Madeline is an award winning writer/director who uses the power of film to capture rich, distinctive worlds from novel and unexpected perspectives. Hailing from San Francisco, California, Madeline attended undergrad at Northwestern University (2011) and earned her MFA from USC's School of Cinematic Arts in Film & TV Production (2016). She enjoys telling tales that encourage viewers to reflect on taken-for-granted norms. Madeline channels her education, travels, and experience as a Division I student-athlete into stories that highlight the internal tensions and complex relationships of her characters. It is Madeline’s hope that by bringing subordinated viewpoints to life and exploring the richness and complexities of their worlds, the audience might walk away thinking a little differently about their world. When Madeline isn’t busy running, hiking, playing guitar, or goofing with her dog, she can be found in a cozy coffee shop writing her next script. To learn more, visit her website at www.madelinerozwatfilms.com.
Alexis Morrell is an award winning producer who grew up on the picturesque Eastern Shore of Maryland then made her way out to Los Angeles by automobile. Alexis worked with a number of TV and film productions including the 2015 Student Academy Award winning documentary short Looking at the Stars, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Chelsea Lately, The Carbonaro Effect, James Franco’s The Sound and the Fury, and Billy On the Street. Alexis is a graduate of the USC School of Cinematic Arts’ M.F.A. TV/film production program where she earned the Steve Carell and Jack Oakie Scholarship for Comedic Excellence and learned how to network with dentist in line at the coffee bean. Her goals are to work with talented people to create content and projects that matter not only on screen, but in the world at large. Shout out to the National Parks Services for their amazing work with the LFA production. For more info visit: alexismorrellcomedy.tumblr.com
Nick Busalacchi is an award winning writer/producer and world-builder living in Downtown Los Angeles. He spent his early twenties working out of Chicago, IL as an environmental planner, where he engaged South Chicago communities in the development of a multi-billion-dollar rail constructions program. He eventually went back to school, earning masters degrees in urban planning and communications from the University of Southern California. He also earned a certificate in Digital Media and Culture from the Cinema program, as well as having taught an undergraduate course on world building—a participatory framework used in production design to develop rich, textured story worlds. He has since gone on to produce several documentary shorts, including It Takes a Garden about “guerrilla gardening,” as well as the narrative short, Letters from Alcatraz.
A native of South Los Angeles, Katrelle Kindred is an award-winning director, writer and producer. After teaching English Language Arts in Compton, CA, Kindred completed her graduate studies in Film Production at USC's School of Cinematic Arts. Her short film, SON SHINE (2013), played dozens of film festivals across the country, winning several awards including Best Narrative at the Humboldt International Film Festival; the San Francisco Black Film Festival's Ava Montague Award; and Best Actor at the Los Angeles Women's International Film Festival.
Her producing work includes 2015's Student Academy Award Gold winner LOOKING AT THE STARS, and THE BIG CHOP (2016), which was optioned to HBO. In 2017, Katrelle was named a participant of the AFI Conservatory Directing Workshop for Women.
In the future, Kindred would like to continue creating honest stories that focus on global, social issues and on people often unheard.
A proud Texas native, Melani Hauser grew up in San Antonio and earned her BS in Radio-Television-Film with focus on screenwriting and producing for film and television from the University of Texas at Austin. Throughout college, she worked as the technical director and producer of a weekly live entertainment news show for TSTV, the independent, FCC licensed, Austin-based television station, where she fell in love with production. Now based in Los Angeles, Melani has since worked on many critically acclaimed shows such as Emmy award winning @midnightwith Chris Hardwick, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and Netflix's Def Comedy Jam: 25th Anniversary Special. Melani is as enthusiastic about food and fitness as she is about her work. She is a certified RYT 200 Power Yoga instructor and spends her free time running, taking yoga classes, and eating breakfast tacos. She loves comedy, but overall, wants to create content she'd be proud to share with her grandparents. At the end of the day, Melani just wants to make 'em laugh.