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Filmmaking Team

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Marc Baron
Director, Writer, Producer
Joe Cirillo
Producer
Dejan Georgevich
Cinematographer
Roger C. Ambrose
Production Designer
Hal 'Corky' Kessler
Legal, Co-Exec. Prod
John 'JB' Bruno
Line Producer
Ellen Jacoby
Casting Director
Veronica Lupu
Script Supervisor
Don Pippin
Scoring
Darice G
Music Supervisor
Jay Michaels
Publicist

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Marc Baron
Director - Screenwriter - Producer

A current member of the SAG-AFTRA Board, serving over 12 years. Marc is the three-term Shepherd of The Lambs, America’s oldest professional theatrical organization, and president of its foundation. He began his career as an actor, studying theatre at Pace University with an emphasis on performance and directing. He directed numerous plays and readings at Pace and The Lambs. A US Navy veteran, Marc has been a five-time guest judge for the GI Film Festival where he also was a speaker for a pitch panel. He has directed several episodes of a California-based cable talk show, Talking Over Coffee, and he directed a reading of a new musical, Bookstore, at NY’s York Theater. He has worked on hundreds of feature films as a stand-in, where he received an on-set education in filmmaking from such major talents as Sidney Lumet and Woody Allen. He was worked with Dustin Hoffman, Matthew Broderick, Andrew Bergman, Michel J. Fox, Sean Penn and Sean Connery to name a few; and with cinematographers Carlo DiPalma, Don Thorin, Bill Fraker, Laslo Kovacs and Zhao Fei. On the set of the film Family Business, it was Matthew Broderick and Dustin Hoffman who urged Marc to start writing and to find a way to make his own work after reading something Marc wrote for the crew.

Joe Cirillo - Producer

Joe retired from the NYPD and entered the world of film thanks to the help of director Mike Nichols, who got Joe his first film role in The Godfather. Other films include Ghostbusters, Splash, Harry and Tonto, and Someone to Watch Over Me. Joe co-starred as Detective Malfitano in the TV series Eischied starring Joe Don Baker. He was also the assistant to the show’s producer, Jay Daniel, and the technical advisor and location scout. He became a technical advisor for the Kojak TV series, where he developed a close friendship with Telly Savalas, eventually becoming his right-hand man for many years.

As a location scout, Mr. Cirillo worked on many commercials and movies including They Call Me Bruce. On the film NY Cop, Joe was location manager, production manager and an unaccredited writer but credited as Associate Producer. Mr. Cirillo was simultaneously the President and co-owner of Film World Security and Movie World Security – each providing security to film and television sets, and celebrities. Some of Joe’s clients included Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Tom Hanks, Jackie Gleason, Robert DiNiro and Al Pacino. As a director, Mr. Cirillo has worked on commercials, and TV pilots, including a cooking TV series. Mr. Cirillo serves as a Board Trustee and Secretary for the Long Island Motion Picture Arts Center and Museum and is currently the executive producer of You Feed Us, a faith-based TV series pilot, a hybrid cooking - talk show. Joe’s career was featured in Newsday.

Dejan Georgevich
Cinematographer

This award-winning Cinematographer has worked all over the world in TV / feature film. Credits include a distinguished list of network TV series: The Family, Blacklist, Elementary, Mercy, Gossip Girl and the documentary feature film, Ordinary Miracles: The Photo League's New York, (Best Film winner at the 2013 Amsterdam Film Festival). A partial listing of his theatrical films includes Crossing Fields (JK Simmons), The Beatle Fan (Peter Stormare), Mirrors (Keifer Sutherland), The Emperor's Club (Kevin Kline), Woo (Jada Pinkett Smith), Universal Pictures' Satan's Little Helper (Amanda Plummer), and feature films The Heart Stays, Bella!, and The Virtuoso. Georgevich’s cinematography credits represent a diverse range of genres of over 500 commercials including the Tony Award winning Broadway musical, Wicked, and a Live TV teleplay broadcast, PBS Hollywood Presents: Copshop (Richard Dreyfuss, Rita Moreno, Rosie Perez) emulating the “50’s Golden Age of TV.”

A respected professor of cinematography at NY's School of Visual Arts, Georgevich is a national executive board member of the International Cinematographers Guild, Local 600, I.A.T.S.E., and member of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC), and Directors Guild of America. In 2012 he received the Deluxe Bud Stone Award for Outstanding Educational Contributions to the Art and Craft of Cinematography from the International Cinematographers Guild.

Awards: Emmy (1 win, 1 nom), Gold Hugo (Chicago Film Fest), Clio, Cine Gold Eagle, Gold Tellys, ITVA Monitor Awards, Gold Medal (Int’l Film & TV Fest and Houston Film Fest).

Ellen Jacoby
Casting Director

Ellen Jacoby began her career as an actress and singer, then changed her career path after a fall during a performance. Ellen cast the films Push (with Chazz Palmentieri), Bachelor Party II, and the USA Network TV hit series Burn Notice. Other casting credits include There’s Something About Mary, The Punisher, Stuck on You, The Birdcage and The Truman Show. She has received numerous awards including the Casting Society of America’s Artios Award for Outstanding Achievement in Location Casting for Parenthood, and nominations for The Truman Show and The Birdcage.

In March 1990 the Mayor of Miami Beach presented her with an award for the World’s Greatest Casting Director; he also declared Ellen Jacoby Day on Miami Beach. She was named Woman of the Millennium for the Year 2000 by Miami Metro Magazine. Ellen is a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and Casting Society of America and was appointed to the Florida Film Advisory Board by the governor Jeb Bush. Other films include Dolphin’s Song, A Change of Heart and Worth Avenue, Wild Heart, Michael’s Ride, Running Souls and Cowgirl Christmas Romance, Donnie Brasco, and Cape Fear. She is the VP of the Florida Film Production Coalition.

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Above: Listen to thoughts aboutMegaBall$ by Ellen, and Elizabeth Wentworth, former film commissioner of Fort Lauderdale.

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Hal "Corky" Kessler
Legal / Co-Executive Producer

Corky Kessler has extensive law, corporate and worldwide entertainment industry experience and regularly speaks on the business and legal aspects of feature film development and tax incentives in connection with the entertainment industry and has authored a reference book covering such federal and state tax incentives.

He has been the executive producer and/or attorney on feature films projects including Certifiably Jonathan (with Jonathan Winters and Robin Williams), The Sum of Us (starring Russel Crowe), Finding North, Legend of Bloody Mary, Teary Sockets, Wild Things (starring Kevin Bacon), Greater, Broken Hill and Heart Strings. In addition to MegaBall$, Corky’s films currently in development and preproduction include Abelar, Tales of an Ancient Empire, Stray Hearts, Deaf Ghost, Bronzeville, A Gringo Walks into a Cantina, Brooklyn, Wanted, Angles in the Sky, The Best of All Worlds, Stella by Starlight, Headshop, Miles and Me, Bob Marley, Shades of Grace and many more.

Corky has been a speaker in panel discussions and seminars in Sundance, the Toronto Film Festival, the Cannes Film Festival and many other panels in the US and China. April of 2019 Corky received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Producer Choice Awards as best entertainment attorney and executive producer.

John 'JB' Bruno

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Line Producer

JB' brings more than thirty years of working in the entertainment industry: in theater as a producer, director, designer and acting teacher; in independent film as a producer, line producer, production manager, writer and assistant director. Among his featured credits as line-producer is Man of the Century, featuring Frank Gorshin, Anne Jackson and Tony-winner Anthony Rapp. Produced on a modest budget, Man of the Century won the Audience Award at Slamdance and was then released by Fine Line Features.

JB was the line producer on the Tamil-US production of Achamundu! Achamundu! which featured Emmy Award-winning American film actor John Shea and earned Best Feature Film Award at the Chennai International Film Festival, then here at home it won the Best Homegrown Feature Film Award at the Garden State Film Festival.

JB produced and co-wrote Town Diary, a 35mm feature. The film features stand-out performances by Terry Quinn (Lost) and Angelica Torn (Sixth Sense). He shares an LA Film Critics screenwriting award for that effort. He was post-production supervisor on the US/Cambodian film Road to Angkor.

JB's credits include Director of Operations for Gun for Hire, the production services division of Shooting Gallery, and the original production manager on the Emmy-nominated HBO series Taxicab Confessions in New York; line producer and assistant director of the film How I Killed My Roommate. His film services company is Fire Lotus Films. Other films: Sarah Q , War-Angel: The Awakening, The Pitch-Fork.

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Roger C. Ambrose
Production Designer

Roger’s 25+ year’s of experience include designing hundred of sets for theater, television, film, music videos, commercials, concerts, talk shows and conventions. He created designs for “theme events” like “The X-File UFO Crash” @ the Grove in LA, “Pixelon’s iBash” in Las Vegas, the Grand Opening of the New-Old Globe Theatre in San Diego and for the Ronald McDonald House foundation at the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles.

Awards: Two Emmy Awards for Art Direction, a Clio Award, several Festival Awards for Art Direction & Production Design, multiple MTV Video of the Week recognitions, Best Art Direction from the Action on Film International Film Festivals.

He created designs for Credits include: Return of the Killer Tomatoes (w/ George Clooney), 20ft Below, Darkness Descending, 250 episodes pf the Turner Broadcasting original series Down to Earth, Rocky Road and Safe Home, sets for The O’Briens (w/ Darren McGavin), Around the Bend (w/ Heather O’Rourke), Ace of Diamonds pilot (w/ Adam West), PBS’ The Steven Banks Show, Best Fence pilot, King’s Pawn, Knock Out (w/ Lou Rawls), Driving Me Crazy (Rance Howard, dir.). His set designs have been featured on many fitness videos, and Roger spent a season as the Manager of Scenic Design for QVC in Philadelphia.

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Veronica Lupu
Script Supervisor

Veronica is a respected and very busy script supervisor for more than 30 years in film and television. Veronica’s work includes: NY Cop, Spin City, Soul Man, 3 Lbs., The Sopranos, Enchanted (2nd unit), Birds of America, The Naked Brothers’ Band, Big Lake, Vanilla Sky, The Blacklist, Happyish, Little Men, The Comedian, Will & Grace, The Associate, For Love of the Game, Fast and Furious 8 (2nd unit), and most recently The Outcasts, The Comedian and Frankie.

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Darice G
Music Supervisor

Darice is the CEO and founder of Synapse Publishing & Entertainment. She has been a performer, dancer, innovator, musician, and award-winning author. Synapse creates and provides original music compositions and lyrics with staff songwriters, as well as partners and coordinates with multiple artists, producers, arrangers and publishing licensors across genres in a boutique fashion to fit the vision of each project. From serving on theater boards, to raising money for sponsorship for many not-for-profit organizations to providing original musical content for various full-length films (most recently Heavens2Besty2 – nominee at the 2019 International Christian Film Festival for Best Screenplay), theater and other commercial ventures. Darice brings a level of professionalism, enthusiasm, strategic acumen, management skills, integrity and a sense of humor. She is a member of NSA, NSA-IL, AIMP. NSAI, NMPA, and other professional organizations.

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Don Pippin
Scoring

Having served as Musical Director of New York’s famed Radio City Music Hall, Don Pippin is one of Broadway’s most honored conductors. The recipient of the Tony Award for Oliver!, an Emmy Award for Broadway Sings Jule Styne, the Drama Desk Award for “consistently outstanding musical direction and commitment to the theatre” and a Gold Record Award for the original cast album of A Chorus Line.

Donald Pippin’s distinguished career on Broadway includes La Cage Aux Folles, Cabaret, Mack and Mabel, Seesaw, Applause, Mame, Oliver and A Chorus Line. On television, he was Musical Director for An Evening with Alan Jay Lerner, seen on “Live from Lincoln Center,” as part of PBS’ “Great Performance” series.

Donald Pippin arranged and conducted Marilyn Horne’s performance at President Bill Clinton’s Inauguration. In 1996 CBS aired Mrs. Santa Claus, a made-for-television movie starring Angela Lansbury, for which Mr. Pippin was the vocal arranger and musical director/conductor; PBS telecast An Evening with Paul Sorvino, conceived, arranged and conducted by Mr. Pippin. In 1999, he created An Evening of Americana Pop Music for Marilyn Horne. 2003 found him at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts’ Avery Fisher Hall leading a concert version of Jerry Herman’s Mack and Mable. Most recently Don was the vocal arranger for the 2017 Broadway revival of Hello Dolly!

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Jay Michaels
Publicist

Jay Michaels Arts & Entertainment creates visibility for indie artists and production companies on the East & West coasts and in multiple film arenas. Jay was part of Lincoln Center's tribute to Caffe Cino and the movement. He joined the production team of the first American Theatre Exchange at the Joyce Theatre (1986 Drama Desk Award winner); presented A Yorkshire Tragedy, a play attributed to William Shakespeare, at LaMama; and directed the final company of Line at the 13th Street Playhouse.

Jay served as a National Tour Manager for Cats, Les Miserables, Edwin Drood, and Oliver; and on The Daily News’ promotional team for the Broadway productions of Guys & Dolls (1992) and Damn Yankees (1994), as well as Bob Hope at Carnegie Hall. He was project manager for Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues at Town Hall on Broadway. Years later, he returned to Town Hall as promotional manager of the musical, Beginnings. In 1997 he opened two arts organizations. Genesis Repertory, a non-profit arts organization is dedicated to creating opportunities for emerging artists, and the boutique PR firm that now bears his name.

A noted horror/sci-fi film and television authority, Michaels is host of Terror Talk a panel program on Terror TV interviewing notable members of the community and In The Dark, a podcast speaking with indie genre film professionals. He was a producer on three genre conventions: 2017 ComicCon; 2019 Ultimate Cinema Convention; and the 2020 Phantasm Virtual. Jay hosts In the Passionpit – a podcast dedicated to spotlighting indie stage and film professionals. A professor of communications at several universities and published writer and reviewer, Michaels continues to appear as a guest speaker and artist throughout the tri-state area at universities and arts organizations.

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