A Chicagoland native, Matt Kugelman moved to New York to work in Michael Moore’s office a week after graduating from Columbia College film school. He worked as a research assistant during the production of Fahrenheit 9/11 and began working as an assistant editor during the 2004 election.
Soon after, Kugelman started working as the editor and photographer of the CBS News on Logo Show. In addition to producing a new show every day, he travelled across the country and produced numerous half-hour specials.
Matt currently works as a video editor cutting breaking news stories for the CBS Evening News and feature pieces for the CBS: This Morning Show.
Mark Vogel is a BMI award-winning composer, and he is considered by many to be among the industry's most gifted. He is a music director, producer and composer of tremendous talent.
He began his early career as a concert pianist who mastered compositions by Mozart at the age of four. His Network Television history consists of seven series including, Two Guys, A Girl and a Pizza Place, Delta, and Full House on which he not only wrote original music, but also performed as a member of the series featured band Jesse and the Rippers. Mark moved into the film world in 2000 and has consistently done one film each year, including Raising Helen with Kate Hudson and The Calling with Faye Dunnaway.
Mark's recording and live touring credits include work with John Stamos, The Beach Boys, Natalie Cole, Marilyn McCoo, Mac Davis, Billy Davis, Jr., FFH, Sandy Patti and Michael W. Smith. Noted also for his conducting and directing skills, Mark has conducted music throughout the world stage, and has played for three U.S. Presidents.
Ryan Matthieu Smith is an award winning Director and Designer working in film, television, and theatre in New York City, Los Angeles, and Dallas. He has designed for theaters, music videos, film, print, and celebrities all over the country.
Ryan is most happy to have found a great collaboration with Cranium Entertainment with passion projects such as Mangus!, Love On The Run, and now, Hurricane Bianca! Being amongst such inspiring talent from the cast and creative is magic. It's all about the art!
Ash Christian wrote, directed and starred in his first film FAT GIRLS, which had its world premiere at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival to critical acclaim. FAT GIRLS sold and hit theaters nationwide fall of 2007 and was optioned by MTV Networks and turned into a pilot.
His second film MANGUS stars Jennifer Coolidge, Heather Matarazzo, Leslie Jordan and John Waters and sold to Wolfe Releasing and Logo Networks. Ash returned to his theater roots producing the three-time Tony Award winning "Next to Normal" which won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize.
Ash worked with Rob Reiner and starred opposite Morgan Freeman in THE MAGIC OF BELLE ISLE. His other credits include THE GOOD WIFE, SIX FEET UNDER and LAW AND ORDER.
Ash co-wrote and directed the dark comedy PETUNIA which stars Thora Birch, Brittany Snow, Christine Lahti, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Michael Urie and David Rasche, which came to theaters in the summer of 2013.
A thirty-year veteran of the film industry, Scott began his career as an editor working on documentaries for National Geographic and Nova. After several years working on motion picture commercial and trailer campaigns for such notable films as Oliver Stone’s Platoon and Jonathan Demme’s Something Wild.
Scott returned to documentaries at one of the country’s premiere studios, Maysles Films. In the following years, Scott worked on numerous documentaries including feature length films on the lives of Herbert Von Karajan, Seiji Ozawa, George Balanchine and Mstislav Rostropovich as well as the documentary A Day At A Time, which received a special White House screening by Hillary Rodham Clinton.
In 1992, Scott joined Miramax Films as the Head of Post Production. Working closely with Co-Chairman Harvey Weinstein, Scott oversaw the creative editorial process on Miramax’s acquisitions and productions. As part of the Miramax creative team, Scott contributed to the success of many of Miramax’s breakout hits including Like Water for Chocolate, Il Postino, Life Is Beautiful, Clerks, Kids, and Shakespeare In Love as well as many others. Scott also served as executive producer on the English language release of famed Japanese animator Hiyao Miyazaki’s classic film Princess Monoke.
Adam Donaghey, founder of Zero Trans Fat Productions, is an award-winning independent film, commercial & television producer and production manager from Texas. His work has been nominated for both the Independent Spirit and Gotham Awards, and has been showcased at fests including Sundance, Berlinale, SXSW, Sitges, LA Film Festival, AFI Fest, Hamptons Int’l Film Festival and Thessaloniki; and via distributors including IFC Films, Factory 25, XLRator Media, Cinetic Media, Fandor, Gathr, Vimeo, Cinelicious, the Lifetime Channel, the Lifetime Movie Network, Investigation Discovery, and American Public Television.
Adam has produced, production managed and coordinated regional and national commercials for major brands such as McDonald’s, Verizon, Coca-Cola, Hasbro, Polaris, Warheads, and Monster.com; and music videos for artists including the Eli Young Band, Kip Moore, Granger Smith/Earl Dibbles Jr., and Randy Rogers Band.
Adam regularly speaks and judges at universities, film festivals and industry related workshops, conferences and competitions; and is a freelance film columnist for D Magazine and MovieMaker Magazine. Adam is a graduate of the University of North Texas with a B.A. in philosophy.
Austin F. Schmidt began studying the craft of cinematography in the Tisch Film School at New York University. He continued his education at FAMU in Prague and later at AFI in Los Angeles.
Through the years he has shot over 50 features, tv shows, music videos and commercials. From the Sundance cult comedy Mystery Team and best cinematography award winning Friends and Romans to the media installation of land artist Jim Denevan, Schmidt's work spans a multitude of genres and styles.
Schmidt also stays active in educating the younger cinematography community and has published a book on cinematography which is now distributed amongst film schools across the country.