|Joe Estevez - Joseph "Joe" Estevez is an American actor, director, and producer. He is the younger brother of actor Martin Sheen and the uncle of Emilio Estevez, Charlie Sheen, Renée Estevez, and Ramon Estevez. Joe was raised in Dayton, Ohio to be a factory worker, but he had other plans for himself. Two hundred and thirty some films later, Joe feels his decision was correct. For most actors, the road is never easy, but through perseverance, faith and talent, Joe has become an accomplished actor. In Hollywood today, he is one of the busiest actors for one simple reason. He is one of the best at what he does. *2013 International Indie Filmmakers Hall of Fame Inductee.
Alan Tuskes - In the late 90s, Al moved from Ohio to L.A. to pursue his career, and did very well, accruing well over 100 film credits during a 15 year stint in L.A. Finally deciding to have kids after 20 years of marriage, Alan moved his family back to Ohio to raise his kids in a respectable school system. After returning to Ohio, Alan went to work with ex-L.A. cohort Robert Kurtzman, one of the founding partners of Kurtzman, Nicotero and Berger FX Group, with whom Alan had worked with on a myriad of projects while in L.A., including such projects as "From Dusk 'till Dawn", "Spawn", and the TV mini-series "Dune", for which KNB and Al won an Emmy award for Best Special Effects. Big Al serves as the Makeup Effects Shop Supervisor for Precinct 13 Entertainment (Kurtzman's company in Ohio) and often serves as VFX Supervisor for company projects, hearkening back to his days as a fervid fan of Ray Harryhausen. *2013 International Indie Filmmakers Hall of Fame Inductee.
Robert Kurtzman - Trivia: Kurtzman was the first person to pay Quentin Tarintino to write a screenplay. For $1,500, Tarintino penned the screenplay for "From Dusk 'Til Dawn based on a short story Kurtzman had written about an action movie with the vampire element. From producing, directing and FX supervisoring, Robert Kurzman has done it all! *Inducted into The International Indie Filmmakers Hall of Fame in 2012.
Robert Z'Dar He achieved his greatest and most enduring cult movie fame as the vengeful, relentless and seemingly indestructible undead New York City police officer Matt Cordell in the immensely entertaining "Maniac Cop" pictures. Among Z'Dar's other memorable roles are a prison guard in the enjoyably sleazy "Hellhole," a crazed prostitute-murdering serial killer in "The Night Stalker" (this part directly led to Z'Dar being cast as Matt Cordell), a vicious criminal who savagely beats up Sylvestor Stallone in "Tango and Cash," the Angel of Death in "Soultaker," a smooth drug dealer in the delightfully outrageous "The Divine Enforcer," and Linnea Quigley's abusive husband in "The Rockville Slayer." A popular frequent guest at horror film conventions, Robert Z'Dar has also produced several movies and continues to act with pleasing regularity in a slew of features. *Inducted into The International Indie Filmmakers Hall of Fame in 2012.
Shree Chandran: CEO Malay-America Records Ltd. formed in Cleveland in April 2002 . Now Based out of Los Angeles, Chandran has recorded, produced and engineered sessions for a slew of rappers and producers, both underground and mainstream, most notably, Micayle Mckinney (Danity Kane, Bow Wow), songwriter and producer Theron Feemster (Michael Jackson, Mary J. Blige, Ne-Yo), Klaus Derendorf (Carlos Santana, Josh Groban), German producer Fuego (Jason Derulo, Christina Milian), Production duo The Smeezingtons (B.O.B, Flo Rida, Bruno Mars) and mixer/audio engineer Lance Pierre(2pac, Eminem). His Company Malay-America Records Ltd. is now a gateway between Independent Record Labels, Artists, Producers and Major Record Labels & Entertainment Companies. Malay-America Records Ltd. Secures Distribution Deals for Independent Entertainment Companies.
Ray Szuch - Producer, action director and stunt coordinator. Three time Emmy winner. CEO - The Indie Gathering. Owner The REEL TV Network. Grand Master in the Martial Arts and former US Olympic coach.
Kristina Michelle - Producer of The Indie Gathering and The REEL TV Network; Actress; Stunt person; Writer; Host of The REEL Show. Star of the up coming film "Lady Dragon"
Robert Banks - Former Sundance producer / director. Robert's past films have won awards all over the world. You will see Robert's projects from New York Underground Film Festival to Chicago's Underground Film Festival. Based in Cleveland, OH, Robert is a film instructor at the Cleveland Institute of Art. Robert Banks' films are one of a kind. Robert works exclusively on film and is the master of lighting!
Mary Ellen Tomazic - Entertainment Attorney
Over the last 27 years Ms. Tomazic has worked with many bands, singers, filmmakers and artists, helping answer their legal questions from copyright, trademark and other intellectual property issues, to contracts and business organization. As a licensed attorney in Ohio she has used her legal training and experience to assist creative people in navigating through laws and regulations pertaining to their projects, often on a pro bono basis. She has negotiated and reviewed record company contracts for bands such as Death of Samantha, Purgatory, Toehead, Mushroomhead, The Dark, The Guns, Knifedance and Dead Federation. Filmmaker Johnny Wu and artist Scott Radke have also benefited from her work with their contracts and releases. She is currently the attorney for Tom Dark and his record label Red Hour Records, and recently negotiated and drafted a contract for the rerelease by SmogVeil Records of The New Hope Complilation, originally released in 1983, which was expanded into a double vinyl album with downloads. Ms. Tomazic has been a featured speaker at the annual Indie Gathering filmmakers convention in Cleveland since 2005, with talks on a variety of legal topics, including copyrights, trademarks, contracts, liability and business organizations such as partnerships, LLCs, and corporations.
Anne Kitral - Actress. Anne has co-starred on such projects as "Strong Medicine", "Judging Amy" and "My Bloody Valentine", to name a few.
Johnny K. Wu - A veteran filmmaker with an MBA specializing in marketing, Johnny has been involved in the media creation of visual and audio services since 1998, when he co-founded MDI (Media Design Imaging). Since then, he has helped small and medium businesses in developing focused visual media through promotion videos, commercials, corporate videos, while at the same time creating his own short/feature films and documentaries to be shown worldwide at film festivals, online sites, colleges, national television, DVD distribution and sci-fi or horror conventions.
Joe Fiorella - Special Effects Makeup Artist from Ohio. (FX Competitor)
Bill Johns -
Bill is a three time silver Telly award winner who has won national festival awards for his short films. He's been director of photography on six feature films and wrote, produced and directed his own feature film entitled, Madness. His latest short film, "Somewhere in France" will be screening here at the IndieGathering and viewers will quickly see why Bill is hosting our 2 hour workshop on lighting.
Travis Bowen - Along with Joe Mohn, Travis founded the horror film company Eerie Frequency Entertainment in 2002. Eerie Frequency's latest film release, "The Girl", was directed by Bowen, and he was also a co-star in the film. This October, EFE dishes out the flesh eating "Night Of The Cannibals" co-produced by Bowen and directed by Mohn. Films that are going into production this year are the horror film "Valley Of The Sasquatch" that Bowen is starring in being directed by Matt Jefferson and the Joe Mohn film Chronicles Of A Serial Killer.
Aryavarta Kumar - Award-winning film scorer! He will be co-hosting sound/music - from pre-production to post production panel at The 2011 Indie Gathering.
Carlo Fiorletta, Casting Director. Theater casting credits include the full-length plays Acts of Contrition, The Fertility Factor, and A Tomato Can’t Grow in the Bronx (recently presented to potential producers with Brooke Shields in the lead). Other casting credits include the Samuel French play finalist Getting In and the evening of one act plays titled Cataract, comprised of Mara Lesemann’s A Temporary Cat and Mario Fratti’s Iraq/Blindness, which was deemed worthy “of particular note” in www.nytheater.com .