KEVIN DURKIN, GRAPHIC ARTIST
Kevin Durkin is a graphic artist from Roxbury, NJ. He graduated from The Art Institute of Philadelphia, where he served as president of the student chapter of the AIGA. He was a volunteer on the membership committee of AIGA Philadelphia. He has worked on ad campaigns and designs for many large and small companies. His creative outlet for personal work is irrelevantkevin, and under this alias produces prints and shirt designs. He also has begun working on motion graphics in collaboration with his brother Eric Durkin.
ANTHONY REGALMUTO, SOUND DESIGNER
Tony is a sound designer from San Diego, CA. He is currently at the top of his class at the Art Institute of California - San Diego in the Audio Production program brandishing a cumulative 4.0. Coming from a family full of musically inclined people, it was expected that he would follow suit. However, after getting a taste of the film and picture industry, he was hooked. All of his life he has been very into movies and was always able to point out flaws and inconsistencies with sound that, frankly, really irritated him. Finally educated on the matter, he is able to ensure that any project he is a part of will be done right so that these same criticisms can be avoided in the future. A Boys Life will be Tony's first professional post-production sound design project to date, and he plans to make an impression.
ERINE LeBRE, MAKEUP ARTIST
Erin LeBre has been working as a professional Makeup Artist for over six years. Her talents have taken her from coast to coast. Erin is originally from Boston, Massachusetts where she graduated college with a degree in Fashion Merchandising. Always having an eye for color and style, she naturally transitioned into the world of makeup artistry. Erin worked for major cosmetic companies such as Lancome and Bobbi Brown and ran a thriving wedding business is Naples, Florida before coming to Los Angeles to pursue the film industry. She is a graduate of the Makeup Designory and is skilled in all areas of beauty/glamour and special effects makeup as well as hairstyling. After three years in Los Angeles, Erin is proud of the work she has done on feature films, television, major ad campaigns and music videos. She continues to work with Bobbi Brown cosmetics as a traveling freelance artist and enjoys growing as an artist everyday.
Joe Papa, 1st Assistant Director
Joe Papa has worked on over 40 film sets since 2006 with positions ranging from Production Assistant to Producer. He has developed a deep appreciation for the position of First Assistant Director, and is pleased to have been a part of ‘A Boy’s Life’. Joe believes the art of cinema has a strong ability to entertain and influence social practices; and if used for good it can create a better place for future generations. Through his experiences on set, he has witnessed talent in several different departments – and believes through proper communication and collaboration, everything is possible.
Lea Stayner, Production Assistant
Growing up in Massachusetts, Lea always had an interest in film, television, and music. Moving to LA in the summer of 2006, she is finally entering the world of behind the scenes. Since starting out in November 2010, Lea has already worked on a few short films as a production assistant with cast members including Eric Roberts and C. Thomas Howell. She is currently attending LA Valley College as a Cinema major, seeking a BA in Film Studies. Being a Production Assistant is just one step toward her aspiration of directing music videos and documentaries.
Diane Beck, Production Secretary/Assistant
Diane Beck has been a Project Management Consultant for the past 16 years to some of the largest (Fortune 100) companies in the world. She has managed projects of 2 to 17 million dollar budgets, with teams of 50 to 250 resources in Europe, Asia and throughout the US.
In the early 1990s, Diane studied Economics at Eastern Connecticut State University. Twenty years later, she is now studying Film Financing and Producing (at UCLA), to marry her extensive business and project management experience to the film industry. She has worked on SOLO (series), Hopelessly in June (feature) and other film projects. She also interns for a Producer. Diane is currently in development of a feature film.
Ryan Burke, Production Assistant
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FRANK MOHLER, EDITOR
Frank Mohler is a Los Angeles based video editor. He graduated from Appalachian State University with a degree in Theatre, but has been making movies for over 10 years. He currently works freelance; cutting trailers, short films, and DVD special features. His most recent work includes the continuing web series SOLO – The Series, and the DVD bonus features for the complete series of Max Headroom, Leave It To Beaver, and the upcoming Dark Skies. He is currently working on more episodes of SOLO – The Series.
HAMDIJA AJANOVIC, COMPOSER
Hamdija was born in year 1973 in Derventa, small town in northern Bosnia and Herzegovina (former Yugoslavia). Most of his childhood was spent in music school, where he studied music theory and received a classical music education with guitar as the major instrument. By his 16th birthday, he was well immersed in the local music scene, playing electric guitar and performing with various bands.
In 1994, Ajanovic moved to Germany and settled in Kassell where he lived and worked as a performing and recording musician, guitar instructor and vocal coach for the next 6 years. Upon his move to Tucson, Arizona in 2000, he enrolled at the University of Arizona and earned a degree in film with highest honors. With extensive music knowledge, musical versatility, ability to play multiple instruments and a university education in film, Ajanovic stirred his career towards a realization of a long lasting dream: creating musical scores for motion pictures. Over the course of the next eight years, he scored several award winning films that had both national and international success.
Nowadays, Ajanovic composes music for films, media and video games, produces own songs and writes scripts… and no one knows if he just may show up on a stage somewhere and sing and play some good blues.
AARON MOORHEAD, DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Aaron is a filmmaker from Tarpon Springs, Florida. He has a deep love of strong, classically-made films with engaging characters. He enjoys making films about people, locations, and times that are distant and mysterious. He works in the visual side of filmmaking as a cinematographer and colorist, and moonlights as a director and visual effects artist.
DYLAN JURY, CASTING DIRECTOR
Dylan Jury is a Casting Director living and working in Los Angeles, CA. After earning a Bachelors Degree in Film and Media Arts from Temple University in 2005, he immediately entered the world of casting and has been involved with an array of projects ever since. Past credits include various television series Reaper, Army Wives, and My Own Worst Enemies. Feature film credits include The Dark Knight (Christian Bale), Ghost Town (Ricky Gervais), The Informers (Winona Ryder), Drag Me to Hell (Alison Lohman), Zombieland (Woody Harrelson), Splice (Adrien Brody), and this year’s critically acclaimed Inception starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Ellen Page. Last year, Dylan was thrilled to work as Casting Director on the short film A Note To Etienne directed by Elias Benavidez. He’s looking forward to the exciting casting process for A Boy's Life and collaborating with everyone involved.
MELANIE WAGOR, PRODUCTION SUPERVISOR
Melanie was born in Long Island, New York and since moving to Los Angeles in 2003,
has worked as an Assistant Director, Unit Production Manager, Producer, and Director.
The short film Golden Afternoon, which she directed, received the Wonderland Award in
2007, awarded by the heirs of Lewis Carroll. She produced BROWN, a film directed by
Chris Groban, as well as King of the Road directed by Monica Surrena which both screened at USC's First Look Festival as well as the DGA.
While working closely with Dylan Reynolds, she was the Producer and Unit Production
Manager on the multi award winning feature film Chain Link in 2007. The television
pilot Melanie assistant directed, Wanna Be Me!, premiered at Sundance Film Festival and
opened the Beverly Hills Film Festival in 2009.
She has recently completed production on the film Straw Man directed by David James Kelly and the television pilot The Genesis Files directed by Steve Pink and Dean Alioto. As well as producing Bits & Pieces directed by Allen Martinez, At Your Convenience directed by Ray Lai, and Kill Katie Malone directed Carlos Ramos Jr.
Melanie graduated Magna Cum Laude from The USC School of Cinematic Arts in Los
Angeles, with a concentration in Production and Screenwriting in December of 2008.
In January of 2009 Melanie joined the Director's Guild of America as a Unit Production Manager. She is extremely involved with many committees and special project groups within the DGA.
After graduating USC and joining the DGA Melanie has Produced and Unit Production Managed a number
of feature films, television shows, and commercials. She has worked closely with Director of Photography Aaron Moorhead throughout this time, as they continue to bring their collaboration to Director Eli Benavidez's film A Boy's Life.
The Go Daddy commercial she Executive Produced/ Produced Russell's Notebook directed by Vince Talenti recently won first place in Go Daddy's commercial contest (biggest monetary prize amount in any film contest to date). Melanie is at this time working with director Vince Talenti in creating a new production company which will take their current production team to the next level.
LYDIA SCHOENBERGER, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Born in Vienna, Austria and currently living and working in Berne, Switzerland is a computer programmer from here first breath on. As this wasn't fullfilling enough she founded a publishing company in Leipzig, Germany in 2005 (which she also claims is her third home) and started to publish comic books which where highly respected by the German press. She also publishes several webcomics, German originals and translations of Canadian comics.
As this again wasn't time consuming enough she fell in love with new media, in particular with webseries and therefore calls Los Angeles almost her fourth home. She is an Associate Producer of the hit "SOLO The Series" and the upcoming "REPLACED Series" Pilot and is a member of the International Acedemy of Web Television (IAWTV).
LUKE BISHOP, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Luke is an actor/producer from Arizona. He earned a BFA in Theater Production from the University of Arizona where he is a company member of the Arizona Repertory Theater. He has acted in many theater productions all over the southwest, and graduated from the University of Arizona's professional actor training program. After studying and working in Arizona, he relocated to Los Angeles where he is currently acting, directing, and producing films. Luke is also the Artistic Director of Satyr Entertainment, a company that he founded, which produces live stage events, lighting design, multi-media shows, and independent films. Luke is a member of the Screen Actors Guild, Actors Equity Association, and The Society of American Fight Directors.
ALLISON VANORE, PRODUCER
Allison Vanore is an award-winning independent film producer currently in production on multiple webseries including new sci-fi hit, SOLO The Series, a feature film, Hopelessly in June, and multiple short films and a new web series in development. When Allison first moved to Los Angeles, she spent five years with Georgopoulos Design Associates as the Director of Creative Operations. This motion graphics, design and interactive production house worked with clients such as Disney, ABC, Touchstone, Sony, Imagination, Yahoo, and Miramax. Additionally, Allison co-wrote and produced a five-episode pilot cooking show with Yahoo! for their Lifestyles department. In 2008, with these marketing, branding, and interactive projects behind her, Allison left GDA and sister division Georgopoulos Design Environments to pursue independent film as well as start her own consulting company focusing on social media marketing with business partner, Jillian Gilbert. Allison has a BFA from the University of Arizona in Media Arts with an emphasis in film and theatre production.
ELIAS BENAVIDEZ, WRITER & DIRECTOR
Elias Benavidez is an independent writer/director originally from Mesa, Arizona. After graduating with a BFA Degree in Media Arts at the University of Arizona, he moved to Los Angeles where he has gained film experience at Marvel Studios (Spider-Man 2, X-Men: The Last Stand) and Zucker-Netter Productions (Life of Pi). After working at the film agency Dattner & Dispoto (Benjamin Button’s Claudio Miranda, The Wrestler’s Maryse Alberti), he switched gears to production where he’s worked on the Jon Favreau film Cowboys & Aliens, Oren Moverman’s Rampart, Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris’ sophomore feature He Loves Me, and most currently Showtime series Ray Donovan starring Liev Schreiber and Jon Voight which just ended it's first season. Elias is currently developing several feature projects and a pilot.