Director Biography – Ryan Jackson (FROM SHADOW)

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Ryan Jackson is a Writer, Director with an interest in the thriller genre, and supernatural themes. He graduated The NZ Film School in 2007, and has Co Written, Co Starred and Directed the Comedy Web Series (Mount Doom) has Written and Directed the short thriller (From Shadow) and Co stars in the upcoming NZ feature (The Tavern)

Director Biography – George A. Velez (EAVESDROPPING)

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George A. Velez is a New York based filmmaker and actor. As a director, George has directed content for fashion designer, Jerome Lamaar. George’s narrative short films, Mr. E, P.I. and Eavesdropping have played at numerous festivals and won awards.
In addition to writing, directing, and acting, he has produced Like Salt , which enjoyed critical acclaim and award wins on the festival circuit. George has produced videos in collaboration with Black Thought from The Roots, Warner Bros., NBCUniversal, and 21st Century Fox.
George has taught film at the Columbia Discovery Center at Columbia University and is currently teaching screenwriting and directing at the Ghetto Film School.

Director Statement

I got the idea to make “Eavesdropping” when I heard my neighbor yelling “You had that bitch in our bed?” through the walls. There was a lot of anger and pain in her voice. She even yelled to her husband, “I should kill you.” And I thought what would happen if she did?

A common theme in all my work is that I take a relationship and examine it through a genre that everyone is familiar with. The genre is used as a lens to explore the complexities of these relationships; to explore the emotional pain and trauma of the characters. In this case, we explore mistrust, infidelity, and the struggle to communicate.

The goal of any film is to entertain but it’s always wonderful if a film pushes past that entertainment factor and causes the audience to feel something or self-reflect.

Director Biography – AMRITANSHU (AGHATIT/UNBECOMING)

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Born in 1993, India based filmmaker Amritanshu has done his majors in Literature from University of Delhi, and later studied Journalism. He went on to develop his filmmaking skills at LV Prasad Film and TV Academy, Chennai.
Past exposure towards theatre along with literature during his student years formed the crux of his creative journey. In 2017, his first film ‘Balloons of Desire/Chahat ke Gubbare’ won the Best Short Film award at the prestigious Kolkata International Film Festival ‘17 and University Filmmakers Competition ‘18 by Filmmakers Without Borders. The film has also been officially selected in Delhi International Film Festival, Cut-In Student’s Film Festival, International Inter-University Short Film Festival by Dhaka University Film Society. His film has been internationally recognized by Film Aid where it was played in the world’s largest refugee camp, Dadaab refugee Camp; Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya.
His documentary ‘Grey’, too has been screened in Indian film festivals such as KASHISH Mumbai Queer Film Festival and Out and Loud Pune International Queer Film Festival.

Currently working as an independent filmmaker, his second film ‘Aghatit’ has started its festival journey. Apart from being a filmmaker, he is also working on his debut novel.

Director Biography – Josh Wood (DOWN DELORO RIVER)

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Josh Wood is the writer, director, editor, and colourist of Down Deloro River. He has been interested in telling stories as well as had a passion for film since he was young. Josh has an interest for North American history and is highlighting the mysterious events that took place in 1912 after the 1866 Ontario gold rush in his new short thriller, Down Deloro River.

Director Biography – Lorenzo Puntoni (AQUARIUM)

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Lorenzo Puntoni works in cinema as first assistant director and director. He’s the author of two short films: “Aquarium” selected in about seventy international film festivals and winner of ten awards, and “Cosmosi” winner of the critics prize of the “Dance in 1 minute” festival’s edition 2018.

Director Biography – Sami Mustonen (MARRAS)

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Sami Mustonen was born in 1988 in Oulu, Finland. Mustonen is a film director and cinematographer while working also as a 3D visualization specialist. He has worked for one of the biggest advertising agencies in Finland and been involved in countless commercials, along with making visual effects for several shorts and full feature films. ‘Marras’ is his debut short film.

Director Biography – Chris Roe (Cemetery Tales: A Tale of Two Sisters)

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Manager, writer, producer, director, Chris Roe entered the entertainment business in 1996, after starting his own talent management agency, Chris Roe Management. Since then, his company has become well respected in the entertainment industry, managing such clients as directors George A. Romero, Clive Barker, and actors Bruce Davison, Meg Foster, Mariette Hartley, and Malcolm McDowell, to name a few.

In 2007, he wrote, produced and directed the award winning documentary feature, “One for the Fire,” released in May of 2008. He also produced and co-directed a pilot for television called, “Soul of the City,” and has acted as producer or executive producer on such films as “Suing the Devil,” “The Employer,” and most recently, “Bereave,” starring Malcolm McDowell, Jane Seymour and Keith Carradine.

Roe continues to manage and produce. In 2018 he launched his production company, Tea Time Productions, Inc. Cemetery Tales: A Tale of Two Sisters, has been the company’s first production. He currently has multiple projects in development, as well as several properties optioned. All projects are designed on a multi-platform structure.

He resides with his family in Los Angeles, CA.

Director Statement

A Tale of Two Sisters was a great joy to do. I used the people I wanted, and shot it the way I wanted. I had no outside interference! It’s a tribute to the great black and white thriller/suspense/horror/noir films of the ’30’s, ’40’s and early ’50’s.
Most of all, it was great to create a story that leaves the audience wondering what really happened.