The Filmmakers

Co-writer/Director

Michael Cuenca is a self-taught director of two award-winning features, an ITV nominated cult web series, and several music videos. The son of aging Cuban immigrants, Cuenca was left to his own devices and began making his first short films at a young age, utilizing his parents’ camcorders and editing across two VCRs. His directorial feature debut Jerry Powell & the Delusions of Grandeur has been distributed by Amazon.

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WRITER/DIRECTOR

  • By the Wayside (2012) – Feature
  • Jerry Powell and the Delusions of Grandeur (2011) – Feature

AWARDS

  • Best Screenplay, Jerry Powell THE MAVERICK MOVIE AWARDS
  • Hitchcock Award for Outstanding Direction, By the Wayside RIVERLIGHT FILM FEST
  • Best Feature, By the Wayside RIVERLIGHT FILM FEST

Cinematographer

Award-winning cinematographer Jessica Gallant has shot nearly 40 feature films, and 4 feature length documentaries. In addition to her film work, Gallant has also been Administrator for the widely recognized Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers for the past nineteen years. She has worked with Cuenca on the ITV nominated punk web series “Oblivion” and By the Wayside, Cuenca’s second feature. 

CINEMATOGRAPHY AWARDS

  • VISCERA FILM FESTIVAL – “WRETCHED”
  • MICROCINEMA FEST  – “TOM’S WIFE”
  • INSTANT FILMS OPEN – “POWERFUL ROMANTIC”

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Co-writer

Dan Rojay is a singer/songwriter and has worked on several underground films as a writer, actor, composer, DP and editor. For a time he wrote for an online music zine, directed theater and produced television.

Producer

Joshua Levion is an award-winning creative content producer. Having completed a degree in Biology from the University of Sydney and gaining experience in EUE/Screen Gems in New York City, Josh became a Producer at Paper Moose Creative Collective in Sydney Australia. In his role at Paper Moose, Josh first produced the Lipton Iced Tea ‘Cool as a Cucumber’ commercial, which won the Mofilm International Award and started a hugely successful campaign for Lipton. Since then he has produced everything from corporate branded content and TVC’s to music videos and live stream events.