* EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS Chris Kelly and Motty Reif
* DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY Thomas M. Harting, C.S.C.
* EDITOR Steven J. Escobar, Jesco Film Entertainment
* MUSIC BY Megan Cavallari
Stevens began performing at age nine when she was cast as one of the orphans
in the in the hit Broadway musical, ANNIE. While performing in the show
on Broadway, she attended Professional Children's School, with fellow
Annie alumni, Sarah Jessica Parker. Julie played Pepper in the final cast
when Annie closed on Broadway after 2,377 performances.
Julie also became an on-set Studio Teacher for professional children working in commercials, studio films, and independent films (www.imdb.com/name/nm0828521/). After moving to Los Angeles, Julie combined her acting and teaching skills, along with an entrepreneurial spirit, to create a motivational deck of cards for performing artists, called ACTING OUTSIDE THE BOX, available online (www.actingoutsidethebox.com) and in specialty stores nationwide. In 2000, Julie launched a website, ANNIEORPHANS.COM (www.annieorphans.com), hoping to re-connect with her fellow cast members online. The website quickly became the premiere ANNIE site for cast members and fans worldwide and was the inspiration for her award-winning documentary film, LIFE AFTER TOMORROW.
Julie was one of 20 filmmakers selected for a new international cultural exchange program, AFI Project: 20/20. The program is a component of the U.S.’s new Global Cultural Initiative that brings together AFI, the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, the U.S. Department of State, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. She recently traveled to Kuwait to screen LIFE AFTER TOMORROW as part of the first American Film Festival. To read her blog and view video from her trip, please visit www.iklipz.com/jstevens. Julie is also featured in an online interview series about independent filmmaking, called BRIDGING THE GAP, on the website, iklipz.com.Julie is a member of the Director’s Guild, Screen Actor’s Guild, AFTRA, and Actor’s Equity Association.
Gil's motion picture directorial debut was the 1997 short film "Screening," a quirky tale of one woman's efforts to find the right man. With a cast including Michael Goorjian and Morgan Freeman, the film played at numerous film festivals and was subsequently purchased by Showtime and The Sundance Channel.
Following up on the success of the short, Gil wrote and directed his debut feature film "$pent," a serio-comic look at life, love, and addictions. The film stars Jason London and features a cast that includes Richmond Arquette, Margaret Cho, and Rain Phoenix among others. $pent was distributed by Regent Entertainment in the summer of 2000.
In 2001, Gil wrapped the twisted comedy "The Mesmerist," based on an Edgar Allan Poe short story. The film, released by Seventh Arts Releasing, stars Neil Patrick Harris and Jessica Capshaw, and was Executive Produced by Barbara De Fina (“Casino”, “Goodfellas”).
In 2003, Gil completed the ensemble A Midsummer
Rave, released by THINKFilm. “Rave” features Andrew Keegan
(“10 Things I Hate About You”), Chad Lindberg (“The
Fast and The Furious”), Sunny Mabrey (“XXX 2”), Lauren
German (“The Texas Chainsaw Massacre”), Chris Owen (“American
Pie”), Jason London (“Dazed and Confused”), and Carrie
Based in Vancouver , B.C. and Los Angeles , CA , Thomas M. Harting, CSC has been a Director of Photography for features, television, and corporate projects since 1989. His international resume includes features lensed in Europe, Africa, Asia, and of course, the U.S. and Canada . His work has been seen at the Sundance, Toronto , Berlin , San Francisco , Los Angeles , South By Southwest, and Seattle film festivals, and he has earned over 20 awards, including an Emmy. He is a member of the Canadian Society of Cinematographers (CSC).
Recent feature work has included “3 Needles”, starring Lucy Liu, Chloe Sevigny, Stockard Channing, and Shaun Ashmore (X-Men). It was shot in Thailand , South Africa , and Montreal . The film was directed by Thom Fitzgerald with whom Tom has collaborated with 4 times, including “The Wild Dogs” and “The Event”, starring Olympia Dukakis, Sarah Polley, and Parker Posey. In addition, Tom photographed “Mojave” in New Mexico , starring Rider Strong (Cabin Fever)and Erik Christen Olsen (Dumb and Dumberer). “Mojave” is a homage to “Deliverance” with a younger, up and coming hip cast. Other notable feature titles include “A Midsummer Night's Rave” and “The Mesmerist, both directed by Gil Cates Jr., as well as “Ripper”, starring Jurgen Prochnow (Das Boot) and released by Lion's Gate Entertainment.
Tom also lensed the PBS documentary “Blink”, about an ex white supremacist. He has also shot and directed commercials and corporate projects though his Lionheart Pictures production company. Clients have included Joe Boxer, KRON-4, Sega, The Gap, 24 Hour Fitness, and KaiserPermanente.
Steven J. Escobar - EDITOR
Steven Escobar was born and raised in Edinburg , Texas . He finished his education by graduating from The University of Texas – Pan American with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications with concentration in Radio/Television/Film. His interests in the Entertainment industry began at the age of 16 when he began to produce, direct, and edit Tejano (Tex-mex) music videos, award winning commercials, and short films.
By the age of 19, Steven had worked on three made for Television movies produced by The University of Texas-Pan American.
In 1992, Steven began Associate Producing the musical variety show, Budweiser's Dance Time in Texas which ran for 2 years as a syndicated television series. He went on to create the successful music series titled, Tejano Country . Not only was the show's concept his original idea but Steven also Produced, Directed, and Edited the show for the first two seasons.
In 1996, Abraham Quintanilla (Q Productions, Inc.) contacted Steven to produce Latin music videos by such artists as Selena, Pete Astudillo, and Jennifer Pena.
Today, Steven has produced 5 films through his company, Jesco Film Entertainment, LLC: Terror Toons, Near Death, The Jackhammer Massacre, Terror Toons 2: The Sick and Silly Show , and the comedy/soap opera, Lake St. James , which is being pitched as a television series.
Steven now lives in Los Angeles and works as a picture editor on various reality shows which range from Fox's Trading Spouses and Nanny 911 to NBC's The Apprentice and the upcoming The Apprentice: Martha Stewart.
Most recently, Steven has been nominated for an Emmy by The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for his work on The Apprentice . He is on a team of 24 picture editors nominated for Outstanding Picture Editing for Non-Fiction Programming (Single or Multi-Camera).
DVDX Award nominee, bestselling composer, musical director, international vocal producer (for creating the music of Barbie as The Princess and the Pauper ), and critically acclaimed composer Megan Cavallari's signature strengths are her unforgettable melody, sophistication, versatility, non-stop inventiveness, whimsy and humor.
Megan has worked as composer, arranger, director and producer on a diverse range of music for film, television, theater, children's records and toys (she helped to create and design the music for the Barbie as The Princess and the Pauper toy line). Her clients have included Warner Brothers, Fox, Disney, Geffen, HBO, Paramount , Mattel, MGM, Lions Gate, Showtime, Hasbro, Hanna-Barbera, Kid Rhino, DIC, and Nokia.
Megan earned her BS and MFA degrees at New York University , graduating with top academic honors. Her graduate thesis, an innovative musical titled Echo Park , was workshopped at the Mark Taper Forum and produced by Oskar Eustis ( Angels in America ). In Los Angeles Megan met and began working with Danny Elfman. Megan will always be grateful to Elfman, who taught her about film scoring and was an enormously positive all around influence on her. She served as his vocal assistant on six movies ( Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas , Dolores Claiborne , The Secret Garden , The World of Jimmy Callicut , Little Demons , and Shrunken Heads ).
After working with Elfman, Megan began to score films as well as create songs and provide musical supervision for film and television. Her credits include Higglytown Heroes , A Christmas Carol (with Whoopi Goldberg), Happily Ever After , Barbie as The Princess and the Pauper , All Dogs Go To Heaven , and Captain Kangaroo .
Winner of three ASCAP awards as well as the BMI, Drama Artist Guild and Yip Harburg Awards, Megan has been compared to Gershwin, Ellington, and Sondheim. Her musicals have played at such prestigious theaters as the York Theatre Company ( New York ), the Courtyard Theater ( New York ), the Lambs Theater ( New York ), the Barrington Stage Company (Berkshires), the Living Arts Centre ( Toronto ), Theatre Under the Stars (Houston), the 5th Avenue Theatre ( Seattle ), and the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts ( St. Paul ). Her work has been produced by Kevin McCollum ( Rent and Avenue Q ), and directed by Broadway director Julie Boyd (Boyd directed Cavallari's critically acclaimed musical The Game ).
Megan is also co-producer of the original animated musical The Secrets of Loch Ness (PorchLight Entertainment) for which she is also writing the songs and film score.