Team

Mitsuyo Miyazaki – Writer/Director/Producer

Originally from Osaka, Japan, Miyazaki began her career as a stage performer singer/actress at an early age. Her USC MFA thesis film Tsuyako (2011, Drama) visited over 100 film festivals worldwide, and won 43 awards including Best Female Filmmaker at DGA Student Award, Future Filmmakers Award and Audience Award at Palm Spring International Shortfest and Grand Jury Prizes at Academy Award qualified film festivals. In 2013, she was chosen as one of the 5 directors from around the world to write and direct a short film for The Weinstein Company and Lexus International. Her live action & animated short film “A Better Tomorrow” was the collaboration piece with award-winning animation director Koji Morimoto. The film was premiered at 2013 Festival de Cannes. Her past projects include Subaru Dramatic Cinema Series -- commercials and short films that feature Subaru's traditional cars to their latest models, and short films that are distributed throughout the world at film festivals, television programs, mobile platforms, exhibitions, EXPOs and universities where she often gives lectures to prospective students. Miyazaki believes in the power of visual communication, and that it changes society and the minds of the people.

She is currently producing a short film called Robo Saints (2015, Dramady) for Project Involve - Film Independent’s support group for diversity filmmakers.

MONO – Music

MONO was formed in 1999 in Tokyo, Japan. Since then, MONO has quickly piqued the interest of both audience and critics alike by staging overwhelming, emotionally splendid, atmospheric performances.

Within the rage of distortion and bombardment of feedback, you are just as likely to experience sadness and beauty, light and darkness, chaos and peace, happiness and melancholy. It is MONO’s ability to combine, intertwine and swing back and forth from two such opposite extremes to create an emotional phantasmagoria that makes this band worth experiencing.

Over the last 15 years, MONO has performed over 1000 shows in over 60 countries on four continents. They have released six studio albums, a live album, several DVDs. Their music has been featured in numerous films and television placements. Their seventh studio album will be released in the fall of 2014 and be followed by an extensive world tour.

Peter Maestrey – Producer

Peter Maestrey’s most recent achievement was producing the independent feature film Cuba's Love & Suicide, a groundbreaking film shot entirely in Cuba. The project was the first and only feature film to be made by American filmmakers inside Cuba in the last 50 years. Peter is also an accomplished 1st Assistant Director for Commercials, Music videos and Feature length mediums. He began his career in the business while still attending High School in Miami, Florida as an actor. Soon after he opened his production company and produced content in narrative formats as well as music videos for large industry corporations, such as Sony, Universal, Def Jam and many others. His career has developed him inside of several departments within the industry and has led him each day closer to his final vision. To develop and produce narrative feature length content that glorifies big story lines and shines a bright line on what being human means.

Yvonne Jimenez – Producer

Yvonne Jimenez is an L.A.-based producer and consultant. She is currently producing both documentary and narrative films with award-winning directors as well as video content for other clients. Yvonne also consults with the Sundance Film Festival and the Sundance Institute summer lab programs on an ongoing basis. Over the past 15 years, she has produced events and special projects for clients such as Coca-Cola, the Nielsen Company and Anheuser-Busch and has managed internal business operations with companies such as Molera Alvarez and Wayans Brothers Productions. Yvonne brings the expertise, relationships and experience needed to benefit any film or company.

Jacob Halajian – Co-Producer

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Jacob graduated from the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts in 2009. He produced the short film Tsuyako, winning over 40 awards at festivals around the world, including Outfest, Palm Springs International ShortFest, among others. He has studied at the Film and Television School in Prague, as well as the University of California, Los Angeles, in their screenwriting program. His interest in Mono's music, experimental storytelling and projects that take risks brought him to collaborate with the Mitsuyo Miyazaki yet again on this film, dance and music project.

Kay Andersen – Choreographer

After Kay Andersen received his Master of Arts from New York University in Dance Education with an emphasis in performance/choreography, he danced as a soloist, participated in the creation of important roles, and taught company and master classes with the Nikolais and Murray Louis Dance Company of New York City. He has performed worldwide in venues such as the Paris Opera, Kennedy Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music (NYC), The Joyce Theater (NYC), Spoleto Festival (USA), American Dance Festival (Korea, USA), Carlton Festival (Brazil), Italica Festival (Spain), Athens Festival (Greece), Aix en Provence Festival (France), Kuopio Festival (Finland), Jacob’s Pillow (USA), serving as a cultural ambassador to India representing the USIA Department, and many more. Kay continues to teach and choreograph domestically and abroad. He is an Associate Professor of Dance and Chair of the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance at Southern Utah University.

Aaron C. Smith – Cinematographer

Aaron Smith is a cinematographer and director specializing in digital, film and CGI workflows in fictional, commercial, documentary, factual and interactive productions. A cinematography Masters graduate of the Australian Film Television & Radio School, with over 10 years of industry experience, he is driven by a passion for visual storytelling, creative collaboration and the craft of capturing compelling images through light and lens. Aaron has filmed many documentaries, feature films, short films and commercial content for brands including Samsung, Citibank, JP Morgan, IBM, Mitsubishi Electric, Lipton and GetUp and collaborated on productions for National Geographic, Nat Geo Wild, TEDx Sydney, The Sydney Opera House, ACMI and so on. His work has been recognized with ACS awards and a Walkley Award and he has shot and directed productions nominated for AFI, AACTA, Logie, ATOM and United Nations Association of Australia Media awards.

Thomas A. Krueger – Editor

Thomas A. Krueger was born in South Carolina and lived his formative years in Berlin, Germany, where he developed a passion for international cinema. A veteran of the USC School of Cinematic Arts, he has edited three feature films and 18 television features for such networks as NBC, Spike, SyFy and Hallmark. He has also edited numerous award- winning short films, including A Better Tomorrow, which premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival; Josephine & the Roach, which won a 2013 Student Academy Award; and Tsuyako, winner of more than 40 awards at festivals worldwide.

His commercial projects includes such clients as Lexus, Subaru, Visa, and Red Bull, and his work has been acclaimed in such publications as Entertainment Weekly and The Hollywood Reporter, which praised his “compelling editing.”

Sung Rok Choi – Sound Designer

Sung Rok Choi is a sound designer and re-recording mixer in Los Angeles. He started his career as a sound editor for South Korean feature films including "Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance", "Barking Dog Never Bites." He continued his work as a re-recording mixer focusing on dialogue mixing on various films including "Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War". In 2005, the film "Tale of Cinema" he supervised sound editing and mixed was nominated for Palme d'Or in Cannes film festival 2005. He joined USC School of Cinematic Art in 2006 and ever since he continued his career on films including sound design work on "Snowpiercer". Sung Rok was nominated for MPSE Verna-Field Award in 2010 and 2011.

Thomas Yount – Sound Designer

Thomas Yount has been composing for over 13 years, within genres, which include: Ambient, Analog SFX, Cinematic, Gaming, Electro House, Solo Piano & Foley Recording. Recent projects include, soundtrack and contributions to sound design for comedy short film Can & Sulochan for Softbank of Japan. Past projects include original game soundtrack and sound design for an Xbox Live Community Game Bounce, composing placeholder music for independent animation Motorfish. Currently, he is engaged in multiple projects including: music placement with Sony and Fox, production projects with various artists as a producer with Overeasy Musik, composing music and sound design for up-and-coming reality-TV shows, trailers and theme songs. He also aggregates and maintains an extensive and diverse library of original sample recordings.

Giao-Chau Ly – Production Designer

Giao-Chau is an artist and designer working in film, television and live performance. Her work focuses on exploring identity: it’s culturally constructed signifiers, methods of production and conflicting perceptions. She is most interested in crafting character and building dynamic worlds that shift and shatter assumption. She holds an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts.

Melissa Ann Pritchett – Costume Designer

Melissa Pritchett earned her BA in Technical Theater with an emphasis in Technical Costuming, Clothing and Textiles from Southern Utah University and has worked for theater companies such The Utah Shakespeare Festival, The Utah Opera Company and The New Jersey Shakespeare Festival. Melissa is the Costume Designer for the Jewish Women's Repertory Company's December 2014 production of Into the Woods where she where she will also appear on stage as The Wolf. More recently she was the costumer on Sustaining Sound Theatre Company’s production of You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown for Chromolume Theater at the Attic.

Jo Holland – Hair & Make up Designer

Jo Holland is a 25 year old, special makeup FX artist, designer, and performer. Known for: Season 1 contestant on Face Off. Her credit include American Horror History, The Campaign, Gangster Squad, Riddick, Insidious: Chapter 2, and 300: Rise of an Empire.

Leo Alvarez – Casting Director

Leo Alvarez was born in Glendale, California and raised in Miami, Florida. He began training for a career as a dancer at the age of 10. He spent two years as a professional ballet dancer then went on to dance for Disneyworld, Tokyo Disneyland, Madison Square Garden's A Christmas Carol, Princess cruises, Broadway musical tours consisting of three national tours and one European tour, videos, commercials and many regional theaters across the U.S. After retiring from dancing, Leo transitioned into casting and production work for television. His credits include La Voz Kids, Q'viva, Minuto Para Ganar, Married at First Sight, Mexican Billboards, Miss Universe, and many additional commercials, music videos and corporate events.