THE GANGSTER TEAM:

JLee MacKenzie

Writer/Director/Animator

JLee received his MFA from USC on a George Lucas Scholarship. His films have played at festivals around the world, including The Tribeca Film Festival: Animated Shorts Curated by Whoopi Goldberg, The American Pavilion Emerging Filmmaker Showcase at the Cannes Film Festival, and won the Jury Award at Champs-Élysées Film Festival in Paris.

Brenda is an award-winning Producer and a Professor of Practice at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Her credits include: Sophie and The Rising Sun (Sundance Premiere), SEX(ed) The Movie (Full Frame, NYC Docs)  Mac, Winner of The Caméra d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival (directed by John Turturro), and the seminal film The Ballad of Little Jo (Ian McKellen).

Cathy Reinking

Casting Director

Cathy spent many years working as a Casting Director in the upper echelons of Network TV. Some of her credits include Frasier, Arrested Development, According to Jim, and many other shows and pilots on NBC, CBS, ABC, The CW and Fox. She also served as NBC's Manager of Casting, overseeing many pilots including, The Office.

Michael Fink

Technical Advisor

Michael is an Academy Award® Winning Filmmaker, a veteran of the visual effects world, and the former Chair of Film & Television Production at The USC School of Cinematic Arts. His credits include Life of Pi, Avatar, Tropic Thunder, The Golden Compass, Tron Legacy, X-Men, X-Men 2, Constantine, Braveheart, Batman Returns, and Blade Runner.

Christine Panushka

Animation Advisor

Christine is an internationally known award-winning Artist, Filmmaker/Animator and Educator. Her films are regularly screened at Film Festivals is Asia, Europe, South America, and North America. They have won numerous awards including the Grand Prize at the Aspen Film Fest and a Golden Gate Award at the San Francisco International Film Festival.