Mike Ott studied under Thom Andersen at Cal Arts where he received his MFA degree in Film/Video. His film, Littlerock, won numerous awards, including the Audience Award at AFI Fest, a Gotham Award and an Independent Spirit Award. His next feature, Pearblossom Hwy, screened at: Rotterdam, AFI, Viennale, CPHPIX, etc. Lake Los Angeles is the third installment of his desert trilogy.
Cinematographer - Mike Gioulakis
Mike Gioulakis has a B.F.A. from Florida State University. He has shot several feature length films including John Dies at the End, Pearblossom Hwy, Bad Fever, and It Follows (which is set to premiere in Critic Week at the Cannes Film Festival in May of 2014).He enjoys camping, redwood trees, and hummus.
Sound Designer - Jan Bezouska
Jan Bezouska was born in the Czech Republic and is currently in the Film and Television Production MFA program at the University of Southern California. He is set to graduate in May of 2014.
Producer - Heika Burnison
Heika graduated from USC with a BA in Cinema-Television and Architecture. She then received her MA in Specialized Journalism, with a focus to visual art and cultural theory. She currently writes and produces a variety of film and multi-media, while also serving as the Executive Producer and co-founder of the boutique sound studio White Light Audio. In Fall 2014, Heika became a Film Independent Screenwriter’s Lab Fellow with the feature HESPERIA, which she co-wrote and will produce for Mike Ott
Editor - Santos S. Santos
Santos, also known as (Jose Santos), has editing credits on: The Murder of Hi Good, Pearblossom Hwy, Farah Goes Bang and is also cutting Mike Ott's, Lake Los Angeles, as well as, the feature length documentary, 20 Years of Madness. He teaches editing and after effects at CSSSA (California State Summer School of the Arts).
Producer - Alex Gioulakis
Alexandra Gioulakis has a BA in Anthropology from Northern Arizona University. She writes, directs, produces and takes care of her giant dog Baxter.
Producer - Fred Thornton
Frederick Thornton was born on September 20, 1986 in Cleveland Ohio. He studied for his bachelor degree in Psychology at Brandman University. He first started working in film after meeting his friends/working partners Mike Ott and Atsuko Okatsuka at a fourth of July party. To date, Fred has produced seven feature films and was recently nominated for a 2014 Spirit Award.
Composer - Maria Sigfúsdóttir
María graduated as a violinist from Reykjavik College of Music and earned a Bachelor’s degree at the Iceland Academy of the Arts. For the past ten years María has composed and performed music all over the world with her band, Amiina, and collaborated with various artists, including Sigur Rós, Spiritualized, Lee Hazlewood, etc.
Producer - Athina Tsangari
Athina Rachel Tsangari was born in Greece, and studied theater at New York University before obtaining her M.F.A. in film production at the University of Texas. Her second feature, Attenberg, premiered in main competition at the 2010 Venice Film Festival, where it won the Coppa Volpi Award for Best Actress. She produced Yorgos Lanthimos’ films Dogtooth and Alps. And most recently was co-producer and actress in Richard Linklater's Before Midnight.
Producer - Drea Clark
Drea Clark is a veteran programmer at the LA Film Festival and she has led the narrative programming team for Slamdance since 2002. Her work as a producer has shown at a range of festivals, including Tribeca, Comic Con, Austin, and Los Angeles.
Casting Director - Nicole Arbusto
Nicole Arbusto has casted 8 films that have premiered at the Sundance Film Festival including Aza Jacobs' Terri and Kyle Patrick Alvarez's David Sedaris adaptation C.O.G. Her most recent project is the Emily Mortimer HBO show, "Doll and Em" which was released earlier this year.
Actress - Johanna Trujillo
Johanna Trujillo was born in San Diego. She started acting when she was 10, and recently co-starred in the short film Tryouts, which won a Student Emmy for best drama. Lake Los Angeles is her first feature film.
Actor - Roberto Sanchez
Roberto Sanchez was born in Havana, Cuba, and moved to Miami when he was 4. In 2002, he was cast in the blockbuster 2 Fast 2 Furious. He has since appeared on numerous TV shows including “Bones”, “Leverage”, “The Closer”, “Lie to Me”, “Heroes”, “Without a Trace”, “Criminal Minds”, “NCIS”, and “Arrested Development”. He also starred in Mike Ott’s Littlerock and Pearblossom Hwy.
Trinity Shi is currently in the Film and Television Production MFA program at the University of Southern California. She is an avid enthusiast of the arts and occasional producer, director, and writer. She is also a devotee of science fiction, comics, and cats.
Writer/Producer - Atsuko Okatsuka
Atsuko Okatsuka is a writer and actress residing in Los Angeles. Some of her films include Littlerock (2010), which won a Gotham Award and Spirit Award, and Pearblossom Hwy (2012), which has screened at festivals such as the Viennale, Rotterdam and AFI Fest in Los Angeles. She is currently working on her Master’s degree in Critical Studies and Film/Video at the California Institute of the Arts.
Actor - Eloy Mendez
Eloy Mendez was born and raised in Oaxaca, Mexico. He made his acting debut in the critically acclaimed film Bread and Roses, directed by Ken Loach.The film was nominated for the prestigious Palme d’Or Award at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival. He then went on to guest star in numerous television shows including “ER,” “The Shield,” “General Hospital,” “Monk,” “NCIS,” and “Girlfriends.” He recently co-starred in the film C.O.G., which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.