Johnny was the writer and director of BHUTTO, nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance 2010 and winner of the George Foster Peabody award. He also wrote THE BIG FIX, which premiered as an official selection of the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. Johnny’s most recent film, GOOD FORTUNE, had its international premiere at The 2016 Zurich Film Festival and its American premiere at The 2016 Austin Film Festival. It was awarded Best of the Fest and Best Documentary Film at The 2017 Sedona Film Festival. It will be released theatrically by Lionsgate.
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Emanuel Sferios is an activist, educator and harm reduction advocate. Founding DanceSafe in 1998 and starting the first laboratory pill analysis program for ecstasy users that same year (now hosted at Ecstasydata.org), Emanuel pioneered MDMA harm reduction services in the United States. His MDMA Neurochemistry Slideshow has been viewed over 30 million times and remains a primary educational resource for physicians, teachers, drug abuse prevention counselors and MDMA users alike. Emanuel resigned from DanceSafe in 2001 and went on to work in other areas of popular education and harm reduction. He has recently come back as a volunteer. Oh! And he’s making a movie.
Johnny O’Hara is an award winning Writer/Director born and raised in NYC. He has created over a dozen documentaries, many with an emphasis on social justice and environmental issues. Johnny’s first feature documentary, FUEL, won the Audience Award for Best Documentary at The 2008 Sundance Film Festival and was one of only 15 films on the Oscar short-list for Best Documentary 2009. It was also nominated for best documentary screenplay by the Writer’s Guild of America
Basil attended the University of California at Berkeley, where he studied literature and film. He produced his first short film in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2009 and has worked on music videos, documentaries, commercials, and narrative film full time since then. He is currently director of photography at Heartwave Media and Last Wave Films, and he has worked with numerous production companies and directors from the Bay Area to LA and Berlin. He runs a studio in Oakland churning out creative and commercial content of all stripes. His focus on combining classical technique with the new approaches to the craft of film-making define his ongoing dedication to creating compelling images.
Shawn is a film, television, and video game music composer, as well as an Edgar and Agatha award nominated author, an actor, and a filmmaker. Shawn grew up in Bakersfield, California where he developed an early passion for books and music. He began playing guitar and piano at age thirteen and soon developed an interest in classical music. In 2000 Shawn began working with film music composers Reinhold Heil, Johnny Klimeck, and Bruce Winter, together creating soundtracks for films such as Blood and Chocolate (2007), Land of the Dead (2005), The Cave (2005), Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (2005), Iron Jawed Angels (HBO) (2004), as well as music for the iconic television series Deadwood (HBO) (2006), and Without A Trace (CBS) (2002).