BIOS

Originally from Minnesota, Clarissa Jacobson is from the only family in the state that isn’t Norwegian and didn’t eat Tater Tot Hotdish every Sunday.  Clarissa started out as an actress, has a BA in theatre from Indiana University and trained at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City.  She went on to perform off-Broadway and in numerous film and voice over roles before realizing her true passion was writing.  A long-standing member of Twin Bridges Writing Salon, she has several scripts under her belt including the full-length version of Lunch Ladies.  Her new book - I Made A Short Film Now WTF Do I Do With It (a guide to film festivals, promotion, and surviving the ride) is now available on Barnes & Noble, Sunbury Press, Books A Million and Amazon.  Clarissa happily resides in Los Angeles with all the other weirdos. 

Josh is an award-winning filmmaker and cinematographer who has lived many lives in the film industry.  Starting in makeup effects building big rubber monsters and slinging blood on movies like The Dentist, Wishmaster 2, and Texas Chainsaw Massacre, he transitioned through visual effects, sound design, composing and supervising post production for the studios.  He now wears diverse hats as a multi-faceted filmmaker directing, shooting, producing and editing.  In addition to directing Lunch Ladies, his recent projects include an interactive feature film The Garage Sale, producing a feature documentary The Disunited States of America for Sky TV, and Manson Family Vacation for the Duplass Brothers.  He is currently completing the pilot for a new anthology series CTRL|ESC.

Joe Bratcher seems to reinvent himself every seven to fourteen years.  Retrieving various incarnations from his 45 year adventure:

 

After graduating Northwestern University, Joe was an actor in Broadway musicals, television and film, a writer of movies, episodics, and books, a screenwriting teacher at UCLA Ext. Writer’s Program for eight years, creator of the first beginning screenwriting on-line course for UCLA, artistic mentor to many including the producing team on Lunch Ladies – Clarissa, Shayna and Jessica - owner (with wife Judy Farrell) of Twin Bridges Screenwriting Salon – 29 years and counting, literary manager and producer… but always always always… at heart… a tap dancer.   (Still taps three hours a week.)

Shayna Weber grew up in Bend, Oregon and attended Oregon State University before moving to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the entertainment industry.  In addition to producing, Shayna is a screenwriter who focuses on female-driven projects and plans to start a production company.  Shayna has also been a producer of reality programming for the past fifteen years for network, cable and online channels for the hit shows So You Think You Can Dance, Brew Dogs, and RuPaul's Drag Race among others.  She is a long standing member of Twin Bridges Screenwriting Salon and resides in Los Angeles with her husband and new baby.

Matthew Falletta grew up in North Carolina and attended The North Carolina School of the Arts to study acting, mime and dance and Columbia College in Chicago.  In NC he helped create East Coast Stunts at Screen Gems Studios in Wilmington as well as opening a special effects shop working on productions like One Tree Hill and Virus.  Today Matt resides in Los Angeles and is the co-owner of SOTA F/X which has been in business for well over 20 years.

 

*We are pleased to have obtained Matt through the Los Angeles Prison System on a work release program.  He has been cleared of all charges against him and is looking forward to reintegrating himself into society as a rodeo clown.  Matt continues to maintain that "the swarm of dried leaves came at me with obvious malice and I simply did what had to be done."

Chris Ekstein graduated from NYU Tisch School of the Arts and received his MFA from AFI, where his 35mm thesis received the prestigious Alfred P. Sloan Grant. He is also the recipient of the Panavision New Film Maker Award. In 2010, Chris won best cinematography at the American International Film Festival and was the cinematographer on the features Mexican Sunrise (Gold Award-WorldFest) and Callous (Best Picture-IndieFest).  Chris is a founding partner of Market Street Productions and the father of two girls who lent us their one-eyed hamster, Smarty, for our classroom scene.

Amelia Allwarden grew up between two horse farms in New Hampshire, and worked on a blueberry farm as a teenager.  Never wanting to be anything other than an editor, she moved to Los Angeles and interned with American Cinema Editors, where she learned the craft of editing in depth.  Reading the Harry Potter books as a kid made her want to pursue a career in story telling.  She still believes in magic, probably because editing IS magic.

At age 7, Antoni M. March won his first prize for a composition.  At 14, he wrote and copyrighted an opera for symphony orchestra, choir and vocal soloists.  Today he is one of the youngest composers to have conducted and recorded his own music with a 67-piece symphony orchestra at the Eastwood Scoring Stage/Warner Bros. Studios.  A recent graduate of the Royal Conservatory of Madrid, Antoni has composed over seventy works with more than thirty of them performed in cities such as Los Angeles, London, Paris, Stockholm, Milan and Madrid.  Awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for arts studies, he will be attending USC for their "Screen Scoring" Program.

Husband and wife team, Ray and Alicia Ho have done production design and set dressing for film, TV, various music videos and theatre.  In addition, Ray is a bitchin’ tattoo artist and builder boy wonder while Alicia has a background in Interior design, Art History and is fierce with a sewing machine.  A force to be reckoned with, Ray and Alicia were hired one week before filming, and were able to transform the Lunch Ladies’ empty kitchen into a huge crazy mess, complete with amazing homemade stenciled food cans and boxes (see photo to left) and an overkill of Johnny Depp memorabilia.

Eric Ragan is a freelance producer, director, editor, writer and is a graduate of Los Angeles Film School.  Eric specializes in working on new, non-traditional and innovative projects for television, film, and the web.  His current feature film project, Scumbag, won Best Ensemble Narrative Feature at Queen’s World Film Festival 2017.  Eric was a calming force throughout the production and his Burning Man photos he shared on set were super sweet.

Susan Boyle put hours upon hours of work and creativity to make the sick and unsavory creations:  chocolate “diarrhea” pudding, pies upon pies, chunky cheerleader stew, limp green beans, meatloaf gristle, and painstakingly handcrafted “beef turds” designed to soar effortlessly through the air at the Lunch Ladies.  Susan is also a registered RN – which helped us breathe easy on set with the vomit-worthy food that was served up.

Krystopher Sapp loves to stay locked up in his studio creating dark and twisted worlds in the form of mixed media assemblage.  Inspired by his favorite horror and sci-fi movies, war history books and intense nightmares his works are cultivated from fear and molded into beauty.  He uses found objects and items purchased at Home Depot – the place he calls his art supply store.  By day, Sapp is a commercial artist and has created album cover, t-shirt and poster art for bands such as Demented Are Go, Meteors, Necromantics, Penis Flytrap, Zombie Ghost Train and many others. 

Desmond Evan Smith is a costume designer, stylist, art director and scenic artist based in Los Angeles.  Desmond excels in detail, which can be seen right down to the mildewed food stains he lovingly painted on LouAnne’s hideous comfort support orthotic plastic kitchen clogs.  He has a degree in art history and a background in fine art painting, custom clothing construction and tailoring.  He's worked on numerous productions for clients and artists including Bruno Mars, Demi Lovato, Britney Spears, Chris Brown, Big Sean, YouTube, Apple, Toyota, Ford, Fiat, Chanel, Vanity Fair, Young the Giant, and even UFC wrestlers. 

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Producer

JESSICA JANOS

Makeup

BOBBY GUO

DEVON GOLD

First Assistant Director

NICK C. JOHNSON

Choreographers

JOE BRATCHER

REBECCA RUSCHELL

MONIKA FELICE-SMITH

 

Production Coordinator

ESTELLE MATRANGA

 

Script Supervisor

MARIANA MARCANO

Location Sound Mixer

KIRBIE SEIS

Boom Operators

SARA BRAVO

KEVIN JACKSON

Locations Management

ARTURO RODRIGUEZ

Key Grip

SCOTT DUVALL

Gaffers

LEVI KAMINKOWITZ

COLLIN LINDSEY

Best Boy Electric

JAMIE SUTOR

First Assistant Camera

JACKSON TODD

PARKER RONAN

Steadicam

MIKAEL LEVIN

B Camera Operator

NICHOLAS M. PUETZ

DI Technician

LUQI ZHAO

Grip

DANIEL JAMES

2nd AC

NATHAN GIRARD

Lighting Technician

ANDRES HERNANDEZ

Key P/A

IAN AUSTIN

DI Colorist

ETHAN SCHWARTZ

DI Producers

FREDDY HERNANDEZ

MARY OMEL

Digital Intermediate by

LIGHT IRON

DI Executive Producer

KATIE FELLION

DI Editors

MANNY DUBÓN

MATT BLACKSHEAR

DI Assistants

GRIFFITH DAVIES

CHRISTOPHER ABDON
BRANDON TROTTER

DI Management

MICHAEL CIONI

PETER CIONI

AMIT DAVÉ

CHRIS PEARISO

 Engineering

EDGAR FURSE

ZACK HOWELL

DI Administration

DANA BLUMBERG

PEYTON VAN AMBURGH
BRYCE MARRERO
MALLORY OTT
HANNAH JOYNER
JENNIFER RAZON

Supervising Sound Editor

MATTHEW FESTLE

Re-Recording Mixer

PATRICK GIRAUDI

Post-Production Sound Provided By

VIRTUAL MIX

Music Produced by

FEDERICO JUSID

Music Production Manager

MARÍA ULLED

MIDI Programmer & Music Preparation

ÁLVARO GALINDO

Music Performed by

BUDAPEST ART ORCHESTRA

Conductor
PETER ILLENYI

Sound Engineer
GÁBOR BUCZKÓ

Recording Producer

MIKLÓS LUKÁCS

Company

EAST CONNECTION MUSIC

RECORDING CO.

Pro Tools Score Editor

MANUEL PÁJARO

Score Mixed by

JULIAN SLATER

 "Bury My Body"

Written & Performed by 

FIRE THE ANIMAL

Courtesy of Couch Guy Records

Visual Effects

ROGER NALL/11:11 MEDIAWORKS

Digital Compositor

BRANDON FLYTE

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