Jesse Quinones, Writer/Director
Jesse Quinones is an Afro-Cuban-Irish-Jew. Born and raised in Miami, Fl he has resided in London, England for the past 11 years. He is co-founder of Woolfcub Productions, an award-winning production company, specializing in both documentary and drama. Jesse is a recipient of the 2011 All Roads Seeds Grant from National Geographic for his upcoming documentary Shoeshine Girls of Bolivia. Shoeshine Girls was selected to the 2011 Berlinale Talent Campus and was also awarded a Channel 4 grant, and a grant from the Commonwealth Broadcast Association as was his award-winning documentary The Cable, shot in Colombia. In 2010 he was commissioned by Current TV to make the hard-hitting investigative documentary Vigilante Britain, exploring the rise of vigilantism in Britain. In 2009 he made Surviving History, telling the story of seven Lithuanian Holocaust survivors. This won several awards including 2nd Runner Up for Best Documentary at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, the Audience Poll at the Imperial War Museum Film Festival, and a prize at the Winton Train Film Contest. It also screened at Leeds International Film Festival, Filmstock Film Festival, and Portobello Film Festival. His comedy short Cold Calling, made while still at university, screened at over 20 film festivals. It was winner of Best Comedy at the Indie Short Film Competition and was nominated for best comedy at the Belfast Film Festival, Limelight Film Festival, and End of the Pier International Film Festival. Jesse is an alumni of many labs and fellowships including the Berlinale Talent Campus, HBO sponsored NALIP Latino Writers Lab, NALIP Latino Producers Academy, BBC Writers Room, B3 Media Talent Lab, Royal Court Young Writers Programme, and the Soho Theatre Writers Attachment Programme. Jesse is represented by Jane Villiers at Sayle Screen. He is currently developing his second feature film and most recently had his first drama serial optioned by Shed Productions.
Ann Marie Goodwin, Producer
Ann Marie is an award winning BBC trained Producer/Director who has worked with all of the leading UK terrestrial channels including BBC, Channel 4, ITV, and Channel 5. She has also worked with several cable and satellite channels such as National Geographic, Discovery, Living and Sky One. With over 20 years experience in the industry, she has carved out a reputation as a tenacious producer who is able to develop ideas for commission as well as source funding for independent media projects and short films. She has served as Executive Producer on numerous documentary programs such as Caribbean Cops, the award winning short film The Cable, and Woolfcub’s upcoming documentary Shoeshine Girls of Bolivia, which was awarded a grant from National Geographic.
Danny Mendoza, Producer
Born and raised in Miami, FL, Danny Mendoza produced his first feature-length film while still an undergraduate at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. The award-winning documentary, titled Familiar Voices: A Reaction to the Crisis in Darfur had its New York premiere at the Urbanworld Film Festival; it screened in 34 film festivals in seven countries — receiving 16 accolades, including the Jury Award, Best Documentary at the Sacramento Film and Music Festival. Familiar Voices is currently distributed by Gravitas Ventures on Hulu and Amazon Instant Video.
Since 2009, he has worked on film, television, and theatre projects in New York and Miami. Among his recent narrative projects is Nuestras Voces, an anthology film that explores the U.S. Hispanic experience. The screenplay – funded by an HSF scriptwriting grant – was an official selection at the 2011 Beverly Hills Film Festival, earned semi-finalist recognition at the 2010 Flickers (Rhode Island International Film Festival) and the Fellini Awards in the 2011 BlueCat Screenplay Competition. He was the camera operator/videographer on a number of short films and feature documentaries, and a resident filmmaker at Ballet Hispánico.
In theatre, he produced the 1st Generation Nigerian Project, under the direction of John Gould Rubin; he also worked as an Assistant Director for Co-Op Theatre East on a project prepared for the 10th anniversary of 9/11. For three years, he has participated as a 1st A.D. for the 24-Hour Plays – specifically, The 24-Hour Musicals, The 24-Hour Broadway Plays, and The 24-Hour Off-Broadway Plays.
His acting training in the past few years includes work done at INTAR, the Upright Citizens Brigade (NY), the LAByrinth Theatre Company, Di Trevis’ Shakespeare workshop, and through his membership as a part of Old Vic/New Voices; through OVNV, he participated in the T.S. Eliot U.S./U.K. Exchange (at The Old Vic in London and The Public Theatre in New York), he participated in The Arden Project, and he participated in the OVNV Fact-To-Fiction Project. He was also a participant in Richard’s Rampage, a Shakespearean theatre project run by the Kevin Spacey Foundation.
In January 2012, after having written a feature-length documentary for Discovery Networks, he moved back to his native Miami to continue his work in television and film. Within eight months, he produced nearly a dozen campaigns for major advertisers such as Kraft, Ford, Kellogg’s, Johnson & Johnson, Volkswagen, and Baptist Health Systems, among others. He has also produced branded campaigns for Spanish-language broadcast networks Telemundo (a division of NBCUniversal) and Univision, and produced/story edited short-form, multi-platform scripted and unscripted series.
Eric has produced a number of films that have won awards and screened nationally. Most recently, he completed production on the feature film CALLOUSED HANDS, starring Andre Royo (HBO’s The Wire) and Daisy Haggard (Showtime’s Episodes). He also produced in 2012 THE ACTING LESSON for HBO Films (winner of the Jury Award for Best Short at the NY Latino Film Festival) and VINO TINTO for award winning director Carlos V. Gutierrez. In 2009, he also produced Nicolas Calzada’s short film GLORIA & ERIC, starring Deidre Lovejoy (HBO’s The Wire) and Jeremy Allen White (Showtime’s Shameless), winner of a coveted Jury Prize at the famous Palm Springs International Shortfest, among other awards. He produced the 2007 thriller ESCONDIDO for the Showtime Network, which screened on the network as part of their Latino Filmmaker Showcase. Other films that he’s produced, eleven in all, have screened at film festivals around the country, from Los Angeles and San Francisco to Miami, and many cities in between.
Since 2008, Eric has headed production on hundreds of commercials for clients such as Coca Cola, MLB’s Miami Marlins, Volkswagon, Dunkin Donuts, Minute Maid, Johnson & Johnson (Tylenol, Listerine, Band Aid), Toyota, Payless Shoe Source, Univision & Telemundo andamongst others. He is currently in development to produce four feature films, including THE LESSON PLANNER (directed by Patricia Riggen) and SUNSET BAKERY (with Executive Producer & award winning director of Home Alone & the Harry Potter Films 1 & 2 Chris Columbus). He has won a Gold Addy award for his work as a Commercial Producer and was also awarded the FREC (Film, Recording & Entertainment Council) 2010 Producer of the Year.
Eric is also an accomplished screenwriter. His short script Mentor, later made into a film, won the award for Best Screenplay at the highly respected Woods Hole Film Festival in 2005. His recently-completed feature screenplay Loss of Innocence was a finalist at the Latino Screenplay Competition, WriteMovies.com, and the Big Bear International Film Festival. In 2010, Eric was selected to take part in the Miami Screenwriting Lab, sponsored by the Entertainment Incubator. His screenplay Loss of Innocence has been optioned in 2010 to Remarkable Films (Matthew Binns).
Paula Crickard, Producer & Post Production Supervisor
Paula began her career in the film industry in 1992 as a documentary director with Northern Visions in Belfast, making films for Channel 4 and WNET 13 in NY. Since then she has worked in nearly every department from script to screen, in a variety of roles from production to art department. Paula’s film credits are for companies such as Killer Films in New York and Palomar Pictures in LA. She has produced several short films, post produced features and produced a three week run of her play “Devil in Disguise” in London’s Whitecross gallery in 2008. Paula describes her time with Wild Bunch and Elle Driver sales agents handling the service acquisitions for over 40 films including “Ponyo”, “Don’t Look Back”, “Oceans 3D” and “September Issue” as her film industry “finishing school”. With an extensive knowledge of production and a firm handle on international distribution, Paula is creating a signature of quality and commercial value.
Fabio Dominguez, Cinematographer
He moved to London in 2004 to work as cinematographer for several short fiction films, documentaries and music videos. In 2008 he gained an MA in Digital Film from London Metropolitan University.
Since 2009 he has collaborated on various projects for the award – winning company Woolfcub Productions. He was cinematographer on the documentary The Shoeshine Girls shot in Colombia and winner of grants from National Geographic and Channel 4. Cinematographer/Co-producer on the documentary The Cable a Colombian story supported by the Commonwealth Broadcast Association. Cinematographer / director of Arthur Cant short film nominated for best comedy at the Limelight Film Awards 2012 and selected for the British Urban Film Festival 2012.
Lisa Forrest, Editor
Lisa is currently working on her first feature as editor, a comedy/drama set in London. She spent several years as an assistant and assembly editor on dramas, documentaries, music videos, commercials and more. Projects on which she learned the ropes include documentary The Boys of Baraka and dramas Harry Brown and Shame. Lisa particularly enjoys the challenges of unscripted projects, and was one of the editors of documentary film Life in a Day (a.k.a The Youtube Film). She has also made her own short documentaries, one of the while undertaking the National Film & Television School’s Summerdocs programme. Lisa occasionally leads workshops for people with no previous editing experience, and loves getting people excited about editing.
Gemma Lloyd, UK Casting Director
Originally training as a metal worker at Camberwell Art School, she was wooed by the dizzy lights of the film industry and continued training to become a set designer for film & television.
She quickly realised that her love of the arts encompassed more than this field and so she created act up (acting classes for everyone) an acting and communication training skills organisation. This has been a hugely successful enterprise and continues to grow and grow. Recently collaborating with Kids Company and AIR on the music album The Pendragon Recordings that included artists such as Idris Elba and Mosi Conde. act up also runs a UK wide outreach programme, which has included facilitating workshops for the charity Barnardo’s.
She also produces in film and theatre and of course casts. Being very honest, it is casting where her true skills lie; her gut instinct comes massively into play.
Casting credits include: Calloused Hands a feature directed by Jesse Quinones; Mercutio’s Dreaming: The Killing of a Chinese actor directed by Daniel York, a short for B3 Media/BBC; Full directed by In-Sook Chappell a short for B3 Media/BBC; Triangles directed by Graham Taylor for Soho Rushes. Rehearsed readings include Calloused Hands, a feature directed by Jesse Quinones at Soho Theatre and Tree Pop, a Woolfcub feature at Tristan Bates Theatre, London.
Gemma is the secret, invisible lady behind the spoken word collective Chill Pill and the band Polsky, and she also promotes the artist Cee Singer and MCs: Drastick from KSounds , Londrino Lopes and Cease Artist.
Gemma works on anything that really takes her fancy, the only criteria is she has to massively believe in the project and then she’ll go all guns blazing at it. Her biggest pleasure is enabling others and seeing and believing the skills in many that often many others have disregarded.