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THE CREW

BRANDON BECKNER

WRITER | COMPOSER | EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Besides plans for Off-Broadway, Broadway and Vegas productions of Parallel Worlds, Brandon has a live action/animated feature film in development called MK-ULTRA: Sex, Drugs and the CIA.  Brandon wrote and directed the independent feature Remarkable Power! starring Kevin Nealon, Tom Arnold, Nora Zehetner, Kip Pardue and Dule Hill.  The film opened a nation-wide theatrical run headlining Carmike Cinemas’ Independent Film Series in March ‘09 , launched its cable premiere on Showtime and appeared at over 40 film festivals winning several awards, including: Best Picture/Director (FirstGlance Philadelphia), Best Picture/Screenplay (HD Fest, Los Angeles), and Best Feature (ACE Fest, New York City). On the writing front he has optioned several screenplays and sold a one-hour pilot, Darkside, to Fox Studios.  

STEVE SOBEL

SONGWRITER | LYRICIST

Steve is an award winning filmmaker and writer who has been collaborating with Brandon for the last 25 years. His work writing the lyrics for the songs in a show with such an intricate musical landscape is one of his proudest and most unique accomplishments of his career.


MATTHEW MCCRAY

STAGE DIRECTOR

Matthew has directed productions and workshops at Center Theatre Group, South Coast Repertory (StudioSCR), The LA Philharmonic @ Disney Concert Hall, Deaf West Theatre, Theatre @ Boston Court, REDCAT, Circle X, Son of Semele,  The Chance, Moving Arts, Rogue Machine, College of the Canyons, Chapman University, CalArts, among others,  and has produced 15 seasons of theatre in Los Angeles as the Founding Artistic Director of Son of Semele Ensemble.
For his direction of his critically-acclaimed production of “Our Class” Matthew received a 2013 SAGE Award and a 2014 LA Drama Critics Circle Award (nominations from the Ovation Awards and LA Weekly). His direction of Martin Crimp’s “The City”  earned him an award nomination from the LA Weekly and in 2007 he received an LA Weekly Award for Multi-Media/Projections for his media co-design of Iphigenia… A Rave Fable. Matthew has received grants from EST/Sloan Science and Technology, CCI/Durfee ARC, and was a finalist for the Sherwood Award. KCRW has said, "[McCray] distinguishes himself as one of the most plugged in theatre makers in LA." Matthew has performed on the stages of REDCAT, Disney, REPRISE!, Overtone Industries, Theatre @ Boston Court, Musical Theatre West, Shakespeare Orange County, Son of Semele, as well as on the TV showsParenthood, New Girl, Will & Grace, Boston Legal, The Cure (pilot), and the feature film The Commission (starring Martin Sheen, Edward Asner and Martin Landau). He has served on panels at CalArts, the Los Angeles Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and LA Stage Alliance, among others. He is an Executive Officer of the Theatrical Producers League of Los Angeles/Intimate and has been an Ovation Voter since 2008. BFA, Chapman University. Member: SDC, AEA & SAG/AFTRA. @matthewmccray  www.matthewmccray.com 


JASON H. THOMPSON

PROJECTION SYSTEM DESIGNER

Jason designs video and projection for theatre, dance, opera, theme parks, commercial and corporate events. Selected credits: Baby It’s You! (Broadway), Hopscotch a live streaming multimedia mobile opera taking place in various locations around Los Angeles, Wingman a one-man multimedia clown show, The Cunning Little Vixen (Cleveland Orchestra), Cage Songbooks (Carnegie Hall, SF Symphony, and New World Symphony), Crescent City Opera and Invisible Cities new experimental operas directed by Yuval Sharon, Re:Union (Vancouver and Ottawa), Fast Company and Tokyo Fish Story (South Coast Rep), Tales from Hollywood (Guthrie Theatre), The Steward of Christendom (Mark Taper Forum), Great Immensity and Venice (Public Theatre), Remember Me (Parsons Dance Company), Chavez Ravine (Kirk Douglas Theatre, Ovation Award),  Stars on Ice (2007-Present). Current projects include video system design for the Petersen Auto Museum renovation, an opera in Vienna and two live shows for Disney Shanghai Park and Resort.  www.jasonhthompsondesign.com


SCOTT SAMPILA

CO-PRODUCER

Scott co-wrote and produced Brandon Beckner's debut film, the independent feature Remarkable Power! starring Kevin Nealon, Tom Arnold, Nora Zehetner, Kip Pardue and Dule Hill.  The film opened a nation-wide, limited theatrical run headlining Carmike Cinemas’ Independent Film Series in March ‘09 , and appeared at over twenty-five film festivals winning several awards, including: Best Picture/Director (FirstGlance Philadelphia), Best Picture/Screenplay (HD Fest, Los Angeles), and Best Feature (ACE Fest, New York City).  Teaming up with Brandon on the writing front, he has optioned several original screenplays and sold a one-hour pilot, Darkside, to Fox Studios.  


DON RAIMONDI

DIGITAL COLORIST | CINEMATOGRAPHER

Bio to follow


TIM GRAY

CO-DIRECTOR, CO-EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Tim is Head of Production for Lussier Creative, a leading marketing agency producing award winning promotional campaigns for shows such as High School Musical 2, Dancing with the Stars, American Idol, Bates Motel, Damien, Scandal, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Tim also produces and directs independent promo short films, including several for Bates Motel that have screened at Comicon.    


KEITH DECRISTO

CREATIVE DIRECTOR, DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY

Keith graduated summa cum laude from the University Of Hard Knocks, where he obtained a double masters in drunken string theory and contemporary American literature written by alcoholics and substance-abusers. It was during these formidable years that he developed an unhealthy obsession with cinematography,  a profession that continues to ruin his life to this very day.  Keith utilizes the most modern techniques in self-flagellation and other destructive motivational tools in order to create something that resembles art, so that he may justify his existence, feed his tortured soul, and distract himself from the “eternal suffering of the spotted mind”. When not on set, he moonlights as a quality-assurance tester for fine Kentucky bourbons, waxes Bukowski, and questions authority with unparalleled exuberance.
www.keithdecristo.com


JOSH GRAHAM

MUSIC VISUALS | CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Josh is currently serving as Creative Director for Soundgarden, Josh Graham works from concept to completion across all mediums of today’s multi-faceted creative campaigns: album packaging, merchandise, promotional material, social media imagery, concert visuals, and music videos.  He is always looking for new opportunites, and available to focus on singular elements or oversee entire campaigns. MUSIC INDUSTRY WORK INCLUDES Soundgarden, Jay Z, Drake, Neurosis, Wolfmother, Megadeth, Ten Commandos, Ice Cube, D12, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Shrinebuilder, Jesu, Nadja, Chris Cornell, Underoath, Sleep, Florence & the Machine, Moon Taxi, Red Sparowes, A Storm of Light, ISIS, Sunn, Mastodon, Saves the Day, Willo Perron, Jurassic 5, Battle of Mice, No Doubt, Chiodos, Foo Fighters, Madonna, Southern Lord Records, Neurot Recordings, Universal Records, A&M, Metal Blade, EyeHateGod, Century Media, Vattnet Viskar, Tooth and Nail, Vagrant, Equal Vision, and Scion’s music division.
www.suspendedinlight.com


STEPHANIE K. SCHWARTZ

SCENIC DESIGNER

Stephanie's recent credits in Los Angeles include scenery for Shiv at The Theatre@Boston Court, The Who’s Tommy at East West Players Need to Know at Rogue Machine, Pygmalion at Pasadena Playhouse, Dontrell Who Kissed the Sea at Skylight Theatre, Ovation Best Production Trevor for Circle X, Stupid Fucking Bird for Theatre@Boston Court with Circle X, and Costume Design for Reunion at South Coast Repertory. As Resident Designer at Rogue Machine she has designed scenery and/or costumes for many productions including: Penelope, Falling, One Night in Miami, Three Views of the Same Object, New Electric Ballroom, Blackbird, Treefall among others. For CTG/Mark Taper Forum she designed costumes for The Lieutenant of Inishmore and Randy Newman’s Harps & Angels.  Her work has received multiple awards and nominations, including Ovation, LA Weekly, LADCC, and NAACP awards. 
www.kerleydesign.com


ASHLEY STEED

SOCIAL MEDIA DIRECTOR

Ashley is a freelance make-believer. In Los Angeles she’s an ensemble member of the award-winning Son of Semele. She's also worked for Colony Theatre, Road Theatre and Ghost Road Company.  In New York, she co-created a devised piece The Visceral City Project.  In London she’s assisted directed Much Ado About Nothing at Park Theatre, A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Chelsea Theatre (both dir. Andrew Shepherd), and Bunbury Banter’s Mortar radio series (dir. Ali Anderson-Dyer). She also co-produced Guns, Love and Chemistry with Define Choice.  Ashley holds a BA in Theatre from USC and an MA in Theatre and Performance from Queen Mary, University of London. @ashleysteed