Will Slocombe (Writer/Director)
Will Slocombe has directed numerous short films, commercials, a web series, and three independent features. His directorial debut, CRIME FICTION, was selected out of over 1000 submissions to premiere at the 2007 Slamdance Film Festival and was celebrated by Variety as “intriguing” and “Hitchcockian.” A Washington, D.C. native, Will has held positions at ABC News, Guggenheim Productions, National Public Radio, the Los Angeles Film Festival, and the Independent Spirit Awards. The Chicago Tribune named him among Chicago’s “Five to Watch” list of emerging talent. He recently wrote / directed a web series, Reception, and wrapped production on his second feature, MULLIGAN. COLD TURKEY is his third feature as a director, his first as a writer.
Graham Ballou (Producer)
Graham Ballou produced the feature-length films CRIME FICTION (Slamdance 2007), MULLIGAN, EM, and THE WHITE CITY (forthcoming 2014). He began his career at Optimus, Inc., Chicago’s leading post-production boutique. As a staff producer at Element 79 Partners, he produced national television and radio commercials for clients including Gatorade and Quaker Oats. His shorter works include the web series Reception, which he also edits. Ballou graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in English from the University of Chicago, and received his J.D. from the NYU School of Law. He is an attorney at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, where his practice includes work in new media, intellectual property licensing and motion picture and television production and development.
David Mandel (Producer)
David Mandel is the CEO and a producer at Young Gunner Films, based in NYC. The company was selected to participate in the inaugural Dogfish Accelerator program, the first seed accelerator program for indie film producers. Recent credits include Associate Producer on DRIFT, an Australia-based surf drama starring Sam Worthington and Xavier Samuel; Co-Producer of Will Slocombe’s feature comedy MULLIGAN; and producer of INDESTRUCTIBLE: BASEBALL ON THE ISTHMUS, a feature documentary on the history of baseball in Panama. He has produced several short films, including those of award-winning directors James Morrison (STAY TRUE DARLING, LITTLE BROTHER) and Doug Lenox (LOCAL TOURISTS, QUINCEY & ALTHEA). He worked as production coordinator on Sally Potter’s feature film RAGE, and helped develop and edit the feature documentary ABRAHAM’S CHILDREN. Mandel was born and raised in Washington, DC and holds a B.A. in English from the University of Chicago.
Paul M. Bernon (Executive Producer)
Paul Bernon is co-founder and principal of Burn Later Productions. His film DRINKING BUDDIES, which stars Olivia Wilde, Jake M. Johnson, and Anna Kendrick, had its world premiere at South by Southwest 2013, and was acquired by Magnolia Pictures for a 2013 release. His documentary BEST KEPT SECRET will play on PBS in September 2013. Other production credits include AN OVERSIMPLIFCATION OF HER BEAUTY (acquired by Variance Films and distributed in April 2013) and TEACHER OF THE YEAR (Official Selection; Tribeca Film Festival 2012, #1 on Funny Or Die).
Sam Slater (Executive Producer)
Sam Slater is co-founder and principal of Burn Later Productions. His film DRINKING BUDDIES, which stars Olivia Wilde, Jake M. Johnson, and Anna Kendrick, had its world premiere at South by Southwest 2013, and was acquired by Magnolia Pictures for a 2013 release. Sam served as a producer on TEACHER OF THE YEAR (Official Official Selection; Tribeca Film Festival 2012, #1 on Funny Or Die). He is producing the documentary PROJECT DREAM BOX, a follow up to OH, THE PLACES YOU’LL GO AT BURNING MAN! which won Best Short Film in the New Media Film Festival and received over two million hits on YouTube.
KIMBERLY BURNICK (CO-PRODUCER)
Kimberly Burnick has recently associate produced the narrative feature film FUTURE WEATHER (Tribeca 2012) starring Amy Madigan and Lili Taylor, and the documentary feature film BURN (winner of the 2012 Tribeca Audience Award) that shows the struggle of Detroit Firefighters. She began her producing career in college, when she co-created and produced a live SNL-inspired variety show which spread across the university and aired on a local Philadelphia TV station. Since then, Kimberly has held various production roles on projects such as Next Stop Hollywood (ABC) and Workaholics (Comedy Central). She has produced several short films and music videos, most recently for the artist DJ Lea Luna with Black Hole Recordings. Other credits include location manager for a Ford Fiesta commercial, production coordinator for an AFI thesis film, 2nd AD for feature film THE PLAYBACK SINGER, and APOC on a project directed by Hawk Koch (WAYNE’S WORLD, UNTRACEABLE). Kimberly holds a B.A. in Film from Temple University, and currently resides in Los Angeles, CA.
STEPHANIE DAVIS (ASSOCIATE PRODUCER)
Stephanie Davis has worked with Will Slocombe on several short films as well as working in production on Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez’s GRINDHOUSE. Professionally, Stephanie has been involved in political and non-profit fundraising, most notably serving as the Southwest Deputy Director of Finance for the Hillary Clinton Presidential Campaign as well as for the Democratic National Committee. Stephanie previously worked for Gen Art, an arts organization that supports emerging artists in film, fashion, music and visual arts. She now works for Film Independent, the Independent Spirit Awards, and the Los Angeles Film Festival. Stephanie graduated from Duke University with degrees in Sociology, Marketing and Documentary Photography.
Lucas Lee Graham (Director of Photography)
Lucas Lee Graham began his journey as a cinematographer at age ten, standing on a snowdrift pretending to shoot movies looking through a toilet paper roll. By age 17, Graham shot his first professional industrial video and by age 18 he was a photojournalist at his local NBC affiliate. Graham then chose to pursue filmmaking further by enrolling at Columbia College in Chicago where he earned a degree in Film Production with a minor in Art History. After Columbia, Graham attended the American Film Institute (AFI) where he earned his Masters of Fine Arts in Cinematography. His thesis, THE 8TH SAMURAI, won many awards including several for Cinematography, became academy eligible for best short film, and played over thirty- five festivals worldwide. Graham has shot commercials for Scion and Hewlett Packard, lensed documentaries on five continents, and shot an entire film at a very well known amusement park. He also shot ESCAPE FROM TOMORROW, which premiered to great acclaim at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Ultimately though, Graham is still that kid on a snow drift creating images and playing pretend, letting light image and composition create worlds. COLD TURKEY is Graham’s fifth feature.
Lauren Connelly (Editor)
Lauren Connelly is a freelance film editor currently based in Los Angeles. Originally from Chantilly, Virginia, Connelly graduated from The University of Southern California with a B.A. in Cinema-Television Production. Her latest credits include several series produced by Jon Avnet and Rodrigo Garcia for the new WIGS YouTube channel including: AUDREY, directed by Betty Thomas, RUTH & ERICA, directed by Amy Lippman, and ALLISON, directed by Paul Brickman. Connelly has recently finished the independent feature THE DAUGHTER, directed by Jonathan Levine, and is currently cutting PRETTY PERFECT starring Christopher McDonald, Sarah Sutherland and Michael Bellisario. She is a member of the Motion Pictures Editors Guild.
Raelyn Tepper (Production Designer)
Raelyn Tepper is a Production Designer/Set Decorator currently residing in Los Angeles. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Film Production from Chapman University. Immediately upon graduation, she worked on SOUND OF MY VOICE, which went to Sundance and was released by Fox Searchlight. She was the Production Designer of a number of projects at AFI, as well as the short LIGHT MASTERS featuring Seth Green, who also produced. Tepper was the Set Decorator on the features GEOGRAPHY CLUB and CHICKS DIG GAY GUYS. In addition to COLD TURKEY, she is the Production Designer for the feature ICE CREAM, directed by Roberto De Feo and Vito Palumbo.
Rita Squitiere (Costume Designer)
Rita Squitiere is an independent Costume Designer and Wardrobe Stylist based out of Philadelphia. She received her Bachelor of Science in Fashion Design from Philadelphia University and her Master of Fine Art in Costume Design from Temple University. There she received an Award of Merit from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for her thesis production of Rent as well as the Zelma Weisfeld Scholarship for “Excellence in Costume Design.”
In 2005, Squitiere joined A Wish Come True, a dance recital costume company, as a pattern maker and designer. Her designs were featured under the company title in magazines such as Dance Spirit and Pointe Magazine and sold in stores like FAO Schwartz. There she was the main design contributor to the team wear division. Squitiere has also held positions at the prestigious Curtis Music Institute Opera Theatre as the resident Wardrobe Supervisor and taught Costume Design as a member of Temple University’s adjunct faculty.
Squitiere now designs in Philadelphia, New York, and Los Angeles for Film and Theatre.