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​​Pamela Erin Ricardo

Pamela Erin Ricardo is a trained theater, film, and television actress looking to light up where ever she lands. The Puerto Rican, Italian, African American beauty is Brooklyn born, Atlanta raised and definitely multifaceted like that of a diamond. At an early age, Pamela had a fascination with public speaking and memorizing her favorite movies. With a degree in Fashion Marketing from Bauder College, certification in makeup artistry and two years at the Stella Adler Conservatory in New York City, she is at least a triple threat. Her signature nickname "Pamela The Beauty" comes from winning the 2009 Miss Black Manhattan USA Pageant in New York City. With dedication to the craft and mastery of acting she continues to train with the legendary Rob Mello, Dwayne Boyd, and Barbara Benvil. Pamela has worked behind the scenes and in front of the camera and will be seen starring in numerous independent films and television this year including TV One's "Fatal Attraction" and Investigation Discovery's "Homicide Hunter.

​​Sonya Thompson

Sonya is known for has been her main zombie roles in the film 'Zombieland' and the hit TV show 'The Walking Dead'(Season's 1 & 2). She was a promo zombie for the TV show 'The Walking Dead' and those photos are some of the most seen in the world for advertisement. She has been featured on the magazine covers of Entertainment Weekly, SFX Magazine, SFX's Ultimate Zombie Guide, SFX's A-Z of Zombies, SFX's A-Z of Horror, Film Ink and DVDReview. Her image has also been utilized on posters, tee shirts, bill boards, DVD/Blu Ray covers, trading cards and was also featured in the Walking Dead Comic book issue #75, along side the main cast. 
One of her most loved roles was on the web series 'Lumber Baron of Jasper county' in which she played the role of a tomboy named Sam. Other roles include, Victoria Stubaker in the film 'Prosper', Flo in the film 'This Old Machine', Detective Chelsea in 'Ebony Knight', The Under the bed Patient in 'Sick People', Jasmine in the film 'Sprout', Mrs. Wilkes in 'The Runner', Victoria the librarian in All Hallows Evil: Lord of the Harvest and a detective in the film 'Encuéntrate'.


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​​Sonya Thompson

Sonya is known for has been her main zombie roles in the film 'Zombieland' and the hit TV show 'The Walking Dead'(Season's 1 & 2). She was a promo zombie for the TV show 'The Walking Dead' and those photos are some of the most seen in the world for advertisement. She has been featured on the magazine covers of Entertainment Weekly, SFX Magazine, SFX's Ultimate Zombie Guide, SFX's A-Z of Zombies, SFX's A-Z of Horror, Film Ink and DVDReview. Her image has also been utilized on posters, tee shirts, bill boards, DVD/Blu Ray covers, trading cards and was also featured in the Walking Dead Comic book issue #75, along side the main cast. 
One of her most loved roles was on the web series 'Lumber Baron of Jasper county' in which she played the role of a tomboy named Sam. Other roles include, Victoria Stubaker in the film 'Prosper', Flo in the film 'This Old Machine', Detective Chelsea in 'Ebony Knight', The Under the bed Patient in 'Sick People', Jasmine in the film 'Sprout', Mrs. Wilkes in 'The Runner', Victoria the librarian in All Hallows Evil: Lord of the Harvest and a detective in the film 'Encuéntrate'.


https://www.facebook.com/sthompson70


http://professionalzombie.com/


http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3354025/resume?ref_=nm_ov_res

​​Lilian Brooks

Lilian Brooks is a Mexican Actress currently living in Atlanta, Ga. Since she was 6 her love for the arts kept her busy doing plays, and dancing at school programs. Lilian is an ensamble member of Blank Stage Improv theater Troupe, she manages the Get Connected event series and co-teaches the junior program with her husband at the Nick Conti Professional Acting Studio.

Link to writing work:  https://www.youtube.com/playlistlist=PLVlUwjnoicrIVWgJ4dBMF0HJMuPBiOff-

Website link:  http://blankstageproductions.com/lilian-brooks/

IMDB:  http://www.imdb.com/name/nm6439375/

​​Jennifer Mercurio

Jennifer is a Florida born actress who rekindled her acting career in Georgia after starting a family. She works both the stage and the camera, enjoying her roles in the theater and the Atlanta film scene.
Jennifer is also a screenwriter, having written several short films including "Jersey Shark", a dark comedy that she co-wrote with writing powerhouse and filmmaker Troy Moore and in which she also starred alongside Atlanta Producer/Director/Actor Brent Brooks.
Jennifer is now screenwriting for the renowned Marietta based studio, Brothers Young Productions, whose most recent credits include directing acting legends Burt Reynolds, Tom Sizemore, and the Oscar winning Actress Mo'Nique.
Jennifer most recently co-wrote the short film "Elijah" for which she received the award for Best Actress, co-starring in this 2013 48 Hr Film Project with Jared Young of Brothers Young Productions, who was also nominated for Best Actor.
Jennifer can be seen in other award winning indie's including "Hesitation" for which she was nominated Best Actress, and which received the award for Best Drama in the 2011 CMF Film Festival, "The Core of Cassidy" which won Best Film in the National 72 Hr Film Festival, and "The Disquieted" which made the Top 22 in the International 168 Film Festival and for which Jen was nominated Best Supporting Actress.
You can also find Jen promoting and selling your favorite brands and products as an Atlanta based promotional model.

​​Dave Watkins

Dave R. Watkins is a Georgia based Director, Producer, Writer & Actor who has a degree in video production from the Art Institute of Atlanta.  He is currently show runner for the web series "Lumber Baron of Jasper County". He directed the feature length horror movie "Stragglers" and co-directed the feature length mockumentary "Return of the Jackalope". Also he starred in the Lions Gate released horror film "Jack O'Lantern".

IMDb page: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1482625/


Lumber Baron website: http://lumberbarontheseries.com/


Like Lumber Baron on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lumberbaronjasper?ref=bookmarks

​​Daniel Hirsh

Daniel Hirsh is excited to join the panel of judges for the Gwinnett Film Festival for the first time.  An established film and video editor since 2005, Daniel has worked with some of the most promising up-and-coming actors, directors and technicians in the Atlanta, St. Louis, Milwaukee and New York areas.  Past projects include post-apocalyptic cult favorite Apocalypse and the Beauty Queen, comedic short and Park City Music Festival winner The HusBand, and critically acclaimed documentary You’re Rejected. Current projects include Parthiban Shanmugam’s documentary Men of a Certain Age, a currently untitled instructional video on women’s self-defense taught through Defenseworks, and an ongoing documentary project called Natural Born Healers.

Jackie Goldston

Jackie holds a BFA in Performance and Film Studies from Chapman University in Southern California- one of the country's most elite film schools.  She has worked as an actress, producer, director, teacher, coach, stage manager, audio engineer, properties master, production manager, and, most importantly, stage sweep since the age of 10.  She grew up in Southern California as the daughter of a hardworking hostess mom and a famed geologist dad, with whom she learned to love every bit of nature, to its fullest. With the funds from her first national commercial, Jackie founded a non-profit, community theatre that thrived in Metro Atlanta for over 6years - producing musicals, plays, a traveling murder mystery troupe, a traveling radio theatre troupe, and beginning a New Playwright's Initiative to mentor and produce new writers and their projects.  Uber-focussed, her persistence brought her to be a proud member of the professional SAG-AFTRA acting community in Atlanta. She has a heart for newbies in the industry, and has mentored a vast number of Metro-Atlantans and move-ins to help them navigate the intricacies of the Southeast entertainment industry.  Currently, Jackie works as an film/tv/stage actress, a specialized headshot photographer, and an audition specialist who coaches and tapes many actors around the Metro Atlanta area, and, again, most importantly, stage/set sweep.  If you look hard enough, she can currently be found in the film "Blended," and the made for TV movie, "Drumline 2."  Her most successful creations have been her 21year marriage to her husband and her two beautiful daughters.  Please visit her websites: jackiegoldston.com and jackiegoldstonphotgraphy.com and find her on Facebook at Jackie Goldston and Headshots By Jackie. Colossians 3:23.

 Website Link:  www.jackiegoldston.com

Know God "...not to condemn the world..." John 3:17

​​Brent Brooks

Brent Brooks is an actor/ director based in Atlanta Georgia. He owns and operates Blank Stage Productions, manages the Blank Page Screenwriting group and is a co-founder of Get Connected. As an actor Brent uses his 20 plus years of improvisational experience and archetypal work from his studies of "The Heroes Journey" to deliver his performances.

Visit our website:  http://blankstageproductions.com/

Website link:  http://blankstageproductions.com/brent-brooks/

IMDB:  http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1757382/

Andre LaMont

LaMont has worked in film, television & radio for more than 20 years. Genres include, indie narrative projects, documentaries, network television, and film-style music videos. Companies include: Classic Concept Productions, NY, Video Music Box, NY, CNN, TBN, ESPN, Comcast, and Positive Image Productions, NY.
His corporate & industrial list includes: Equifax, IBM, Delta, UPS FocusVision, Coca-Cola, SECME and C&S/Bank of America. As talent, Andre’ has been featured in film, stage & TV projects, along with being an emcee and host for several film and book festivals. This led LaMont to create a film & TV production company DOF in 94’ to facilitate independent projects & crews. Depth of Field Films/TV productions is now in its twenty year. Projects with companies such as, PGA TOUR Productions, Movie Guide, Atlanta Sports Hall of Fame, Fahlgren, Advertising, plus educational and faith based groups.      
Additionally, LaMont has been an educator and moderator, with over ten years of focus group experience. He has taught and lectured for four colleges, three state certified programs, and created courses for curriculums. LaMont brings this unique experience to any team of artist in film, TV, or radio, in pursuit of creating a once in a lifetime project.   

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