Writer/Director Kristin Holodak has been drawn to image making ever since she was a child and begged her dad to let her hold the family camera while on vacation, sneaking a picture after being explicitly told not to touch any of the buttons. Currently, she is a professor of digital media at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Prior to that, she spent fifteen years creating productions for clients such as the Smithsonian Institution and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, while at the same time, creating her own art in the form of short films. She has written and directed 8 films, and worked in various capacities on several others — winning jury prizes and audience awards at festivals around the country. She holds an MFA in film production. This will be her first feature film.
Being from Brooklyn has left an indelible mark on Jamal's cinematography --
"Finding the beauty in that visceral environment and how the two interacted with each other was always fascinating to me. Even at a young age, when I didn't understand art, [I knew] THIS was ART."
Jamal has been working in the industry for 8 years in New York City, as well as internationally. Shooting short films, feature length movies, as well as artistic videos for brands and artists has brought him the insight of understanding the needs of all types of stories and genres. In 2014, he won the Zeiss Precision Image Award; following that, his contibution behind the camera on the short film Flowers, allowed for the film to win Best Short at the 2016 American Black Film Festival. The film went on to air on HBO throughout 2017. 2018 brought opportunities in television, with TVOne's UNCENSORED series where Jamal lenses episodes featuring Lala Anthony and Charlemange. The latter episode garnered the network's highest rating for the season. For him, these momentous achievements cemented the belief that improvement is key and should be utilized in strengthening each and every frame.
Producer Melody Herr Before moving from L.A. to Milwaukee, Melody wrote and produced THE ROYALS, a half-hour dramedy, in conjunction with Director Andy Lauer (Caroline in the City) and since has developed other TV Pilots with Sean Robins of Broken Road Productions and Janet Jeffries of Lawrence Bender Productions. She also directed and produced three proof of concepts for The 101, a half-hour dramedy. Splitting her time between LA and Milwaukee, Melody is a founding member of the Milwaukee Filmmaker Alliance where she spearheads various filmmaking initiatives.
Composer Benjamin Cole has been a part of the music making process for most of his life. With a Master's in Screen Scoring from the University of California, he looks forward to every film project he has the opportunity to collaborate on. He has written the scores for several student films, shorts, and various independent projects. He is returning to the team to collaborate on the 3rd movie together with Kris Holodak. He is currently the director of the Youth Enrichment Foundation that provides group piano classes to inner-city schools in Salt Lake City. He tries to find ways to devote time to his passion for music and his family of his wife and three children.