PRESTON PETERSON

Writer/ Director

After studying film at Virginia Tech, Preston Peterson moved to Los Angeles to pursue a filmmaking career. In 2011, he co-produced the award-winning, short film, GOD & VODKA,  before teaming up with his lifelong friend, Jason Boesch, to form Smoking Bear Pictures. Their first film together, LIFI, is their co-writing and co-directing debut. Though still making it's festival run, LiFi has already screened in five locations and earned them the awards for Best Screenplay and Best Ensemble Cast at the Pasadena International Film Festival.

Jason boesch

Writer/ Director

West Virginia has deeply influenced Jason Boesch. As a Virginia-native, many childhood memories dip into the small town of Davis, West Virginia. A professional creative and graduate of the CalArts film/video program, Jason has proven himself a successful animator and filmmaker. He partnered up with lifelong friend, Preston Peterson, to form Smoking Bear Pictures where they made their first film LIFI. It received critical acclaim on the festival circuit gathering several awards. Jason and Preston are now returning to their West Virginian roots to show the strength and stories of the small town they grew up admiring.

colleen kelly

Producer/ Unit Production Manager

Colleen Kelly

Colleen Kelly has over eight years of experience managing and developing highly successful reality television series including AMERICA CHOPPER, GREENSBURG, DIRTY JOBS, THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER and GHOSTHUNTERS.  In 2010, Colleen moved into film production and has since acted as a Producer, Unit Production Manager, and Writer on several award winning features, shorts and documentaries such as DRIVING BY BRAILLE  (2010), Ryan Eggold’s LITERALLY RIGHT BEFORE AARON (2011), 40 MILLION (2012), ZOMBEO & JULIECULA (2013), QUEEN WITHOUT HIS CROWN (2013), and the documentary, SALVAGE (2013).  In 2017, Colleen will be producing the feature film THE DISCONNECTED which will film in Johannesburg, South Africa and will star Yasiin Bey.

A graduate of Albion College, Colleen has a degree in Elementary Education, communication with a theatre emphasis, and a minor in English. Currently, she is a producing partner and part-owner at MoonHill Productions and has increased the range of the company to include television, reality television, and documentaries.

RICHARD H. MOON

Producer

Richard Moon is an accomplished and award-winning screenwriter and film-maker, with years of experience at developing his writing skills on the spec market, and in turning scripts into complete films as a producer. In 2009 he co-founded MoonHill Productions with his wife, producer Isabel Junie Hildebrandt, and since then he's produced or executive produced several films, including the award winning shorts CONTINUITY (2009), and APRIL (2010), the award winning features SMALL DAYS (2010), their first completely in-house-produced feature, DRIVING BY BRAILLE (2011).

Richard’sscreen writing awards includeFirst Place at the California Film Awards in 2011 for JUPITER and Best Produced Screenplay for DRIVING BY BRAILLE (2011, Action on Film).  His latest work, the short film ZOMBEO & JULIÉCULA, has already won awards- Best Family/Children, Action On Film Screenplay Festival, 2012, and Best Short Screenplay at the Eerie Horror Fest 2012.

ISABEL JUNIE HILDEBRANDT

Producer

Isabel Junie Hildebrandt has taken an unusual path towards becoming an award-winning film producer. After achieving her PhD in Molecular and Medical Pharmacology in 2007, Isabel managed two successful research labs in UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine where she built up considerable experience at combining a variety of diverse interests and talents into a solid, unified product.

In 2009 she co-founded MoonHill Productions, both to apply her experience and skills to the field of independent film production, and to work with her husband, screenwriter Richard Moon.  She has produced or assisted in the production of numerous award winning films, including the shorts CONTINUITY (2009),  APRIL (2010), 40 MILLION (2012) and ZOMBEO & JULIÉCULA, as well as the features SMALL DAYS (2010), and DRIVING BY BRAILLE (2011).   In addition, she has delved into documentary -- SALVAGE (2013) -- and reality show development. 

AKIS KONSTANTAKOPOULOS

Director of Photography

A graduate of Harvard University and the American Film Institute (AFI), Akis Konstantakopoulos commenced his career serving as a 2nd Unit DP for Oscar nominated cinematographer Phedon Papamichael, ASC. A member of the International Cinematographers Guild (ICG) and the Greek Society of Cinematographers (GSC), Akis has lensed more than 25 feature films and over 100 projects, including commercials, music videos, TV shows and short films.

Some highlights of his recent projects include David Cunningham’s 1920’s period JO, THE MEDICINE RUNNER starring Matt Dillon and Jim Caviezel; Kevin Pollak’s directorial debut THE LATE BLOOMER, starring J.K Simmons, Brittany Snow, Maria Bello, released theatrically by eOne; ARMED RESPONSE, starring Cary Elwes, Clea Duvall, Ving Rhames, distributed by Lionsgate; LAID IN AMERICA distributed worldwide by Universal; and BEREAVE, starring Jane Seymour, Malcolm McDowell, Keith Carradine, a best film awardee at 12 film festivals.

His award winning work has garnered nods and praise from Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Indiewire, New York Times and has been selected in numerous film festivals including Cannes, Tribeca, SXSW and Clermont-Ferrand. His clients in the commercial and music video field have most recently included: VH1, FX, HBO, Hello Robot, New Balance, Liz Clairborne, National Bank of Greece, Cher, The Lumineers.

Akis is always looking for exciting and creatively inspiring projects with a unique voice. He enjoys collaborating with directors to create vivid imagery and a natural environment that helps them tell their stories best.

BEN CARO

Editor

Benjamin Caro is an editor, writer and director who has edited everything from music videos, commercials, reality shows and indie films. He's directed A-list stars for GQ and Vanity Fair's YouTube channel, working with Matt Damon and Sophie Turner. Currently he is finishing up CATHEDRALS, his directorial debut short film starring a blind actor.

chris thomas

Composer

Chris Thomas has a variety of projects in the works. He's currently composing for films featuring Kathy Bates, Samuel L Jackson, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Christopher Lloyd and Bob Odenkirk. In addition to film, he's been writing scores for theme parks, epic movie trailers, publishing orchestral concert music, and is resident composer for the upcoming Evermore Adventure Park, and THE VOID (4D attractions).

His score for Grow Up, Tony Phillips was voted best soundtrack by the SXSW film festival audience. In 2010, Chris wrote music for the documentary Woman Rebel. The film was short-listed for an Academy Award and nominated for an Emmy Award. In 2011, Chris won Best Film & TV Music at the eWorld Music Awards in Hollywood, and the Gold Medal Prize from the Park City Film Music Festival. In 2007, Chris was nominated for Best Orchestrator at the Academy of Film & TV Music Awards in Hollywood.

Lately, Chris has been in demand with the theme park industry. He has worked with Knott's Berry Farm, Dreamland (UK), Evermore Adventure Park, Los Angeles Haunted Hayride, Killers NYC, and Dent Schoolhouse.

In television, Chris briefly orchestrated and conducted (uncredited) on ABC's hit show LOST, composed special features music for CSI:NY, and composed commercial music for Samsung, Coca Cola, and Chevron.

In the concert world, Chris orchestrated and arranged large works for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Master Chorale, and the Pacific Symphony. He recently collaborated with the Inveritgo Dance Theatre, featuring the quirky Sugar Plumb Jam at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles. Chris is currently the Missouri All-State resident composer for 2018. His own works have been performed and recorded by the Hollywood Studio Orchestra, Northwest Symphony Orchestra, Rose City Chamber Orchestra, University of Southern California Symphony, Angeles String Quartet, Los Angeles Doctors Symphony Orchestra, Fear No Music ensemble, Willamette University Chamber Choir, Oregon East Symphony, A-Sharp Youth Symphony and various American festival ensembles.