Lawayne & Dewayne Bontrager
Executive Producers, Mentors to the Director, Production Managers, Editors, and Special Effects Artists
Lawayne and Dewayne Bontrager have been writing, producing, filming and editing short films for the past five years. For this movie, Zombie Crush, Lawayne conceived and wrote the script. The Bontrager's work includes multiple short films in various genres and a viral animation video for comedian Ron White for the role out of his video titled Behavior Problems. The Bontrager's awards include "Best of Show" for Dude's Day at the 2008 Atlanta 48 Hour Film Project and "Best Actor" and "Best Special Effects" for Boy in the Box at the 2011 Atlanta 48 Hour Film Project. They are the owners of Twiin Media, LLC and Bontrager Twins Productions. They are the owners of Twiin Media, LLC and Bontrager Twins Productions.
Director/Lead Actor, age: 13,
Tendal Mann stars in the short films The Listener (now at festivals), with Whitestone Productions in Mischievous and Lost and Found and received co-writing credit for the award-winning Boy in the Box. Mann has a supporting role as Marshall Chess in the feature film Who Do You Love (directed by Broadway's Jerry Zaks), winner of the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival's Audience Award 2010 (and other awards nationally) and for which Mann enjoyed walking the red carpet at the world premiere gala in Toronto and at the NYC premiere. Mann has spent seven years as a busy pro stage actor in Atlanta, winning critical acclaim at the Tony Award winning Alliance Theater and others with roles from Tiny Tim to Dill in To Kill a Mockingbird. He is represented in Atlanta by Hot Shot Kids and in Los Angeles by MKS and is a proud Actors Equity Association membership candidate. He donates portions of all earnings to charity.
Tyara Hooks is a whirlpool of talent and a refreshing, new face on the acting scene here in Atlanta. Zombie Crush will be her first production presenting her British vernacular. Along the East Coast, she has played several lead roles in familiar theatrical works such as Marie Antoinette in “French Revolution” and Laurey Williams in “Oklahoma”. She is credited for supporting roles such as Mitch Mahoney in “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” and Nerine in “Scapin”. As a singer, writer, dancer and actor, she has earned many awards to include a two-time state championship of Debate and Speech for her dramatic speeches.
Director of Photography
Mathias Saunders is a highly skilled, dynamic cinematographer and camera operator with over 18 years experience in all aspects of motion picture production. 1993 Graduate of New York University undergraduate Film Program. Saunders was a personal assistant to Conrad Hall, ASC for over two years and assisted and trained under numerous cinematographers and members of the ASC, including Jeff Seckenndorf, Steven Burum, Vilmos Sigmund, Allen Daviau, Curtis Clark and Robert Primes. Saunders has been the director of photography in 22+ feature films.
Art Director, Set Designer
Guy Tedesco is a multi faceted, multi disciplined artist, sculptor and works with any and all media available and his versatility knows no limits. Guy helped to design, build, and establish the first Planet Hollywood restaurant in NYC working with owners; producer Keith Barish, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, and Sylvester Stallone. In the theater industry, Guy has created elaborate sets, hundreds of costumes, props, and special effects make up for numerous live productions including 3 productions of Walt Disney's "Beauty and The Beast" for national audiences including the International Thespian Festival.
Rachelle White Lynn
Chief Make-Up Artist
Rachelle has created incredible zombie masterpieces on the set of "The Walking Dead" and at the highly attended Atlanta based haunted house's "Chambers of Horror" and "Atlanta Zombie Apocalypse". Rachelle has also helped terrify the audiences of "Silver Scream Spookshow" at the Plaza Theater in Atlanta. It is not uncommon for Rachelle to create 10 zombies within 1 hour. You can see some of her work on our promotional poster.
Steve Lock Franks
Chief Music Composer
Steve Lock Franks has 20 years experience in entertainment industry. He has been a music director for stage and film and is an alumnae with the historic Dudley Riggs Theatre in Minneapolis where he served as music director and composer. Steve has also been a member of the multi-award winning Whole World Theatre co. for the last 7 years. Steve has composed and produced multiple genres of musical styles for Tony Award winner Dan Fogler, award winning writer producer Kat Phillips, and Bontrager Twins productions just to name a few.
Steve Lock Franks is the owner of his own production company, Atlanta Music4Film AM4F LLC.
Writer/Singer - Soundtrack Theme Song
Floco Torres is a 24-year-old who earned his first award for Macon's Best Local Hip-Hop and then came out on top of the Gateway Project music competition, and later releasing a new EP, "10,000 Hours," to celebrate his victory. The EP came on the heels of "Floco's Modern Life," a full-length album on Indie label Random Family Records, which was recorded with a live band and funded by his fans through Kickstarter.
Executive Producer, Location Scout
Terrell Sandefur is a latte-loving publicist, events planner, social marketing maniac and blogger. Sandefur's company, SoChi Services, is located in The SoChi Gallery in Downtown Macon. Sandefur writes the lifestyle blog "SoChilite."The 2009 Cultural Awards winner has served on the Macon Film Festival board since it's inception in 2006. His work on the board has included event coordinator, sponsorship sales, media relations, publicity and festival emcee.
Sheri Mann Stewart
Associate Producer, Acting Coach
Sheri Mann Stewart received her training with the famed Stella Adler and at the renown Theater Department of Catholic University. Stewart has served as a Film Directing Instructor at AIA and on acting faculties at Emory University and the Tony Award Winning Alliance Theater for over 16 years. She has directed and co-directed features, TV, shorts and live theater productions on both coasts and has played roles in film and TV productions directed by Tyler Perry, Mike Newell, Pete Segal, John Korty and Jamie Babbitt among others and has produced and hosted TV series. Stewart has appeared in over 100 stage productions at theaters nationwide and has several screenplays in development.
Associate Producer, age 10 (Punch Brothers Productions)
Royce Mann's credits include starring film roles in: Boy in the Box (Best Actor, Atlanta 48 Hour Film Project); Missile Crisis (multiple festival awards); The Razzle (various awards). TV: "Good Eats" (Twisted Tiny Tim); national commercials. Ghost Brothers of Darkland County World Premiere (Young Joe, Opening April 2012, Tony Award Winning Alliance Theater, Book by Stephen King, Music by T Bone Burnett, Director Susan Booth); Christmas Carol (Tiny Tim, 3 years, Alliance Theater); I Dream (Young Ronald, Director Jasmine Guy, Musical Dramatic Arts, Suzi Award Best New Musical)