Brett Whitcomb is an independent filmmaker from Houston, TX. An avid film-lover, Brett is often inspired by the works of his cinematic heroes, including: Ingmar Bergman, Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, Robert Bresson, François Truffaut, Akira Kurosawa, and Werner Herzog. His credits include a number of short documentary films, stop-motion projects, and most recently, his first feature-length documentary film, "The Rock-afire Explosion," on which he served as director, editor, and producer. Although mostly self-taught through the study of countless films, Brett is currently finishing a BFA at the University of Houston. As with "The Rock-afire Explosion," Brett hopes to continue to create films that are heartfelt, but equally raw and inspiring.
Bradford Thomason is a writer, musician, and filmmaker from Houston, TX. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English, and is currently in pursuit of a M.F.A. in Creative Writing. Brad is a film-lover with a glowing passion for the masters of modern and post-modern cinema, including: Alain Resnais, Akira Kurosawa, Woody Allen, and Werner Herzog. He recently wrote, edited, and composed the score for the documentary film, "The Rock-afire Explosion." With the documentary medium, Brad hopes to use individual, seemingly small stories to speak to larger, more universal issues.
Jason Connell is the president and founder of Connell Creations, a Los Angeles based production company. He has produced numerous award winning films including Strictly Background, Gabi on the Roof in July, I Do, I Don't, Cleanflix, Holy Rollers: The True Story of Card Counting Christians, and GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling. Connell is also the founder and director of the United Film Festival, which began in his hometown of Tulsa ten years ago and has grown to Los Angeles, New York, London, San Francisco, and Chicago, screening cutting edge independent films and highly acclaimed classic movies across the globe. Connell's distribution division, the appropriately named United Films, has grown rapidly and now represents an impressive and constantly expanding library of independent films.
A three-time Emmy winner, Mark Keefer has been a sound designer/editor for many films and TV series. Mark graduated with a Bachelor's in Music at the University of North Texas. Since moving to Los Angeles with his family in 2001, Mark has been busy working at facilities such as Skywalker Sound, Warner Bros, and many other independent sound houses. Besides "The Rock-afire Explosion," his recent work includes sound design for the award-winning documentary, "Strictly Background", the hit animated movie "Hoodwinked," as well as supervision of the audio restoration for the vintage "Looney Tunes" cartoons for Warner Bros DVD release.
Darren Lindsay is a graphic & motion designer from Tulsa, Oklahoma. After graduation from Oklahoma State University, with numerous accolades for his work, he plunged into the design universe working at various ad agencies and production companies while growing his own independent clientele. He has created countless designs for print, web, video, film and multimedia events. Darren currently art directs, edits and develops designs and animation for large scale corporate conventions, videos and other special events around the country. He recently created designs for the documentary "Strictly Background," and finished production on a documentary about Tulsa's Buried Belvedere - a unique time capsule that was unearthed to worldwide interest.
Super Furry Animals are a Welsh rock band, with leanings towards psychedelic rock and electronic experimentation. Since their formation in Cardiff, Wales in 1993, the band has consisted of Gruff Rhys (lead vocals, guitar), Huw Bunford (lead guitar, vocals), Guto Pryce (bass guitar), Cian Ciaran (keyboards, synthesizers, various electronics, occasional guitar, vocals) and Dafydd Ieuan (drums, vocals). myspace.com/superfurry