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Johnathan Brownlee is an award-winning Canadian-American director, producer, writer, and actor with a diverse, international body of work spanning more than 20 years. His feature films, documentaries, scripted and unscripted broadcast television, and digital content have been viewed in theaters and on television in more than 100 countries in 14 languages and appeared on every major network and many specialty channels in the United States and Canada. 

Brownlee has produced in 20+ countries and worked with Academy Award-, Golden Globe- and Emmy Award-winning talent including Helen Hunt, Angelina Jolie, Jerry Seinfeld, Luciano Pavarotti, Michael Douglas, Annette Bening, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick, Rashida Jones, Dan Aykroyd, Richard Gere, Aaron Paul, and William H. Macy.


He has produced, written or co-written, and directed award-winning films, including The Standoff at Sparrow Creek, Decoding Annie Parker with Helen Hunt, and Three Days in August with Barry Bostwick, Meg Foster and Mariette Hartley.  Brownlee has several feature-length films in development or in production, including The Eyes of Jefferson, The Only Jewels I Need, and The Devil’s Country.


Brownlee owns and operates two production companies, Torfoot Films and Ubiquimedia.

He currently serves as CEO & President of Dallas Film, which produces the internationally recognized Dallas International Film Festival and the new North Texas Film Festival.  He recently created The Veterans Institute for Film & Media (VIFM), a training program for military veterans. 

JOHNATHANBROWNLEE * Director, Producer, Writer, and Actor

D'Arbanville acted in her first film in 1960 at age eight; a New York University student film about a girl and her cat, entitled Tuesday and Blue Silk. Andy Warhol discovered her during a gig as a club disc jockey when she was 13, and three years later at 16 cast her in his film Flesh (1968)

After Flesh, D'Arbanville performed in Warhol's L'Amour (1973), and as the title character in the David Hamilton film Bilitis (1977)

After her unabashedly risqué performances in her youth, D'Arbanville has worked steadily in film and television series in the United States and France.


In 1987, D'Arbanville won a Drama-Logue Award as Best Actress for her stage performance in Italian American Reconciliation (1987). She was well known for her role as Lt. Virginia Cooper on the FOX series New York Undercover.

LAVINCUDDIHEE * Actor/Director

Lavin Cuddihee is currently involved in script and production development for an independent film short based on Western Americana in the early 1800’s. Having moved from stage performance in NYC, his television and film career began in Los Angeles in the early 1980s with such appearances on TV’s Moonlighting and Days of Our Lives, to television and feature films such as Best Seller, Legend of Billie Jean, and Pretty in Pink to name a few and of late, as supporting actor “Nick Teasle” in Cinema Purgatorio, a Paris Mnt. Productions an independent film, winning both Best Comedy & Audience Favorite at the 2015 Beaufort Film Festival. Lavin has also directed and appeared theatrically in numerous stage plays in NYC, Los Angeles, Greenville, SC and in Tryon, NC

FRANKCALO * Film Producer/Director

Frank M Calo is an Independent Producer and Director whose film THE BELIEVER, starring Ryan Gosling and Billy Zane won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2001 Sundance Festival.  That film won all the festivals that year including The Berlin Film Festival.  It was shown nation wide and had a great box office run. 


His film, HERE & THERE with Cyndi Lauper and David Thornton has won the BEST NY NARRITIVE IN WORLD COMPETITION 2009 at Robert DeNiro’s, Tribeca Film Festival in NYC and had it’s official News York premier played to wide audiences domestically and overseas.


Mr. Calo has worked with Robert DeNiro (Godsend) Demi Moore, Mike Myers Shelly Winters, Marlon Brando and many more.  His film THE COOKOUT with Queen Latifah also had a great box office run distributed by Lions Gate Films. 


He also worked for two years with The Motion Picture Bond Company under Robert Bordiga, as a Producer working on films throughout the tri-state areas.


He is currently in Pre-Production with his featured film, EYES OF THE KINGS which begins shooting in New York the fall of 2016.


He was one of the few and only directors who studied privately under Mr. Elia Kazan.  

HOMAYRASELLIER * Founder and CEO of Innocence in Danger

Bachelored from two French universities Homayra Sellier has written four books and participated in a number of documentaries for International TV. Awarded for her work in child trafficking. Mrs Sellier's and the organisation's work have influenced changes in the law. Participating in investigations when invited to. A primary judge at the TRIFF film festival. On 2002; Mrs Sellier initiated art and sports therapies for survivors of sexual abuse whose cases are followed by the organisationin national courts; the art therapy program was assessed and studied by German, French, Suisse and South American experts, as of 2015, it was labelled as resilient and therapeutic.

Innocence in Danger collaborates with scientists on bio-genetic brain research, in order to underline the lifetime impacts of brain alterations experienced by survivors of abuse and ill-treatment in early ages; the outcome of this studies/research can result in a breakthrough progress in preventive medicine as well as in the juridical world. Migrants: thinking and acting differently; creating a Village of Hope in Iraqi Kurdistan with AFAM is also one of Homayra's latest projects.


Andrew Huggins earned a bachelor of arts degree in filmmaking and video production in 2013 and has been making films professionally for five years. He is a fulltime filmmaker and resides in Charlotte, NC. He's screened work at over 250 festivals and has won over 80 awards. He has experience in all phases of production and primarily focuses on screenwriting and directing. 


Steven Esteb is an award winning filmmaker that has worked as a Hollywood screenwriter and directed features, commercials, music videos, documentaries and is also a professor at Loyola University New Orleans teaching film and screenwriting. His recently completed film, Hate Crime, starring Amy Redford, John Schneider and Kevin Bernhardt, has been gathering awards at film festivals all over the world. He's also known for the cult film, Baller Blockin', a rap film for Universal starring Lil Wayne, hit #1 on the Billboard charts in DVD and video sales eventually going quadruple platinum. Steve's been repped by top agencies like ICM and Paradigm as a screenwriter and worked as script doctor, coach and screenwriting teacher. He lived and worked at an AIDS hospice for two years while making the feature length documentary, Living With...A Film About Love And Aids. It premiered at the Santa Barbara Film Festival and traveled the world, contributing to the opening of new AIDS Hospices, his proudest accomplishment. Steve studied film production in the graduate program at Boston University and also has a degree in Political Science. He now lives in rural Louisiana, his adopted home, with his wife and two kids.

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