Sam Hancock’s feature debut was as director, producer and co-writer of Being Us, a dramatic love story about a woman living with multiple personalities. Starring Hollywood staple Alanna Ubach, and slated for a July 2014 release by Gravitas Ventures, Being Us was hailed by LA Weekly as being “grittier than Silver Linings Playbook,” and by Examiner.com as “A drama of great quality.” Prior to that project, he directed a number of short films including San Jose Short Film Festival audience award winner Shipping & Handling and the Cinemasports standout Therapy has its Limits. He also worked in a number of creative and technical roles in the San Francisco Bay Area production scene, including winning best cinematography from the 48 Hour Film Project for his work as the director of photography in the short film Solitude.
Hancock started acting in professional theater productions in his teens and holds a B.F.A from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where he worked with such theater/film/TV legends as Gerald Freedman, David Petrarca, Romulus Linney, Joe Mantello, and Terrence McNally. This background gives him valuable insight into the craft of bringing characters to life. Often referred to as an “actor’s director,” Hancock focuses on collaborating with artists who bring their own sense of creativity to the table, consistently eliciting stellar performances from his casts.
Matt McKay is a Doctor of clinical psychology specializing in treating anxiety and trauma, and is currently a professor of psychology at The Wright Institute, a graduate school in Berkeley, CA. In 1979 he co-founded the Haight Ashbury Psychological Services Clinic, and later went on to co-found the influential publishing company New Harbinger Publications. Dr McKay has written more than thirty books on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy that have sold over 3 million copies worldwide.
In addition to his work as a psychologist and non-fiction author McKay enjoys writing music, poetry, and fiction. He has two published novels, Us and Wawona Hotel, and two books of poetry. His first foray into filmmaking was another collaboration with Director Sam Hancock on the film Being Us.
Amelia Belle works in many departments within the Entertainment Industry: Accounting, Casting, Line Producing, Budgeting, Acting, Marketing, & Design. She holds degrees in both Theatre & Psychology and has professional training in production management, website design, marketing, and accounting.
Currently, Ms. Belle works at Lakeshore Entertainment in both Casting and Accounting. She assisted the Casting Director on "Underworld 5," which brings back Kate Beckinsale and Theo James. Also, she has done accounting work for "Underworld 5," "Age of Adaline," "The Boy," & "American Pastoral." Furthermore, she was the Production Accountant on "Cover Versions," & "Internet Famous," both original feature films from Off the Dock (A Lakeshore Company).
She is known for her roles in Legally Blonde as Serena and Meet the Fockers as Isabel Villalobos. She has provided voices for several characters in a number of animated television shows and movies including four characters in the Oscar-winning animated film Rango. She is currently working with Scott Baio & Mark Curry on the Nick-at-Nite series See Dad Run as Amy Hobbs.
As a director, producer and writer of feature films, music videos and theater, Mr. Porter has amassed an impressive list of credits that include the award-winning family short-film Hatched, the multi-media hit Bram Stoker’s Dracula that combined live theater and motion picture as well as co-writer of the feature film In the Eyes of the Killer staring Costas Mandylor (Say III-VII). Mr. Porter is a graduate of the New York Film Academy (Universal Studios).
Matthew is an award winning actor, producer, writer, and poet currently living in Northern California. He is a founding partner of The Bushmen Presents and BelleHammer Consulting. Matthew has multiple projects in various stages, from development to distribution, on both screen and stage. His philosophy is that the story is King, the cast is the Queen, and the crew is the royal family dwelling in a castle built by business men.
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