. He is currently a video and politics reporter for The Fix at The Washington Post, covering the 2016 election.
Ryan Black started working on One Day in April shortly after the initial conception. Originally, Ryan came to Indiana University hoping to grow in the theater community, but soon discovered his passion was actually behind the camera. As Tom transitioned from journalist to filmmaker, Ryan followed, and the two began producing shorts together. In 2011, Ryan helped produce and co-write Tom Miller’s debut short film “All we’ve Built” which was accepted into the Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner.In 2013, during Ryan’s senior year at Indiana, Tom approached Ryan about helping on a documentary about the Little 500. Having little knowledge of the race, and no clear indication of the size of the project, Ryan immediately joined the team. Little did he know at the time, the film would soon consume his life, and well over a year later, he would still be collecting footage. The time Ryan spent working on One Day in April shaped him as a filmmaker and cinematographer, and instilled the confidence and technical know-how he relies on today. Currently, he is a freelance cinematographer and editor in the Phoenix, Arizona area, specializing in documentary style social media videos
As a Project Manager at Life is my Movie, Sherouk comes from an extensive background in the development world of motion picture. Graduating with a dual emphasis in directing and writing from Columbia College, earning her BFA just shy of three and a half years.
She is a first-generation immigrant who was raised back and forth between Canada and various countries in the Middle East. Her culturally-balanced up-bringing has taught her to question and challenge the standards for women’s rights and poverty faced in western and middle-eastern cultures. Sherouk comes from the development side of filmmaking, having spent time as a development assistant at Lionsgate's division, Codeblack Films. Her most recent involvement was as a coverage reader at Coverfly.io, providing development and marketing support to filmmakers all across the country.
Stuart is the Public Relations Advisor to Life is My Movie. He develops and oversees the implementation of broad publicity campaigns for all the company's films and filmmakers.
He is the founder of the reputable movie content portal Cinemaddicts. In this role, he managed a team of reviewers, created content and built strong relationships with filmmakers, actors, movie companies and PR agencies. He has also worked as a publicist for the indie film Someone to Carry Me and developed the marketing strategy for the upcoming Coffee Cafe Trilogy. So it's no secret that he has an intense passion for film and the influential role which it plays in contemporary culture.
Stuart is based in New Zealand and holds a Bachelor of Business Studies from Massey University, majoring in International Business and Marketing. When he's not working, Stuart enjoys participating in ultra-marathons and reading the latest thrillers.
Dean was born and raised in Leicester, England. He is a graduate of North Warwickshire and Hinckley College, University College Falmouth (UFC), Karlstad University Sweden and London College Of Communication (LCC). In 2009 Dean’s graduate film ‘Ctrl Alt Shift’ won the ‘Technical Excellence’ award at the 2009 Cornwall Film festival. In the same year Dean was invited to represent UFC at the 2009 ‘New/Now Festival for Emerging Artists’ in Lithuania. Upon graduating from LCC with first class distinction Dean was again to represent LCC at the 2011 New/Now Festival for Emerging Artists in 2011 with his film ‘Tunnel Vision’.
Over his commercial career Dean has worked for Adidas, NBA, Cesar, HSBC, England Rugby, Luxoctica, Dewars Whiskey, Virgin, Southampton Football Club, Zurich Insurance, Chevrolet, Siemens, Canon, London Underground, Mail Rail, Snickers, Homebase, TK Maxx, Royal Horticulture Society, Converse, Design Museum, London Museum, Casio, London Live, Channel 4, Vogue, Topshop, Tate and many more.
In 2016 Dean directed a online subversive web series for Port Magazine and Luxottica eyewear. The films portrayed the focused on selective creative from multiple discipline looking at how they view the world. Dean’s final project in England was ‘Feast Of Rugby’ a commercial for HSBC featuring England Rugby Team. A visual narrative with a comedic twist that used the iconography of Rugby to highlight a particular theme. In mid 2016 Dean moved to Toronto, Canada in search of a new creative challenge.
Erica is an actress and freelance producer with over a decade of experience in the entertainment industry.
As an actress, Erica found success early on in the Broadway company of the Pulitzer Prize winning musical, RENT. After a successful run on Broadway, she moved to Los Angeles to begin an exciting career in film and television. She’s been featured on the hit shows Numb3ers, Jericho, and Grey’s Anatomy, as well as film roles in Days of Wrath, starring Wilmer Valderrama and Sueno, starring John Leguizamo.
She’s served as a consultant and producer on a range of projects. In her spare time, Erica enjoys chasing her two boys around the house, spending time with her husband, and watching OU football, not necessarily in that order.
Scott Hampton is a film and television composer with over 20 years experience working in a wide variety of musical styles. He is an accomplished instrumentalist, regularly recording on trumpet and guitar as well as an ever-expanding collection of diverse instruments from all over the world. His music has appeared on networks including NBC, ABC, The Food Network, Bravo, HGTV, Travel Channel, MTV, DIY Network and TV Land. Scott has scored many feature length and short film projects, notably providing the score for the recent feature film Laugh Killer Laugh directed by former “Jerky Boy” Kamal Ahmed and starring Tom Sizemore (Heat, Saving Private Ryan) and William Forsythe (Raising Arizona, Boardwalk Empire).
Leah Welch earned her BA at Muskingum University in art and English, her MFA in creative writing from Chatham University, and her MA in journalism at Point Park University. She has worked with James Franco, David Fincher, and Mark Johnson on films in various capacities (writer, actor, stand-in).
Her film short, Augury, premiered at the British Film Institute in June 2016. Her feature film, Olissa, is being produced and directed by Emmy-winning director Dustin Morrow, and work with James Franco’s Studio 4 is slated for production this year. Her work as an investigative journalist with the Innocence Institute saw the exoneration of David Munchinski after 25 years of wrongful conviction. She wrote the award-winning documentary for, Price of Honor, which was presented to the U.N. in June 2014.
She has been published in The New York Times, ZO Magazine, and various literary journals. She attended Benjamin Percy’s Aspen Summer Words advanced fiction workshop, and has braved the crowds at Da Poetry Lounge. She currently lives in the San Fernando Valley and wishes she owned a dog.
Chris Keener has spent a very healthy number of years creating, directing, and producing content for outfits like National Geographic, Discovery Channel, PBS, Dow Jones, ESPN, and the Travel Channel. He has been founder and principal of two acclaimed production companies - Goldenbear and Goodfight Media. His narrative, documentary, and commercial work has ranged from large international organizations to blue-chip brands and artists. He’s currently directing the 5-part series ‘We Speak Dance’ for Netflix distribution, and recently helmed the Webby-Award winning docuseries ‘Conflict’, programmed on Netflix and the Atlantic.
Chris loves finding humor and compassion in his work, and his lust for high seas has taken him the world over - cameras, crew, and surfboard in tow. In addition to filmic endeavors, he has worked professionally as actor and host for television and stage, and creator of theater, live storytelling, and 360/ virtual reality.
With a career in the industry spanning over 15 years, Karibi Fubara has found success modeling, acting, producing, managing, and launching various campaigns, projects, artists, and brands, first in New York City and then Lagos. Before moving to New York City, Karibi studied Chemical Engineering at The Ohio State University where he also found his way onto the stage notably as the lead in the Othello sequel Fortune of the Moor. An alum of the Terry Schreiber Acting Conservatory, Karibi landed his first big breaks as a model in several international ad campaigns for Apple, Verizon, Hewlett Packer, Nestle, and Walt Disney, and next as an actor in a recurring role on the ABC daytime soap One Life to Live. In conjunction with his acting career, he co-founded and managed Datoala Michael, LLC, an artist management and production company that produced music and film content for over six years, working with award winners like Idris Elba, John Legend, Stuart Matthewman (of SADE), India.Arie, and now Jidenna. His foray into the Nigeria film industry credits films like Crazy Like A Fox and American Dream starring alongside Jim Iyke, and the following TV series Gidi Up (Season 1), Before 30 and HUSH. Upcoming projects include The Royal Hibiscus Hotel and the films Banana Island Ghost (B.I.G), Ratnik, and the Netflix production We Speak Dance, which he co-executive produced, co-produced, and co-directed. For Karibi Fubara doing Something Everyday That Scares Him is the only way to live!
Tiago Liko is the internationally accomplished Director of Photography and Lead Editor of “We Speak Dance” currently for Netflix distribution. He has worked on campaigns for brands like Sony, Cineplexx, and Universal Music ranging in commercial, music video and documentary.
Tiago brings a nomadic sensibility to his work. He was born in Brazil and raised in Tunisia, finished school in Egypt and is currently based in Austria and Los Angeles. Multilingual fluency allows him access to global stories otherwise untold. His mission is to encourage a wider world view and build community. His works exist at the intersection of careful preparation and the element of surprise.
Iwonka Swenson is a veteran producer, director, and writer, with more than 14 years of experience in long and short form narrative and documentary television filmmaking. Specializing in on-location production, she has produced original programing across a variety of genres for National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Investigation Discovery, TLC, Smithsonian Networks, and PBS, as well as educational and promotional programs for various non-profit organizations. Her extensive experience both domestically and abroad in sometimes challenging places like the Karakum Desert, the Transylvanian Alps, small villages in Kenya, urban environments with high crime, or on the side of a volcano in Iceland, has allowed her to develop an expert skill set, simultaneously managing story and content while directing talent and crews large and small in complex logistical situations. Iwonka is an exceptional collaborator, possessing a keen cinematic lens, a witty pen, and a talent for creating and executing unique storytelling concepts that illuminate the subject matter of her projects. Her recent work includes the highly anticipated Netflix dance series, We Speak Dance, and When Nature Calls, currently airing on Nat Geo WILD.
After studying world dance and culture in 30+ countries in undergrad, Meghan started her career working on big budget feature film sets with directors such as M. Night Shyamalan and Lee Daniels, focusing on art department, costumes, and casting. She moved on to field producing TV shows for TLC, Animal Planet, and I.D. She then became a network producer, developing, producing, and EPing shows like “NY E.R.” (Discovery Health), “Redrum” (I.D.), “Weed Wars”, “Stormchasers” and “Moonshiners” (Discovery Channel). She has produced timely “insta-mentaries” for Discovery, such as “Killing Bin Laden”, “Megaquake”, and “The 9/11 Surfer”. Meghan holds a Master’s in Applied Positive Psychology (the science of well-being) from University of Pennsylvania, where she is assistant faculty. Twitter: @PosPsychology
As the Life Is My Movie Entertainment copywriter, Kevin goes through all the copy and verbiage the company creates - whether public-facing or partner-facing - with a fine-toothed comb to ensure it conveys our message and our mission as clearly, concisely, and poetically as possible.
With a background in punditry and journalism going back nearly 20 years, Kevin's work has been praised by the BBC, Deadspin, and other print and online publications.
Kevin is from Akron, Ohio and lives in Dallas, Texas. In his spare time, he performs as much comedy (improv, sketch, and occasionally stand-up) as he can.
The Moving Picture Institute produces and promotes films that make an impact on people’s understanding of individual rights, limited government, and free markets, and supports freedom-oriented filmmakers at every phase of their careers. MPI launches the careers of talented filmmakers who are passionate about telling stories about freedom. MPI staff identifies and supports filmmakers with grants, guidance, internship placements, and networking opportunities. In addition to supporting dozens of independent filmmakers, MPI develops its own original pro-freedom content in-house. The Moving Picture Institute –
Donaldson + Callif is a law firm that specializes in representing independent producers of film, television and web-based content. The D+C team focuses not only on financing, production and distribution, but are renowned for their clearance and intellectual property work, especially in the area of fair use. With his 35-plus years as an entertainment attorney, Partner Michael Donaldson has established himself as a pioneer in the independent film and live theater communities. Joining forces with Lisa Callif and building a team of professionals who share Michael’s passion for entertainment and the law, D+C has become a leader in the world of independent productions. Donaldson + Callif – www.donaldsoncallif.com
Ditto Public Affairs is a full-service communications shop that specializes in media relations and includes leadership campaigns at the local and national level. Our clients are small- and medium-sized companies that are looking for public relations to increase revenue, increase customer acquisition, and build credibility within their industry. Ditto Public Affairs differentiates itself from other PR firms by giving individualized attention to each account by senior level staff who is passionate about the client’s issues and has prior experience in the client’s industry. No bait and switch like you will get from other companies. Team Ditto is client-focused: no upselling, no over-billing, no fancy marketing and PR words. Team Ditto is interested in learning about your company, developing a smart, manageable strategy and then implementing it. Ditto Public Affairs – dittopublicaffairs.com
The 2050 Group is a leading publicity agency providing hands-on, full-service public relations, media relations and public affairs work, as well as strategic communications, outreach/engagement and crisis communications work. Adam J. Segal founded The 2050 Group public relations agency in 2006 and has grown the company’s staff and client base coast-to-coast. Adam is an expert in media relations and policy issues, which ensures a unique approach and depth to the agency’s work. Throughout an impressive career in the field, Segal has led media relations, marketing and advertising campaigns – with impressive results – for clients from across the United States, Canada and around the world. Adam and The 2050 Group have been recognized for excellence by PR Week, the leading industry publication, numerous times. The 2050 Group – www.the2050group.com/
Kim joined Life Is My Movie Entertainment as Project Manager in 2015, and supports and manages various projects, including the “Tinkering Across America Bus Tour” and The Unforgotten 24. Kim has almost 20 years of administrative, project management, and event planning experience, primarily in the non-profit sector. Her experience includes planning and managing small and large scale events and conferences for Prima Publishing Company, the California Chamber of Commerce, and Noyce Leadership Institute. Handling the many moving parts of a project is Kim’s specialty. She also served as vice president of Media Relations for the California Chamber of Commerce, acting as the spokesperson for the Chamber on legislative issues. In addition, Kim is a co-founder and board member of a local non-profit organization. In this role, she volunteers her time to coordinate an annual run/walk that raises money for ovarian cancer research. She is always looking for new ways to broaden her horizons and find meaningful ways to contribute to society.
A native Californian, Kim graduated from University of California, Santa Barbara, with a degree in English and Political Science. She lives in El Dorado Hills (outside Sacramento, CA), with her three children. In her free time (when she isn’t driving one of her kids to some sort of extra-curricular activity), Kim likes to hike, visit museums, read, cook, and appreciates any opportunity to be at the beach.
Projects worked on: A Different Mind, Unforgotten 24, Warehoused
Jessica holds a Master’s Degree in Instructional Technology in Education and has spent 8 years teaching in the classroom. She has served in various capacities with all of Life Is My Movie’s projects since its inception. Moving forward she is focused on her partnership with the company and helping to provide direction and refine the mission of Life Is My Movie Entertainment. In her current role she is handling day to day operations, customer outreach, project development and cultivating relationships leading to future partnerships and collaborations. She is eager to leverage the power of story telling to educate the public on a much larger scale. When she isn’t filmmaking she enjoys time with her four children and husband/ partner in crime, Vincent.
Founder of Life Is My Movie Entertainment, a company built on Vincent’s ambition to elevate the documentary genre through visionary means of development, production and distribution.
Under Vincent’s leadership, Life Is My Movie Entertainment continues to grow and has assembled a team of vested partners to facilitate the influx of interest from filmmakers, collaborators, and audiences interested in his company. As an innovative collaborator, Vincent’s contagious leadership style creates a “skin in the game” atmosphere of total teamwork and mutual respect. He has been a featured speaker at colleges and universities nationwide and has also been a featured guest on Bloomberg, CBS, Fox Business, MSNBC, C-SPAN, Huffington Post Live, and Fox News among others.
Vincent’s belief in the stirring power of documentary coupled with his dedication to maintaining integrity in non-fiction storytelling have set the table for exponential growth in the years ahead. His mission is simple: to grow Life Is My Movie Entertainment into one of the most respected names in the entertainment industry. His drive and work ethic work in concert with his ability to find unique ways to reach large audiences.
A graduate of the University of Florida, Vincent earned a Bachelor of Science in Journalism with an emphasis in Telecommunication Production as well as a Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in Film and Media studies. He currently resides in Los Angeles, California with his wife, Jessica and four children, Lucca, Abrianna, Giuliana and Viviana.
Franz joined the Life Is My Movie team in 2015 and is in charge of developing new websites for the company, as well as to maintain and update all the current LIMM movies’ websites’. Before joining Life Is My Movie, he was a top rated freelancer, working with different clients in creating and developing various websites.
Franz is also a runner and triathlete who competes in various local and international marathons and triathlons, including two full Ironman distance events.
As Director of Executive Communications, John Hines’ innate ability to facilitate connections is central to his role. Day-to-day, he is a relationship builder who focuses on strengthening existing ties with investors, elected officials, and the public, while spearheading the company’s networking events. The result is collaborators, supporters, and colleagues who are engaged and informed in Life Is My Movie Entertainment’s production process from beginning to end. John has a decade of experience in networking and communications, most recently as a Hollywood VIP liaison. Navigating the wants and desires of California’s power players takes strong negotiation and tenacity. John’s personality and charisma are rooted in his passion for the arts, specifically acting, but it’s his ability to produce makes him shine. John’s love for the human condition and yen for acting and the arts transcends his work, and he has a deep love and respect for inspirational storytelling on thought-provoking topics.
John resides in Los Angeles with his wife, Krystal, and their daughter, Tristyn Victoria.
Projects worked on: Nerd Prom, The True Cost, Warehoused
With a focus on theatrical distribution, Zach is the link between Life Is My Movie Entertainment and America’s independent theater network where he works to build and maintain lasting professional relationships to ensure our films will be continuously distributed. His background is in facilitating relations and is responsible for booking screenings and negotiating agreements with theater operators. As such, Zach is a vital link in the Life Is My Movie Entertainment chain, as without a way to show our movies, LIMM could not exist.
As a Boston-area native who grew up with a passion for cinema, Cherone has held various internship roles with Life Is My Movie Entertainment since 2011. His interests include the filmmaking process, writing, and sharing the various perspectives that Life Is My Movie Entertainment documentaries brings to the world.
Verena is an intern with Life Is My Movie Entertainment and has a background in motion picture study at the Hoschule Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences. She has traveled to Cambodia, Vietnam, India, and the US, which made her realize how much beauty there is in this world, and how many issues there are to work on.
This is Verena’s second go-around working at a film production company, as in 2015 she interned at Talentwerk Filmproduktion. She hopes to be able to share her experiences to help make the world a better place.
Claudio’s love of storytelling and filmmaking since a very young age led him to pursue a formal education in Film. Through the art of filmmaking, his desire is to create meaningful media in order to tell stories that connect with audiences. This passion is coupled with his expertise in cultivating relationships that give each project a sound, fiscally responsible foundation, which consistently maximizes profitability and sustainability. Claudio earned a B.A. in Visual Media Arts, with a concentration in Producing and Writing for Film & Television, from Emerson College in Boston, MA. He currently resides in Los Angeles, California.
Jon has been editing and recording sound for over a decade. After graduating from State College of Florida with an Associates Degree in Film, Jon wore many different hats on various student and independent films. Since teaming up with Life Is My Movie Entertainment, Jon has focused primarily on Editing and Sound. When Jon is not working on films, he is usually playing music or spending time with his wife, Mallory, his son, Henry, and coming soon his daughter, Violet.
Projects worked on: A Different Mind, American Made Movie
Darren Mann is an award-winning film Director/Editor/Producer and founder of Mann-made Pictures. Some of his films include: THIS COLD LIFE for TIME, Inc. (2017), which world premiered at Hot Docs Film Festival in Toronto. Filmed entirely on the arctic archipelago of Svalbard, this film takes an intimate look at the lives of the colorful and quirky characters that choose to live in the northernmost town in the world; AMERICAN DREAM: DETROIT (2018) Singer Michael Bolton takes a look at the remarkable economic comeback taking place in downtown Detroit, along with friends Smokey Robinson, Aretha Franklin and Francis Ford Coppola; BUSH - SOUNDS FROM THE VAULT (in-production), focusing on the 20-year retrospective of Gavin Rossdale's meteoric rock band; STATE OF CONTROL (Filmbuff, 2016), taking a first-hand look at the China/Tibet crisis in the hi-tech age. Their undercover cameras were some of the only ones to film inside Tibet since the state-mandated media blackout in the region.
In addition to films, Darren has directed/produced hundreds of hours of broadcast television for such networks as Nat Geo, Discovery, FOX, VH-1, and ESPN, including a 20-episode animal conservation series, UNCAGED, currently airing on Discovery Int'l. His work has led him to such areas as Antarctica, Nepal, Europe, China, India, Africa, Tibet, The Arctic Circle and the jungles of Borneo, Panama and South America. Darren holds a degree in Film/Television from Boston’s Emerson College.
Glori joined Life Is My Movie Entertainment in 2015 as an Associate Producer. She has a love for education and learning, which attracted her to become a part of the Life Is My Movie Entertainment team. Glori spent the last ten years as an Office Manager of a private early education school, which allowed her to use her skills in planning, organizing, and building relationships - skills she brings to Life Is My Movie Entertainment today.
Glori earned her B.S. in Political Science from Spring Hill College and her Master Of Public Administration and Doctor Of Philosophy in Public Administration and Public Policy from Auburn University. While at Auburn, she taught courses in the Political Science Department and participated in national and state research projects. She resides in Lawrenceville, Georgia with her husband, Joe, and their two sons, Christopher and Andrew. They love to travel and serve their community through their local church.
Eric Jaffe was born in Miami Beach, FL, to a man and a woman. As a toddler, he didn't know what he wanted to be. "These were wasted years," he recalled in a since-deleted blog post. Fortunately, at the age of nine, Eric stumbled across some ambition and decided to go where no Jewish boy had gone before: into the film industry. After making some terrible films in high school, Eric talked his way into the prestigious Florida State University's Film School to make more terrible films and earn a degree. He graduated in early 2014. Since then, Eric moved out to Los Angeles and stumbled his way into creating digital content for NBCUniversal, FBE, New Form Entertainment and Omaze. His work has been viewed over 500 million times and reached the YouTube trending list on 16 separate occasions. He attributes his success to dumb luck and a way with word. "Record Safari" is his first feature-length documentary project.
Partner at Life Is My Movie Entertainment, Regan works on building the catalogue of films produced and distributed by Life Is My Movie Entertainment throughout all phases of production. His top-down approach to business development involves analyzing all angles of a project, from coordinating outreach plans, developing copy, and determining collaborative partnerships with like-minded filmmakers. Regan first began working with Life Is My Movie Entertainment on the development of several films, including marketing and distribution of American Made Movie. His directorial debut, Incarcerating US, analyzes the country’s current criminal justice system and explores the factors that have created the largest prison population in the world.
Regan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Delaware. His desire to make compelling films that entertain, inspire change, and shed light on social issues neatly align with the mission of Life Is My Movie Entertainment. He resides in Los Angeles, California and spends his free time on a beach, a trail, or inside of a good book.
Mac Maguire is equal parts creative artist and seasoned businessman. He started his career as a musician and later an actor having worked with Johnny Cash, Kenny Rogers, John Denver, and others. Mac later spent two decades in the private sector eventually serving as CEO and President of several public and private technology companies. After living abroad for some time, he returned to the U.S in 2009 with his young son and restarted his career as an actor and producer. Mac joined Brothers Young Productions in early 2013 bringing a wealth of business experience and creative insight.
Kyle is the author of Profit & Purpose and writes on social entrepreneurship, innovation and startups. He is the Managing Partner of Westaway, a boutique law firm counseling social entrepreneurs. He is a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School where he co-teaches a course on social entrepreneurship. Kyle curates the Weekend Briefing, a weekly email on innovation and society.
Partner at Life Is My Movie Entertainment, Jeremy has a background in broadcast, narrative production, entrepreneurship and web development, which makes him well-equipped to wear the many hats that need to be worn on a daily basis.
By drawing from his broad range of career experiences, Jeremy is able to “connect the dots” to keep the company’s various projects engaging to fans and readily accessible through innovative distribution methods and technologies.
Jeremy’s love of documentary filmmaking served as the catalyst for his career. As a labor of love he shot, directed, and edited a film about a remote medical mission in Haiti. After the film was seen by a senior editor at Turner Studios, Jeremy became the second youngest hire, brought on first as a tape operator and quickly finding himself as an assistant editor. From there Jeremy went on to work in various freelance capacities and eventually started and successfully ran an award-winning documentary-based wedding film company: 3Ring Weddings, which garnered the industry-coveted Hall of Fame Award from The Knot Magazine.
A combined love of storytelling, art, science, history, and technology makes his role at Life Is My Movie Entertainment the perfect fit for his various passions. He currently resides in Snellville, Georgia with his wife Suzanne and four children.
Business Consultant at Life Is My Movie Entertainment, Ron is a business professional, entrepreneur, and Army Reservist with extensive experience in consulting, business development, human capital, resource management, budgeting, accounting, auditing, and financial management.
Having worked in the military, federal government, and private industry, Ron brings a different perspective to the company’s various projects and internal business dealings.
He currently resides in Severn, Maryland with his wife Sandi.
After studying cinematography at the Los Angeles Film School, Andrew went on to co-found Untold Creative, a hybrid filmmaking studio where he currently serves as the creative director. He is a contributing writer for the Huffington Post and speaks regularly on the power of storytelling as a tool in the ongoing fight for human rights around the world. Andrew is an internationally recognized director focused on telling stories for a better tomorrow. His experience includes a broad range of work that spans narrative and documentary storytelling for both commercial and film projects. Andrew lives in LA with his wife Emily and their four children.
Michael has a long history as a creative producer and project coordinator in film and advertising. Beginning his career in journalism at local stations in Florida, he went on to Mirada Studios where he worked on award-winning advertising for clients including Disney, Expedia, IBM, and AT&T. He has a passion for leading others in producing films that will make a difference in the world. Michael is a graduate of Florida State University where he majored in media production and business.
Pete spent eight years in the Advertising industry before graduating from Met Film School (London) in 2009. He had immediate success as a director, winning three consecutive MoFilm Commercial Awards at Cannes Lions. Pete recently created a TV series for Channel 4 (UK) called MAKERS, celebrating ethical craftsmen around the world. Pete was born in Adelaide, Australia. He spent ten years making movies in London and now calls Portland, Oregon home.
Under the company name of Tiresias Pictures, Asher has directed and produced a host of narrative categories from commercials, PSA’s, short films, and documentaries. His highly collaborative approach and interest in a variety of subject materials has lead him to work with churches, non-profits health clinics, commercial and motion picture companies. Asher’s a myth-maker who understands that myths and narrative orientate themselves in the world and to one another as human beings: “agony is the heartbeat; death is the crucible; renewal is the goal.” Asher is interested in identifying the afflictions all human beings encounter, tracing the unique and often surprising ways it can dramatically unfold. A graduate of Georgia State, he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies with an emphasis in Greek myth. He currently resides in the heart of Decatur, Georgia.
Maureen (Mo) Castle Tusty is co-owner and the primary creative director and film director for Sky Films Inc. She was co-filmmaker with her husband/partner, Jim Tusty, on The Singing Revolution, which was the first project they produced together. Her documentary films have been seen in theaters, on Public Television, and in classrooms across the country.
Previously, as Senior Producer, Maureen was responsible for many of the award-winning corporate and educational films at Mountain View Group, Ltd., their former company. She has produced films in dozens of countries around the world, and has developed a particular expertise in international production. She continues to occasionally produce and direct high-profile corporate and commercial work for Mountain View Group.
Maureen was the primary director/researcher on the Sky Films productions of To Breathe as One, India Awakes, Changing Lives: Economic Freedom in Action, and Trailblazers: the New Zealand Story.
James Tusty is an independent filmmaker, speaker, and entrepreneur. He is Co-Owner and Co-Filmmaker of Sky Films Inc, along with his wife/partner, Maureen Castle Tusty.
In 1981, Jim founded Mountain View Group, Ltd. and built it into a high-level filmmaking and communications consulting firm that serviced some of the largest companies in the world, including GE, Coca-Cola, and The Home Depot. Jim sold his company in 2008 to two long-standing employees, and established Sky Films Incorporated. While helming Mountain View, he developed WorkForce Instinct™ (WFI), an organizational communications process that drives corporate missions into the gut of the entire organization. Working with senior management, WFI was a communications and motivational tool primarily used during major periods of change, such as CEO transitions.
Returning to his filmmaker roots with Sky Films, Jim and Maureen released their first feature film, The Singing Revolution, in 2008, which was compared to Casablanca by the New York Times, and later was cited by the Times as one of five “maverick” films that were changing the independent film industry due to their creative distribution plan.
Mary Beth Koeth is an editorial photographer who specializes in capturing people and their essence. Her portrait series “The People of the Eighth Street Bus Stop,” “Miami Boyfriends,” and “The Collector,” first started her down the path to “Unstoppable.” Her work has received awards from the National Addys, Graphis, Applied Arts, and CMYK. Though editorial clients include the Huffington Post, Ocean Drive, and Southwest: The Magazine, she is always looking for beauty in her everyday. Her latest personal project, a portrait series of off-season Santas, explores how each man lives the months outside of December. “Unstoppable” is her first documentary.
Wallace Cruz is a Brazilian Art Director, Graphic Designer, and Video Editor who lived in Miami for 6 years, and is currently based in Houston, TX.
From a very young age he taught himself to draw, color and create new ways to customize things, whether it was notebooks from school or the look of his handwriting. His professional career started in 2004, studying Graphic Design at a very competitive school in Brazil, and working at Advertising agencies, Design firms, and even the TV channel of one of the biggest communication companies of his country.
Thomas spent 2012 directing the Obama campaign’s video efforts in the battleground state of Ohio, where he shot, edited and produced videos that turned the Buckeye state blue. After the campaign, Thomas returned home to Indiana to direct his first feature documentary, One Day in April. Thomas shoots corporate and political work for clients like Facebook, eBay, Edelman, and The Democratic National Committee as a partner at Hardpin Media. One Day In April is his first feature film.
Projects worked on: One Day in April
Chris’ first feature documentary, PEZheads: The Movie, received international festival attention for its revealing look at a popular collecting subculture. His second feature, An Inconvenient Tax, about the complicated history of the U.S. tax system, has been featured on national news programs such as Lou Dobbs and The Stossel Show and is distributed both nationally and internationally. Chris has shot for a variety of television networks such as Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, and NFL Network and serves as a staff director of photography and Production Supervisor at Inertia Films in Atlanta, GA. His television camera credits include Auction Kings, Say “Yes” To The Dress, House Hunters and Dogs 101, among others. He received a Master of Fine Arts degree in film and television from the Savannah College of Art and Design.
Nathaniel Thomas McGill has a passion for bringing captivating and important issues to life through informative and entertaining cinema. Nathaniel comes from a family of generational manufacturers. As mechanics and assembly line workers, layoffs, transplants and plant closures impacted his immediate family in the 1980s, 1990s, and early 2000s. Nathaniel did not follow in the family tradition and instead graduated from Georgia State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Film in 2004 and has completed coursework at Spalding University in screenwriting. He has been producing primarily documentary films with Life Is My Movie Entertainment since 2006; He co-produced Life Is My Movie Entertainment’s hard-hitting documentary An Inconvenient Tax. Having a deep connection to the topic of manufacturing, Nathaniel wanted to craft a film that could explore the nation’s relationship with manufacturing both historically and presently, which led him to join Vincent Vittorio in producing and directing American Made Movie. Nathaniel currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife Christy and daughter Katelynn.
Projects worked on: An Inconvenient Tax, American Made Movie, Pez Heads
Ellen was Associate Producer on TESTED, a feature documentary about educational inequality in the NYC public school system. She was a directors assistant and has worked in the A.D. and production departments for various films in NYC. Ellen has spent over 8 years in the Middle East and lived in Damascus, Syria for four years.
Steph was Associate Producer and Additional Editor on the Emmy Nominated documentary SUPERMENSCH: THE LEGEND OF SHEP GORDON. Other interests include volunteer work, she participated in relief efforts during post-hurricane Katrina and made several trips to Sichuan, China to film testimonials with survivors of the 2008 earthquake.Her grandmother was a refugee in China before finally making her way to the United States.
Benedicte Schoyen, choreographer/director and filmmaker was born and raised in Norway where she started dancing at The Norwegian Opera Ballet School at age 9. She graduated with a B.A. in dance at age 18 and worked as a dancer in various shows and television productions in Norway and Sweden. After a year in Paris she settled down in Los Angeles where she worked as a freelance dancer for 8 years, then she opened up her own dance studio in Santa Monica. During this time, she also choreographed many TV shows for The Eurovision Song Contest for children (MGP JR), Norwegian Broadcasting. Benedicte has also directed and choreographed several live shows for theater and cruise ships in Scandinavia and worked for 10 years at the musical theater department at UCLA, teaching ballet and jazz dance. She created and produced The Music Box – A Dance Along Fairytale, a 40 minute film for children. Roadtrip Niger is her first documentary film and Benedicte loves to continue combining her experiences from dance, music and travel with documentary film making.
An Emmy award winner in documentary film, Christopher Brannan has worked on non-fiction projects for HBO, PBS, Disney, and other outlets for broadcast, web, and immersive spaces. Chris joins the Life Is My Movie Entertainment team after recent editorial work on a PBS documentary in addition to another Life Is My Movie Entertainment documentary film, Warehoused. In addition to editing, Chris is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of Florida in video production.
Projects worked on: Nerd Prom, Warehoused
Patrick has covered the Washington, D.C. scene for a decade, beginning with his work as a writer at the Brookings Institution, then as a columnist at the Washington Examiner, a reporter at mediabistro.com’s FishbowlDC website and, most recently, at Politico, where he focused on the nexus between Hollywood and Washington. In the process he’s interviewed such notables as Jimmy Carter, Donald Rumsfeld, Eliot Spitzer, Angelina Jolie, Jessica Alba, Ralph Nader, Kate Walsh, Lance Armstrong, Jack Abramoff, Seth Meyers, Bill Maher, Julia Louis Dreyfuss, Jimmy Kimmel, Conan O’Brien, Joan Rivers, Jesse Ventura, Bill O’Reilly, Jennifer Beals and Hank Paulson.
Gavin has been a regular television contributor, including appearances on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” and frequent hits on such programs as “Reliable Sources,” “The Andrea Mitchell Show,” “Headline News,” “Dateline,” “TODAY,” “The O’Reilly Factor,” C-SPAN, CBS’s “The Early Show,” “Extra,” “Inside Edition,” “Entertainment Tonight,” “TMZ Live,” “Jansing & Co.,” “The Thomas Roberts Show,” “Joy Behar: Say Anything!”, “Weekend with Alex Witt” and “Anderson Live.” He was named by The Atlantic as one of “The 30 Washington Insiders You Should Follow on Twitter” and by Business Insider as one of its “The Most Influential People in Media.”
Projects worked on: Nerd Prom
Lewis Hurrell is a self-taught composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist. He released an album entitled “Peter’s Son” in 2006 which caught the attention of Vincent Vittorio. Soon after, Lewis was creating the score for his first LIMM project, “An Inconvenient Tax.”
He attended The School of Sound Recording in Manchester, England, where he played in bands and helped write and produce songs for various artists. Lewis’s credo is “If i’m doing something musically, I want truth and honesty to shout through.” After receiving his degree in sound engineering, Lewis was contacted to write a song for the upcoming LIMM film “American Made Movie.” The resulting track, “The Shelf,” was released in 2014.
A native of England, Lewis has lived all over the world making music and food: he was a professional chef for 9 years. He currently resides in Colorado and is working on the score for his third LIMM project, “Incarcerating US.”
Projects worked on: An Inconvenient Tax, American Made Movie, Incarcerating US
Urim began working with Life Is My Movie Entertainment as an interview subject for the documentary Warehoused. That interview blossomed into a working relationship culminating with Urim doing illustrations and artwork for the film.
A native of DR Congo, now residing in Colorado, Urim has a wealth of illustrations and experience and his art has been displayed in galleries, shows, museums, businesses and schools throughout the Denver area, including Aurora Federal Credit Union and Shades of Blue.
Urim is an assistant teacher at East Middle School in Denver while he studies 3D Animation at the University of Colorado-Denver. At the end of the day, Urim hopes to see his artwork inspire people.
Projects worked on: Warehoused
Jonathan began his Director of Photography career in the television industry in New York 15 years ago, working on productions ranging from multi-camera live television to music video to corporate industrial video. These days he’s focused on shooting documentaries—regularly filming across the U.S. as well as internationally, in South America, Japan, Australia and parts of Europe. He has worked with Life Is My Movie Entertainment on Incarcerating US, and more recently, A Different Mind. He lives in Harlem with his wife and daughter.
Projects worked on: A Different Mind, Incarcerating Us, Warehoused
Michael Amico is a photographer and cinematographer living and working in Los Angeles, California. He received his degree in cinematography from California State University, Long Beach in 2011. Central to his work is a love for visual storytelling and a belief that things are better seen than said. Michael has worked across the United States on range of projects from documentaries to commercial photography to music festival coverage. A love for international travel has taken him and his camera around the world to see and work in countries all across Europe, Asia and Africa and he has no intention of slowing down.
Aaron Keuter is a Portland, Oregon based video director, whose primary focus is on motion graphics and animation. He operates under the moniker ‘Crabfood.’ He also has two rabbits, which are well documented on Instagram.
Projects worked on: An Inconvenient Tax, American Made Movie, Incarcerating US, Nerd Prom
Getting his start in San Francisco, Arturo began doing film production work on commercials and short films for local filmmakers and entities throughout the Bay Area. After growing tired of corporate-centric work, he traveled Europe and in doing so reignited the passion of telling a real and human story through photography and motion pictures. Arturo moved to Los Angeles, where he works on feature narratives, TV shows, and PSA’s for Discovery Channel, ESPN, and HULU, among others including producing, directing, and writing short films. He is currently doing additional photography for the feature documentary A Different Mind and hopes to follow a career of traveling and telling people’s stories from behind the camera. Arturo double emphasized in English Literature and English Creative Writing at California State University, Long Beach.
Projects worked on: A Different Mind, Warehoused
Involved with Life Is My Movie Entertainment since its inception, Eric has played various roles over the years from screenwriter to art director to editor. While his degree and interests are in fine arts, he finds himself drawn to the transformative power of film and its ability to take the viewer on a journey that can ultimately change perceptions and attitudes. Day-to-day, Eric holds on to that philosophy in his job as a producer at a local news station, shining a light on his community so that good can be praised and the bad may be made better.
Projects worked on: A Different Mind, Warehoused
Shane started making movies like every other kid in the 90s: with his parents’ VHS camera and a handful of adventurous friends. In fact, deep in a random hard drive somewhere exists epic paintball war films and cheesy Sci-Fi adventure stories that any 10-year-old would be proud of.
After graduating from Emerson College’s prestigious film program, Shane worked as a cinematographer for over 8 years—in that time shooting 6 feature length narratives and several dozen short films and commercials.
Story has always been the pinnacle of importance for his projects, and the more he studied story, the more he wanted to tell his own stories. In addition to cinematography, Shane has been writing scripts for short films and feature length narratives as well as directing and producing commercials and branded content for some of the world’s largest companies.
Since 2006, twin brother writing and directing duo Matthew and Jared Young have been producing memorable content. Beginning in the faith based world they created the children’s television show The Fantastic World, as well as several Feature films for Phil Vischer’s, (The creator of VeggieTales) Jelly Telly Network. The brothers’ success in the family film world has not prevented them from venturing into the mainstream. The twins have directed Tom Sizemore, in the sci-fi thriller Remnants. They also had a hand in producing two more features, one starring the legendary Burt Reynolds (Hamlet and Hutch) and the other, Oscar winning actress Monique Hicks (Blackbird). Untapped Together is the brothers first feature length documentary.
Robin earned her BA in Film Production from the University of Louisiana. She spent years working as an advertising copywriter before starting her own production company in 2009. Her company, The Nations successfully produced and secured distributed for a slate of four family films.
Robin then went on to coordinate productions for other companies such as Automatic Entertainment, Machina Cinema and Soaring Attractions.
Having overseen dozens of films and commercials from concept to completion, Robin is excited to put her experience and knowledge to use as Director of Operations for Life is My Movie Entertainment.
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