DREW ANN ROSENBERG
WRITER, DIRECTOR, PRODUCER

Drew grew up in Princeton, New Jersey and graduated from Brown University. She began her career in the arts working at Playwright’s Horizons Theatre in New York City. She’s a classically trained singer and has studied the craft of directing extensively with Alan Arkin, Milton Katselas, Judith Weston and James Pasternak.

Drew is a 2019 member of the DGA’s DDI Directing Mentorship program, a team of 20 directors selected by the DGA to be mentored by high profile TV directors.  Her first feature, SEX AND A GIRL, stars Genevieve Bujold, Ellen Greene, Robert Hays Angela Gots and Soleil Moon Frye, premiered on Showtime and Lifetime Networks in the US and was released theatrically in Europe and Asia. FOLLOW THE PROPHET, had a theatrical US release and stars David Conrad, Tom Noonan and Diane Venora. Drew was one of a handful of directors who shot 65 one-hour episodes for an off-net telenovella series, SAINTS & SINNERS. She also wrote and directed the short film, DAYBREAK, which received an LA Emmy. Work as a Second Unit Director includes THE RETURNED, STARKID and NOW AND THEN.

Drew has worked as an Assistant Director for some of the finest directors, including on 6 academy award-winning films: LA CONFIDENTIAL, PHILADELPHIA, MISERY, REVERSAL OF FORTUNE, RUNNING ON EMPTY and TREVOR as well as 7 features for HBO. Series work in television includes the series’ DAISY JONES AND THE SIX, YOUNG SHELDON, JUSTIFIED, SHAMELESS AND CLAWS, among many others.

GIGI GASTON
WRITER, PRODUCER

A native of Greenwich Connecticut and lifelong storyteller, Gaston began pursuing Olympic Equestrian Show Jumping at 11, and became the youngest rider ever to win an Olympic Competition when she took top honors at the
Washington International Horse Show. Continuing to ride competitively, she also began to write and optioned her first script, Like a Lady, to Weinstein and Drew Barrymore. Additional script sales and options followed, including Mockingbird, an action-sci-fi-love story based on the award-winning Walter Tevis novel of the same name to Mary Parent and Steve Tisch, an historical drama Madame Lepescue, which Universal purchased for director Ron Howard in a high six-figure deal, as well as Adaptive Ultimate for Leonard Goldberg, Strays for Sid Sheinberg, and Unreliably Yours to Garry Marshal, and Island of the Blue Dolphin for Universal Family.

Gaston made her directorial debut shortly thereafter with Sundance Channel documentary, The Cream Will Rise, showcasing the elusive, Grammy nominated singer/songwriter, Sophie B.Hawkins to rave reviews. Since that time she has directed countless music videos (including Olivia Newton John’s hyped 2001 reprisal of I Honestly Love You), as well as the action-heist Rip It Off, starring Nastassia Kinski, Alyson Hannigan and Jennifer Esposito, produced by Tucker Tooley.

In 2013, she wrote and directed the hit musical play, Room 105: The Highs and Lows of Janis Joplin, which starred Sophie B. Hawkins in the title role and was held over for an extended run in Los Angeles. Critics hailed it as “enlightening,” “an absolute must-see,” and “impressively written and directed,” bestowing writer/director Gaston “kudos for going deep.”

In addition to Fly Girls, Gaston just completed The Libby Holeman Story, a diverse female project of famed singer Libby Holeman torn between the richest man in America and the richest female. She also developing a female vigilante movie, The Mark of the Eagle, as well as in development to direct Dixie Silver, an action packed female stripper on the run, that she plans to direct.

COLIN FREDERICK
PRODUCER

Colin started his career in the film industry early, working as an extra on the television series NORTHERN EXPOSURE while he was still an infant. Throughout his adolescence, he worked odd jobs on films such as MUPPETS FROM SPACE, MEET THE PATELS, and HELL OR HIGH WATER.

Shortly after receiving a Bachelor of Arts in both Political Science and Economics at UC Davis, Colin began his career at Campfire Films in the accounting department for Netflix’s first independent feature film, REBIRTH. He has since worked in all levels of production, from development thru post on all of Campfire’s projects. Colin now manages Campfire productions in both the scripted and nonfiction spaces. Of note, Colin produced SPECIAL, the 2019 Netflix original scripted comedy that was nominated for 4 primetime Emmys, including Best Short Form Series.

UNIQUE COOPER
PRODUCER

Unique Cooper was born in Buffalo, NY. In the beginning of her career, she was fascinated in the idea of becoming a doctor to help those in need. After learning and experiencing theater through acting and dance, she found a bigger purpose in being behind the big screen. She began studying Fine Arts at the Academy of Arts University. There, she went on to find her passion for producing television and film where she learned the power of community. Moving from San Francisco to Los Angeles, she was able to take her career further producing more films. Even though she has not became a doctor, Unique strives everyday to have a positive impact on her community through television and film.

DANIELLE SAVRE COOPER
"AMY", PRODUCER

Danielle was born with a passion for the performing arts. This California native has a deep understanding of the industry and has performed as an actress, singer and producer over the years.

Danielle quickly gained attention for her stand out roles in NBC’s smash hit Heroes and as the rock star lead in MTV’s Kaya. Later on she starred as the lead in CW’s Supernatural spin off Bloodlines and in the RJ Cutler directed pilot Four Stars for CBS. Danielle most recently played the leading character of Anna in Tyler Perry’s Too Close to Home and is now starring as one of the leads in ABC’s Untitled Grey’s Anatomy Spin Off Station 19 .

Other notable roles include her multi-episode arc in season seven of Blue Bloods, Brianna in Bring It On All Or Nothing and as the lead in Boogeyman 2 for Ghost House Pictures. Danielle recently completed lead roles in several independent films including Pierre David’s The Perfect Stalker, John Stimpson’s The Wrong Car, H.M. Coakley’s Black List screenplay Adulterers and Gwen Wynn’s Wild About Harry, which won the Best of the Fest award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. In 2018 she will be starring in the film Happily Never After and the sequel to Deep Blue Sea for Warner Brothers pictures.

Danielle has also produced several short films, including Jeff Betancourt’s award winning film Knock Knock, which premiered at the SXSW film festival and has played at 30 film festivals worldwide. Recently she received a best supporting actress nomination for her role in Rowan Maher’s short film Collar at the California Women’s Film Festival

GOYA ROBLES
"SNAKE"

Goya Robles is a Latino actor of Puerto Rican and Ecuadorian descent. His portrayal of heart breaking, volatile, vulnerable characters are a stamp in all of his work. He is playing the role of Yago as a series regular alongside Chris O’Dowd and Ray Romano in the EPIX Original Series GET SHORTY. He has starred in numerous independent films, including a supporting lead role as Teyo in the film 11:55, starring John Leguizamo, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Victor Almanzar, David Zayas and Julia Stiles.

Goya played the role of Jackie in the Actors Studio production of THE MOTHERF*CKER WITH THE HAT in Los Angeles, CA. He starred in the LAByrinth Theater Barn Series of Mark Borkowski’s play, VALENTINO’S WING, starring Michael Shannon and Annabella Sciorra, and directed by Ellen Burstyn. Goya is also a slam poet and teaches slam poetry at the Lee Strasberg Institute in West Hollywood, CA; his first compilation of poems was released at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe under the title, Spit My Soul. He is a Lifetime Member of the Actors Studio and holds an MFA from the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University in New York City.

 

AALIYAH ESPANA
"LUCIA"

Aaliyah Espana is a Mexican-American actress born in Garden Grove, California. In 2018, Aaliyah had the opportunity to act and produce her short screenplay, “The Mustache Heroes,” at Heninger
Elementary in partnership with the Creating Creators film program. That same year, she was also featured in the short student film “Alien Hunters Genesis,” (2018).

After the release of these short films, Aaliyah was discovered and cast in the short film Bonita by Producer Margarita Reyes and Director Lidia Porto. Capitalizing on the momentum and through Creating Creators introduction, Aaliyah auditioned for and signed with Buchwald Talent Agency for commercial representation.

When not in school or out on audition, Aaliyah values spending time with her three siblings and playing with her dog, Toby. Aside from acting, Aaliyah also enjoys playing the violin, dancing, and drawing.

VALERIE GREEN
PRODUCTION DESIGNER

A Los Angeles based Production Designer and Art Director. Her credits include feature films and one-hour dramas including The Kitchen, The Big Bad Swim, Masters of Sex (Emmy nomination), GLOW (ADG nomination), The L Word Generation Q, Here and Now, Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer, Agent Carter, Teen Wolf, Unstoppable and The Santa Claus 3.

SEBASTIAN ZULETA
COMPOSER

A Colombian composer and music editor. He’s been studying music for most of his life, plays several instruments and has a degree in music production from Full Sail University. Since he moved to Los Angeles in 2008, he has worked with several composers including Hans Zimmer, Danny Elfman, Henry Jackman, Benjamin Wallfisch and Gustavo Santaolalla. Sebastian has worked on TV shows including Falling Water, Comrade Detective, Hostile Planet, and in films such as Fifty Shades Freed, Cries From Syria, Ralph Breaks The Internet and Next Gen. He loves telling stories through music and collaborating with other filmmakers.

SUSANNE BENAIM
EDITOR

Born and raised in Venezuela. She moved out to Los Angeles to become a film editor after four frosty years at Syracuse University. Susy has worked as an editor on a variety of shows, including “Mayans” (FX), “Snowfall” (FX), and “Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C. J. Walker” (Netflix). She is currently editing the final season of “Claws” (TNT).

DIANNE FARRINGTON
Director of Photography

A native of the South Bronx/Fort Apache, New York City, NY. and teaches Cinematography in The School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California Her career began in Detroit, on ENG at WXYZ/Channel 7 (ABC /Scripps Howard). Detroit Public Television/WTVS (DETROIT BLACK JOURNAL), and Public Radio WDET She’s worked on the Sitcoms: MAD ABOUT YOU,HEARTS AFIRE, SOUTH CENTRAL, THE PRESTON EPISODES, and MOESHA The Webisodes: DIARY OF A SINGLE MOM, LOS AMERICANS. Feature Films: THE NICE GUY, A TRIP TO JAMAICA, TEMPTING FATE, PLAYIN’ FOR LOVE, THE HIVE, FEAR OF THE BLACK HAT, THE GUN IN BETTYLOU’S HANDBAG, HARLEM NIGHTS . Documentaries: GANG GIRLS: A MOTHER’S JOURNEY, BEYOND CENTRAL AVENUE: Women Jazz Musicians, KEEP THE FAITH WITH MORRIE TURNER: Wee Pals.

She collaborated with Directors Robert Townsend’s DIARY OF A SINGLE MOM, Dennis Leoni’s LOS AMERICANS(PIV/TV), Drew Rosenberg’s SEX AND A GIRL, MAN, WOMAN, BLACKBIRD directed by Scott Lochmas, and Reggie Gaskins’s RESTRAINING ORDER (TV One/BET).recent features, documentary and TV projects include The L WORD, the HBO Access Pilots, Robert Townsend’s documentary MAKING THE FIVE HEARTBEATS, THE WOMEN OF CENTRAL AVENUE, with Dr. Cheryl Keyes, Ethnomusicology Chair at UCLA, the film short WHO ARE THEY.

BRY THOMAS SANDERS
2ND UNIT DP

For Bry Thomas Sanders SOC, what started as a love of acting, theatre, photography and travel has evolved into a lifelong passion for telling stories and exploring the world. He is a working camera operator and director of photography in both scripted and unscripted formats.

Bry has created looks and has been responsible for capturing all types of reality and narrative shows. His cinematography has earned multiple awards from various film festivals and garnered nominations from the American Society of Cinematographers, the Oscars Student Academy Awards and Independent Feature Project’s Spirit Awards.

Recently, Bry helmed two interactive comedy series for HelloEko.com, That Moment When and Wizard School Dropout and operated on various sitcoms including: The Unicorn, Splitting Up Together, I Feel Bad and Trial and Error.