Randall Gray

Industry Writer/Director/Producer + C.E.O. Actors Coalition Network of Los Angeles

New Voice Short Film Festival Creator/Host

Randall has been involved in the professional entertainment industry over forty years, and has been published numerous

times. He has served as a ghost writer for numerous projects for for the motion picture and television industry, has

performed as an actor and singer in some of the most prestigious venues around the world, and worked closely with many

of the industries most popular performers and creators.

Randall holds a BA in Counseling from Azusa Pacific University, a Masters of Divinity from Haggard Graduate School, a

Doctorate of Psychology from Vanderbilt University, and a Doctorate of Theology from Texas Christian University.

His directing and producing experience spans a wide array of theater, television, and motion picture involvement, and his

experience as a professional casting director has given him some great opportunities to see the kind of talent that is being

produced in our industry today.

Randall is currently the Chief Executive Officer and President of the Actors Coalition Network of Los Angeles, a collaborative

artists group that recently made American history (at least according to the National Endowment of the Arts) for being the

first group of its size to create and release 70 short films in just 9 months (all of which can be seen on the Actors Coalition

Network of Los Angeles web page at www.acnlosangeles.com). He has also been recently recognized by the Producers Guild

of America as the 2019 Educator of the year.

Dan Taylor

President - Inland Empire Film Services San Bernadino County California

Dan served as the Facilitator/Liaison for the San Bernardino County Film Office from 2015 - 2019. In that capacity he was responsible for assisting production companies in acquiring the proper permits and encouraging them to hire local crews and services within San Bernardino County.

Previously Dan was the Deputy Director of the Inland Empire Film Commission for 13 years. During that time he successfully assisted thousands of film shoots, from fashion-based still photography sessions to major motion pictures, assisting them with their locations, permitting and crew and service needs.  Some project Dan has worked on are as follows:

Features: “Transformers,” “Bumblebee,” “Captain Marvel,” “Fast Five” (aka Fast and Furious 5).

TV Episodic: “9-1-1,” “Criminal Minds,” “Legion,” “Homeland,” “Homecoming.”

TV Reality: “Duff Takes the Cake,” “Germany’s Next Top Model,” “Top Gear,” “Grand Tour.”

Commercials:  “Dior,” “Wells Fargo,” “Old Spice,” “iPhone 6,” “BMW.”

Stills:  “Elle Magazine,” Harpers Bazaar,” “Suzuki,” ”Reebok.”

Music Videos: “Blake Shelton,” “Chris Brown,” “Lil Wayne,” “Christina Millan,” “Christina Aguilera,” “Nelly Furtado.”

Dan has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from Azusa Pacific University, and he believes that training, surprisingly, gave him many skills that translated into his work with the film industry. He also has a long record of providing customer service by working in the choral music industry while employed at Chandler Music Services, as well as the educational system through his work as Concert Coordinator for the Azusa Pacific University School of Music.

His background in quality control, which gave him the skills that allows him to put out the best product possible, stems from experience in the garment industry that includes positions at Cherokee Jeans, Cross Colours, Karl Kani and Guess Jeans.

Paul Gleason

Industry Actor/Dancer/Director/Producer/Acting Trainer

Mr. Paul Gleason has had a long and varied professional life and is still working at 83.  He first appeared on stage at the age of 12 dancing with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. He arrive in Hollywood at the age the age of 17.  He was fortunate enough to be involved in the golden age of Broadway and television and work alongside Judy Garland, Shirley Temple, Danny Kaye, Jack Benny, Yul Brynner, Jerry Lewis, Carol Burnett, Jackie Gleason, and Ed Sullivan. He also coached and directed Richard Chamberlain, Mary Tyler Moore, John Raitt, Constance Towers, Ed Asner and Academy Award Winners George Chakiris, and Shirley Jones as well as working with Angelica Huston in her father John Huston. After many years as an actor/dancer in Film,T.V. and Stage in Los Angeles and New York became Chairman of Acting at the famed Pasadena Playhouse. At the same time he was the Associate Director of the American School of Dance and Founding Director of The American Center for Music Theater. He has directing Films, Television, Stage both in Los Angeles and New York. The California Arts Council choose him as Artist in Residence for seven years.  He was also chosen to be on the Awards Panel for the National Endowment for the Arts.  He is now working as the Director of  Education and Outreach for the Pantages Theater in Los Angeles and the Netherlander Alliance in New York. He was married to Tony Award Winner Joanna Gleason, and his son, Aaron Gleason is a recording artist. He says that his greatest joy is to mentor and advance the careers of young artists, and is honored to be included as one of our esteemed judges for the New Voice Short Film Festival.

Alexander Nifong

Industry Writer/Actor/Director/Musician

I hold receiving attention as a gift, and a responsibility, and I do not seek yours for the goal of profit, or personal notoriety.  I'm very grateful for expression, and for the secret corners of the human condition that the eyes of my heart witness blossoming through the ever hardening concrete of our increasingly complex and alienating lifestyles. I love to listen to other people's stories. To walk with them in their experience; smile, and cry with them. To build things with them. I love to give life to real voices, and thus pursued acting, music, missionary work, and meditation. I've found empathy to be the most important tool of art to reach the current needs of my society, and it is the way I pursue my duty- to pave the road of compassion for others- by walking in their shoes, respecting their stories, and giving the voice of truth a stage.  As a dutiful messenger, I'm only here to share the truth of what I do experience, and what I have witnessed. It is an honor, and a privilege, to serve.

As an actor, Alexander Nifong is an actor, known for Cloned: The Recreator Chronicles (2012), Oh, You Pretty Things! (2014) and Pretty Little Liars (2010). He has also worked on several different television productions including GLEE. Currently Alexander is traveling the country working on his new album, and waiting to see what is next in his walk through this terrible and magnificent world of entertainment. A a former active ACN member, Alexander is pleased to serve as a judge for the New Voice Short Film Festival.

 

 

Harlan Groom

Actor, Crew, Set Builder, Stunt Performer, Voice Actor, Host/presenter, Production Manager and Producer

Harlan hails from Madison Wisconsin, where he grew up working on his uncles farm, doing whatever as needed for very long days. His family instilled a since of genuine character and  grit in him, teaching him that hard work, honesty, respect,  would help him develop a work ethic that would give him pride in my work. He gave up a lot to come chase what sets my heart on fire, but he would say that he I gets to do stuff that he loves to do everyday, "I get to tell beautiful stories!"
Harlan runs the L.A. Acting Studios where they focus on  bringing  filmmakers together to create inspirational films. 

 

 

 

Daniel Gray

Animator/Architectural Designer/Entrepreneur/ Founder of PolyMe

I started Polyme Visualization in Southern California in 2004. Since then, I have been working together with architects and designers to develop their ideas and see them come to fruition. I value open communication with my clients and I strive to convey your design exactly how you imagine.

As a lifelong artist I understand that a huge majority of design comes through inspiration. When I’m not designing in the studio, I’m likely out enjoying nature, attending trade shows, or taking in all of the diverse art, food and music that sparks that creativity.

Polyme Visualization is dedicated to making your designs come to life through the use of color, light and atmosphere. I believe that every project wants to tell a story and it’s my goal to make that story a best seller.

Adam Gold

Industry Writer/Filmmaker/Award Winning Actor/Voice Over Artist

Adam Gold is an LA-based film and voice actor, and former active member of ACN.  He began his career in entertainment doing stuntwork while attending college in Tucson, Arizona, and began the move into professional film acting shortly after graduation.  Building a strong resume in Arizona, Adam was signed by a Los Angeles agency and made the move to California to pursue acting full-time.  Since then, he has been fortunate to work on a wide array of content, ranging from feature films and award-winning shorts, to national commercials and theatrical trailers.  He has most recently added voiceover to his body of work through video games and audiobooks, and has continued to progress his career within the industry by delving into the world of original content creation.

Collin Gaveck

Writer / Actor / Musician

Collin is currently Divisional Vice President, Sales at Liveyon LLC, but is also know for his experience in the acting world, J.A.W. (2011), From the Head (2011) and Grace (2012). He is a former active member of ACN now living in Franklin, TN with his lovely wife Stephanie, and has a passion for helping others achieve their dreams and goals in whatever manner he is able to help. 

Ron Modro

 B.S. DFVP – Los Angeles based Screenwriter / Filmmaker

 Ron Modro has more than 20 years film/TV experience and has written numerous web-articles and produced short web-based videos about life as an American Ex-Pat in France and Morocco. He is currently in development for several film and television projects. In 2004, he published The Little Book of Man: a collection of thoughts and essays on the human spirit, and has received top writing awards from the International Society of Poets in 2002, 2003, 2004. In 2005, he was honored with Editor’s Choice and Poet of Merit Awards. He has also been published in a number of poetry anthologies.

In 2007 and 2008, while living in Paris, he sponsored a global photographic project entitled Once Upon A Time On Planet Earth with participants from more than 40 countries, and in 2008 he also produced and directed his first full-length independent documentary, Brotherly Love: A Vision of Hope, a multimedia essay on the homeless of Philadelphia, for Philadelphia City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell.

Experienced Media Consultant/Director for Savox Communications, Inc. based in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg and Helsinki, Finland.

Ron has a Bachelor of Science in Digital Film and Video Production.

  • Some of his television and film credits include, but are not limited to:

    • POSTCARDS FROM HEAVEN - Z-Post, LLC Television Pilot

    • SHILOH SEASON - Warner Bros. Feature Film

    • GREENDAY  “Nice Guys Finish Last” - Reprise Records Music Video

    • CROSSING THE BAR Mozark Productions, Inc. - Feature Film

    • CARYL & MARILYN, REAL FRIENDS - Viacom, Inc. - Talk Show

    • CRAIG ANDERSON PRODUCTIONS - Independent TV Movie Productions

    • DIABOLIQUE – Morgan Creek/Warner Bros, Feature Film

    • ONLY YOU – TriStar Pictures, Feature Film

    • BOYS ON THE SIDE – Regency Films, Feature Film

    • THE DIGNITY OF CHILDREN - CBS Television Documentary

    • HOOTIE AND THE BLOWFISH USA – US Tour Video

    • AMERICAN JOURNAL - Syndicated News Magazine

Anthony Ward

Screenwriter/Graphic Design/Photography/Music Engineer -  Tony Bravo Productions

 I am a Software Engineer by day and also have extensive experience in web design and graphic design. I also dabble in photography (mobile photography studio), music engineering (in home recording studio), play drums (started at age 9) and am learning guitar, bass and keyboards. I guess I just like creating things, all kinds of things.

Laurie Woodward

Acting Teacher, Screenwriter, Author

Laurie Woodward is an acclaimed author, artist, educator and peace consultant. Her novels include The Pharaoh's Cry, Portal Shift, Kidnapped Smile and Dragon Sky from the fantasy series The Artania Chronicles, as well as the middle-grade novel Forest Secrets. In addition, Woodward co-wrote Dean and JoJo: The Dolphin Legacy, about dolphin naturalist Dean Bernal. Her work has won awards from L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest and been featured in the A Hudson View Poetry Digest.

Woodward collaborated on the popular anti-bullying DVD Resolutions. For twenty-five years she has worked as a bilingual elementary school teacher in Santa Maria specializing in peace curriculum, where she has earned numerous grants and awards. Bullied herself as a child, Laurie’s mission is to inspire creating peace through art. She explains, “I want children to see their wonder. That magical part of themselves that, when nurtured, can give birth to amazing things. Films, paintings, stories, song.”  

 More about her work can be found through her publisher https://www.nextchapter.pub/ or at http://artania.net

Daniel Guerra

Post-Production Supervisor, Sound Designer, Sound Editor, Sound Mixer

I'm a Sound engineer with over 20 years of experience in both film and video as a Supervising Sound Designer.
I also do (on location) Production Sound Mixer/recording jobs.

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