MATT STEELE (Co-Director & Screenplay) spent his childhood acting, writing and directing plays in a self-constructed theater he built in his basement before earning a BFA in drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. His comedic self-produced, self-directed web series, The Doomsday Diaries, was featured in various publications and social media outlets, including Broadway World, The Huffington Post and The Village Voice. He currently serves as co-producer and co-host of the online talk show, Two Gay Matts, and has written several full-length plays that have been published and produced across the world. A Carol Channing enthusiast, Matt has an affinity for divas and prides himself on the fact that he can recite every Best Supporting Actress Academy Award winner in history from memory.
RYAN BARTLEY (Co-Director) has been working as a director, AD, producer, art director and editor in the Los Angeles area for the past decade. His most recent directorial achievement, Get Lost, is a seven-video Visual EP by singer-songwriter, Matt Palmer, that has received glowing reviews from such publications as The Huffington Post, GLAAD, and Billboard Magazine. He currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife, his son (Lone Star) and a cat. Ownership of the cat is in question. www.ryanpatrickbartley.com
JEANETTE AGUILAR (First Assistant Director) is a freelance filmmaker who hails from the San Francisco Bay Area. Ten years after relocating to Los Angeles, she still struggles to dress for the weather. After earning a degree in cinema production from San Francisco State, Jeanette served as coordinator and accountant on a string of independent films. She quickly diversified her skill set by being involved in content creation for film, television, the web, podcasts and multi-platform news outlets. Jeanette has been recognized several years in a row by the Davy Awards Committee as producer on the PBS sponsored PSA series, Community Matters. She recently won Best Music Video by Right Out TV and has been collecting awards for the short film, Pearl, which is presently on the festival circuit (Cannes, Utah Film Festival, CA Women’s Film Festival, La Jolla Fashion Film Festival, etc.).
JAMES HAMMOND (Director of Photography) was raised in Austin, TX, where filming skateboarding ignited a creative spark in his youth. Joining Local 600 International Camera Guild aided James in learning traditional techniques and developing a cinematic style of his own. James has photographed films that have screened at Cannes Lions, SxSw and Sundance. He has lensed campaigns for LG, Rolex, HBO, A&E, Lifetime and Showtime for such shows as True Detective, Girls, Silicon Valley, Games of Thrones, Masters of Sex and The Client List. Recent commercial credits include Intel, Hugo Boss, Covergirl, Volvo, Target, Verizon, Wal-Mart and Playstation.
RYUN HOBBS (Director of Marketing) holds a degree in marketing and management from University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business. He's served various marketing positions for dozens of entertainment companies, including The Tony Awards and the Broadway productions of Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, You Can't Take it With You, Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill, An Act of God, The Gin Game, The Cripple of Inishmaan and Misery. With a focus on branding, he specializes in cross-platform management of social media marketing. When Ryun's not busy tweeting from the official accounts of various Broadway musicals, you can find him training Pokémon, watching The Golden Girls or eating phở.
TIM STUART HILDEBRANDT (Production Designer) is a production designer and art director based in Los Angeles. After earning a degree in Sequential Art at the Savannah College of Art & Design, he now has over a decade of experience in film. Recent credits include On My Block (Netflix), I’m Sorry (TruTV), Masters of Sex (Showtime) and Nobodies (TV Land).