The FAKE Magazine has partnered up with The Virtual Networking Tank to bring some light on these amazing filmmakers!
As we all go through really hard times because of the pandemic it’s not easy to meet other creatives during Covid! No need to worry though, because TVNT will make it easier for you! The Virtual Networking Tank is a new platform that allows filmmakers to meet 1:1 on their incredibly easy to use website. Scroll down and explore some of the filmmakers who have attended the last event.
Updated November 2020
Anastasiya Sergienya is honored to make her writing and directorial debut with “Soyka”, a story very close to her heart. She was born and raised in Minsk, Belarus, where ten years ago she discovered her love of photography. In 2012 Anastasiya relocated to London to study English and began taking courses with London’s National Film and Television School. In 2016 she moved to New York City and after Summer Filmmaking courses TISCH, began working in the film and television industry. From production assistant, to wardrobe, assistant director and finally director, Anastasiya Sergienya has worked her way to where she is today. The story of “Soyka” is a story based on real life experiences, and the struggles and hardships faced by immigrants and artists alike, and the relentless, hopeful pursuit of happiness.
“My name is Sara Spadacene. I’m an LA-based actor, writer, and content creator, originally from Pittsburgh, PA! I pride myself on the fact that my “23andMe” concluded that I am 90% Italian. It felt like a huge accomplishment that I contributed nothing to. You’ve seen me in shows like S.W.A.T., and/or Mad About You and I have a movie titled “Get Bossy” streaming on Amazon Prime. I’ve been in over fifteen national commercials for companies like Uber, Captain Morgan, and Peta. Currently my short film, “Emily” is hitting the (online) festival circuit. I am looking to meet as many passionate, collaborative, and driven individuals as possible. Sidenote: I love my dog, Griffey, way too much. I am a big fan of being nice to people, building up others, and showing up as my best self.”
Chester Yourczek is the founder and music composer for 45Y Music, a boutique music production house specializing in cutting edge music and sound design for the world’s best known clients in Film, TV, Video Games, and Advertising. With a unique combination of experience, ingenuity, attitude, and great attention to detail, 45Y Music always delivers for any project.
Elisabeth White is an award winning Australian director/producer best known for independent productions, with dozens of credits under her name including working with many top names in the film and music industry, such as Oscar Nominee Sally Kirkland (Anna), Elaine Hendrix (The Parent Trap), Sandy Martin (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia), Snoop Dogg, Lenny Kravitz, Jim Tavare (Harry Potter), the Beastie Boys, Simple Minds and Clement Von Frankenstein (Hail Caesar). She has her own production company, RooAndKanga Inc., focusing on TV and Film.
Born in Saudi Arabia and raised in Jordan, currently based in Los Angeles while traveling the world for projects. Sundance Composers Lab fellow in 2019. Pete Carpenter BMI Fellowship winner in 2017. Had my Carnegie Hall Debut premiering my pieces by the United Nations Chamber musicians in 2019. Mentored by Christopher Lennertz and Timothy Wynn, and Oscar-winning and nominees Hollywood composers as James Newton Howard, Marco Beltrami, and Christophe Beck.
Maddy Freeman is a film director and undergraduate student currently earning her BFA in Film and Television Production at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. She is currently developing her first feature film, which she plans to shoot next summer. Over the past few years, Maddy has directed multiple award-winning short films. Her most recently recognized films include “Appetite” (2020), “Because I Love Him” (2019), “Interview” (2019), and “Turn Off” (2019), which have each screened in multiple film festivals. Additionally, “Because I Love Him” was nominated for the award for Best Jersey Short Short in the 2020 Jersey Shore Film Festival, and “Interview” won the award for Exceptional Merit in the 2019 Depth of Field International Film Festival. Maddy’s goal is to tell stories that share thoughtful messages and are meaningful for viewers. Through her stories, she hopes to bring audiences together around the world to inspire positive change.
”My name is Felipe Patterson. I am a pre-WGA writer, freelance writer contributions to Taji Mag, OZY, and Vice Sports magazine. I have only been writing scripts for 3 years. Drama is my main focus right now with aspirations to write action and thriller themed scripts.”
Nola started doing stand up comedy at the age of 19 in Calgary, AB. Which made her audition for the Humber Comedy Program in Toronto, because Alberta is terrible. There she received the 2011 Eugene Levy Writing Award, and she continued to perform around Toronto and New York. She’s appeared at Yuk Yuks Toronto, Broadway Comedy Club, Gotham comedy club, and The Laughing Devil. Nola has also hosted a number of comedy nights and produced her own stand-up shows From Fat Katz to “This is what good comedy looks like” Show. After relocating to Toronto, Nola exposed systemic racism within the University of Windsor’s film program with her article “Confessions of a Deservedly Angry Black Woman”. Currently, she’s establishing a non-profit in support of Black, Indigenous, People of Color filmmakers who work with analog photography and film to provide them with DIY resources to tackle misrepresentation in the media.
Film, TV Composer
Daniele Truocchio, a Los Angeles based film and TV composer from Rome, Italy. He has recently finished working on the second season of God Friended Me for CBS, as well as Legacies and Roswell, New Mexico for The CW. His next commitments (COVID permitting) are to score a coming-of-age feature film, a martial arts short film, a short drama, and an “epic-love story” independent feature, shot between the US and Ghana. Other professional experiences he had include being the head orchestrator for Netflix’s “Extremely Wicked Shockingly Evil and Vile” starring Zac Efron, the score production coordinator and arranger for the recently released movie “Ghosts of War”, and conducting the music for the documentary “Syndrome K”. ”
Ernesto M. Sandoval
Ernesto M. Sandoval is a Mexican-American film director from the San Fernando Valley. He graduated from UCLA with a BA in Theater with an emphasis in Playwriting in 2010. He graduated from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts in 2019 with an MFA in Film Production with a focus on Directing. At USC, Ernesto was selected to co-direct the feature film “Voodoo Macbeth,” funded by Warner Brothers and his thesis film “The Devil’s Son” was an Official Selection at the Austin Film Festival 2019. Ernesto’s short films have been screened in film festivals in Los Angeles, New York, Austin, and Atlanta. His work has also been featured at Lionsgate, Pantelion, Cine Latino, and Shorts TV. Ernesto’s professional credits include Warner Bros’ Young Sheldon, Blumhouse’s The Forever Purge, and Showtimes’ Penny Dreadful: City of Angels.
Emily Lerer is a director, writer and post production manager with a background in theater telling stories from Shakespeare to new works. Her passion is storytelling that explores heavy subject matter with a comedic approach. Her post production experience spans Docuseries Wolves and Warriors (Animal Planet), Chef’s Table (Netflix), and Scripted Tv: Shameless (Showtime), Twenties (BET), and Grey’s Anatomy (ABC). Creator and co-writer of the film A Moment, currently touring festivals internationally, and Punch Drunk, a dark feminist comedy currently in post production.
Music & Sound for Media and Entertainment
Do you know when you watch a movie or play a video game, and you become immersed in everything you hear? When you feel like you have become a part of the story itself? This is what we do at AudioBrew. We help bring your stories to life through the magic of music and sound. AudioBrew is a diverse group of music and audio professionals in Los Angeles, California. We produce original music, sound, and dialogue for film, television, animation, interactive media, advertising, and more. Whatever your imagination can hear, we will create it! Check out our website and social media pages to learn more.
Entertainment Reporter and Actor
TV host and journalist Dennis Pastorizo, continues reaching great heights with his career in both English and Spanish language media in the U.S. thanks to his national talk show The Zoo, airing Monday to Thursday on LATV (8 PM PST / 7 PM EST). Pastorizo, who was born in New Jersey and is of Colombian origins, attended Syracuse University and attained a B.A. in TV, Radio and Film. Dennis has worked with media companies such as Quibi/Telemundo, AFV, HGTV and Funny or Die. Moreover, he has interviewed some of the most recognizable names in the world such as Jennifer Lopez, Kim Kardashian and Antonio Banderas, just to name a few, positioning him as one of the most promising entertainment figures in both the Latin and general entertainment industries in the U.S. Dennis’ charisma and authenticity have paved the way for him to establish himself as a generator of opinions and bilingual personality on both television and YouTube staples like Clevver TeVe and Mornings with Fousey. Through his accomplishments, he has garnered international visibility as a journalist and role model in the LGBT and Latino communities, as well as in the entertainment field.
Shaun Chen is a Malaysian-Chinese composer, conductor, and violinist whose work spans concert and film music, musical theatre, and music/sound design for the stage. He has most notably received acclaim for his new silent film score to Carl Dreyer’s The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928) for 5 voices and chamber orchestra, premiered live to picture in 2019 by the Berklee Silent Film Orchestra. Other recent world premieres include his string quartet 6 Impossible Things Before Breakfast by the JACK Quartet (2018) and Dreamscapes I, II, III for large ensemble by Richard Carrick’s Neither/Nor Ensemble (2020). In 2019, Chen was the recipient of the Georges Delerue Endowment for Outstanding Achievement in Film Scoring and the Jim Reyes Award for Outstanding Vocal Composition. He later went on to receive the Tibor Pusztai Award for Outstanding Achievement in Conducting in 2020. He has most recently been nominated for Best Original Music and Sound Design (Dance) in the 17th Boh Cameronian Arts Awards 2020 for his original score to Shades of Shadow, premiered as part of Mixed Bill of Contemporary Dance Works featuring Kenny Shim Collective and Mobius Dance.
Sound Editor & Mixer
Samuel Nacach is an engineer, researcher, and musician, whose practice explores concert and studio recording, sound design, sound editing, and re-recording mixing, and 3D spatial audio. He co-founded Element Audio Group, a one-stop recording and post-production company specializing in music composition and sound editorial. Nacach received his Bachelors degree in Music, Computing and the Arts at the University of California, San Diego in 2012 and his Masters in Music Technology from New York University in 2014.
Film & Game Composer
Michael Firmont is a German film & game composer settled in LA. Over the years he scored more than 40 short films, several feature films, and video games. He won multiple awards, most recently the international “film music competition” in 2019, and finished hist Bachelor in “composition for film music” at ArtEZ University for the Arts in 2018 with a 9.5/10 as best-ever student in his department. In 2017, Michael founded “Hempel&Firmont”, together with his company Partner Lars Hempel. Since then both are working as a composer duo and have scored several feature films, short films, and games. Besides being a composer, Michael sets his focus on communication and develops strategies for achieving the best possible results to support the vision of directors, producers, and developers.
Amanda Duran is a Mexican-American composer, songwriter and vocalist based in Los Angeles, California. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Berklee College of Music with a degree in Film Scoring. Prior to studying at Berklee, Amanda studied voice, classical piano, jazz piano, and music theory at the prestigious Colburn School of Performing Arts. Since graduating from Berklee in 2017, Amanda has composed for several award winning shorts, worked as an independent contractor for DreamWorks Animation Television, Puny Entertainment, Disney TVA, assists various composers in the industry, and part of the composers and songwriters team at Rare Behavior. Outside of film scoring, Amanda is passionate about advocating for the arts in schools and was a member of the Youth Advisory Council for the Los Angeles County Arts Education Collective. The Collective is an organization that is helping to build support and shape a new LA County regional plan for all students to receive arts education. Currently Amanda composes for film and television, writes and arranges for other artists, and is a keyboardist and singer in an alternative indie rock band.
Pedro is an LA-based composer from Granada, Spain, who writes music for films, games, and the concert hall. At age 21, he became the first Berklee student ever to work on a film nominated to the Oscars while still a student. He started assisting film composers at age 17 and later went to Berklee College of Music. He received the Film Scoring Department’s most prestigious award and graduated Summa Cum Laude. Pedro’s most recent projects include the Academy Award Nominated film Klaus (additional composer), and James Bond 007: No Time To Die (orchestrator, music by Hans Zimmer). He is now scoring his 3rd feature.
Film and TV Composer
Alan Derian has scored over sixty feature films and most recently composed music for five seasons of the CBS hit series “Madam Secretary.” Along with his own films, he has worked with such notable composers as Richard Marvin, George Acogny and John Debney, on such projects as “Years of Living Dangerously,” “Monk Comes down the Mountain,” and “Everyone’s Hero.” His music has been featured in film music concerts and he has been a guest speaker at the Academy of Scoring Arts.
Marissa Joyce Stamps
Actor. Director. Writer
Marissa Joyce Stamps is a Black, Haitian-American NYC-based artist whose mission is to celebrate and amplify Black and Brown voices without filtering. Select Works – THEATRE: Dreams in Black Major (National Black Theatre/NYU ETW, Ars Nova ANT Fest), Resistance (Semicolon Theater Co.), Ablaze (New Ohio Theater), 30 Million, Landlines (Keen Teens/Keen Company), The Ramayana (NYU Tisch School of the Arts), tell me How This Ends (NYU PHTS), Water (Women Between Arts); FILM: Hot Yoga (Maia Nelles-Sager), Fists of a Nation (Gustavo Valdes). UPCOMING -No Pants in Tucson (The Anthropologists), Directorial: Where the Wild Things Are (Playwrights Downtown); | BFA: NYU
Matthew Feder is a composer for film, television, and video games. Matthew started playing electric guitar from a young age and quickly developed into an intuitive and expressive blues, rock, and jazz guitarist. After studying orchestral composition for many years, Matthew uses his diverse musical background to create highly unique soundtracks, traversing from orchestral scores to electronic scores, and everything in between. On television his music can be heard on the Cartoon Network series “LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitsu,” as well as on Lucasfilm’s series “LEGO Star Wars: All-Stars.” Additionally, his guitar work can be heard in EPIX’s “Perpetual Grace,” and on “Between Two Ferns: The Movie.” He is a graduate of the prestigious USC Screen Scoring program.
Veronica Maccari is an award-winning actress and filmmaker from Monza, Italy. She studied at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City and then in Los Angeles, where she earned a BFA in Performing Arts. In New York she performed on stages such as the Broadway Comedy Club, Shakespeare on the Sound, Time Square Arts Center and Tribeca Performing Arts Center. In L.A. she has performed in the hit Off-Broadway show My Big Gay Italian Wedding at the Hudson Theater, the acclaimed thriller play Red Bar at the 2019 Hollywood Fringe Festival and King Lear in Brand Park with Dean’s Productions Theater Company. This past summer she wrapped shooting the feature film Reception, which will be coming out at the end of 2020. In film, she has garnered recognition for her acting and writing work in the film Polly Pocket, which she also produced. So far it has been selected by sixteen international film festivals, winning four awards. This is one of the many projects she has produced, written and starred in, both for film as well as theater.
Writer, Director, Producer
Shubhra Vandit is an International Film Director, Writer and Producer. He is the Director and Co-organiser of the East European – Indian Film Coproduction Conference taking place in Bulgaria in April 2021. He has served as a Juror at the Silafest International Film Festival. His films tend to be transcultural, which carry a spirit of adventure. His films generally bear the themes of identity, belongingness and the quest for the answer to questions like ‘where does home lie.’ His films have won Best film awards and have been screen officially at various International film festivals like Paris Play Film Festival, Barcelona Human Rights Film Festival, Mumbai International Film Festival (MAMI) amongst others. He was invited to lecture at California Lutheran University, Belgrade University of Tourism and served as a Speaker at India Resilience Summit 2019. He’s currently working on a political thriller series in Germany and a couple of feature drama projects.
Felicity stepped into the film world at 23 when her monologue Facon was adapted into a short film which she wrote and produced. It was selected for Academy Award qualifying Santa Barbara Film Festival and Flickerfest, where it received a special mention. Felicity went on to write, direct and produce comedy short Toni Fitzgerald’s Cult Following. The film was selected for Women’s Comedy Film Festival in Atlanta, Detroit Shetown, Melbourne Women in Film Festival, GRRL HAUS and Radical Womyn Film Festival.
Katharina Windemuth is a costume designer for film and theatre. Her designs blend the precision and logic of clothing construction with the intimacy of narrative storytelling. After working as a stitcher in Berlin, Katharina moved to the United States to study at Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design, where she created an independent major in Fashion Studies. Katharina’s recent projects include the NYU graduate production of Suddenly Last Summer directed by Pamela Berlin and the music video Religion for British pop singer Shura. She holds an MFA in Costume Design from NYU Tisch School of the Arts.
Film and Media Composer
As a Los Angeles-based Italian Film and Media Composer, Emiliano fuses his European sensibilities with knowledge and love for the Hollywood tradition. His music was recorded in some of the most important recording studios in the world, such as the Warner Bros Eastwood Scoring Stage, Capitol Studios, EastWest Studios in Los Angeles and The Synchron Stage in Vienna. Before coming to the US, Emiliano worked for many years as a composer, orchestrator, and composer assistant in Italy. He composed music for several Award-Winning short movies and scored the ‘Minimad’ YouTube web series with over 30 Millions views. Some of the films, TV series, and albums he worked on were selected for international film festivals such as the Venice Film Festival, aired on Rai, and released by Warner Chappell Music. In 2019 he won the ‘Carlo Gargioni’ Award in the Soundtrack category. Emiliano is a recent graduate of the renowned USC Screen Scoring program (where he was awarded the Harry Warren Scholarship). One of the animation projects he scored during the program in collaboration with the USC School of Cinematic Arts was just selected as a semifinalist for the Student Oscars.
Born and raised in Milan, Italy, Alice moved to the United States to follow her passion for filmmaking. She pursued a degree in Film Production at Emerson College in Boston and then moved to LA where she currently resides. Alice has written and directed several short films and music videos, she is devoted to finding new and fresh perspectives to tell stories that push for social change. Her latest short film ‘The Same Story’ is currently in the festival circuit and she is currently producing a feature length documentary on immigration in the United States. In her free time, she can be seen roller skating around North Hollywood or playing with her cat Marcello.