WRITER / DIRECTOR
Christopher Johnson is an American film director and producer, whose career began in the visual effects arena. Johnson designed and created the special make-up effects for the cult favorite DROP DEAD FRED and created special make-up effects for Michael Mann's iconic film THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS.
Johnson made his directorial debut with the feature film OUSTIDE WINTERS BEND. This was followed by the supernatural thriller SHADES OF DARKNESS and SUMMER OF TOMORROWS, which was re-edited for a Special Edition release in 2010.
Johnson's latest film is the documentary/narrative hybrid JOURNEY TO ROYAL: A WWII RESCUE MISSION, through his own Misty Falls Motion Picture Company. The story recounts the last rescue mission of his great uncle, WWII rescue pilot and hero, Lt. Royal A. Stratton.
Johnson is a member of the Visual Effects Society.
For more information, visit: www.chrisjohnsonfilms.com
JOHN K. STIRBER
Mariana Tosca is a producer, actor and social activist. She starred in CHRISTMAS IN THE CLOUDS opposite Graham Greene, M. Emmet Walsh and Wes Studi. Film and television credits include: SUPERSTORE, MASTERS OF SEX, PARENTHOOD, I KNEW A GIRL NAMED HOLLYWOOD, WAR, and THE RITES OF SPRING.
She sits on the Board of TheTenDollarClub.org, a nonprofit organization which funds poverty alleviation projects in developing nations.
She serves with Dr. Jane Goodall on the Advisory Council of Save the Chimps, the world's largest chimpanzee sanctuary which is home to hundreds of chimpanzees retired from the NASA space program, bio-medical research and the entertainment & pet trades. Other Advisory Boards: Rex & Friends Charitable Foundation, which provides music education and music therapy to people who are blind and/or autistic, ElephantVoices, a non-profit dedicated to the protection of elephants through conservation, advocacy, research and education, and DreamCatcher Wild Horse & Burro Sanctuary, which takes in previously rounded up and/or adopted wild horses and returns them to their natural wild state within a herd environment. She founded the Los Angeles Homeless Coalition, which offered shelter, relief and skills training to the homeless population there.
Mariana has been a recurring commentator on HuffPost Live and The Point. She studied Acting at the American Conservatory Theatre, and has served on the Board of Directors of the Alliance Repertory Company and Theatre East. She served as a campaign advisor for candidates for Governor, Attorney General, State Senate and State Assembly in California, New York, Oregon and Montana.
For more information, visit: www.mtosca.com
SPECIAL MAKE-UP EFFECTS
DAVID B. MILLER
David B. Miller is a Special Effects Make-up guru who, working with Wes Craven, made film history by creating the iconic special make-up for the A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET film series and one of cinema's most memorable villains, Freddy Krueger.
His many other film and television credits include: THE BEASTMASTER, CONEHEADS, BATMAN & ROBIN, and ANGEL.