Amy Whittenberger received her B.A. in theatre at Florida State University before transplanting to Chicago in 2006. She founded and was the Co-Artistic Director of The Tympanic Theatre Company where her work and direction were featured in many subsequent productions before she moved on to help found The Consortium Project Theatre Company, where she served as their Literary Manager. Amy has written over fifteen stage-plays that have accrued production credits in Chicago, Texas, Florida, and California. A proud graduate of Chicago's Second City Conservatory, Amy is currently pursuing her Masters Degree as an AFI screenwriting fellow focusing on comedy, and is entering into her second year as a Teaching Assistant.
Rob Weiermair grew up in both Austria and Canada, spending much of his youth traveling extensively through Europe, the Middle East, South America and Asia. He earned two Masters degrees in Engineering, began his early career at Texas Instruments, and has worked as an Executive in several alternative energy companies. Rob found time in his corporate existence to direct plays in Boston, Vienna, Toronto and Los Angeles and to direct two award winning short films, 2 Dogs Inside (www.2dogsinside.com) and Tres (www.threepoems.com). Rob recently graduated from the American Film Institute, where he studied directing. He is developing scripts that cause people to think, question, and overcome.
In 2005, Brenda graduated from AFI with an MFA in Producing. While there, she produced four short films, including QUEEN OF CACTUS COVE, her 35mm coming-of-age thesis film which has become a cult film favorite in teenage chess circles. Queen of Cactus Cove went on to win several prestigious awards, including Best Live-Action Short at the Los Angeles International Children’s Film Festival, the Jimmy Stewart Crystal Heart Award at the Heartland Film Festival, and the Priddy Brothers Triumph Award at the Angelus Student Film Festival.
In 2006 Brenda completed production on the film, 2 DOGS INSIDE, a film noir thriller à la Hitchcock style. 2 DOGS INSIDE screened at festivals around the world, including the Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films, the Australian International Film Festival in Melbourne Australia, and the European Independent Film Festival in Paris France. TRES, another award-winning short film consisting of three mini shorts based on the writings of famous South American filmmaker Carlos Hugo Christensen, was selected as one of the Best of the Best at the Method Fest Film Festival.
Vadim Aynbinder was born and raised in Lithuania and moved to New York City at the age of 9. After dabbling in finance in High School and making parodies of Hollywood films with his best friend in a Brooklyn apartment, film-making became his passion. A decade later, he has shot numerous commercials, music videos and narrative films. Clients include; Sudafed, Penguin Books, QVC, Isaac Mizrahi, Wikipedia, Details Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, Boy Scouts Of America, Oslo Freedom Forum, MILK Studios & Pier 59. Today, Vadim splits his time between NYC and LA shooting a multitude of work and is presently attending the prestigious, American Film Institute Conservatory.
Benjamin was born and raised in North Georgia and obtained his BFA from Pepperdine Universtiy in Malibu, CA. Immediately following his undergraduate degree he worked on Adult Swim's Emmy Award winning stop motion shows ROBOT CHICKEN and TITAN MAXIMUM. Benjamin also worked for Sony in the motion capture studio for Playstation games and film hits like GREEN LANTERN. Benjamin currently has wrapped up as a season 5 art department member of ABC's hit show CASTLE. Benjamin graduated with his MFA in Production Design from AFI in 2012 with his thesis film PYRO & KLEPTO, a multiple award winning short film. Benjamin currently resides in Los Angeles, CA./
Angela Latimer grew up in Chicago IL. She graduated from Chicago State University with a B.A. in Communications Media Arts and Theatre. It was there in which she gained an interest in editing. Angela also had the opportunity to tour with various stage plays such as Fingernails Across The Chalkboard in New York where she worked in the Sound Department, and The National Black Theatre Festival in North Carolina, where she worked as the production house manager. After undergrad Angela chose to focus more on editing and freelance work. She teamed up with director Derek “Pretty Boy” Dow who at the time had just finished a feature film that was excelling in Chicago’s Black Harvest Film Festival. Together they took on projects like music videos, documentaries and short films, they also took a liking to competing in video competitions. The two won Ford Fiesta’s 2011 video competition where their work would be seen on Ford’s National website. After participating in competitions, work seemed to come in a lot slower and in need to cut something more than wedding videos and birthday parties Angela decided to take her craft a step further and apply to grad school. Angela now attends grad school at American Film Institute in Los Angeles California. Growing up in a lower middle class family of ten children this was a dream come true for Angela. Her dream was taken a step further when she recently was awarded a scholarship from Tom Yoda in the amount of $10,000 as well as a scholarship from Verizon Wireless in the amount of $4,000 to help pay for her tuition.