“Real Artists” is Cameo Wood's first narrative film. Cameo 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.
Adam Engel is an experienced film-maker from Kew Gardens who both Produced and Directed three feature length independent films; WINTER (2011), On A Country Road (2013), and Murder No. 3 At The Higgins Building (2014). Adam has spent the better part of the past decade producing original works. From a very young age Adam has been passionate about storytelling through motion picture. After years of attempting to replicate the masters with a VHS camcorder he borrowed from his father, he attended The New York Film Academy (NYFA) both in New York and Los Angeles. Subsequently completing a degree in Fine Arts, Adam created TangoLight Films, a production company with the sole purpose of telling extraordinary stories. Through both producing and directing these feature length films and years of experience behind the camera, Adam has been featured and prestigious New York festivals and internationally. Recently Adam has directed beautiful "Hua Mei Orchestra" Documentary and is embarking on his biggest feature film to date; Mouse, filming in the spring of '17.
Cristina de Leon
Christina is a writer, director, and born and raised California girl. Though initially trained in acting, Christina found a deep love for writing when she was encouraged by instructors to create her own opportunities.
She's still not over the break up of the Spice Girls and wishes everyone would please stop bringing it up.
Shawn Cortel left his midwest roots in Iowa to attend college at, Pepperdine University where he graduated with a B.A. in Theatre Arts. He has performed on stage and screen from NYC to California and has a strong love for self expression through all artistic mediums. He currently resides between LA and NYC. This is his directorial debut.
Thomas is an Emmy award winning Producer and three-time Emmy nominated Director with over 35 years as an Independent filmmaker and commercial producer/director.
For Molly, directing was not her first venture in the film industry. After taking filmmaking and acting courses at places such as Academy of Art San Francisco and New York Film Academy, she pursued both acting and directing. She has directed a few short experimental comedies prior to 'Lizzie Lost.'
Christian Cieplik & Maria-Nicole Miriklis
Christian is one half of the creative team behind this film. He joined the military as a Private after completing an undergraduate degree. During his deployment, he discovered that documenting his experiences in a creative, visual way helped him process his experiences. After returning from Afghanistan he gained his commission in the Infantry. He is leaving the profession of arms to pursue a career in law.
Writer / Producer / Editor at Qallam Content
Maria-Nicole has been creating content for 10 years. She’s currently employed as an executive in a Toronto television distribution company. She completed a Doc Accelerator mentorship with Hot Docs in 2014 and used that opportunity to develop this project. She bought her husband, Christian, the helmet camera he took overseas. She’s proud to bring his experience to a wider audience.
Owner and operator for Alone Wolf Pictures, Luke Malone is also a producer, writer, and director. He founded AWP back in 2005 and continues to produce independent work in Arizona.
From the Director: "I have long wanted to create a fictional story that could loosely relate to real life actions and events surrounding the IRA. A story revolving around the IRA has always interested me, but I wanted to make it something more close to home and also stay in the realms of what I know. Conflicts within business, family, and personal issues have been a subject that I love to tackle and doing so in the film, Doherty, has been a difficult, but exciting route to journey upon. My goal for the film is to entertain and interest my audience and to ultimately create an exciting action/drama film that you can enjoy while also wanting more.
Mirjam Clement is a Norwegian artist married to special-effects artist Howard Berger.
“Waking a Monster” is her first and only experience with the film medium. With the exception of the music, narration and puppeteering, Mirjam created everything from the first sketch to the final DCP of “Waking a Monster”.
In 2000 she attended the National Academy of the Arts in Bergen, Norway, and later exchanged to study traditional graphic printing techniques at Academia di Belle Arts in Bologna, Italy.
Mirjam's background in visual arts informs the film's portrayal of her husband.
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Before studying directing at the international film school in cologne in 2015, Kai Kreuser wrote and directed the pilot episode of KUNTERGRAU season 1.
He continued working as a writer and director on season 1 of KUNTERGRAU during his studies and after a successful crowdfunding campaign in 2016 got to write and direct the entire second season.
Due to other student projects he was granted a scholarship by the MMC Movies Köln GmbH - one of germanys biggest production facilities.
Currently he is working on his thesis film "LABEL ME", dealing with a Syrian refugee's conflict with his own sexuality.