A skilled mimic at age six, Mojean Aria began taking acting lessons at his preschool teacher's recommendation. The suggestion fuelled a passion, which took Australian-raised Mojean to N.I.D.A (National Institution of Dramatic Arts) whose notable alumni include Cate Blanchett, Judy Davis, Colin Friels, Mel Gibson, and Hugo Weaving. His talent was so impressive the school allowed him to join advanced (adult) classes at age fourteen. In 2004 Mojean won a scholarship to the McDonald College High School of Performing Arts where he studied acting for three hours a day while finishing his schooling. In 2005 Mojean landed the lead role in the feature film Cross Life directed by Claire McCarthy. Cross Life premiered at the Sydney Film Festival. Following Cross Life, Mojean had several years which he refers to as the "experimental time." While traversing projects, developing his approach, honing his own voice and purpose, he continued to study screen writing and acting. Relocating to Los Angeles, Mojean quickly landed the role of young Jake LaMotta in The Bronx Bull, portraying the character made famous by Robert De Niro in the iconic film Raging Bull. Mojean next starred in the human rights film Aban & Khorshid which screened for The United Nations and major festivals, including Cannes, Seattle and Palm Springs. Aria has multiple films due for release and others in pre-production. He continues to passionately refine his craft and in his spare time studies movement, poetry and mixed martial arts. Mojean currently resides in Los Angeles.
Joseph Reitman has appeared in over 50 episodes of television including recurring roles on Married with Children, Charmed, Hudson Street and The Shield, and roles on NCIS: LA, Ray Donovan, CSI Miami, CSI Las Vegas, Monk, Supernatural, The Drew Carey Show, The Pretender, Sleeper Cell, In Plain Sight, and Just Add Magic. Joe was also a series regular on Townies for ABC, and has also acted in over 20 feature films including The Perfect Storm, Clueless, Tomcats, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, American Pie 2, Bandidas, M. Night Shyamalan’s Lady In The Water, Gamer, Crank 2, Money Monster and the upcoming This Is Meg, Ruin Me and Mom & Dad. Most recently he guest starred in the TV pilot Happy! for the SyFy channel. Outside of Hollywood Joe played poker professionally from 2006 to 2011, playing in the World Series of Poker for 5 years, as well as winning the Stone Cold Nuts Tournament online and beating out 2774 players to win $266,000 in 14 hours. He also wrote a comic that was published by Marvel. Spiderman Unlimited #14 and was thrilled to be able to cross that off his bucket list.
A multi-faceted character actor that continually sharpens his craft. Most recent successes include an Academy Award for the Narrative Short This Way Up an AFI/ Jeremy Cloe film and the Student Emmy awarded Martian American that Charley produced and acted in. Charley graduated with a Juris Doctorate and passed the California Bar. He successfully practiced law, primarily as a Civil Litigator with a short stint in the Public Defenders office. He has two sons Bubby Rossman, a pitcher drafted in 2014 by the Los Angeles Dodgers, and college student Spencer. His acting career began in 1992 with a string of Action and Comedic Roles and as part of the Universal Studios Stunt Team. Charley showed comedic talents in films such as Superbad and gained exposure in the soaps including Port Charles. He is known for playing a diverse characters including detectives (CSI reoccuring) and tough but lovable authority figures as a series regular in The TICK. Most recently he starred in the Windrider Award which screened at Sundance Film Festival.
Raised in South Boston, MA Abi Damaris Corbin entered college at age fourteen, graduating with a Master of Arts in Performance Studies. Her desire to grow as a creator led her to the University of Southern California's graduate production program. In the MFA program, Abi led multiple productions. Drone, a project Abi produced, was funded by USC and nominated for a Student Academy Award®. Following Drone, Abi was chosen by Universal Studios and USC to direct Luna, a short film testing cloud-based technology. Abi then co-directed the feature film Actors Anonymous; the cast included Academy Award® nominated actors Eric Roberts and James Franco, who also executive produced. Universal Studios partnered with USC again, along with Disney and Google, to sponsor Abi's recently completed film, The Suitcase. The short, which she wrote and directed, depicts events at Logan Airport on 9/11. The narrative was selected by Creative Artist Agency for their Moebius Showcase. Following graduation, Abi was selected as a Sony Pictures Fellow for their third annual Director's Program. Abi is engaged in cutting-edge production and post-production research with Disney and USC's Entertainment Technology Center in conjunction with major studios and technology leaders including the Hollywood Post Alliance (HPA), SMPTE, and NAB. Currently she is writing her next feature screenplay, Swatted. Outside of media, she works with non-profit organizations in urban areas concerned with social and economic change.
Drew Diamond is a LA based producer and writer originally from South Texas. He received his MFA from the USC School of Cinematic Arts where he produced the Student Academy Award® winning documentary A Second Chance. He has produced content for Disney, Universal, Warner Brothers, Giorgio Armani, Nike SB, Tastemade, Project Greenlight Digital Studios, Media Institute for Social Change (MISC), and the Entertainment Technology Center (ETC). Fascinated by storytelling across all platforms, Drew also produces new media content including live 360 streaming events and the first room scale interactive VR content for the Technicolor Experience Center which will premiere at the 2017 SXSW film festival. Most recently he produced the episodic series Pineapple which was selected to premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.
Daniela is an LA based, Mexican American producer and talent manager. She received her BS in Film and Television from San Diego State University and her MFA in Producing from the American Film Institute where she received scholarships from Women In Film and the Latino Donor Collaborative. At the AFI, Daniela produced 6 narrative short films as well as her thesis film Woman Outside, which won best dramatic short at the UN Women Global Voices Film Festival and received a certificate of merit from the Rochester International Film Festival. Daniela also wrote and produced television content for MTV Tr3s' Rock Dinner ¡He Matado a Mi Marido! Daniela is currently a manager at Latin World Entertainment where she represents top Hispanic talent. She also works alongside actor/producer Freida Pinto at her emerging production company Freebird Films. Daniela's goal as a producer and talent manager is to increase and diversify the representation of the Latin community on screen.
A Moscow native, Elena Bawiec, graduated with an MFA from the renowned USC School of Cinematic Arts. While at USC, Elena produced numerous short films that travelled to film festivals worldwide, gathering significant critical acclaim along the way. Among them are: Only Light, a poetic exploration of the world of human trafficking; Kafka, a sci-fi comedy about a time machine gone awry; and D’Arline, a period drama generously supported by the Sloan Foundation about the physicist Richard Feynman. Her newest projects are an ambitious dune racing proof of concept, Mother’s Day and a cinematic essay by Greg Strasz Incendium, on which she worked side by side with her producing partner Jean de Meuron.
After working as a branded-content (imagefilms) and TV commercial producer in his native Switzerland, Jean de Meuron was a trainee at several Hollywood studios such as Paramount Pictures, The Weinstein Company, Universal Pictures and MGM. After attending USC's School of Cinematic Arts Summer Program, he graduated with a Bachelor's degree with Outstanding Academic Achievement from The New School in New York. Recently, he was a student at UCLA's prestigious School of Theater, Film and Television, attending the Professional Program in Producing. Jean started his professional career working for prolific NY-based film, TV and Broadway producer Scott Rudin at Scott Rudin Productions. Most recently, Jean's short film, La femme et le TGV starring Jane Birkin, which he executive produced, was nominated for an OSCAR® for Best Live Action Short Film at the 89th Academy Awards®.
Erik Weaver is a specialist focused on the intersection of Cloud and the Media and Entertainment Industry, currently running Project Cloud for ETC. The project unites senior leaders from the six major studios to develop next generation Cloud standards, support Hollywood organizations and major Cloud vendors, and produce proof of concepts. The group encompasses many aspects of the Cloud including transport, security, metadata, long-term storage, and formation of an agnostic framework that unites key vendors and studios.
A self taught film editor, Chris Witt, resides in Los Angeles, California. His editing work has screened worldwide to great acclaim; the films include Kavi, a 2010 Academy Award® nominee and narrative feature films including The Veil starring William Levy and The Sundance Lab workshopped film In the Shadows starring Manoj Bajpayee.
Jon Keng's work revolves around visual storytelling and exploring the nuances of the human condition. He regularly lenses films across Singapore, London, Beijing and Los Angeles, screening at over 100 film festivals across the world.
A graduate of the American Film Institute Conservatory, his thesis film, Fata Morgana, premiered at the world renowned Clermont Ferrand Film Festival and went on to win Best Short Film at the 31st Golden Rooster Awards, China's equivalent of the Oscars. Most recently, he shot Pineapple, an episodic series selected for the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.
Peter Bawiec is a Polish Sound Designer, he graduated with an MFA from USC School of Cinematic Arts. He was born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands; however, he lived and studied in Belgium, Poland, Singapore and currently the United States. While in high school, the Chopin Music University in Warsaw, Poland allowed him to attend Sound Engineering classes and there he became fascinated with sound. His life took a detour that involved getting a bachelors degree in Marketing and Finance but eventually led him to USC School of Cinematic Arts. At USC, he focused in depth on the art of Sound Storytelling, worked on over 40 student films and was mentored by the Academy Award® winning Sound Designer Stephen H. Flick. Once he obtained his MFA degree, Peter went on to work on feature films and TV shows and has since heard his sound design play at Sundance, Berlin, SXSW, Rotterdam and numerous other leading film festivals around the globe as well as on VOD. Peter loves cooking, Tchaikovsky and soldering cables.
Nathan Matthew David's eclectic background began in the classical world at a young age and quickly expanded to indie bands and electronic music. Recent feature work has included The Last Word from Mark Pellington which premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, and will be released theatrically by Bleecker Street Media. In Television, he is the composer for the critically acclaimed TBS series Angie Tribeca from creators Nancy and Steve Carrell. He was also the composer for both seasons of the USA drama Satisfaction. He studied film scoring at USC’s prestigious Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television program (2012).