Director BIO: Aaron Rudelson (NORMAN PINSKI COME HOME)

Director Biography – Aaron Rudelson

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Aaron Rudelson graduated from Columbia University’s film program with an MFA in screenwriting. He has written five feature length screenplays and co-wrote Breaking the Mold for Maryland Public Television. Aaron has directed five shorts and edited two feature-length films. His work has appeared on Network TV and he’s won awards in film festivals around the U.S. with a signature darkly comedic sense of humor. He was the recipient of the 1997 Milos Forman award for his screenplay entitled “The File Room” and has taught screenwriting at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA. In his most recent comedic short, NORMAN PINSKI COME HOME, he directed his mother, Lelia Goldoni, who began her illustrious acting career in John Cassavetes first film SHADOWS.

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Director BIO: Eugene Lehnert (THE OUTER BOROUGHS)

Director Biography – Eugene Lehnert

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Eugene Lehnert has been working in the film industry in New York since 2000. He started as a PA on Law and Order, worked in post-production on numerous documentary and indie films and started in visual effects on the pilot to Mad Men. He has made a number of his own original documentaries and narratives including the film “Armageddon for Andy” about love and nuclear war. His newest work is a supernatural comedy titled “The Outer Boroughs” about the haunted neighborhoods of New York City.

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Director BIOS: GH Ridpath, Noah Ferche (THE BIRTHDAY PARTY)

Director Biography – GH Ridpath, Noah Ferche

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GH Ridpath (left) and Noah Ferche (right) are the clown boys behind “White Jeans” and “The Birthday Party”. The two became best friends while working together in the NBA. Collaborating with their elderly friend Joe, they formed the production team “OKP Films”. They specialize in pretending to be cooler than they actually are, welcoming trolls.

 

Director Statement

 

We had a lot of fun making this…that is all.

Director BIO: Sam South (EAT JEREMY)

Director – Sam South

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Interview transcripts from http://www.filmfestivalcircuit.com

  • Why did you think that the Oregon Scream Week Horror Film Festival was a good place to submit and screen your film?

    “I felt a dark comedy might have been a nice relief from a lot of horrors.”

  • Why did you choose to tell this particular story?

    “I loved the idea of a couple untouched by the seriousness of the situation before them. The comedy in the trivial nature of this couple is what made me want to tell this story.”

  • Did your actors or locations add story elements during the production of this film that you never expected to add during the planning stages of this film?

    “I always want to go into filming with an open mind and see it as having potential to be a collaboration of work. I loved a lot of suggestions and working with everyone involved! The shape of the film wouldn’t be what it is without them.”

  • Director BIO: Marcus C. W. Chan (PENTHOUSE SWEET)

    Director Biography – Marcus C. W. Chan

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    Marcus was born and raised in Hong Kong. After completing law school in Hong Kong, he practiced real estate financing law for nearly a decade before moving to Los Angeles to pursue an MFA in film directing & production at UCLA in 2012.

    Marcus is primarily interested in the finer details and open-ended nature of everyday life. He prefers the psychological to the material and wishes to explore with his work the fragility of life and the lack of easy answers the world offers.

    During his time at UCLA he wrote, directed, produced and edited a number of short films that have been accepted by film festivals around the world. His UCLA thesis, “Palace”, is executive produced by James Franco and features Academy Award winner Whoopi Goldberg.

    He has also been honored with numerous awards during his time at UCLA, including a Hollywood Foreign Press Association Award, a Motion Picture Association of America Award and the Cirque du Soleil Fellowship. Since graduating from UCLA in 2016 he has continued to develop his own projects and also took part in Francis Ford Coppola’s experimental project “Distant Vision”.

    In 2016, he was selected to join BAFTA LA’s Newcomers Program, an initiative by BAFTA to help promising British nationals fully realize their potential in the industry.

    Director Statement

    I was constantly asking myself the question: is total honesty in relationships really possible or is it something that you can only find in fiction? This eventually led to the sitcom vs reality story.

    Director BIO: Dana Nachman (THE FINAL SHOW)

    Director Biography – Dana Nachman

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    Nachman’s 2015 film “Batkid Begins” was bought and distributed by Warner Brothers. Previously she wrote, directed and co-produced the documentaries “Witch Hunt,” which was executive produced by Sean Penn and premiered at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival; “Love Hate Love,” which premiered at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival; and “The Human Experiment,” which screened at the Mill Valley and IDFA Film Festivals. She has won a number of awards over the course of her career, including three regional Emmy Awards, The Edward R. Murrow Award, and more than a dozen Jury and Audience Awards at film festivals.
    Nachman’s films have also been seen on various television networks, including MSNBC, The Oprah Winfrey Network and PBS. In addition to her film work, Nachman is a guest journalism lecturer at Stanford University.
    In 2016 Nachman was chosen to participate in the American Film Showcase where she will travel as a US envoy as a part of this prestigious film diplomacy program.
    Born and raised in New York, Nachman graduated from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut with a dual degree in Middle Eastern Studies and International Relations. She went on to earn a Master’s Degree from NYU in Broadcast Journalism.
    “Batkid Begins” premiered at the 2015 Slamdance Film Festival and has since been honored at film festivals across the country, winning Audience Awards for Best Documentary at the Cinequest, Omaha, Dallas, Ashland, and Rincón International Film Festivals. Additionally, it has been an official selection at the Bentonville and Chicago Critics Film Festivals and received the Heartland Film Truly Moving Picture Award and the Common Sense Media Seal and the Dove Foundation Seal.
    Nachman is currently in production on a feature documentary called “Pick of the Litter” which follows a litter of puppies from birth until they make the cut to become Guide Dogs for the Blind or get cut from the program (think Spellbound or Hoop Dreams for dogs.) Nachman is also on the film festival circuit with her first two short films. The documentary “Washed Away” about a man whose only relief from excruciating chronic pain is to make magnificent sand mandalas that are swept away by the tide hours later. “The Final Show” is Nachman’s first foray into fiction filmmaking and stars Marion Ross who plays a woman who has died at the breakfast table and gets catapulted into The Between where she has to quickly decide which of her loves to take along to eternity.

    Director BIO: Ali Presley Paras (AUTOMATED IRRITATION)

    Ali Presley Paras is an MTVu nominated/VEVO featured Director that believes music videos must be visceral and conceptual.

    In addition to creating music videos, Ali Presley Paras has worked with Billboard Music, Wells Fargo, Top Chef, Gordon Biersch, NBC Digital. etc. Ali Presley Paras most recently wrapped as Jr. Camera Operator on a pilot for Magical Elves.

    Ali has spent his childhood growing up all over the U.S., living in states such as California, Massachusetts, Oregon and even Alaska. Despite his travels, he strongly identifies with the charming nature of his native Bostonians, where his family was raised and currently resides.

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