Joseph Marconi was born in semi-upstate New York in 1980 and studied filmmaking, photography, and painting at the University at Buffalo. From 2006 – 2014 he worked in advertising at some of the top New York ad agencies like BBDO and MRM McCann. He currently resides in Los Angeles, CA and is the founder of his production company, Upperstate.
Cameo Wood had a long career in technology, working in voice over IP and computer security, and then studied artificial intelligence and neuroscience in university. She also opened up the first urban beekeeping store in America. Filmmaking has been her lifelong desire, and she is thrilled to have the chance to make movies. 'Real Artists' is her first narrative film.
Joel Garber is a Milwaukee born filmmaker currently based in Los Angeles. He received an M.F.A. in Cinema from San Francisco State University. His films have screened at festivals around the world including the Palm Springs International ShortFest, the Miami Short Film Festival, NewFilmmakers LA, and the Canadian Film Centre - Toronto. In L.A.
Carmen Jimenez is a Spanish filmmaker who lives and works between Spain, Mexico and New York. Born in Sevilla, Spain, Carmen started her professional career producing shorts and developing audiovisual content. Her work has received the recognition of institutions such as the Cinefondation, Berlinale Talent Campus, Cine Qua Non Lab and the Directors Guild of America.
Originally from Chicago, Tony Gapastione has been acting in theater, commercials, and film for over twenty-five years. He's passionate about human stories, social justice, and finding collaborative ways to create film and TV that engages audiences in life changing conversations. He and his wife Wendy have three daughters and live in Northern California.
Louise Marie Cooke is a writer and director with a passion for stories featuring diverse and complex female characters at the centre of the narrative, something she feels is lacking in mainstream cinema. Her previous short films have screened across the world at International Film Festivals such as Frameline, Mix Festival Brasil, and Brooklyn Girl Film Festival. Her last two shorts, SIREN, and FIRST BITE have also been shown at the highly regarded London Short Film Festival and Underwire Festival which champions female cast and crew.
Born in China but raised all around the world, Mu’s international upbringing has bred a desire to tell stories with a universal and timeless relevance. Now living in Los Angeles, he has directed six short films that have played a collective 75+ film festivals around the world, including his latest musical/sci-fi film “Sing For Your Supper”. He is currently developing “Sing For Your Supper” as a feature film, among other TV and feature film projects.
Anu Valia is a writer, director, and actor who has produced videos for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, MTV, IFC, CollegeHumor, Vox Media, Refinery29, NYLON Magazine, Above Average, and more. Her work at CollegeHumor has won a Bronze Telly Award and was nominated for a Webby Award. She is a recipient of Refinery29's Shatterbox Anthology grant, which funds short films from emerging female filmmakers. Shatterbox is supported by Women at Sundance and Killer Films.