EL DuBois is a best-selling & award-winning author. She was born & raised in Texas where she still lives today surrounded by her amazing family, and a menagerie of fur babies. EL is an avid artist, music lover, and reader. She is a Southern Belle at heart with a passion for red-soled shoes, Chucks in various colors, and a good novel. When EL is not writing she can be found enjoying a beautiful life with her loved ones. EL's personal experiences with domestic violence have made her an advocate, and supporter of many causes facing survivors of any harassment or abuse. This passion to be a voice for others and bring change prompted her to Co-Found the Twisted Crown Foundation in 2021. The Twisted Crown Foundation's mission and goals are to bring awareness, educate, enact legislative changes, and keep hope a constant for those in need. It is EL's greatest wish that no one ever has to suffer the traumas she endured and that justice is brought for all those who have. These experiences have made her appreciate life, laughter, and love. She is a believer in a positive attitude, positive actions, and paying it forward. Her motto is "do good things with no expectations, and life has a way of bringing goodness back to you."
Brenda Gilbert is the Co-Founder & President of BRON Media Corporation, a company that she built with her husband, Aaron L. Gilbert. As the President and Board Member of BRON Media Corp., Brenda leads an executive team that oversees and manages all of the company's worldwide initiatives. The Vancouver based parent company has offices in Los Angeles, New York, London and Toronto, operating global divisions: BRON Studios, BRON Creative, BRON Animation, BRON Releasing, BRON Digital, and BRON Life. Previously, Brenda lead as the President of BRON Animation, where she produced and delivered the original animated film The Willoughbys to Netflix. Currently, her focus is on BRON Life, the company's non-scripted division, where she's passionate about helping those in need. Brenda also dedicates time to BRON's charitable initiatives and on being BRON's ambassador to the world. She sits on the board of Film Independent, was the track chair for mentoring initiatives with Woman in Animation, an Advisor to the Vancouver Film School, and La Salle College, plus volunteering time with Vancouver Community College. Over the course of her 20 years in the media and entertainment space, Brenda has produced, or executive produced several animated and live action films including the award winning The Birth of a Nation, Henchmen, Red Sea Diving Resort, All Rise, Assassination Nation, and The Nightingale. BRON's films including Fences, Joker and Bombshell have received a total of 19 Academy Award nominations and 4 Academy Award wins.
J. Mackie Matysiak
J. Mackie Matysiak was born and raised in Texas where he still resides today. His debut novel "The Stray Hours" is a highly anticipated gonzo picaro noir with a fat slice of Americana life. He is a multi genre author & scriptwriter. When he is not writing he enjoys a multitude of sports & supports a variety of his home state teams, with baseball being his first love. John is Erica's brother, his passion for this project stems from a need to bring his sister's story to a broader audience and give her & other survivors the justice they deserve.
M. Vanessa "Vane" Flores
Vanessa "Vane" Flores resides in Texas with her loving family. Her years of experience in governmental affairs combined with various levels of managerial positions, make her an irreplaceable asset to the Twisted Crown Film & Foundation. She is a bilingual small business owner with a passion for helping others. Vanessa loves to travel, experience new places, and enjoy the creative outlet her business VSK Custom Designs provides. Her combination of compassion, enthusiasm, and business savvy makes her a true gift to the Twisted Crown Film & Foundation.
A loved one is a survivor which led Vanessa to be a strong advocate against the issues of domestic violence & abuse in all forms.
“To truly make a difference in this world, one must be willing to not only stand up, but, also fight for those who are unable to do it for themselves"
~Vanessa "Vane" Flores~
Music - Band
Lone Star State rockers Blue October emerged during the mid-'90s, delivering an emotionally charged amalgam of heart-heavy post-grunge and slick modern rock. They found favor in 2006 with their platinum-selling fourth long-player, Foiled, which featured the chart-topping singles "Hate Me" and "Into the Ocean," and built on that success via a succession of albums that saw them go from radio-ready, post-grunge act (2011's Any Man in America) to stadium-sized synth rockers with an unabashed flair for the melodramatic (2016's Home). Blue October is creating an original song for the Film.