Chris Redish is a director, actor and writer with a wide experience of life, a big heart, and a passion for visual story-telling.
He has directed several well-known actors: Tony Curtis (Some Like It Hot), Robert Picardo (Star Trek:Voyager) and Liz Sheridan (Seinfeld) were all in his 35mm short film, “The Blacksmith and the Carpenter”, which was the recipient of a Kodak grant, and played at 16 film festivals around the world. It won Best Student Film at the Orlando Film Festival, 2nd Place Comedy Short at the Rhode Island Film Festival, Outstanding Direction Award at the Almost Famous Film Festival, and was selected as one of the Phoenix Film Festival’s Top 10 Arizona Shorts of All Time.
Several of Chris’s other short films have played widely at festivals:
Chris has been a professional actor for 19 years, including 8 years of regular improv performances. He has appeared in films and commercials, both local and national.
He attributes much of his ability to draw quality performances from his actors, to his experiences of being directed himself. But he has also studied directing at Scottsdale Community College, and in workshops, most notably with Mark W Travis.
Chris originally graduated from the University of Surrey in 1982 with a BSc Hons in Russian and Soviet Studies. From 1984-86 he lead a fund-raising bicycle ride from London to Bombay, which included a six-month stay in North Sudan, helping with food distribution programs for the UN and Oxfam during the famine.
Chris “Doc” Wyatt is the producer of eight independent feature films, including the 2004 hit Napoleon Dynamite, the 2006 festival multi-award winner Coyote, and the 2011 drama Cafe, featuring Golden Globe nominee Jennifer Love Hewitt.
Wyatt serves as co-producer of Napoleon Dynamite – The Animated Series on the Fox Network, and has co-written TV episodes of Iron Man: Armed Adventures and Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes for Marvel Studios.
Wyatt holds an MFA in Motion Picture Producing from the University of Southern California’s Peter Stark Producing Program, where he also serves as an adjunct Professor of Cinema. He is a member of American Mensa, and lives in Los Angeles with his wife Laura and son Liam.
Joe Gruberman is an award-winning producer of three independent feature films, three television programs, as well as many shorts and commercials.
An accomplished producer, Joe served as Education Director of IFP/Phoenix for eight years.
Joe’s Producer credits include:
· Chandler Hall – winner of Best Feature, The Other Venice Film Festival;
· Tracing Cowboys – winner of Bronze Prize for Best Dramatic Feature at the Worldfest Houston Festival.
· 666 The Demon Child
Joe is an adjunct professor of film production at Collins College. He has over 20 years experience in the management of projects, resources, budget, and quality.
Webb Pickersgill is an accomplished Cinematographer with 8 feature film credits, not to mention numerous short films, TV shows and commercials. His projects have won awards including Rocky Mountain Emmy, Addy, Telly, Communicator and Davey.
When it comes to beautiful cinematic images that support and help carry the emotion of a film, Webb is absolutely passionate about the details required to make it happen. Not only is he is dedicated to the art of lighting, composition, and camera movement and how it can help contribute to the emotional impact, but he is also diligent with the technical details to preserve the quality of the captured images through post production.
In addition to working as a production professional, Webb also enjoys teaching what he knows to the next generation of filmmakers. He has taught cinematography at two film schools and always enjoys working with students and mentoring on set. Webb was also a former Executive Director of IFP/Phoenix, a non-profit organization for filmmakers.
Laura Weiss has over 10 years experience in film and digital editing. She has worked on numerous high-profile shows such as: Push, Superman Returns, U23D, My Dog Skip, The Ultimate Matrix Collection, 50 First Dates and many others. Laura is currently working as the principal Editor on independent projects. She recently completed work on the documentary, Paolo Soleri: Beyond Form, about the acclaimed architect and artist.