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The Moser Brothers (Directors/DPS/Editors)

Thomas and Joel Moser have been making films since they were kids in the small town of Moultrie, GA. This is their fourth project with Ron de Caña Prods., Inc,. They first collaborated with Dawn Westlake as animation directors on her film DOTTIE: THE LITTLE GIRL WITH THE BIG VOICE. They were also the editors/graphic designers on her anti-war comedy, THOROUGHLY MODERN MILI and editors/animators on her short doc A LIFE OF DEATH. They've been named “"Filmmakers to Watch" by ifilm.com for their award-winning, live-action short THE FOUNTAIN, and they won awards in three categories for their 48-hour Film Project, THE PITCH, including best directors and best movie. They recently completed work on the second season of VH-1's "Ill-ustrated" and are developing several feature projects.
[www.moserbrothers.com] [view portrait]

Dawn Westlake ("The Widow"/Writer/Producer)

This is Dawn's fifth short under her Ron De Caña Prods. Inc Baner. She has made 5 films in the past four years in the US and Portugal which have won 33 international awards and played in hundreds of venues around the World. THE PAWN is the third in her anti-war trilogy, joining A LIFE OF DEATH, a short doc, and THOROUGHLY MODERN MILI, a comedy. Dawn received the mark of excellence from The Society of Professional Journalists for a televised interview with Jimmy Carter on Human Rights Violations in 1987 and was named a Platinum Filmmaker by Canon, USA in Dec. 2002. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband of 16 years, Bruce Rheins, a producer for "The CBS Evening News with Bob Schieffer ". Dawn graduated with honors from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. [www.dawnwestlake.com] [view portrait]

Sam Ambler ("The Owner" and upon whose poem this film is based)

Sam has been writing poetry for as long as he can remember. He has been published in Christopher Street Magazine, The James White Review, City Lights Review #2, Queer Literary Journal #1, Monterey Bay Men's Journal, Art & Understanding (An AIDS Journal), and Asklepios (An AIDS Journal), and was a winner in The San Francisco Bay Guardian's 6th Annual Poetry Contest. Hes has also been published in several Anthologies including Voices of the Grieving Heart, Cypress Point Press 1994, and Speaking Our Truth, Harper Collins 1994. His latest book project, The Bible of Salem and Jerusalem began in 1995 and is on-going to the end of time (Well, Sam's time on earth anyway). To date he has completed Genesis, Exodus, Psalms, and most of The First Book of the Gospel according to Sam-U'EL. Sam lives in Los Angeles and has a BA in Creative Writing/Poetry from Stanford University.     [view portrait]

Tim Baker (Prod. Designer/Make-up/Model Maker)

Tim Baker began his career as a scenic and lighting designer for theatre, working in legit houses in nine states. He has also designed numerous creatures and puppets for film ("Something About Mary", "Every Dog has his Day", etc.), television (MTV, Fox, etc.), and national commercials. In addition, he is also a special effects make-up artist, model maker, graphic artist, sculptor, photographer and munition expert. (Don't make him mad.) He is currently designing all the high-end toys for the Disney film "The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe", and writing his first graphic novel. Tim graduated from Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri. [www.smakeupfx.com] [view portrait]

Gregory Johnson (Composer)

Greg is a flamenco-groomed guitarist who has played all over the world. In 2002, he won a national screenwriting competition that prompted a move to Los Angeles from Philadelphia. Not long ater landing on the West Coast, he married his love for music with his love of film, and a composer was born. Since that time Gregory has armed himself with a full Pro Tools studio and has provided music for many films both features and shorts. Soundtrack Labs is the name of his Venice, CA studio. Gregory won the Best Score Award for his work on Dawn Westlake's "A Life of Death" at the Inventaunfilm Fest in Lenola, Italy in May 2006. [www.soundtracklabs.com] [view portrait]

 

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