Matt Clouston grew up underground. Born a dual Canadian-American citizen in Toronto, he moved a half dozen times before he was six years old. He finally found comfort in the sweet nurturing arms of comic books and video games in a faux wood-paneled basement in Roxbury, New Jersey. His parents, concerned by his illicit affair with Nintendo, insisted he take martial arts lessons. When you think about it, them paying a small Asian man to beat him thrice weekly was really just child abuse for lazy people.
Once he received a third degree black belt and his high school degree, he left Jersey to study Biology at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. After spending more time in the theatre than in the lab dissecting various unhappy creatures, the school politely asked him to get the hell out.
It was at this point that he decided to sell every one of his treasured video games to pay for acting classes. He worked in Toronto and New Hampshire before grabbing a BFA in Film & Drama at Syracuse University. After which, he ran to New York City to cut his teeth on stage. He performed in a dozen Off Broadway plays before moving to LA to work in film.
You can see more of Matt’s work at mattclouston.com.
Letia Clouston is a native of Paducah, KY. After receiving a BFA in Theatre at Stephens College and being classically trained at the British American Dramatic Academy at Oxford University, Letia moved to Los Angeles to earn an MFA in Directing at the American Film Institute, where she directed several short films and her award-winning thesis film, AB NEGATIVE.
Letia's PSA, EVERY 15 MINUTES, won three Telly Awards and was chosen by the LAPD as a teaching tool for LA high schools. She also directed an Off-Broadway one-man show, THE 7TH AND 11TH DIMENSIONS, which was awarded “Best One Man Show” at the United Solo Festival.
Letia has directed seven feature films, each distributed internationally, including her thriller IN THE DARK, the family films 3 TIMES A CHARM, A DOGWALKER’S CHRISTMAS TALE, ALL SHE WISHES, ACCIDENTALLY ENGAGED and MARRIED BY CHRISTMAS, as well as her horror film, THE 6TH FRIEND and the upcoming HAUNTED. Her web series, BROKEN TOY, has a dedicated online viewership and her recent Batman action short, THE DEMON IN THE DARK, has received significant online attention.
Check out more info at letiaclouston.com.
I am a California native, presently residing in Los Angeles. I graduated from the American Film Institute Conservatory (2008) with a MFA in Cinematography and the University of Southern California (2002) with a BA in Cinema-TV, emphasizing Critical Studies.
In between my studies, I took the less common, but arguably, the best training route towards Cinematography by working my way up in the Lighting Department. Lighting is my passion and I feel that through lighting, a Cinematographer has the greatest opportunity to connect with the audience on an emotional level.
This combination of intensive education and real-world experience has taught me how to balance the Artistic, Managerial, and Technical aspects of my role as a Cinematographer. Preparation and collaboration are extremely important to me and I strive to serve the story and the Director's vision on every project I'm a part of.
You can see more of Chris's work at chrisburgon.com.
Marcelo Chow was born in El Paso, TX a while ago.
And then he moved to Hollywood is 2006.
And then he graduated from the Los Angeles Film School with a quirky thesis film entitled DIMPLES WANTS TO DIE, which has since made many people laugh right out loud.
And then he started working to pay the bills as an Assistant Director and Production Assistant (depending on the show's union status).
And then he met Letia Clouston on one of those jobs, and they became super friends because they're both really funny.
And then he wanted to be the boss, so he started up his own web series and began producing BROKEN TOY.
Over the span of every "and then," Marcelo met many people, struggled to keep his resume down to one page, had many small victories and failures, and made many discoveries about himself, life in general, and Show Business. All of it boils down to one very simple fact about him. Marcelo loves making movies and he hopes to continue making them for many “and then's” to come.
The end... well, for now.
Brian Luna was born deep in the heart of Texas, raised in San Antonio, and had high hopes of playing for the Dallas Cowboys until he learned that size and talent were a deciding factor. He left the Lone Star State to go to the Big Apple where he studied at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. No, he doesn't sing.
After appearing on stages across the city, he ventured into film, television, and eventually writing. Being Latino has pushed Brian to create his own work with the hope of representing his culture in non-stereotypical ways. His first play, 7th AND 11TH DIMENSIONS premiered at the United Solo Theatre Festival in NYC and received the award for Best One Man Show.
Learn more about Brian at thebrianluna.com.
Shannon Edwards is an entrepreneur, CEO, writer and technology company advisor. Recently she was Chief Executive Officer for ‘shopping discovery’ company Styloko.com; launching the WantList app in 2015. Before Styloko, she was Vice President and Managing Director, Europe, for media and technology company Popsugar’s shopping site Shopstyle.com. Her experience in the consumer technology and media space has also included senior roles with Netflix and eBay.
Shannon is a graduate of Cornell University and has a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University. She is a regular spokesperson offering insight into digital trends on television and in print worldwide. She's a two-time features contributor to the Grammy Awards annual awards program; a fellow for the The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA); and board advisor to MTV’s Staying Alive charity.