DIRECTOR, PRODUCER, CO-STORY, EDITOR, SONGWRITER
Award-winning filmmaker Dan Mirvish directed the critically-acclaimed features Bernard and Huey, Between Us, Open House and Omaha (the movie). He's the author of The Cheerful Subversive's Guide to Independent Filmmaking (Focal Press /
Routledge), occasional journalist, frequent film school guest lecturer and cofounder of the Slamdance Film Festival. Dan is a former Washington, DC, speechwriter to US Sen. Tom Harkin, graduate of USC film school, and a member of the DGA.
Terry is a writer-filmmaker who recently produced the feature film Altered Minds, which was theatrically released and played in film festivals worldwide. Terry co-created the hit web series The Last Date, which has garnered over 100 million views on YouTube. He's the co-founder and editor of the popular film blog The Hollywood Interview, and was features editor of the LA-based magazine Venice for over a decade. A graduate of USC Film School, Terry created and wrote the popular comic book series Supernovas and Tesla. Terry runs the Silver Sands Motel & Cottages in Greenport, New York.
The Founder and Managing Partner of Kyyba Films, Tel is also Founder, Chairman, and former Chief Executive Officer (2005-2016) of Kyyba, a Michigan-based global IT, engineering and professional services company. In addition, Tel Ganesan is a public speaker and mentors young entrepreneurs. He has also provided seed funding for projects he believes in. He was the immediate past President of the Indus Entrepeneurs (TiE) Detroit chapter for the second term (2016-2018) and previously the president of the chapter for two consecutive years (2009-2010), successfully chairing 5 mega annual tech conference TiECONs. He served as the past VP of the American Society of Engineers of Indian Origin (ASEI). Tel holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan. His previous credits as a film producer include Christmas Coupon, Celebrity Crush, Devil's Night: Dawn of the Nain Rouge and Trap City.
An award-winning author & filmmaker who began his career at MTV, Richard’s written pilots for VH1 & 20th TV, directed episodes of Dick Wolf’s Arrest and Trial, wrote & directed VH1 original A Diva’s Christmas Carol. He also taught a Master Class at the Rhode Island Int’l Film Festival, taught directing at Columbia College, and guest-lectured at USC and Cal Arts. His movies range from festival hits Went to Coney Island on a Mission from God and The Pompatus of Love to the international cult-smash Jerome Bixby’s The Man from Earth. His romantic comedy And Then Came Love features Eartha Kitt in her final role. He also wrote & directed Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies, Mischief Night, and Man from Earth: Holocene.
A Brazilian artist based in Los Angeles, Caro Pierotto is released a double album: “Caro Pierotto in Portuguese,” with seven tracks, and “Caro Pierotto in English,” with four tracks in 2020. The bilingual project reinforces the artist's ability to express her art without borders, mixing rhythms ranging from xote to reggae, through pop and ballads with an American soul touch. Even during quarantine, Caro worked with composer Luis Guerra on several songs that feature prominently in 18½, in both Portuguese and English versions. www.caropierotto.com
BESS FIFER, CSA
Bess cut her teeth at casting office, Telsey + Company, where she worked on Sex And The City: The Movie, Jonah Hex, I Love You Phillip Morris, The Drowsy Chaperone, Rent, In The Heights, and over 100 national commercials. Bess’s most recent projects include the Emmy Nominated Series It’s Bruno (Netflix), Dan Schechter’s Safe Spaces, and the feature Lingua Franca. Prior features include SXSW’s 2017 Audience Award Winner The Light Of The Moon, Pottersville (Netflix), and The Humbling starring Al Pacino and helmed by Barry Levinson.
After studying at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute for ten years, he went on to graduate from the University of Southern California with a degree in Film/TV Production. His debut film, Rental, which he wrote, directed and produced, played several festivals and is now available on IndieFlix. His last co-writing/producing effort, Killer Kate! enjoyed a theatrical release via Freestyle/Entertainment Studios and is currently being sold internationally.
Elle spent 5 years as co-designer and creative director of Digital Bolex, the world’s only crowdfunded cinema camera. She crafted a brand identity and advertising strategy that gained international recognition, and facilitated the camera’s use on motion pictures like Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, My Art, and Burying the Ex, and hit TV shows like Scandal, Empire and Glee. Her work as cinematographer includes narrative feature 6 LA Love Stories, documentaries I Am Divine and That Guy Dick Miller, and most recently History’s The Food That Built America, for which she also directed the tandem second unit.
Luis is an award-winning composer and music producer. He composed the theme, and additional music for Malcolm Gladwell’s chart-topping podcast Revisionist History. Gladwell described Luis as "a musical genius" and the two worked together recently on The Little Mermaid audio adaptation by Brit Marling featuring Jodie Foster, Glenn Close and Dax Shepherd. Luis also has published a series of compositions for Freakonomics Radio with Stephen Dubner, and recently toured with Dubner in a series of live shows. Luis was the composer/music producer for Dan Mirvish’s Bernard and Huey. Other film scores include the Netflix documentary Art of Conflict. He also composed music for the TV documentary, Superthief, and has had music placed in Whiskey Tango Foxtrot with Tina Fey. Luis has worked on TV shows, Doc McStuffins and Henry Hugglemonster. His music has been featured on commercials for Honda, Samsung, and Mentos. www.luisguerramusic.com
A graduate of Montclair State University’s film department, Monica Dabrowski is a New York-based production designer, art director and set decorator who’s worked on such features as Kid Happy, We Are Living Things, Viscous, The Other Child, Give or Take and got her training on such films as To Dust and Late Night. She’s also worked on music videos for such artists as Ellie Goulding, Jay-Z and Pussy Riot, as well as working on several episodic series and branded content.
A graduate of UC Santa Barbara’s Theater and Dance Design department, with an MFA from UC San Diego in Costume and Lighting Design, Sarah’s got an incredible collection of not only vintage clothes, but also vintage patterns from which she hand-sewed and tailored many of the costumes in 18½. Sarah has experience working on such TV shows as Blindspot, Kevin Can Wait, Adulting with Jane, American Genius, The Slap and Us & Them, features Bushwick, Complete Unknown and Anesthesia as well as numerous commercials, theater projects and industrials.
Alan is a career production professional with nearly 30 years of credits. Among them are Production Management and Assistant Director credits on numerous films and television programs including The Usual Suspects, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Last Man Standing, Yellowstone and Dan Mirvish’s Bernard and Huey. In recent years he has focused on producing and was a key component in bringing the production teams for War with Grandpa, Savage Dog and The Haunting of Sharon Tate. Steinman graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor’s degree in TV Production, and also attended the University of Southern California Film School.