The Creative Team

Meet Our Creative Team

IMG_4784-Rev-SmlJesus M. Rodriguez
Director/Writer

Hailing from Caracas, Venezuela, Jesus M. Rodriguez has been directing film and television for more than ten years.  His visionary approach to cinema stems from his interdisciplinary training in dance, theatre, visual arts and science.

For several years, Jesus served as the Creative Director for Discovery Networks Latin America, heading a multi-lingual team of 33 people from three different continents. While at Discovery, he helped launch three new networks in the region as well as designing more than six Network graphic packages and creating five original branding campaigns, bringing more than 50 international awards to the company.

In 2001, Jesus decided to leave Discovery Networks to pursue directing full time.

His first short film, Lucy & Ricky, was selected by the Sundance Film Festival, the Miami International Film Festival, and the L.A. Latino Film Festival, among many others.  He ventured forth to direct Coffee, Desserts, Light Fare and Solitude, which have been invited to festivals worldwide in Germany, Spain, Italy, Australia and New Zealand.

Formerly represented by Ridley Scott and Associates, Jesus has received more than 70 international awards, including a Gold Medal in the New York Festivals, Best of Show in PROMAX/BDA Latin America and Best Directing in PROMAX/BDA Global 2004.  In addition to his films, he has directed commercials for the likes of Disney, MTV, BBC America, Sony, Toyota, and Mastercard, and has worked with Rob Lowe, John Mauceri, Shakira, Andy Garcia and Madonna.

While working internationally, Jesus has been living in Silver Lake for the past five years.  When Jesus is not behind the camera, you can find him in his local ballet class or his favorite neighborhood coffee shop.

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Richard Briglia
Cinematographer

Richard is a cinematographer whose projects have ranged from indie feature films to glossy commercial spots. His accomplishments have been recognized by Promax/BDA, Advertising Age, The New York Television Festival, Los Angeles County Museum Of Art (LACMA), The Independent Television Festival and The American Film Institute.

Richard and Jesus are long time friends and collaborators, so when Jesus told Richard his idea to shoot Sunset Junction using only available resources with no budget in place, Richard jumped on board. They quickly decided to try using a digital Still camera to shoot the project and within days they began
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If you would like to learn more about Richard, please check out his website where you can see his various projects and read a more intensive bio: www.richardbriglia.com

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Nasar Abich
Cinematographer

Nasar Abich, Jr. was born in New York City to Cuban immigrant parents. Subsequently raised in Miami, Florida, he is a graduate of Florida State University’s College of Motion Picture. Nasar spent his first ten professional years as a film editor, working on features, short films, commercials and music videos.

This period proved a fertile training ground for his ensuing career as a Commercial Director & Cinematographer. Currently represented by the Sheldon Prosnit Agency in Los Angeles, Nasar has worked with a diverse array of commercial clients.

Nasar’s work has been honored with numerous accolades including Promax, BDA, the New York Festivals and the Telly Awards. His efforts have been featured at numerous festivals, including the Sundance Film Festival and South by Southwest.

Nasar is fluent in both English and Spanish, and presently lives in Los Angeles with his wife Sydney, their Basset Hound Hazel, and two cats.

VVishwanand Shetti
Editor

Vishwanand “V” Shetti works using various visual mediums. He grew up drawing and painting yet found himself at Texas A&M with a bunch of short films and a Computer Science degree. Immediately, V moved to L.A., beginning work on film crews. Starting out in props and art direction, V transitioned into editing movies and music videos. V went back to grad school at A&M, earning is Masters in Visualization while shooting and editing many collaborations. These included performances, installations, exhibits, and other commissioned videos. In recent years, V has shot and edited feature films, web docs, and a handful of music videos. V is also doing photography and digital illustration while teaching animation and editing at the Art Institute of Austin. He is currently editing the feature dance film, Sunset Junction, while gearing up for his next directorial effort.

http://www.Vishwanand.com


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Aurah (Marc Dold and Judith Martin)
Composers

Originally from Switzerland, Marc Dold and Judith Martin created the duo “Aurah” as a musical journal of their quest to experience life’s alchemy.  Marc holds a degree in Classical Guitar from Switzerland and extended his studies at Berklee College of Music in Boston (USA) in arranging and performance.  Just like him, Judith landed at Berklee College as a vocal, piano and arrangement student, after studies at a Jazz school in Switzerland.

Emotional guitar sounds and scintillating vocal arrangements are part of the essence of Aurah’s music that is as much pop and organic electronic as orchestral and meditational. The twin sound clouds of film scores and songs reflect Aurah’s journey.

Their credits say it all.  Marc Dold has had five Billboard top singles as a producer and performer while working alongside such artists as Celine Dion, Peter Gabriel, Norah Jones, Enya, Nelly Furtado and Cyndi Lauper.

Composing the original film score for the award winning feature film Loving Annabelle was just another notch in this duo’s belt having filled the musical cabinet of such films as Blood Diamond, Little Miss Sunshine, and Blood & Chocolate.

Aurah’s music has also been heard on various major TV shows from Sex In The City and Charmed to Queer As Folk among others.

la-unboundLA UNBOUND
Choreographers/Dancers

A sanctuary for the artistic.
A gathering of creative souls.

Possessing a flair for the dramatic.
Having a true passion for dance in all of its forms.

LA Unbound was founded in August 2007 by Elizabeth Tramontozzi and Betsy Uhler, both former members of IC Unbound, the student dance company of Ithaca College. As dancers and choreographers, they were seeking a similar non-competitive setting in which to continue their dance training and to satisfy their performance aspirations. As quickly as LA Unbound was founded, like-minded dancers from an array of different backgrounds all united to collaborate, create and perform.

LA Unbound fosters a respectful, innovative environment for choreographers to experiment with a variety of dance forms as well as an outlet for dancers of all experience levels to nurture their creative sides in a comfortable, welcoming space. This inviting atmosphere rapidly culminates into an extraordinary public performance for all those with an appreciation for dance.

Now with over 80 dancers as well as 4 sold-out performances under its belt and more on the way, LA Unbound has consistently proven its intense value to the Los Angeles dance community. The camaraderie between the dancers, the diversity of performances and the whole-hearted commitment to the art of dance all contribute to the mission of providing an outlet for personal expression and interaction with others who share a love of dance.

IMG_5101 Rev SmlChristopher R. Kinder
Photographer/Art Director

Christopher Kinder (Photography / Production Design / Studio Jewelry) is a native Californian, but spent his childhood in Europe and Canada before moving to Los Angeles in the mid 1990’s to serve as a supreme technoweenie in Southern California’s environmental and aerospace industries.  Though trained as an environmental scientist, Chris is an artist at heart with his left and right brain hemispheres battling for dominance.  He has creative roots in photography, painting and sculpture, and has exhibited works in the greater Los Angeles area.

Film production credits include “Is One of You Eddie?” and “Gay Zombie” (official selection Outfest 2007) both shorts by Michael Simon and “If They Ask” a short film by Tim Temple.  Chris’ organic sterling silver jewelry designs can be seen at Ya Ya’s in Manhattan Beach, CA and at www.christopherkinder.com .  When he’s not shooting photographs, Chris can be found launching satellites into geosynchronous orbit or sipping a macchiato at Intelligentsia.

Manuel Gonzalez-Ruiz
Biography/Work Experience

Graphic Designer, 25 years of experience in the areas of editorial design and corporate image. Art director at various advertising agencies, magazines and design studios. Has developed the image of editorial projects for different audiences and cultural journals, teaching manuals, Atlas, Pocket Books, works of authorship, photography and music. Speaker at various seminars, workshops and lectures on design:

University International Book Fair: The art of editing. Mérida, 1998, 2002
Seminar on Design of Information. Caracas, 2007
International Congress of Graphic Design (Coidigra). Mérida, 2006

Has been recognized with the International Award for Logo Design Summit of Ibero-American Cooperation. Prize of the logo for the National Autonomous Institute of Railways. Selected to participate in the First Ibero-American Biennial of Design, held in Madrid in 2008.

Knowledge of the international cultural market their sectors and operational dynamics. With experience in product development, conceptualization and visual identity. With high performance in national and international development of cultural and entertainment projects for different audiences.
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