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Sierra Gunn    Executive Producer

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An award-winning marketing and communications specialist with over 20 years in the field, Sierra Gunn now applies her creative and management skills to the development and production of independent films.  A skilled negotiator and organizer, she’s able to unite cast and crew into a coordinated and committed team, ensuring projects come in on time and on budget.  In addition to producing a number of films, Sierra wrote, produced, and hosted her own weekly radio show.

 

Todd Bendera    Producer/Director/Writer

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Todd Bendera is a young filmmaker who has worked both in front of and behind the camera.  His first film, Permanece Puro, a docu-drama on the plight of Mexican illegals, was selected by the Independent Film Channel as one of 3 finalists in a nation-wide competition.  Since then he has written and directed numerous short films, including the character-driven short drama, “L.A. Harmony”, starring Jeremy London, and the documentary, “Running Ragged, Running Scared”, a graphic look at the horse slaughter industry.  Todd has a Master of Fine Arts in both Filmmaking and Producing.

Jon Bendera     Writer / Co-Creator

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A former English professor with a Phd in English, Jon is the author of several award winning books and screenplays.  With The Colter Chronicles now underway, Jon has begun work on his newest novel, Book One of “The Conn Games”, a supernatural thriller.  Jon is also a black belt martial artist and Kung Fu instructor.

 

Paul Lacovara    Second Unit Director / Stunt Coordinator

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Paul is a premiere stuntman who’s doubled for many of Hollywood’s A-listers: Christian Bale, Eric Bana, Chris Pine, Bradley Cooper, and most recently, Tom Hiddleston, LOKI of ‘Thor’ and ‘The Avengers’ movies. For his work in Star Trek, Paul won a Screen Actors Guild award for Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble as well as two Taurus World Stunt Award nominations in the categories of Best High Work and Best Specialty Stunt.  Paul is now focused on the action behind the camera, specializing not only in action choreography and stunt fighting, but in second unit directing which allows for greater expression of his creativity and innovation.

John Duncan    Producer

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After getting his break in the UK on Feature Films such as 'The Duchess' and 'Glorious 39', John moved to New York to immerse himself in the art of filmmaking. A stint in Asia producing films and documentaries allowed John to hone his craft before returning to the U.S. and settling in Los Angeles.  His most current projects include ‘The Girl With No Number’, ‘Soul Ties’ and ‘Brother’s Keeper’, which just wrapped.

Wolfgang Lackner    Music Composer

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Wolfgang Lackner is a composer for Film, Television, and Multimedia. He has composed original music for feature films, television, documentaries, as well as music for the concert hall. Wolfgang recently received a Telly Award for Best Use of Music for a Motion Picture. In 2012, he was selected as Finalist in the "Best Film Score" category at the Moondance International Film Festival. Wolfgang is a graduate of the University of North Texas, with a degree in composition. He also studied orchestration and composition under Randall Bass, conductor of the Dallas Metropolitan Wind Symphony. In addition, he has studied with such renowned jazz composers as Frank Mantooth and Maria Schneider, internationally known classical composer Dr. Martin Mailman, and Hollywood film and television composer Alan Oldfield.