Nazgol Kashani

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Nazgol Kashani was born in Tehran, Iran. She left Iran when she was 17 and since then has lived in Brussels, Paris, London and the US. She has studied art mediation and cultural policy in Paris and London, curated several contemporary art exhibitions and worked with BBC World Service as a freelance art journalist and producer. She is a passionate about French Nouvelle Vague Cinema and Italian Cinema, specifically the works of Jean-Luc Godard and Michelangelo Antonioni. She also has an obsession with Woody Allen and has seen all his movies to date.

Megan Fitzgerald

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Megan Fitzgerald was born and raised in Hancock, Minnesota. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Art (with emphasis in Film and Printmaking) and Art History with a minor in Music. Her prints and short films have been featured in multiple solo and group art exhibitions. Her twenty-minute short film, VIII, was Feature Presentation at the UMM Undergraduate Research Symposium and was awarded Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Death and Special Award for Artistic Vision. Megan’s film oeuvre gravitates towards the theme of human identity and conflict. She has found inspiration from the film movements of German Expressionism, Postmodernism, Dogmatism and Feminism.

Joel Fleurent

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Joel Fleurent was born and raised in the suburbs outside of Boston, Massachusetts. In 2009, he graduated from Central New Mexico Community College with an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts. Thereafter, he enrolled at the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor to study English and Literature but decided to change career paths, ultimately graduating from New Mexico State University’s Creative Media Institute with a BA in Digital Film. During that time, he was an active member of the Student Organization of Digital Arts, The White Sands International Film Festival and worked on numerous student films and projects, including co-writing and directing a senior thesis film, *Shattered*. His influences include Stanley Kubrick, Paul Thomas Anderson, Quentin Tarantino, Woody Allen and the Coen Brothers.

Rob Fleurent

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Rob Fleurent was born and raised in the suburbs outside of Boston, Massachusetts. In 2009, he graduated from Central New Mexico Community College with an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts. Thereafter, he enrolled at the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor to study English and Literature but decided to change career paths, ultimately graduating from New Mexico State University’s Creative Media Institute with a BA in Digital Film. During that time, he was an active member of the Student Organization of Digital Arts, The White Sands International Film Festival and worked on numerous student films and projects, including co-writing and directing a senior thesis film, Shattered. His influences include Stanley Kubrick, Paul Thomas Anderson, Quentin Tarantino, Woody Allen and the Coen Brothers.

Brian MacNeel

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Brian MacNeel is originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but has spent the past eight years in Atlanta, Georgia where he received a BFA in Creative Writing with a Concentration in Poetry from Georgia State University. Despite the vast money-making potential of such a major, he decided to pursue filmmaking after having a near spiritual experience while watching Psycho in an elective film course. Since then he has dedicated himself to watching as many films as he can get his hands on while shooting short films of his own. His filmmaking takes influence from a variety of disciplines such as film, poetry, critical theory, philosophy, painting and the dirty jokes he tells with his friends.

Reza Entezamimehr

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Reza Entezamimehr was born and raised in Tehran, Iran. Before beginning the MFA in Film program at Ohio University’s School of Film, Reza attended both Soore University where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Cinematography and Film/Video Production as well as Tehran Film School where he received a Certificate in Experimental Documentaries. He has also worked on a wide variety of projects acting as director, editor and/or cinematographer in both film and television. Among his plethora of interests are arts and culture, civil rights and social action, education and the environment.

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.