Dan studied film at UC Berkeley, where he was selected for the Haas Scholars Program, and USC Cinematic Arts, where he was a recipient of the Don Thompson Scholarship. Dan’s short film LUCKY MAN was a finalist for several best short awards. At USC, he co-wrote and co-directed award-winning pilot THE REAL LIFE. Dan’s USC thesis WEAK SPECIES created controversy when audience members fainted at five film festivals, including Outfest, where an ambulance was called--ultimately screening at 50 festivals and winning several awards. Dan’s dramatization of transgender Gwen Araujo’s brutal murder placed in the semifinals for the Nicholl Fellowship, and his feature script for WEAK SPECIES placed in the 2nd round for the Sundance Lab.


Hector has worked in film and television on and off for 14 years. He has produced several award-winning shorts and web series. His Spanish-language short, REMEMBER ME IN RED, which he wrote and directed, screened at over 40 festivals and received numerous accolades, including a nomination for The Iris Prize and the Audience Award for Best Short Film at the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival. Hector’s proposal for WEAK SPECIES advanced to the second round of the Sundance Creative Producers Lab and the finals of the Producers’ Guild Diversity Workshop. He received a BA in Film Studies from Columbia University and an MFA in Film Production from the USC School of Cinematic Arts.


Dennis Cooper founded Little Caesar Magazine and Press, which he ran until 1982. He is the author of The George Miles Cycle, an interconnected sequence of five novels that includes CLOSER, FRISK, TRY, GUIDE, and PERIOD. Other works include the short story collections WRONG and UGLY MAN, poetry collections THE DREAM POLICE and THE WEAKLINGS, as well as the recent SMOTHERED IN HUGS: Essays, Interviews, Feedback, and Obituaries.


Nicole’s most recently released film C.O.G. premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. The first film adaptation of David Sedaris, C.O.G. won the Grand Jury Prize at the Seattle International Film Festival and was the opening night film at Outfest 2013. Her most recent TV project, DOLL & EM is a comedy by Emily Mortimer and Dolly Wells and directed by Azazel Jacobs for SKY TV and HBO. Recent films include LAKE LOS ANGELES, PEARBLOSSOM, festival hit TERRI, and award-winning films EASIER WITH PRACTICE, INTERVIEW WITH THE ASSASSIN and THE TAO OF STEVE. Co-Captain of Narrative Features Programming for the Slamdance Film Festival, Nicole is a graduate of Smith College.


NO-MAN is a British duo formed in 1987 by Tim Bowness and Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree). Originally creating sample-based trip hop / ambient styled music, no-man’s sound has become more organic and band-oriented in recent years. The band has so far produced six studio albums and a number of singles / outtakes collections, most notably, 2006’s career retrospective, ALL THE BLUE CHANGES. NO-MAN’s most recent studio album, SCHOOLYARD GHOSTS was released in May 2008 and received some of the most favourable reviews of the band’s career. Their live album, Love and Endings was released last year. They are currently working on new material, including music for WEAK SPECIES.


Amanda has a diverse background ranging from independent film to public health, international development to scripted television. As part of the team administering the Center for Asian American Media’s (CAAM) Media Fund in San Francisco, she had her first taste of producing socially-relevant scripted and documentary films and television programming. Moving to London for her MA in Near and Middle Eastern Studies, she worked in international development before moving to reproductive and sexual health. After research in Lebanon and Liberia, she moved to LA to complete an MFA at UCLA’s Producers Program. She has now made London her permanent home, where she continues to tap into the international film and television markets, seeking ambitious and creative projects while working in television development and production for the US and the UK.


Jen studied at Yale and attended Stanford, before joining Intuit for 12 years, eventually becoming Senior Product Manager at Google Docs, Google Maps and Apigee. She is currently VP of Product at McKissock.


Jeremy studied film at the University of California, Santa Barbara and USC School of Cinematic Arts. Jeremy worked with Dan as the cinematographer and editor of LUCKY MAN, and cinematographer of WEAK SPECIES. He is the director of the awardwinning documentary PERSPECTIVES, which screened at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, and the producer of the documentary TRASHED. Recent projects Jeremy directed include SURVIVED by the FUTURE OF MANKIND and AMERICAN PATRIOT, which recently screened at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.


Editor Michael Frost, directed and edited the award winning short films 3 STORIES ABOUT EVIL (2008) starring Mink Stole & Joe Dallesandro and the noir-musical pseudo documentary THE HARVEY GIRL FROM SHANGHAI (2010). Michael continues to make narrative film and music videos for Vum, NNXT and Tramp for the Lord. He’s currently in production with the feature length documentaries VIXEN! THE TOTALLY TRUE STORY OF ERICA GAVIN and DARK CIRCLES.


Dan is founder and lead developer at DVPweb, a San Francisco company specializing in iOS, HTML5 and mobile apps for events, the arts and the film industry. Their popular FilmFest apps use technology to connect audiences with film festivals and filmmakers.