Soref is an award-winning writer/director whose directorial credits include the critically acclaimed The Seventh Coin and Platinum Blonde, an inspirational short that landed him a house-keeping deal at Paramount Studios. For over ten years, Soref served as a principal-director for Orbit Productions, one of the fastest growing commercial production companies of the 90’s. At Orbit, Soref directed or executive-produced over a hundred TV commercials.
In 2002, Soref left his career in commercials to concentrate on feature films, signing a strategic alliance with Mike Medavoy’s Phoenix Pictures. The first picture under this deal was Basic starring John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson, released by Columbia Pictures.
Steven Bernstein, ASC
(Director of Photography)
Steven Bernstein ASC, began his film career in the United Kingdom, first with documentaries and then music videos and commercials. From there television movies and finally feature films. He has shot such landmark films as Monster and Like Water for Chocolate. He is known for his work with first time directors (Noah Baumbach, Patty Jenkins) on independent films.
Most notably, Bernstein’s films have consistently performed exceedingly well at the box office, for both independent and studio fare. His studio films have each made over $100 million at the Box Office. Bernstein is also the author of the book "Film Production," at one time the best-selling textbook about the process of filmmaking.
One of the most talented production designers in the business, Craig Stearns’ resume runs the gamut from some of the funniest movies in show business to some of the scariest. His credits include the comedic box office hits The Mask, Big Momma’s House, and Big Momma’s House 2, as well as the classic thriller/horror films The Blob and Children of the Corn. Craig’s career reaches to the small screen as well, where he was the production designer for Stephen King’s miniseries Storm of the Century and The Twilight Zone.
He was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award in 2002 for Outstanding Art Direction for a Miniseries, Movie, or Special for Rose Red, and was nominated for BAFTA Award for The Mask in 1994. Recently, Craig has worked on the thriller Amusement and Bottle Shock, starring Alan Rickman and Bill Pullman.
One of the leading composers in Hollywood for the past 20 years, Mark Isham has received many awards for such films as the Oscar Winning Crash (for which he won the AFI Film Award), A River Run Through It (Oscar nomination for Best Music), Blade (won ASCAP Award), Nell (Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Score), among many others; and TV shows such as Chicago Hope (2 Emmy Nominations in 1995 and 1996), EZ Streets (won an Emmy) and Nothing Sacred (Emmy Nomination).
He won the Henry Mancini Award in 2006; Nominated for Best Music, the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror, for Fire in the Sky (1993); won the Hollywood Film Award (Hollywood Film Festival, 2007) as Composer of the Year; as well as the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards, Best Music for The Moderns (1988).
Martin Hunter started his career as an assistant editor on The Shining, starring Jack Nicholson and directed by Stanly Kubrick. The famed director picked Hunter to be the editor of another Kubrick classic: Full Metal Jacket. Since then he edited many notable films including Kalifornia (Brad Pitt), Mortal Kombat, Underworld (Kate Beckinsale), and The Chronicles of Riddick (Vin Diesel).
A career spanning three decades, Peter Afterman is considered one the top Music Supervisors in Hollywood today. His credits include: Juno, Thank You for Smoking, Hellboy, The Passion of the Christ, Runaway Jury, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (I and II), The Patriot, Road Trip, Inspector Gadget, Godzilla (1998), Kiss the Girls, The Apostle, Private Parts, Sling Blade, The Bridges of Madison County, French Kiss, Major League II, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Wayne’s World 2, Honeymoon in Vegas, Ghostbusters II, Twins, Gung Ho and many, many more.
Donald Zuckerman is a prolific producer of high quality films such as A Man From Elysian Fields (Andy Garcia, Mick Jagger, Angelica Houston), and the upcoming film, Oscar Wilde’s A Woman Of No Importance, to be directed by Academy Award winner Bruce Beresford, starring multiple Academy Award Nominee Annette Bening.
Other producing credits include Secrets of the Code (2006), based upon Dan Burstein’s bestseller; Beer for My Horses (2008) starring Toby Keith, Willie Nelson, and Claire Forlani; Broken Bridges (2006), starring Toby Keith, Kelly Preston, and Burt Reynolds; Green Street Hooligans (2004), starring Elijah Wood; Mayor of the Sunset Strip (2004); Beat (2002) with Kiefer Sutherland; Thick As Thieves (1998) starring Alec Baldwin and Rebecca De Mornay; The Big Brass Ring (1998) based on an Orson Welles screenplay starring William Hurt and Miranda Richardson.
A native of Santa Cruz, California, Tomás Romero graduated cum laude from San Francisco State University's progressive Film Studies program. Moving south, Romero continued his education at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles, where he was honored with the Sherill Corwin Screenwriter of the Year award for his Master’s Thesis screenplay, Dead Celebrities.
Aside from his writing and associate producing work on Not Forgotten, Romero has written a critically-lauded episode of Telemundo's landmark Spanish-language sitcom, Los Beltrán and recently adapted his spec screenplay Lowlifes into the original MTV musical The American Mall for MTV and High School Musical producers Bill Borden and Barry Rosenbush.
Cindy O'Connor is a rapidly rising composer, currently scoring the TV series Crash with Mark Isham. She scored the religious sex comedy Forgiving the Franklins, which was featured in Premiere magazine as one of "Sundance's Ten to Watch" in 2006. Other film credits include Compact Only, scoring the silent movie-within-a-movie in Brian DePalma's The Black Dahlia, and additional music for The Women, Wake, The Secret Life of Bees, The Mist, Crossing Over, and The Black Donnellys (NBC).
She is also an accomplished performer (piano, keyboard and vocals) and spent four years touring with rock superstar Pat Benatar.