Eccentric Artists is a movement of artists working together to create an inclusive community that supports underrepresented filmmakers and encourages them to connect, create, and collaborate.
To coincide with Collective Space events, Eccentric Artists also makes it a priority to make selections for our Featured Artists section. With this we aim to connect artists of many stages in their filmmaking career to discuss the commonality between them & have this act as a learning source of inspiration or motivation for our community.
Below will list all of our past Featured Artists Editions!
Duration: November - December 2021
Doménica & Constanza Castro
Producer | Co-Founder of 271 Films
Constanza and Doménica are sister filmmakers from Mexico City and founders of 271 Films, a creative production company based in Los Angeles.
The sisters exemplify Latinas in Film with the intention to highlight the ways Latinas have revolutionized the film industry and/or broken glass ceilings.
Collectively, their work has garnered over 2 billion views and they’ve produced numerous award-winning videos, short films, and commercial content that have been featured on MTV, Billboard, The New Yorker Screening Room, Nylon, Vice, Vimeo Staff Pick, Short Of The Week, BET Networks, as well as prestigious film festivals including AFI Fest, Tribeca, Berlin, Sarasota FF, Palm Springs, Seattle FF, Austin FF, Rhode Island FF, New Hampshire FF, Newport FF, Atlanta FF, Nantucket FF, Hollyshorts, Nordisk Panorama, and Tribeca Chanel THROUGH HER LENS program.
They have produced content for world-renowned clients such as Gillette, Facebook, Instagram, T-Mobile, TopGolf, Viacom, Under Armour, Nuu Mobile, Rothy’s, Coca-Cola, New Balance, Tumi, and Abbot Nutrition. Their work has been featured in AD WEEK.
They teamed up with Lena Waithe’s Hillman Grad Productions and Indeed to produce 10 films helmed by 10 BIPOC directors, projects which premiered at Tribeca Film Festival 2021.
The sisters have been honored as the 2021 Nevada Women Filmmakers of the Year.
They are drawn to stories that put a spotlight on marginalized communities, question the status quo, push boundaries and provoke, inspire and entertain the audience.
They live in Los Angeles, California.
Director | Producer
Leslie Gomez is a Mexican American director and producer in Las Vegas. Having collaborated with notable production companies, agencies, as well as independent creatives; Leslie produces film, television, short films, narratives, music videos as well as live shows. She prioritizes telling human stories about marginalized groups and underrepresented people. Leslie is currently working at the UFC story producing, and when she's not watching a fight, she's always fighting to represent the people.
Producer | Production Management | Production Coordinator
Born outside Salt Lake City and raised in Vegas in a religious Mormon setting, I found love for coveted film at a young age. Being told you that can’t watch raunchy, obscure, R-rated movies, makes you want to watch them even more and appreciate their value. I attended Southern Nevada Vocational Technical Center for Television Production and proceeded to study Film at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. I enjoy nothing more than learning and loved every part of my college experience: the beautiful films, the engaging professors, and making short films with my inspiring film family. I had the fulfilling opportunity of becoming founding president of a Women in Film group called Cinefemmes, which I served for 2 years. We honored female stories, filmmakers and sparked a discussion surrounding a lack of female presence on set. I graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Film. I would not have the experiences and such unique opportunities if it weren’t for my amazing film community here in Vegas. I love this city! I currently reside in Las Vegas with my husband, Andrew, my son, Lennon and our two sweet furbabies, Chewy and Ringo. We love rocking out to the Beatles, traveling, and all things Disney!
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Duration: September - October 2021
Independent Film Director & Editor
Heather Aradas is an independent film director and editor. She Graduated from UNLV with a bachelors in film. You'll find most of her directorial work to be very dark with a dash of glitter and a whimsical approach. When she is not making weird films with her favorite people she is probably editing the morning light away on projects that range anywhere from music festivals, corporate interviews, commercials and more.
Makeup & Sfx Artist
Jenny Egidio has been a working Makeup & SFX Artist for Theater, TV and Film for 15 years. Having graduated from UNLV Film with a focus in art design, writing and directing, her background in indie filmmaking has sharpened her skills against Murphys Law. Viewing any setback as a challenge to get inventive, her passion for story telling and creative collaboration fuels her drive to keep all the wheels running smoothly, for the sake of art.
Production Designer & Graphic Designer
Audrey started her career in Film at the end of 2018. She received two degrees from the University of Nevada Las Vegas during the Spring of 2019, graduating with a B.S. in Graphic Design and a B.A. in Film Studies.
Following graduation Audrey worked on numerous features, music videos, shorts, and commercials and as a result was offered a part time instructor teaching position at UNLV in the department of Film. She teaches FILM 327 which is also known as Production Design.
Audrey’s work is showcased in films such as Take Out Girl, Margaret the Brave, Novenario, Blunt, American Sicario, Divorzio a Las Vegas, Spirit of Christmas, Pawn Power, Inspirada 5 Billion Star Dining campaign, It Lives in a Cave in the Woods, EA Sports NHL 20 Campaign, and A Christmas Dinner. Her passion and dedication to Production Design was fueled during her last semester of college, when she was afforded the opportunity to work as a production designer on a 48 hour film competition later titled A Christmas Dinner.
A Christmas Dinner directed by Tyler Yarbro went to the 71st International Festival du Film de Cannes. A Christmas Dinner was nominated in both the American Pavilion Emerging Filmmaker Showcase & The Court Métrage Short Film Corner in May of 2018.
Take Out Girl directed by Hisonni Mustafa went through the 2020 film festival circuit garnering attention and awards from festivals like; Beloit International Film Festival, Ashland Independent Film Festival, American Black Film Festival, Bentonville Film Festival, Dances With Films, Film Threat Award This!, and many more.
Screenwriter | Director | Editor | Cinematographer | VFX Artist
Deborah Richards is a four time South West regional student Emmy award winner for her short, Boy Meets Girl (for best short, director, screenwriter, editor)—2016.
She is a screenwriter, director, editor, cinematographer, and VFX artist.
Her work over the decades spans from the dawn of the digital audio revolution as a musician—studio engineer in her teens—to consulting, directing, and creating for some of the largest brands in the world today. From TruFusion and the EDC (Electric Daisy Carnival), to Walmart and The History Channel. While in film school, she opened her own boutique, production studio, and soundstage: 1905 Film Studios. Playing host to many productions, including music videos by Rick Ross and Snoop Dogg—as well as her passion projects.
Her short film, Dark Lights is currently enjoying a successful international film festival run. Produced by long time collaborator, Patrick Wirtz it has already been played in 30 international film festivals after only being released in January earlier this year. It is part of a feature anthology that is being released this September called The United States of Horror, narrated by Doug Bradley (Pinhead from Hellraiser) and distributed by Archstone Entertainment.
Currently Deborah is prepping for her feature film directorial debut - Move Me No Mountain, and filming later this year in Las Vegas.
Originally from England, she is a former 5-time world bartending champion, longtime Las Vegas resident, dog owner, and passionate advocate for the arts.
Songwriter |. Rapper | Producer
Colorful aesthetics, glitter, and a touch of existentialism: Demyia (they/them) aims to craft works of art that are both profoundly personal, yet sentimentally universal. From creating graphics, to producing beats, etc they are one of many D-I-Y artists trying to navigate the new artistic landscape. Known for eccentric lyricism, effectively minimalistic tracks, and high energy performances, art is truly their raison d’être.
Duration: April - May 2021
Director | Writer | Editor | VFX Artist |
Desert Cactus Films
Danny Chandia is a Las Vegas filmmaker known for his unique visual style. He picked up a camera at an early age and began making short films. By his senior year of high school, he was editing in Final Cut Pro. He majored in Broadcast Journalism at the Las Vegas Academy, and during this time- got his first job as an in-studio camera operator for the local PBS station, Channel 10. After graduating, he began doing camera for the morning news at the local NBC affiliate KSNV, Channel 3. Around this time he also worked as an in-house videographer at the Thomas & Mack Center, making videos for the Jumbotron during live sporting events. This was also where he first started learning Adobe After Effects. He then began shooting and editing for travel-based reality TV shows. This opportunity took him around the world- from Europe, to Africa, to Southeast Asia. His work on these shows has been seen on major international networks like Travel Channel UK and MTV Canada, as well as popular streaming services- Netflix and Amazon Prime. He moved to downtown Las Vegas in 2013, and worked various freelance jobs while honing his skills as a writer, trying to get his first feature off the ground. Instead, he ended up shooting years worth of footage for a documentary about the tenants of the complex he was living in- Desert Cactus Apartments. In 2017, the property was sold and the scope of the piece expanded to include downtown as a whole. It’s now an ongoing project. In 2018, he was invited to participate in the Las Vegas Film Festival: Music Video Lab, where filmmakers are matched up with musicians to make a video for $400. It came in $150 under-budget, and was completed in two weeks, with a two-person crew. This two-person crew is now married. Danny has recently started a production company with his wife and producer, Rachel Johnson, called Desert Cactus Films. Together, the pair have found their niche making music videos. By taking a DIY approach, they’ve been able to tell big stories on tight budgets. Their latest video, “Violent Water”, garnered attention in film festivals across the country and won awards for Best Music Video and Best Visual Effects. They’re now working on a fantasy short film called, “Margaret the Brave”. It utilizes all the techniques they’ve become known for, such as miniatures, stop-motion animation and matte paintings. The project is entering its final phase of VFX shooting this summer.
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Cinematographer | VFX Artist | Director | Ismahawk
Hi! I’m Jeremy Le, a cinematographer, VFX artist, and director based in Las Vegas, NV. I graduated from UNLV with a Bachelor’s in Film in 2015. I started a YouTube channel with my best friend Danny Shepherd called Ismahawk when I was still taking classes. The channel took off when we made a web series called Nightwing: The Series (very original, I know..) and we have been building ourselves into a company and brand since then with over 600K subscribers as of 2021. It was through this that I picked up skills in the filmmaking process from top to bottom, including things like visual effects, special effects, and prop and costume making, etc. Recently, Ismahawk has pivoted away from traditional YouTube content creation and moving into the narrative filmmaking space, with a focus in pushing what is possible in independent film with visual effects, action, and diverse storytelling. I am driven to create a community that drives and uplifts all artists across any walk of life with Ismahawk’s platform. Cheesy, I know, but we’re family here.
Cinematographer | VFX Artist | 3D Animation | Photographer | Director
For George Mentchoukov, the limitations in his work go as far as his imagination and will to learn goes. Such efforts led him to be extremely adept at disciplines such as Cinematography, VFX, 3D animation, photography & most importantly--directing. During his time at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas he won multiple awards for his films such as "Shoot First" & "I Want Fish" which both won Audience Favorite awards. Then there was "Comme Ci Comme Ca" which swept the entire awards ceremony during the 2019 UNLV 48 hour Film Festival. Even after graduating, George strives to challenge himself on every project by using all of the skills necessary to fulfill his vision. He took those things he learned in school and put them to practice in his freelance career. Through utilizing cinematography and animation, he's had the opportunity to work with various clients such as HyperX, Allied Esports, Brightline Express, and much more. With the pandemic still in full swing, George has been working on lots of smaller projects--taking the opportunity to sharpen his skills while waiting for his chance to be fully unleashed.
Director | Writer | Editor | Post-Production Coordinator
Tyler Yarbro is an idea. And ideas cannot be killed. He’s watched V for Vendetta 72 times; His favorite part is when it ends and he says quietly to himself, “this is film school.” Many have tried to end his life. Many have failed. He spends his time immortalizing himself in his short films. Have you heard of horcruxes? It’s kind of like that but better, because he cannot be killed, as previously mentioned. Tyler Yarbro has walked this Earth for a millennia. His lizard-like skin is no mere wrinkling. It is a learned skill from the great ancestors of this planet, the Anklyodons. Did you know Anklyodons can sprout out their skin to create some form of meat barrier for protection from predators? Tyler Yarbro can do that too. Beware. In short, Tyler Yarbro is an up and coming director/editor currently working as a coordinator for a post production house employed by Netflix in LA. His work includes award-winning comedic short films such as ‘Pawn Power’, ‘Christmas Dinner’, ‘The Talk’, and more. Tyler continues to challenge himself in what he can create, with his first dramatic narrative in the works.
Duration: March - April 2021
Video & Film Editor | Film Photographer | Youtube Content Creator
Hi, my name is Karllon Musni! I’m a Vegas-based video/film editor and film photographer. I also enjoy creating Youtube content that revolves around my love for photography. After graduating in 2019, I wanted to find a way to combine all my passions in one, so that’s when I started posting on Youtube regularly. I love art and I would love to connect with more creatives who feel the same way!
Actor | Narrative Film & Music Video Director | Screenwriter | Producer | Recording Artist | Script Supervisor
Aaron Nicholas Lockhart II was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Aaron is the middle of three siblings with an older sister and a younger brother, as well as a few foster siblings in his mother’s care. At the age of 13, Aaron and his family moved to Las Vegas, Nevada. Aaron featured in numerous plays and performances growing up and had many opportunities to direct and write scenes and sketches which developed during high school. Near the end of high school Aaron began writing and producing music under the name Cornelius Fiction and continues to record and collaborate with talented friends. Aaron enrolled in UNLV and is currently completing two degrees in Film and English. During his time at UNLV Aaron had achieved Dean’s Honor List for the College of Fine Arts, interned for multiple film festivals including Finding Vince 400 and Las Vegas Film Festival where he co-produced films with high school students for a youth cinematic lab, and worked on several competition and prize-winning films including recipients of the NATAS Student Emmy Awards. Throughout the pandemic Aaron wrote and directed two short films and directed and shot two music videos. Aaron continues to be out here looking for that work.
Writer | Director | Comic Book Creator | Actor
Leo Partible is a versatile storyteller - a writer-director, comic book creator, a singer-songwriter, and an actor. He tells stories of fantastic worlds, emotional journeys, and explorations of truth through film, comic books, music, and poetry. He began in the entertainment industry as a storyboard artist and moved into various positions, including film executive for different production companies, with a specialty in developing comic books into feature films. He previously taught screenwriting at Act One in Los Angeles and Regent University. He has contributed insightful essays examining Pop Culture in several books including Behind the Screen: Insiders on Faith, Film and Culture, The Gospel According to Superheroes: Religion and Pop Culture (with a Forward by Stan Lee), the Forward to Who Needs a Superhero, Filipinas: A to Z, and Risen Magazine. He co-wrote the story for the comic book series Killer Stunts, Inc. His public speaking includes panels and lectures at U.C. Berkeley, Azusa Pacific University, Palm Beach Atlantic University, and Biola University, as well as pop culture gatherings including the San Diego Comic-Con, Damah Film Festival, Sunscreen Film Festival, Stan Lee's Comickaze, and Hollywood Black Film Festival. Leo has been interviewed by NPR, The Atlantic Monthly, Publisher's Weekly, World Magazine, The Washington Post, Fanboy Radio, The Pangeekery Podcast, and many other outlets. His current projects include writing and drawing comic book stories based on his own creations and a Rock n’ Roll film he wrote called REAL GOOD, which he stars and directs and includes a soundtrack album featuring music he wrote, produced, and performed.
Follow Leo: Instagram, SoundCloud, Letterboxd, Webtoons
Actor | Comedian | Writer | Script Supervisor
Caryn Ruby’s work has been featured on “Good Morning America” “The Wendy Williams Show,” and at Chicago’s famed Second City. “Baked Goodes,” the15-episode web series she co-created, & co-starred in, was listed in Newsweek as “what to watch on marijuana’s biggest holiday” - right between Comedy Central’s “The Time Traveling Bong” and Snoop Dogg’s “Grow House.” In 2020, her screenplay “Daphne’s Revolt” was awarded semifinalist in Women In Media’s Cameraderie Act 1 competition, her pilot “The Selfless Activist,” semifinalist in the Filmmatic Comedy Screenplay competition, and the comedy sketch she co-wrote and stars in, “Poverty Tourism” premiered at the Houston Comedy Film Festival as a finalist for Best Dark Comedy Micro Film. Caryn discovered her passion for socially-conscious comedy in her home town of Chicago. She’s performed at Snubfest, Chicago Sketchfest, Gilda’s Laugh Fest, Zanie’s, and Jokes and Notes, and shared the stage with Tiffany Haddish, Donnell Rawlings, and Iliza Schlessinger among others. Active both in front of and behind the camera, Caryn is also an accomplished Script Supervisor. She’s worked alongside Oscar and Emmy award-winning crew on award- winning projects, including the Women In Media Camaraderie initiative GRAND PRIZE WINNING FILM “Blood and Glory” which premiered at Tribeca Film Festival, and “Growth,” a short film written, directed by, and starring Allison Miller (“A Million Little Things”). An advocate for Women’s empowerment, she is proud that 90% of all projects she has worked on have been directed by women, with virtually 50% being women of color. Before comedy, Caryn earned degrees in Psychology (B.S.), Exercise Science (B.S.) and Kinesiology (M.S., University of Michigan), became a nationally-qualified bodybuilder (!) and moved to Los Angeles to become a chiropractor. However, once she realized her knack for cracking jokes was way more fulfilling than cracking joints, she quickly switched gears and began studying and performing at The Second City, The Groundlings and comedy clubs across the country and twice in Singapore. The multitalented, multifaceted comedienne is currently polishing a television pilot and preparing to launch her new podcast, “Script Supervisors: Unsung Heroes of Film & TV”
Writer | Editor
Carrieann Cahall is from Las Vegas, NV. She received a MFA in Creative Writing from UNLV where she read and assisted with the literary magazine Witness. Her first pub "The Tooth Man" is out there thanks to the kind souls at Red Rock Review. In addition to revising her short story collection, Floating Head Touching Earth, she is currently in development on a feature project about sacrifice and madness.
Duration: November - December 2020
Actor | Comedian
Serenity García is a Latinx comedian (NBC Bob Curry Fellow, Los Angeles Diversity in Comedy Festival Host), actress (Oh my Disney, JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE!), sketch and musical comedy writer (“KAREN” Music Video, winner of Austin After Dark’s Best Comedy Pilot) and a kids' comedy teacher at The Second City. Serenity has toured with The Second City and has been seen in their Los Angeles Premium Shows (The Really Awesome Improv Show, SHADE the Musical, What Rhymes with Orange). She’s a musician, freestyle comedy rapper, a Story Pirate, an impressionist and graduate of The Second City and the Nerdist who has trained as a writer and character comedian at UCB, iO, and in countless Second City House Ensembles.
Follow Serenity: Instagram, Twitter
Dancer | Actor
Ruliko has been surrounded by the arts her entire life, and one of her earliest memories are of watching her dad dance on multiple stages in Las Vegas and on cruise ships during his many European tours. She was classically trained at the now closed Fern Adair Conservatory of the Arts since she was 3 years old, and it was there that her love of storytelling through movement blossomed. Eventually, she wanted to expand on her love of storytelling and graduated with her B.A. in Fine Arts, with a concentration on stage and screen acting, from UNLV in 2018. Her main goals are to find more ways to fuse dance and acting together, expand and incorporate more Asian artists in her work to really showcase the incredible talent within the industry, and to break the stereotypes that the media has placed on the Asian Community.
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Video Content Producer | Videographer | Colorist
Marquis Marasigan is a visual content producer based in Las Vegas, NV. He attended the film program within the College of Southern Nevada, where his short film "SPENT" won "Best Editing" at the CSN Film Showcase and won a student emmy at the NATAS Pacific Southwest division. From there he interned at Artisans on Fire, a Las Vegas based creative agency, where he is now a senior video production coordinator. He has collaborated and created many creative ads for the top brands within the cannabis industry, such as: Planet 13, Thrive and Inyo, just to name a few. He also participated in a series of creative commercials for The STRAT, including 3 "hyperlapse" focused ads and a series of promos that now currently play within the McCarren International Airport. Today he still works at Artisans on Fire, still creating many forms of long-form and short-form content for a variety of brands, ranging from: traditional videography, hyperlapse videography, flowmotion, and stop motion animation. He still freelances on the side as a professional videographer and colorist.
In-House Director/Cinematographer for the Jabbawockeez
Christian Astorga is a 26 year-old Asian American director & cinematographer based out of Las Vegas, Nevada. Growing up immersed in Hip-Hop & pop culture, Christian picked up a love for film and multimedia in an effort to artistically contribute and work with local artists in Las Vegas. Since then, Christian has dabbled in a variety of different categories of film, including: Documentary, Music Videos, Fashion, Narrative, Dance, etc. His passion working in film has allowed him to travel around the world working with a multitude of artists, musicians, and brands - most notably becoming the in-house Director/Cinematographer for the Jabbawockeez.
Director | Assistant Camera | Photographer
Duration: October - November 2020
Earth Honey Art | Assistant Camera
Angelica Williams (she/her) is an artist based in Las Vegas. She specializes in practical clay sculptures, such as custom ashtrays. From a young age Angelica has always shown an interest in the arts. In 2015, She became a UNLV film student and started working on student films. When it comes to film sets, you will usually see her working in the camera department as an assistant camera. In 2020, She graduated from UNLV and started a brand for her art: Earth Honey Art. She spends most of her days making ashtrays and working on her next big art project. Although her focus is mainly clay art right now, she is still involved in the film community. She films live performances, commercials, music videos, and she is working on productions as an assistant. Angelica's purpose in life, whether it be art or film, is simply to create.
Follow Angelica: www.EarthHoneyArt.com
NWFFest Founder & Exec. Director
Nikki Corda is the founder and executive director of the Nevada Women’s Film Festival. Nikk spent her early career in feature film development in Los Angeles, with stints at Twentieth Century Fox and Michael Douglas’s company at Paramount. She began producing and writing independently with the award-winning documentary, Urban Rescuers, and continues to follow her passion for nonfiction film with her documentary business, Life-Portraits. Nikki teaches a variety of film/video and English classes at Nevada State College and the College of Southern Nevada. She holds a B.S. in Film from Boston University, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Sierra Nevada College.
Follow Nikki: www.NWFFest.com
Kings of Horror Creative Content Director
Sin City Horror Fest: Co-Founder
Since receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Film from UNLV in 2007, Justin’s had the privilege of wearing many hats in the filmmaking process from directing to editing. He has also worked many years as a camera operator and production sound recordist with local Las Vegas production companies Light Forge Studios and Critical Focus. When Justin’s parents moved him and his older brother, Craig (UNLV Film Grad 2003), to a middle of nowhere Nevada gold mining town in the 1980’s, their only access to anything horror or film related was a subscription to Fangoria Magazine, a VHS copy of The Making of Thriller and the only video store in town called, Oggie Troggs. Horror and film has been a part of Justin’s life since he was very young. From watching his first horror film, Nightmare on Elm Street at five years old, to studying filmmaking under the tutelage of horror icon and UNLV Professor, David Schmoeller (Tourist Trap, Puppet Master, Crawlspace), the genre has always had a strong presence in his creative palette. In 2017, just help co-found Sin City Horror Fest, an international horror film festival held here in Las Vegas, Nevada. Recently just was hired as the Creative Content Director for the YouTube based horror channel, Kings of Horror.
Follow Justin: www.justinbergonzoni.com
Director | Cinematographer | Podcast Host
Blake Gilmore is a cinematographer and director based in Las Vegas, Nevada. In 2018, he graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in Film and has since worked as a production coordinator on television shows such as 90 Day Fiancé: Happily Ever After and Marrying Millions. He also has worked locally as a cinematographer and gaffer on dozens of shorts, music videos, commercials, and feature films. He is a cofounder of the local production company Studio Studios. This year, Blake received a Student Pacific Southwest Emmy for student cinematography on the short film Reflection. This month Blake will premiere his music video Doom for the Las Vegas-based rock band Under. He hosts two podcasts, Video Game Sexy and Dinner With a Movie, and continues to work on a wide array of visual media with his friends and creative teams whenever possible.
Follow Blake: DinnerWithAMovie and VideoGameSexy
Costume Designer | Fashion Educator
Sharlene Guevarra graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Film from UNLV in 2019. She has passion for design and a deep appreciation for wardrobe which has led her to work on short films and projects as a Costume Designer, Set Costumer, Production Designer and Art Director. Working with local fashion brands as a stylist and visual merchandiser is what sparked her interest in wardrobe for film. She’s completed a Fashion Design and Merchandise program at the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts and Design but hopes to expand her knowledge in design and set styling in the future. Currently, Sharlene works as a social media coordinator, content creator for international trade shows and teaches fashion courses to children through Outschool.
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Duration: September - October 2020
Actor | Producer
Ashley Rapuano (she/her/hers) is an actor and comedian based in Los Angeles. With compassion and charisma, she transforms people's perspectives by taking them on an adventure within themselves, others, and the world. She recently moved to LA from New York City, where she wrote and produced her one woman show "Lessons With Lola" about her Filipino grandmother with Dementia, studied and performed comedy at The People's Improv Theater and Upright Citizens Brigade, studied at HB Studio, and starred in several short films currently in festival submission.
Ashley believes in equality and human rights, sustainability, Dementia awareness, animal rights, healthy living and is proudly vegan & cruelty free. Social justice is very important to her and she strongly believes in using art to amplify voices.
Follow Ashley: www.ashleyrapuano.com
Actor | Producer
Rose Donahue (she/her) has worked on independent film sets, national commercials, music videos, and corporate projects as a producer and as talent. She recognizes that each project has different needs depending on the client and depending on her role on set. Rose is known for her work as an interviewer/host. She began as a host on “The Downtown Podcast”, a local talk show that was distributed internationally and she continued as host/producer for “Cinema Crunch” with Quantum Arc Media. When producing she focuses on team building and clear communication to ensure all the departments are led by a pro and there’s cohesion across the board. In her free time, she volunteers as an emcee with FIRST Robotics, a youth robotics competition
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Cinematographer | Photographer
Hi! My name is Noah Kiriu, and I am a Cinematographer who was born and raised on the island of Oahu, but who now resides in the equally sunny Las Vegas, Nevada. I've had an interest in film for as long as I can remember, I mean some of my earliest memories are of picking out movies to rent at Blockbuster with my family. I started to learn about film production in high school, and continued to study film at UNLV. In Las Vegas I have had the privilege to find so many people who are really invested in creating art, and creating a community that supports fresh and diverse voices. I am in the process of finishing shooting my first feature film as a Cinematographer "Goodby Kaito" directed by Anaeus Sherer. The film is fully independent, being produced out of pocket by the filmmakers, and would have been totally impossible without the support of so many in the local film community. These friendships and collaborations are what keep me excited about every new day, and I am looking forward to making more art! Quick fun facts: I like bugs and the movie "Tremors" probably too much.
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Beauty & SFX MUA
Born and raised in Las Vegas, NV, Caitlyn grew up loving to create. In 2012 she began working with the UNLV film program and students, working on short films and student films. From there she began working on commercials, freelance clients through agencies in Las Vegas and live events. From there she began to work with a company Vegas.com creating fashion videos for hotels around Las Vegas. She finally decided to attend makeup school in April 2017 at the L Makeup Institute in Las Vegas, NV, to perfect her skill set for her career. Since then she has gotten to work for companies and clients such as; Vegas.com, MGM, Global Genesis, Unsung Productions, Coconutmeat, Hot Tub Mimosas, Bikini.com, LVFF, Palms Hotel, Toyota, Latin Billboards, Lali Esposito, Carrot Top, Miss Nevada, Goldboot and more. She is also a brand artist for Pat McGrath Labs, YSL and Giorgio Armani. As a Makeup Artist Caitlyn's main goal is to help clients look and feel their best, as well as working with directors and photographers to help create their vision and create memorable looks. Her vision is to bring a fresh outlook to the makeup industry and combine her love of fashion and editorial and blending that with her love of film and character creation.
Follow Caitlyn: www.cyoungmakeup.com
Youtuber | Cinematographer | Editor
Fausto Darquea is a jack of trades in everything production and entertainment. He has been essential in the creation of award winning independant films and national E-sports broadcasts working closely with tech giants such as Blizzard, Epic Games, Elgato, and Hyper X. With his love for nerd and pop culture he has focused his knack for developing viral content into his own personal brand, Goodguy Gastly, and has gained over 60,000 subscribers on Youtube with over 12 million views and counting. He has been featured by various publications including Kotaku and Rooster Teeth and has had his cosplay photography go viral on more than a few occasions. Recently he has become fascinated with the world of interactive live streaming and improv.