Manjari is an Indian Writer-Director based in Los Angeles and one of 8 women directors to be part of the American Film Institute’s Directing Workshop for Women (AFIDWW) in 2016. An award winning filmmaker of three versatile shorts: THE LAST MARBLE, THE CORNER TABLE and I SEE YOU.
Her films have won prestigious awards in India, USA, Europe and Australia and have played in festivals like Clermont Ferrand, Rochester, and Emerging Filmmakers showcase at the American Pavilion at Cannes among others. A finalist for the Warner Bros, Emerging Filmmakers Program and the second Indian woman to be ever selected for the AFI DWW, she was awarded the Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation Grant. Recently, she was invited as a panelist to discuss the ‘Toolkit for Success’ at the Women in Entertainment Summit.
In 2015, her feature script, CITY OF GOLD, about the plight of Indian migrant workers in the Middle East labor camps was nominated for the Nate Wilson Award at the Professional Program in Screenwriting at UCLA.
She’s worked under the guidance of incredible filmmakers like Christopher Nolan on Dunkirk and Patty Jenkins on Wonder Woman. She’s also worked as the 2nd-2nd Assistant Director for ‘The Dark Knight Rises’, ‘Mission Impossible 4’and on Bollywood features like ‘Saat Khoon Maaf’, ‘Wake Up Sid’ and ‘Gandhi of the Month’ starring Harvey Keitel.
Her vision for storytelling and her diverse film experience, both in India and America, has served as a fertile ground to craft her unique voice as a filmmaker.
Emmanuel Pappas is based in Los Angeles. He has produced award winning features including ‘MAYA’ and’ ‘RETURN TO RAJAPUR’. His credits as a production manager include / Indian schedules of Disney’s ‘HEXXE LILLI’, ‘EIGHT MILES HIGH’ Peter Weir’s ‘THE WAY BACK’ and Warner Bros. ‘THE DARK KNIGHT RISES’. Emmanuel has 15 years production experience filming in South Asia. He’s worked on projects in Australia, Germany, France, Pacific Islands and the United States. In 2014, he joined Warner Bros. Feature Production where he works in the physical production department that oversees films such as ‘JUSTICE LEAGUE’, ‘WONDER WOMAN’, BATMAN vs SUPERMAN’ , ‘AMERICAN SNIPER’ and ‘WAR DOGS’ among other upcoming titles.
Carina was born and raised in Mumbai, India and holds a Masters in Television and Film Production from Boston University. From a very young age she’s been fascinated by visual storytelling. She started her career working as a Producer in Mumbai where she created sports content for television. She worked as a Production Coordinator for ONE IN A BILLION, a reality show to find India’s next Formula One Driver that involved shooting across seven cities in India.
Now based in Los Angeles, she edits and produces short films. Her latest short film, HIDE SEEK AND SEEK 9: HIDE HARDER won the Grand Champion Audience Award at the 48 Hour Film Festival and was nominated for several awards. I SEE YOU, will be her third short this year.
Farhad was born and raised in New Delhi, India. A photography class at school introduced him to the magical world of telling stories with images. In 2012, he moved to Los Angeles as a Cinematography fellow at the American Film Institute, and now lives and works in LA. He has served as Director of Photography on a number of short and feature films including ‘PRISM’, ‘RENE’, ‘THE WILD, THE CHILD, AND THE MIRACLE’ & ‘THE LAST MARBLE’, that gathered critical acclaim at festivals across the globe. Farhad believes in the affirmative power of the narrative film form, and through his work strives to connect the personal with the universal.
Aashrita Kamath is a Los Angeles based Production Designer and holds an MFA from the American Film Institute Conservatory. She loves creating unique and fantastical worlds for audiences to discover. Her experience includes working in the art departments of EQUALS directed by Drake Doremus, THE BFG directed by Steven Spielberg and most recently, as an assistant art director on KONG: Skull Island. Her thesis film, INTERSTATE won a Bronze Medal at the 41st Student Academy Awards. CONTRAPELO, a film she designed, made it to the final ten on the shortlist for the 2016 Academy Awards Best Live Action Short Film.
Adam has been working in the design and costume field for film, television, Broadway and Off-Broadway in NYC and LA for over 16 years. His design credits include both costume and production design for various indie films, theatrical productions, commercials and industrials. His Broadway costuming credits include “The Producers”, “Young Frankenstein”, “A Little Night Music” and “Evita” among many others. Film credits include the award winning shorts “L Train” and “Run Fast”, as well as the upcoming indie “After the Sun Fell”. Adam is currently assisting designer Wendy Chuck on “Our Souls at Night” starring Jane Fonda and Robert Redford. Please visit AdamGirardet.com to check out his work!
Franzis was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. She earned her BA in Filmmaking from the Met Film School, based at Ealing Studios London. Whilst working toward her degree, Franzis developed a passion for the craft of Film Editing. She has since acquired an adept knowledge of the craft, editing a number of short and feature length films both documentary and fiction. She now resides in Los Angeles, after completing her MFA in Editing from the American Film Institute. Her short film INTERSTATE won the Student Academy Awards and was nominated for the BAFTA Student Film Awards.
Marius has been involved in some of the most culture-defining recordings and soundtracks of the past two decades, and has won two BAFTAs and an Ivor Novello award for his film composition work, as well as four Grammy nominations for soundtrack and record production. Beginning his music career playing keyboards for the English eighties pop-soul band The Blow Monkeys, he has since written, arranged and produced across a wide range of styles and genres for artists such as Madonna, Bjork, David Bowie, Rufus Wainwright, Chrissie Hynde, Neil Finn, Annie Lennox, Bebel Gilberto, David Gray, P.J. Harvey, U2, Massive Attack, Elbow, Perry Farrell and Josh Groban, amongst many others. In the film and theatre world, his work includes music direction, score composition and song productions for Baz Luhrmann, George Lucas, Andrew Lloyd Webber, A.R. Rahman, Zack Snyder, Daniel Kramer, and Stephan Elliott.
De Vries’ work in the early 1990s with The Sugarcubes led to a key role on Björk’s “Debut,” which marked the beginning of a long collaborative relationship with Nellee Hooper, forming the team responsible for landmark recordings with Massive Attack, Björk, Madonna, The Sneaker Pimps, Tina Turner, and U2, and ultimately the soundtrack and score for Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet, for which de Vries received the first of his two BAFTAs.
A few years later, de Vries music-directed the groundbreaking Moulin Rouge, resulting in another Grammy nomination, a second BAFTA, and numerous other awards. Marius composed the score for Stephan Elliot’s (Priscilla Queen of The Desert) surreal thriller The Eye of the Beholder, and the jazz-age period comedy Easy Virtue.
In Musical Theatre, Marius has worked with Andrew Lloyd Webber on several projects, co-producing the cast album for A.R Rahman’s Bombay Dreams, and contributing music production and arrangements to the sequel to Phantom of the Opera, Love Never Dies. He also produced the cast album for Richard Thomas’ hugely successful (and equally controversial) West End comedy hit Jerry Springer The Opera.
In early 2008, Marius created an hour-long contemporary dance piece, Squaremap of Q4, for the award-winning Spanish choreographer Rafael Bonachela which premiered at the South Bank in London. The following year, he recorded and produced the eclectic Chinese singer Sa Ding Ding’s second album for Universal Records, Harmony, in Beijing.
Moving from London to to Los Angeles in 2010, Marius contributed score and song productions to Matthew Vaughn’s irreverent superhero film Kick-Ass, and Zack Snyder’s music-driven action fantasy Sucker Punch, as well as co-producing an LP with Robbie Robertson, featuring guests Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Tom Morello and others.
June 2013 saw the world premiere in Melbourne of de Vries’ score for King Kong Live on Stage, directed by Daniel Kramer, with a book by Craig Lucas and animatronics by Creature Technologies’ Sonny Tilders. A Broadway mounting is set for early 2017.
Another collaboration with Rufus Wainwright (and William Shakespeare) arrived in early 2016, an album of musical settings of 9 sonnets, released to coincide with the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, entitled “Take all My Loves” and featuring Florence Welsh, Sian Philips, Helena Bonham Carter, Carrie Fisher, William Shatner, and the german soprano Anna Prohaska, among others. Marius narrates the title track.
Marius served as Music Director and Composer on George Lucas’ animated fairytale musical, Strange Magic, released early in 2015. He is now attached as Musical Director and Music Producer to (not to mention a small acting role in) Whiplash director Damien Chazelle’s forthcoming original musical LaLaLand, completed in July 2016, as well as developing an album project with Chrissie Hynde.
Aaron is a sound editor. Glascock was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Sound Editing at the 87th Academy Awards for his work on the film BIRDMAN, his nomination was shared with Martin Hernández. Glascock has worked on over 70 films.
Brett Sheerin is known for his work on The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014),The Hobbit:
An Unexpected Journey (2012) and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013).