Filmmakers

Renée Mollan Masters

Writer, Director, Producer

 

"Movies should be a positive expression

that there is hope, mercy, justice, and charity.

It is the filmmaker's responsibility to emphasize the positive qualities

by showing the triumph of the individual over adversity."

~ Frank Capra

 

Renée Mollan Masters is a ...

  • Writer, Producer and Director

  • Beginning in 2018 Renee began producing the Peace Train Movie with a Chinese film producer. We secured all the permits and $15 million dollars to produce the movie. Last October the Chinese Government stepped in and said that we could not produce the film in China. 

  • Undeterred, Renee is now producing the Peace Train movie in the United States for national and international distribution. 

  • Renee has brought success to everything she has done. She has sold over 150,000 copies of her book; You Are Smarter Than You Think.

  • She saved the Jackson County Special Olympics from termination.

  • She created a PBS parenting show and recruited over 200 nonprofits to participate. 

  • Renee minored in theatre.

  • Studied at the Strasberg institute in LA and work as a professional actress for two summers in her youth. 

 

Renee is the writer and visionary behind this project. 

Julia Cook-Ravel

Producer

  • Julia Cook-Ravel is an experienced producer with a demonstrated history in features, broadcast, and content media. She’s skilled in Media Production, Feature Films, Post Production Management, and Client Relations and has produced numerous award-winning productions from conception through completion, from independent documentary and feature films to international advertising campaigns. 

  • Sample agency and production work includes: Wieden + Kennedy, Don't Act Big, Laika, Rattling Stick US, NORTH, Hoffman Bros, AfterAll, Sparks, NHL, Food Chain Films, Nike, Strasberg Studios, Group Mojo, Limbo Films, Full Tilt Boogie, Havas Worldwide.

  • Music Videos including John Mayer "Who Did You Think I Was" directed by Gus Van Sant. 

  • Independent films including "Raising Flagg" starring Alan Arkin, the multi-award-winning films "John Strasberg: Accidentally on Purpose” and "Adams' Apples" (Strasberg's modern adaptation of Chekhov's "The Cherry Orchard”), and SLINGSHOT, the award-winning short written and directed by David Massachi.

  • Julia is executive producer of the forthcoming documentary "The Torchbearers: Cabaret in Words and Music,” featuring Andrea Marcovicci, Michael Feinstein, Elaine Stritch, Stephen Holden, Jerry Herman, and many other amazing artists. 

Marcella Robertson

Producer

Marcella has experience as a producer, associate producer, production assistant and editor for video, film and audio productions. 

  • Producer: The Peace Train Podcast

  • Producer: Peace Train - The Movie

  • Associate Producer: They Call Us Channelers - Doc-series​

  • Production Assistant: (2) MSNBC films on life working in a maximum-security facility for the criminally insane.

  • Producer: The Gay Thing Podcast

  • Production Assistant: Gypsy Soul Band

Marcella is passionate about using this medium as her preferred way to communicate the vision of love, peace and kindness. She feels extremely fortunate to be a part of something that may have a huge and positive impact for viewers and/or listeners worldwide.

Dimitrias Bribilis

Line Producer - Greece

  • Line Producer | Production Manager | 1st AD

Freelance - Mar 2016 - Present (4 years 2 months) - Greater Los Angeles Area

  • Line Producer

Ithaca Film Productions (Founder) - May 2012 – Feb 2016 (3 years 10 months) - Greece

  • 1st Assistant Director | Location Manager | Production Manager

Freelance - May 1996 - Sep 20151 (9 years 5 months) - Greece

  • Hellenic Cinema & Television School Stavrakos (H.C.T.S.S)

Film Directing, Directing and Film Production - 1991 - 1994

  • Varvakeios School | Greece - High School 1984 – 1990

Dimitris was born in Athens, Greece. He has been working as a Line Producer, Production Manager, 1st Assistant Director & Location Manager in award winning Greek and International productions.

Yuval Ron

Composer

  • Yuval Ron is a world-renowned musician, composer, educator, peace activist and record producer. Among his many honors, he composed the music for the Oscar-winning film, West Bank Story, was invited to perform for the Dalai Lama, and has collaborated with the Sufi leader Pir Zia Inayat Khan, master musician Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Zen Buddhist priest and visual artist Hirokazu Kosaka, choreographers Daniel Ezralow and Oguri and with neuroscientists Mark Robert Waldman and Andrew Newburg. 

  • He was awarded with the Los Angeles Treasures Award and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, American Composers Forum, California Council for the Humanities, and the Rockefeller Foundation. 

  • He is a noted lecturer and has been invited to speak at numerous schools including: Yale, John Hopkins University, UCLA, MIT, Berklee College of Music, University of Chicago and many others. Yuval has been on the faculty of Esalen Institute, is an affiliated artist with the Center for Jewish Culture and Creativity, and a “Guiding Voice” for Seven Pillars – House of Wisdom. 

  • Yuval’s first book Divine Attunement: Music as a Path to Wisdom won the Gold Medal for Best Book in the Spirituality Category at the Indie Book Awards 2015. 

To listen to the music of Yuval Ron and to find more information about his recordings, books, talks, master-classes, workshops and concerts, please visit: www.yuvalronmusic.com

Cheryl Grant

Script Consultant

  • Director, Writer, Actor, Teacher, Cheryl E. Grant has been immersed in the theatre arts from a young age, beginning her formal training at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City. She Subsequently attained a Film Degree from The New School and has directed, written and performed in numerous award winning film and theatre productions.

 

  • Cheryl conceived and directed the Multi-award-winning documentary, "Accidentally on Purpose" featuring John Strasberg, Steve Buscemi, Susan Strasberg. In this film, John discusses his Nine Natural Laws: a guide for actors and artists in organic ways to become more deeply involved with their world, spirits, and creativity. Winner, Best Educational Documentary - NY & LA Int'l Film & Video Festival Finalist, Best Documentary - Santa Monica Film Fest., Northampton Int'l Film Fest., Rhode Island Int'l Film Fest., Hawaii Int'l Film Fest., Denver Int'l Film Fest. Honorable Mention, Best Documentary - Columbus Int'l Film & Video Fest.

 

  • She has most recently starred in an original film written and directed by John Strasberg, updating Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard where she performs the leading role of Elizabeth (Mrs. Lyuba Ranevsky in the original), as well as co-directed, co-edited, and co-produced the Oniros Award winning film.

Adar Shafran

Firma Productions - Tel Aviv, Israel

Owner - Firma Films - Jul 2008 – Present (11 years 10 months)

  • FIRMA FILMS is a film production house based in Tel Aviv, Israel. Founded in 2008 by Adar Shafran and Roni Abramowsky out of enduring passion for filmmaking, FIRMA FILMS, specializes in feature films, short films and a variety of other creative projects.

 

  • With hundreds of shooting days and numerous successfully executed co-productions and service productions under our belts, FIRMA FIMS is guided by sensitivity for the unique character and integrity of each individual project, from early development to fostering close personal connections between the filmmakers with whom we collaborate.

 

  • Drawing on our extensive production and logistical expertise across a wide spectrum of content, FIRMA FILMS is always able to find the perfect pathway to the heart of each and every project.

Claudius Rauch

Special Effects

  • Since 1998, Claudius Rauch has been at the helm of one of the leading full-range Special Effects Companies in Germany for film, TV, and the entertainment industry, with bases in Berlin and Munich. He is known for his work on Snowden as well as Showtime's Homeland series among countless other credits.

  • With extensive know-how about special effects and explosives, Rauch Special Effects offers the latest innovation and experience of highly respected SFX technicians, pyro technicians, mechanics and engineers with international film credit lists.

 

  • As experts in the industry for fireworks, mechanical effects including hydraulics and pneumatics, and manufacturing and disposal of breakaways and crash glass products, Claudius Rauch Special Effects provides service to any global industry needing special effects. 

 

For a full list of film credits please see http://rauch-sfx.com/en/index.html 

Mira Nair - (Intended?)

Director

Accomplished Film Director/Writer/Producer.

Director - 25 Credits

Mira Nair was born in India and educated at Delhi University and at Harvard. She began her film career as an actor and then turned to directing award-winning documentaries, including So Far From India and India Cabaret.

For more please visit ... 

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0619762/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm

Sandi Sissel - (Intended?)

Director of Photogrophy 

Feature Films

Salaam Bombay
Meet The Browns
Yellow Card
Soul Of The Game
The Reef 
Camp Nowhere
Full Eclipse
Double Switch
Rising Son
No Secrets 
Drop Dead Fred
Heavy Petting
Barney's Great Adventure
The People Under The Stairs 
Drag Stip Girl

Director

Mira Nair

Tyler Perry

John Riber

Kevin Sullivan

Robert Alan Ackerman

Jonathon Prince

Tony Hickox

Mary Lambert

John Coles

Deszo Magyar

Ate DeJong

Obie Benz

Steve Gomer

Wes Craven

Mary Lambert

Studios

Cinecom
Lionsgate Films
Rory Killalea/MFD
Mike Medavoy/HBO
Freyda Rothstein/Hearst
Michael Peyser/Disney
David Ginsberg/HBO
Tom Zito/Digital Pix
Fred Berner/TNT
Morgan Mason/Columbia/RCA
Paul Webster/Working Title
DeLaurentis Film Group
Martha Chang/Polygram
Maryann Maddelana/Universal
Showtime Films

Shia LaBeouf - (Intended Role: Shacker?)

Actor

                   Filmography

 

YEAR                         TITLE                                                            ROLE

2019       Honey Boy                                               James Lort

2019       The Peanut Butter Falcon                        Tyler

2017       Borg vs McEnroe                                     John McEnroe

2016       American Honey                                      Jake

2015       Man Down                                               Gabriel Drummer

2014       Fury (2014)                                              Boyd "Bible" Swan

2013       Nymphomaniac: Volume I                       Jerôme

2013       Nymphomaniac: Volume II                      Jerôme

2013       Charlie Countryman                                 Charlie Countryman

2012       The Company You Keep                          Ben Shepard

2012        Lawless (2012)                                        Jack Bondurant

2011        Transformers: Dark of the Moon             Sam Witwicky

2010        Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps            Jake Moore

2009        Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen       Sam Witwicky

2008        New York, I Love You                             Jacob (Shekhar Kapur segment)

2008        Eagle Eye                                                 Jerry Shaw

2008        Indiana Jones and the

                Kingdom of the Crystal Skull                  Mutt Williams

2007        Transformers (2007)                                Sam Witwicky

2007        Surf's Up                                                  Cody Maverick

2007        Disturbia                                                   Kale Brecht

2006        Bobby (2006)                                           Cooper

2006        A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints       Young Dito

2005        The Greatest Game Ever Played              Francis Ouimet

2005        Constantine                                              Chas

2004         I, Robot                                                   Farber

2003         The Battle of Shaker Heights                 Kelly Ernswiler

2003         Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle               Max

2003         Holes                                                      Stanley Yelnats

1984         Nausicaa, Valley of the Wind                Asbel (English)

Odeya Rush - (Intended Role: Sara?)

Actress

                            Filmography

YEAR                                 TITLE                                        ROLE

2018                               Spinning Man                                   Joyce

2018                               Dear Dictator                                   Tatiana

2017                               Lady Bird                                         Jenna Walton

2017                              The Bachelors                                   Lacey

2017                              The Hunter's Prayer                          Ella Hatto

2016                              Almost Friends (2017)                      Amber

2015                              Goosebumps (2015)                          Hannah

2014                              See You In Valhalla                          Ashley Burwood

2014                              The Giver                                          Fiona

2013                              We Are What We Are                       Alyce Parker

2012                              The Odd Life of Timothy Green      Joni Jerome

Octavia Spencer - (Intended Role: Dr. Meg?)

Actress

                               Filmography

 

YEAR                 TITLE                                                              ROLE

2019              Luce Harriet                                                           Wilson

2019              Ma (2019)                                                               Sue Ann

2018              Green Book

2018              Instant Family (2018)                                              Karen

2018              A Kid Like Jake                                                       Judy

2017              Small Town Crime                                                   Kelly Banks

2017              The Shape of Water (2017)                                      Zelda

2017              Gifted                                                                       Roberta Taylor

2017              The Shack                                                                Papa

2017              Car Dogs                                                                  Mrs. Barrett

2016               Hidden Figures                                                       Dorothy Vaughan

2016               Bad Santa 2                                                             Opal

2016              The Great Gilly Hopkins                                         Miss Harris

2016              The Free World                                                        Linda Workman

2016              The Divergent Series: Allegiant                               Johanna

2016               ZootopiaMrs. Otterton

2015               Fathers and Daughters                                             Dr. Corman

2015               The Divergent Series: Insurgent

2014               Black or White                                                         Rowena Jeffers

2014               Get On Up                                                                Aunt Honey

2013               Snowpiercer                                                             Tanya

2013               Paradise                                                                    Loray

2013               Percy Jackson:

                       Sea of Monsters                                                       Voice of Martha

2013               Fruitvale Station                                                       Wanda

2012               Smashed                                                                    Jenny

2011               Jesus People

2011               Flypaper                                                                     Madge

2011               The Help                                                                    Minny Jackson

2010               Dinner for Schmucks                                                 Madame Nora, the Pet Psychic

2008               Pretty Ugly People                                                     Mary

2008               Seven Pounds                                                             Kate, home health care nurse

2007               The Nines                                                                   Streetwalker/Woman on Sidewalk

2006                Pulse (2006)                                                              Landlady

2005                Pretty Persuasion                                                      Woman

2005               Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous               Middle-aged Woman

2003               Bad Santa                                                                   Opal

2003               Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde                   Security Guard

2000               Everything Put Together                                            Nurse B

1999               Being John Malkovich                                              Woman In Elevator

Lana Veenker / Founder (Intended?)

Cast Iron Studios

 

At CIS since:

1999

 

SPECIALTIES:
Business development, international liaison, casting overlord. Writer, producer, lecturer, connector extraordinaire. Board member, International Casting Directors Network.

 

SKILLS & INTERESTS
French (fluent), Spanish (good), German (intermediate), and a smattering of Italian, Portuguese, and Hindi. Yoga, cycling, hiking, kayaking, rock climbing, cooking, camping, world travel, cha dao.

 

TRAINING
École Supérieure du Spectacle, Forum du Mouvement, Théâtre en Actes, Shakespeare with Miranda Powell LGSM (Cambridge), College of Marin, Drama Studio of London (Berkeley), Marin Theatre Company, Theatre Artists of Marin, Portland State University – BA Performing Arts Cum Laude, Lycée Pothier – Baccalauréat in Economics & Social Studies Magna Cum Laude.

Jane Rizzo - (Intended?)

Film Editor

- The Hunt

Dickinson/TV Series/4 episodes (2019)

There's a Certain Slant of Light (2019)

We Lose - Because We Win (2019)

Alone, I Cannot Be (2019)

Wild Nights (2019)

- One Dollar/TV Series/4 episodes (2018)

Jake Noveer (2018)

Dante Jenkins (2018)

Carol Seerveld (2018)

Garrett Drimmer (2018)

- Succession/TV Series/3 episodes (2018)

Prague (2018)

I Went to Market (2018)

Sad Sack Wasp Trap (2018)

- Leave No Trace (2018)

- The Get Down/TV Series/1 episode (2017)

Only from Exile Can We Come Home (2017)

- Red Oaks/TV Series/9 episodes (2015-2016)

The Wedding (2016)

Lost and Found (2016)

Independence Day (2016)

The Bris (2016)

Paris (2016)

- High Maintenance/TV Series/6 episodes (2016)

Ex (2016)

Selfie (2016)

Tick (2016)

Grandpa (2016)

Museebat (2016)

 2016 A Kind of Murder

 2015 IMaggie

 2015 Z for Zachariah

 2014 IPills (Short)

 2014 IGabriel

 2013 Revenge of the Mekons (Documentary)

 2013 Ain't Them Bodies Saints

 2012 See Girl Run

 2012 Compliance

 2011 Teen Mom 2 (TV Series documentary)

 2010 Frontline (TV Series documentary) (1 episode)

 2010 The Confessions

 2010The Senate Speaks (Documentary)

 2010The Senators' Bargain (TV Movie documentary)

 2009 Of Montreal: In a Fit of Hercynian Prig, Oculi (Video documentary)

 2009 Redlight (Documentary)

 2009 16 and Pregnant (TV Series) (1 episode)

Leah

 2008 Frontrunners (Documentary)

 2008 Henry May Long

 2007 Great World of Sound

 2007 Silver Jew (Documentary)

 2005 Road

 2005 How to Eat Your Watermelon in White Company (and Enjoy It) (Documentary)

 2004 Bodies (Short)

 2003 Freedom: A History of US (TV Series documentary) (16 episodes)

Safe for Democracy (2003)

Marching to Freedom Land (2003)

Let Freedom Ring (2003)

Depression and War (2003)

Democracy and Struggles (2003)

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