2022 Filmmakers

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Zoe Lubeck

Director / Cinematographer

Lubeck is a queer director and DP based out of Los Angeles. She graduated with a masters in digital cinema from DePaul’s School for the Cinematic Arts in 2017, and joined the Western Region Local 600 as a camera operator in 2021.  

 

Her directorial debut short, "Lucy" won the special jury prize at the Student BAFTA awards, and premiered at the Chicago International Film Festival. Lubeck served as Director of Photography on the feature "King Rat" (2015). Additionally she served as the Director of Photography on the pilot "Drive Slow" (2017), which had its premiere at the New York Television Festival in 2017. 

 

In her work Lubeck strives towards creating space and representation for all races, genders, and LGBTQ individuals. She recognizes the need for a more inclusive and diverse filmmaking method, and is committed to creating stories that center this in front and behind the camera. 

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Via Lubeck

Writer/Director

Via Lubeck is a writer/director based in Los Angeles. She has been in the entertainment industry for over seven years, and has worked for companies such as Lionsgate, Paramount, and Disney. She was one of the first hires and talent leads at MasterClass where she worked with industry veterans such as Shonda Rhimnes, Aaron Sorkin, Ron Howard, and Natalie Portman.In 2018, she was tapped by Spinnin Records to direct international pop artist Alex Hosking’s music video for ‘Skin Deep and since then has directed interview segments and worked on sets deepening her craft. She is making her narrative directorial debut with The Last Bell, a semi-autobiographical short she wrote about a granddaughter caring for her grandmother in hospice. 

 

Her next projects lean into the dramedy space and include a modern romantic comedy, an edgy serial-procedural about female music managers, and a mockumentary about a posing rap group. Her work emphasizes multi-generational female heroism and debunks the stereotypes around women in the workplace.

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Mike Mentor

Writer/Director

A 30-year old film-lover from North Bergen, NJ, Mike Mentor is a 2nd AC and up and coming Writer/Director based in Los Angeles. Mike is a former D1 NCAA student athlete who obtained a Masters degree in Media Management, Film, and TV at Wagner College. His writer and directorial debuts include short films, “EVERYDAY” and “HOT FEET” the latter of which was filmed while serving as camera assistant to Academy Award Winning DP Linus Sandgren on Damien Chazelle’s new film “Babylon.  He also has experience serving as a production assistant/background set on Michael Bay’s “Ambulance” and David O. Russell’s “Canterbury Glass.” Mike will continue to grow as a writer/director because his passion comes from the flexibility of innovation. Shooting multiple camera formats and the creativity to bring his unique visions to life.

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Danny Farber

Actor/Director

Farber is an award winning director, producer, and actor. His latest film, 'Huge' (which he starred in and directed) has won him Best Director and Best Supporting Actor at 4th Dimension Film Fest & IndieX Fest 2021, along with nearly a dozen other accolades.

 

He's produced 2 feature films, directed 
countless other projects, and starred on NBC's Chicago Fire. Farber has already been involved with more than 100 productions. He's repped by DDO Artists and Happy Place Directors and is currently based in Los Angeles. 

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Liz Scully

Producer

Liz is an award-winning producer and writer with a background spanning film, television, commercial and branded video content. She began her career in feature film development working at Mandalay Pictures, Marc Platt Productions, and Signature Pictures. She produced and co-wrote the short film "Dead Bastard," which screened at Sundance, and has created an animated series, docu-series, and scripted pilot which were optioned and developed with Marc Canton, Brad Turner, Fred Fuchs, and Bunim Murray Productions. Most recently, Liz has focused on producing commercials and docu-style branded content for an array of companies such as Macy's, Kohl's, Secret, Meybelline, etc. with the mission of creating an authentic story and intimacy around every brand.  

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Max Makovetsky

Producer

Max Makovetsky is a writer/producer who seeks to make the world a less lonely place via heart-centered, comedic content. After graduating from Tufts University with a dual degree in Politics and English, he spent the 2018 election cycle helping Democrats win races as a political consultant in Washington, DC. Next, he took a job in podcast advertising at NPR where he managed over 10 million dollars in accounts and was recognized as both “Rookie of the Year” and “Best Client Service Rep.” During his tenure in politics and media, Max began studying improvisational comedy. He rose to the level of ensemble player and performed weekly with his house team, “Semiprecious.” Wanting more creative outlets, he took sketch classes at UCB, Dojo Comedy, and, in the winter of 2021, completed a comedy pilot under the tutelage of Keisha Zollar at the Pac Theater in LA. Finally ready to fuse his corporate by day, creative by night into a singular identity, Max applied and was accepted to USC’s Peter Stark Producing Program where he is currently an MFA candidate. His short film, My Baby, was selected by the program to be produced in the spring with Max attached as director.

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Lucy Blehar

Actor/Comedian

Lucy Blehar is an actress, writer, and comedian from Pittsburgh. You may have seen her on Chicago P.D. (NBC) where she made her TV debut as a murdered prostitute. She is an improvisor in Advanced Writing Lab at The Groundlings School in Los Angeles, and is currently developing a TV series based off of her popular live show “Dickmatized” that ran at Upright Citizens Brigade before the great Pando. She hosts a monthly comedy show called Titty Committee where she performs musical comedy and stand-up. She writes and produces much sketch content which you can view all over the internet. Lucy is also one half of a Euro-Pop sibling music duo called BIG SIS.

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Eli Lloyd

Writer/Comedian

Eli Lloyd is a comedy writer and stand up comic living in his hometown of Los Angeles, California.


Eli began his film career in New York, working on independent sets and driving documentary crews for The New York Times. He produced a play at Mabou Mines, assistant edited a documentary that showed at MOMA, and pursued freelance writing until a pandemic sent him west.   Eli likes love stories about two people who shouldn’t be with anybody but end up with each other. He likes big dance numbers and redemption and nervous millennials. His work is absurd but grounded and strikes that ever elusive balance of “high art” and “box office El Dorado”.  He loves twist endings and he is 3 years old.

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