Biographies

Katherine Griffin - Writer and Director

Katherine Griffin is a Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowship Semi-Finalist (2012) and Emmy Award winning editor-writer-director from Bloomington, Indiana whose spirited adventure making her first indie feature The Innocents was profiled in the Los Angeles Times. The Innocents was subsequently listed as one of the twenty best dramas in Phil Hall's 'Encyclopedia of Underground Movies: Films from the Fringes of Cinema'. In a review for FilmThreat Magazine, Hall stated: "Griffin has a remarkable style, with intelligent dialogue that flavors a subtle direction."

Katherine has always had a passion for acting, writing and directing. She attended the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, and studied film in the Bay Area, then entered the Pacific Conservatory of Performing Arts in Santa Maria to continue her education in acting and directing. It was there that she began to write screenplays.

Since then, she has been a finalist in the Sundance Screenwriter's Lab, received the first ever Christy Fellowship from PCPA, worked as an editor for every major network on television, is a Nicholl Semi-Finalist, Emmy Award Winner and is currently assembling her second feature film, Butterflies and Lightning, with producers Michel Shane (I Robot, Catch Me if You Can), Sarah Finn (Crash) and Jon Bachmann (The Innocents).

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Jon Bachmann - Producer

Jon Bachmann is a Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowship Semi-Finalist (2012) and Emmy Award winning editor-writer-producer. An early interest in storytelling lead to his first award for fiction with the Villa Montalvo Young Writer's Competition while still in highschool.

Originally from the Bay Area, he moved to Los Angeles and co-founded Styopa Films where he has developed and produced a number of award-winning independent films including The Innocents, (listed as one of the fifty most memorable indie/underground dramas in Phil Halls' book: Films from the Fringes of Cinema), and Use As Directed.

His scripts have won awards in the UCLA Professional Program in Screenwriting, the Nate Wilson Joie de Vivre Award, and become a Semi-Finalist in the Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowship.

Emilia Arau - Producer

Emilia belongs to the Arau family, from Mexico City, and started a career very young working in American films shot in Mexico such as: 'The Falcon and the Snowman', 'Revenge', 'Predator', 'Old Gringo', and 'The Burning Season', among many others.

In the early 90's, she was the Line Producer of the world wide hit 'Como Agua para Chocolate' (Like Water for Chocolate), 'Bandidos' (Bandits) and 'Ambar' (Amber).

In 2001, she moved to Los Angeles to produce television commercials for the Hispanic market in the USA. She founded FineArtAgency.com, dedicated to promote a select group of Mexican contemporary artists, and partnered up with Metro Producciones, a Mexican television commercial production company to represent them in the USA. She has also been instrumental in the development and production of several recent successes including 'La Misma Luna', 'Zapata' and 'Dark Cities'.