Director BIO: David Odio (LILITH)

Director Biography

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An LA native, David has been making films his entire life. After graduating from the USC School of Cinematic Arts, he interned at Marvel Studios in Manhattan Beach. Post internship, he began working at Ignition Creative, one of the world’s largest film and television advertising houses. From there, he began his career directing digital commercials, web series, music videos, and short films. He’s directed projects for Ryan Reynolds and Terry Crews, as well as an animated digital series starring Nathan Fillion, Scarlett Johansson, and Will Sasso. David has loved being part of LILITH and bringing this inspiring story to life.


Director BIO: Philippe McKie (BREAKER)

Director Biography

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Philippe is an award-winning filmmaker born in Montreal, Canada.
Since graduating from the Mel-Hoppenheim School of Cinema he has been living and making films in Japan. His films explore multiple genres ranging from psychological-dramas, to period pieces and science fiction.
Beginning in 2010 with his short-film ARIA, made in his first-year at film-school, his films have been selected in festivals around the world and received multiple prizes and distinctions.
Since 2011 he has been based in Tokyo, Japan.

Selected Filmography:

SHŪEN (Japan, 2015) Color, 15mins, HD
* Silver Award Horror Spotlight Awards

Healing Waters (Japan, 2014) Color, 3mins, HD
* Grand Prize winner 2014 Shikoku Film festival

Where The Heart Is (Japan, 2014) Color, 2mins, HD
* Silver Winner Chiba Film Festival

Shades of Grey on the Silver Screen (Montreal, 2011) B/W, 15mins, S-16mm
* 35th Festival des Films du Monde, Montreal, Canada, 2011

ARIA (Montreal, 2010) Color, 6mins, 16mm
* Winner best Film Jury’s prize 8th Festival Neatworks, Canada 2011

Director BIO: Tim Willrich (SKIN DEEP)

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Tim Willrich is a Director & Producer based in the UK where he works on Films, Music videos and large scale bespoke immersive shows and experiences.

He started out predominantly as an Editor cutting his teeth on short films before jumping platforms to all sorts of weird and wonderful sized screens in Exhibition areas, live shows and attractions all over the world. Quickly accumulating experience that led to working as first a Post Producer and then heading up and overseeing full productions from concept to delivery as a Creative Director and / or Producer
This has now brought him neatly full circle back to his passion- film, and bringing interesting and innovative projects to life.

Director Statement

“Having worked with the Adrift team before, I was definitely interested in directing ‘Skin Deep’ as soon as the writer, Harry, mentioned it due to the overwhelming success of our previous short film. However, I underestimated how enthusiastic and positive I’d feel about the project from day one. The script is unique, unapologetic and conveys numerous moral messages with minimal dialogue. We had to step up and do it justice.

Issues surrounding body image are tackled in numerous ways, whether caused through cultural or social perceptions. The unique element of Skin Deep, is the internal struggle and self obsession we seldom discuss. This is beautifully portrayed by the opening actress, who herself, should have no issues in her appearance. By opening the film with someone who many would consider beautiful, we put forward an argument that everyone, regardless of gender, can have issues with themselves.

‘Skin Deep’ broaches the subject in a very literal way, whilst maintaining a sense of realness throughout. Along with the message of the script, the definition of the character arcs and the emotional journeys that both Greg and Millie undertake, and how our opinion of them changes, is a beautiful thing.

Visually, we wanted to impose a very specific look and feel. With the use of expansive spaces, materialistic and glamorous surroundings, we created a lavish yet prison like atmosphere. We tackled the lighting in a specific style, using contrasts between light and dark areas to reflect the emotion of the scene, coupled with slow moving imagery.

The subject matter elicited powerful, emotional responses from all the actors. Further more, although there were some differences, both men and women who previewed the film could all relate. We wish to promote these types of conversation amongst future audiences and look forward to taking it on a journey around the festival circuit.”

Director BIO: Stephen Rutterford (BACK PAGE RIPPER)

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Stephen Rutterford is a British born Artist based in New York.
His day job is Partner, Executive Creative Director, at The Brooklyn Brothers ; Voted Gold at Advertising Age’s Small agency of the year 2014.
Prior to The Brooklyn Brothers, Stephen trained under Sir John Hegarty and Sir Charles Saatchi.
During his career he has worked on over 160 brands including; Levi’s, Xbox, T-mobile, Johnnie Walker, Rémy Martin and Coca Cola. And has collaborated with artists including Pharrell Williams, Talib Kweli, Astronautica, Shepard Fairey, Faile, D*Face and Michel Gondry.
“Advertising has been my film school. I’ve had the privilege to learn by watching first hand from the best talent in the industry.”
Stephen is a drummer, a ninja and a father. He is also left handed.

Director Statement

Back Page Ripper is my Directorial debut.
The film is an experiment with narrative structure and the visual style is a combination of influences from Bladerunner, Wong kar- Wai movies and The Muppets.
Based on a true story, the idea was inspired by a conversation with friend Jon Burkhart, (now founder of TBC Global). We spoke about a former work colleague, who would prank fellow coworkers by tearing the last page out of the book they were reading.
It took several years for the project to get off the ground. After a couple of failed attempts, I finally met the right group of people and everything aligned.
After shooting, It took a further year of nagging people for favors to complete the post production. It was a good lesson in perseverance and believing in your ideas.
A key moment was meeting Cinematographer Brenden Savi at The Creative Circus grad show, where I was looking to recruit creative teams. I was very impressed by Savi’s photography portfolio. It was evident we shared very similar tastes aesthetically, so I knew instantly he was the right man for the job.
Casting was important to the film visually. I was searching for a “Girl with the dragon tattoo” type of character and was introduced to Marion Saint Jean, a Chilean model and cosplay actor through Savi.
Additionally, my personal trainer Anwar Jackson had the right physicality for the role of the Ripper and eagerly embraced the character.
Furthermore I was very fortunate to be surrounded by a group of very talented people at The Brooklyn Brothers Ad agency.
In particular Ilana Fried. Not only a great producer but also an amazing craftsperson. She was responsible for creating a very complex costume made entirely from paper. (Amongst many many other things). Producers Christina Thompson and Kim Tyner were extremely patient with my crazy ramblings and bizarre requests.
Ethan Simmons skillfully cut the film, telling the story clearly and building tension and comedy in all the right places.
Danny Morris at Blacksmith post did a great job of covering up all my mistakes and took it to another level on the visuals.
The soundtrack was composed by Ben Runyan the former front man of City rain, who went on to form J U S T P R O C E S S. We met when he was teaching a music production course I attended at The Foxgrove music school in NYC. Since then we have collaborated on a music video for the song ” I Already know” featuring Joannie Jimenez on The J U S T P R O C E S S EP.
Carl Mandelbaum built the sound design from scratch (as we did not record any sound) We spent several sessions together crafting the right atmosphere and punctuation to give the film a cinematic edge.

Audience FEEDBACK: PLEASE LOVE ME FOREVER, 27min, France, Fantasy/Romance

PLEASE LOVE ME FOREVER, 27min, France, Fantasy/Romance
Directed by Holy Fatma

In a surreal world, Lili, a 14-year-old albino, lives alone with her mother Claudie (50) who over-protects her from the outside world. Obsessed with her own appearance; Claudie regularly replaces aging parts of her face, alone in her operating lab, while Lili dreams of Lyesse, her 16 year-old handsome neighbor. But scared by so much love, Lyesse gently pushes her away. Devastated, she decides to operate his heart to understand why he doesn’t love her…

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David Holechek – Director’s BIO. Short Film “CRADLE”

Short Film playing at the Los Angeles Sci-Fi FEEDBACK Film Festival on Thursday June 1st. GET your FREE TICKETS

David Holechek is a filmmaker from Los Angeles, CA. He has either produced, directed or edited six feature-length releases and over a dozen short films. In 2016 he served as director of photography for the SXSW Official Selection ‘Smiling Man’ that went on to screen at over 60 film festivals around the world. His 2012 short film, ‘A Finger, Two Dots Then Me’ has screened at over 80 film festivals around the world and won over 35 awards including the CINE Master’s Series Award and the Heartland Film Festival’s Crystal Heart Award. David also shot, produced and edited the feature film ‘Ragamuffin’ – based on the life of renowned singer/songwriter Rich Mullins that was released worldwide in 2014 through Millennium Entertainment. He has edited over 100 hours of broadcast television shows including Animal Planet’s ‘Pit Bulls and Parolees’, Fox Sports’ Emmy-Nominated ‘Replay’ and the award-winning profile piece ‘A Soldier’s Story.’ He co-owns and operates Duality Filmworks. Company production, editorial and VFX credits include ‘The League’ on FXX, ‘Family Tree’ on HBO, ‘Startup U’ on ABC Family and ‘Hollywood Medium’ on E!.

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Get to know the short film: ON SUNDAY, 6min, UK, Sci-Fi/Drama

Short Film playing at the Los Angeles Sci-Fi FEEDBACK Film Festival on Thursday June 1st. GET your FREE TICKETS

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An old man and his dog make their routine walk to the isolated clifftops of deepest Cornwall…but this time they’re not alone.

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Director Statement

ON SUNDAY is a my paean to the science fiction films of my childhood. I wanted to create a simple film that told a story in its own time and captured the sense of wonder I feel is lost in many of the films released today.

‘ON SUNDAY’ took 5 years to complete – mainly because I did it ‘Gareth Edwards’ style taking on around 90% of the films production and post production myself and having to learn around 5 different CG packages from scratch in order to create the ship wreck which features in the film.

This film is a thank you to my Dad, who actually features in the film. Way back in 1984 he hand built a cabin bed for my bedroom and underneath this, made from wood, flashing lights and copper piping he’d constructed a spaceship cockpit. I was 6 years old and via fuzzy VHS’s already indoctrinated in the ways of the force, last star fighters and Xenomorphs – my dad used to censor the scary bits by recording Sunday Cricket over them. The finished cabin bed was a fledgling geek’s dream come true.

31 years later I thought it was past time to repay the favour and build him his very own spaceship.