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Lost Girls by Julia Verdin one of our BEST FOR FESTS Label

Angie, an innocent 15 year old, is abducted by traffickers from her hometown. When she is finally rescued, she tries to heal from her trauma while con tending with the continued threat the traffickers pose to her, her family, and her friend still in captivity.

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JULIA VERDIN Director/Writer/Producer

-As a Director/Writer, Julia Verdin’s credits include the feature film Lost Girls starring Olivia D'Abo, Dylan Sprayberry, Anthony Montgomery and MC Lite. Julia also directed the award-winning short film “Lost Girls” starring Bar Paly, Marisol Nichols, Siena Goines, Rena Owen and Jamie Harris and narrative short "Brown" about foster youth. Julia is passionate about making social issue driven films as a writer/ director and using the power of film to shed light on important social and humanitarian issues. She has also created/directed short promos for non-profits and a short doc on Child trafficking.  Julia transitioned to directing from a successful producing career. She has produced 36 films, including theatrical releases such as “Merchant of Venice” with Al Pacino and Jeremy Irons, “Stander” with Thomas Jane and Deborah Unger, and “2 Jacks” with Sienna Miller, Danny and Jack Huston and Jacqueline Bisset, which played in many major film festivals including Sundance, Toronto, Venice, AFI, Montreal and London film festivals. As well as holding an MA in Film, she has also trained as a director with Joan Scheckel, Judith Weston, John Osborne, and John Penney. Julia holds both US and UK passports and is based in LA.

 

•JANET ODOGWU-BUTTERS Co-Writer

Janet Odogwu is from Nigeria and holds a Bachelors Degree in Theater Arts. She was an actor in Nigeria until she moved to Los Angeles and got a Masters Degree in Screenwriting & Playwriting from the New York Film Academy.Janet has worked at Sony Pictures Entertainment, Film Independent, co-produced a feature film titled “Tempting Fate”, and has written several feature films that are currently in development. Janet also co-wrote the award-winning short film, "Lost Girls", with Julia Verdin.

 

•SEAN MICHAEL ACOSTA Producer

Sean Michael Acosta is a successful businessman, philanthropist, and entrepreneur, who currently manages his own multimillion dollar real estate asset portfolio.Some of his early business successes include the creation of a unique Marina and Dock Rental Brokerage, which was based in Newport Beach. Sean's unique business model and success in this new niche market gained him, and the new market, a considerable amount of attention. He has been mentioned in publications such as the WALL STREET JOURNAL, LA TIMES, and SEA MAGAZINE, and his business model is still copied today.Sean is passionate about film in particular those shedding light on social issues. He served as an Executive Producer on "LOST GIRLS" (2016) directed by Julia Verdin and starring Marisol Nichols, Bar Paly, Siena Goines, and Jamie Harris, and as a Co-Executive producer on THE UNWILLING starring Lance Henriksen, Dina Meyer, Austin Highsmith, Bree Williamson and Jake Thomas. LOST GIRLS has been a success on the festival circuit and won several awards including best social impact film at the Culver City Film Festival.

 

•JASON PIETTE Producer

Jason Piette is a producer and film financier with over 50 movies and TV series to his name, including the $25M The Merchant Of Venice starring Al Pacino and Jeremy Irons; Head In The Clouds ($20M) starring Charlize Theron and Penelope Cruz, (both for Sony Pictures Classics); the $33M Napoleon TV series for A & E in the United States; Perfect Creatures ($11M) for Twentieth Century Fox; independent American features such as Mark Pellington’s; I Melt With You for Magnolia Pictures and cult classic in the making, part crowdfunded Iron Sky for Entertainment One. He is currently executive producing Berlin I Love You, the anthology movie starring Helen Mirren and Keira Knightley, and producing a $30M adaptation of Jack London’s White Fang in Canada and China. In 2016 Jason formed Disrupting Influence with Glenn Kendrick Ackermann, a boutique media advisory practice to leverage his deep industry network and experience to make financing, production, and distribution TV and film deals for a carefully selected client roster. Disrupting Influence is a production, sales and consultancy company based in the United States and in Germany, which represents films and TV shows on a worldwide basis and which actively raises equity for film from the European equity markets. Jason is a graduate of Cambridge University, father of three children, and lives in West Hollywood.

 

•Morris S. Levy Producer

-Morris S. Levy is a renowned film and TV producer and philanthropist.  His many film credits include theatrical releases such as  “The Ten” with Paul Rudd, Liev Schreiber, Jessica Alba, and Wynona Ryder, "Affluenza" starring Nicole Peltz and Grant Gustin and “Descent" starring Rosario Dawson. TV credits include Cop Show starring Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock and Amy Schumer. Full filmography can be seen at: https://pro.imdb.com/name/nm1459257/?ref_=instant_nm_1&q=morris%20S%20levy

 

•Cady Mcclain Producer

-Cady McClain is a two-time Emmy nominated director and a producer of film. Directing/Producing credits include the documentary Seeing is Believing: Women Direct (Winner Audience Award, SOHO International Film Festival, Jury Award Best Short Doc, Newport Beach Film Festival); the feature film How We Got Away With It directed by Jon Lindstrom (St. Louis FF Emerging Directors Nominee) distributed by Devolver; the filmed play Paint Made Flesh (sponsored in part by Sotheby’s); Butterflies (Winner Best Short Film/Best Actress in a Short Film, Philadelphia Independent Film Festival); The World of Albert Fun (Winner Best Comedy/Drama Short Ohio IndieGathering); and the web series Split starring Olympia Dukakis. In 2017 & 2018 she was consecutively honored with Daytime Drama Web Series Emmy nominations for her work on Venice the Series. McClain was honored to receive the 2017 International Matrix Award from the Association of Women in Communications for her work in support of female directors.

 

 

•John Jacobs Executive Producer

-John Jacobs is an American film and television producer. He is best known for producing four number one movies including Anger Management starring Adam Sandler and Jack Nicholson (2003), Blades Of Glory starring Will Farrell (2007), Beverly Hills Chihuahua starring Drew Barrymore (2008), and Ted starring Mark Wahlberg (2012); Two of which spawned franchises and together grossed over a billion dollars. Ted is still the highest grossing R rated comedy of all time. John has also produced the very successful female centric Boy Next Door (2015) starring Jennifer Lopez as well as Ted 2 (2015) which grossed almost a quarter of a billion dollars. He’s also been very successful in television serving as a producer for Family Guy on FOX, which is now in its 20th year and American Dad on TBS which just started its 16th season. He is currently producing an independent feature called The Lost Girls about child trafficking. He is the President of Smart Entertainment and splits his time between New York and LA.

 

•Greg Clark Executive Producer

-Entrepreneur Greg Clark is best described with a contradiction of terms: he is a low-profile, Silicon Valley maverick recognized as one of the world’s leading experts in cybersecurity. He is the former CEO of the American company Symantec, known globally as the leading pure-play cybersecurity company as well as founder and Chairman of independent film company, Fibonacci Films, created to develop, finance and produce quality, character-driven stories that cross genres.  In February of 2018, Clark’s Fibonacci Films partnered with Stuart Ford, founder and former CEO of IM Global, as a founding investor in Ford’s newly announced international film and television production and licensing company, AGC Studios. Previously CEO of Blue Coat, Inc., he brought the company to the #1 market share leader and share gainer in Web Security. The company was then acquired by Symantec. Clark has a long history of successful acquisitions with a portfolio of Fortune 500 companies around the globe.

 

•Victoria Hill Executive Producer

-Victoria Hill produced First Reformed (2017) through the newly-founded Fibonacci Films where she serves as Principal and Head of Production. Directed by the iconic screenwriter/director Paul Schrader, the film wowed critics at the 2017, Venice, Telluride and Toronto International Film Festival. Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried, Cedric Kyles and Hill star. Hill followed up on her dual-role as producer/actress in First Reformed with The Chaperone, based on Laura Moriarty’s best-selling novel and adapted for the screen by Academy Award®-winning writer Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park, Downton Abbey). The film stars Academy Award®-nominated actress Elizabeth McGovern, Haley Lu Richardson (The Edge of Seventeen), Miranda Otto, Campbell Scott and Golden Globe nominated actress Blythe Danner and Hill. Michael Engler directs. The Chaperone will be released theatrically in UK in 2020.

 

•Sterling Youngman Executive Producer

-Sterling Youngman award-winning producer: Over the last 30 years, Youngman has worked on television, film and film related projects in nearly 15 countries. His extensive knowledge in both creative and technical aspects of production has made him a sought after collaborator and garnered him numerous awards, including Best Producer at the First Run Film Festival, the Cine Golden Eagle for best of show, and a Parent’s Choice award, among others.Sterling has long had an interest in fighting Human Trafficking and produced the award-winning, feature-film, Bucharest Express (2001), shot entirely in Moldova. Sterling has produced and directed live shows (Glamour Magazine’s Women of The Year Awards), rock concerts (Blue Oyster Cult, David Broza, Storyville), and Off-Broadway performances. In 1993 he became the head of the music video department of November Records, an independent label with national distribution. Much of Sterling’s work has led him to directly develop or participate in the development of ground-breaking technologies. He has been at the forefront of today's CGI software, and has been directly involved in the continuing progress of current production and post production tools.

 

•Sally Coda Associate Producer

-Sally Coda started her career as a costume designer in Boston during the 1980's. She worked extensively with theatrical groups and rock bands. She became active during the 1980's AIDS crisis volunteering with various outreach programs. She also worked at Bay Cove Human Services in Boston, an agency that offered outpatient and residential services for persons with mental illness, substance abuse addictions and developmental disabilities. For the past 25 years, Sally is co-owner and Vice President of Coda Inc, a New Jersey based company specializing in products for the graphics arts industry. Her community involvement is extensive, working with educational foundations, as well as women's groups. Her current commitment is to empower women in regard to health care, equal rights and business opportunities. She became interested in the work that Artists for Change is doing in the area of child sex trafficking, viewing it as an opportunity to bring attention to this often over-looked issue. She will be working on a local, county and state level in the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania to bring awareness, provide education and support, and to make legislative changes regarding child sex trafficking.

 

•Suzanne Curry Associate Producer

-Suzanne Ordas Curry has owned a PR firm since 1988, it is through her clients that she became involved in film and scripted series. Her first venture was a webseries called Weight. She then moved into film, being a co-producer on Equity with Anna Gunn and Alysia Reiner, which premiered at Sundance and was purchased by Sony Pictures Classic. She is currently Executive Producer of Killian and the Comeback Kids, co-producer on A Case of Blue film, associate producer for Lost-Girls: Angie’s Story and a producer on a short film called The Six. She is also an associate producer of Tainted Dreams, which was nominated for 4 Emmy Awards. Suzanne is part of the team of An Acceptable Loss with Jamie Lee Curtis, Egg with Christina Hendricks and Liberte: A Time to Spy with Stana Katic and Radhike Apte She is also involved in ReBelle Media, a production company focusing on female-centric narratives. Suzanne lends her marketing expertise to everything she is involved in and covers them on her site, BehindtheScenezz.com. Suzanne has a passion for non-profit work regarding children and currently serves on three boards. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Rutgers University and is married with two sons.

 

•SAM CORTEZ Associate Producer

-Sam Cortez has a background in finance as well as being a lover of the arts, philanthropy, and social issues.  He has served on the boards of public, private, and non-profit companies such as Easter Seals NC, and is currently the Chairman of the Dare Education Foundation.   As well as associate producing Lost Girls, he has just completed writing a feature film titled Call Sign Romeo which he will also produce, with plans to go into production in 2020.  Mr. Cortez and his family reside in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, where Navy Fighter Jets can frequently be observed flying overhead.

 

•Kimberly Robson Associate Producer

-Kimberly is a film producer and philanthropist known for supporting female filmmakers and social issues. Previous films she has produced include the Jane Spencer directed The Ninth Cloud and Julia Verdin’s "Lost Girls".  She is currently working on a documentary piece on ADHD and depression.  She is also actively involved with UK non profit Film Without Borders that provides educational filmmaking workshops for youth in economically challenged areas around the world

 

•CAMILLE JUMELLE Costume Designer

Camille Jumelle is a member of The Costume Designers Guild (CDG) who has costume designed a bevy of movies and worked with top Hollywood talent such as Amy Adams, Scarlett Johansson, Bruce Willis, Jason Patric, and Willie Nelson, and John Travolta just to name a few.

Some of her credits of note include Spare Room(with Virginia Manson and Alicia Witt),Mothers and Daughters (with Selma Blair and Mira Sorvino), The Great Illusion (with Selma Blair and Graham Greene)

 

•PETER HOLLAND Director of Photography

-Peter Holland, ACS is a top cinematographer. Peter’s first feature film Gabriel (2007), earned him an ACS Gold Award for outstanding cinematography in a feature film. Peter also shot the very first feature film to be completed on the then revolutionary 4K Red Camera, with The Nothing Men (2008). Other credits of note include In Like Flynn (directed by legendary Australian director Russell Mulcahy), Reprisal (starring Bruce Willis), Backtrace (starring Sylvester Stallone), and a 10 episode TV drama Startup (featuring Martin Freeman) for Sony and Crackle.

 

Michelangelo Sosnowitz Composer

-Michael’s notable credits include the teaser music to HBO's Generation Kill and the opening theme music to The History Channel show Battles BC. He wrote the theme and score to the award winning comedy series Cop Show, written by and starring Colin Quinn. Notable feature film scores include the Dan Fogler directorial debut ‘Hysterical Psycho’, the Deborah Kampmeier films ‘SPLiT’ and ‘Tape’, the Allie Dvorin film ‘A Novel Romance’ and the Julia Verdin film’ The Lost Girls’. Along with film and television music, Michelangelo has written commercial music for Animal Planet, Chiller Network, Garnier Fructis, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, SK Energy Drink and many more. He has also written music for film shorts, plays, musicals, ballet, documentaries, video games. He has won awards for original music in film and theater including Best Score at the First Run Film Festival and Best Score at the Midtown International Theater Festival.​Michelangelo is also a prolific recording artist, writing and producing albums and songs for several artists across different styles of music. He has placed songs high on the CMJ charts as well as satellite, domestic and internet radio.

 

•Tom Wallerstein Editor

-Born and raised in Los Angeles. Tom joined the film industry back in 1998, starting out working for Spelling Entertainment. Over the years, he's worked as an editor on shows such as Second Chances, Going to California, Charmed, 7th Heaven, Titans, Big Apple, Zeke and Luther, Charlie's Angels, The Good Wife, Eastwick, The Doctor, Chase, Everwood, Greek, Kyle XY, Arrow, Sequestered and currently Batwoman. Tom has been a member of MPEG since 1999.

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