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FOUNDERS

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You can't make great art

without finding that delicate balance between being sophisticated and uncivilized - an elegant outlaw is

the real artist.

JULIAN T PINDER

Founder

Julian T Pinder is a film writer, director and producer, as well as an avid horseman. He most recently created, directed, and executive produced the widely acclaimed four part Netflix series Fire Chasers with Leonardo DiCaprio and Appian Way. He founded Deliberate Films, an independent film production company, in 2006.

 

Throughout his career he has produced and directed multiple award-winning feature films, documentaries, and television series. His films have been released nationwide and globally in theaters, on HBO, Amazon, Showtime, Netflix, CBC, and Sky UK, among other networks. His feature films have played in top-tier film festivals around the world.

 

Aside from television and feature film, he produced music videos for Blondie, directed and produced a conceptual trilogy of videos for Grammy-nominated The Milk Carton Kids starring Amanda Seyfried, commercial campaigns, and several MTV Rock The Vote pieces.

Outside of film and television throughout the years Julian has had a jazz and blues club in Toronto, a winery, and now lives on his horse ranch in the mountains outside of Pioneertown.

MIKE BRUCE

Co-Founder

AT THE HEART OF

EVERY STORY, EVERY FILM, SHOULD BE THE DISTINCT VOICE OF A POET

Mike Bruce is a writer, director and producer with three feature films and nearly a hundred music videos under his belt. Born and raised in Northern California, Bruce began his career playing bass for the psychedelic rock band Low Flying Owls. In 2005 he moved to Los Angeles to further his interest in film and made his first feature "The Legend of God's Gun" described in Popmatters - "rips through your brain and severs your synapses, shredding what you know about film and replacing it with a brand new celluloid language". His film, 'Treasure of the Black Jaguar', was received with critical acclaim winning the Distribution Award at the RAINDANCE FILM FESTIVAL and Best Cinematography Award at First Glance Film Festival Hollywood. The HOLLYWOOD REPORTER described Treasure as a "Well-made adventure set in Sergio Leone-type terrain and blasted with Robert Rodriguez-ish firepower...a delirious descent into a heart-of-darkness, where survival instincts and base greed trump basic goodness and civilized values."

The Raindance Film Festival listed Bruce as one of the top ten American filmmakers to watch for in 2011. Bruce's video for Noel Gallagher's 'AKA...What a Life!' made the Top 20 Most Awesome Videos of 2011 on yahoo which was the finale to "the most successful music video trilogy of all time" according to Entertainment Weekly.

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THE BOARD

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CHRIS HANLEY

Chris Hanley is best known for producing landmark films with independent spirit and popular reach which include Spring Breakers (2012), American Psycho (2000), and The Virgin Suicides (1999). They are often breakthrough films for the artists involved as well as items of enduring cultural value. The 38 produced titles over Hanley's 23 year career cover an array of genres and include two documentaries features (Oliver Stone's South of the Border (2009) and Castro in Winter (2012) and the Showtime docuseries The Untold History of the United States (2012).

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JENNIFER NICHOLSON

Jennifer Nicholson is the daughter of American actor and filmmaker, Jack Nicholson and actress Sandra Knight. She spent much of her formative years on the sets of her dad’s western films. 

 

She began her professional career as a set dresser and builder and later assisted production designer Polly Platt (the first female production designer and spouse of Peter Bogdonovich) and was mentored by the legendary production designer Richard Sylbert. Jennifer spent some time as a New York fashion designer and an Interior Designer for Paul McCartney, Courtney Love and Ellen Degeneres. As an actress she has appeared in such notable films as Hoffa and Wolf.

 

Jennifer is the owner of Shewolf, a lifestyle natural beauty products metaphysical haven. She is the mother of two boys, Sean and Duke Nicholson. She currently divides her time between Ojai and Pioneertown, California where she is a prominent member of the community.

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RAOUL MAX TRUJILLO

Raoul Max Trujillo, aka Raoul Maximiano Trujillo de Chauvelon, was born in Northern New Mexico. He is a mixed blood descendant of Ute, Apache, Comanche, Pueblo, Tlascalan, French, Sephardic Jew and Andalusian Moor. A lead actor on the hit tv series The Mayans, and the iconic villain Zero Wolf in Mel Gibson's Apocalypto, Raoul has played major roles in countless film and television productions for the past 3 decades. Throughout his prolific career he has gone from professional dancer to choreographer, actor to director and screenwriter.

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TAO RUSPOLI

Tao Ruspoli is an American-Italian documentary filmmaker, photographer and flamenco guitar player. Born in Thailand and raised in Rome and Los Angeles. He is the son of Dado Ruspoli, legendary accomplice of Salvador Dali, and Debra Berger. He received a B.A. in philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley, founded The Los Angeles Filmmakers' Cooperative (LAFCO), and the Bombay Beach Biennale. He was married to actress Olivia Wilde and is now based in the high desert of California.

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MELISSA HELLMAN

MELISSA HELLMAN was born into the film industry to iconic director, Monte Hellman, and actress/writer/dancer, Jacqueline Hellman. She spent her first two years on film sets in the Philippines and Utah where her father and Jack Nicholson collaborated on their first four films: BACK DOOR TO HELL, FLIGHT TO FURY, RIDE IN THE WHIRLWIND and THE SHOOTING.

 

She began her career as an actress at the age of seven in her father’s film, TWO-LANE BLACKTOP. She began directing and producing her own films and officially launched her own production company, Melhell Productions, when her father asked her to produce his last feature film, ROAD TO NOWHERE. The film won a Golden Lion at the 67th Venice International Film Festival and has landed on more than 80 “Best Films of 2010” lists.

 

Two years later, she produced her father’s short film, VIVE L’AMOURE, which screened at the opening ceremonies of the 70th Anniversary Venice International Film Festival. She still believes in the magic of movies…

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CHRISTIAN CAMARGO

Christian is currently cast in the high profile new series from Apple called See.  He was most recently seen as Eva Green's love interest, the immortal Dracula, on the Showtime series Penny Dreadful, as well as CIA operative Robert Lashbrook in Errol Morris’ hybrid docuseries Wormwood on Netflix.  In addition Christian recently concluded a theater run playing the titular role in Pericles at NYC’s The Polonsky Shakespeare Center, directed by Trevor Nunn. 

 

Additional film credits include Kathryn Bigelow's Academy Award winning film The Hurt Locker, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Parts 1 & 2, National Treasure: Book of Secrets and Wayfare’s sci fi adventure Europa, directed by Sebastian Cordero. Christian’s extensive television credits comprise of memorable recurring roles including the Netflix series House of Cards, Showtime's Dexter and the BBC’s the City and the City. Christian's numerous Broadway and Off-Broadway Theatre credits include Romeo and Juliet at the Richard Rogers Theatre, directed by David Leveaux; The Tempest and As You Like It at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, directed by Sam Mendes; The Kid Stays in the Picture at the Royal Court in London,  and All My Sons at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theater, both directed by Simon McBurney; New York premier of Skylight directed by Richard Eyre (Theater World award) and an Obie-winning turn as Hamlet in the New York production by Theatre for a New Audience.  Christian is a founding company member of Shakespeare’s Globe Theater in London and graduated from Juilliard School of Drama. In addition to acting Camargo has written, produced and directed various narrative and reality projects including his first feature Days and Nights, distributed by Sundance Selects/ IFC.  

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MATT DIVINE

Having been a Merit Scholar earning a BA in Filmmaking from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Mat founded and fronted the seminal alternative band, Kill Hannah (Atlantic Records).

Also an actor, both on Broadway (Spiderman, Turn Off the Dark, directed by Julie Taymore w Bono) and TV (Suits / Modern Crimes, etc.).

Currently, Mat is the Head of Music Partnerships at CAMEO, one of Time Magazine's 50 Genius Companies; Fast Company's #1 Most Innovative Startup, and #1 fastest growing social marketplace in the world.

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JORDAN M. BROWNING

Jordan Browning was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, and is the fourth generation of his family to work in the entertainment industry.  He is a practicing entertainment lawyer with extensive experience.  He currently is the Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs at Holonis Inc., a multifaceted technology and digital company.

 

In addition, Jordan Browning has extensive experience with physical production, having served as the Founder and Managing Director of two short-form production companies.  In this capacity, he has executive produced music videos for Rihanna, Missy Elliot, Diplo, Bebe Rexha, Dua Lipa, among others, as well as commercials for such brands as Apple, Gallo Wines, Intel, and Scion. His short films have also appeared in the Tribecca Film Festival and the Sundance Film Festival.   

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ALAN TRIGER

Alan holds a degree in Economics from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.  Prior to launching his own business in Los Angeles, Alan spent over two decades as an entertainment industry executive, initially specializing in sales, marketing and then heading up a highly successful and innovative analytics team for Warner Music Group. Alan’s background in data and analytics brings a sharp focus to deal negotiation, pricing and market analysis. Alan and his family split their time between Los Angeles and the desert.