Monica is an entrepreneur, filmmaker, script consultant and the co-founder of the Gimme Credit International Screenplay Competition. She began her film work under the mentorship of Christopher Coppola at the Duke City Shootout. In college, she studied comedy writing with famed comedy writer and actor Digby Wolfe (The Wild Wild West, Laugh-In). As part of her 2008 National Association of Latino Independent Producer’s (NALIP) Writers Lab and Producing Fellowship she worked under the mentorship of Revenge of the Nerds creator and writer Miguel Tejada-Flores and Darfur Now writer/director Ted Braun. As a director/producer, Monica’s short films have played across the United States, Europe and South America. She has numerous shorts in pre-production and a slew of features in development, including several she has written. She has also worked on several television programs including the #1 Daytime Drama The Young and the Restless, the Court TV reality hit Fake Out and Nickelodeon’s family series Rhodes Home. Monica’s screenplays have earned recognition/placements in The PAGE International Screenwriting Awards, The Indie Gathering Screenplay Competition and the Extreme Screenplay Contest. She is currently a member of the Writers Guild of America’s Independent Writers Caucus. She holds an MBA in Marketing with graduate honors and a Master of Arts in Screenwriting. Monica also teaches business and marketing at Ashford University and film history, production and screenwriting at Southern New Hampshire University.
ERICA ENGELHARDT (Producer)
Erica began her work in the entertainment industry on the Paramount Pictures backlot as an intern at The Ladd Company (Blade Runner, Braveheart, The Right Stuff), where she familiarized herself with the workings of a production company. After college, she began working on film sets as a costumer, including the Tribeca Film Festival selection How to Leave Your Lover (starring Tori Spelling, Jennifer Westfeldt, Paul Schneider and Fred Willard). Moving up to Costume Designer she worked on the Sci-Fi channel movie Skeleton Man and the independent teen horror film The Oakley 7. In 2004, Ms. Engelhardt formed a production company with Monica Winter Vigil. Since then, they have gone on to produce four shorts which have played on the international festival circuit to much acclaim. In addition to their production company, they created the Gimme Credit International Screenplay Competition in 2006. Ms. Engelhardt’s most recent accomplishment was attaining her MBA in Marketing with Honors from Regis University. Additionally, she was honored to be accepted into and participate in the 2008 NALIP Producing Academy as a Producing Fellow.
Born and raised in Bronx, New York, Phil first began writing when he was twelve. Since then, his work has been published by many companies, including DC Comics Inc, CHERI Magazine and Ale Street News. In the last few years, he has focused his attention to screenplays, putting realistic characters in unrealistic situations. He has several produced shorts to his credit and others in various stages of production. He is currently working on an animated feature script for Filmnoir 20/20 Entertainment and is in talks with Scar Tissue Films (in Manchester, UK) on a feature-length gothic horror script.
FRANCISCO BULGARELLI (Director of Photography)
Originally from Costa Rica, Francisco Bulgarelli enrolled at the Conservatory Castella Arts School at the early age of nine; he continued his art studies at the University of Costa Rica. He also studied film and still photography at UCLA Extension where he graduated in 2001 with a certificate in cinematography. Francisco has shot music videos, commercials, short films and features. Some of his music videos include: “Death is a Flower” for the band Budhi Brown, “No le Digan” for Paco, “Hot Damn” for Iman Jarret and “Shut Me Up” for the band M.S.I. which was number 1 for several weeks on myspace.com. The short film “Broken” which he shot for director David Wendelman has screened at the NY Latino Int. Film Festival and the San Diego Latino Film Festival among others.
Jasmine began her filmmaking career at City College where she obtained a BA in Film/Video Production. She has collaborated with Chica Luna Productions and Sister Outsider Entertainment. Her film “El Cuco” won Best Experimental at the 2007 Reel Sisters DiasporaFilm Festival and she is the editor for three upcoming short horror films directed by Pepper Negron which are set to debut in 2009. You can check one of the trailers for the upcoming film “In Stillness I lie” directed by Pepper Negron at www.myspace.com/instillnessilie.
Gustav Hoyer has created a wide variety of music including full-length and short films, music for concert orchestra, short ballets, and music for small ensembles. His music has been heard on radio and in concert around the world. His music for strings is available from a wide range of music retailers on the recently released CD devoted to his music, “From Darkness, Into Light” from ERM Media. He continues to compose from his studio in the Los Angeles area. His website is http://www.gustavhoyer.com.