Chris Caraballo – Writer/Director
Chris was fortunate enough to be blessed with a never ending imagination as well as a touch of insomnia. So he spends his nights watching The Sandlot, writing scripts, or playing with his Kinex. He knew he wanted to make movies as a teenager and since he’s never quite grown up all the way – movies about children have always been his favorite.
When he left for college though, his family insisted he get a “real degree”. In school, he attained both a B.S. in Accounting and a Masters in Taxation. He holds this degree in high regard for two reasons. First, it made his family proud. More importantly though, ever since joining the USC film school, he has realized it taught him more about making films than he could have ever imagined.At USC, Chris has excelled as both a Writer and Director. His first film won Best Short Film at the Independent Film Festival and was an official selection in film festivals from California to France. Not a day goes buy where Chris does not think about his home in Miami. It made him who he is and all of his movies reflect that. The History of Space Flight is no exception.
Lea Dizon – Producer
Born and raised in the Philippines, Lea has been producing skits, theme parties, and production numbers since she was eight. Later in life, she added to this training a degree in Broadcasting from the University of the Philippines. Lea worked as a senior writer, and segment producer, for her country’s largest TV network and was a member of the creative team at Star Cinema Studios. After a year she moved to Los Angeles where she is currently pursuing her dreams and a Masters in Film and TV Production at USC.
Douglas Jessup – Producer
Even as a little boy, Douglas drew a lot, took pictures, and played musical instruments. No wonder his student films at James Madison University drew much attention. There he received a degree in Visual Arts. A project he made went on to win first place at the national NAB Student film competition. After college Douglas worked as a production assistant and dabbled in freelance design and video editing. After years of considering heading out to Los Angeles, a knee injury gave him the time he needed to apply to USC Film School, where he is currently a Masters student.
Jonathan Barenboim – Director of Photography
Jonathan Barenboim graduated from Tufts University in 2006 with a dual degree in International Relations and Art History. Simultaneously, he earned a Bachelors of Fine Arts from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston where he concentrated in photography. Jonathan’s two passions collided on the set of “Franklin and Stefanie”, a film that earned him a Best Cinematographer award in 2005. Since the Fall of 2006 he has attended USC where he continues to dream big. Recently, he was awarded the prestigious Annenberg Fellowship, a full academic scholarship.
Brittany Hauselmann – Production Designer
Receiving her degree in theatre design, Brittany has worked on a wide range of theatrical shows, as well as short films. In 2008, her set design for BLITHE SPIRIT won the Aubrey Award for Best Set Design in a Drama. Since 2006, she has designed for a wide range of narrative film genres, such as fantasy, sci-fiction, comedy, thriller and drama. Taking her inspiration from each stories premise, she uses colors, textures and space as storytelling tools. Brittany is currently attending The American Film Institute Conservatory for her MFA in Production Design.
Nic Wenger – Editor
Nick Wenger is currently studying for his MFA at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, where he has worked on a number of features, shorts, and commercials. Prior to this, he worked as a post-production coordinator for such films as Little Miss Sunshine, Alpha Dog and Pan’s Labyrinth. In 2009, Nick edited the short film “Meanwhile,” which won the Coca-Cola Refreshing Filmmaker’s Award and will play on 20,000 screens nationwide. In his spare time, he enjoys watching hockey games and going to the beach.
Jeremy Cohen – Assistant Director
Born in New Castle, Pennsylvania, Jeremy Michael Cohen is an award-winning writer and director living in Los Angeles. Currently he is pursuing his Masters of Fine Arts in Film Production at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. As an undergraduate at the University of Maryland, Jeremy studied Political Theory, was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, and was a member of the Fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta. Aside from film, Jeremy’s interests include literature and the Pittsburgh.