Award-winning director T. Arthur Cottam is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. His critically-acclaimed first feature film, Carbuncle, was nominated for Best Feature Film at the Milan Film Festival and was hailed as “brilliant” by Campus Circle and “wonderfully eccentric” by Films In Review. His follow-up film, Pollywogs, was nominated for Best Narrative Feature at the Los Angeles Film Festival and is available on various streaming platforms, including Amazon Prime and iTunes.
His short film phenomenon, Pornographic Apathetic, won 9 awards and played at film festivals and art museums around the world from 2003 until 2019. The Los Angeles Times said, “The piece makes you laugh while illustrating one of the paradoxes of smut: At its core, it’s rather idiotic and boring.” The film became the most viewed film on Atom.com which was later acquired by Comedy Central.
His controversial 2006 film Filthy Food received the award for Best Experimental Short film at CineKink NYC, screened at numerous film festivals and was licensed for French television by Canal+. Filthy Food was also banned for 12 years in Italy and Korea, and was censored at the former AFI Dallas Film Festival.
Cottam’s short 52 Takes of the Same Thing, Then Boobs was featured at several film festivals, including the Festival Internacional de Curtas Metragens de Sao Paulo (Brazil), Lille International Short Film Festival (France), Visionaria (Italy) and the Austin Film Festival. It was described as “the most outrageously ‘out there’ film that we have scheduled” by AFI Fest Director of Programming, Lane Kneedler.
His feature film One Hour Outcall won Best Screenplay at the Block Island Film Festival and was an official selection of the Cinequest Film & Creativity Festival. Cottam is currently in post-production on two additional feature films, Objects and No Apparent Motive.
Sam Hook is a filmmaker from Baltimore, Maryland, currently living in Los Angeles, California. A graduate of Emerson College, Sam's award-winning work covers a wide spectrum of genres and formats, and has been featured in film festivals across the globe. Recent credits include the feature The Dark Divide starring David Cross and Debra Messing, as well as feature documentaries The United States of Insanity, The Art of Rebellion and ESPN 30 for 30: The Good, the Bad, the Hungry.
A graduate of Regis High School in New York City and Duke University, William Norrett is the author of several plays, including The Sophisticated Rogue, The Dealer Was Showing Six, and Brendan O’Lenihan Leaves Three Daughters, and the co-author of the musical comedy Presidential Suite. He wrote the novel The Vanilla Gigolo Prescription. He is also the writer/director of the short film collection You Know What This Song’s About?
Natalia Ochoa is a Colombian-American Actress, producer, entrepreneur and Intuitive from Miami, Florida. She graduated Syracuse University with a BFA in Acting and continued her studies at The Globe Theater in London. Natalia's acting credits include her lead role in the feature film One Hour Outcall, Glee, The Pastor and her self produced webseries The Real Steal. She is passionate about producing her own content that challenges the status quo.
Alongside her acting work, she is well respected leader in Hollywood and a fierce advocate for highlighting underrepresented voices in the entertainment industry. As the former Vice President of the non-profit organization Nosotros, she utilized her talents in producing network workshops for actors, monthly screeners and mixers at The Montalban Rooftop, children's programs and The Golden Eagle Awards. Natalia also developed the first Latinx Database for Latinx Talent in Hollywood.
Now Natalia is committed to empowering artists and impact driven entrepreneurs to consciously align with their purpose and execute it.
Kristin always dreamed of being an actor and was accepted into the prestigious BFA Theatre Program at The University of Southern California. Since graduating, she has been fortunate to work in Film/Television and Stage in Los Angeles for over 25 years. Having appeared in over 40 Televisions Shows, currently Kristin can be seen recurring on "L.A.’s Finest" as Terry Mitchell, and Miles Teller’s boss Captain Sylvia Wilcox in Too Old to Die Young which premiered at CANNES 2019, helmed by the incomparable Nicolas Winding Refn. Kristin has been nominated globally and achieved many accolades for portraying a grief-stricken mother in The Price for Silence opposite Richard Thomas on Amazon. Her favorite and most recognizable role was when she teamed up with the Farrelly Bros. to portray the sexually charged Aunt Meg in Hall Pass opposite Jason Sudeikis and Owen Wilson. Kristin has several films on the Festival Circuit and hopes to return to the East Coast where she is one of the Founding Members of THE BLOCK ISLAND FILM FESTIVAL which will be virtual this year.
Will Holbrook is an actor and filmmaker based in LA. He drove from New Jersey days after graduating high school to pursue his greatest passion. Recent projects include the role of Henry Antrobus in the pulitzer prize winning play The Skin of Our Teeth, as well as the first short and feature-length releases from his company, Deep End Productions. Other passions include Shakespeare and NY sports.
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