Cast & Crew

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Jamal Sims

Director

Jamal Sims is one of today’s most sought after choreographer/directors in the industry. Currently Jamal is directing a World Of Wonder Productions documentary entitled, Buck U. His recent projects include the fifth installment of the Step Up series, the acclaimed Microsoft “Surface/Surface Pro” tablet commercial, and the viral “Safety Video” hit for Virgin America. Jamal has also worked with Neil Patrick Harris as the Supervising Choreographer for RENT at the Hollywood Bowl. His other Choreography credits include Footloose, Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour, Dancing with the Stars, the Emmy nominated 82nd Academy Awards (Produced by Step Up feature film franchise Producer; Adam Shankman), Miley Cyrus Wonderworld Tour (to which he also Directed), Step Up 1, Step Up 2 The Streets, Step Up 3D, Step Up: Revolution, So You Think You Can Dance, Big Mama’s House: Like Father, Like Son (Martin Lawrence), Hairspray (John Travolta), Hannah Montana the Movie (Miley Cyrus), 17 Again (Zac Effron), Soul Men (Bernie Mac, Samuel L. Jackson), Beauty Shop, Vanilla Sky, and Garfield. Sims is known for his creativity in numerous commercials such as Target and Volkswagon, as well as music videos and stage shows for Jennifer Lopez, Madonna, Miley Cyrus, Usher, P. Diddy, Spice Girls, Outkast and Gloria Estefan. Jamal is truly setting the industry standard in choreography.

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Fred Roos

Producer

As the producer of some of the most unique films of our time, Fred Roos has worked with many of the film world’s most gifted moviemakers and actors.

His long-term collaboration with Francis Ford Coppola brought him an Academy Award for producing Best Picture winner The Godfather Part II. Also with Mr. Coppola, he was again a nominee for producing Apocalypse Now; co-produced two more Best Picture Oscar nominees, The Godfather Part III and The Conversation, the latter of which won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes International Film Festival; and executive-produced another Best Picture Oscar nominee, Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation.

Fred at the Oscars
Accepting an Oscar with Francis Coppola

Among the other features directed by Francis Coppola on which Mr. Roos has been a producer are One from the Heart, The Outsiders, Rumble Fish, The Cotton Club, Gardens of Stone, Tucker: The Man and His Dream, the “Life Without Zoe” segment of New York Stories, Youth Without Youth, and the recent Tetro.

Mr. Roos’ producing credits also include Jack Nicholson’s Drive, He Said; Carroll Ballard’s The Black Stallion; Wim Wenders’ Hammett; Barbet Schroeder’s Barfly; Agnieszka Holland’s The Secret Garden; Mel Smith’s Radioland Murders; and Sofia Coppola’s The Virgin Suicides. He was co-producer as well as executive producer on Marie Antoinette, Somewhere, and The Bling Ring. He received a CableACE Award as well as an Emmy Award nomination as executive producer of the documentary Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse. Currently his film St. Vincent de Van Nuys is in production with Melissa McCarthy, Naomi Watts, and Bill Murray.

Before he began producing films, Mr. Roos had a notable career as a casting director on such films as Richard Lester’s Petulia; Michelangelo Antonioni’s Zabriskie Point; George Cukor’s Travels with My Aunt; John Huston’s Fat City; Bob Rafelson’s Five Easy Pieces and The King of Marvin Gardens; Francis Coppola’s The Godfather; and George Lucas’ American Graffiti and Star Wars, as casting consultant on the latter.

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Brad Yoder

Producer/Writer

Native to High Point, NC, Brad Yoder graduated from T. Wingate Andrews High School in 1989 and attended Appalachian State University where he received his Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Yoder entered graduate school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill but chose to trade in his quest of a Master’s degree in Sport Psychology for a career in the entertainment industry. After two years in Los Angeles, he launched his own production company. Yoder’s ambition was to create and develop his own projects and has yet to look back. He has produced numerous award winning short films including Til Death (2008), the world’s first 3-D film to compete in The 48 Hour Film Project, Bigger Is Better? (2004) picked up by National Lampoon’s Comedy Night School, Super Bitchin’ Muscle Car (2004), and the television pilots Game On (2004) and Lubbock County (2010). On the silver screen, Brad can be seen playing Ethan Walker, one of the leads in the award winning feature film L.A. Proper (2008), and Detective Marshall in the film Anderson’s Cross (2010), which just won Best Picture and Best International Feature Film at its first two festivals. Yoder has filmed numerous national commercials for such notables as Chrysler, IBM, Anheuser-Busch, UPS, Value City Furniture, Occidental Petroleum, Off Broadway Shoes, and Mercedes.

Brad produced and starred in the movie Red Dirt Rising (2010)—a feature length, historical drama chronicling the birth of stock car racing in the rural south during the 1930s–40s. His character was racing legend and pioneer Jimmie Lewallen.

Throughout 2009 and 2010, Yoder produced MADHOUSE, a 13 episode television series with Triage Entertainment. The series documents the lives of several NASCAR Modified Division drivers and the sacrifices made each week enabling them to race. MADHOUSE aired on History Channel in 2010 and is currently negotiating a second season. Brad has also recently produced television series’ for TLC, Animal Planet and Sharp Entertainment with episodes airing in 2011.

Brad Yoder has worked consistently in both Los Angeles and North Carolina entertainment markets in front of and behind the camera. Having written, directed, unit production managed, and produced several projects for both film and television, he has gradually made his way to the top of his field in the independent production world.

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Dan Kelly

Writer

Dan A. R. Kelly earned his BFA in Film Directing from UNC—School of the Arts in 2001 and he is currently pursuing his MFA in Screenwriting at Hollins University. His writing has won awards with National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (1993, 2nd Place ARTS Award); Scholastic, Inc (1992, 1st Place Writing Award); and Cyclone Entertainment’s Screenwriting Competition (2000, Semi-Finalist). Dan’s short films have been screened at Cannes International Film Festival (2000, American Pavilion Student Screening); Cape Fear Independent Film Festival (2009, Winner, Festival Director’s Choice Award); and Miami International Film Festival (City Winner, Best Film, 48 Hour Film Project). Dan has also appeared as an actor in many commercials, industrials and independent films, and he has worked production crew on television programs and feature films, including Stalemate (2nd AD), The 5th Quarter (Casting Associate), and History Channel’s “Madhouse.” Dan has been honored to play a part in the writing of Ocean Drive.

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Cliff Downs

Music Supervisor

After experiencing his first Billboard Top 40 Chart success at age 19, Cliff Downs was signed to a record deal on Atlantic Records by legendary CEO Ahmet Ertegun, whose other artists included Aretha Franklin, The Rolling Stones, Led Zepplin, Ray Charles, The Who, and Crosby, Stills and Nash.

Shortly thereafter, Cliff began composing music and songs for numerous network television shows and movies. He has amassed an amazing 13 Emmys as well as numerous other nominations and awards, including Best Original Song.

Cliff has also written and produced Number One, Top Ten, and Top Forty songs in the Pop, AC, Country, Contemporary Jazz, and Contemporary Christian charts. Among the artists for whom he has written and produced are Wynonna Judd, B.J. Thomas, Bad Company, Glenn Campbell, Michael McDonald, Ambrosia, Little River Band, and jazz great Richard Elliot. He also produced the chart-topping single “One Heart at a Time,” that included Garth Brooks, Faith Hill, and Olivia Newton-John. Cliff has had albums nominated for “Best R & B Christian Album,” and “Best Inspirational Album of the Year.”

Recently, Cliff wrote two songs for famed producer David Zucker’s movie An American Carol. Other film and television credits include TNT’s movie Red Water, MTV’s Spyder Games, ABC’s General Hospital and One Life to Live, Aaron Spelling’s mega-hit international show Sunset Beach, and A&E’s award-winning series Intervention. He also wrote and recorded the original score for Red Dirt Rising and the upcoming film Hero.

Unique highlights in Cliff’s career include producing and recording the London Session Orchestra for a Disney project at world-famous Abbey Road Studios in London and playing guitar on former Beatle Ringo Starr’s solo album.

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