Ezra J. Stanley
Ezra J. Stanley is a multi-award winning Screen Artist and Writer. He is the recent winner of the Best Commercial Award as auteur Writer-Director for his cinematic Toymail "Pancakes" Commercial at the 2016 HollyShorts Film Festival billed as the "Cannes of Short Films." Ezra J's wild commercial had its world premiere at Hollywood's TCL Chinese Theatres playing among 400 of the world's best short films. "Pancakes" screened along with Oscar winning animations "Bear Story", Oscar winning "Manoman", and Palm D'or winner "Waves 98".
Ezra J also won the Best Commercial Award for Levi's "Post-Mortem" at the 2011 HollyShorts Film Festival. He is the two year consecutive winner of the Best Commercial Award for Levi's "True Love" in 2010, and Levi's "Post-Mortem" in 2009 at the Burbank International Film Festival. He had his debut in SHOOT Magazine's 2010 New Directors Showcase selected as one of World's Hot New Directors, held at New York's Directors Guild of America theater. He's designed and directed benefit concerts to entertain audiences that number into the thousands, including shows for the United Nations, the American India Foundation, and TiEcon.
A native of San Francisco, with roots in Belize, his father of Mayan descent, and mother of Garifuna (black Carib) descent allow for his extraordinarily versatile onscreen work. He also works as a voiceover artist doing his many accents, impersonations, and characters for Film, TV, Radio, and Video Games.
Growing up, his education was always more important to him than entertaining. He tested into the prestigious magnet Lowell High School where he developed an interest in consciousness and artificial intelligence in computer programming. He then started in the Computer Science program at San Francisco State University yet artificial intelligence was not enough, and he moved from Computer Science to SFSU's Cinema Department where he could create life on screen. There he overindulged in courses in film theory and history ultimately receiving a BA in Cinema. He later co-founded AboveGrey Pictures with classmate turned producer-cinematographer Alejandro Wilkins who is also a recipient of the 2016 ICG's Emerging Cinematographer Award. Producer-Director, Michael Axtell now co-heads with Stanley at AboveGrey Pictures. The boutique works as a strike team consisting of top film and advertising talent creating commercials, music videos, films, and print ads. When Ezra J. is not crafting the next cool thing, you can almost guarantee he's out surfing, motorcycling, or dissecting films.
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Theodore Mark Martinez
Martinez has been seen, in the theater, in Dream Girls, Intimate Apparel, Julius Caesar, The Colored Museum, Tempest, and To Kill A Mockingbird to name a few. While doing so, he's graced the stages of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Morgan-Wixson Theatre, Stage 52, the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center and more. Martinez even had the esteemed privilege of working with Executive Director, Plácido Domingo, in Moby Dick. He described it as one of his most brilliant opportunities.
In addition to theater, Martinez can be seen, on screen, in such films as "All The Way" where President Lyndon B. Johnson (Bryan Cranston) endures a tumultuous first year in office while trying to launch a civil rights bill and "The Five-Year Engagement." He can also be seen in Independent films such as "The Voice" and the award-winning "Jew".
Martinez' versatility is evident as he performs in the voice over realm in an animated film "Take Too Long" by Kwesi Davis. In this and other performances, Martinez displays a wide range of emotions that are pulled from his personal experiences.
Martinez aspires to perform in positive, inspirational pieces where he can bravely tell the story of those who have been silenced and to speak for a population that Mainstream America fails to properly portray.
Past Celebrity Guests
Celeste Yarnall, Ph.D is a 21st Century Renaissance woman. After working as a top model, starring in films, including, Live a Little Love a Little, opposite Elvis Presley and guest starring on popular television shows such as Star Trek, Land of the Giants etc she began her own Celestial Trek as a business woman/author/speaker/activist & avid holistic researcher.
Celeste is the co-author of the award winning book, The Complete Guide to Holistic Cat Care and the soon to be released, Paleo Dog, Give your Best Friend a Long Life, Healthy Weight and Freedom from Illness, with Jean Hofve, DVM for Rodale press. She is also the author of a personal account of her journey from Star Trek to Ph.D entitled, Celestial Trek.
Celeste is the producer of the award winning documentary film, Femme Women Healing the World, which she is also featured in. Celeste and her writing partner are currently writing the companion book to this film and have in the works 5 more documentary film projects, which will include books and art works. Celeste is also acting in and the producer of science fiction feature film which has been cast with primarily major Star Trek actors and series regular’s called UNBELIVEABLE!!!!!
Celeste is also an Ovarian Cancer survivor and advocate for raising awareness for this hard to detect form of women’s cancer.
Celeste is a popular speaker on myriad of subjects at Holistic and New Paradigm conferences.
Celeste and her husband Nazim who is a fine artist, live in Los Angeles, California.
Born in the Bronx, Marcello Thedford found a passion and a way out of poverty through acting. Always a dreamer, he started honing his craft at a young age through the improvisational theater scene in New York. He studied at New York’s Third World Theater at Black Drama Productions, waiting for his big break. After many disappointments, he followed a suggestion from his younger brother and auditioned for “My Posse Don’t Do Homework”, a film that was later titled “Dangerous Minds”. At the tender age of 20, Marcello was playing opposite of Michelle Pfeiffer in a major theatrical film. He had arrived.
Marcello immediately began to be featured in the slew of big budget blockbusters including “Crimson Tide” (Denzel Washington), “Daylight” (Sylvester Stallone) and “Volcano” (Tommy Lee Jones). A consistent staple throughout the 90’s in both television and film, Marcello became known for his household look and mastery of both comedy and drama. During this transitional period towards television, Marcello acted beside one of his idols Danny Glover in the TNT TV film “Freedom Song”, gave an unforgettable performance on “ER” in his recurring role as Leon, Dr. Greg Pratt’s (Mekhi Phifer) mentally challenged brother, and showed off his comic chops in Employee of the Month (Dane Cook, Jessica Simpson). Creating a name for himself in the entertainment world as an industrious artist, Marcello always kept himself humble and it paid off.
ESPN’s, “Playmakers”, was major break for Marcello . The series was a network first, an gritty original ensemble drama about the off-field lives of a professional football team. Marcello starred as Kelvin “Buffalo” James, a fourth year offensive tackle from Oklahoma State whose health issues interfered with his ability to play. Fans fell in love with the show’s insider look on a profession loved by many, but experienced by few. The show quickly became the highest-rated series on ESPN other than Sunday night NFL, finally giving Marcello a vehicle to showcase his talent on a weekly basis. The show still maintains a cult following among football fanatics and television connoisseurs alike.
Unfailingly, Marcello continues to demonstrate his gifts on hit television series, always one to steal a scene and put a smile on your face. Recently he has guest-starred on top hit network shows such as “The Game”, “Sons of Anarchy”, “Shameless”, and “Southland”. A multi-talented individual, Marcello also produces his own independent films and music, power-lifts and cooks. He currently resides in Los Angeles with his family and is eternally grateful that he listened to his younger brother all those years ago.
Jennifer Jessum & Simon Joseph
JENNIFER JESSUM (DIRECTOR, PRODUCER, CINEMATOGRAPHER)
Jennifer Jessum is an award winning director, choreographer and producer. She holds an M.F.A., in film production, from USC’s School of Cinema/Television and an M.F.A., in dance, from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She is the founder and director of Flying Limbs Inc., Productions which produces both narrative and documentary shorts and features, as well as music videos and commercials. Her work has been commissioned throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. www.flyinglimbs.com
SIMON JOSEPH (WRITER, PRODUCER, CINEMATOGRAPHER)
Simon J. Joseph is a biblical scholar, author, and documentary filmmaker. An Adjunct Professor of Religion at California Lutheran University, Dr. Joseph holds a Master’s degree in Religious Studies from New York University and a Ph.D. in Religion/New Testament from Claremont Graduate University. He is the author of Jesus, Q, and the Dead Sea Scrolls: A Judaic Approach to Q and The Nonviolent Messiah: Jesus, Q, and the Enoch Tradition and has been published in numerous academic journals. www.SimonJJoseph.com
ACTRESS / CELEBRITY / SOCIALITE
International celebrity, actress, socialite and sex symbol, Trina Colette Mcgee became a household name the moment she hit the screen as Angela Moore in the hit television series “BOY MEETS WORLD”. Her exotic beauty, coupled with her high energy, captivated audiences across America. An inspiration as the first African –American actress to star in a prime-time television series as one half of a teen interracial couple. Coining the iconic pop culture phrase “SHAWNGELA” due to her highly profiled onscreen romance with Shawn Hunter (played by Rider Strong). Trina still ranks number one world-wide, as a leader in paving the way for inter-racial lovers around the globe.
Raised in Riverdale, New York, Trina McGee attended the prestigious and politically acclaimed Manhattan Country School, founded in 1968. Her Haitian revolutionary father was exiled from Haiti in the 1960s for publishing pamphlets denouncing Papa Doc, he spent Trina’s youth fleeing the Haitian authorities, who would find out his whereabouts periodically and force him to run for his life. Meanwhile, Trina learned to play piano, write songs and showed an interest in acting, creative writing and political issues. Trina took to the big screen landing roles in studio blockbuster films such as “DAYLIGHT” opposite Sylvester Stallone and playing the seductive vixen “Cinnamon” in New Line’s “FRIDAY AFTER NEXT” starring Ice Cube. However, she came into the national spotlight when she starred in “THE BIRDCAGE” along side Robin Williams and Nathan Lane.