Van is an award winning photographer and filmmaker. His short films have been screened at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, The Independent Filmmakers Showcase, The Atlanta Shortsfest, and The Pasadena International Film Festival. His work has been commissioned by Nokia, Men’s Health, Newsweek, AARP, Guitar World, Texas Monthly, Smart Money, TV Guide, Psychology Today, American Way and other national magazines. Van also served as Story Producer and cinematographer for Brave New Films – producing several short documentaries on social justice issues which reached millions of viewers through online distribution. He teaches at the New York Film Academy (Los Angeles) and UCLA Extension – where he received the 2015 Outstanding Instructor of the Year honor for the Visual Arts Department.
Red Sanders started his first successful entertainment company at the ripe age of 12. Since then, he has combined his entrepreneurial spirit, media expertise, and love of visual storytelling to create one of the top media companies in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
Red graduated from Texas Christian University in 2004 where he majored in Radio, Television and Film, and studied in the Neeley Entrepreneurship Program. His first documentary film, REGENERATION, received an Emmy for Outstanding Student Achievement. His breakout feature film, SEARCHING FOR SONNY (starring Jason Dohring, Minka Kelly, Michael Hogan, and Masi Oka), won 9 best picture awards at festivals around the world before being released nationwide in 2012, available on iTunes and Amazon.
In 2014, he produced BALLS OUT (starring Jake Lacy, Nikki Reed, Kate McKinnon, Beck Bennett, and Jay Pharoah) which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April of 2014 and picked up for distribution by MGM/Orion. Recently he produced A BAD IDEA GONE WRONG (starring Matt Jones, Will Rogers, and Eleanore Pienta), set to world premiere at the 2017 SXSW Film Festival, and ONE PERCENT MORE HUMID for Sony Pictures Worldwide. Red has several projects in development, including a TV series based on James Johnston’s award-winning short film, MELVILLE, feature films THE KING OF NORTH DAKOTA and FORSAKEN, both expected to begin production this year, and a biopic based on the life of Bradley Snyder, a Navy lieutenant blinded in combat and a Paralympic Gold Medal swimmer.
Derek Brown attended Appalachian State University studying Electronic Media Broadcasting and Graphic Design. After working in Los Angeles for the Academy Award winning production company, Voltage Pictures, Derek settled down in Fort Worth, TX in 2012.
He’s currently Vice President for Red Entertainment in Los Angeles, CA where he produces and oversees all film and television development. Derek was an associate producer on the aforementioned BALLS OUT. He also served as co-producer on ONE PERCENT MORE HUMID and A BAD IDEA GONE WRONG. Currently, he’s a producer on SLEEPING IN PLASTIC. Along with Red, Derek is developing several projects, including a TV series based on James Johnston’s award-winning short film, MELVILLE, feature films THE KING OF NORTH DAKOTA and FORSAKEN, both expected to begin production this year, and a biopic based on the life of Navy Lt. and Paralympic Gold Medal swimmer, Bradley Snyder.
Lindsay Graham is a Head Casting Director at Betty Mae Casting. She is known for her work on CRAZY HEART, BLACK SWAN, THE WRESTLER, MACHETE , SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, SUICIDE SQUAD, SOUTHPAW, THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN, JACKIE and numerous other highly-acclaimed films.
Director of Photography
Spenser began his career in Oakland California, working out of a rusting, green 1980 Ford Econoline van full of lighting equipment. While repairing and maintaining old gear and managing a small team, he worked as a gaffer lighting commercials, music videos and short films. After receiving recognition in Kodak’s In Camera Magazine for his work behind the camera, Spenser transitioned to cinematography full time, pairing his deep understanding of light with intuitive lens work.
A multidisciplinary artist, Spenser frequently contributes to projects as a scene designer, painting storyboards and mood images. Spenser has worked all over the United States, and operates locally out of New York, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Los Angeles.
Brittany is a production designer and art director based in Austin, TX. An artist and avid storyteller, her creative passions are deeply rooted in visual imagery, strong composition, tone, and story development. If she is not on a set somewhere you can probably find this rare Austin native in a local coffee shop writing, collaborating on art projects with friends, getting lost in a deep conversation with a complete stranger, or busting some moves on a dance floor (she loves to dance).
Curtis is a composer from Fort Worth, Texas. He began playing music as a child when his great-grandfather taught him to play the musical saw. He has scored and composed original music for dozens of productions, including Sundance films Hellion (short), Black Metal, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, Pit Stop, and Hellion (feature).