ANDREW SHAPTER

DIRECTOR

Andrew Shapter is an American film director, writer and photographer. Shapter is known for his films: Before the Music Dies (2006), analyzing the rise of homogenization within the contemporary music industry, Happiness Is (2009), examining the American "pursuit of happiness," and The Teller and the Truth (2015), his third feature film, explores the story of Francis Wetherbee, a beautiful young bank teller who has been missing since a 1974 bank robbery in Smithville, TX. The film was a mock documentary and a "social experiment," as Shapter blurred fact with fiction by blending multiple urban legends into one story. Social media popularized Shapter's version of Wetherbee's story, while the missing woman garnered a "cult-like" following. The teller and the truth was met with critical acclaim, and was awarded a score of 78% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Shapter is a partner at creative production company, Cine33. He currently lives in Austin, working along with C3 Presents as Producer of original content, including original content for Willie Nelson. In 2016, Shapter and the team at C3 were hired by the U.S. State Department and the White House to produce "Refugees Are...", a video featuring Bono, documenting the worldwide refugee crisis.  

Hector Galan

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Hector Galán has been producing and directing documentary films for over twenty five years. He has produced and directed eleven films for the PBS series FRONTLINE, films for THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, and many critically acclaimed and award-winning independent films such as feature documentaries, music documentaries, and documentary series. Galán founded his independent production company, the Austin Texas based Galán Inc. Television/Film in 1984.

Most recently,  Hector Galan completed principal photography in the Middle East and Europe and is near completion on the post production of  an exciting six hour series, THE ROAD FROM CHRIST TO CONSTANTINE hosted by London based Jonathan Phillips. Produced and directed by Hector Galan. Executive producers are Jerry Daigle and Michael Arata of Sunrise Films, LLC. Original Music composition by Joseph Julian Gonzalez. Click here to watch the trailer.

Production is set to start summer of 2013 on Children of GIANT, a  film that unearths deeply wrought emotions in the small West Texas town of Marfa, before, during and after the month-long production of George Stevens’ 1956 feature film, Giant.Based on the controversial Edna Ferber novel of the same name, the film, Giant did not shy from strong social-issue themes experienced throughout post-WWII America.  Award-winning documentary filmmaker, Hector Galan weaves clips from the feature film with the voices of the Mexican American and Anglo townspeople, cast and crew who experienced this unique conjunction of art and life in the summer of 1955.Executive producers are Carolyn Pfeiffer and Hector Galán and producers, Karen Bernstein and Evy Galán.

Also, a film in pre-production is THE WAR WITHIN, a documentary series intended for PBS that tells the historical story of Latinos in America’s Wars from the American Revolution to the present. As the son of a World War II veteran, this story is close to Galán and quite personal.

CHRISTINA FERNANDEZ

Producer 

Christina Fernandez is a film producer, screenwriter, and actress. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater, Speech an Media from the nationally ranked liberal arts institution Austin College in Sherman, Texas. She also holds a Master of Arts degree from the University of Texas in Austin in Screenwriting and wrote her Master's thesis on Ethnic and Minority Groups in the Media. She apprenticed at Paramount Pictures as an assistant to the former Vice President of Comedy Television Division, Dan Fauci's film production company. She has been a script reader at Paramount Pictures and for the Austin Film Festival (then the Austin Heart of Film Festival), and coached screenwriters at the Santa Monica-based Writer's Boot Camp. Her film producing credits include the documentary film Happiness Is (2009), the narrative film The Teller and the Truth (2015), and the upcoming documentary Porvenir, Texas (2019). She has been an actress in commercials and film since 1996 and is represented in acting by Acclaim Talent.    

PETER SIMONITE

CINEMATOGRAPHER

Peter Simonite is a cinematographer originally from Austin, Texas. Peter developed his skills working under the mentorship of many legendary cameramen including Emmanuel Lubezki, Dante Spinotti, John Alonzo, Benoit Delhomme, Bruno Delbonnel, Robert Yeoman, Caleb Deschanel, Dean Semler, Lazlo Kovaks, Edu Grau and Daniel Pearl.

As a 2nd Unit and Additional Photography Cinematographer, Peter contributed to such films as Terrence Malick’s heart-wrenching romantic drama TO THE WONDER for Magnolia pictures and the critically acclaimed THE TREE OF LIFE starring Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, and Jessica Chastain.

His first feature film SKATELAND premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival in the Dramatic Competition. Peter’s second film, FAIRHAVEN starring Sarah Paulson, premiered at the TriBeCa Film Festival in 2012 and received critical acclaim. Peter's most recent project, THE PERFECT GUY, starring Michael Ealy, opened at #1 at the North American box-office. Peter’s next feature film, VOICE FROM THE STONE, was shot in Tuscany and stars Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones).

His music video POSTCARD FROM 1952 for Explosions in The Sky topped several best-of-the-year lists in 2012, including TIME MAGAZINE and NPR’s top video lists.

DANIEL RODRIGUEZ GIBBS

PRODUCER

Daniel Gibbs is Director of Visual Media at C3 Presents.  Since graduating in 2000 from the University of Texas in Austin,  Daniel has worked in almost every level of production from feature films, live broadcast television, music video and commercial work before centering his focus on editing and directing music videos. This led him to C3 Presents, where after 12 years, he now runs C3-VM, handling all video production and photography needs for the company as well as creating and producing long form documentaries, features, branded content, music videos, commercials, live streams, live event video experiences and virtual reality for events like ACL Fest and Lollapalooza as well as brands like Samsung, Red Bull and the NFL.

JENNIFER KUCZAJ

PRODUCER

In the early 90’s Jennifer Kuczaj (KOOCH-eye) worked for international film distributor Frank Agrama. She soon found herself in the production offices of Jersey Films as an assistant to Danny DeVito and his legendary producing partners, Stacey Sher and Michael Shamberg. Over the next ten years Jennifer worked as a story editor, creative executive and development executive. During her tenure at Jersey Films she participated in the creation of iconic works like PULP FICTION, GET SHORTY, OUT OF SIGHT, GATTACA and ERIN BROCKOVICH.

Using her experience as a freelance fundraiser for Mandalay Vision and various independent films in New York City, Los Angeles and Texas, Jennifer currently produces features. Her most recent project is the award-winning border drama TRANSPECOS. Jennifer also spends time as a community based philanthropist. Benefactors of her fundraising efforts include PBS, the Austin Film Society, The Harry Ransom Center, the Texas Tribune, the Texas Film Awards and the LBJ Library.