Matthew Puccini is a Brooklyn-based, Bay Area-raised filmmaker. His first film, “Solo,” won the King Award for Screenwriting at NYU’s First Run Film Festival. His latest short, “The Mess He Made,” premiered at SXSW, has screened at over two dozen festivals and is shortlisted for this year’s Iris Prize, an international award recognizing excellence in LGBT cinema.
Dylan Allen is the founder of Amalgamated Picture Co, an award-winning production house based in Brooklyn, NY. His short film Epilogue premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival and was featured on Short of the Week, Vimeo Staff Picks, Fast Company, The Atlantic, io9, United Airlines, Film Shortage and NoBudge, where it was the most watched film of 2014. He is a card-carrying member of the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective.
Karan Tejpal's film initiation started as an AD on Lage Raho Munna Bhai in 2006. Quickly bitten by the cinema bug, he followed the experience with film school at New York Film Academy in 2007. This was his first true foray in the world of writing and directing. On his return to Bombay he worked on several feature films and multiple commercials as a 1st AD. During this period he simultaneously developed other projects – short films, documentaries and feature length scripts.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Jordan got his start in documentaries with the award-winning feature film, Jealous of the Birds. His short form documentary work has focused on subjects ranging from chefs to bands to a human cannonball - with clients such as IFC, MTV, and Nowness, amongst others. His most recent documentary short, The Bullet, was awarded special jury mention at Slamdance and a Vimeo Staff Pick.
Erin is a New York-based writer, director, and editor, originally from Minnesota. Her previous short film, SUPERIOR, premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, followed by a series of screenings including the Berlinale, Hong Kong International Film Festival, Los Angeles Film Festival, and BFI London Film Festival, before being acquired by ARTE.
Amiro Mo experiments with film as feeling, curious less about our differences than about the ways we are the same and enchanted with the world as it is but even more so with the world as it could be. Born and raised in Los Angeles, he is currently pursuing an MFA in writing and directing at NYU Tisch.
Lowery had his breakthrough with his first feature film, St. Nick (2009), which follows two runaway children abandoned by their guardians. The film was shown at the South by Southwest festival in 2009. It won the Texas Filmmaker Award at the 2009 AFI Dallas International Film Festival. In 2011, Lowery wrote and directed the short film entitled Pioneer, which played at the Sundance Film Festival that year.
Bridey Elliott is an actress, writer, and director. After graduating from the National Theater Institute at Eugene O'Neill Center, she began performing stand-up in New York City where she became a regular at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, performing on UCB Maude teams Fambly and Absolutely. Elliott starred in the SXSW Grand Jury Prize winner Fort Tilden, which was released by Orion Pictures in 2015.She is currently in development on her first feature film, Clara's Ghost, which will shoot in the fall of 2017.