OUR TEAM

OUR TEAM

Our top team members include a director and lead actors with over 30 feature films between them and a cast of nearly 35 supporting actors and extras.  It’s a co-production of Changemakers Productions and Dear Skyyler Productions.

 

Our team is led by Writer/Executive Producer Gini Graham Scott , based in Lafayette, California, and Directors Jack Skyyler in New York and Alex Zinzopoulos in Los Angeles.  Other key team members include: Associate Producer Glynn Praesel, Tom Malloy, and Joe Charbonic.  Brandon Gibson assisted as a Script Consultant.  Initial PR Assistance has been provided by Jana Collins of Jones & O’Malley, based in Los Angeles. You can see details on them on and the other top cast, crew, and producers below.

 

WRITER/EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Gini Graham Scott, director

The lead writer, Gini Graham Scott, president of Changemakers Productions, has previously published 50+books with major publishers, is a nationally syndicated columnist with HuffingtonPost (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/gini-graham-scott), and writes for other major publications and clients.Her four books on the film industry include: The Complete Guide to Distributing an Indie Film; Finding Funds for Your Film or TV Project; The Complete Guide to Writing, Producing, and Directing a Low-Budget Short Film; and Marketing Films to Millennials and Baby Boomers. A novel on the film industry is Unbalanced. You can see more details about her at www.ginigrahamscott.com and www.changemakerspublishingandwriting.com.

 

Gini Graham Scott Books on Film Industry

Gini has published several books which inspired this script: The New Middle Ages (Nortia Press) and Living in Limbo: From the End to New Beginnings (Changemakers Publishing).

She has written and produced over 80 short videos which are featured at www.youtube.com/changemakersprod.  They range from dramatic narratives and documentaries to music videos, promotional trailers, and book videos. A few of her scripts and shorts won awards in festivals and competitions. Dead No More received 2 awards in the Scary Cow Film Festival in San Francisco; the Suicide Party script was a finalist in Philadelphia’s ScreenplayFest Competition; and the Suicide Party Short was featured in four film festivals – the Scary Cow Film Festival in San Francisco, the Oakland Film Festival, the Northern California Film Festival, and the Columbia Gorge International Film Festival. Her IMDB listing is at http://www.imdb.me/ginigrahamscott


DIRECTOR/WRITER: JACK SKYYLER.

Director Jack SkylerJack Skyyler is the founder of Dear Skyyler Productions, based in upstate New York. He won a REMI and two Best Director awards for his first feature Hitting the Wall. Other films which he wrote, produced, and directed include: Night Aboard the Salem, Isabel: A Love Story, Skookum: The Hunt for the Bigfoot, Death of Love, and Infested Ship. He has recently produced and directed The Haunted Ship, a $2 million production scheduled for a release in 2015.

Other films which he was involved with include producing Little Bi Peep for Rebel Cinema, providing special effects for Cheers: An Ode to John Woo for Seth Donald Productions, and providing visual effects for Yellow Brick Road for Points North Films. He was the producer/sound mixer for the television show: Life in a Straight World. He has been an Associate Producer for the horror film Creeping Crawling with a $100,000 budget. His IMDB profile is at: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4457201. Some links to his films include these:

Trailer: Skookum, the Hunt for Bigfoot (producer/director)
http://dearskyyler.com/skookum/trailer.html

Trailer: Night Aboard the Salem (producer/director/writer)
http://dearskyyler.com/salemsnight/teaser.html

Trailer: Little Bi Peep (producer):
http://dearskyyler.com/littlebipeep/trailer.html

Trailer: Death of Love (producer/co-director):
http://dearskyyler.com/deathoflove/trailer.html


DIRECTOR/LINE PRODUCER: ALEX ZINZOPOULOS

DIRECTOR/LINE PRODUCER: ALEX ZINZOPOULOSAlex Zinzopoulos, who works with Dear Skyyler Productions, has an extensive background as a camera operator, first assistant director, casting director, and video editor.  He has worked on a number of horror productions, including Terror House, Savor the Hill, Haunted Ship, and Infested Ship.  Other productions include: Skookum: The Hunt for Bigfoot, Ghost Ship Chronicles, Death of Love, and Heart of Faith.

 

 

 

TOP CAST MEMBERS

 DAVE: STEPHEN MEDVIDICK

DAVE: STEPHEN MEDVIDICKStephen Medvidick is an actor, known for #3c (2013), Mancation (2012) and End of the World Etiquette (2012).  http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4385580


 

 

 

STEVE: RICK LUNDGREN

Steve: Rick LundgrenRick Lundgren is an actor and producer, known for Paranormal, Burbank (2007), Reunion (2012) and The Neighbor (2014).  http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2072767

 

 

 

 

AMY: JAYME LAKE

Amy: Jayme LakeJayme Lake is an actress, known for Suicide Party (2015), Ingles Ya! (2008) and 1000 Ways to Die (2008). http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4201929

 

 

 

 

GIDGET: ANNA SHIELDS

Gidget: Anna ShieldsAnna Shields is an actress and producer, known for Little Bi Peep (2013), Infested Ship (2011) and Death & Beauty (2013). http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4828989

 

 

 

 

SOCIAL WORKER: STEPHEN MANLEY

Social Worker: Steven ManleyStephen Manley was born in Encino and comes from a long line of actors. He is a third generation actor of his family, first appearing on The Art Linkletter Show at 9 months. He soon landed many parts in film, television, and commercials.

He is best known for his role in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock in which he plays young Spock during the famous Pon Farr scene. He attended college at The Pasadena Art Center and graduated with a degree in Film and Fine Art.

He wrote, produced and directed a film called Greasepaint which played for two years on Bravo and won awards at the Houston Film Festival. After taking a hiatus from the film industry, he has resumed his career as an actor.  His IMDB listing is at http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0542603

 

OFFICER TANYA: DREA CASTRO

OFFICER TANYA: DREA CASTRODrea Castro, played the suicide bomber in the climax of the box office hit: Act of Valor and one of the pivotal women in Chris Rock’s feature: I Think I Love My Wife.

 

 

 

 

KEITH O’BRIEN: TY MAYBERRY

KEITH O'BRIEN: TY MAYBERRYTy Mayberry is an actor and producer, who has most recently been in the TV series: Criminal Minds and Perception.  He is also known for Imaginary Girls (2004), Inamorata (2004) and I’ll Meet You in Your Womb (2006).

 

 

 

 

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER: GLYNN PRAESEL

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER: GLYNN PRAESELA native Texan born in Brownsville, Glynn Praesel has been acting since the late 1970s in both the theater and film. After graduating from Texas A&M in 1988, where he competed on the college rodeo team as a bareback bronco rider, he became the host of The Nashville Network for two years. Since 1985, he has been in both indie and major motion picture, and is represented by an agent in Hollywood. He is also a successful businessman and both an actor and producer in the film business.

As a lead he was in: Duque, Palo Pinto Gold, Hitting the Wall, Ride Wanted Trail, and Abandoned Project X. He played supporting roles in three films directed by Jack Skyyler: Skookum, Haunted Ship, and Heart of Faith. Other films in which he has played a supporting role include: Endgame, Ragamuffin, and Rugaru. He has acted in several TV specials, including Love Death and Cross of Fire.

He has won several awards as a producer, including three awards for Palo Pinto Gold, as the Best Western at the Trail Dance Film Festival, as the Special Jury Best Film Award at the Houston International Filmfest, and as the Best Family Picture in the Gone with the Film Festival. A link to the Palo Pinto Gold trailer is at http://www.metacafe.com/watch/4722920/palo_pinto_gold_movie_trailer


ASSOCIATE PRODUCER: TOM MALLOY

tom malloyTom Malloy is a producer, actor, and writer who is most known for The Alphabet Killer, Love N’ Dancing, and The Attic.

As critically acclaimed actor, Tom wowed Hollywood with his stunning turn in the indie-cult favorite Gravesend in 1998, which was produced by Oliver Stone. Though he no longer produces in order to focus on his acting career, over the years, Tom has raised more than $25 million in private equity from independent financiers and has written, produced, and starred or co-starred in nearly all the films that his company Trick Candle Productions has made.

Some of these films include Ashley, directed by Dean Ronalds, which was in theaters in 2013, Love N’ Dancing, which was directed by Rob Iscove (She’s All That) and stars Amy Smart, Tom Malloy, Billy Zane, Rachel Dratch, and Betty White; the psychological thriller The Alphabet Killer, directed by Rob Schmidt (Wrong Turn, Crime & Punishment in Suburbia) and stars Eliza Dushku, Cary Elwes, Tom Malloy, Timothy Hutton, Michael Ironside, and Oscar Winner Melissa Leo; and a thriller directed by Mary Lambert called The Attic, starring John Savage, Tom Malloy, and Elisabeth Moss.

He also appeared in principle roles on Law & Order SVU, Third Watch, Kidnapped, The Siege (with Denzel Washington), and Anger Management.

In addition to his work as a filmmaker, Tom is an accomplished author whose book Bankroll: A New Approach to Financing Feature Films is considered the “gold standard” of indie film financing instruction. A second edition came out in 2012.  Tom is also a nationally known motivational speaker for adults and kids and has traveled across the country spreading his positive message to students of all ages. Over the years, he has spoken to over 100,000 students.


ASSOCIATE PRODUCER: JOE CHARBANIC

Joe Charbanic is a highly experienced producer/director with an extensive background in low-budget music-video productions. Joe Charbanic has created music videos for artists such as Mary J. Blige, Soul Asylum, Slash, Sonic Youth, Coolio, Ice T., Ice Cube, Harry Connick Jr., Aaron Neville, Amy Grant, En Vogue, and even Keanu Reeve’s band Dogstar.

A career highlight for Joe Charbanic was The Watcher starring James Spader, Keanu Reeves, and Marisa Tomei. The Watcher was #1 at the box office for two weeks and turned a production budget of $30 million into a gross of $47.3 million, which is a $17.3 million profit.


SCRIPT CONTRIBUTIONS: BRANDON GIBSON

SCRIPT CONTRIBUTIONS: BRANDON GIBSONBrandon Gibson is stand-up comedian, actor, and writer. He has played leading roles on television on shows such as FOX’s Ben & Kate, Disney’s Austin & Ally and Prankstars, Nickelodeon’s Kid Choice Awards, CBS’s Fire Me, Please. Other shows include being a co-star on The Crazy Ones and Mob City. He has been a guest star on NCIS, Love that Girl, The Fresh Beat Band, Pit Boss and Guilty or Innocent. He has been a series regular in Static, Fanarcy, Payback, and Totally Busted. He has been a host for Trail Mix on the Travel Channel. He has also produced multiple TV shows including Honky Tonk Central, a re-boot of the classic show, Hee Haw.

Brandon has also been in about a dozen film projects, including being the lead in Disney/ABC Family’s Bigfoot and Paramount/Starbox Pictures’ The Hanged Man. Other lead roles have been in 3 Years and Day, The Coin, and The Making of. He has been a co-star in Code Enforcer, The Great Mother, All that I Need, Nothing But Trouble, and VooDoo.

He has also been the lead in over a half-dozen theater productions, including roles with the Touring Company (What Now?! and For Heaven’s Sake), Wasted Channels with Hooligans Productions, and Bent Neck Giraffe with RLC Productions.

He has been a stand-up comic as well, featured in numerous well-known clubs, including The Improv, Laugh Factory, Comedy Store, Funny Bone, Zanies, Comedy Zone, Bally’s Casino, and the Sheraton Casino.

Links to some of his reels include:
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1340435
Drama Reel:
http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/47edbc3bed/brandon-gibson-drama-reel?ts=1389642394
Comedy Reel:
http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/5ee74ba16f/brandon-gibson-drama-reel?ts=1389640521


PUBLIC RELATIONS AND PUBLICITY ASSISTANCE: JANA COLLINS

Jana Collins works with a full service PR firm, Jones and O’Malley, established in 1985 and based in Los Angeles, specializing in the entertainment industry. The company has assisted in gaining recognition for million dollar companies, cutting edge technologies, and Grammy Award winning recording artists. The company assists with campaign planning, press releases, press kits, Internet marketing, and special event planning, and they have a broad reach in today’s media. They have placed their clients and their products in every nationally distributed publication, major television network and top rated cable station, including ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, Discovery, National Geographic, “E”, HGTV, DIY Network, and many others. They have gotten clients on The Today Show, Doctor Phil, Dateline, T.V. Guide Channel, Good Morning America, This Morning, 60 Minutes, Entertainment Tonight, and 20/20. They have worked with a number of big budget motion pictures, such as Transformers and Mission Impossible. Their website is at http://jonesomalley.com