Paul Schattel

Paul's first film, the 35mm Sinkhole, a rural noir thriller about a small town meth ring, was nurtured through the IFP-NY program, and upon its arrival was a critical favorite and won many festival awards, including Best Feature. It was quickly snapped up by Shoreline Entertainment for their Watermark label, and has since been acquired and played on television around the world. The following year, the IFP welcomed Paul back with his screenplay for The Mourning Portrait, which was subsequently optioned by Belladonna Productions with Schattel attached as director. Dermot Mulroney, Wentworth Miller, Melissa Leo, and Diane Ladd are attached to star. During the development process for The Mourning Portrait, Schattel decided to mount a quicker, smaller, more experimental project. Hoping to expand his own craft and learn new ways to tell a story, Schattel conceived a project that used extensive collaboration as a means to creating a narrative. That movie, the microbudget chick-flick Alison, recently won Best Director, Best Actress, and Best Screenplay at the inaugural Los Angeles International Film Festival. Other projects in development for Schattel are the skewed romantic comedy Countrypolitan, the dark contemporary fantasy Old Exit One, and the sinister and surreal coming-of-age story, Harvestman. In the meantime, Schattel also runs Harrow Beauty Pictures, a commercial film and video outfit based in North Carolina, and has directed and created content for clients such as Volvo, Moog Music, Animal Planet, Paste Magazine, and The Discovery Network.

Jamie Parker
Writer / Producer

For over a decade Jamie has made a career in interactive media including web development, game design, and illustration; but his first love has always been film. Having worked on several independent feature and short films over the years, Jamie has always dreamed of seeing his own stories come to life on the screen. Men of Persuasion is his first attempt at doing just that. You can find him online at RevDev Brand.

Steve Agnew
Director of Photography

Founder of Rock Creek, Steve is an award winning director, cinematographer and editor. He has almost 20 years experience creating linear and interactive programming for documentary, broadcast, commercial, governmental and corporate clients, and has over seven years experience editing video programs using both traditional linear and digital non-linear systems.

Shane Meador
Associate Producer / Production Designer

Shane Meador worked on studio features for several years, before setting down roots in the mountains of Asheville, from running video assist for Sam Raimi on The Gift to working as a scenic painter on Ritual, a Tales from the Crypt voodoo movie shot in Jamaica. He got his first paid gig at the age of thirteen illustrating a series of chidren's science experiment books; he was hooked, and he is always on the lookout for that next "project." Shane has been fortunate to work on several Asheville based productions, including Paul Schattel's Sinkhole, and Chris Bower's Moon Europa. He began designing theatrical sets, and last year won Best Set Design at the DC Metro Dance Awards for Drift a dance/theater piece that premiered at the Kennedy Center. Shane has also lead the floor of a locked treatment facility for teens, managed a closed circuit TV station, worked in a metal shop, produced the Asheville Puppet SLAM!, and manipulated an eight foot tall puppet over his head during a live symphonic production of Petrushka... Shane's love of movies is only eclipsed by his feelings for family and friends, and perhaps only matched by a few stolen hours on the dance floor.

David Schmidt
Location & Post Audio

David Schmidt started his audio career after graduation from the Audio Engineering program at American University in Washington, DC. He has earned the respect of clients such as The Discovery Channel, The National Geographic Channel, and The History Channel. David has mixed high profile shows, such as the BBC productions of Walking with Dinosaurs and the live Raising the Titanic with Jim Cameron. In addition to his mixing, David is frequently called upon for location sound. He's recorded location sound for clients as diverse as HGTV, Speed Channel, and Good Morning America. Check out Acapella Audio for more info about David and his services.

Shane Peters & Aimie Burns
Camera Assistants

Dustin Cassels


Willie Repoley
"Mr. White"

Willie has performed regionally at the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival, (including Dromio Syracuse, Comedy of Errors), Flat Rock Playhouse (including Kipps, The Woman in Black), and especially North Carolina Stage Company (including Guildenstern, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, and George Bailey, It's A Wonderful Life). He is a member of the contra band Mock Turtle Soup, and has arranged or composed music for productions of Twelfth Night at NC Stage, and As You Like It and Comedy of Errors at NC Shakes. He is co-founder of Immediate Theatre Project (the Partner Company in Residence at North Carolina Stage Company) and The Redundant Theatre Company Theatre.

Joseph Guice
"Mr. Grey"

Z. Joseph Guice was born and raised in North Carolina and graduated from The University of North Carolina at Wilmington with a degree in biology. After college, remembering the encouraging advice of a high school teacher, Joe took a stab at acting. He served as an apprentice and intern at Flat Rock Playhouse in 2001 before landing in New York City where he studied acting at Circle In The Square Theatre School. After Circle, he worked for Michael Mailer Films as a Post Production Intern on Kettle of Fish starring Gina Gershon and Matthew Modine. Joe had a self-imposed ‘crash course’ in film when he wrote and directed the short Jenny which premiered at The First Take Film Festival in Augusta, Georgia. His favorite stage role: playing The Scottish King in Macbeth. Joe recently starred in the zombie horror film, Epidemic: Z with special make-up effects by Starr Jones (The Abyss).

Rebecca Morris

Rebecca's roles in regional film have run the gamut from single mom, to performance artist, to elf assassin, and she now has eleven productions under her belt. A stage actor from the start, Rebecca is a founding member of The Redundant Theatre Company Theatre, a group which is currently in the throes of writing their 8th original show. She has studied with Timothy Carhart and Elizabeth D'Onofrio. When not acting, Rebecca is busy working on the 28 acres of land she shares with her husband, Evan.

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