RICK DEWITT, SENIOR/ PRINCIPLE PARTNER/ Producer, cinematographer & Director (IMDB)
Richard De Witt is a photographer, cinematographer, writer, and film maker. He holds degrees from UCLA film program (1980-1982) and American Film Institute (MA Cinematography, 1988-1989). He began his work in professional film with veteran movie producers Robert Chartoff and Irwin Winkler (1983-1987). He was involved in the script-to-screen process on Round Midnight (1986), Betrayed (1988), and the Music Box (1989), with European film directors Bertrand Tavernier and Costa Gavras (1986). He also worked on Rocky IV (1985) and Martin Scorsese's, Goodfellas (1990). Rick has written over 10 screenplays and was hired to write a contemporary adaptation based on the Winnetou Trilogy, the top selling books in Germany, by the celebrated writer, Carl May (2012). He completed his internship at AFI with Clint Eastwood's Academy Award winning DP, Jack Green on The Rookie (1990). He has shot feature films, short films, commercials, PSA's, industrial, and documentaries for many companies including Dreamworks SKG (1999). As principal partner of EverWitt Productions, Richard produced and shot My Dad's Garage, the Hotheadz, MacMillan's Haunted Histories, and the animated concept, the Fumppits, with Hanna Barbera's, Bob Singer and J.H. Everett (201-2017). He created concept packages for PBS, Discovery Channel, MacMillan, Scholastic, and Stoopid Buddies Productions (with the help of BJ Guyer - 2017). He is currently in Pre-Production on the New Film Group Productions (2018) and Longbow Studios Indie feature film called, Wilderness. The script is based on the Battle of the Wilderness during the American Civil War and is a character driven Thriller / Black Comedy that will go into production, in Tennessee, Virginia, and North Carolina in May of 2018.
Ev StantoN(J.H. EVERETT), Principal partner/ Producer - (iMDB)
Ev Stanton is an artist and writer. He holds a PhD in History from the University of California, Irvine. Ev is also a community cultural events co-producer for the LORE Foundation, NPO in Los Angeles, CA. Along with occasionally teaching at the university level, he co-created a middle-grade nonfiction series, Haunted Histories: Creepy Castles, Dark Dungeons, and Powerful Palaces, Henry Holt Publishing, Mac Millan Press, Inc. He regularly contributed as an illustrator for the Los Angeles Times, Kid's Reading Corner. His first children's picture book, The Candy Palace, was published by the MMJ Foundation Press and Second Harvest Food Bank. In partnership with MMJ Foundation, Ev has also helped create and implement the school giving programs for the Candy Palace project. Trained in illustration and painting by famed Hanna Barbera artist, Bob Singer and Disney artist Roger Armstrong, Ev also serves as the artist ambassador for the Candy Palace Charity. In addition to his current book projects, Ev has worked as a freelance concept illustrator for Jim Henson Company and has created concept covers for Scholastic Books. He served as an editor on Me and My World, as well as several other titles for the educational publisher, Teacher Created Resources. He has written articles for children’s literature publications and websites including: SCBWI Kite Tales, Children’s Book Insider, and The Reading Tub and is a featured author in the California Reader's Association and Authors Now! He has also co-created and managed a team for packaging children's television programming concepts that were pitched to PBS, Discovery Channel, and VOD distributors.
Michael A. Candela (Leo) - Producer / Casting Director (iMDB)
Michael A. Candela has been supporting his “theatre addiction” with producing, directing, and casting films for over 40 years. He has directed over 80 productions, including Harvey, Diary of Anne Frank, The Knack and The Little Prince. He was the Artistic Director of the Naugatuck Teen Theatre, United Artists Theatre, Hollywood Youth Theatre, and Theatre Harmony Ensemble. His awards include "Halo Award Best Play" from Seven Angels Theatre (Tony Award winning Theatre) for directing The Crucible" (2007) and again in (2008) Madwoman of Chaillot, Governor's Award (Connecticut) for direction of Jesus Christ Superstar, Dramaloge Award (LA) for Shakespeare's Twelfth Night and an OBIE Award (NYC) for Tea and Sympathy,. He has been a member of ten different repertory companies. As an actor he has appeared in over 100 productions including Fagin in Oliver, Judas in Godspell, Doolittle in My Fair Lady (3 times), Bottom in Midsummer Night Dream, J.B. in J.B. and Teyve in Fiddler on the Roof and Scrooge in the Musical Version of A Christmas Carol. His film roles are many and include co-starring in Lucky U Ranch, being released on Amazon as we speak.
Before moving to Arizona, Mr. Candela was the owner of 7.23 Productions where he produced 15 films with such stars as Sean Astin, Matthew Lillard, Shannon Elizabeth and Brian Dennehy in Dish Dogs; Lauren Graham, Roger Daltry, Christopher Lloyd (Chasing Destiny), Rob Lowe and Michael York (Hell of a Buy), Ben Gazzara (Shark in a Bottle), and the Austin Festivals “Best Picture of the Year” La Cuccaracha starring Eric Roberts. He has cast over 70 projects and 4 TV Series. He now lives in Tucson with his wife, Dr. Marsha Brooks-Candela, and two children; Nicholas, and Hannah.