Director Biography – Darren Durlach, David Larson (R.A.W. TUBA)

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DARREN DURLACH – Darren is a film/TV director that co-founded Early Light Media, a production company based in Baltimore, to take his experience in documentary storytelling to organizations that hope to communicate more effectively and memorably with their audiences, as well as develop editorial documentary films that add value to the world.

Over the past decade, Darren has had the opportunity to tell stories spanning the world from a Super Bowl in Indianapolis to the devastation in Haiti to the first inauguration of President Obama, all while working in broadcast and most recently as Senior Multimedia Producer at The Boston Globe. In 2014 he directed The Boston Globe’s first television documentary, 5 Runners, about the tragic Boston Marathon bombings.

Darren has had the honor of being named the Ernie Crisp Television News Photographer of the Year three years in a row in 2009, 2010, and 2011 by the National Press Photographer’s Association while working for WBFF in Baltimore and has been awarded 23 Emmys© by Chesapeake Bay and New England NATAS. At The Boston Globe, he was awarded the prestigious George Polk award from Long Island University with a team of investigative journalists for his contribution of a short documentary on the leniency Massachusetts judges show toward accused drunk drivers, as well as six national Edward R. Murrow awards.

Most fulfilling have been the opportunities to teach. Most recently Darren was a featured speaker at ‘Video Playground’ in Denmark and has guest lectured at Harvard Extension School. Darren has had the honor of teaching visual storytelling in 18 states for various organizations and thrives on meeting passionate people with the shared goal of raising industry standards for the betterment of society. Darren believes there is no more effective way to communicate the human experience than to tell a story.

DAVID LARSON – Dave is a disciplined director, photographer and an intuitive storyteller who uses the human experience as a canvas for creative expression. As a director of both narrative and documentary projects, Dave looks to balance his technical savvy and gorgeous cinematic images with his ability to find the relatable truth within real moment-driven stories making his work connect on deeper levels. Dave’s film making talents have garnered him many industry awards. Most recently, his short film “Throw,” pulled in a Vimeo Staff pick and numerous prestigious film festival awards including the Festival Directors Award at Mountainfilm in Telluride.


Director Statement


This is an important story for anyone who dreams of improving their life situation. It was a true honor for Richard to trust us with his story and the greatest award we could win is his approval of this interpretation of his life. He loves it, so we’re happy.

Director Biography – Christian Frosio, Michele Bernardi (OPEN THE WINDOW)

Christian Frosio is an Italian songwriter, author, arranger and producer of his songs.

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During the eighties he worked on the Pimpa TV series, created by Altan, and several episodes of La Linea di Cavandoli. He has made several animated videoclips for the Three Allegri Ragazzi Morti, the lights of the power plant, Prozac +, 24 Grana and others. He also collaborated with the Maicol & Mirco and Igort cartoonists.
Some animated short films, such as Djuma, Senza Testa, Pina, ambulanti and the last Mercurio are scheduled and competed in the most important international animation festivals, among the most famous in Annecy, Zagreb, Melbourne, up to those of Amsterdam, Tallinn and Istanbul and Rio.
Recently he has collaborated in the creation of advertising spots for Barilla Mulino Bianco, Chicco, Ikea Germany, Istat and Pomellato Nestlè and animated a series of spots for the Rai3 Viva la Crisi transmission.
For La tempesta film – Rai cinema I made the animated titles for Asino Vola by Marcello Fonte and Paolo Tripodi and Fraulein by Catrina Carone. For the Ayrton Senna Institute he animated a commercial on the unforgettable of Formula1.

Director Biography – Michelle Prebich (CEMETERY SONG)

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Michelle studied Film Production, Theatre and Fine Art At Cal-State Long Beach with a B.A. in Narrative Film Production and a minor in Theatre. Her thesis film “A Serious Talk” was shown at the Newport Beach Film Festival in 2012.

Michelle directed and collaborated with sister animator and designer Justine Prebich with an experimental stop motion short. “Comfort Me with Absinthe” It won best animated short in the Albuquerque Film And Music Experience in 2016.

Michelle and Justine once again collaborated on “Tools of War” an animated short exploring science fiction and the dystopian future in 2018.

Michelle is also an artist and illustrator who runs her business “Bat in Your Belfry” out of Southern California.

She and her sister Justine continue to work on projects together.

Director Statement

Cemetery Song’s visuals is a blend of imagery Inspired of romantic era gothic imagery and the surrealism of Magritte paintings. Places that inspired the video include Colma outside of San Fran, and Lafayette cemetery In New Orleans.

I’ve always been fascinated with the idea of those that came before us. I think it’s important to take a moment to reflect on mortality and I find that the serene beauty of old cemeteries is the perfect place to find that. Cemetery Song explores the power of memories, existential dread and finally a peaceful acceptance as these ghosts are now, you shall be too.

Cemetery Song is directed and edited by Michelle Prebich with animation and production design by Justine Prebich. Music by Fellow Robot.

Director Biography – David Kennedy (THE BLESSING AND THE CURSE)

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David Kennedy is a Fresno-born and based videographer, director, editor, photographer, and motion graphics expert. He attended UCLA Film School and was co-founder of Fresno Magazine. Kennedy has worked for Dreamworks, Disney, Panavision/Technicolor, and others.

His short film was a finalist at both Cannes and France’s Deauville Film Festival, both of which were shot in Fresno, California.

Kennedy directed and edited television commercials that have been awarded the prestigious ADDY Best of Show Award (three times out of five years) and the ADDY Best TV Commercial (four times out of five years).

Kennedy’s film work has been seen in more than 10 states and eight countries, on channels such as ESPN, MTV, ABC, FOX, CBS, NBC, TNT, MYSPACE, Comcast, the BBC, and La Rue in France.

Director Biography – Mitch Bax (DANCE WITH A DEMON)

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Mitch Bax is a sought after camera technician with intentions to carry his success into writing and directing.
He’s directed and produced several MuchFACT sponsored music videos, an award winning short film, and the stylized Docu-Mini Series The Art of Expression. His latest story, Sidekick, was recently turned into a successful viral short film staring Josh Dallas.

Outside of his passion for directing, he works as a Digital Imaging Technician for many high profile movies shot in Vancouver. From Deadpool and Star Trek, to Power Rangers and Robocop, he’s work along side many talented and passionate artists. Having helped these people bring their stories to life, with his penchant for technology he’s now focusing his attention on crafting his own stories by bringing together the talented crews of people he’s met over the years.

Director Statement

Making this film was a very personal undertaking of exploration on a topic that affects many people.

I was drawn to it after a tragedy in my family, and it was only then I realized that the public conversation up to this point around mental health, had been muted.

As I delved deeper into this topic I realized that depression was often the cause of a tragic event. Tragedies come in many forms, so I explored the perspective of different people in my life who had been affected, and then subsequently what other relationships around me had been affected.

I realized the story I wanted to tell was about a family, a Mother struggling to cope and a daughter struggling to understand. Both perspectives are being affected by this single monster, and ultimately both perspectives are part of the solution.

We don’t talk about depression enough, and that’s what gives it power; the goal of this project is to spread awareness of a deeply disturbing and often taboo topic.

Director Biography – Lauren Wolkstein (TAKAKO VS NINE LIVES)

Lauren Wolkstein is a NYC-based filmmaker originally from Baltimore, Maryland. In 2017, her debut feature THE STRANGE ONES, starring James Freedson-Jackson and Alex Pettyfer, premiered at SXSW to critical acclaim. She co-directed the film with Christopher Radcliff, based on their Sundance short of the same name. Lauren’s previous shorts, including SOCIAL BUTTERFLY (Sundance ’13) and CIGARETTE CANDY (SXSW ’10 Grand Jury Prize), have played festivals around the world. She most recently directed an episode of QUEEN SUGAR for the show’s third season. In 2013, Filmmaker Magazine listed her as one of the “25 New Faces of Independent Film.” Wolkstein is a 2017-2018 Women at Sundance Fellow through the Sundance Institute, and she is a MacDowell Colony Fellow for Summer 2018. Lauren received her MFA in film directing from Columbia University and is an assistant professor of Film and Media Arts at Temple University.

Director Biography – Aly Rose (MONK)

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Aly Rose is a choreographer and artist based in China. She also leads a dance for camera series in Shanghai and is passionate about collaborating on dance projects with people from diverse and non-dance-related backgrounds.

Her most recent work has been shown at the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra Hall, the Power Station of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art MoCA, the Long Museum, the Glass Museum, and the ShanghART Gallery.

Her current focus is bringing The ONE Show to fruition.