Steven grew up compulsively making videos in the Inland Empire. Furthering his impulse, he studied documentary filmmaking at UC Santa Cruz. He worked in Thailand, India and the Middle East before joining UCLA’s MFA Directing program. His short films won high-profile national contests from Freshstep, E-Harmony, and Sprite Films--which screened in 23,000 theaters nationwide. He also premiered a film (co-starring James Franco) which won Best Narrative Film at UCLA's prestigious Director's Spotlight Festival. With a passion for character-driven narrative filmmaking, he is currently preparing to direct a feature film with James Franco’s company Rabbit Bandini.
Jared Lively grew up in Moreno Valley. On paper, he is a graduate of Cal State San Bernardino with an MFA in Fiction and teaches college writing. Off paper, he writes fiction, screenplays, songs, jokes, and whatever else the universe asks of him.
Suilma Rodriguez is an actor and comedic improviser with 15 years of performing experience. She started her career with a principal role in Disney Channel's, Gotta Kick It Up! which was released worldwide. Other experience includes acting in over 20 short films and a successful national commercial career. Suilma also produces, writes, and directs content. She served as Executive Producer on Itsy Mag, a video-zine for teenage girls funded by Walmart and sold nationwide. Love In Moreno Valley is Suilma’s first feature length film as a producer.
A Christopher Leavins is a producer, director, and writer born and raised in Los Angeles. He obtained his bachelors from CSUN and went on to study under Sebastian Twardosz at USC School of Cinematic Arts. In 2014, Leavins produced and directed THE KNIGHT CREW, a web series about the everyday misadventures of four misfit janitors and the antics that ensue. Gerry Bednob, a featured actor in THE 40 YEAR OLD VIRGIN stars as Raj.
JERELL ROSALES is an emerging Filipino-American Film/TV writer and director whose short films have been been officially selected in over 30 film festivals worldwide and hailed in THE HUFFINGTON POST as a “demonstration of Rosales’ solid skill as a rising filmmaker.” His latest short film "No no, Homo" is playing in festivals around the country. For more information about Jerell Rosales and his projects visit his website:
Manaal Khan is a graduate of UCLA's School of Film and Television. She is currently producing at James Franco's company Rabbit Bandini. Films she has been involved in both as a writer and producer have been part of major American and International Film Festivals including Alexandria and Cannes. Khan's international upbringing gave her the inherent global perspective of attracting a large audience. Besides being involved in the development and production of multiple feature and digital TV projects at Rabbit Bandini, she is currently in pre-production for her first feature directorial venture that will begin production in late 2015.
Alex grew up in Mexico-city and moved to Los Angeles to pursue undergraduate degree at Nineteen years old. After graduating from Cal-State Northridge in Los Angeles, he pursued his MFA in cinematography from UCLA. Since graduating, he has worked as a Director of Photography and has shot actors like Kate Mara, Amber Tamblyn, Bo Mitchell, Kai Lennox, James Franco, John Ennis, and Brian Perry.