Most recently a media Consultant for the World Bank in Washington D.C. and of other private companies in 2012 and 2013, in 2009 Mr. Bartoli co-wrote, produced and directed the sci-fi feature Atlantis Down, starring Michael Rooker and X-Files star Dean Haglund. The film was premiered at the Chinese Mann Theater in Hollywood and at Apollo Cinema in Piccadilly Circus (London) and has been picked up for worldwide distribution by Hollywood-based Entertainment 7.
Mr. Bartoli also directed, produced and edited the 8-episode TV series entitled Atlantis Rising: The Making of Atlantis Down which has was aired by Cox 11 in Virginia from February until December 2010.
In 2006 Mr. Bartoli produced and directed the short film, Ignotus, which won 25 awards at International Film Festivals in 18 months. Among them are: Best International Short Film at the New York International Film Festival, Best Foreign Language Short at the San Fernando Valley International Film Fest in Hollywood, and two Silver Pelican Awards at the Taormina Film Festival.
In 2008, Max was also a recipient of the prestigious Cisterna d’Argento, an award of the Italian Government to honor outstanding achievement in the arts, peace, economics, and science. Previous honorees include: Pope John Paul II, Nelson Mandela, and the former Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi. Ignotus was viewed in a special screening in Rome by Pope Benedictus XVI, the former Italian Prime Ministers Romano Prodi and Silvio Berlusconi, among others, and from each Mr. Bartoli received personal praise for the film.
In 2004 for MaXaM Productions LLC, Max wrote, produced and directed two documentaries: Postcards From The Past and Time Travelers. From 2002 to 2004, he was a director/producer for the advertising company, Rotella and Partners for which he directed several videos and two documentaries one entitled Coliseum, that won Italy’s ‘Media Star Award’, the other: Tunisia the Jewel of the Mediterranean Sea.
Since 1998, Max has worked as a director and producer for various advertising agencies in Italy and England, directing and producing corporate and institutional videos, as well as TV commercials. In 1997 he co-wrote Metropolis a TV program which was broadcast nationwide in Italy by Italia 1, a Mediaset station, as part of the Benefit TV gala Trenta Ore Per la Vita.
Born in Italy, and having earned a degree in Media Law, Max Bartoli has spent many years working in England and the US, where he currently lives. He is also the author of two books published in 1989 and 1991, which won him the title of ‘Youngest European Fiction Writer’ in 1989.
Fabiola Lopez Bartoli – Producer/Story
Growing up in the heart of Hollywood and spending her youth working in the sound department at Gomillion Sound Studios (Raiders of the lost Arc, E.T., and Speed among others) taught Fabiola the magic of movies and their creation.
In her pursuit for the beauty of arts she attended college in the University of Plastic Arts in Veracruz, Mexico where she studied Photography. During this time she won national photography contests as well as having a multiple number of exhibits.
Fabiola worked for seven years as a photojournalist for two of the most prestigious newspapers in the city of Jalapa, Mexico. “Politica” and “La Gazeta” covering all sorts of political, community, sports, entertainment events as well as some of the riots including the possession of the Governor’s Palace by an angry mob being the only photojournalist in the city able to do so.
In the year 2007, Fabiola became familiar with being in front of the camera as well as behind the camera by co-hosting and producing Ahora San Louis and Enterate in St. Louis MO.
As part of her charitable nature Fabiola worked in St. Louis Childrens Hospital along some of the top doctors in the O.R. as well as the dental clinic in the hospital that specializes in children with serious health conditions.
Once back in Los Angeles, Fabiola has kept busy working for MaXaM Productions Holding LLC in the development and preproduction of Atlantis Down, and Code Name Oracle and led the development of BRS.
Andrew Whelan - Lyrics
Andrew Whelan has written lyrics for several pop and rock bands and is the English lyricist for a new Italian rock band, Mercutio. He recently collaborated on a new musical and another production of his adaptation of Dracula, co-written with director Mark Fitzgerald, which was mounted in the UK in November 2013.
Andrew has also composed the musical scores for a number of theater productions, composed and recorded a rap backing-track for Dames Judi Dench, Helen Mirren, Eileen Atkins, Diana Rigg and Maggie Smith, to perform for the gala show One Knight Only - The Haymarket Theatre, London, and has written monologues for Brains from Thunderbirds.
Andrew’s writing credits include:
Musicals/Musical Review: Nothing But The Ruth (Book/Lyrics - Edinburgh, Greenwich, King’s Head,) Out Of Order (Lyrics - tour), News Revue, Big Girls Don’t Cry (Lyrics - Canal Café), Meat & Two Veg (Lyrics - Latchmere Theatre), The Ugly Duckling (Co-Book/Lyrics. Theatre Venture), MacGregor (Co-Book / Lyrics – Bridewell Theatre/Rome/Milan), The Snow Queen Trail (Lyrics - Rose Theatre, Kingston), Leo, Holly Billy and The Big, Ba d Bug (Guilford - Co-book/Lyrics), Let’s Do It (Honor Blackman One-Woman Show - Lyrics).
Theater: Plays: Dracula - Fangs Of Destiny (Co-writer – The Questors Theatre), Business, A Little Patch Of Ground (Writer - The Questors Theatre), Robin Hood, Stormy Weather, The Big Squeeze, Heathen Harvest, Wormfood, (Lyrics/Script Editor - The Common Players - tour).
Ballet/Play: Timecode (Writer/Co-Deviser – Royal Opera House, Covent Garden) About Face (Co-Librettist - Royal Opera House, Covent Garden).
TV: You Gotta be Joking, Alistair Mc-Gowan’s Big Impression (Lyrics - BBC 1) The Russ Abbot Show, On The Ball , YBF (Writer/Lyrics - Granada TV).
Children’s TV: Holy Smoke (Writer - LWT) WYSIWYG (Writer -Yorkshire TV) the BAFTA nominated Flantastic, Name That Toon, Mad Science (Writer - Granada TV).
Radio: The Treatment (Radio 5 - Lyrics) Bits From Last Weeks Radio (Radio 1 - Writer).
Halyna Hatchins - Cinematographer
Halyna grew up on a military base in the Arctic Circle surrounded by reindeer and nuclear submarines.
After moving to Ukraine she earned a graduate degree in International Journalism from Kyiv National University and continued her adventures by working with British production crews on Discovery Channel documentaries.
She came to the US in 2006 to pursue a career in narrative filmmaking and has since worked on film sets in Boston, New York and Los Angeles.
Halyna likes to experiment with lighting for film and photography. She shot 15 shorts while studying at UCLA and was recently DP for a short adaptation of Hamlet.
She is currently working on her MFA in Cinematography at the American Film Institute Conservatory.
Giles Masters – Production Designer
Giles’s career has spanned over thirty years in the film industry. His Art Department credits to date include thirty-five feature films, six television features and a television mini-series, as well as work on many commercials.
His Feature Film credits as Production Designer include:
• The Double and
and as Supervising Art Director:
• The Da Vinci Code
• Angels & Demons
• The Mummy
• Tomorrow Never Dies
• Event Horizon
• VAN HEL SING
• SHANGHAI NIGHTS
• THE FIRST KNIGHT, and
• Robin Hood – Prince of Thieves
Both The DaVinci Code and Angels and Demons earned Giles nominations for the Guild Award for Excellence in Design.
Giles is currently designing The Dovekeepers tent-pole mini series for CBS has recently returned from Canada having designed the Television Movies Horizon and Beauty and the Beast.
Giles is a member of IATSE and BAFTA. He has also been a member of the British Film Designers Guild for over twenty years, served on the Guild’s Committee for fifteen and been Guild Secretary for eight.
In addition to designing, Giles also has garnered significant attention for his screenwriting ability. His screenplay portfolio includes over 18 original projects: ranging from High Concept Action Adventure to Romantic Comedy to Drama to Historical Biopics and he has also written and illustrated a Graphic Novel.
Actor, director and dubbing artist, Sergio Sivori is one of the most talented performers Italy has produced. Sergio spent his childhood learning the traditional Italian songs and carrying out a study on the folkloristic Neapolitan character of Pulcinella. In 1985 he began attending acting workshops taught by Rena Mirecka, an actress member of the Jerzy Grotowski’s Laboratorium, Leris Colombaioni, NWPL Akron/Ohio/USA Jairo Cuesta and James Slowiak, other Grotowski’s collaborators.
Since the end of the ‘80s Sergio has been cast as leading and supporting character in many features and series for the the small and big screen, having the honor and privilege of working with some of the most prestigious directors in Italy and abroad such as: Tom Tykwer, Hans Werner Henze, Gary Halvorson, Humberto Garcia, Antonio Calenda, Giuseppe Patronigriffi, Armando Pugliese, Mario Prosperi and Luciano Odorisio.
Among the many movies and TV series he has played in are: HEAVEN, EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND, I GUARDIANI DELLE NUVOLE, IGNOTUS, L’INGRANAGGIO, PIANGE AL MATTINO IL FIGLIO DEL CUCULO, SENZA MOVENTE, MARESCIALLO ROCCA, PROVINCIA SEGRETA 2, IO E MIO FIGLIO: nuove storie per il COMMISSARIO VIVALDI.
Besides working for cinema and television Sergio has had a long career on stage where since 1983 he’s been constantly working, performing different roles in plays, dramas, musicals and comedies. Among many, these are worth mentioning:
STABAT MATER, GLI SPIRITI DELL’ARIA, DON CHISCIOTTO DI GIRGENTI, THE SONS OF AGROPOLI, CAINO E ABELE, MEDEA DI PORTA MEDINA, TRADIMENTI, CANTO IN DISCANTO, STORIACCE, MASANIELLO, IL GIARDINO DELLE DELIZIE, REQUIEM, ENOCH ARDEN, HISTOIRE DE BABAR, IL CALAPRANZI, MAGNIFICAT, IL LEONE D’INVERNO, ROMEO E GIULIETTA.
As a writer and director Sergio wrote and/or helmed: Condannato a morte , Canto in discanto , Amen, LABYRINTHOS, STABAT MATER Action.
As dubbing artist he collaborated with the best Italian dubbing companies and gave his voice (in Italian and Spanish) to characters in the following TV-series and movies: ALIAS, KING KONG, SCARY MOVIE 4, DERAILED, RUSH, TO ROME WITH LOVE, SOPRANOS, THE LIFE AND THE DEATH OF PETER SELLERS, WALK THE LINE, POMPEI, LOST, SCRUBS, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN.
Andrea Sorrentino - Costume Designer
Andrea Sorrentino studied in Rome with the costume designer Piero Tosi, winner of the Academy Award Lifetime Achievement and famous collaborator of Luchino Visconti and Federico Fellini.
His professional training took place over the years also through the collaboration with Milena Canonero, the acclaimed costume designer and a three time Oscar winner. From his relationship and collaboration with these great masters, he learned the discipline, technique and expertise needed to develop a personal artistic vision. His professional imprint is in fact well visible in his refined and diversified works.
In the period costumes, every detail is analyzed and considered in order to offer a vision as realistic as possible that can magically and poetically transport the viewer into another time or place in history.
For modern costumes, his inspiration comes instead directly from the street life and fashion world with the creation of looks highlighting the characters and making them as credible and contemporary as possible. Together with the costumes, his personal study of make-up and hairstyle’s complements the creation of the
Constant collaboration with the director, set designer and director of photography becomes fundamental in the design of his costumes both in a movie or theater production, so that each creation can always blend or detach from the environment and the lights surrounding it.
Over the years he has dressed many projects, including international ones, from cinema to opera, from theatre to television commercials. He is also the creator of costumes for many exhibitions in prestigious museums.
Andrea has been teaching in Rome since 2006 organizing seminars on the History of Costume in several Academies and Universities.
Among the films and operas he’s worked on:
• BALLO IN MASCHERA
• CODE NAME ORACLE
• OTTO ANNI FA
• THE DAY NOTHING HAPPENED
• SANGRE DE PERRO
• SPOT TIM CASANOVA
• INTERNO NOTTE
• part ita spa gnola
• Il barb iere di siviglia
• L’APPELLO DI UN AMICO
• COME SI DEVE
• COSE PERDUTE
Alejandro Ortega - Wardrobe Supervisor
Alejandro Ortega was born on June 28, 1980 in Morelia Mexico. He is the second child of two siblings of the marriage between Max Gomez and Elisa Ortega. When Alejandro was 10 years old, his mother opened a fashion school named INMODART.
During his teenager and adult life, fabrics, models, clothes, colors and textures surrounded him. Is at the age of 12 that Alejandro found his passion in life: fashion.
Right after graduating from high school, Alejandro decided to attend his mother’s institute to start his career in the fashion world.
After working with Mexican fashion designer David Salomon he moved to Los Angeles, California were he continued to follow his passion for fashion. He had the opportunity to collaborate in the making of the customs for the Award Winner Movie Memoirs of a Geisha. And after, he intern with Mexican designer Louis Verdad were he decided to go back to school and enrolled in The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising.
Pursuing always his dream of being recognized as an Haute Couture designer, Alejandro was named “fashion’s rising start” by The MODE magazine in 2011.
In January 2011, he was chosen to design a couture gown for the “American Heart Association” to be showcased at the JW Marriot in May at annual Go Red for Women Luncheon in down town Los Angeles.
Right after graduating, Mr. Ortega was named the “Bob Mackie Full Scholarship Winner” to present his Debut Show in the U.S. on March 2012. With a strong background in tailoring, his debut collection was awarded, by experts in the industry, Best Overall Collection.
After his debut show, he also got a full scholarship to continue with his studies in Rome, Italy in one of
the most prestigious couture academies in Europe “KOEFIA, Accademia Internatzionale D’Alta Moda E D’Arte Del Costume.”
After completing his master course, he presented his work at “Alta Moda Roma Fashion Week 2013.”
Thomas Floutz - Key Special Effects
It all started with monster movies as a kid. Since then Thom Floutz has been able to turn his passion into a career, and has worked as a special make-up effects artist for the past 25 years.
He’s been nominated for an Academy Award for his work on Hellboy 2, and received an Emmy award for his work on Six Feet Under. Aside from that, he feels very lucky to be able to make a living doing something that he loves. And he’s very excited to be a part of this latest project The Secret of Joy.
Among the films Thom has worked on:
• Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
• The Avengers
• X-Men: First Class
• X-Men: The Last Stand
• Sucker Punch
• Hellboy II: The Golden Army
• Spider-Man 3
• Mission: Impossible II
• Mission: Impossible
• Blade: Trinity
• Blade II
• Underworld: Evolution
• Insidious: Chapter 3
• Grey’s Anatomy
Peter Odio - Co-Producer
A veteran of television and film industry, Peter Odio started his career in Costa Rica working as Sales Executive and host of the first Latin-American MTV show. At 26 he moved to California where he worked for Sotela Pictures (WAXWORKS, HIGHLANDER II, 1492: CONQUEST OF PARADISE) and Univision Television Network.
In 2013, his film CARTAS A ELENA received 11 nominations (more than any movie in Mexican history) and won 5 Diosa de Plata awards from the PECIME (Mexican Cinematography Journalists).
In 2014 premiered MISTERIO’S, a horror TV series for CineLatino produced in Spanish by Promedios and High Hill Entertainment, an 88 minute show starring the most recognized and successful stars from Mexico.
Gianluca Cucchiara - Original Score
Gianluca Cucchiara is a composer, arranger and orchestrator working both in Italy and England.
He began composing for musical theater scores at the age of 15 for the Italian National productions of DON CHISCIOTTO DI GIRGIANTI, LA BARONESSA DI CARINI and STRACCI and later he worked as an arranger with the major national Italian Public TV networks, RAI 1 and RAI 2.
In 1994, Gianluca wrote and orchestrated the Concept-CD of MACGREGOR and in 1996 the score of L’ALTRA CENERENTOLA, a new musical which toured Italy for six months.
In 1997, Gianluca composed the score of LE NOTTI DI CABIRIA (a new musical inspired by the movie of the same name written by Federico Fellini) and DANCE which opened in Trieste (Italy) on August 13th 2000.
In 2002, he composed the score for the national advertising campaign of the Italian commercial BRIO BLU ROCCHETTA, and MONDO SECONDO, a musical written and directed by Duccio Camerini, that premiered
at the Todi (Italy) Festival. In 2003, Gianluca composed the music for two CDs of jingles and house music: TRIPPOP and WORLD SIT produced and distributed by RAITRADE.
Between 2004 and 2008, he was musical director, composer and orchestrator of the following new musicals performed in Italy: SI CHIAMAVA GESU’, IL CONTE DI MONTECRISTO, RENZO E LUCIA and NOTTE PRIMA DEGLI ESAMI.
In 2007, Gianluca composed and orchestrated Retrology, a lounge CD inspired by the music of the Italian’60s movies, produced by Funky Juice and in 2010 co-arranged and was musical director of the Italian musical I Promessi Sposi, with music by Pippo Flora and lyrics by Michele Guardì.
In 2011 he was asked by Giò&Giò Productions to compose and orchestrate another musical in Italy Troglostory, directed by Angelo Tosto.
Since 2011, Gianluca has been working in London as a composer and arranger for Andy Wright Productions, writing the score for the 2012 corporate video of Murphy Group, and managing the rock band MERCUTIO through his management company Mazepa Records.
Haley Coats - Key Make Up Artist
Haley Coats is a make up artist from Fayetteville, Arkansas, who is now based in Los Angeles, California.
She graduated from two of the top make up academies in the country – Make Up Designory (MUD) and Ruby Make Up Academy.
After finishing school Haley immediately began working as a freelance make up artist. She has worked on multiple productions, including seven feature films, and a variety of shorts. Some of the features include Mania, Miss India America staring Hannah Simone and Tiya Sircar, Mary/Homer, staring Josh McDermitt, Fortune Fiemster, and Jim O’Heir, and Halloween Hell staring Eric Roberts.
She recently worked on a Disney music video with 23 of Disney’s top stars, including Sabrina Carpenter
from Girl Meets World, Sarah Gilman, and Peyton List.
Haley was the Key Make Up Artist on the short film Tice which is premiering at the Catalina Film Festival in late September 2014 – it is also nominated for the first annual Craven Award. She also recently did make up for Miss California, Ms. California, Teen California, and Jr. Teen California United States.
Haley is honored to be a part of The Secret of Joy, and to work with such a wonderful and talented group of people.
Stacy Bisel - Key Hair
Stacy Bisel is a MUD (Make-up Designory) graduate and a licensed cosmetologist.
She received her high school diploma from Russell High School in Russell, Kentucky and a received a B.A. in English from the University of Kentucky.
Stacy has been a make-up and hair artist for over 13 years. Her love of make-up started at the young age of six and her passion of make-up and hair only grew from there.
After graduating from MUD, she trained and worked for make-up companies such as Prescriptives and Bobbi Brown until she ventured out into her own freelance career. Her credits include Bello Magazine, Disney, Target, ESPN, Martha Stewart Weddings, Whole Living, and America ’s Next Top Model.
Stacy has worked with Ian Bohen Jordin Sparks, Jolie Richardson, Laura Linney, Brenda Strong, Grace Phipps, Keagan Michael Key, Matt Letscher, and Viggo Mortensen to name a few.
Daniel Wurtzel – Special Participation
Daniel Wurtzel is one of the most innovative artists of the 21st century.
B.A. at the Wesleyan University in Middletown (CT), Daniel distinguished himself for his talents in transforming ordinary matter into something extraordinary, to bridge the conceptual realm to the material world. His point of entry into art making has been through using materials in ways that distill and re-present various aspects of their inherent physical properties, revealing unexpected beauty in a previously unseen way.
Daniel has always been interested in creating art that is experiential, interactive and constantly changing. Though mostly poetic in conception, his work has a strong scientific bent, and resolving technically difficult problems in sculpture making has been a hallmark of his career.
Flight has been a persistent theme in his life, and as his work has matured, its manifestation has taken on even more ethereal forms.
In his most recent works, he’s shown an interest in finding or imposing order in chaotic airflow systems.
The Air series of sculptures and room-size installation involves light-weight, humble materials such as bird feathers, flower petals, Styrofoam peanuts, fabrics, balloons, soap bubbles, fog, fire or ordinary litter from the street that are trapped, and continuously fly in columns, vortices or waves of open air.
Among Daniel’s clients are:
• Louis Vuitton
• Mercedes Benz
• Cisco System
• RTL Television
• Eiffage and
• Cirque du Soleil.
Among his most memorable installations and performances:
• The installation for the closing ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics
• Several shows with Cirque du Soleil
• Solo art exhibitions in Europe and Asia
• Outer Limits (CT)
• Rubber, Bullets and Tires (CT)
• The installations at the Loewe Shanghai and Loewe Paris store window.
Peter A. Teale – Co-Producer
Born in Southport, England and educated at Birmingham University before qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst and Whinney (Ernst & Young), Peter has held senior executive and management positions with major international
companies such as Unisys, Virgin, Timberland and SimplyHealth. He was Finance Director of the sports and interactive division of Granada Media (ITV) which produced and developed television sports as well as some of the world’s leading sports websites. He now carries out specialized restructuring and start-up consultancy on behalf of several UK private equity groups.
Peter produced and executive produced the science fiction film ATLANTIS DOWN featuring Michael Rooker and Dean Haglund which was presented at the Chinese Mann Theater, L.A. March 2011 and in London’s West End as part of the 2011 London Sci-Fi film festival. Previously he produced the short film IGNOTUS, which won 25 awards at International Film Festivals in 18 months.
In theater, Peter produced the Off-Broadway productions of BEAU BRUMMEL and COOKING FOR KINGS (part of Brits off-Broadway) and co-produced in Italy with Compagnia della Rancia the major productions of WEST SIDE STORY and GREASE, which broke box office records in the history of musicals in Italy. He has been working on the development of MacGregor since 1995.
Peter is the lead producer of the major professional centenary revival of WHERE THE RAINBOW ENDS, the most successful British musical play of the first half of the twentieth century.
The production originally starred children such as Noel Coward, Gertrude Lawrence, Jack Hawkins and Hermione Gingold all of whom would grow up to become major stars. The Centenary production will be staged in 2015 throughout the UK with the original cast size of 44 including 35 children.
Arne List – Associate Producer
Born in Portsmouth, Ohio and growing up in the Green Mountain State of Vermont, Arne has always had a flare for creation. Now as an author, screenwriter and co-producer he has begun to rise in Hollywood on the crest of a wave building since he left New England in 1991, earning the pen name “A List” among some of the elites in the entertainment business.
Arne has an extensive back ground in real estate finance, helping him to understand the importance of a tight belt and sharp pencil pertaining to the bottom line.
Broker of Record and CFO of Genx Capital, Corp. funding several hundred residential mortgages.
However, since the market crashed in 2007, Arne has reinvented himself as an author, screenwriter and now co-producer with an enlightened understanding, when the message is right the bottom line is eminent.
His first screenplay You’re a Good Man Daddy , has captured the attention of both Sony and Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment.
Currently developing a 12 episode made for television groundbreaking Realimentary series, requiring worldwide involvement to unveil the story behind the story of The Struggling African-American Artist, culminating in the placement of a Unified One World Voice chosen art piece during the Smithsonian Institutes African American Cultural Center grand opening ceremony, scheduled for 2015 with President Barack Obama.
All the while, Arne is dedicated to his life’s work of serving others, through an autobiographical journey supporting how Our Creator works in each of our lives to illuminate not simply our purpose but, transforming our very essence, paving the road we walk to accomplish the objectives intended for our very creation, entitled Diamonds of Faith.
Arne was also an internationally celebrated bodybuilder gracing the covers of Muscle and Fitness, Iron Man Magazine.
Edeoardo Di Silvestri - Co-Producer
Edoardo is a young producer who has worked with historical producers of the Italian cinema such as: Mauro Berardi ("Ricomincio da Tre," "Non ci resta che piangere," and "Piccolo diavolo") and has collaborated many times with Gianfranco Piccioli (Producer of nearly 60 movies, including "Casotto,") and Francesco Nuti ("Caruso Pascoscki," "Io Chiara e lo Scuro," "Donne con le Gonne," and many more).
He also collaborated with Oscar-winners Vincenzo Cerami and Nicola Piovani (Life is Beautiful), Branko Djuric ("No Man’s Land"), Giogio' Franchini, editor to Oscar-winner Paolo Sorrentino ("The Great Beauty") and with the great Maestro Gigi Proietti, among many others.