Russell Blanchard - President / Producer
Russell Blanchard is an independent filmmaker who believes film has the power to inspire change. His award winning narrative short, THE LOT, has inspired a movement to build a new park for the children of New Orleans. His experience on larger productions allowed him the opportunity to learn from Academy Award winners such as Adam McKay, Ari Sandel and Nicole Kidman. In development on his first feature film MONUMENT, which speaks to social injustice and economic inequality. BFA from University of Hawai’i-Mānoa’s Academy for Creative Media. A California native who resides in Los Angeles but is never far in spirit from New Orleans. If not home, he's probably at the movies.
Benjamin Gouldthorpe - Director of Development
Ben Gouldthorpe is a Los Angeles based screenwriter and independent filmmaker whose work has garnered attention from the Academy Nicholl Fellowship and Sundance Screenwriters Lab. He holds an MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts where he received the Charles Purpura Award for Excellence in Screenwriting and was recognized as a finalist for the Goldberg Playwriting Prize. Ben's 2015 collaboration, The Lot, has earned awards at film festivals nationwide and serves as the centerpiece for a transmedia initiative to build a playground for underprivileged children in New Orleans. His current projects include two feature assignments and a musical theatre collaboration in pre-production for a 2017 off-Broadway premiere.
Contact Ben at:: www.bengouldthorpe.com
Kate Chamuris - Creative Executive
Originally from Bucks County Pennsylvania, Kate Chamuris is a Los Angeles - based producer, director. She most recently created and directed the original series BREAKFAST IN BED that premiered at SideWalk Film Festival and is currently having its festival run. Kate utilizes her experience as an account and project manager at worldwide and boutique advertising agencies to package and market independent films. Occasionally she will act when the story compels her. She will be starring in the horror film NIKKI, one of the next projects on LOCOfilm’s slate.
Currently, she is directing the short film, A SARI FOR PALLAVI, which is based off a top ten finalist play from the Samuel French OOB festival. Her upcoming films in development are the feature film adaptation of Danielle Sepulveres’s memoir LOSING IT…THE SEMI-SCANDALOUS STORY OF AN EX VIRGIN and LINE, the debut feature film from AFI directing fellow, Jeremy Merrifield. Kate received her BA in Communication Arts (Film/TV production and Advertising) from Marymount Manhattan College.
Joseph Mango - Screenwriter
Joseph earned his MFA at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2014 and received his BA in American Studies/English from the University of Southern California. At NYU, he received the 2014 Dramatic Writing Chair’s Award and a 2014 NYU President’s Service Award. One of his screenplays, James Dean America, won the 2014 NYU Dramatic Writing Screenplay Showcase and was a semi-finalist in the 2015 Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest. Currently, he is the director of “The Narratives Project” and project coordinator for the Technology/Communication Core for the UCLA Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health.
Joseph was a co-producer on Dr. Kenneth Wells’ opera, The Center Cannot Hold, based on the memoir by Elyn Saks. The opera had its world premiere at UCLA in July 2016. The center produced Joseph’s play about depression, The One With Friends, at UCLA (October 2016) and NYC (December 2016); he is currently the Principal Investigator on the research study component of the play exploring how the arts can help promote healing and de-stigmatize mental illness, specifically major depression and anxiety. Outside of his day job, Joseph is a screenwriter and film enthusiast as well as a pizza and pancake connoisseur (unofficially).