Christian marks the 8th generation in a family of prominent Italian Designers. Currently working in Hollywood Christian’s illustrations in collaboration with wardrobe and set designers have been used in nearly every major studio motion picture in recent years, including G.I Joe; Captain America, The Winter Soldier; Dawn of the Planet of the Apes; Sleepy Hollow, MIB 3; Alice in Wonderland; Iron Man 2; The Mummy; 300, Rise of an Empire, and many others. His portraits have been commissioned by many celebrities. His painting of St. Filippo Smaldone was presented to the Pope and is preserved in the Vatican. Christian has also written and illustrated his own graphic comic, prepared beautiful storyboard and set renderings, and created key art for the posters of feature films.
Thirty Three, The Story of Hope33Hope.com is a feature film telling the riveting story of "what happened next" in the eighteen months after the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, told through the events leading to the transformation of the Apostle Paul, who was one of the most fervent enemies of the early followers of Jesus, and who became one of the pillars of Christianity. Budgeted at $20M, the film is the first of a trilogy, and is slated to be filmed at the world famous Cinecitta Studios in Rome, with establishing shots from the Holy Land. It is being produced by Kirk Berendes, the Company's founder, with Bill Whitacre and Richard Hayes, the founder of Digital Lightbridge, a cutting edge graphics and marketing company based on Florida's West Coast.
Ilana Marks, writer, international lecturer and TV/Radio host, is the founder of The Umbrella Project, a multi-media production company. She is currently producing the feature filmMind the Gap, which she describes as a psychological drama combining quantum physics and spirituality in a story with meaning, entertainment, and intrigue.
NFocus www.getnfocus.com is an award-winning film and video production company with offices in Lakeland and Tampa, Florida. For over 20 years the Company has consistently delivered story-driven media. Specializing in multiple forms of media the Company's goal is to create highly-innovative, narrative content. Bill Whitacre has represented NFocus on a number of projects, including the feature film Endure starring Judd Nelson with Tom Arnold; the feature documentary Voices from Mariel; and the feature film Crosspoint.
American Son Films, through its principals Stacey Drier and Jeff Shiver, are currently producing a feature animated film with a world class Hollywood producer. Based in Orlando, FL, American Son Films expects to begin animation production on the completed script and preliminary character designs in early 2015. The Company is also developing other feature and documentary films.
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Robert Mackey http://www.robertmackey.netheads up the multimedia studio SONGWERKS in the western suburbs of Chicago. He co-wrote the title track to the rock band AVM's album "A Matter of Time" with GRAMMY award winning songwriter JIM PETERIK (SURVIVOR - Eye Of The Tiger and 38 SPECIAL - Hold On Loosely). Robert has worked closely with GRAMMY award winner and Country Music Hall of Famer, the late JOE SOUTH (Hush, Rose Garden, Games People Play). South thought highly of Mackey, playing on AVM's modern remake of HUSH in Atlanta while also appearing in the opening of the song's music video. He granted Mackey an extremely rare 'one on one' TV interview. It turned out that interview was the only and last TV/Video interview South had done in over 20 years. Robert's latest single with his rock band AVM called "I'm Not Crying Over You" was written and produced by Mackey and mixed by GRAMMY award winning mixing legend DAVE PENSADO (Michael Jackson, Kelly Clarkson, Elton John, Christina Aguilara, Pink) and mastered by GENE GRIMALDI (Lady Gaga, Carly Ray Jepson). Robert has also produced diverse Artists such as AMANDA BROMMEL (Pop Rock), MAGISTY (Alternative Hip Hop), AVM (Modern Symphonic Rock) and shared the stage with international rock acts such as Kansas, Cheap Trick, Loverboy, Survivor and Carl Palmer (ELP).
Dale Oliver is a Nashville based award-winning Songwriter, Composer and Producer. As a musician Dale toured with Blackhawk, Reba McIntire, David Curtis Chapman, and Geoff Moore and the Distance. Dale has composed for TNA Wrestling, EA Sports/Madden Football, and NASCAR, and for the films Facing the Giants, Unconditional, Fireproof, Courageous, and Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. He also has co-written with and produced the Christian rock band Casting Crowns, and has recorded with Shania Twain, Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood, Sawyer Brown and Bucky Covington whom Dale also produces. Bucky's debut album was #1 on Billboard's Top 100 and he has sold Gold with three Billboard Top Ten hit singles. Dale composed the theme song He's Alive for the Client feature film 33 Hope, and is the composer of the Client feature film The Favorite, currently in development.
Bernie Faulkner is a platinum selling songwriter, a music producer, and the founder of 78 RPM Music, which is an emerging label promoting new and established artists, expanding Bernie's extensive publishing catalog, and creating new retro progressive music which has traditional foundations with innovative production. Bernie is a renaissance creative talent with a big personality. He is also an extremely talented musician who toured with the Dick Clark Cavalcade, and was a founding member of the group EXILE. Originally from Hazard, Kentucky, Bernie is now based in Nashville.
Stella Sung stellasung.com is a national and international award-winning composer whose compositions are performed throughout the United States and abroad. She was the first Composer-in-Residence for the Orlando (FL) Philharmonic Orchestra, (2008-2011), and continues to serve as Composer-in-Residence for Dance Alive National Ballet (Gainesville, FL ). She is the recipient of a "Music Alive" award, a three-year award sponsored by New Music USA, the League of American Orchestras, ASCAP, the Aaron Copland Fund, and the Andrew Mellon Foundation. Dr. Sung is currently serving as Composer-in-Residence for the Dayton (OH) Performing Arts Alliance (Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Dayton Ballet, and Dayton Opera). During the course of her three-year residency, she will be creating new works for orchestra, ballet, and opera. Since 2003, Sung has been using digital and multi-media applications in her concert and symphonic compositions, music for dance and ballet, and now most recently in her new opera, Marco Polo: Tale of the Red Silk Thread (formerly titled The Red Silk Thread: An Epic Tale of Marco Polo.) This work features several technological production aspects, including the use of advanced projection techniques and other stage design concepts.
The Favoritefavoritemovie.com is a feature film being produced by Pastor Daniel Bernard based in Clearwater, FL. Daniel is the founder of the not for profit organization Somebody Cares Tampa Bay. The film's compelling story built around the conflict of two brothers over the love of their father, is inspired by the real experiences of Daniel's son Luke and his physical and spiritual transformation after recovering from a near fatal car accident. Casting will include a current MMA celebrity. The writer is Luke Bernard, who will also act in the film.
Grandmaster Y.K. Kim, www.ykkim.com with whom Bill Whitacre trained and became a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do, is a modern philosopher, respected author, successful entrepreneur and founder of the modern martial arts. A native of Seoul, Korea, Y.K. Kim left his homeland in 1976 to come to the U.S. with only his black belt and a heart full of hope. Homeless and without a green card, but imbued with a winning spirit, he worked hard, shedding blood, sweat and tears to overcome cultural shock, financial difficulties and a language barrier to achieve a rare level of success that includes being the author of Winning is a Choice, Success in Martial Arts Business, Taekwondo, Health is the Foundation of Success, Tae Kwon Do World, Martial Arts World, U.S. National Exercise, and The New American Dream. He is a public speaker, Producer, Writer and Star of the action movie Miami Connection, Publisher of Martial Arts World Magazine, a Hall of fame inductee in the Grandmaster's Society, Winner of the prestigious Thomas Jefferson Award for outstanding public service, and Chairman and founder of Martial Arts World in Orlando, Fl. Miami Connection was the first motion picture which Bill Whitacre represented and assisted in the production of. In 2013 Miami Connection was re-released by Drafthouse Films in a 25th Anniversary edition, and it soon became a resounding cult hit film, receiving favorable major media attention, including a feature spread in Entertainment Weekly magazine, which called the film "Our new crazy movie obsession!"http://drafthousefilms.com/film/miami-connection
Steven Briggs is the founder and President of Illinois based Blue Night Records bluenightrecords.com and Blue Night Soundscapes bluenightsoundscapes.com. The Record Label's "American Roots" artists include Dan Crary, Steve Spurgin, John Malcom Penn, Don Stiernberg, John Carlini, Rusty Holloway, and other distinguished acoustic songwriters and performers. Blue Night Soundscapes is an acoustic music licensing library focusing on cue and full track placement in film, television, and advertising. Its artist roster and track catalog are among the most diverse and creative in the acoustic realm.
Willie Covington, the CEO of Inferno Music Group http://infernomusic.net is one of the most well known musicians and producers in music. With his Wife Gwen he develops and produces Artists in multiple genres, from gospel to rock. Will is a an accomplished professional drummer in addition to being a top record producer. During the past 40 years, he performed with many legendary music recording artists including Gladys Knight & The Pips, James Brown, Al Green, Betty Wright, The Ink Spots, The Commodores, Chi-Lites, Roy Ayers, Minister Randy Cotton, and his own R&B band known as Omari. Will recorded with B.B. King during the making of King's 50th Anniversary album and the single on that project, "MY GUITAR SINGS THE BLUES," earned a GRAMMY IN 1985. Inferno Music Group is also managed by Will's son, Omari "Omeez-e" Covington who has become a dynamic, young producer in his own right, following the legacy of his father.
Messenger Films, messengerfilms.com founded in 1988 by writer/director Cristóbal Krusen is a faith based production company producing high-quality films that declare God’s glory among the nations. Its most recent feature film, Sabina K, for which Bill Whitacre provided production legal services and acted as a Supervising Producer, was shot on location in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Cristobal also wrote and directed the award winning feature film Undaunted for the Josh McDowell Ministry.
Erik Yeager, a filmmaker currenty based in Arizona, holds an MBA from Liberty University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism and Technical Communication from Colorado State University. Erik has experience working as a video producer, director, editor, writer, and cinematographer of short-form video and television productions and has established many relationships within the film industry ranging from A-list producers and VPs at major production and distribution companies to other independent filmmakers across the globe. The Narrow Road narrowroadmovie.com is the feature film adaptation of John Bunyan's classic Christian tale, The Pilgrim's Progress, first published in 1678, which has been called the greatest allegory ever written. Erik is also producing other feature films and multi-media projects, including Jobadiah, a western film based upon the Book of Job, and is a principal in Legendarium Media, LLC.
We Are All One Films, LLC is a recently formed Florida and North Carolina based production company in which Bill Whitacre is a partner with Buck Allen and Steve Thompson. The Company was formed to produce film and television projects which will bring social consciousness about certain issues to the world through popular media. Currently in development is a feature dramatic episodic television series entitled Roxanne, based upon the book Roxanne, My Extraordinary Lifewritten by Roxanne Holmes, the victim of sexual abuse, and the trauma she suffered as an unwilling drug dependent accomplice of her abuser in a wave of crime prior to her rehabilitation and dedication to helping other victims. Also in development is a feature film with noted author John Lundin celebrating the wonder of Mother Earth, and compelling the audience to appreciate and protect the fragile balance of nature across the planet.
The following companies and individuals are some of the current clients of William L. Whitacre, P.A. and are representative of the nature and scope of the law firm's work in film and music.