Rebecca Louisell is a filmmaker with a mission to make media that matters. She writes, directs and occasionally produces fiction and non-fiction film, tv and new media projects dealing with social issues of our times. A Studio Art major in undergrad, she later worked with youth as an outdoor education and political advocacy program director before returning to graduate school to earn her M.F.A. in film production with a focus on directing at the University of Southern California. While at USC, Rebecca was the recipient of the Troutner Award, the USC Lambda Alumni Association’s Don Thompson Scholarship for Cinematic Arts, and the Mary Pickford Scholarship. In 2012, with fellow student producer Ian Ward, she was awarded a College Television Award in the Focus on Diversity and Gender Equality Category presented by the Geena Davis Institute on Gender In Media. Rebecca also loves collaborating with composers to write songs and produce music. This is her second time fake playing violin for camera.
David moved to Los Angeles from Boston, MA, where he received a BA in Psychology and Computer Science. He is in his 3rdsemester at SCA and is focusing on producing and writing. He has worked in production on several major films and TV Shows, including Breaking Bonaduce, Denise Richards: It's Complicated, 21, and the thriller Shuttle. David actually plays guitar and has been in several bands.
Born and raised in Libertyville, IL, Alex received his undergraduate education in Cinema Studies at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana before moving to Los Angeles in 2009. He will be entering his fourth semester at the USC School of Cinematic Arts in the Fall, pursuing an M.F.A. in film production with a focus on cinematography and directing. Alex has worked on numerous USC films in varying capacities, as well as in the AD department on the indie feature, Leave It on the Floor. Alex really does play the bass.
Katie is a cinematographer working in various fields of filmmaking including: documentary, narrative, music video, commercials, webisodes, and experimental film. Most recently, she shot the USC short What to Bring to America, a look into the struggles of Ethiopian female immigrants dealing with the cultural act of female circumcision, which screened at both the 9th San Sebastián Human Rights Film Festival and the 6th Monaco Charity Film Festival. A Los Angeles native with a background in darkroom photography, Katie has worked extensively in both the camera departments and lighting departments, and was one of three USC cinematographers chosen to DP a short film for SONY showcasing their new F3 digital cameras. Katie loves cinema, gardening, and science fiction.
Tyler is what you may call a jack of all trades. His ability to adapt to many different formats of filmmaking have allowed him to bring different experiences and perspectives to the world of sound. You will often find Tyler wrangling the boom and getting in the thick of the action as he strives for the highest quality audio. Tyler hails from Wisconsin, and is a proud Packers fan. He kind of plays the drums.
Kelly McGillicuddy has been obsessed with the magic of film and film editing since she created her first stop motion animation at the age of 7. She earned her BA from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts in Critical Studies in 2009. In her academic writing, McGillicuddy focused mainly on the portrayal of the LGTB community in American Cinema- specifically in the Post-War Hollywood period. After graduating, she decided to pursue her love of physical film production and McGillicuddy quickly found editing a natural calling. Content to spend long, lonely hours in a dark underground lair, she derives joy from pulling together a story from any source of footage. McGillicuddy has worked on everything from corporate training videos to documentary and narrative films. She chose to attend USC’S MFA program in Cinema Production and emphasize in editing not only to learn more about the craft but to eventually attain the world-wide celebrity status most editors enjoy. Add to that, Kelly fakes playing keyboards for camera beautifully!
With over fifteen years of experience casting for both television and film, in genres ranging from comedy to drama, Orly Sitowitz has become an expert at quickly identifying exactly the right talent for the specific needs of a project. During her exciting career, Orly has been fortunate to work with such celebrated directors/producers as Jada Pinkett Smith, Ed Harris, Peter Bogdanovich, Adam Shankman, Luis Mendoki, Justin Zackham and Elizabeth Allen just to name a few. She was also involved in casting several dramatic Emmy/Golden Globe award winning mini-series, starring Angelina Jolie, Leelee Sobieski and Peter O’Toole. Some of her other television credits include casting comedy pilots for Dane Cook and Adam Sandler’s company Happy Madison. Orly also enjoyed casting the extremely popular WB series “The Jamie Kennedy Experiment” for three seasons and has worked for major networks including Fox, CW, CBS, MTV & the Sy Fy channel.
Orly began her career as casting assistant on the Emmy award winning “NYPD Blue” and quickly rose through the casting ranks to become a well-respected casting director. She continues to be excited by the casting process and “shaking the trees” to unearth new talent. Some of her film credits include the search casting for Paramount’s “Freedom Writers” starring Hilary Swank, which gave her a chance to discover through the inner-city schools of Los Angeles, untapped young talent who star in the film.
Orly holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the USC School of Theatre and studied at the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London.
Amanda is a third year graduate student at the USC School for Cinematic Arts. She is quickly building a repertoire of films that unmask identity constructs via the medium of science fiction and fantasy worlds. The alternate realities and re-imagined futures in her films focus on heroic women that work to comment on the current social position of women in media in unexpected ways. Through her passion for films, TV, graphic novels and video games, she is fighting to make the world a more tolerant and inclusive place for sexual diversity.