DORIAN TOCKER | WRITER + DIRECTOR
is a Los Angeles-based filmmaker, born in 1987 and raised in Brooklyn, NY. His work in fiction, music videos, and advertising has shown at international film festivals, on television, and online with premieres on Entertainment Weekly, VEVO, NOISEY, NYLON Magazine, and Stereogum, receiving multiple Vimeo Staff Picks and a Telly Award. His debut feature, EVERYDAY SATURDAY, premiered at Northside Festival in 2012. He earned an MFA in Directing from the American Film Institute in 2017.
CEMILE SEREN TURAM | PRODUCER
hails from Istanbul, Turkey. She attributes her affinity for challenging, stylized subjects that inspire community to working under Werner Herzog before completing her MFA in Producing at the American Film Institute. Her feature film, Velvet Daisy Red, starring Jaimie King, Andy Dick, Tobin Bell, Dana Ashbrook and Claudia Ferri, is currently in post production.
LIDIA NIKONOVA | CINEMATOGRAPHER
is originally from Moscow, now based in Los Angeles. She’s shot narrative and documentary projects in the US, Australia, UK, and Russia. Her visual style comes from years of documentary and news photography - her work published in The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Australian Financial Review, The Daily Telegraph, The Australian. She is an American Film Institute Cinematography alum, and holds a BA in Journalism and Film Theory from University of Sydney.
MARA CERTIC | PRODUCTION DESIGNER
was born in San Francisco, but spent her formative years in France and London. She earned an MA in French and Linguistics at the University of Edinburgh before returning to California. She currently lives with her Lab-Collie mix Murph in Los Angeles, where she makes collages and works as a Production Designer and Art Director.
KEARA BURTON | EDITOR
received her BFA in Motion and Graphic Design from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA. She has worked as a freelance graphic designer, film editor, video producer, and studio manager. She discovered a knack for editing while competing in the 48 Hour Film Project in 2012, winning awards including Runner Up for the City of Seattle, Audience Favorite, Best Use of Genre, and Best Editing. She earned her MFA in Editing at the AFI Conservatory.
MICHAEL LEUNG | STORY EDITOR
is a filmmaker and screenwriter originally from Sydney, Australia. He holds degrees in Business Economics and Computer Science from the University of New South Wales and earned an MFA in Screenwriting at the American Film Institute. He's participated in Kino Sydney and the Sydney Film Festival, and his crowdfunded short, HELLOS & GOODBYES, screened at international festivals, including the 2014 Beloit International Film Festival.
RITA TOLEDO | STORY EDITOR
is a screenwriter, director, and partner at Daza Filmes in Brazil. She received a Fulbright - CAPES Scholarship and an MFA in Screenwriting from the AFI Conservatory. Her work has screened at Cannes, San Sebastian, Clermont-Ferrand, and cinemas in Brazil. As a partner at Daza, Rita produced SONIA SILK OPERATION, a series of three feature films awarded the Hubert Bals Fund, world premiering at the International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2013.