Sean A. Addo (DIRECTOR) is a fifth semester graduate student at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, he studied motion graphics at the University of Cincinnati, while working as a junior designer creating broadcast packages for several prime time networks such as FOX, ABC, NBC, and many more, before working at the Procter and Gamble company as a products researcher, and scientist engineer. After taking the time to travel in Europe and rediscover what meant the most to him, he realized that his passion was to help impact the world creatively, and he decided to pursue this feat through film. Sean has established himself as a cinematographer, writer, and director that brings a unique voice to the big screen. His West African roots and his ability to communicate to a western audience, presents a rare cross cultural hybrid of content that is fresh to the ever evolving entertainment industry.
Harry Locke IV (PRODUCER) is an award-winning journalist, independent filmmaker, web & graphics designer focused on bridging the divide between the visceral and the physical. Born and raised in Chicago, Harry has worked as a producer, director, writer, editor, sound composer, visual effects artist, and actor in a wide range of projects. He was awarded SICA All-Cast honors for acting performance in 2006, the silver scribe award for 2nd in the Cincinnati Underground Screenwriter’s Challenge, the first recipient of the Dale R. Sr. Memorial Fund at The Ohio State University, and worked as both director and cinematographer for NIKE’s 2010 Pro Combat campaign at The Ohio State University. In 2014, Harry graduated with an MFA in Film/TV Production at the University of Southern California’s prestigious School of Cinematic Arts and is currently signed on to direct the upcoming supernatural thriller, Inquisitor, a feature-film slated for a fall 2015 release.
Temi Coker (PRODUCER) is an award winning film director and producer. She attended The Academy of Art University, San Francisco as a Student of Motion Picture and Television in 2006 and graduated with a BFA in Motion Pictures & Television in 2010. Temi has produced and directed music videos for many international talents, and award winning short films. In 2010 she produced the award winning short film” Doorways” starring Emmy Award Winner Diahnna Nicole Baxter (Scandal), and Elimu Nelson (‘Love don’t Cost a Thing’, ‘Things Never Said’, and ‘Private Practice’). ‘Doorways’ toured the national and international film festival circuit in 2011 and 2012 bagging several official selections and awards, including screening at the Festival de Cannes – Court Métrage Short film Corner. Her list of works include Limbo,” ”Dancing in the moonlight, Dear Nora and the recently released award winning short film Finding Neptune. In 2012 she relocated to Los Angeles, where she is currently pursuing a Master Of Fine Arts degree at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts
Ruben Contreras (DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY) is in his final year of the USC School of Cinematic Arts Graduate Film andTelevision Production program where he received the Edward and Mildred Troutner Award for Cinematography. Ruben is originally from Sacramento, CA, where he was taught how to use a camera at an early age from his father, who was taught by his father. Transforming hobby into passion, Ruben earned his Bachelors of Arts in Cinema from San Francisco State University. He then moved to Los Angeles in 2011 to further his education in film and to focus on cinematography. Ruben’s passion is to create images that support the stories of disadvantaged people from around the world. He recently traveled to Mexico to shoot the film ADÁN, winner of the Diversity in Cannes Short Film Showcase as well as Audience and Jury Choice Awards. Ruben aims to support and enhance each project’s individuality and to use truth and awareness to create effective imagery.
Justin S. Lee (EDITOR) is a filmmaker currently getting his MFA at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Growing up in Pennsylvania, Taiwan, and California, he studied business at UC Berkeley and spent a year between schools working in the film industry. His projects have won several awards and screened on Virgin America, the ShortsHD channel, and in several festivals including the San Diego Film Festival, the Hollywood Film Festival, and the Phoenix Film Festival.
For Antonia Alexis de Barros (EDITOR), the idea of making movies has always been enticing. Growing up, she loved films but most of all, she loved to perform. Soon she learned that it wasn’t just the act of performing that she enjoyed but also the art of creating. Antonia wrote plays, choreographed dances, and directed short movies in her free time. She also was a company member at Fran’s Dance Studio for 10 years and was accepted into the Visual and Performing Arts program at Suitland High School.By the time Antonia attended Frostburg State University, she found she had a true passion for Video Production. While at Frostburg, she co-produced and directed the 3rd season of Going Green with Dr. G—a Frostburg State original show starring the President of the University, Dr. Jonathan Gibralter. After graduating in the Fall of 2009, she decided that graduate school would help bridge the gap between who she was and who she aspires to be. Antonia was accepted into University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts Division of Film and Television Production program in 2012.
Matthew Zunich (SOUND) is a young filmmaker currently advancing his skills at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. Matthew realized his passion for film early in life and sought to achieve his goals of being a filmmaker by immersing himself in the visual arts. He attended California State University of Long Beach where he directed his thesis film “Lime Light” which premiered at the Newport Beach Film Festival in 2010. This film brought him to USC where he continues to push his limitations as an individual and an artist
Juel Taylor (SOUND) is a 2nd semester MFA production student from Montgomery, AL. He attended the University of Florida, majoring in Film and Media Studies. After graduating, he worked freelance, shooting several music videos and commercials, all while writing and working on his own projects. In the fall of 2012, he was accepted into USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. He is currently in the Film Production track, where he’s on pace to graduate in 2015.
Maxwell Addo (COMPOSER) graduated from North Carolina A&T State University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 2011. Upon his graduation, he has recently returned to his hometown of Los Angeles, California to pursue his career in the Music & Film industry. His influences include West African music, R&B, Alternative rock and many others. This is widely due to his constant change in environment and cultural up bringing as a Ghanaian American. His composition is not only original, but his versatility is what has captured the attention of many.
Nydia Simone (Publicist /AP) is a LA based Film Actor, Producer, and Publicist. Her film “The Lost Book of Rap” was recently accepted into the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. She completed her acting training at the City College of New York in Spring of 2013. Some of Nydia’s specialties include comedy, improvisation and a range of accents and dialects. Nydia was born of Panamanian descent and was raised in New York City. She studied business before she decided to fully pursue an filmmaking career. Nydia is highly skilled, actress, producer, and social media manager. She has used her skills to build publicity campaigns for films and other various projects. Her slogan for life is “Have the Courage to follow your Passion”.