Independent Film Director
Originally from San Francisco, Russ grew up in both Japan and the United States, garnering an international viewpoint of the world throughout his childhood. After graduating from the University of Southern California with degrees in Cinema-Television, International Relations and Japanese, (and gaining more production experience at the UCLA Extension Program), he founded Russem Productions in 2002 in order to promote his short films including "Her Knight" (2003), the award-winning "Girl With Gun" (2006), and the documentary "Restoration of Paradise" (2014). He also produced several shorts including "Mavet" (2004), the zombie-flick "The Diary" (2004), the vampire film "Perfect Red" (2006), as well as "Cult 11" (2010) and "The Meeting" (2013), two popular web series (where he directed two episodes each). His latest feature film, "Occupants" (2015), was an Official Selection at the San Diego Comicon and was highlighted in the Huffington Post, and marked Russ's fourth foray into feature filmmaking - after having directed "P.J." (2007), "Chasing the Green" (2009), and "The Legends of Nethiah" (2012). He currently resides in Huntington Beach, CA.
Christopher P. Garetano is a passionate filmmaker. He was born in 1976 in New York. A graduate of the prestigious School of Visual Arts in New York CIty, Garetano recently burst onto the scene with his fascinating documentary, "Horror Business", about the agony and the ecstasy of working in the indie-horror world. A selection of several major film festivals - The New York Horror Film Festival, The Chicago Horror Film Festival,The London Filmmakers Convention, The Eerie Horror Film Festival as well as winning the Audience Choice Award for "Best Documentary" at The Long Island Film Festival - "Horror Business" takes viewers where very few ever go. The stress, the pain, the frustration as well as the joy and satisfaction of creating an indie horror film are all captured as Garetano follows five genre folk around and documents a "normal" day or week in their life. Garetano's work was recently recognized by his (lifelong) cinema hero George A. Romero.
"Ken Gerhard is a widely recognized cryptozoologist and field investigator for The Centre for Fortean Zoology, as well as a fellow of the Pangea Institute and consultant for several research organizations. He has traveled the world searching for evidence of mysterious animals and legendary beasts including Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, the Chupacabra, enigmatic winged creatures and werewolves." Learn more about Ken on his website.
Independent Filmmaker, Director, Producer
Joe Grisaffi is an actor and award-winning director from Houston, Texas. The films he has directed include Laughing Boy, Dead of Knight, Conjoined, and Lars the Emo Kid. Films Grisaffi has appeared in include Doll Factory, The Haunted Trailer and the upcoming Gem of the Rainforest and In a Madman's World, in which Grisaffi plays real life serial killer Dean Corll.
Poscaster, Musiscian, Writer, Researcher
Micah Hanks is a writer, podcaster, and researcher whose interests cover a variety of subjects. His areas of focus include history, science, philosophy, current events, cultural studies, technology, unexplained phenomena, and ways the future of humankind may be influenced by science and innovation in the coming decades. Micah has appeared on numerous television and radio programs, including Coast to Coast AM with George Noory, Caravan to Midnight with John B. Wells, the History Channel’s Guts and Bolts, CNN Radio, and many others. He has also lectured on a variety of subjects, including consciousness studies, technological singularity, aviation history, and historical mysteries.
Jane K - UFO Janes
YouTuber, UFO Researcher
Jane Kyle is a UFO researcher and writer living in Texas who has documented over 1,000 UFO and paranormal sightings since 2012. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin and a decade-long career in marketing that keeps her grounded. In addition to searching for the truth, Jane loves watching movies and spending time at home with her husband, son, 3 dogs and cat. Her YouTube Channel is TexasUFOSightings.
TV Show Host
Shrouded in mystique, this innovative producer and host has presided over the nationally syndicated late-night TV show CINEMA INSOMNIA for over 13 years. The show has been seen in hundreds of television and cable markets. He produced a 2006 Halloween spectacular that had a footprint of 45 Million households. Dozens of episodes have been distributed on home video and can be streamed and via many services including Roku.