JOHN V. KNOWLES (Director) previously directed the techno-thriller short film “SHADOW.NET,” based on a WIRED Magazine article about the underground world of internet movie piracy, which appeared in film festivals such as Cleveland International, Las Vegas (Golden Ace Award), Dragon*Con (1st Place, Thriller), Dances With Films, NewFilmmakers NYC, Action/Cut Short Film Competition (Semi-Finalist) and The Film Series at CineGear Expo (Finalist). His other short films have screened in festivals such as Austin, Chicago Comedy and Flux.An “army brat,” John grew up on military bases all over the world, and he earned his BFA in graphic design from Drake University in Des Moines. He formed Weirdsmobile Productions in 2005 with his wife and producing partner, Lotti Pharriss Knowles; they initially worked with outside clients before transitioning into developing original content. Past clients for John’s directing, editing and design services have included Walt Disney Feature Animation, Playboy Entertainment, The ACLU, Bella Pierre Cosmentics, Exclusive Media and John Wells Productions, among others. John has also directed music videos for TL Forsberg, Waz, 80s pop star Deborah Gibson, and French techno artist Lewsor.In 2011 he formed Conceptive, Inc. with partners David Wendell and Dominique Brown, to create broadcast-quality branded entertainment for the web. Conceptive is a full-service production company, capable of taking projects from the concept stage all the way to completed product. Clients include Coffee-mate, ConAgra Foods, Vampire Wines, Purple Communications, Social Moms and The Los Angeles Metro. They created the web series “Rock & Roll, Inc.” as well as the upcoming series “Work From Home”, and are currently developing several television show concepts.
LOTTI PHARRISS KNOWLES (Screenwriter/Producer) is a writer, producer and partner in Weirdsmobile Productions, Inc. She co-produced HBO Documentary Films’ “Vito,” directed by Jeffrey Schwarz (“Wrangler,” “Spine Tingler!”) and executive-produced by Bryan Singer (“XMen,” “The Usual Suspects”), and is the producer of Schwarz’s latest documentary feature, “I Am Divine” (SXSW 2013 premiere). Knowles also produced the award-winning short films “SHADOW.NET” (Golden Ace Award, Las Vegas Film Festival; Best Thriller, Dragon*Con Independent Short Film Festival), and “Weak Species” (Best Short: FilmOut San Diego, Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival, Great Lakes Film Festival). Her original feature screenplay CHASTITY BITES was a semi-finalist in the Acclaim Film & Television Screenwriting Competition.Knowles also produced the world-premiere run of her play “Because They Have No Words,” which was nominated for two 2007 LA Stage Alliance Ovation Awards for Best Ensemble and World Premiere Play. The play was subsequently produced at the Piven Theatre in Evanston, IL (Joseph Jefferson Award), and published in 2011 by Northwestern University Press in an anthology titled “Katrina on Stage.”Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Knowles earned a BS in Performance Studies at Northwestern University and an MA in Theatre at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She coproduces the annual Vampire-Con Film Festival, and appeared as a horror expert on the E! Channel special “Ten Vampires We Love” and in the documentary “The 50 Greatest Horror Films You’ve Never Seen.”
VLADIMIR RADOVANOV (Executive Producer) is an entrepreneur and entertainment attorney (UCLA School of Law) with more than fifteen years of experience in the entertainment industry. He has represented numerous musical artists and record labels, as well as television and film studios, including serving as in-house counsel at TV Guide, 20th Century Fox and Interloper Films. He got his start in entertainment by producing and distributing music, working with artists such as George Clinton, Cypress Hill, The Pharcyde and DJ Lethal (of Limp Bizkit and House of Pain). His film career commenced by providing legal guidance to filmmaker Ondi Timoner, who directed “DIG!,” winner of the 2004 Sundance Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary. In 2008, Vlad executive-produced “We Live in Public,” directed by Timoner, and this film also went on to win the 2009 Sundance Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary. The film is now in the permanent film collection of the New York Museum of Modern Art. In addition to his legal practice and filmmaking, Vlad also co-created, co-produced and co-hosted 39 episodes of the Internet television show “B.Y.O.D.” (Bring Your Own Doc), which delivers long format interviews of award winning documentary filmmakers to viewers, including the last such interview of the late, great, Les Blank.
WENDI MIRABELLA (Co-Producer/Music Supervisor) has been the COO of Moondance Events & Entertainment, Inc. since 2002. Moondance is one of the top event management/production companies in Los Angeles for wrap and holiday parties (“Mad Men,” “Southland,” “Shameless,” “CSI”), fundraisers (Entertainment Aids Alliance, Insight LA), film premieres (“Freddy vs. Jason,” “A Lord of the Rings: Return of the King,” the “Last King of Scotland”), and other corporate (Microsoft, Nike) and fashion (Swarovski, Balenciaga) events. Prior to joining Moondance, Mirabella was the Head of Development and oversaw production for IMAX Corporation for seven years, and was Associate Producer for their films (“China: the Panda Adventure,” “Across the Sea of Time”). She also held positions in development and production at Columbia Pictures and Sony Entertainment. A San Francisco native, Mirabella is the Executive Director of the annual Vampire-Con Film Festival specializing in vintage Vampire cinema.
NICHOLAS JAYANTY (Co-Producer) is a disruptive technology. He likes when the establishment loses and the underdog wins. He gets excited about ideas like monetizing film through sponsored bit torrents and electronic sell through opportunities via co-branded partnerships with movies and consumer packaged goods. One day he’d like to buy a pair of limited edition Nikes designed by Retina and come home to “Attack the Block” pre-downloaded on his Apple TV. The work he is proud to be credited on includes the New York Times Critic’s Pick “Echotone,” Weirdsmobile’s CHASTITY BITES and the Official Sundance Selection, “Skateland.”
VICTOR MOYERS (Co-Producer/LineProducer) manages and guides feature projects from development through distribution. Between 2006-2010 he was a Co-Founder and Creative Executive for Reversal Films in Austin, TX., and while at the company produced “Mississippi Chicken” (2007 Gotham Award Nominee), “Echotone” (2010 NY Times Critics Pick), and “Skateland” (2010 Sundance Film Festival). Since relocating to Los Angeles in 2010 he coproduced and/or line produced five features, including “Crosstown” (starring Vivica Fox), “Arcadia” (starring John Hawkes), and CHASTITY BITES (starring Alison Scagliotti), “Orion” (starring David Arquette), and “Afternoon Delight” (starring Kathryn Hahn). Arcadia recently premiered at the 2012 Berlin International Film Festival, and was awarded the Crystal Bear for Best Film in its category (“Generations”). “Afternoon Delight” premiered at Sundance 2013 and was honored to receive the festival’s coveted Directing Award.