Cecilio Asuncion

Producer / Director


Cecilio currently resides in San Francisco by way of New York City. Originally from Manila, Cecilio started by being an assistant production designer for television commercials under the tutelage of Gayl Vicente doing work for clients such as Johnson's Baby Powder, Hallmark cards, MAXX Candy, Bayantel telecommunications, Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company, San Miguel Beer and other local brands. He also did production design work on a music video for the artist Jaya. He then was appointed as Art Director and food stylist for Taste Magazine, a culinary magazine. He is also the recipient of the 2012 Outstanding Filipino-American award for LGBT advocacy.

He joined the Scary Cow film coop in 2011. What's The T? is Cecilio's first documentary recognizing the importance of a celebration of beauty, not only in the trans world but in the community at large.



Joshua Jones

Storyline Advisor

Joshua Jones is an attorney and freelance writer, residing in Pensacola, Florida. A music education graduate of the University of Montevallo, he attended the University of New Hampshire School of Law and earned a master of laws at the University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. Joshua has published short stories, including the serial gay romance The Planter's Son, a collection of personal essays, OMG! WTF? Another Vampire Story, as well as scholarly legal articles. He is a regular contributor to the legal blog, TheLawInsider.com. When he's not solving client legal woes or writing, Joshua is at the demand of his two cats or on the road seeking new adventures with his husband of sixteen years.


Israel Luna

Editor

Israel has enjoyed critical acclaim writing and directing several feature-length movies and has been a creative force behind many other made-for-TV, stage and internet projects. Some of the accolades Israel’s projects have attained are: Winner Young Filmmakers Award at the Austin Film Festival for his work on Reel Kids, Audience Award for Best Feature for The Deadbeat Club at Dallas’ Deep Ellum Film Festival, and a nomination for Best Feature for R U Invited? at Dallas’ OUT TAKES Film Festival. In addition, Israel’s movie Fright Flick took the festival circuit by storm making its international screening debut in Amsterdam. Israel’s most recent project, Ticked-Off Trannies With Knives, became his biggest success to date creating a media storm with controversy and positive buzz currently on Netflix and Showtime Channel.


Michael Garrigues

Cinematographer

Garrigues' first lighting job was La Pastorella at the Monterey Convention Center when he was 18 years old. Hired as one of a two-member rigging crew, he redesigned the entire lighting plan while the Lighting Designer slept off a hangover during the tech rehearsal. Since then he's gone on to light and shoot video for corporate, non-profit, and independent film projects. He's just finished directing a feature documentary, J, Robot, about humanoid robots in Japan and is no longer 18 years old.


David Bowsky

Cinematographer

David Bowsky is a former information technology professional who received a Bachelor of Arts in Cinema from San Francisco State University. While there David shot and edited several 16mm films and delved into optical printing. Since 2008 he has worked as a freelance assistant cameraman and grip on numerous corporate videos, cable TV shows, and the feature films Bloodline, and Beyond Redemption.


Ana Grillo

Cinematographer

Ana Grillo is a freelance photographer, videographer, filmmaker and part time yoga teacher/thai massage therapist. She is proud to call San Francisco home and is inspired by the explosion of diversity and creativity here. She is currently working on her first documentary film, What is Love San Francisco? and is thrilled by all that she is learning in the process.


Alan Carpenter

Sound Engineer

Alan has been working on the occasional micro-budget independent film since 2005 from production assistant, boom op, sound mixer, camera operator to assistant director and producer, and even converted into an extra in a pinch. By day he toils with technology, which fuels his appreciation for the evolution of digital cinematography almost as much as a good story. In 2011 he joined a film collective in San Francisco called Scary Cow seeking a like-minded herd. He’s currently working on a feature with two other screenwriters for a Bollywood Noir fusion.


Ross Hopeman

Sound Engineer

Ross Hopeman is a sound-engineer. He puts microphones next to things, and fights evil. He has a dog named Miles, who also fights evil.


Lee Vilensky

Composer

Lee Vilensky is a SF Bay Area musician and composer who currently leads the popular instrumental group, The Lee Vilensky Trio. He also runs the record label 658 Records out of SF, which recently released the trio's full length cd, Dirty Dealings on a Latin Moon. Lee started his career in the San Francisco North Beach blues scene as a bassist then guitarist in the early'80's for many Bay Area luminaries such as Johnny Nitro, Cool Papa, Curtis Lawson and many others. He then co-formed Thee Hellhounds with accordionist Big Lou and wound up playing bass for cult heroes The Billy Nayer Show and Pearl Harbour. Film scoring with Cory Mcabee led Lee to work in film and the idea for a pure instrumental music coined "Surf/soul". Mixing together elements of 60's soul and Socal surf music with late 50's cool jazz and a love for all things Fellini/Rota, Lee has developed a style of music that draws from the past and leans forward to the future.


John Piscitello

Composer

L.A. based John attended MIT as a Computer Science major, worked as a Macsoftware engineer, and got a Harvard MBA. In 1998 John moved to Silicon Valley startup, which led to working at Google in 2001. During this time, he played in bands at night and dove deeper into musical theory and orchestration. After Google John began studying with San Francisco-based choral composer David Conte, and trained on piano, guitar, and as a tenor. John got started scoring short films with Scary Cow, which led to the independent features Dixie Dynamite and Contractor's Routine. John is currently a student in USC's Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television class of 2012.


Hytham Abbou Youssef

Composer

Hytham Abou Youssef hails from Egypt, Hytham was born into a music-centric family. His great uncle was the head of the Egyptian Opera house, his late uncle was one of best jazz bassists, and a cousin with a leading rock band in Egypt. With all these influences in mind, Hytham picked up the guitar at age 16 and started writing at 18. The next step of his career came in 2008 with the introduction of logic pro, and the world of electronic music was opened up when one of his compositions was used as an advertisement in Egypt, he decided to pursue more musical ventures. After all, it's a family thing.


Kim Erik Buhay Samson

Intro Animator

Kim is based in Manila, Philippines. Kim started in the industry doing Television Commercials and later on parlayed his editing talents into local Films. After numerous projects, Kim was jaded from the entire industry and quit post-production altogether. He now currently does projects that would move people and somehow change the world. In his own words, "I would rather create stuff, actual sculptures "for real/not virtual"...


Jasmin Cardenas

Make Up Artist

As an independent freelancer, Jasmine Cardenas has been a professional Makeup Artist and a Licensed Esthetician for over 6 years. Jasmine has a huge passion for makeup and art. She is no stranger to pushing the envelope and constantly finding ways to modernize classic applications to a trendy perspective. Striving to provide the best results to all clients sitting in her chair, she is well experienced with all skin types and ethinicities; from Natural, Beauty, Classic Glam, Avant Garde and Bridal application, there isn't anything that she can't do. Believing that make-up is just more than black and white, as well as, coloring outside the line, Jasmine is an highly sought out artist in the Northern California Region.