Director BIOS: Nina Gerstenhaber, Jessica Stanley (THE ROSE GARDEN)

Director Biography – Nina Gerstenhaber, Jessica Stanley

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Nina Gerstenhaber
I was born on April 10, 1994 in Paris, France. My family and I moved to Israel when I was 13 and I then moved to America to study animation. I grew up drawing, watching movies and reading books, so I pretty much always knew that I had a passion for storytelling and the entertainment industry. I always loved to draw but the movie that really made me want to do animation is Spirited Away. I remember that this was the first movie that made me notice the character animation and how great and subtle it was. After my military service, where I worked as a graphic designer, I wanted to move to America to study animation. I looked up the top colleges for CG animation and found Ringling College of Art and Design. During my time at Ringling I have gained tremendous experience and exposure to the field of animation and received hands-on training through various projects. After my graduation, I would like to keep evolving in an inspiring environment where I can continue to develop my skills and grow as an artist.

Jessica Stanley
Jessica was born August 24, 1996 and grew up in The Woodlands, Tx. From the moment she could pick up a crayon she was always drawing. Throughout school she drew comics and wrote short stories. Thanks to her cinephile father, she was raised with a TV always playing a movie, and was constantly absorbing films. Some of her greatest influences from this time were Spirited away, The Dark Knight, and Amelie. In high school she chose to combine her two loves- drawing and film- and pursue a career in animation. Ringling was the next logical step for her.

While she is constantly looking to expand and change up her artistic sensibilities, she is currently highly influenced by fables, Miyazaki, and Brad Bird. She hopes that with each work she creates she pulls the audience into a fantastic world and relieve them of the real one for a brief moment. She
hopes that through viewing her work, the audience could learn more about themselves and become better people and a population as a whole.

Jessica has taken online courses outside of her Ringling education to further her studies including courses at Concept Design Academy and CG Master Academy. In the summer of 2017, Jessica was a story intern at Pixar Animation studios. Her group’s senior film was chosen as part of the Best of Ringling senior Computer Animation films.

After graduation, Jessica hopes to be a storyboard artist at a feature film studio and travel in her free time. She enjoys baking, finding obscure indie bands, and brewing rare teas.

Director Statement

This film was created with an intent to guide the audience through a whimsical journey that proves in the end to only be a distraction for the real message of the film. It was heavily inspired by fables and folk tales and the elegant simplicity of their messages. Fables long history in storytelling and universality of their messages resonated with us- few stories are universally known but fairy tales and folk tales have survived centuries- and our film was built to be a homage to them. The film aiming to create a modern fairy tale- following the tropes and structure of fairy tales while introducing modern design, setting and character elements.
We felt the short film format was perfect for short, simple universal messages, perfect for the fairy

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Short Film: THE ROSE GARDEN, 3min., USA, Thriller/Animation

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The film follows Milo, a young adventurous boy who ventures into a mysterious rose garden in order to get his toy airplane back. As he wanders around, he discovers that this seemingly wondrous place is not quite what it seems.

Project Links
  • Film Type:
    Animation, Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    2 minutes 52 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 28, 2018
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2.35:1
  • Film Color:
    Color

Director BIO: Rocky Ramsey (MISCREANT)

Director Biography – Rocky Ramsey

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Rocky Ramsey was born in San Francisco, CA and raised in Oakland, CA. Rocky was the first male in his family to receive a College Degree – USC School of Cinematic Arts for Film and Television Production, 2015. After Graduation, Rocky began Producing and 1st Assistant Directing music videos for various labels such as Ultra Records.

Due to his extreme sports background, Rocky began doing stunts in the industry – boxing, skydiving, motocross, driving cars, surfing, and snowboarding. Now directing, writing, and producing, Rocky Ramsey has a fantastic understanding and awareness for stunts when it comes to creating his films.

Director Statement

This is my directors debut, I wrote this film as a student at USC – I directed, wrote, produced, and stunt coordinated this film. Currently, I am in the process of expanding this short into a feature length movie.

Short Film: MISCREANT, 10min., Crime/Thriller

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Anderson McCarthy, a young law-school graduate, walks two small town detectives through his life threatening turn of events while visiting his Uncle Billy for the very first time.

  • Film Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Thriller, Crime, Drama, Myster
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes 45 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 15, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2.35:1
  • Film Color:
    Color

Director BIOS: Bevin Hamilton, Rachael Murphy (INCALL)

Director Biography – Bevin Hamilton , Rachael Murphy

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BEVIN HAMILTON 
(Director/Writer) Bevin is an Actress, Singer/Songwriter and Dancer, from Kansas. Her raw talent and stage presence were recognized early on, when at age seven, she landed her first professional theatrical role in “Singing In The Rain”. The theatre continued to be a platform for her artistic expression and would eventually bring her to Los Angeles where she performed leading roles in workshopped productions for playwrights Lee Blessing & Vince Melocchi. She later took to directing herself, in an Israel Horowitz’s production of “Stage Directions”. Today, Bevin’s acting resume boasts not only theatre credits, but wide experience in television, commercials, musical reviews and film. Most recently, she can be seen in Eric Stoltz’s “Confession of a Teenage Jesus Jerk”.
As a Singer/Songwriter, she has toured and/or collaborated with Artists such as Jimmy Cliff, Motley Crue, Tim Armstrong and James Michael. Her solo career is also burgeoning following the release of her EP titled “Filters and Frames” (on iTunes); so much so, she is currently recording her second album.
Bevin is thrilled to announce “Incall” as her directorial film debut and feels blessed to work with her talented friend and writing partner Rachael Murphy.

RACHAEL MURPHY 
(Director/Writer) Rachael is an Australian-born Actress, Model and aspiring Director, living in Los Angeles. Her passion for performing arts began at a young age, starting with Physical Culture, when she was only four. At 17, she became an Australian Physical Culture champion and was awarded an Australian sports medal for outstanding achievement.
A social and well-rounded student, Rachael traveled aboard to study advertising and marketing communication on scholarship at Pepperdine University before realizing her place was on set, rather than behind a desk. Rachael has had the good fortune of working with distinguished actors and directors including the likes of Eli Roth, Henry Thomas, Margaret O’Brien, Darren Aronofsky, Fruit Chan and Kathryn Bigelow. She has appeared in various feature films and TV shows such as “Don’t Look Up”, “Iron Man 2”, “Nowhere Else”, “America’s Most Smartest Model”, “Nip/Tuck” and “Two and a Half Men”. Between theatrical projects she has shot national commercials and print ads for Absolut, Bibigo, Colgate, Garnier, Google, Honda, JC Penny, Kelly Van Gogh, Little Tikes, Macintosh, Marshalls, Maybelline, Mercedes Benz, Mitsubishi Electronics, Old Navy and Revlon.
“Incall” will be her directorial debut and she is currently in pre-production for an upcoming feature film.

 

Director Statement

 

Two (pretty) heads are better than one. By learning to combine our unique insights we’ve enhanced our individual creativity. We may be more different than we are alike on the surface, but our passion for dynamic storytelling and love of cinema connects us on a meaningful level; one that satisfies our craving to create and make sense of our world. We each bring our knowledge, perspectives and personalities to our art; where our combined imaginations, experiences and tastes meld & flourish into something novel and beautiful. This is because, like many dynamic duos, we think in terms of “we”. We’re a team; we support and trust one another and we value honesty, constructive conflict, appreciation, adaptability and harmony.
As a female directing team we are proudly persevering in this climate of change and look forward to finding long term career support from the establishment and our peers.

Short Film: INCALL, 10min., USA, Thriller

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INCALL is a confrontational thriller about sexual power play, greed and deception explored from a female perspective. It examines issues that have traditionally been avoided by moviemakers because of a gender bias to stereotype women as softer and more compassionate. It portrays three women as confident, complex, sexually focused characters who represent the modern woman. This project hopes to raise awareness of these challenging yet critical concerns.

Project Links
  • Film Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes 50 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 31, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Canon C300 MKII
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2:39.1
  • Film Color:
    Color

Director BIO: Erik Bloomquist, Carson Bloomquist (SHE CAME FROM THE WOODS)

Director Biography – Erik Bloomquist, Carson Bloomquist

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Erik Bloomquist is a two-time New England Emmy® Award winner (Outstanding Director and Outstanding Writer), eight-time nominee, and Top 200 Director on HBO’s Project Greenlight. His nationally syndicated series, The Cobblestone Corridor (for which Erik served as creator, showrunner, writer, director, and lead actor) is the winner of three New England Emmy® Awards and recipient of nine nominations. His critically acclaimed short films have played internationally on television, at festivals, and on demand.

Theatrically, Erik has directed at prominent regional and educational institutions across the country including Ivoryton Playhouse, Ozark Actors Theatre, Priscilla Beach Theatre, Clark University, and Trinity College. A member of Actors’ Equity Association, his stage acting credits include the American premiere of Calendar Girls at the Ivoryton Playhouse and the world premiere of Rear Window at Hartford Stage (starring Kevin Bacon and directed by Darko Tresnjak).

Erik has served as adjunct Faculty at Trinity College, Artist-in-Residence at Avon Old Farms School, and Visiting Artist at Miss Porter’s School and St. Andrew’s School in Boca Raton, FL. His debut feature, Long Lost, is currently in post-production.

Director Statement

SHE CAME FROM THE WOODS is inspired by our early influences — particularly Nickelodeon’s ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK?. This show awakened our imaginations, fostering a feeling of boundless possibilities and heightened sensory experiences. Our passion for these things has been ever-presents since childhood. It is a feeling that we hope to evoke in audiences — reminding them that sometimes there is nothing more fun than a good old-fashioned campfire story.