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SEBASTIAN TWARDOSZ

Born in Poland, and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Sebastian has worked with leading companies in both film and television for the last seventeen years.  He is currently a partner in the film distribution company Circus Road Film (circusroadfilms.com) which advises and represents emerging filmmakers. 

He was previously a senior acquisitions executive for Allumination FilmWorks (a division of Content Media Corp.) which specialized in the domestic distribution and foreign sales of independently produced feature films.  While there he managed one of the company's main accounts - a licensing agreement with the Slamdance Film Festival. 

Before that, Sebastian was the head of development for a Paramount-based production company called Craftsman Films which developed numerous studio projects, including early drafts of the feature film reinvention of the Star Trek franchise.  

For three years, he worked in comedy and drama development at Touchstone Television, the TV production division of the Walt Disney Company and ABC, where he staffed on six produced pilots.  He also worked on numerous pilots and on-air TV series for Imagine Entertainment. 

Sebastian recently co-produced the independent feature Small Town Saturday Night starring Chris Pine.  He has also served as an adjunct professor at both UCLA and USC teaching the art and business of film.  


RUSSELL SHARMAN

Russell Leigh Sharman is a writer, filmmaker and anthropologist.  He has written (and re-written) for Hollywood since 2008, working for several studios and production companies, including Warner Brothers, Fox, Disney, MRC, DeLine Pictures, 21 Laps, Participant Media, Montecito Pictures, The Mark Gordon Company and Real FX.  He is also the writer/director of the low-budget indie feature, APARTMENT 4E, an adaptation of his stage play, as well as a number of no-budget short films and documentaries.  

Russell's first stage play, "Small of her Back" on which his first feature film was based, was produced in New York City by the Jaradoa Theatre Company in 2008. That same year, "Bobbie Sue", won a spot on the coveted Hollywood Blacklist.  Russell holds a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from Oxford University and is the author of two books.  He has published numerous essays on urban life, culture and aesthetics, and received grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities, The Whiting Foundation and others.  

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TED CHALMERS

Ted, a sales and distribution veteran is the President and CEO of Tomcat Films LLC.   He has been involved with the sales and distribution of such well-known films as THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE: THE NEXT GENERATION, HELLRAISER, ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK, ONE FALSE MOVE, RE-ANIMATOR, BRIDE OF RE-ANIMATOR, SOCIETY and EVIL DEAD 2.

Ted began his career in 1990 working with Paul Rich at Trans Atlantic Entertainment.  After its sale to Lakeshore, he went on to lead the sales at Creative Light Entertainment and Moving Pictures Film and Television.  He was also Senior VP of Media Brokerage for ICAP Media, a division of ICAP Plc.

As a leader in film distribution to foreign markets, Ted successfully distributes feature, indie, and made for DVD films throughout the world.  His brand is globally recognized allowing new, independent and seasoned filmmakers to access the world audience.   The key to Ted’s success is leveraging his long term relationships with buyers in foreign countries and effectively structuring distribution opportunities creating revenue streams for maximum global profits.

 


KRISTIN MANN

Kristin was born and raised in central Arkansas. She spent years working in production in L.A., NYC and AR and produced several short films before she was hired to work on the film, MUD, written & directed by Jeff Nichols. At the end of her work on that film, producer Sarah Green recruited her to begin working exclusively for her and Nichols in Austin, TX. She was quickly promoted to Associate Producer, and spent almost 4 years working closely with them and Terrence Malick on KNIGHT OF CUPS, SONG TO SONG, VOYAGE OF TIME, AFTER THE FALL, MUD and the Warner Brothers’ sci-fi film, MIDNIGHT SPECIAL. Kristin then went on to produce POOR BOY, which premiered at Tribeca Film Festival in April of 2016 and is currently in negotiation to sell for worldwide distribution. Kristin is now casting TO THE STARS, a 1960s drama to be directed by Martha Stephens. She has also partnered with Maven Pictures to produce Martha Stephens’ GIRL DRIVER, set in the 1970s about an all-female auto daredevil team. Kristin has most recently partnered with Kerri Elder to form Rockhill Pictures, a new film/TV finance and production company based out of northwest Arkansas. The company has several projects in the pipeline with the first being 44 PAGES, a feature documentary on the history and journey of Highlights Magazine, now screening in select venues and festivals across the country.

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KERRI ELDER

Kerri Elder is a native of Arkansas and has spent the last 30 years in the Real Estate Development and Construction Industries in the state and region. Kerri is also an Executive Producer in the Media Production industry. She integrated her financial and business expertise into the area of filmmaking and digital media in 2008. However, when asked, she will tell you she has been involved with the creation of digital media since

approximately 1995 when her son began developing his interest in and talent for filmmaking in various forms. Kerri has produced and/or facilitated the development and creation of 5 feature films, including Valley Inn, All The Birds Have Flown South, F.R.E.D.I and 44 Pages, numerous short films, music videos and web content. Currently, Kerri has partnered with her son, Blake Elder, to for Rockhill Studios and Rockhill Media. Rockhill Studios is a 6500sf Production facility in Fayetteville, Arkansas with the largest totally sound proof stage in the state. Rockhill Media has participated in the completion of three feature films to date and has several in various stages of development. Rockhill Pictures is in the process of being structured and is a collaboration of efforts between Kerri and Kristin Mann, a successful Producer originally from Arkansas. Rockhill Pictures will maintain offices in Fayetteville as well as Los Angeles and has been formed for the purpose of creating and distributing quality and meaningful feature films that will provide awareness, entertain or challenge the lives of the audience. Kerri Elder is excited for the opportunity to work with so many talented artists and Producers and hopes to continue to grow the industry and create jobs in our area.


MITCHELL CRISP

Mitchell Crisp started her career in theFilm and Television industry in New York in 1998 as Art Department Coordinator on the NBC series "Law and Order". In the last 19 years, she has worked as a Commercial Art Director, Magazine Set stylist, Zoo exhibit Designer, Art Department crew, Commercial Producer, and Production Designer of 3 music videos, 16 short films, a television Pilot, and 8 feature films. She has had 3 credited acting roles, and won the award for"Best Music Video" in the Fayetteville Film Festival in 2016 for a music video she directed, produced by Rock Hill Studios. 

Last winter, she Production Designed "Door in the Woods", also produced by Rock Hill studios, currently playing in this Fayetteville Film Festival, before going at the start of this year to Production Design the epic biblical feature film "Samson" in South Africa. She is currently Production Designing a new project in Little Rock.

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JOHNNY WILSON

Born in Arkansas, Johnny's early influences were films like “The Wizard of Oz”, “King Kong” and the films of Ray Harryhausen. Movies, comic books, drawing, writing stories and nature walks in the rural South were among the only things to pass the time while growing up far from the city. In high school and throughout college Johnny liked to write and draw comic strips and shoot home movies with his friends.

After college and an internship at a local production company where he learned to operate the AVID, Johnny learned of a movie being filmed in his current home town. He visited the production office and with his experience in non-linear editing, Johnny was offered the non-paying position of editor’s assistant/on set p.a. The film was “Billy Bob Thornton’s “Slingblade”. After filming wrapped, Johnny drove to Los Angeles to help finish posting the film.

Many jobs later including editor, graphic designer, publication coordinator, billboard painter for Tower Records as well as a production assistant for Walt Disney Studios, Johnny decided to pursue visual effects. Since then, he's worked for title houses, post production facilities, independent productions and finally major studios. Since 2010, Johnny has worked at Marvel Studios as an In-House compositor. His credits include serving as compositor on such projects as CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, IRON MAN 3, MEAN GIRLS and THOR and the television series NIP/ TUCK. He has created visual effects for dozens of television projects including CHARMED, UNDERWORLD: EVOLUTION and CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM. His extensive list of credits also includes working behind the camera in the role of director, writer, producer and editor.