Rosita Lopez for President

Collaborators:

RACHEL GOLDBERG – writer/director

Rachel Goldberg is an award-winning filmmaker who was named one of “30 Filmmakers to Watch” by Film Independent in 2012, and was an HBO/DGA Directing Fellowship Finalist the same year. Her work has screened at numerous Oscar-qualifying film festivals including the Palm Springs Int’l ShortFest, the Nashville Film Festival and the Rhode Island Int’l Film Festival where she won the Alternative Spirit Award for her work. She has also directed award-winning music videos and television pilots, including BOTTLE ROCKETS which won a number of Best Pilot awards at festivals like the Las Vegas Int’l Film Festival. As was one of 8 women selected for AFI’s prestigious Directing Workshop for Women, she directed and co-wrote, NEIGHBORS starring Kelli Garner (LARS AND THE REAL GIRL, PAN AM) and Edi Gathegi (TWILIGHT, X-MEN, GONE BABY GONE). This award-winning film has traveled the world, screening at numerous festivals and is currently being prepped as a feature. Her diretion of MAN WHERE’S MY SHOE, a short film made in collaboration with a group of at-risk teenage girls through Film Outreach LA, garnered the Garden State Film Festival’s Broader Vision Award, and her theater production of Vern Theissen’s APPLE was described as “poetry in motion” by the LA Weekly and “stunning” by the LA Stage Scene. She has had the great pleasure of working in the Editing Department of KILL BILL: Vol. 2,was one of 16 filmmakers chosen to study under David Sacks (THE SIMPSONS) and Jason Venokur (3rd ROCK FROM THE SUN) as a Jewish Impact Films Fellowship Recipient, and is currenly in pre-production for two features. Rachel earned her interdisciplinary MFA in Directing for Theater and Film from Calarts, and her BA in Theater and Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.

DANNI CONNER – producer

Danni Conner got her first opportunity to produce in Atlanta working on major music videos and commercials. Her video production credits include videos for Usher, New Edition, the Indigo Girls, Joe, Bow Wow, Ludacris, Outkast, DBrat, Mary J. Blige, Joi, Erykah Badu, Goodie Mob, TLC, Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson. Her commercial experience includes heavy-hitters such as Toyota, Apple, Pepsi, Coca Cola, Nike, Tide, and Lexus. Next she entered the movie business as an intern on the film ON PROMISED LAND, written by Ken Sagoes, and produced by veteran producer, Robert Benedetti. Conner continued to work on independent films before relocating to Los Angeles. Upon her arrival, she jumped into reality TV managing, directing and producing shows for CBS, NBC/Universal, The WB, Style, A&E, VH1, BET, Lifetime and E! Conner is currently developing two feature length films and working as a freelance producer on Lifetime’s new reality TV show COMING HOME. Her new focus is developing her own company, Graffiti Tomboy, which is currently in preproduction for her upcoming documentary film, THEY SAY I’M DIFFERENT. Conner is a member of The Academy of Arts & Sciences, Film Independent, The Producers Guild and International Documentary Association.

ANDREW AHN – associate producer

Andrew Ahn is a Korean-American filmmaker born and raised in Los Angeles. His short film DOL (FIRST BIRTHDAY) premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and has screened at numerous other festivals and venues around the world, including Outfest, REDCAT, and the Los Angeles Film Festival. The film received the Outfest Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Short Film. His short film ANDY screened at the Slamdance Film Festival, the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, and many others. ANDY won Best Narrative Short at the 2011 San Diego Asian Film Festival. He was a 2012 Film Independent Project:Involve fellow. He graduated from Brown University with a degree in English and received an MFA in Film Directing from the California Institute of the Arts.

MARLENA STEINER – director of photography

Marlena Steiner is a freelance cinematographer who seeks projects that challenge her to try something new on a technical level. She was born and raised in Northern New Jersey where she discovered her passion for filmmaking and photography. She attended the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and later transferred to Loyola Marymount University where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film and Television Production. While studying at LMU, Steiner was awarded the Entertainment Industry Scholarship and worked on over 50 student and professional films. In the spring of 2010 she wrote, directed, and photographed a short film that later went on to win her an award for “Best Director Honorable Mention” and a nomination for “Best Cinematography” at Film Outside the Frame. As a camera enthusiast, Steiner worked at the Student Camera Department and the Burns Photography Lab. During her final year, she was the teacher’s assistant for the introduction and advanced level cinematography classes and interned at The Camera House in North Hollywood. Before graduating from LMU with honors, Steiner was awarded the Ian Connor Cinematography Award, which exemplifies her passion for the cinematic image. She believes that it is an important part of filmmaking to learn and have fun on every job.

SUSUMU KIMURA – editor

In Japan where Susumu Kimura was born and raised, he saw a movie called The Untouchables that changed his life forever. That decision led him to study film at Emerson College, where he caught the editing bug. He started editing commercials in Japan until he moved to Los Angeles to further his career. From then on he has been cutting independent movies, documentaries, studio promos and entertainment news shows. Though working on different formats, his passion and mission remain the same: “to discover stories and tell it in a best possible way”. He lives with his wife and a son who looks just like him.

GREG NICOLETT – original music

Greg’s music has enlivened the drama in some of today’s most popular television shows, commercials, and indie films. For the 2011 mobster feature CHICAGO OVERCOAT (starring Frank Vincent, Katherine Narducci, Armand Assante) Greg uniquely combines elements of spaghetti westerns and noir, while his scores for the CW’s web spin offs SMALLVILLE: THE VENGEANCE CHRONICLES (2007) and THE VAMPIRE DIARIES: A DARKER TRUTH (2009) preserve the tone of the series while expanding on the thematic content. In 2010, Greg’s music was heard nationally for several Old Navy and Microsoft ad campaigns. His score for Keegan Wilcox’s PORCELAIN UNICORN helped it win “Grand Prize” in Ridley Scott’s Parallel Lines competition. In 2004, Greg composed an electronica driven score for Rene Alberta’s short film ABOVE AND BENEATH, which screened at the 2005 Sundance and Toronto film festivals. Other recent projects include additional music for the romantic comedy BARRY MUNDAY (with Chloë Sevigny, Patrick Wilson, Judy Greer) orchestrations for the horror feature 30 DAYS OF NIGHT: DARK DAY, and a live orchestral score for a new adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s chilling thriller THE SMALL ASSASSIN. In his spare time, Greg plays trombone with the LA based band Killsonic and is a proud member of the Young Winos LA Chapter.

ANDRE AND AMI BRAUGHER – executive producers

Andre Braugher is best known for his roles as Cassiel in CITY OF ANGELS, Thomas Searles in the film GLORY, as the fiery detective Frank Pembleton on HOMICIDE: LIFE ON THE STREET from 1993 to 1998 and again in the 2000 made-for-TV film, and as Owen Thoreau Jr. on the TNT show MEN OF A CERTAIN AGE. He received Television Critics Association awards for individual achievement in drama in 1997 and 1998. He was also nominated for an Emmy Award for best actor in a drama series in 1996 and 1998, winning in the latter year. He also appeared in the TNT series MEN OF A CERTAIN AGE, for which he was nominated twice as Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. He also voiced the villain Darkseid in the animated film, SUPERMAN/BATMAN: APOCALYPSE. He has a recurring role as defense attorney Bayard Ellis on LAW & ORDER SVU, and appears as the lead character, Capt. Marcus Chaplin, in ABC’s military drama TV series LAST RESORT. Braugher co-starred in the Manhattan Theatre Club’s production of The Whipping Man, off-Broadway, for a limited run from January–March 2011. He narrated the introduction to the Olympic Games on NBC from 2006 to 2010, succeeding James Earl Jones in the role.

LAURI CONNER – executive producer

JOSH GOLDBERG – executive producer

BELA AND JONAH GOLDBERG – executive producers