Matthew Willets

Matthew Willets is from Burlington, North Carolina. He studied Sociology and Screenwriting at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte before jumping from job to job in Los Angeles as a PA, background actor and intern providing script coverage during 2013. In 2014, he relocated to Seoul, South Korea where he taught English and wrote two feature screenplays. Matthew is most inspired by the captivating camera movements of Kurosawa Akira, Billy Wilder and Park Chan-Wook and hopes to follow in their footsteps through blocking and a sharp attention to detail.

Kingsley Nyarko

Kingsley Nyarko was born and raised in Accra, Ghana. A young nobleman with a passion for filmmaking, he studied at and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre and Film from the University of Ghana. He is fascinated by the feeling caused by looking at oneself through the camera’s eye and by the possibilities that come from turning that eye towards others and society as a whole. He is passionate about growing his ideas, planting them within a story and rolling the camera to capture the magic that unfolds.

Reza Entezamimehr

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.

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.

Nazgol Kashani

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.

Corey Howell

Corey Howell was born and raised in Inez, a small town in the hills of Eastern Kentucky. From 2009 until 2013, he studied at Georgetown College where he worked on various film projects, wrote for and helped to edit the student newspaper and spent a semester abroad studying at Oxford University before graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature while minoring in Biology and Chemistry. He is inspired by the works of David Lynch and David Cronenberg among others and is fascinated by the human body and the extremes to which it can be pushed, as well as the inky, oozing blackness that bubbles under the surface of seemingly idyllic small towns.

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.

Joel Fleurent

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.

Megan Fitzgerald

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.

Carrie Love

Carrie Love hails from southeast Michigan, but has lived in Saipan, Costa Rica and since 2008, the Dominican Republic. She has a BA in Secondary Biology Education and an MA in Educational Leadership. She worked as a middle school and high school teacher before dedicating a number of years to improving schools in Latin America through an NGO. Carrie has always loved film and despite her very busy schedule, somehow managed to get a second BA in Film. She is drawn to issues of voice and representation, particularly the role of females in film and enjoys creating strong female characters.

Matt Love

Matt Love is from a small town in the northern part of Michigan’s lower peninsula. With a degree in Business from the Lee Honors College at Western Michigan University, he started his own business. He went on to sell that business and start another before eventually dedicating almost a decade of his life to non-profit work in the Dominican Republic and Latin America. With the experience of having shot in almost a dozen countries and a passion for filmmaking, he hopes to be a positive influence on society by creating a better humanity through moving images.