2018 NOLAHFF | SPECIAL GUESTS

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Polaroid-Zack-Ogle

Enthusiastic, a go-getter, and extremely well organized; remains unflappable under pressure. Delivers high quality work quickly, a keen eye for detail, and has exceptional interpersonal and communication skills. Highly flexible, works well with others and quick to learn; considers no job too small or too large. Sees all projects from beginning to end.

Polaroid-Aaron-Pagniano

Aaron Pagniano is a series of interconnecting organs with a face. He enjoys making films, playing board games, and wandering in the woods. He grew up in the swamplands of Florida, where he graduated from FSU Film School. He now resides in Los Angeles with his pet python.

Polaroid-Sara-Caldwell

Sara Caldwell is an award winning screenwriter/filmmaker, published author (Splatter Flicks – How to Make Low Budget Horror Films), and a professor of screenwriting and digital media at College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita and the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandizing (FIDM) in Los Angeles. She is also co-owner of House of Gorey Productions, a boutique company specializing in the horror/thriller genre.

Polaroid-Kevin-Sluder

Kevin Sluder is an award-winning writer/director/producer based in Los Angeles. A
graduate of the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill with a degree in Radio, Television
and Motion Pictures, Kevin began his career as Director of Development with Esperanza
Productions. In 2015, he founded Sunshine Boy Productions with his wife, Jennifer. He has
produced several shorts films that have screened at numerous festivals worldwide. In 2017,
Kevin stepped behind the camera for his directorial debut, the horror short, Heartless. He is
aiming to make his feature directorial debut with his horror script, Until Death, in 2019.

Polaroid-Jennifer-Sluder

Jennifer attended college and medical school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she graduated with a BA in Chemistry and Doctor of Medicine. What began as a love of the cinematic art form during Jennifer’s undergrad years at UNC has become a full-fledged passion as Director of Marketing for Sunshine Boy Productions. Currently a partner physician at Kaiser Permanente – Long Beach, Jennifer enjoys her thriving Pediatric practice. She loves learning and is thrilled to be the driving force behind the continually evolving media presence of Sunshine Boy Productions. Together, with her husband Kevin, she has produced four award-winning short films, Feeding Time, Mainline, Gaia and Heartless.

Polaroid-Greg-Sisco

Greg Sisco is the writer-director of the feature films Jesse Thunderwake: American Icon and Gunslinger, P.I. and a 2018 semifinalist for the Nicholl Fellowships. Published in both English and German, he is also the author of four novels, two of them Amazon bestsellers.

Polaroid-Joe-Badon

Joe Badon is a first time film maker. Before this, he has worked as an illustrator on storyboards for a number of films and commercials including Keanu (2016), My Name is Jonah (2014), Desiree (2015), Volkswagen (commercial) and KFC (commercial). Also, Joe has completed a number of successful Kickstarter campaigns for comic books that he wrote and illustrated including Terra Kaiju and The Man with Ten Thousand Eyes.

Polaroid-Daniel-Waghorne

Daniel Waghorne is a cinematographer born and raised in the beautiful city of New Orleans. Daniel has worked as cinematographer on Murderous Affairs TV Series (2017) and as Drone Pilot Cameraman on TV Series NCIS: New Orleans (2017) and Are You The One? (2017).

Polaroid-Joseph-Estrade

Joseph Estrade worked as a Video Editor and Camera Operator for a large digital media ad agency. The God Inside My Ear is his first feature film.

Polaroid-Paul-Villanova

Paul Villanova is a filmmaker based out of Boston, MA. His films are characterized by surreal situations operating within a traditional narrative structure. In 2010, Paul enrolled in a Masters Film program at Boston University (BU). His first year film, Grudge Match, screened at multiple festivals including the 2012 Boston International Film Festival and the 2012 Online New England Film Festival. Octopus, Paul’s entry in the 33rd Munich International Festival of Film Schools, was produced as his Masters Thesis for BU. Paul received his Masters in Fine Arts in 2013. He currently resides in Boston with his wife, Patty, his daughter Tessie and his cat, Nixon.

Polaroid-Margaret-Rogers

Margaret Ford Rogers is an award winning screenwriter. She has been honored by the American Academy of Motion Pictures as a Nichols Fellowship finalist, and has been recognized internationally for her scripts. Margaret has optioned numerous scripts and works as a script and book editor. Margaret has 82 clips on Getty Images, has produced documentary films and worked as a photo journalist. Currently she is a travel writer with Bindu Trips and Travel.

Polaroid-Rebecca-Ramon

Rebecca Ramon is a Los Angeles based artist who hails from Battle Creek, MI as a proud Midwesterner. She believes that’s what keeps her down to earth and youthful. With a BA in Broadcasting and Cable Production from Western Michigan University and an MFA in Film Production from Chapman University, one of the top ten film schools in the nation, she has navigated the film industry as a versatile artist who takes pride in managing her own career using the wisdom and guidance provided to her by her parents Roy Ramon and Maria De Leon, allowing her to create as a filmmaker; both behind the camera and in front.

Polaroid-Jared-Bentley

Jared Bentley is a graduate of New York University's Film and Television Department and currently resides in Los Angeles. His work as a writer and director has taken him all over the world, including his time as the Video Director for the Jacksons Unity Tour, He is a past NOLAHFF Winner for Best Screenplay (Covetous, 2015) and his debut feature, Intensive Care, a female-driven action-thriller, will be released in North America in November of 2018.

Polaroid-Mike-Bohn

Mike Bohn grew up in New York and now resides in Las Vegas, Nevada where he is a managing partner for the advertising agency Up All Day Creative Solutions. With over 20 years working in the Advertising industry, Mike’s passion for creativity and writing has spilled over into the realm of movie making. Work Forced is Mike’s first official film credit and will hopefully serve as a stepping stone for future creative endeavors within the industry.

Polaroid-Gabriel-Trujillo

With a design degree in visual communications, Gabriel has always enjoyed the creative side of life. Getting an opportunity to be a part of the Work Forced film production was a major life accomplishment. In addition, his keen eye for design was the inspiration that created the compositions for the posters and production collateral. Gabriel is the creative partner of the Las Vegas Advertising agency Up All Day Creative Solutions.

Polaroid-Tim-Earnheart

A Seattle area filmmaker, Tim Earnheart is best known for writing, producing and directing Safe, Conduit, Working With Damian and the 180 short films. All of his short films have had their online premiere after the festival runs on horror icon Eli Roth's Crypt TV. He's been represented by agents and managers in Hollywood for filmmaking and has had 3 feature screenplays optioned. Currently, he's working on another thriller/horror/sci-fi short film and looking to set up his feature film directorial debut from an original action/thriller/sci-fi script he wrote.

Polaroid-Ayuba-Audu

Ayuba is known for his roles in Safe (2018), Conduit (2017) and industrial work -- as well as a producer on the short comedy film Working with Damian (2016).

Polaroid-Reeve-Barceloux

Reeve is a television and movie short actor.  Know for his creative roles in Safe (2018), Conduit (2017), Working with Damian (2016), Escaping Evil: My life in a Cult (2013), Mystery Diners, The Great Divide (season 5; episode 8 2014), Dead of Night; crime documentary Nightclub Nightmare (2014).

Polaroid-Michael-Leon

As young as grade school, Michael exhibited his creative nature and passion for filmmaking, from sketching during his free time to taking the lead in any group assignment requiring a film, of which he had several during his middle school years. When it came time to committing to a career, Michael pursued an education in Digital Filmmaking at Miami International University of Art and Design where he honed his craft as a screenwriter, director, and cinematographer by writing and directing commercial spots for clients such as the City of Miami Police Department & Spris Pizza, as well as collaborating and consulting on various senior thesis films, one of which is his festival acclaimed film, Stillborn, currently in its festival circuit.  Michael is working on his next short film, In the Dark, in collaboration with Director of Photography Christine Llerins and Producer Michelle Coulson.

Polaroid-Matt-Stedman

Matthew Stedman is the writer and director of the short films, You Belong to Me, The Thing in the Corner, and B4. His films have been screened at festivals around the world and B4 is available for streaming on Amazon Prime.

Polaroid-Camila-Greenberg

Camila Briann Greenberg grew up performing in theater companies and signed with Ford modeling agency at the age of 14. She booked her first TV pilot for Nickelodeon in 2007 starring alongside comedian Tim Stack. She then made appearances on shows like Entourage (2007), CSI (2007), How I met Your Mother (2008), and Brothers and Sisters (2009) before booking her first recurring role as Sara on the Emmy award-winning CW show Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight (2009). She then appeared in multiple independent films and web series as well as network shows like Pretty Little Liars (2013), Two and Half Men (2013), and Grandfathered (2015).

Polaroid-Logan-Triplett

Logan Triplett is a recent graduate from Missouri State University and studied in the areas of cinematography and editing. He grew up watching shows like the Twilight Zone and hopes to bring those thriller and horror sensibilities into his future projects.

Polaroid-Jaci-Alysa-Herron

Jaci Alysa Herron is a senior at Missouri State University studying filmmaking and screenwriting. She has a passion for editing and producing, and she’ll be utilizing those skills in her upcoming short film, Cult for a Day.

Polaroid-Casey-Stone

Casey Stone is an audio studies graduate from Missouri State University with a passion for the weird and abstract. Whether through sound design or musical score, he loves helping bring to life strange new worlds through sound.

Polaroid-Juliana-Maite

In 2012 Juliana Maité graduated from the EICTV (International Film and TV School, Cuba) after three years of work as a fiction director for film and TV. Her short films "Queso de Cabra" and "Agón" traveled the world in the film festivals circuit., "Agón" winning Best National/International Film in Cinefiesta 2013 (Puerto Rico) and Best International Short Film in the XXIV San Sebastian Horror and Fantasy Film Week (Spain). From 2012 to 2013 she produced for PRTV the variety show "Operativo Cultura" and directed the popular tourism show "Puertorriqueñísimo". In 2016, Juliana Maité directed and produced in Puerto Rico a comedy web series, ¨Ilia¨. One of its webisodes, Preach (Predicando la moral en calzoncillos), was nominated for Best Foreign Comedy in the Best of Filmmakers Los Angeles 2017 and won best Web Series in the I’m not gonna move to LA Film Festival 2018. The episode was bought by HBO and is now available for streaming. Juliana directed the short film ¨The Key to my Heart¨ for the series Mundo Breve in 2017. She’s currently developing her first feature film: ¨Receta no Incluida¨, winner of the Ibermedia Development Fund and the Puerto Rican Film Fund this year.

Polaroid-Marietere-Velez

She graduated from Carlos III University of Madrid (UC3M), with a Master’s Degree in Screenwriting.She worked as a screenwriter for the drama series “Sangre Azul” (2012) and the sitcom “El Clan de los Morales” (2013), broadcasted by Telemundo. She teamed up with director Juliana Maité with whom she writes and stars in various projects, including the comedy web series “Ilia”, the short film currently available on HBO ¨Preach¨, the short film ¨The Key to my Heart¨, and the feature film “Receta no Incluida”, currently in development and winner of the Ibermedia Development Fund and various film labs.As an actress and writer for a wide range of media formats, her principal goal is to continue using her daily experiences to develop content that feels as honest and relatable as possible.

Polaroid-Gilberto-Gabriel-Diaz-Flores

The Puerto Rican actor makes his debut at the 8th Annual NOLA Horror Film Festival at The Prytania Theater in New Orleans with his role as The Neighbor ("Vecino") in The Key to My Heart ("La llave de mi corazón"). He recently performed with the Colombian Pop Superstar Maluma at the MTV VMAs 2018. Other recent credits include: Exquisita Agonía by Nilo Cruz (Repertorio Español), Enchufe Awards (Teatro Latea), Azul Otra Vez ( BRIC Arts Media), Gazoline (IATI Theater), My Superhero Roberto Clemente (Teatro SEA), Hotel 220: ¿Quién mató ala mucama? (Teatro Latea) and Brotherz (Who Are You TV). He is a member of the N.Y.C. based theater company, Teatro 220He started training in Puerto Rico in 2008 with José E. Hernández, Joann Polanco and Teófilo Torres. Later, he moved to NYC where he completed a two-year training program on the Meisner Technique at the William Esper Studio with Terry Knickerbocker as his teacher.

Polaroid-Keely-Kathleen

Keely Kathleen is actress, writer and producer, who hails from the Carolinas where she earned a BA in Theatre. Be on the look out for her in a lead role in the feature film Already Adults.

Tickets WILL BE AVAILABLE at the door for ALL screenings. Cash and Credit Cards accepted.

Festival Venue | The Prytania Theatre | 5339 Prytania Street, New Orleans, LA, 70115