Don Handfield, Producer Don Handfield is a writer, director, producer, and critically acclaimed novelist. Handfield and two-time Academy Award-nominated actor Jeremy Renner co-founded The Combine, which recently finished shooting KILL THE MESSENGER starring Renner, Rosemarie DeWitt, Michael Sheen, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Andy Garcia for Focus Films. Handfield wrote and directed TOUCHBACK, starring Kurt Russell, Christine Lahti, Brian Presley and Melanie Lynskey and is currently writing and producing SLINGSHOT with Jeremy Renner attached to star and FilmNation set to finance. Handfield studied film, theater, and journalism at The Ohio State University.
Garrick Dion, Senior Vice President of Development for Bold Films Garrick's credits include Nicholas Winding Refn's DRIVE, the coming of age drama MIDDLE OF NOWHERE starring Anton Yelchin, Eva Amurri and Susan Sarandon, Sony Pictures' sci-fi sequel STARSHIP TROOPERS: MARAUDER and HOW TO CATCH A MONSTER, the forthcoming directorial debut of actor Ryan Gosling. He is currently overseeing a slate of projects that includes Robert Rodriguez's live-action remake of Ralph Bakshi & Frank Frazetta's FIRE AND ICE, screenwriter Dan Gilroy's directorial debut NIGHTCRAWLER starring Jake Gyllenhaal, and a miniseries based on the life of Peter the Great. Prior to joining Bold, he worked in development for producers Joel Silver (THE MATRIX) and Denise DiNovi (BATMAN), and as a story editor on the documentaries THE YEAR OF THE YAO and SO GOES THE NATION. A genre fanatic and a graduate of Ithaca College, he is originally from Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
Marcus Young, Stunts With over 35 years of Martial Arts experience, Marcus Young has obtained a 3rd degree black belt and continues his knowledge in various disciplines. He is a National and Internationally recognized champion and specializes in weapons, forms and fighting. From his vast experience in the Martial Arts and athletic background, he exploded into the film industry and is notably one of Hollywood's top stuntmen. With the deep desire to grow further in the business, Marcus furthered his knowledge at California State University Northridge's film program with an emphasis in "Directing and Editing." He graduated the program with honors. With his skills and knowledge in front and behind the camera, he has bridged the gap to become a stunt coordinator/2nd unit director. With creativity being his main focus, he has been a part of some of the most dynamic action scenes to date.
Michael Colleary, Writer/Producer Michael Colleary has been a professional screen- and television writer for more than 25 years. His credits include "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider," "Unnatural History," and “Face/Off” which “The New York Times” named one of the best 1000 movies ever made. Lucy Mukerjee, SVP Development at After Dark Films Lucy has over a decade of experience as a Producer and Development Executive. She has produced 18 theatrically released feature films, mostly for Lionsgate and Warner Bros, as well as being a key executive in the acquisition of over 40 horror movies for After Dark & Lionsgate's bestselling brand "Horrorfest: 8 Films To Die For". Lucy is a voting member of the Producers Guild of America and BAFTA, and sits on several film festival committees with the goal of promoting diversity within the industry.
Moderator Peter DeBruge is a full-time features editor and senior film critic for Daily Variety, covering everything from child actors to the Cannes film festival. He watches bad movies so you don't have to, and good ones so you can, too. He is on Twitter: @AskDebruge Come hear and meet the panelists! Tickets are very limited, so reserve your seats now to ensure access to this one-time-only event. If you're not in Los Angeles, we invite you to access the live-streaming video hosted by CraveOnline and ScreenCraft.