FRANCISCO SALAZAR, Director/Producer,“Next Page”, has directed a number of short films, including “Messenger” and “Conciliation.” Both films were selected into various film festivals including the Long Island International Film Expo, the Sunscreen Film Festival, and Big Apple Film Festival. He has also worked as a producer of a number of shorts, including “Last Game” which was selected at the Asians On Film Festival and International Festival of Manhattan. He also recently produced the short film “Late Text.”
He has also worked extensively as an Assistant Director and most recently he worked the upcoming feature film “Spell” starring Novella Nelson (“The Devil’s Advocate” 1997) and produced by Patrick Cunningham (“Martha Marcy May Marlene,” 2011).
Francisco has also worked with distribution under the companies: FilmBuff, IFP and Latinos Media Group. He holds a BA in Film Production/Studies with a Minor in Italian at Hofstra University. “THE NEXT PAGE” marks Francisco’s feature debut as writer/director.
DAVID SALAZAR, Director/Producer, “Next Page”, has directed several short films with his brother including “Conciliation” and “Messenger.” David has also worked as producer on “Last Game,” “Late Text,” and “Closing In.”
In addition to his work as a director and producer, David has also worked in a number of capacities in the film industry including Production Manager on the upcoming feature film “Spell” and as a Camera Assistant for commercials and short films. He also worked as Digital Imaging Technician for the program “Critical Debrief” featuring renowned American attorney Kenneth Feinberg.
David has also worked extensively with an upstart Theater Company Shades of Grey as violinist and performed the New York premieres to “Peace/Piece of Mind” and “Sterntaler.” David holds a BA in Film Production/Studies and Journalism at Hofstra University and currently works with Latinos Media Group. “THE NEXT PAGE” marks his feature debut as a Writer/Director.
JANICE VILLAROSA, Producer, “Next Page”, born in the Philippines, is a dual citizen of the Philippines and the USA and currently spends her time between the two countries. Before she was a filmmaker, she was a Certified Public Accountant, and worked in a Big 4 firm as well as local firms.
The desire to pursue filmmaking started years before when a very good friend of hers was sent to prison for over 20 years for something he did not do. She vowed from then on that she would find a way to be the voice for the silent. She started with a short film about child abuse (Daddy’s Little Girl) and another short film about domestic violence and sexual discrimination (Heaven’s Door). These short films were followed by Shunned, about the lives of transsexuals in the Philippines, and deals with gender discrimination.
Janice has directed: “Pagtuo (Faith)” [2011, 6 min.]; “Deep Water” [2011, 4 min.]; and produced: “Aether” [2011, 12 min], “Please” [2011, 9 min.], “My Friend Charlie Whight”, and “A Day in the Country”. These films went to various international film including: Sinulog Film Festival (Philippines) nominated for 5 awards and won ‘best actress’ for Pagtuo, the Long Island International Film Expo, Guam International Film Festival, Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, SNOB Film Festival, Yxineff Film Festival (Vietnam), Puerto Rico Film Festival, and Faith Film Festival. “My Friend Charlie Whight” [2012, 12 min] won ‘Best Jury Award’ at Long Island International Film Expo and was an official selection at Dam Short Film Festival. “A Day in the Country” [2013) won Ron Howard’s Canon Imagination Contest and premiered along films directed by Eva Longoria and Jamie Foxx. Her recent short film, “Heaven’s Door”[2012, 24 min], dealing with sexual discrimination and domestic violence, received a ‘Certificate of Award of Merit from Lucerne International Film Festival.’
Although she likes doing films in different genres, she gravitates towards films with social issues. It is her goal to give voice to the silent.
AXEL EBERMANN Already an accomplished documentary director in his native Germany Axel Ebermann moved to New York at the age of 26 to pursue his dream of a career in fiction film. He graduated ‘summa cum laude’ with a B.A. in ‘Writing and Directing for Fiction Film’ from the City University of New York (CUNY), where in his senior year he not only won ‘Best Directing’ for his short ‘Wired’, but also took home the trophy for best editing for the documentary, “10-a Good Buddy.”
After graduating, Axel focused on his career as a cinematographer. He has been involved in numerous fiction films, advertising productions, and documentaries.His credits include productions for Discovery Channel, Fuse, FX Networks, CNBC, A & E, CNN, ESPN and Showtime as well as for the German stations ARD, ZDF, ProSieben, kabeleins, Deutsche Welle, Bayerischer Rundfunk, NTV, N24, 3sat, the Swiss station SF1 and the German- French channel arte. Notable advertising clients are Lufthansa, Mastercard, McDonalds, Nikon and Samsung. Axel worked as a camera operator on the Academy Award OSCAR nominated documentary “How to Survive a Plague.” His documentary ‘Shooting Star’ won the award for ‘Best Documentary’ at the San Diego Black Film Festival.
Mike Cutrone, Editor. Aside from having edited both of the Salazar brother’s films, Conciliation and Messenger, he edited a number of features including Romeo and Juliet in Harlem for TAG films. His other credits include In Transition starring Margaret Cho (“30 Rock”) and Two Sides of Love which will be premiering at the Garden State Film Festival.
Kory Diskin gained an unparalleled understanding of the creative, production and postproduction processes throughout her multi-faceted career. She describes her present role in the industry as, ’if it’s creative, count me in.’ Currently, indie filmmakers are counting her in as production designer. Recent film titles include, My Cross to Bear, (Peter Bongiorno, Director/Glenn Allen, Executive Producer); Sebastien, (Deborah Twiss, Director); Tammy, (Ante Novakovic, Director); The Confidence Game, pre-production, (Director TBA); and Trust Me, I’m a Lifeguard, (Tony Glazer, Director); The Last Taxi Driver (Debra Markowitz, Director).
Ms. Diskin is an appointed member of the Nassau County Film Advisory Board. In addition, she serves as an advisor to the Long Island Film/TV Foundation, and serves on the Long Island International Film Expo (LIIFE) film selection and jury committees.
Donna McKenna is an established international casting director and producer who is well known for discovering unique new talent as well as recognizing the seasoned professional who has the desire to take risks and play against type. Donna has built a reputation for her successful negotiating abilities and is respected for her critical and creative thinking, problem solving abilities and recruiting skills. These essential skills and valuable abilities combined with her team player attitude have made her an asset to any production and have garnered her wonderful relationships rooted in trust with all industry personnel including actors, agents and managers.
Donna holds a seat on the board of the Nassau County Film and Television Foundation and the Suffolk County Film Commission. She is frequently invited to host audition/film workshops for the SAG-AFTRA NYCAP programs and teaches at many acting schools worldwide. In 2013 she was invited to teach a workshop at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London and is currently in the process of becoming a member of the Casting Society of America.
She has cast over 25 independent feature films, 9 short films and 4 web series. Her ensemble casts consist of not only award winning actors from film, television and Broadway but she has discovered and cast new up and coming actors. Some of her films have been invited to screen at renowned film festivals including the prestigious Cannes Film Festival and the Berlin Film Festival. Her recent film Trust Me, I’m a Lifeguard premiered at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival and many of her films have won numerous festival awards.
Recently she cast and produced the film Leaves of the Trees which stars Academy Award Nominee Eric Roberts, Emmy Award Winner Armand Assante, Sean Young and Federico Castelluccio and was filmed on location in Sicily. Academy Award Nominees Eric Roberts and Cathy Moriarty star in her film A Cry From Within and her theatrical released dramedy Excuse Me for Living stars Emmy Award Nominee Jerry Stiller, 3 time Emmy Award Winner Dick Cavett, 2 time Emmy Award Winners Christopher Lloyd and Tom Pelphrey and an all star cast. Donna is extremely passionate about every project she is involved in and her recent works show that her genuine likeable personality mixed with her many skills and abilities makes her a casting director that many actors want to work with again and again.