Director Biography – Jamie Maule-ffinch (TITS UP)

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I’m an award winning comedy commercials director from the U.K whose shot for a host of big brands all around the world.

I’ve written spec sitcoms and movies. I’ve directed plays and short films the last of which – Morning After – won best comedy at the 2017 Discover Film festival.

I’m currently working on a number of new projects the most substantial of which is a sitcom co-created with director Dan Zeff and set to star Jason Donovan.

This is my first comedy web series.

Director Biography – Danny Berish (RED CHEF REVIVAL)

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In 2014, Daniel co-founded Black Rhino Creative, an award winning film production firm dedicated to sharing authentic, intimate and engaging short form documentaries for brands such as Leica Camera, Lululemon, ESPN, and Liz Arden. Most recently, he directed Red Chef Revival, a food and travel series exploring modern Indigenous cuisine. More than a cooking show, this is a people’s story on a plate. He began his career in 2004 in Montreal working in series children television for CBC. He moved into directing shortly after, creating content for mobile platforms and experimenting with interactive projections for live events working with Moment Factory

Director BIO: Anna Maria Hozian & Brad Riddell (OTHER PEOPLE’S CHILDREN)

Director Biography – Brad Riddell, Anna Maria Hozian

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Kentucky native Brad Riddell has written four produced feature films for Hollywood studios including Paramount, MTV, and Universal. His first film, American Pie: Band Camp, remains one of the highest-grossing live-action DVD releases in history, and is now syndicated on TBS. His most recent film, Crooked Arrows, was released nationally in theaters in 2012, and is the first mainstream lacrosse movie ever produced. Brad’s other credits include films in the Road Trip and Slap Shot franchises. His directorial debut, Ten More (2016), is playing on the festival circuit. Brad earned an MFA in Screenwriting from the University of Southern California (Fight On!). He is currently fund-raising for an 80’s-themed feature comedy called Just Can’t Get Enough.

Anna Maria Hozian was one of twelve women chosen for the inaugural New York Women in Film & Television’s Writers Lab, funded by Meryl Streep. Her scripts have placed in the Semifinals and Quarterfinals of the Academy’s Nicholl Fellowship and won the Gold Award for Drama in the Page International Screenwriting Awards. She was a semifinalist in 2015 for the Samuel Goldwyn Award from the University of California system and holds her MFA from the University of California, Riverside’s low-residency program. Her short film, The Guitar Lesson, was a selection for the Illinois International Film Festival in 2012. Currently, her feature-length screenplay, Anchor Baby, is with Lynmar Entertainment; and she is also developing a feature for Kickstart Entertainment.

Director Statement

We first met at the Blacklist Chicago Screenwriting Lab in 2015, and are now both screenwriting professors at DePaul University’s School of Cinematic Arts. As suburban parents with young children in the same school district, we began to notice how eccentric and volatile some parents can be when it comes to the education of their children. It also became clear to us that the school as an institution can become a political instrument for some parents. Other People’s Children captures all of that crazy and frames it in a funny, satirical way that allows parents to say “I know someone like her!” or “I’ve done that!” We also really, really love teachers, and we wanted to give them a good laugh at our expense!

Director BIO: John McDonald (CROW’S PEAK)

Director Biography – John McDonald

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It was a hot summer’s evening on the twentieth day of June, 1995. In those dusk hours in a quiet little hospital in Hingham, Massachusetts, John McDonald was born. It wouldn’t be long until the young man learned how to read and write, and doing so inched him closer to his passions and dreams. In his later years, John would fill up his time creating short animated pictures. And since those days of old, John has been making animated films of various formats, styles and techniques, all with the unifying theme of humor.

Director Statement

Why did the chicken cross the road? Because it was fleeing the KFC. Why did the coyote cross the road? Because it was fleeing the Taco Bell. I don’t like to take life too seriously, I prefer to poke fun at whatever life throws at me. This is how I usually approach my art. While I take the process of making art seriously, the subjects that I cover tend to be mostly satirical and humorous. Despite this, I can break out from my routine style and deliver something outside of comedy.