Bobby Downes has produced more than a dozen feature films for the faith market. Beginning in 1999, Bobby produced his first independent feature film “The Moment After” and its sequel “The Moment After 2: The Awakening”, both of which were acquired by Sony Pictures. Bobby then produced “Mercy Streets” starring Oscar nominated Eric Roberts and again worked with Roberts in “Six: The Mark Unleashed”, which also starred Stephen Baldwin and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Both films were acquired for distribution by Sony Pictures. He subsequently executive produced for Ralph Winter on the adaptation of Frank Peretti's best-selling novel “The Visitation” distributed by 20th Century Fox. And he has also produced “The Lost Medallion”, “The Redemption of Henry Myers”, and “Hoovey”.
Bobby’s most notable film was based on the novel by New York Times best-selling author Karen Kingsbury: “Like Dandelion Dust”, which starred Oscar winner Mira Sorvino and Emmy award winner Barry Pepper, and was released by Twentieth Century Fox after winning more than 30 international film festival awards.
In 1999, Bobby founded ChristianCinema.com, which is now the largest selection of faith-affirming and family-approved movies online, and the largest independent retailer of faith-based movies in the U.S.
Richard Ramsey is the director and writer of “The Song” which was theatrically distributed in 2014 by Samuel Goldwyn Films. He is also the artistic director of City on a Hill Productions, a faith-based multimedia company known for “Not a Fan”, which to date has sold over 1 million units.
Carole Dean is the president of From The Heart Productions, a nonprofit company that works for filmmakers as a fiscal sponsor and is now partnered with Indiegogo for crowdfunding. Through this platform Carole awards three film grants a year valued at more than $100,000, with past grants totaling more than $2 million. Each year, Carole appraises and consults on over 1,000 films and trailers to help prepare them for funding. During her career Carole has helped filmmakers raise over $10 million for their documentaries, features, and short films. She is also the author of “The Art of Film Funding: Alternative Financing Concepts”.
Alex Neustaedter stars in "Ithaca", in the lead role of Homer, alongside Oscar winner Tom Hanks and Golden Globe nominated Meg Ryan. He also stars as Bella Thorne’s love interest in the upcoming film "Shovel Buddies", and USA network's new TV series, "Colony," from the Emmy award winning executive producer and writer of “Lost” - Carlton Cuse.
Doug Jones is a veteran of film acting with roles in major box office hits such as “Hocus Pocus”, “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer”, “Hellboy” and its Oscar nominated sequel “Hellboy II: The Golden Army”, and Oscar winning “Pan's Labyrinth”, as well as the Emmy nominated TV series “Falling Skies”, and the Golden Globe nominated TV series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”. He is renowned for his roles in the science fiction, fantasy and horror genres, often wearing heavy makeup to play nonhuman characters.
Meg DeAngelis is an actress and social media superstar with over 4.3 million YouTube subscribers and 1.6 million Instagram followers. Meg has starred in the series “Royal Crush” and movies “The Giant King” and “Summer Forever” with Alyson Stoner, as well as the upcoming Dreamworks release “Trolls” in which she stars alongside Oscar nominated Anna Kendrick, Golden Globe nominated Justin Timberlake, Russell Brand and Gwen Stefani. Her latest film “Dance Camp”, was produced by John Chu as one of the first features to premiere on YouTube’s new subscription service YouTube Red.
Christopher Kenworthy is a screenwriter, director and producer of countless commercial projects and music videos, numerous short films, and a feature called “The Sculptor's Ritual”. He's the best-selling author of the renowned film book series “Master Shots” which includes Volume 1, 2 and 3, “Master Shots: Story”, “Master Shots: Suspense”, and “Master Shots: Action”. He's also the author of two well-reviewed novels and numerous critically acclaimed short stories. His latest film books are “Shoot Like Tarantino”, “Shoot Like Spielberg” and “Shoot Like Scorsese”.
John Trigonis is the author of “Crowdfunding for Filmmakers”. He has mentored thousands of filmmakers, storytellers, and other content creators worldwide to help them craft compelling crowdfunding experiences that not only reach, but also exceed their financial goals. After spending a few years as a private crowdfunding consultant for a number of creative projects, John was brought on board Indiegogo’s film team as its Film Campaign Strategist and now works behind-the-scenes on some the most successful film and video campaigns, including “Con Man”, “VGHS Season 3”, “Iron Sky: The Coming Race”, and countless other top-dollar projects, all while continuing to nurture his own creative multimedia endeavors. In addition to this John recently spoke at TEDx.
Richard Botto is a screenwriter, producer, actor and filmmaker, and the creator and CEO of social network Stage 32. Since the launch of Stage 32 in September 2011 this filmmaking community has grown to more than 500,000 members from all across the globe. Forbes has described Stage 32 as "Lynda.com Meets LinkedIn For Film, Television And Theater Creatives." Richard’s screenplays have been semi-finalists and finalists at a variety of competitions including The Page, Nicholl, and Creative World Awards. He was an associate producer on Sam Levinson's “Another Happy Day”, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2011 and featured Golden Globe nominated Ellen Barkin, Golden Globe nominated Demi Moore, Oscar nominated Thomas Hayden Church, Kate Bosworth, and Oscar winner Ellen Burnstyn.
Cyrus Nowrasteh is a writer, producer, and director. Starting out as a television writer, Cyrus received the Pen USA West Literary Award for Best Teleplay twice, and is the only writer in the history of the Pen awards to win two years in a row in the same category. He wrote the pilot for the USA Network show “La Femme Nikita”, as well as numerous episodes of “Falcon Crest”. He also wrote and produced the Emmy award winning ABC miniseries “The Path to 9/11”, which starred Oscar winner Harvey Keitel. Cyrus’ film work has been equally illustrious. He wrote and directed “The Day Reagan was Shot”, which starred Oscar winner Richard Dreyfuss and was executive produced by Oscar winner Oliver Stone. He then went on to co-write and direct the film “The Stoning of Soraya M.”, which starred Jim Caviezel and won runner-up for the Audience Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival, amongst numerous other award wins. “The Stoning of Soraya M.” was condemned and banned by the Iranian government but thousands of copies were bootlegged into the country and it became an underground hit in Iran - forcing the government to put a temporary suspension on stoning as a punishment. Cyrus’ latest release “The Young Messiah”, which he directed and co-wrote, is based on an Anne Rice novel, and stars Sean Bean. It will be released in theaters nationwide on March 11.
Howard Klausner is a writer, director and producer of films such as “Space Cowboys”, starring Oscar winner Clint Eastwood, “The Identical” starring Golden Globe nominated Ray Liotta, “Hoovey” starring Alyson Stoner, “The Last Ride”, “The Secret Handshake” and “The Grace Card”.
Roque Baños has scored over fifty films and television series, including “The Machinist”, Oscar nominated Spike Lee’s “Oldboy”, Oscar winner Ron Howard’s “In The Heart of The Sea” and Oscar nominated “Sexy Beast”. To date, Roque boasts an impressive fourteen award wins and twenty nine award nominations, recently earning a 2015 Gaudi Award – the Spanish equivalent of the Oscar – for "Best Original Score" to “El Nino”. His latest movie, “Risen”, starring Joseph Fiennes, will open in theaters nationwide on February 19th.
Cody Longo has starred in movies such as “Fame”, “Bring It On: Fight to the Finish”, “Piranha 3D”, “Not Today”, “High School”, “The Silent Thief” and “For the Love of Money”. His television work includes “CSI: NY”, “Hollywood Heights”, “Brothers and Sisters”, “Make It or Break It”, “Three Rivers”, “Medium” and “Nashville”. Cody is also a musician and in 2013 he broke into the Billboard top 100 with his song "She Said" which also charted #3 on the iTunes top 100, along with his debut album.
Rickey Boyd is a world-class puppeteer. Rickey’s long and distinguished career includes performing Grandma Cookie Monster for Sesame Workshop's “Sesame Beginnings”, Scooter and Crazy Harry in “Muppet's Wizard of Oz”, and Waffle in “Animal Jam”. Other projects include “Muppets From Space”, “Dinosaurs The Series”, “Muppetvision 3D”, “Muppets at Disney World”, “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” and “Song of the Cloud Forest”, as well as numerous videos and commercial projects. Rickey continues to perform for The Jim Henson Company, as well as working as an animator and director for the multiple Emmy award winning Magnetic Dreams Studio. There, he designs and directs animations for clients such as Sesame Street, amongst others.