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KYLE THOMAS

Kyle Thomas is an award-winning Film Director, Creative Director, and Content Producer. Kyle channels the Millennial zeitgeist through film and episodic entertainment. A prolific writer, expert networker, and natural leader, Kyle has a gift for capturing electric moments and distilling the modern human condition. He is a signature voice living and creating on the cutting edge of Millennial expression. Kyle is also the Showrunner for new digital series, 365 Days of Love Letters.

Kyle has been honored by the Windy City Times for being one of "30 Under 30" as well as recognized for his work by national arts organization, RAW: natural born artists, as "Chicago Filmmaker of the Year,” and a Groundbreaking Artist and Entrepreneur by Universal Creativity. Kyle Thomas was the founder of film and fashion production company, Hesperidian Productions, and produced and directed short films and a fashion web series with national and international brands such as Topshop/Topman, Brooklyn Industries, and many notable Chicago boutiques. With Kyle Thomas's leadership, the company received press on a local and national level, as well as launched a distinctive and growing brand, and an impressive social media presence that engaged followers and clients all over the nation.

Currently, Kyle Thomas is developing episodic content for television and digital platforms, as well as writing lyrics for established pop music producers.

 
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ROSSER GOODMAN

Director / Writer / Producer BIO Rosser Goodman got her start on Steven Spielberg's television series, Earth2 for NBC, nearly two decades ago. It was her first barbecue, but you would never know it. Rosser took to production like a fish to water. Nothing could have been more exciting, and nothing was. "It was my film boot camp," she describes. “I was hooked. The sheer size, scope and process of professional filmmaking was and still is absolutely exhilarating for me." Promoted to Key Set P.A. for the run of the show, Rosser simultaneously set about making her own film, a 17-minute short, Top of the World. It and a subsequent 10 more of her films went on to screen at hundreds film festivals worldwide. Titles Daddy-O, Pain, Life's a Butch! and Wet Dress each written, shot, produced and directed by Rosser won awards and were scooped up for distribution by the likes of PBS, Wolf Video and the CFMDC.

After moving to Los Angeles, Rosser quickly became a 1st Assistant Director in demand. She worked on countless pilots, movies, commercials and music videos. Her clients included Paramount, MTV, Disney, Showtime, Lionsgate, Sony, Universal, HBO, and Warner Brothers. In between her freelance career, Rosser took staff positions at various companies as Head of Music Video at Power Films and Head of Production for the satellite office of Picture Park. She worked at the Sundance Film Festival for several seasons managing of the iconic Egyptian Theater. Back in Los Angeles, she taught film classes at the Learning Annex, Learning Curve and mentored for Filmmentor.com.

In 2008, Rosser was hired to direct her first feature film, Holding Trevor, a coming of age story. It premiered at OUTFEST where she was named one of the FIVE IN FOCUS directors in The Hollywood Reporter. Regent Entertainment and Here! Media bought the movie for double the film's shooting budget for U.S. theatrical release.

Next, Rosser's production company KGB Films began developing a slate of independent films. She moved her offices to the Paramount Studios lot. There Rosser directed the romantic comedy, Love or Whatever starring Kate Flannery, Jennifer Elise Cox and Joel Rush. TLA distributed. In 2014/15, Rosser expanded and re-branded her company to become Circle Content. In addition to feature films, Rosser directs, produces and develops content from commercials to television. Clients include Facebook, Delve Creative, Rage Films, Castrol Motors and Oneita Parker.

Rosser is a member of the Producers Guild of America, The Alliance of Women Directors, Film Fatales, SeeJane.org and Take the Lead/50 Women Can. She has successfully managed and led over 75 feature films, television pilots, commercials, music videos and short films. Rosser won the Best Filmmaker Award for the Easter Seals Disability 48 Hour Film Challenge in 2016 for her film [in]visible. Her new film PEA POD was in the top 5 at the HBO Insider Comedy Film Challenge. Her original screenplay mongoose8 won the Panasonic Filmmakers' Award. Rosser's directing work airs on Netflix, Hulu, The Sundance Channel, and iTunes. Her humanitarian efforts include Diamond in the Raw, an organization assisting at-risk girls where she earned "Board Member of the Year." In 2015, she received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Millennia Scope Entertainment Foundation which eradicates homophobia through all media. rossergoodman.com

 
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MICHELLE SAM

Michelle Sam is a writer, British trained actress, and award winning filmmaker. She is the daughter of Ghanaian immigrants and has split her time up between England, Ireland, and various U.S. states before studying Acting at Gaiety School of Acting in Ireland, Sociology and Theatre at Rice University in Houston,Texas, and acting conservatory in the UK, then moving to Los Angeles to pursue a writing and performance career.

Michelle was recently named a Notable Writer from New York Television Festival for her pilot AFRICAN BLACK SHEEP. African Black Sheep was named one of the top 50 scripts of WeScreenplay Diverse Voices, and she received a grant to write, act in, and direct the project as a web series and proof of concept.

Her short film that she wrote and directed, MISSED CONNECTIONS, starring and executive produced by Angelica Ross(seen most recently in Ryan Murphy’s POSE on FX) and sponsored by GLAAD Transgender Media Equality Program premiered at Outfest last year. It has since gotten into over 20 film festivals worldwide and landed several distribution deals. The film centers around a transgender love story. Her short film also was awarded "Best Trans United States Short Film" by North Carolina Gay and Lesbian film festival.

Her feature script, SANKOFA, was selected for Outfest Screenwriting Lab this year. She was also recently selected for Berlinale Talents, an incubator through Berlin International Film Festival.

She is also an alum of Hillman Grad Network, a writing group created by Lena Waithe to support up and coming content creators in Film and TV.

In addition to writing, Michelle is part of Women of Color Anonymous, a comedy collective that performs at Upright Citizens Brigade and Tao Comedy, and is also an alum of Second City Chicago Training Center and iO Chicago.

 
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BRANDEN BLINN

Branden Blinn is the author of four feature-length screenplays, the creator of nine short films and two web series. In January 2008 his short film “Confidences” was picked up for distribution by Hollywood Independents to be included in their short film compilation titled “STR8 MEN AND THE MEN WHO LOVE THEM 2.” As Str8 Men neared release, Hollywood Independents found they were short ten minutes of screen time and approached Mr. Blinn to see if he had anything else that would fit the compilation. With nothing else to offer, Branden pitched a story idea, which precipitated the short film, “THIRTEEN or so MINUTES...” “THIRTEEN or so MINUTES...” graced the cover of “STR8 MEN AND THE MEN WHO LOVE THEM 2” and turned out to be the most highly received, reviewed and regarded short within the compilation. It also went on to screen in over forty film festivals world wide.

Within just a few months of the release of “STR8 MEN AND THE MEN WHO LOVE THEM 2,” copies of “THIRTEEN or so MINUTES...” could be seen across the internet and around the world free of charge. While the phenomenon was good for branding his new film company it was not so great for profits: So in an effort to combat pirating, Branden set out to launch his own pay- per-view streaming websitewww.brandenblinn.com and YouTube Channel www.youtube.com/user/brandenblinn. To date his Youtube channel has received close to 32,000,000 views worldwide and garnered over 95,000 subscribers.

 
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RJ AGUIAR

RJ Aguiar is content creator, writer, producer, actor, activist, and social media pioneer who has been making an impact on the digital media landscape for almost a decade. As one half of the duo behind the popular YouTube channel “Shep689” and the site NotAdamAndSteve.com, he broke new ground for LGBTQ+ people on social media and spread greater tolerance and acceptance across the globe. He was also recognized as a member of YouTube’s “NextUp” program, as well as The Advocate magazine’s “40 Under 40” list. From there, his work as an influencer and activist gained him accolades such as Queerty’s “Twitter Account You Should Be Following” and consecutive Shorty Award nominations. His work has been featured by the likes of Buzzfeed, Upworthy, New Media Rockstars, HuffPo, And Remezcla. He’s also guest spoken at venues such as VidCon, Playlist Live, San Diego Comic Con, and The White House.

As an actor and host, he’s best known for his work in films like Such Good People, Kiss Me Kill Me, Something Like Summer, as well as shows such as What’s Trending, Rebel Report, Trevor LIVE, and the upcoming series 365 Days of Love Letters.