Olive, a native of Milford, PA, where the true story Journeys is based upon took place, is a seasoned published writer, author, singer, session talent, actress, producer, musician, ASCAP composer, and lyricist. An accomplished musical theatre and jazz singer by her teens, Olive was mentored by Steve Allen and Miles Davis.
She holds a 2009 MFA in Screenwriting from the American Film Institute where her AFI thesis screenplay, Blame It On My Youth, won a 2009 Sloan Scholarship Screenwriting Award. A short film, Best Friends, that she wrote, directed and produced, won a 2008 Templeton Filmanthropy Scholarship Award. Olive created, hosted and produced the syndicated variety show, A World Full of Music, as well as the award-winning television series, The Inner Bottom Line®.
A SAG/AFTRA actress, Olive has been the singing or voice over talent in more than four hundred commercials, written, sung and produced a number of national advertising branding campaigns, and appeared in six feature films, including Sunshine Cleaning and The Astronaut Farmer.
Olive is currently President and Creative Producer at Moonlight Man Productions, a film and television production company.
Dawn is a BAFTA award-winning producer with an MFA from the American Film Institute Conservatory. In recent years, she has worked on multiple film and television projects, and has produced several short films including Le Jeu Des Soldats (The Soldier Game), which won first place in the 2011 BAFTA/LA Student Film Festival and was a national Academy Awards Oscar Finalist in the Student Films category.
Dawn has worked as an associate producer on the docudrama series about adoption, I’m Having Their Baby, which aired on the Oxygen Network, and Collection Intervention, about geekdom collection hoarders, which aired on the SyFy Channel.
Prior to her experiences in the entertainment business, Dawn was a Lecturer at Stanford University where she taught Italian literature and film courses. Dawn has a Ph.D. in Italian Literature from the University of Wisconsin- Madison, and a BA from Brandeis University in English and Creative Writing. Creative writing remains a passion and she has multiple writing projects in the works. Dawn is based in the New York area and is a member of the Producers Guild of America.
D.C. Fontana has been a produced television writer since 1960 and has written for dozens of TV shows, including multiple scripts for Star Trek, Star Trek-the Next Generation, Streets Of San Francisco, Six Million Dollar Man, Babylon 5, The Waltons, Dallas, Bonanza, Big Valley, High Chaparral, and others.
Among her other credits are Story Editor on Star Trek, The Sixth Sense, Logan’s Run and Fantastic Journey as well as Associate Producer/Story Editor on Star Trek Animated and Star Trek – The Next Generation. She has written children’s shows, animated shows and (with a partner) Star Trek computer games and a graphic novel.
D.C. was also the producer of a collection of science fiction comedy sketches that appeared on the internet and is a published novelist. She has served on the Writers Guild Board of Directors, as chair or member of many committees, and won the Morgan Cox Award twice for service to the Guild.
She has been a member of the faculty at the American Film Institute since 1998.
Davis R. Chant is Chairman of Davis R. Chant Realtors, a company he founded in 1964, which includes the operation of five regional real estate office and two branch offices that service the Hudson Valley of New York, Northern New Jersey and Northeastern Pennsylvania.
Davis R. Chant Realtors opened its first office in Milford, Pennsylvania in 1964 and over the last 52 years, the Chant firm has been the leader in Northeastern Pennsylvania, in selling country property, including single family residential properties and large residential developments as well as significant commercial developments.
Dave has been active in the National Association of Realtors and the New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania Associations of Realtors as well as regional and Tri-State Economic Development groups. He’s co-founder of the Pike Wayne Board of Realtors and has been President three times since 1970.
Petr Cikhart was born and raised in Prague. As a 19-year-old Assistant Director, he covered the war in Chechnya for Czech TV, and was arrested and held hostage for two days by Russian soldiers during the assignment. It was his first ever field shoot, and he was hooked.
In June 2012 he received MFA in Cinematography from the American Film Institute. His thesis film FIRST IN FLIGHT competed at Camerimage cinematography festival in Poland and was nominated for the ASC Harris Savides Student Heritage Award. While at AFI Petr won the College Camera Operator of the Year award from the SOC.
Subsequently Petr worked as a cinematographer on seven feature films including World War II drama AGAINST THE SUN starring Tom Felton, TAMARA with Luis Fernandez and ID2: SHADWELL ARMY for Universal.
Before venturing into fiction world Petr worked as a Cinematographer in documentaries. Traveling to more than 100 countries on all continents he made films such as FARMINGVILLE (Special Jury Prize, 2004 Sundance Film Festival) and BLINDSIGHT (Audience Awards, 2006 AFI Film Festival & 2007 Berlin Film Festival). In 2007 Petr won his first Prime Time Emmy Award for Outstanding Cinematography for his work on the THE AMAZING RACE.
He is capable of fully collaborating on a movie set in three languages; English, Spanish and Czech. Also speaks Russian and Italian.
Ms. McNamara holds several degrees from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, NY. After years of directing and producing fashion shows and wardrobe styling for major ad campaigns, Barbara switched gears and began her television career on the last two seasons of HBO’s Sex and the City.
Barbara opened her own company in 2005 casting background actors and day players in the film The Devil Wears Prada and the NBC show 30 Rock. Since 2011, Barbara has moved into principal casting for such indie films as Rob Burnett’s We Made this Movie, Discovery ID shows, and mini series for AMC such as Making of the Mob.
Barbara just completed her most recent feature film production, Touched with Fire, starring Katie Holmes.
Buckley earned his BA in Media Studies from Pomona College in 1992 and quickly found a musical home in the studios of now- retired Seinfeld composer, Jonathan Wolff.
Over the next eight years, Buckley scored dozens of television comedies including NBC’s hit Will & Grace and FOX’s critically acclaimed Action before leaving in 2001. Buckley eventually settled in Downtown Los Angeles, opening a studio in a historic warehouse in the North Industrial District to fulfill a broadening scope of musical assignments.
These included feature films Happily N’ever After, Happily N’ever After 2 (Lionsgate), Out Of Jimmy’s Head, Spaceballs: The Animated Series and prime time TV comedies Oliver Beene & 2 Broke Girls.
Buckley is currently scoring and writing songs for Nickelodeon’s Wallykazam, an animated curricular comedy for preschoolers, and PBS’s Odd Squad, a live-action math-focused show for children ages 5-8. An opera, Dead Horses, is in development with librettist Douglas Kearney.
A brand new studio in Downtown LA is now under construction to accommodate multiple simultaneous productions and larger live sessions.
Katherine earned her MFA from the Yale School of Dram and is a two-time Emmy award-winning costume designer for her work on the iconic television show, All My Children.
Katherine designed for Twyla Tharp’s Come Fly Away Broadway show and tour as well as for theatre productions including New York’s Public, Signature, Williamstown, Vineyard, Playwrights’, NYS+F, Theater for New Audience, Play Company, NYTW, Primary Stages, and Rattlestick.
She’s also designed for regional productions at the Alley, ACT, Alliance, Yale Rep, Asolo Rep, Cincinnati Playhouse, Intiman, Old Globe, Mark Taper Forum, Huntington, California Shakespeare Festival, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Dallas Theater Center, La Jolla Playhouse, Centerstage, South Coast Rep and Milwaukee Rep.
Since graduating from the University of Colorado in 1996, Jesse has spent his career in post production. Jesse started his career shooting and editing film for Warren Miller films. The basis of knowledge learned in Media100, Avid, and After Effects lead Jesse to “pick up the pen” and learn Smoke and Flame. With hard won skills, Jesse moved to Hollywood in 1999 and free-lanced as a Smoke and Flame artist working on commercials, promos, and television shows.
He spent 5 years at Klasky Csupo working in animation and commercial finishing. Jesse started working at Efilm in 2005 in digital film finishing. In 2006 Jesse move to New York and spent four years working in Digital Intermediates at Technicolor New York. While there, Jesse worked with film makers like Woody Allen, Todd Solandz, Steven Soderbergh, & Lou Reed.
In 2008 Jesse worked on the first all digital film, Steven Soderbergh’s film Che, that was shot on the Red Camera and finished for film distribution. In 2009 Jesse moved back to Hollywood and worked for Sony Colorworks heading up the digital finishing department. While at Colorworks, Jesse launched and built a division dedicated to cosmetic and feature film effects.
Jesse left Colorworks in 2015 and started Instinctual, a digital film finishing business focusing on trailer finishing, digital cosmetic work, and Visual Effects.