John Carluccio is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker who is best known for documenting under-recognized pockets of urban society. He has created media for MSG, MTV, BET, BRIC TV, Current TV and Dubspot Music School. John’s debut documentary, Battle Sounds, premiered at the 1997 Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art. He was an Associate Producer on the motion picture Scratch (Sundance 2001). Portions of his documentary archives have appeared in Exit Through the Gift Shop (The Banksy Film, 2010), Beautiful Losers (Sundance, 2008) and Stretch and Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives (2015). He is the president of CINQUA, a creative documentary agency that creates innovative content with the aim to educate, entertain and inspire. More at www.cinqua.com
Dagmara Dominczyk was born in Kielce, Poland and emigrated to the United States at the age of seven. She attended LaGuardia High School of Music & Arts and Performing Arts, and went on to study theatre at Carnegie Mellon University’s prestigious School of Drama. For the last twenty years she starred in numerous films, television shows, and on-and-off Broadway productions. She has also has found a second passion in writing novels (The Lullaby of Polish Girls, Random House) and teaching/directing theatre.
Evan Dickerson is a writer, filmmaker, and educator with a passion for story. He’s written several short films that have debuted in festivals across the country, and has worked extensively as a production manager for independent feature and short films. Over the last year, he’s led countless workshops for kids around New Jersey on topics ranging from visual effects, to screenwriting, to filmmaking. He currently works as the Curriculum Coordinator for Montclair Film, where he develops and organizes innovative and engaging classes for practical, hands-on filmmaking. Evan graduated summa cum laude from Montclair State University with degrees in Filmmaking and English, and won the 2014 Excellence in Screenwriting Award from the university, and is currently in pursuit of his Masters in Teaching.
Apryl Lee is a writer of fiction and screenplays. She is a founder and the host of Halfway There, Montclair’s literary authors’ reading series. Her short stories and essays have been published at Keyhole Press, Necessary Fiction, Word Riot, Underwater New York, Handwritten Work, and other places. Her screenplays and films have been selected for festivals including the Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner, New Filmmakers at Anthology Film Archives, the IFP’s Independent Filmmaker Conference, and as a finalist for the Sundance Institute’s Screenwriter’s Lab. She teaches screenwriting at Seton Hall University where she earned her BA, and is an MFA graduate of the fiction writing program at Sarah Lawrence College.
In the world of Hip Hop, there are those who boastfully make misguided claims of legendary status and those who have legendary status due to their talent and contributions to the art form. Over the last twenty years, Pamm has directed numerous music videos, commercials, short films and Disney Channel concerts. Her accomplishments include directing an IFC short film “Final Act” (executive-produced by Danny Glover) and producing for BET Networks. Since 2000, Pamm has also been featured in three published books: “Souls of My Sisters 1 & 2” (Dafina Books) and “Souls Revealed” (Kensington). Her Jersey-based company PM2 is currently in the process of developing several TV series for network and cable TV respectively which includes a film adaptation of her first book “Peanut Butter and Bologna Sandwiches.”
Oliver Miede is an award-winning, veteran journalist and filmmaker who has spent more than three decades telling stories for television, including documentaries, newsmagazine segments and celebrity profiles. His work has appeared on NBC, ABC, PBS, CNBC, Bravo, Lifetime, MSNBC, National Geographic Channel, Discovery Health, TLC, History Channel, USA Network and The Disney Channel. In 2003, he and his wife founded Life Out Loud™ Productions, dedicated to bringing the stories of everyday people to life.
Ryan D. Moore
Ryan D. Moore is a screenwriter/filmmaker/instructor based in North Jersey. He loves all things comedy; he writes and performs with his sketch comedy troupe, American Breakfast. Grafters, a short film he wrote, was accepted and screened in the Cannes Film Festival’s short film corner. His screenplay, Living With Poseidon, won best short screenplay at the Brooklyn Big Mini Media Festival. Ryan earned a BFA in film at Montclair State and is currently earning his MA in Creative Writing -Screenwriting.
Charles Poekel is an NJ-based independent filmmaker. He began his career producing and photographing theatrical documentaries including DRUNK STONED BRILLIANT DEAD, HEY BARTENDER, FAKE IT SO REAL and MAKING THE BOYS. His narrative directorial debut, CHRISTMAS, AGAIN, which he also wrote and produced, premiered at Locarno in 2014 and went on to play the Sundance Film Festival, New Directors/New Films, and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award in 2016. Charles is an IFP alum, MacDowell Colony fellow, and a contributor to the website Hammer to Nail. He guest-teaches for programs and schools around the NYC area, including SVA and the New School.
Gary Rudoren is an original member of the nationally-recognized Annoyance Theater in Chicago where he was a director/actor/writer and teacher for almost 20 years. He also taught and directed at The Second City in Chicago and The Magnet Theater in NYC. He is co-author of the McSweeney’s humor bible; “Comedy By The Numbers” and his plays have been performed all around the country as well as in the UK. In 2016, Gary taught Montclair Film’s inaugural improv classes for both teens and adults. “Each class I came away laughing and feeling a bit more free. I think that learning the art of improv is an important life skill and I wish I had taken a class years ago!” – Liz, MFF Improv student, Fall 2016 “I signed up for the Improv class to challenge myself and get out of my comfort zone. I had no idea it would be SO MUCH FUN!” – Sharla, MFF Improv Student, Fall 2016
Ben has shot and co-directed several music videos, dance and art films, as well as pieces for the NY Times Instagram feed. His work on experimental projects includes Shoja Azari’s Venice Biennale entry “The King of Black” and Shirin Neshat’s ”Games of Desire”, filmed in Luang Prabang. Documentary films range from Emmy winner “Baring It All” (Dir: Patricia Zagarella) to “Deceptive Practice” (Molly Bernstein & Alan Edelstein), a Kino Lorber release, as well as “Amsterdam Stories USA” (dirs: Rob Rombout & Rogier van Eck). Ben also recently co-produced and shot Arthur Vincie’s series “Three Trembling Cities” about immigrant life in NYC. Wolf shot the pilot episode of Caytha Jentis’ popular Amazon web series “The Other F Word” and has returned to work on Season 2. Ben has worked as a cinematographer on countless features, and he also teaches Cinematography at Montclair State University and at DocNomads in Brussels.