Erica 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 menagerie of fur babies. Erica 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, a good romance novel, and LV bags. When Erica is not writing she can be found enjoying a beautiful life with her loved ones. Erica's personal experiences with domestic violence have made her an advocate, and supporter of many causes facing survivors of any harassment or abuse. It is her greatest wish that no one ever has to suffer the traumas she endured, and that justice be brought for all those who have. These experiences have made her appreciate life, laughter, and love. She is a believer in 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."
Stephanie is a film and theater producer with a variety of shows and films in her portfolio. Her feature film producing credits include Love Labour’s Lost, and Child of Light, She has also produced numerous short films, music videos and web series, including Hardish Bodies (world-premiered at Tribeca Film Festival). A Grievance with Gravity (An award winning narrative short film) .
The theater credits include critically acclaimed shows such as Cyrano de Bergerac at the Scottish Rite Theater, Any Night in Los Angeles and Macbeth in the Dark at the Driscoll. Stephanie has also worked for many years in the role of a Austin Film Festival ‘Filmmaker Liaison’ for Winter in the Blood, Black or White, Beneath the Darkness, Hunger, and Burning Bodhi, in addition to her work as a ‘Theatre Manager’ for SXSW. Stephanie Is Covid Certified on Level 1 and Level 2 from Safe Sets International.
Joy Parris is a motivated go-getter driven to bring creative and diverse content to the entertainment industry. With over 20+ years of experience as a talent manager, writer, producer, director, and business consultant she is committed to working with innovative and talented filmmakers as well as other creatives within the independent film community. She has produced several short films, plays and independent feature films. Joy earned her bachelor's degree in Psychology and Education from Hunter College. She continues to focus on compelling stories to bring a wider audience.
Jason is a film and marketing commercial producer who has been working in the TV and film industry for 10 years. Jason has produced content for Facebook, YouTube Originals, Rooster Teeth Productions, and Crypt TV.
He has worked with brands like Indeed, Expedia, VIZIO, Oreo, and Blizzard Entertainment. Jason has also worked on two seasons of the award-winning TV series "Day 5" which aired on Sky TV (UK) and El Rey Network. He has produced and production managed a variety of projects that include a short film (“Mr. Leadfeet”), interactive series (”A Heist with Markiplier”), DIY prop building show, (“Master & Apprentice”), and high-stakes unscripted gameshow. (“Hardcore Tabletop.”)
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.
Social Media Coordinator
Christine Grasso grew up in Austin, Texas and has a passion for multimedia storytelling, experiential events and marketing, and social media. Christine has an undergraduate degree in Radio-Television-Film from the University of Texas and she recently obtained her Master’s Degree in event and experience management from the Goldsmiths University of London. She focused her research on the future of transmedia storytelling, audience engagement, marketing, and events through immersive events, experiential marketing experiences, and cross platform social media engagement. Christine has a wide range of entertainment production and social media experiences through casting/talent relations at Disney Television Animation, live event social media and production at Lake Travis Film Festival and Time Out London, to creating travel vlogs for an online travel magazine, Viva Lifestyle and Travel, and multiple production assistant and stage management roles.
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.
Music - Individual Artist
Andrea’s talents have allowed her the opportunity to perform the world over, including Shanghai, China, and at the world famous Waldorf Astoria for a 4 month engagement. Her mix of smooth blues/jazz led to tours with the Lucky Peterson Band in Portugal and headlining her own act in Santiago, Chile. Her ability to sing various styles of music including, Blues, Folk, R&B, Jazz and even Rock, caught the attention of the producer of her debut CD, “Left with the Uptown Blues.” Andrea is going to lend her voice to the soundtrack through her blues and jazz voice reminiscent of Etta James.
Reji Thomas Is an acclaimed Artist whose artwork is held in public places and private collections around the world. Her clients include the Texas State Capitol, the Democratic National Convention, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, B.B. King, The University of Texas, Trinity University, The Black Arts Alliance, the Austin Chamber of Commerce, the Texas Medical Association, Dell Computers, Austin Community College, The Brackenridge Foundation, St. Edward’s University, Ronald McDonald House of Austin, Steven Spielberg, the Four Seasons Hotel, Concordia College, Human Rights Commission, Holy Angels Catholic Church, the City of Austin Mayor’s office, and the Texas Governor’s office. Her work is in the collections of Mexico’s former president Carlos Salinas and Queen Elizabeth of England. Reji Thomas is lending her art to the production.
Issa Nyaphaga is a multimedia artist and human rights activist based in the U.S. He is globally known as a political cartoonist and a critical thinker who has collaborated with many well-known and established artists and institutions around the world. Back in the 1990s, in his home country of Cameroon, Issa published over five thousand cartoons, drawings, illustrations, graphic novels and comics, reaching five million readers—many of whom are marginalized and illiterate. Since 1999 Issa has taught his unique art techniques in universities, colleges, cultural centers and social institutions. He has also conducted art therapy programs for child soldiers and at-risk children and teenagers. Issa Nyaphaga's artwork has inspired the human spirit of thousands of people in dozens of countries. Issa is lending his art to the production