Melissa Panzer is a proud graduate of Syracuse University, where she studied theater while earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts. After her time at Syracuse, she spent five years working as a Producer in ESPN’s Content Development department, contributing to “The ESPYS,” “Red Bull: New Year. No Limits.,” “Homecoming with Rick Reilly,” “Her Story - Ten Times Over,” and the acclaimed “30 for 30” series. During her tenure at ESPN, Melissa also created and produced ESPN.com's "The Pretty Good Sports Show."
Melissa recently graduated from the prestigious Peter Stark Producing Program at USC's School of Cinematic Arts. While attending USC, Melissa produced several short films including Herbert, which was an official selection of the Big Bear International Film Festival, and Cody, for which she was awarded a substantial grant for her role as a Producer. Since graduating, Melissa has set up several television shows for development at various studios and production companies, she recently produced a short film starring Zoe Saldana and a feature-length psychological thriller titled Remorse.
Melissa has procured commercials for Diet Coke, Chevrolet, Absolut Vodka, Campbell's Soup, Diner's Club, and several different pieces for Reebok's "Live with Fire" campaign. Currently, Melissa’s production company, Don’t Panic Productions, has several short films and commercials in pre-production, all of which are gearing up to shoot between January and July of 2014.
John Lutz is an award-winning motion picture producer. Born and raised in Bucks County, Pa, he attended Temple university where he received his B.A. in film and media arts. He later received a certificate in producing from the International Film and Television Workshops in Rockport, Maine.
John’s most recent film “ Cherry.” won best feature at the Charleston International Film Festival, best produced film at the 2011 Beverly Hills Film Festival and was picked up by Warner Brothers. He prides himself on building and maintaining relationships and having a true entrepreneurial spirit that is both honest and independent minded.
John S. Nargiso has been a Producer for Futurist Ape since 2003. He specializes in the areas of corporate finance and venture capital and has served as a principal and advisor in structuring and arranging numerous economic development and venture capital projects.
He received his B.A. from Rutgers College, where he was a Henry Rutgers Honours Scholar in Economics, and he received his J.D. from The George Washington University Law School. His prior legal experience includes practising at the law firm of Fried Frank LLP.
His film “Cherry.” won best produced film in 2011 at the Beverly Hills Film Festival.
Guy Quigley was born in Ireland to a second generation thespian family. He was educated in Ireland, where he left the theatre and entered the business world. He is married with three children, born in 1971, 1975 and 1980 and has six grandchildren.
Until prohibited by the Zimbabwe liberation war, he owned and operated a real estate company in Salisbury (Harare City), Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) acquiring a Private Pilot’s License for his travel between cattle estates in Zambia and offices in Rhodesia. In his spare time, he wrote two fictional novels entitled, “The Smoke That Thunders” and a children’s story, “The Little People” for his daughters.
He is one of the two Ex-Producers of “Magic Boys” filmed in London and Budapest. He is also an Ex-Producer of the spoof “Breaking Wind,” and the Ex-Producer of the soon to be released “Wicked Blood,” a film with a host of A-line stars. He also created a test web series called “In The Bag.” In 2013, he joined forces with director Quinn Saunders of Futurist Ape Productions, utilizing his ThunderSmoke Media Company to collectively make the movie “Remorse.”
2004 Silver Addy Award
Jody M. Quigley was born in Watford, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom. Hailing from a third generation thespian background in theater and music, he dabbled in music and acting throughout his younger life. His family moved to the United States when he was three years old.
Jody graduated from DeSales University with a B.A. in TV/Film production and a business minor. No longer being able to deny the acting bug, he moved to LA where he studied with Dee Wallace Stone for four years. He also graduated from Stella Adler’s acting theatre, completing their two-year program.
Having an aptitude for accents, in this case British, Jody landed a bit part in the movie “Magic Boys”. Later, he scored a bigger role in the action film “Hijacked.” Recently, he has climbed the acting ladder even further with a significant role in the action thriller “Wicked Blood,” as well as the leading male role in the movie “Remorse.”
Jody has two Co-Executive Producer credits on upcoming films and is also a business partner in ThunderSmoke Media LLC. Currently residing in the quiet area of Doylestown, PA, he is also a part business owner of the Historic Doylestown Inn, currently under extensive renovation.
Born in Manhattan to Hungarian actress Iren Bordan and Father Gabor Szerdahelyi, Lili was shy until she found her voice as General LaFayette in a 4th grade play about the American Revolution. She began studying acting at 16 under the mentorship of Susan Batson and upon completing her studies in literature and philosophy from Sarah Lawrence College, Lili moved to Europe to be closer to her family and to play the lead in her first Hungarian feature "Kinder Garden."
She moved back to the states and played in guest-starring roles on shows like ER and Law and Order: SVU. Her award winning performance in Moth Theatre Company's production of David Hare's "The Blue Room" won her a Scenie award for best featured actress in a drama or intimate play. On the big screen, her award-winning American feature "Cherry." was picked up at Cannes for distribution by Warner Brothers, but she is most known to fans as the sensitive and flawed Becca Kelly in "Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome," and the powerful, refined German security officer Hannah Strauss on ABC's "The River." A recurring role on hit BBC series "Silent Witness" introduced her to British audiences, resulting in her landing the lead in British feature film "Two Days in the Smoke," filming in London and Paris.
Ever since she was a child growing up in South Jersey, Katrina Law had more energy than she knew what to do with. A typical small town American Girl, she was also a member of The National Honors Society and won the title of Miss New Jersey Teen USA where she went on to represent the state at finals on national television.
Her parents met during the Vietnam War; her father being a Catholic of German and Italian decent serving in the U.S. armed forces and her mother a Buddhist living in Taiwan, working as a bartender. This combination of cultures learning to live in harmony under one roof taught Katrina tolerance, patience, understanding, and humor as a child and still guides her to this day.
After graduating with a Theater degree from The Richard Stockton College of NJ, Katrina's acting education continued on in the big cities of Philadelphia and New York. There she not only deepened her understanding of acting as an art form, but she also sharpened her teeth on the business of acting. In New York City she earned her S.A.G. eligibility on the set of Numbers with Nora Ephron and John Travolta and finally joined S.A.G. when she booked a Guest Star on NY's "The Third Watch". Since then she has gone on to act in many exciting projects including a three episode arc as the Mord Sith "Garen" in “Legend of the Seeker” and as the series regular "Mira" in the hit new show “Spartacus: Blood and Sand.”
An award-winning director, Quinn’s first feature film, Cherry., a suspense thriller that has been compared to a Generation-Y Sex, Lies and Videotape, premiered in 2010 at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival, one of the world’s oldest, largest and most heavily attended fests. Screen Daily described Cherry. as “Broodingly Memorable” and Horrornews.com said, “It keeps you thinking long after the credits roll.” Cherry. was distributed by Warner Brothers Digital in the U.S. and was sold to territories throughout the world. Quinn’s short film, Fortunate Son, won the award for Best Short at five film festivals, and screened at over twenty festivals around the world. Fortunate Son was Quinn’s thesis film at USC, where he was one of the few students ever chosen for mentorship by director Robert Zemeckis.
In addition to his film work, Quinn has also served as the director for the CBS series Big Brother for many years, and teaches film and television production at California State University, Northridge.
A supernatural thriller exploring themes of love, death and the fragility of the mind.