Ryan Maxey, Filmmaker
Ryan Maxey is a filmmaker living in Los Angeles. As director/producer, his independent documentary work has screened at SXSW, AFI Docs, True/False, and Hot Docs, and been featured by Vimeo Staff Picks and Dazed & Confused Magazine. He has shot, directed, and edited numerous successful online video campaigns for organizations and brands such as the United Nations, National Parks Conservation Association, TOMS Shoes, and GOOD Magazine.
Johnny Clark, Filmmaker
Johnny Clark is an entrepreneur filmmaker who creates documentaries and serialized dramas. In 2013, he made Deadraiser, a captivating documentary exploring modern day resurrection stories. He is also the creative force behind StartHere.tv, a project that connects a community of people who offer the language and tools of business to entrepreneurs who have a passion, a fire, and an idea they want to develop, but are unfamiliar with the business aspects of entrepreneurship. Johnny’s unique and artistic vision was recently realized in a project he developed with Colorado choreographer Kelly Archer, using dance to enrich a story about a near death experience. We can undoubtedly expect many exciting stories to come to fruition at Mountain Light Studios, the independent film studio he is building in Loveland, Colorado. Story is, at the core, the passion that drives Johnny Clark.
Troy Warwick, Photographer
Troy Warwick is a photographer, filmmaker and worship leader who believes that music and art are a language given to us to draw us and our world closer to God. His wife and three children enjoy exploring and adventuring to new places together. We have always loved the beauty of God’s creation and we make an effort to put our lives in its way – allowing it to enrich us, reboot us, reconnect us, and fill us up – drawing us closer to God and to one another as a family. We crave simplicity and peace – free from the noise, busyness, materialism, and expectations of our culture.
Rayshaun Thompson, Composer
Born in Massachusetts by way of Connecticut, Rayshaun Thompson began the journey of music production over 9 years ago. He has worked with a host of major and indie music artist in various genres spanning from pop, rock, and hip hop. In 2011 undertaking film scoring allowed for an expansion of expression in sonic form for film. His unique approach to ambient sound and instrument design and his ability to create sonic textures unique to the film scoring industry shows just how diverse and talented he is. His music has been used in several national ad campaigns, and most recently, the Oscar nominated film The Theory of Everything. As a record producer and film composer he has magnified the human condition through sound, taking us all on an audible voyage of human emotions.
Brian Rickel, Actor
Originally from Sacramento, CA, Brian Rickel now calls San Diego home. An accomplished actor, he has performed in virtually every region of California, along with a five-year tenure in Chicago where he spent time onstage and off as the Managing Director of Dog & Pony Theatre Company. A theatre generalist, Brian teaches courses in Acting, Voice & Movement, Theatre History, Stage Combat, Introduction to Theatre, Introduction to Narrative Theory, and is the head of performance at Grossmont Community College in the Theatre Arts Department. Brian relishes in seeing new work develop and students discover the magic and wonder of working in the Theatre. Favorite roles include: Dev in Stupid F-ing Bird (Cygent Theatre Company), Malcolm in Macbeth (Intrepid Shakespeare Company), Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire, Martin Dysart in Equus (CSU Fullerton, MFA Program), Baw in Joe vs. The Volcano, Malvolio in Twelfth Night (Lamb’s Player’s Theatre) and William Barfee in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (PCPA Theatrefest) .
John Voelz, Painter, Writer and Musician
John Voelz::::04.20.68. 5’9″. 1 wife. 3 kids. 3 grandkids. Semi-tamed rebel. Artist. Songwriter. Painter. Musician. Author. Aggravator.
My dad used to refinish yachts in the San Francisco Bay Area. Our entire house smelled of paint, varnish, turpentine, toluene, Bondo, lacquer, and any number of poisonous chemicals. To me, those smells are as precious as flowers. They are full of memories—process, journey, failure, triumph.
It seemed everything I owned as a child was eventually covered in overspray or drips of paint. It was my father’s living but it was also his art and everything else was just stuff. Today, I use most of those smells in my artwork. They remind me of who I am, where I come from, where I belong, and where my true identity lies.
These smells and textures also remind me that everything is a potential canvas. Spiritually and physically speaking—the place we live is something to take care of, to beautify, to celebrate. We leave our mark where we live and cannot separate who we are from our landscape and economy. It affects us but more importantly we affect it—or not.
Too many believe the place we live, the people around us, and whatever system we find ourselves a part of owe us a favor. Too many play the victim. Too many wait around for good things to happen. It is my desire to infect the world I live in with beauty. Beauty is a signpost of things to come as well as evidence and a ripple of a different perspective that says, “There is hope.”
Will Thomas, Painter
Will Thomas is a 2011 graduate of Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree specializing in two-dimensional art. From the time he was young, drawing and painting were the focus of his artistic imagination. He has long been inspired by science fiction video games, movies and comics and this subject matter evolved into dramatic images over the years as his life experiences shaped his art. He is particularly passionate about analog art.
Art provided an outlet that served to shape Will’s identity and helped him cope with life’s highs and lows along the way. His understanding of the value of art as a means to promote positive personal growth continues to develop. As a result, he is constantly encouraged to explore art more intimately by investigating new techniques, mediums and subject matter. Because art has provided a healthy method of expression in his own life, Will hopes he can inspire others to see the therapeutic value art can offer.
Bob Smith, Post Production and Sound
Known within the industry as Bongo Bob, hence the company name Bongo Post and Music, where Bob oversees all Post Production and Production services. Bob’s story is as varied as his personality. He started out in Sacramento playing ethnic percussion and made trips to SF to learn Afro Haitian drumming and to spend nights at The Fillmore watching Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Miles Davis. He developed a unique and worldly essence to his musical palate. After studying at the SF Conservatory of Music, playing in New Wave bands and electro acoustic classical hybrids, and learning drum programming, Bob developed a unique perspective of the world that made working with visuals an easy transition.
Smith’s work with film composer Mark Isham on The Hitcher in the early 80’s was his inspiration to write music for picture. His work with legendary producer Narada Michael Walden on projects for Whitney Houston, The Starship, Clarence Clemons, Lionel Ritchie by day and working with Joe Satriani on his epic release “Surfing with the Alien” at night, while playing in all sorts of oddball new wave groups, gave him the jumpstart he needed to start producing and writing on his own. His production credits for Virgin, Polygram, Warner Bros, Disney, etc. set his life in motion to arrive at the gates of visual sound design for commercials and documentaries. His work can be seen on the NBC Olympics, Beverly Hills 90210, Beverly Hills Cop II, and The Little Mermaid to mention a few.
Kris Nikeson, Sound and Light Design and Musician
Kris Nickeson is the owner of Microtones Studios in Westminster, Colorado, where he wears many hats, functioning as an engineer, session artist and producer. A graduate of the Musician’s Institute, he designs and runs lights and sound for a wide variety of productions at the Broomfield Theatre. Kris and his wife Niya also gig around town with their band.
Ernesto Bustos brings his skills and experience as a voice actor having worked groups like the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California State University at Sacramento, and Smosh. Some of his favorite theatrical credits include Chief Bromden in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” Che Che in “Ana in the Tropics,” and Diego Rivera in “Frida.” He was most recently seen as Flute in the Davis Shakespeare Ensemble’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Codi Rose Burns performed in her teen years at Fair Oaks Repertory Theatre. Her favorite roles include Little Red in Into the Woods, Gilmore in Godspell (for which she was nominated for an Ellie award), and Carrie in Carousel. With her two children now in college, she is completing her coursework to become a speech therapist. Codi is captivated by the mission and vision of Chadash, and pleased to contribute to this project that serves a kingdom purpose.
Kim Moses was bitten by the acting bug in 5th grade when she was chosen to play Carrie Cavity, the Evil Tooth Fairy and has continued to perform in community theater for over 20 years. Favorite credits include: Belinda/Flavia in Noises Off, Maggie Cutler in The Man Who Came to Dinner, Chris in Rumors, and both Shelby and M’Lynn in two separate productions of Steel Magnolias. Kim has also done voice over work for both TV and radio commercials.