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Screen Shot 2015-07-11 at 7.22.12 AMBROOKE PURDY  Writer/Co-Director, “BAILEY”

BROOKE PURDY has written and directed for companies including Def Comedy Jam and Def Pictures, HBO and Showtime. An NYU film school graduate, Brooke has several produced shorts including her award winning “Against the Wind” which won a lot of festivals but didn’t manage to put a dent in her student loans. After moving to Los Angeles, she worked as a copywriter in radio for fifteen years spearheading campaigns like Pepsi, AT & T, KFC, and Campbell’s Soup. Brooke has optioned several screenplays which allowed her to buy a house in Burbank where, to keep the budget in check,  a great deal of Quality Problems was shot. A successful playwright, Brooke’s plays Blitzkrieg and Plunge both had sell out runs in Los Angeles. Brooke wrote a television pilot for Jamie Kennedy and sold it to Universal T.V. She used the money on gum and hair products. She also won “Hollywood’s Next Success Screenwriting Contest” with a Gilmore Girls spec she wrote. She still has the mug. In her almost nonexistent spare time, she has taught swing dancing, bootcamp, driven in a demolition derby, married her best friend Doug and had two kids Max, 10 and Scout, 7 whom she loves even more than cheese and Toasted Almond Good Humor Bars. One day she hopes to sleep until 10:30a.m. Her latest two scripts, cowritten with Colette Freedman,  are making a strong impact in the festival circuit: Their script The Last Bookstore just won Grand Prize at the 2016 Creative World Awards and Best Science Fiction Screenplay at the 2016 Action on Film. Their script Scattering Rachel was recently a finalist at both The 2016 Writer’s Lab and 2016 LA Femme International Fest.

IMG_2419DOUG PURDY Co-Director, “DREW”

Doug Purdy has worked steadily as an actor in film, television and stage. A Los Angeles native, he studied under famed teachers Janet Alhanti, Arthur Mendoza and Improv Olympic. Television credits include Desperate Housewives, Brothers & Sisters, Monk and Steven Bochco’s Raising the Bar. On stage he has acted in or directed numerous plays including Blitzkrieg, The Deep Blue Sea and Plunge. Recent film work includes Come Simi, Forgiving the Franklins and Least Among Saints.

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JEN PRINCE Producer

 

“Jen Prince has a passion for small, character-driven films, and champions directors who are committed to crafting powerful performances.” – Variety
Jen Prince is an independent producer who hails from Texas, where her love for music, theatre, movies and tableside guacamole began. She produced the micro budget indie- road feature, Eve of Understanding, which won Best Feature at several festivals including: AFI Dallas, Beverly Hills HD Film Festival and Female Eye Film Festival Toronto. It was distributed through Vanguard Cinema and screened at over twenty festivals worldwide. Prince’s intensive making-of-blog became required reading in the USC graduate film production program as a ‘how-to-make-your-first-feature’ primer.  Other recent producing work includes RIPE, and a partnership with the San Antonio Young Filmmakers Association to mentor and Associate Produce the narrative feature, Fields Afire. She recently completed a 35mm short, Farewell My King, written and directed by Christian Gossett (King Kong).  Jen is a graduate of the MFA Film Production Program at USC where she was awarded the Harold Lloyd scholarship and selected as one of only four directors to direct a USC funded graduate film. Her film Winded was distributed through MindIgnite Australia and won awards at MethodFest and Miami International Film Festival. She received her BFA in Acting and a BA in Liberal Arts in the Plan II Honors Program & Russian History at the University of Texas at Austin (Phi Beta Kappa). Jen’s theatre experience includes her award-winning one-woman show about the Russian poet Anna Akhmatova, Voice of the Swan.  Jen also works in post-production television as a producer and editor. Credits include the Emmy Awards, The Contender (Mark Burnett Prods), and The Amazing Race (CBS). She has taught film directing and directing actors at New York Film Academy. Jen is a mother of three boys and loves trying to keep up with them. She is currently in post production on the film she just produced:  And Then There was Eve.

IMG_2523COLETTE FREEDMAN Co-Producer “DEBBI”

An internationally produced novelist, playwright and screenwriter, Colette Freedman was voted “One of 50 to Watch” by The Dramatist’s Guild.  Her play Sister Cities was the hit of the 2008 Edinburgh Fringe and earned five star reviews:  It has been produced around the country and internationally, fourteen times including Paris (Une Ville, Une Soeur) and Rome (Le Quattro Sorelle) and is being done this October in Australia. The film version, starring Jacki Weaver, Alfred Molina, Jess Weixler, Stana Katic, Michelle Trachtenberg, Kathy Baker, Tom Everett Scott and Troian Bellisario aired on Lifetime in September. She has co-written, with International bestselling novelist Jackie Collins, the play Jackie Collins Hollywood Lies, which is gearing up for a National Tour. In collaboration with The New York Times best selling author Michael Scott, she wrote the thriller The Thirteen Hallows (Tor/Macmillan).Her novel The Affair (Kensington) came out January 29, 2013. The play of the novel earned both critical and commercial success as it toured Italy February through May 2013. Her novel The Consequences (Kensington) came out January 28, 2014. In addition to Sister Cities, Colette has two films in preproduction: The Last Girls and The Mystery of Casa Matusita. She is in post production on her film And Then There was Eve – co written with Quality Problems DP Savannah Bloch. Her musical Serial Killer Barbie just finished a sold out run in Los Angeles and was mounted to critical acclaim in New Zealand this fall. Her YA novel Anomalies was published in February 2016. Cowritten with Brooke Purdy, her latest two screenplays are making a strong impact in the festival circuit: Their script The Last Bookstore just won Grand Prize at the 2016 Creative World Awards and Best Science Fiction Screenplay at the 2016 Action on Film. Their script Scattering Rachel was recently a finalist at both The 2016 Writer’s Lab and 2016 LA Femme International Fest.  She is thrilled to be a part of Quality Problems. www.colettefreedman.com

IMG_2397JHENNIFER WEBBERLEY Co-Producer/Editor

A native Angelino, Webberley is a founding member of Metamorfic Productions LLC, which has produced several award winning shorts and music videos as well as micro budget indie features including the award winning BREAD & BUTTER and RIPE, which was featured as the closing night film at the Women’s International Film & Arts Festival. Webberley holds a MFA (Magna Cum Laude) in Film and Television Production from the USC School of Cinema-Television and a MBA (Magna Cum Laude) from Pepperdine University in Marketing and Strategy. While at Pepperdine, Webberley participated in Shanghai’s Fudan University’s global extension program in management strategy in China. At USC, Webberley worked on numerous short films as director, producer and editor including the documentary IN BETWEEN DAYS, which won the Best Short Documentary award at the SxSW. She also produced and edited the festival favorite 35mm short film WINDED, which gained distribution through the MindIgnite Australian television series. Webberley is a producer/cowriter on the award winning graphic novel THE RED STAR (Christian Gossett), which is currently in development as a television series. The Red Star has sold over a million units worldwide, was voted among the Top 100 graphic novels of all time by Wizard magazine, and is one of the most critically acclaimed independent comics’ series of the decade.Her comprehensive film experience is matched by her diverse work in theatre where her love for the arts began. She has produced and directed several independent productions including SEBASTIAN AND THE TATTOOED LOVE LIBRARIAN, PERCEPTIONS, and SEARCH AND DESTROY (Jeremy Renner) at the Tamarind Theatre.Professional memberships include Film Independent, the International Documentary Association and Women in Film. She is currently in post production on the film she just produced: And Then There was Eve.

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Savannah Bloch DP

 

Savannah Bloch is an American/South African filmmaker and graduate of the USC school of Cinematic Arts. Her thesis film, No Time For Holiday, was distributed by Shorts International HD and ranked in the top ten films about teen angst in the United States. After graduation, Savannah started shooting and directing promotional content for non-profits and start-up companies around the world. This type of work led her to the townships of South Africa, interviews with natives Bolivians and to Jordan, where she filmed children of the Syrian war receive serious medical attention. Savannah also worked during this time as a freelance cinematographer, combining her love of travel, culture, cameras and storytelling into a unique and pivotal experience.  In 2012, she directed Sister Cities as part of the Hollywood Fringe festival. There she met And Then There Was Eve co-writer, Colette Freedman. The show sold out every performances and earned rave reviews demonstrating a new found talent for the stage. She then worked as an assistant to director Sean Hanish on his independent film Return To Zero starring Minnie Driver. Subsequently, in 2014 Savannah moved to New York City to study stage directing at The Barrow Group and hone her skills working with actors. In early 2015, she returned to Los Angeles to be the cinematographer on the independent film, Quality Problems. In addition to powerful storytelling, Savannah is passionate about social innovation, feminism, surfing and veganism. She is currently in post production on her directorial debut And Then There Was Eve which she co-wrote and directed.

Savannah works locally in Los Angeles, New York, San Diego and Cape Town. Savannah’s blog and thoughts about filmmaking can be seen here: Savvy Blog.