Brian Shackelford: Creator, Director, Cinematographer, Co-Writer
Brian’s love for film is only matched by his love for baseball. Brian graduated from Loyola Marymount University Film School, where he also was a member of the baseball program. While in his first year of film school, Brian began working as a production assistant on numerous music videos, shorts, and independent features. Brian’s first student film was featured in screenings held for up and coming African American filmmakers. Following the screening, Brian was introduced to a local rap artist that hired Brian to direct his first music video. Before graduating, Brian worked as a production assistant on the music video, “Street Fighter,”(the movie soundtrack) featuring Ahmad, Ras Kass, and Saafir. Director Francis Lawrence invited Brian to shadow him during the shoot, taking Brian’s film education to a new level. Upon graduating, Brian continued to work as a production assistant, working in every department gaining an in depth understanding of each department and their relationship with one another.
Brian worked as a lead camera operator and editor for all of the city of Torrance sports coverage and high school programming. He went on to work in the mailroom at New Line Cinema and was approached by a young writer, Ryan Weisman who had seen some of Brian’s student films and music video work. Ryan went on to hire Brian to direct, shoot, and edit his first independent feature, “The Bad News Ballers.” Brian went on to write, direct, shoot, and edit his second feature film, “Gettin’ Da Munchies.” Upon pitching the film idea at a local film festival, Brian was contacted by Doug Schwab from Maverick Entertainment and in 2006 Maverick Entertainment released “Gettin’ Da Munchies,” and “The Bad News Ballers” to video stores across the globe. Marcello Thedford later hired Brian to produce, direct, and edit his third feature, “Watch What You Prey For.” In 2008 Brian wrote, produced, and co-directed his first animation project “Porn Editor,” a hilarious look back on the years Brian spent working as an editor for adult film companies. “Porn Editor” was selected as one of five short films selected to screen in the 2008 American Black Film Festival. Porn Editor was later optioned by HBO for a two-year term. Following his animation project, Brian took a step back towards his love for music after being contacted by close friend Mellow Man Ace, and produced, directed and edited the documentary film “The Latin Rap Conference.”
The film screened to a sold out audience at the 2009 Hollywood Black Film Festival and won honorable mention from the Southern California Film Festival. In 2009 The Hollywood Black Film Festival also screened Brian Shackelford’s first dramatic short film “Ungrateful.” “Ungrateful” went on to gain attention for Brian as not only a director and writer of comedy, but as a director that can deliver a performance as well.
Joyce Fitzpatrick: Creator, Executive Producer and Writer
Joyce Fitzpatrick is a Producer/Writer/Director who has enjoyed a career in television production, film and promotion. She graduated with honors from California State University of Los Angeles with a Bachelor’s Degree in Telecommunications and Film in 1991 and went on to work on television for ABC, NBC and the UPN network. She has also worked for several cable networks including: BET, E! Entertainment, and the Discovery Channel.
Joyce has produced several short films and directed music videos and written comedy sketches and over 60 promos for PBS. She has written several screenplays, and received first place recognition in the Hollywood Black Film Festival screenplay competition for her comedy feature, “An Africa-American in Paris,” and her feature “Feeding Time” is currently represented by Hohman, Maybank and Lieb Literary Agency. Her producing credits comprise several short films including, “Go with the Fro” which showcased in various festivals including the Pan African Film Festival. Her career continued with work as a Managing Coordinator on several shows for (BET) Black Entertainment Television including “Comic View,” “The Way We Do it,” and “Holla,” hosted by comedian, Sheryl Underwood.
Joyce has written for the cable network, Animal Planet’s “Emergency Vet” and also worked numerous years as a producer/writer for E! Entertainment Television’s, E! News and E! Online. Joyce currently is pursuing her career as an independent producer/writer and director on various projects including the hilarious comedy “Animal Control TV,” which she created and co-wrote. She also just wrapped on a dark Spanglish comedy short titled, “Kill Me” and filming continues on her labor of love, a documentary titled, “Discovering Mary” that highlights the life and times of Mary Fields, or as history calls her “Stagecoach Mary,” the first black female mail carrier/stagecoach driver in the west!