Born and raised in Baltimore, MD, Chris graduated in 2010 from Ithaca College in upstate New York with a degree in Cinema and Photography, concentration screenwriting. He enjoys the Food Network, fresh fruits and turning farcical ideas into film and television scripts. He currently resides in L.A. living the starving artists’ life that many before him have lived. He aims to better himself as a human being and as an industry player. As for his career, he is patiently waiting to begin his new job as a tour guide/page at Paramount Studios which he hopes will lead to a few open doors for him.
Christina is a 2011 Ithaca College film grad from Florida, currently based in Austin, TX. She aspires to help today’s talented new Black filmmakers build a continuous body of work like Ava DuVernay and Spike Lee. You’ll find that her posts often focus on a personal interest in the “how? huh? & why not?” behind the ever-changing film industry. After an exciting year of working as festival staff for Sundance, SXSW and Telluride, she is now diving into the world of regional artist support and film programming. You can also connect with her on Twitter and LinkedIn.
A Philomath and a dreamer, Jalissa Cruz is obsessed with culture and how it relates to our society. She is passionate about film and TV and what it means to each individual spectator. So passionate, she moved from New York City to Los Angeles the summer after graduating Ithaca College so that she could pursue her dream of becoming a director. She directed two thesis films her final semester at IC—Illegal (which she co-directed with Sean) and Morado, both of which have circulated film festivals nationwide. She works as a research assistant for director Stephen Grynberg at Ptarmigan Films as well as a reader for BlueCat Screenplay Competition. Jalissa is currently outlining a feature and in the works to direct a short. Check out her site. You can also follow her on Twitter and Tumblr.
Filmmaker, Progressive, Boston Sports Fan, Ithaca College Graduate. Sean uses film to critique our society and reveal the struggles real people deal with every day. He’s frustrated by a society where 27 million people are unemployed or underemployed and around 40% of financial wealth is controlled by the top 1% of the country. His frustration is what inspires me to make films that present the reality many of us face. He’s currently living in Boston and taught a TV production class during the summer of 2011. He gets to see a lot of free advance screenings meaning he’ll be able to review a lot of films, but his posts will include critiques of the way films represent different people, film industry, and whatever else pops into his head at a given moment. His senior thesis, Illegal, which he co-directed with Jalissa premiered at the Independents Film Festival in Florida and has played at the Boston Latino International Film Festival. He has a new short screenplay he hopes to make in the near future and is developing multiple features.
Many thanks to our logo designer, Christopher Carrasco!
Chris Carrasco is a freelance illustrator / cartoonist living in the New York City area. He has a BFA majoring in Cartooning from The School of Visual Arts. His work can be found on various websites and he draws his own comic book stories. Chris’ work can be found at www.chriscarrasco.com.