PRODUCER

BILL MACK

Bill Mack began his creative career as an actor, starting with appearances on Sesame Street at the age of 3. He went on to become a regular on the soap opera All My Children and performed in numerous TV commercials. Bill studied film at NYU and then went on to Yale University where he majored in Psychology and Film Studies. He produced and starred in the Student Academy Award-winning film Short Change in 1996.

Bill started a multimedia production company based in Harlem in the 1990s and for the next 10 years, he produced films, developed websites, and managed ad campaigns for numerous startups, artists, NGOs and large corporations. He also supported independent filmmaking by hosting screenings of works in progress and teaching underprivileged youth.

Bill always had a passion for sports. In the mid 2000s, he began playing ping pong avidly in the New York underground subculture. The inveterate entrepreneur started a pop-up tournament in Tribeca and two years later co-founded SPiN, Manhattan's ping pong mecca.

Since 2011, Bill has been running both his production company Cinomadic, and PIPS, a small table tennis bar / art gallery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. He spends a portion of his time traveling the globe making videos and producing independent films.

 

DIRECTOR, PRODUCER, & WRITER

ANDRE´ JOSEPH

Staten Island, NY native Andre´ Joseph had a love for movies from a very early age. He began his career making short films with family and friends on home video. Mr. Joseph attended the New York Film Academy summer program in 2001 where he first gained experience working with 16 millimeter film and later graduated Magna Cum Laude from Emerson College in 2006 where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Film. During his time at Emerson, Mr. Joseph interned in television production with VH1 Classic in the summer of 2006.  

In 2008, Mr. Joseph formed his own New York-based independent film production company, AJ Epyx Productions, LLC. The company’s first feature film, Priceless, which Mr. Joseph wrote, starred, and directed, premiered at Tribeca Cinemas and was selected for exhibition at the NY International Independent Film & Video Festival in 2009. His second feature film, Dishonorable Vendetta, was screened at the Urban Action Showcase in 2015 where it won the award for “Best Firefight.” His most recent project, Vendetta Games, won the "Best Urban Action" award at the 2017 Urban Action Showcase.

Mr. Joseph’s most recent projects have been produced as short films. The dramatic thriller Night Stream was nominated for 4 World Music & Independent Film Festival awards in 2014 including winner for “Best Supporting Actor.” The college life comedy Tempted premiered at the Garden State Film Festival in March 2015 and was used for a special speaking engagement about fraternity life at Wesleyan University. In addition to film productions, Mr. Joseph has also freelanced as a videographer and editor for companies such as Vintage NYC Magazine and NBC Entertainment.

 

MUSIC

BEAVIN LAWRENCE

Beavin Lawrence, tenor saxophonist has pursued the American art form of jazz starting at age twelve, through study at New York’s Brooklyn Conservatory of Music. As a teen, he participated in the New York All-City Musical Organizations. He continued his education at the Hartt School of Music in Hartford, CT, under the tutelage of world renowned saxophonist, Jackie McLean. The Institute is now recognized as the Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz Studies. He received a BM in Jazz Studies and a MA in Music Education from the Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music.

 

During his time in Hartford, he taught various ensembles and theory courses at the Artist’s Collective. In addition, he participated in the Lila Wallace Reader’s Digest Jazz Ensemble. He currently co-conducts the All-City High School Jazz Ensemble. Some of his academic involvements have included a position as the Assistant Jazz Ensemble Instructor at Brooklyn College. Some of the Jazz world’s noteworthy musicians that he has performed with include Charlie Persip’s Superband, The Michael Carvin Quintet, The Frank Lacey Vibe Tribe and the Donald Smith Band. He currently freelances and performs in various venues in and around New York City.

 

In 2008 he was featured as a CUNY Green Artist. Various other musicians and ensembles include Santi DeBriano Quartet, Harlem Renaissance Big Band, Nat Reeves, Salim Washington, Eric McPhearson, Eddie Allen, Warnard Harper, Bill Crow, Brooklyn New Art Ensemble, Blue Moon Ensemble, Ronnie Benhur, and S.E.M Ensemble. The Saxophonist will be Beavin’s acting debut.

CREW

CHARLIE WILLIAMS

CINEMATOGRAPHER

Charlie is an editor, cinematographer and filmmaker from London, England. Shortly after graduating with an MA in Anthropology from Edinburgh University in 2006, Charlie made his first documentary feature about a small town of guitar makers in Mexico. The Guitar is Their Song earned a nomination for Best Documentary Feature at the New York City International Film Festival.

In 2007, Charlie worked first as a camera operator, then as a director, for London based production company Bang Media Ltd; shooting, lighting and directing the company’s flag ship show ‘Show Off UK‘, broadcast live Monday to Friday on Sky Channel 915. He has also worked on major Warner Brothers feature, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, at Leavesden Studios in the UK and in May 2011 completed a years technical training as a cinematographer in New York City - working with 35mm camera systems, advanced lighting set ups and high end digital film cameras such as the Arri Alexa and Red Epic.

In 2012, Charlie completed work as editor and cinematographer on Kids-R - a fascinating documentary feature about parenting and the adoption system. The film features exclusive interviews with names such as Sir Elton John, former MTV CEO Bill Roedy and boxer Hollywood Hino. Charlie currently works for New York, Soho based production and rentals company EXU Media, and recently began work as film editor on feature film Bag Boy Lover Boy directed by Andres Torres.