Eric Eldridge

Eric A. Eldridge was born in Santa Ana, CA. He doesn’t live in Brooklyn even though San Francisco is on fire right now. When asked why he wants to pursue a career in filmmaking Eric said, “When I realized all the alternate options were going to be unsuccessful for me I decided to pursue a career in filmmaking unfortunately.” When asked what’s so important about movies he said: “I’ve always held fast to the idea that making a fiction film is another way of figuring out what’s true in the world.”

Ying Ding

Ying loves psychology and philosophy. She's obsessed with plays and movies. She loves Shakespeare, Hamlet is her favorite play so far. Her 1st favorite word is heart, 2nd favorite word is thinking. The movies that she loves include The Reader, Kill Your Darlings, Spinning Plates, Belle, The Attorney, Gravity, Life Itself.... She loves stories that are both deeply moving and thought-provoking. Film/play to her is all about self-expression, about revealing oneself and provoking people to think. She loves stories that are uncomfortable, disorienting, ambiguous and morally challenging. She's from China and has a background in biological science.

Robert Kaithern

Robert Kaithern is the proud sibling of three sisters and two brothers from the farm country of South Jersey. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Asian International Studies from Emory & Henry College, but lost all interest in international governance after working as a PA on a friend’s film project. Other than extreme metal, hard labor, and Laphroaig, Robert enjoys the work of Tom Waits, Carl Jung, and Nick Diaz. Quid Aedificare.

Cecil Houser

Cecil has been a movie lover since birth. In fact, it’s said that while attending the movie “The Lord of the Rings” in 1978, he was so emotionally engaged in one scene that he stood up in the middle of the theatre and started yelling with the character Boromir who was being shot with arrows in the chest by a band of Orcs. From that moment there was an inherent sense that storytelling would forever be a part of his life. After completing an MA in Photography from Ohio University’s School of Visual Communications in April 2016, Cecil knew it was time to complete his journey by entering the Ohio School of Film’s MFA program to secure his dream of filmmaking.

“I am excited every day to have the opportunity to work with such energetically creative people who have the same passion for storytelling as I do”.

Cecil Houser

Lauressa Nicholson

Lauressa Nicholson is from Guyana South America. She has worked for over 10 years as a Television Producer in Guyana's state media and produced features and documentaries on health, environmental and social issues. Prior to leaving Guyana she worked as an entrepreneur producing documentaries and advertisements for private companies and people. A graduate of the University of Guyana she attained a Bachelor of Social Science in Communication Studies. Though her greatest interest is cinematography she believes every film special is in its own way, and is inspired by every genre of film she watches, whether it’s the cinematography, story or the characters. Her hope is to inspire others through her work as a filmmaker as she believes film-making is a big part of her purpose on earth.

Michelle David

Michelle David grew up in Columbus, Ohio with a passion for filmmaking. After deciding that a career in film was simply too impractical, Michelle went to Washington State University for a double degree in neuroscience and Spanish with a minor in computer science. While working in research laboratories for her honors thesis, Michelle realized that the pull to filmmaking was far too strong a force in her life to ignore. She is now in the MFA program studying film production at Ohio University. Her passion spans all genres and styles, and she particularly loves stories that ignite the imagination.

Ayesha Nizhoni

Ayesha Nizhoni is a Los Angeles native who grew up in the entertainment industry, so you could say she’s been studying films all her life (and you'd be right). She learned all about classic cinema from her childhood wanderings around Hollywood’s various studio backlots, and from far too much time spent watching late-night cable when she was supposed to be asleep. She’s actively been a part of film, both in front of and behind the camera since she was about 10 years old, and now she’s taking this journey to the next level.

She’s been everything from a barista to a cruise ship entertainer, but she grew tired of all that stability and prosperity, so she returned to college in 2014, and graduated in 2016 with a BA in Film Studies from Agnes Scott College. Because she follows the money.

Aside from a life of study and an unfulfilled search for the world’s perfect chocolate croissant, she has two devastatingly awesome dogs who make every single day, well, awesome.

BRUNO M. VIANA

Bruno was born in Pelotas, in southern Brazil, but has lived between Porto Alegre and Sao Paulo, for the last decade where he received a degree in Social Communication at PUC-RS, and a post-graduate degree in Film and Photography at Mackenzie University. Bruno also went to acting school for 3 years and while doing that, he realized he did not want to be in front of the camera but rather, behind it. Since then, Bruno has made five short films along with other video productions and started Studio MV11, a small production company with the main goal of making independent films. Bruno has also worked as a 2nd Assistant Director for Zeppelin Filmes in Brazil as well as a PA for Susie Films in Charlotte, NC.

Bruno is inspired by various directors throughout the history of cinema like Charlie Chaplin, Elia Kazan, Hitchcock, Sidney Lumet, Barry Levinson, Scorsese, David Fincher, Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez and also seeks motivation from different arts such as music, theater and painting.