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David Lowery - Independent Film Director and Writer from Texas

David is an award-winning filmmaker from Texas. After making a deep impression with his short film A Catalog Of Anticipations, his debut feature, St. Nick, premiered at SXSW, and went on to play dozens of other film festivals around the world.

St. Nick was released theatrically in the spring of 2011. St. Nick is is the story of a brother and sister on the run. They've left their home for some unknown reason and are living in the woods, hiding in barns and sheds, doing what they can to survive.

David's follow-up directorial effort, Pioneer, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and won the Grand Jury Prize at SXSW the following March.

David
is an alum of the Talent Campus at the Berlin Film Festival and the IFP Narrative Labs. In 2010, the Independent Film Channel declared him an "independent icon." Filmmaker Magazine has selected Lowery as one of the "25 New Faces of Independent Film" for 2011.

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Conrad Pope - Film Conductor, Arranger, and Composer

Conrad's classical training at New England Conservatory and Princeton led to arranging assignments of "source music" for diverse films, and ultimately, to orchestrating and "ghost writing" many major motion pictures, collaborating with many renowned composers including: John Williams, Alexandre Desplat, James Newton Howard, Jerry Goldsmith, Danny Elfman, Hans Zimmer, and Mark Isham.

Conrad's orchestration credits include the more recent installments of Star Wars, the Harry Potter film series, King Kong, Memoirs of a Geisha, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and many others.

Conrad has composed the score for several independent films with smaller budgets, and his most score composition is for the film My Week with Marilyn, about Colin Clark's observations of tense interaction between Laurence Olivier and Marilyn Monroe during production of The Prince and the Showgirl.

Conrad has received several awards for his work, including winning the Leonard Bernstein Fellowship and Fulbright FellowshipConrad's work has been performed from the United States to Europe to Australia.

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John Jackson - Casting Director for Alexander Payne

John has successfully been involved in casting all of Nebraska Director Alexander Payne's films.

John tries to match the role to the person - often picking people off the street who match his criteria. He's selected housewives at the market, students in high schools, security guards - even a couple farmers in Loveland, Iowa.

Working Alexander Payne gives John the leeway he needs to be a good and cutting edge casting director. John has worked on his films including: Citizen Ruth, Election, About Schmidt, and Sideways.

John has also worked in casting on other great films like: The Host, American Zombie, and The Objective.

John recently was the Casting Director on Alexander Payne's award winning film, The Descendants, taking place in Hawaii starring big actors like George Clooney, newcomers like Nick Krause, and other actors that were native in Hawaii.

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David Wingo - American Film Composer for David Gordon Green and Take Shelter

David started in film-scoring on David Gordon Green's acclaimed debut feature George Washington and has since worked with David Gordon Green on four of his subsequent features, including All the Real Girls, Snow Angels, and the more recent Fox comedy The Sitter.

David has worked with other acclaimed directors such as Jared Hess, Craig Zobel, Todd Rohal, and also scored the documentary Gerrymandering

David also contributed to the score as a composer of Jeff Nichols' critically acclaimed film, Take ShelterTake Shelter is about a man being plagued by apocalyptic visions of a coming storm who needs to determine whether to shelter his family from the storm or from himself.

David has also been active with his band Ola Podrida, putting out full-length albums, and touring the US and Europe.

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