THE FILMMAKERS

 

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Youthana Yuos, writer/director

Youthana is a writer and director from Harrisburg, PA. He graduated from Penn State in 2007 with a degree in Information Sciences and Technology before earning his Masters in 2011 for Information Systems. Now having switched gears from IT to film, he is currently studying cinematic arts at the University of Southern California where he was recently awarded the Jack Nicholson Scholarship for Directing in 2016.

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Robert Cammisa, producer

Robert Cammisa is a producer born and raised in Connecticut. He attended the Film program at Fairfield University where he produced six films throughout the course of his four years of study. Robert has had the opportunity to not only produce narratives but also documentaries in Thailand, Haiti, Australia and Nicaragua. Since graduating, his productions include a feature film, a half a dozen web series, and a wide range of commercials. A constant yearning to learn about other cultures and better understand humanity keeps him in pursuit of filmmaking and creating moments on screen that others can relate to and learn from.

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Jake Katofskyproducer 

Jake started working in film as an editor nine years ago with Psycho Rock Productions, a small production company based out of the San Fernando Valley. Since that time he has worked in almost every role on a production across dozens of projects ranging from commercials to full features. Jake worked as an assistant on 2014 LA Film Festival Best Picture Winner CUT!, and the following year co-wrote and produced a romantic comedy entitled 108 Stitches that had a limited theatrical run in 2014 and has received international distribution On Demand since. More recently, Jake was an associate producer on Live Cargo which debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival in April and later screened at the Warsaw Film Festival. Over the years, he has had the great fortune to work on these professional sets with talent ranging from beginners to Academy Award and Emmy nominated, and see projects through from pre-production to release on a global scale.

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Derek James Robinson, director of photography

Derek James Robinson is an AFI Cinematography Alum (2015) who's been working in the industry for the last seven years as a DP and Gaffer on Features, Shorts, Music Videos and Commercials. His work has taken him from LA to India and played in festivals around the world.

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Brett Holman, editor

Brett hails from Vermont and has been interested in movies from an early age. After receiving an undergraduate degree cinema studies, he worked in the world of independent film distribution before starting at USC. He is pursuing an editorial emphasis and expects to graduate in December of 2017.

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David Boman, composer

David Boman is a film composer from Seattle, WA.  He attended the University of Washington for his undergraduate, majoring in anthropology and minoring in music.  After graduating he shifted gears fully toward music for film; earning a certificate in audio engineering from the University of Washington, and subsequently moving to Los Angeles to attend the UCLA extension film scoring program.  David studied at UCLA until beginning a job in the field of film scoring and pop music production. In addition to his role as composer for commercials, short films and feature films; his experiences include acting as audio engineer and musician for films and series' featured at Sundance Film Festival, as well as on HBO, Amazon and Netflix.

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Emma Weston, production designer

Born in the UK, Emma Weston is a LA-based production designer, currently honing her craft at USC School of Cinematic Arts. Emma has designed many USC thesis films, and a few commercials as Production Designer or Art Director, including stage set builds. Emma is inspired by playing with a limited color palette - sticking to a few colors so that when a new or more vibrant color is seen, it amplifies a certain emotional beat within the story. With a background in fine art, Emma’s hobby is concept design for animation. Emma is fascinated by the lack of limitations with animation design - if you can imagine it you can create it. Upon graduation Emma's goal is to work within an Art Department for film or TV.

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Casey Nguyen, costume designer

Casey Nguyen is a costume designer from Virginia. She moved to Los Angeles in order to follow her dream of working in film and television. A graduate from the Fashion Design program at FIDM, the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Casey is well-versed in the custom end of costume design. Developed in school and through personal experience she is skilled in historical research, script breakdowns, alterations, pattern-making, and budgeting. Throughout her time at FIDM, Casey worked on films and music videos with USC and UCLA.

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Ryan Michael Connolly, assistant director

Ryan Michael Connolly is a writer and filmmaker who recently left behind a successful two-decade national security career to pursue the great passions of his life. He earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from the U.S. Naval Academy. He later earned an MA in National SecurityAffairs (East Asian Security Studies) from the Naval Postgraduate School and an MA in Linguistics from Georgetown University. He is an alumni fellow of Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Seminar XXI. Ryan served 15 years on active duty as a U.S. Marine Corps officer. 

He is currently a full-time graduate student in the Film and Television Production MFA Program, School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California. His areas of focus are writing, directing, and producing