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"He shows a masterful command of tone and pacing while getting great performances from his actors."


Joshua Akin is an award-winning filmmaker residing in Los Angeles, CA. Having just earned his MFA in Film & TV Production at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, he is currently co-directing a feature reimagining of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA.

Recently, Joshua directed the rock and roll dark comedy JURASSIC PUNK, which earned him the 2021 USC Jack Nicholson Directing Award.


In addition to writing and directing, he is a seasoned editor, having cut the 2020 BAFTA Student Award Shortlist-honoree DRIVEN, the Caucus Foundation TV Award-recipient SIDE EFFECTS and CLARINS X FEED, a short documentary produced by Keely Shaye & Pierce Brosnan.

Originally from rural Georgia, Joshua received a BFA in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. As an actor, he had the honor of starring in an NYU production of HAMLET and shared the Stonestreet Studios Outstanding Film Actor award with Miles Teller. As a precursor to directing JURASSIC PUNK, he has played guitar in rock bands since he was thirteen.

Joshua is the founder of Animal Brain Productions and a frequent collaborator at Peace Love Dope Films, a diverse filmmaking collective spotlighting underrepresented voices.

[ joshua-akin.com ]

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Patrick Michael is an L.A. based filmmaker from Seattle, WA with a decade of production experience. He is a current USC MFA Candidate, and previously received his Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from the University of Washington. His filmmaking interests include dramatic arthouse narratives and experimental documentaries; passionately inspired by the far-ranging works of filmmakers by the likes of Mike Leigh, Charles Burnett, and Hollis Frampton.


Patrick is the founder of Peace Love Dope Films. A production company whose primary goals are to amplify unheard voices through visual storytelling, and to explore the boundaries of filmmaking through the communal strength of artistic collaboration.


Based and raised in Beijing, China, Beidi Wang is now pursuing her MFA degree at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.


Beidi was an award-winning child actor on television and in theatre. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in Journalism at the University of Oregon, she now concentrates on visual storytelling through multiple media platforms.


Lately, she has produced a USC-funded advanced production and a project that was awarded a Sloan Grant.


An Shu is a cinematographer and director working internationally.


Raised in Chengdu, China, she now resides in Los Angeles, CA. Recently, she served as the director of photography for the Palm Spring International Film Festival Selection, INFLUENCERS.


An Shu is a current MFA film student at USC's School of Cinematic Arts and a creative partner at Peace Love Dope Films.


Born and raised in Cairo, Egypt, Youssef Gouda studied theatre directing before moving to the United States to study film at Columbia College, Chicago. After college and a spell of stand-up and improv gigs, he moved to LA to pursue his masters at USC.


In Egypt, he directed successful runs of GLENGARRY GLENN ROSS and WAITING FOR GODOT, at the American University in Cairo. In Chicago, he also directed three films including THE JACK OF HEART'S OF SHOWS, a Fellini-esque fairy tale which was a finalist for the “Manifest” Competition at Columbia College.

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Nathan Alexander has contributed original music to films, television, international ads, and music education programs. He is currently a member of renowned film composer and electronic artist Brian Tyler’s in-house team.

Nathan lives for Sci-Fi novels from the mid-20th Century, shoegaze + psychedelic rock, chess, and is an AMM ordained minister. He has seen 100+ Phish shows, but don't hold that against him.

Nathan graduated from USC's Thornton School of Music with a Master of Music in Screen Scoring.

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