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Monique DuBois Inzinna

Narrative Feature Films, Women In Cinema, LGBTQ

BIO
Recipient of the prestigious Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France in recognition for her contribution to the arts in her home country. Monique was in the limelight for many years and is affectionately known as the french Shirley Temple. A star among the bombings of WWII, at the age of 6 she was selected from 3,000 candidates to play Jeanette in the movie « La Loi du Printemps » (1942) with Pierre Renoir as main character. After this, she played in two more movies: again Jeannette in « La femme perdue » (1942) and Joëlle in « Retour de flamme » (1943). As a young teenager she played Yvette in the movie « Retour de flamme » (1948). She would go on to marry and move to New York where she modeled for a time before starting her family.

Christian Keiber

Narrative Feature Films

BIO
Christian Keiber was cast opposite Russell Crowe in the Sony Pictures film ‘No Way Back’ and was the star, screenwriter, and executive producer for the nominated Tribeca Film Festival comedy film ‘Trust Me, I’m a Lifeguard’. Keiber’s television highlights include, a recurring role on ‘Charmed’, starring opposite Steve Buscemi on ‘E.R.’, being featured on the Emmy Awards for his role in ‘Orange Is the New Black’ directed by Jodie Foster, and guest starring roles on ’Gotham’, ‘Homeland’ and ‘Blue Bloods’. Keiber is also active in theater starring in Patrick Sheane Duncan ‘Soul’s On Fire’, produced by Danny Glover and is co-founder, alongside Bill Sorvino, of the, ‘Brazen Giant Ensemble’, in NYC. Keiber has written more than a dozen screenplays/television pilots and his production company, Creative Alley Productions, was featured on National Public Radio (N.P.R.) multiple times as one of the ‘Young Mavericks of Hollywood’. Keiber is a longtime member of legendary actors club ‘The Players’ of NYC and was featured in ‘Origin Magazine’ as one of ‘The Nation’s Top Creatives’. Currently, Keiber is starring alongside, Diane Lane and Timothy Hutton, in the new FX television series, ‘Y’, based on the highly acclaimed graphic novel, ‘Y: The Last Man’ and is also in pre-production for his next feature film project, ‘Iron Terry Malone’, which Keiber wrote, will executive produce, and star in, alongside an all-star cast, set to shoot in Hoboken, N.J.

Kerry McGann

Short Films, Women In Cinema

BIO
Kerry has starred in cult classic movies such as: Banshee!!!, Dark Haul, Assault of the Sasquatch, Wishin’ and Hopin’ and Bloodrunners opposite Ice-T. Her most recent starring role was in The Wrong Son, which premiered on Lifetime. Along with her successful film career, Kerry, is also an active member of the Renegade Theatre Company founded by Maureen Van Zandt and Vincent Pastore. Aside for her busy acting career, Kerry McGann, has now stepped into the role of producer for several upcoming feature films, including the much-anticipated Iron Terry Malone. You can reach Kerry at kerrymcgann1@gmail.com.

Maureen Van Zandt

Short Films, Women In Cinema

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Maureen Van Zandt played Gabriella Dante on HBO’s acclaimed series The Sopranos for six seasons , and appeared as Angelina on the Netfix hit Lilyhammer. She has worked on and off Broadway as an actor, dancer, choreographer , director and producer. She is co-founder and artistic director of Renegade Theatre NYC, and currently teaches acting at the American Ballet Theatre School. She is the recipient of the Count Basie Theatre Vanguard Award for contribution to the arts, and serves on their Board of Directors.

Garry Pastore

Narrative Feature Films

BIO
Garry has well over 50 roles as actor that he has amassed over a 30 year span and is 2012 SAG AWARD NOMINEE for his work on The Dark Knight Rises. He was born in NYC on December 2, 1961. He began his acting career at the early age of eighteen, his first foray into acting was a school production of West Side Story and first film credit was Prizzi’s Honor in 1985. Garry recently wrapped his role in the highly anticipated comedy from Happy Madison Productions, The Week Of. Garry plays the town Mayor who is being scammed by Adam Sandler’s character Kenny Lustig. Rounding out the cast are Chris Rock, Steve Buscemi and Rachel Dratch. The film was helmed by Robert Smigel. He can also be seen in the highly anticipated new HBO series THE DEUCE which premiers September 10 as real life mobster Matty Ianniello. His full film history can be seen on IMDB. In the independent film, DESTRESSED, Garry portrays himself as a man whose stress levels almost kill him sending him on his worldwide quest for Inner peace . On his journey he discovers a little known secret which helps to cure this ailment in this delightful and endearing multiple award winning film. DESTRESSED was written, produced and directed by the actor as well. The film made its world premiere on April 5, 2014 at the GSFF in Atlantic City, New Jersey. It won The AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD and HOMEGROWN DOCUMENTARY AWARDS. There was a special screening at The Strand Theater in Lakewood NJ on July 12 with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the Autism Shield Program. Actors Vincent Piazza from Boardwalk Empire and Al Sapienza of House of Cards came down to lend their support. DESTRESSED had a RED CARPET screening at The Golden Door Film Festival on September 19 , 2014 in Jersey City, NJ where it had to screen in two theaters due to it’s overwhelming demand and popularity. The film went on to win The Best Documentary Award at the GDFF 2016 opened up new doors for Garry Pastore and Willowcreek Entertainment as Garry co-produced ALMOST PARIS which has just been Official Selection at The Tribeca Film Festival and then went on to CANNES FILM FESTIVAL 2016. Garry continues to work in the set decorating department of the film industry as a leadman.

Yvonne Maria Schäfer

Narrative Feature Films, LGBTQ, Women In Cinema

BIO
Yvonne Maria Schaefer is an actress (SAG/ AFTRA), a producer and executive advisor, based in New York and Frankfurt, Germany. After studying acting, she worked internationally in films, TV series and stage productions. Through her passion and participation in extreme sports, the Maxim Lifestyle Magazine voted Yvonne as the “Action Girl”. In 2008 she founded the film production company YMC Films in NY. In the States Yvonne has been successfully working as, an actress, producer and consultant. In 2012 she founded a second company in Frankfurt, Germany, YMC Entertainment and has produced and co-produced films including, “Forget Me Not” (2009), directed by Federico Castelluccio, “The Child” (2012), an adaption of a bestselling novel, “Checkmate Keep your Enemies Closer” (2013) with William Sadler and Peter Greene, which premiered at the AFME supported by Robert Redford. Her latest films include “Home Stay” (2018), “The Cuban Herd” (2016) “Glory Peru (2018)” and “Berlin, I Love You” (2018) with Keira Knightley and Hellen Mirren. As an actress Yvonne can be seen in “Cobra11”, “The Child”, “Little West 12th”, “Pizza Joint” “Berlin, I Love you”, and more. In addition to her entertainment business, Yvonne is a business consultant and executive advisor for various companies. She develops strategic action plans, assists in raising capital and is using her broad international network for companies that want to grow. Since August 2017 Yvonne is Chairman of the Executive Advisory Board of Mercaptor Discoveries Pharmaceuticals. Mercaptor develops brain-protective therapeutic molecules that have the potential to treat acute and chronic brain diseases like Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and TBI.

Jerry Wonda

Music Videos

BIO
 Jerry ‘Wonda’ Duplessis is one of the most successful and musically-adept producers to emerge from the hiphop era since the 1990s. With an illustrious career that spans over 30 years, he is renowned for his extensive discography that includes producing, songwriting, performing and composing. Outside of the studio, he is known for his philanthropy and charity work.  Born in Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti, Wonda was heavily influenced by the music of Bob Marley and Quincy Jones. He picked up a bass guitar at the age of 14 and immediately knew he had found his calling. He also taught himself to play the guitar, congas, and drums. Wonda is all about the sonic – finding and perfecting the sound of the effect in a song. His passion for the sonic helped to forge his reputation for creating the right sound for every artist he works with. His strong musical foundation paved the way for his illustrious career across every facet of the music industry. Wonda’s greatest achievements include his work with The Fugees, who struck platinum in 1996 with their album The Score, which went on to become one of the best-selling hiphop albums of all time. The Score earned three Grammy Awards, including Best R&B Vocal Performance, Best Rap Album, and Album of the Year. In 1999, Wonda co-produced Supernatural, musical icon Carlos Santana’s masterpiece. The album sold over 15 million copies and was nominated for 8 Grammy Awards, including Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group for ‘Maria Maria’, which held the number one position in the charts for over 10 weeks.

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Jill Tirell

Music Videos

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Jill Tirrell began her career in Boston radio and went on to work at major record labels in New York City, managing projects at Atlantic Records, EMI Music, and J Records for artists such as Jewel, Brandy, N.E.R.D., Janet Jackson, Alicia Keys, Rod Stewart, Aretha Franklin, and many more. She’s worked for music industry pioneers, Ahmet Ertegun, Arif Marden, and Clive Davis.

Derek Wayne Johnson

Documentaries

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Derek Wayne Johnson is a director, writer and producer located in Hollywood, CA. Johnson began making short films at an early age winning several awards while still in high school. In his senior year of film school at Stephen F. Austin State University, Johnson wrote and directed his first feature film. After college he broke into the movie business in Texas and Louisiana by directing independent films such as “Broken Blood” and “Scrape.” In 2017, Johnson directed and produced “John G. Avildsen: King of the Underdogs,” a documentary about Academy Award winning director John G. Avildsen, whose credits include “Rocky” and “The Karate Kid.” Alongside his mentor John Avildsen and the cast and crew of “The Karate Kid,” Johnson and his team received a Commendation by the City of Los Angeles for their documentary and its association with “The Karate Kid” legacy. Sylvester Stallone asked Johnson to direct and produce a documentary on the making of the original “Rocky”, currently entitled “40 Years of Rocky: The Birth of a Classic,” due for release in 2019. Johnson is also currently in production on “STALLONE: Frank, That Is”, a documentary about Grammy and Golden Globe nominated singer, musician and actor Frank Stallone, brother of Sylvester.

Gary Donatelli

New Media

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GARY DONATELLI started his career as a cameraman, and over time won 4 Emmy awards for his work on such esteemed broadcasts as ABC’s Wide World of Sports, Monday Night Football, the 1980 and ‘84 Summer and Winter Olympics, the Kentucky Derby, the Indianapolis 500, the World Series and classic championship heavyweight boxing matches, including Ali versus Spinks and Duran versus Leonard. Gary also covered major news events for the network, such as presidential inaugurations and space shuttle launches and landings. As his career progressed, Gary rose from shooter to technical director and, finally, to director, eventually making the shift from covering live sports and news events to directing daytime drama. His first taste of the genre was directing for ABC’s Loving, then from 1994-98, he helmed Another World at NBC. Gary then returned to ABC for the next 13 years at One Life to Live, which garnered him 7 Emmy nominations, including 3 wins for Best Directing Team in Daytime Drama between 2004 and 2012. He has also directed episodes of ABC’s General Hospital and CBS’ The Bold & The Beautiful, resulting in over 1,000 cumulative hours of broadcasted work in soap operas. Gary has a strong interest in issue related projects over the years, and he has taken on the additional role of Producer. 2001, produced and directed Lean on Me, a post-9/11 informational series for the FDNY Counseling Services Unit, 23 Blast, a narrative film that can be seen on I-Tunes and Amazon Prime, and the ongoing Clearing Larry Floyd, a criminal justice documentary, (www.clearinglarryfloyd.org). Gary has served as 6th, 4th and 2nd Vice President of the Directors Guild of America, and is a Trustee of the soon to be built Barrymore Film Center & Museum in Fort Lee, NJ. He is the recipient of the Indiana University Distinguished Alumni Award, the Quill Award, the Alice Guy Blache Award and the Barrymore Award.

Tom Meyers

NJ Filmmakers of Tomorrow

BIO
Tom Meyers is the founder and Executive Director of the Fort Lee Film Commission and Executive Director of the soon to be built Barrymore Film Center in Fort Lee, NJ. Tom has spent his career in the film industry, working first as an archivist for NBC News and for ten years as an archivist for ABC News in Manhattan. Since 2003 he has been working for the Borough of Fort Lee. Tom’s family started in the movie industry in the days when Fort Lee was the first American film town. His grandparents and great grandparents worked for such studios as Fox and Eclair at that time. Tom continues the legacy with his work in the 21st century borough of Fort Lee via preservation of fils shot here and the archiving of this film history

Linda Velwest

Films For Raising Awareness

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Linda Velwest has been an occupational therapist for the last 30 years and a movie lover her entire life. She is passionate about helping people who live with challenges to participate in life activities as much as they desire. She is thrilled to bring films that give autistic people a voice about their hopes, dreams and experiences to the screens of the Golden Door International Film Festival Her vision for the autism films also includes creating a venue for people who are living with autism in their lives to gather together and gain support from each other. She also provides a forum to share a positive and realistic portrayal of living with autism to the larger community.

Chris DePierro

Student Films

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Chris is an award-winning independent, self-funded, guerrilla filmmaker. His first feature, Miami or BUST – A Hoboken Bet, which he wrote, directed, edited and starred in, has been recognized as a ground breaking motion picture self-funded filmmakers. Chris has directed and written for stage and screen and has been awarded for his comedic video shorts feature his Chris TV News Reports. Chris was born and raised and has lived most of his life in Hudson County and is damn proud of it! ChrisDePierro.com