MIA TRACHINGER – WRITER/DIRECTOR
Los Angeles native Mia Trachinger earned an MFA in Directing from the UCLA School of Film, Theater and Television. After making several award-winning short films, Mia wrote and directed the feature film BUNNY, which went on to screen in film festivals around the world, including Toronto, San Sebastian, The Hamptons, and Los Angeles. BUNNY earned two Independent Spirit Award nominations (John Cassavetes Award and Someone To Watch Award) and won the Maverick Spirit Award at the Cinequest Film Festival. BUNNY received a national release through Madstone Films.
Mia’s sophomore feature, REVERSION, made its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and won the Indie Express Award at the St. Louis International Film Festival. Shortly there after, Mia participated in Film Independent’s Screenwriter’s Lab with the psychological thriller WHAT REMAINS. In 2011, Mia directed her sci-fi script EXPOSURE, for ITVS’ Future States series.
REBECCA SONNENSHINE – PRODUCER
Rebecca Sonnenshine is a graduate of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. She was the recipient of a Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting and has attended the Film Independent Director’s Lab and the Berlinale Talent Campus. She produced the feature films BUNNY and REVERSION. As a screenwriter, her credits include HAPPILY EVEN AFTER, AMERICAN ZOMBIE, THE HAUNTING OF MOLLY HARTLEY, and WITHIN.
PATTI LEE – DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Born the youngest of five girls from a traditional Chinese American family, Patti Lee did the unthinkable and went into show business. After graduating UCLA’s film school, Patti Lee began her career lighting feature films, commercials and television shows, working first as a set lighting technician, then later as a gaffer. Lee’s career continued to rise, and she became Director of Photography on “The Bernie Mac Show” (FOX). Other cinematography credits include “Perfect Couples” (NBC/Universal), “Somebodies” (BET) and BUNNY, which was nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards.
In addition to shooting, Lee produced the acclaimed feature documentary, A SMALL ACT, which premiered at Sundance and can be seen on HBO. The film was named by Roger Ebert as one of “The Best Documentaries of 2010.”
MISCHA LIVINGSTONE – EDITOR
Filmmaker Mischa Livingstone was born in Glasgow, Scotland and emigrated to Israel as a child. After completing his mandatory military service he moved to the United States to study film at UCLA where he received a BA in Film Production (summa cum laude) and an MFA in Screenwriting.
His award-winning films have screened at festivals worldwide and been added to the Smithsonian permanent collection. Festival screenings include the Berlin Intl. Film Festival (where he was nominated for a Crystal Bear), Montreal World Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Seattle Intl. Film Festival, and Cinequest (Viewers’ Voice Award winner), to name but a few.
In addition to filmmaking, Mischa serves on the faculty of the Art Institute of California, Los Angeles.
JONATHAN SNIPES – COMPOSER
Jonathan Snipes is a composer and sound designer. On screen, his music has been heard in Reversion (Sundance Film Festival), Mask of the Ninja (Spike TV, 2008), , Snakes on a Plane (New Line Cinema, 2006), The Office (NBC, 2005-present), The Sarah Connor Chronicles (Fox, 2007-2009), Battlestar Galactica (SciFi, 2004-2009), and Meteor: Path to Destruction (NBC, 2009). On the stage, his work has been featured in Meditations on Virginity (National Theater in Warsaw, Poland, 2004) Nocturne (Black Dahlia Theater, 2004), Crumble (Moving Arts, 2005), Belfast Blues (Off-Broadway, 2004), and Sock & Shoe (Actors Gang, 2009). As “Captain Ahab”, Jonathan has written and recorded numerous albums for the record labels Deathbomb Arc (Los Angeles), Dual Plover (Australia), and Cock Rock Disco (Berlin). He has performed at some of the premier venues and festivals for electronic and music in the world including The Smell and the Knitting Factory in Los Angeles, Dour and Dissonant Festivals in Belgium, Bangface in London, Club Transmedial in Berlin, and The Golden Pudel in Hamburg. He is a founding member and resident composer of Three Chairs Theater Company.