Amanda Milius, Director
Amanda Milius was born in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of director/screenwriter John Milius (APOCALYPSE NOW, JEREMIAH JOHNSON, DIRTY HARRY, BIG WEDNESDAY) and actress Celia Kaye. After growing up inundated with Westerns, historical epics, and other violent films, Amanda is forging a style influenced by these factors but with her own take on ideas of morality and honor. Amanda spent most of her twenties in New York, where she attended the New School University with a focus on philosophy and film. During this time Amanda worked as a fashion photographer and in her off-time wrote a string of short films focusing on the counter culture of the 1960s and 70s, and its effect on current society. Amanda is currently in her final year at USC, earning an MFA in Film and Television Production/Directing. During her time at USC, Amanda’s films focused on the psychology of four strong female lead characters in harsh landscapes and environments (DUEL, SILVER BEACH, DISCONNECT and MANEATER).
Julio Vincent GAMBUTO, Producer
Julio is now completing his third year in the MFA Production program at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, where he was the recipient of the Harold C. Lloyd Foundation Scholarship and the prestigious Annenberg Fellowship. Prior to film school, Julio was an actor in New York and Los Angeles. His hit one-man comedy, JULIE FROM STATEN ISLAND, ran monthly at New York’s Theatre Row for two years, 2008-2009. He also served as a writer for BEHIND THE LYRICS, a television pilot which was awarded an Emmy by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 2006. Julio is proud to be the co-founder of TAYPE, an after-school performing arts program for LGBTQ teens in New York City, which, for ten years, served the communities of hallmark gay institutions like Harvey Milk High School and the Ali Forney Center. Julio earned his BA cum laude in English and American Literature and Language from Harvard, where, upon graduation, he was awarded the Caroline Isenberg Prize for contributions to the performing arts.
Faisal Attrache, Producer
Faisal Attrache is a Syrian-American filmmaker born in Syria and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. He attended UCLA where he received his BA in international development and environmental studies. While at UCLA he became interested in film and began acting in various student projects. He realized that he wanted to be behind-the-scenes, and by his final year he had added a film and television minor to his studies and was set on pursuing a career in film. After graduating, Faisal spent a year living in Syria where he made his first short film. Upon returning to the United States, Faisal attended the USC School of Cinematic Arts, where he earned his MFA in Film and Television Production. He received the Best Director award at the 2013 Beirut 48 Hour Film Festival, and his films have been screened at USC and various film festivals. Faisal strives to tell unique stories across many genres, with a powerful, socially conscious message.
Sean Bagley, DP
Growing up in Salt Lake City, Utah, Sean spent his time skiing, hiking and camping. His fascination with the outdoors eventually led to an appreciation of natural light and photography. This, in combination with his family's obsession with cinema naturally led to Sean's pursuit of cinematography. Since then, Sean has been working professionally in the film industry for the last five years. He has worked as an AC and operator on countless commercials (GOOGLE, NIKE) and feature films (JOHN CARTER, NITRO CIRCUS 3D). He has also worked as an aerial cinematographer and 2nd unit DP on projects for the National Parks, and the feature film, HIGHWAY TO DHAMPUS, shot on location in Nepal. Sean has also DPed over 20 short films, music videos, commercials and recently finished his first feature film. He is now living in Los Angeles, California in his final year in the cinematography program at the American Film Institute.
Marcello Dolce, Production Designer
Marcello Dolce is a graduate of USC, where he was recognized as a Discovery Scholar for his high achievements in fine arts. Prior to studying at USC, he attended the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), where he developed a computational skill set for the array of technologies that surround the discipline of architecture. Having a multi-faceted educational background, Marcello found production design to be an area that engaged both his architectural and artistic practices.
Sean Jarrett, Editor
Sean Jarrett has been the editor on over a dozen student projects at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. His professional credits include work for clients such as Subway and Georgetown University. He recently completed work as an editor on a feature documentary about the life and career of comedian Rip Taylor.