A revolutionary new film financing platform

Michael Levy (Exec. producer - Die Hard 2, Predator, Lara Croft)

Team

Tim Burke – Creative Director

Skills: Finance/Production
Tim Burke studied Film Directing at the Panico Film School in London passing top of his class. The school is famous for teaching industry heavy weights; Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones and Sir Ben Kingsley. He started his career in the entertainment industry by creating, writing and directing one the first Reality TV series for MTV Networks Europe in 2005. The show screened across Europe receving ‘5 Star reviews’ in The Evening Standard, The Times and even outrating ‘The Osbournes’ & ‘Jackass’ at the time. He was the Creator, Director, Producer and Star of hit MTV series. After his days at MTV he founded a hi-tech, mobile entertainment company called ‘The Bigger Picture’ and whilst working, with Universal Pictures, July Systems and Ericisson IPX, his company created a ground breaking mobile campaign for Michael Mann’s “Miami Vice”. The mobile company was the first to setup mobile content shortcodes on “Miami Vice” Movie posters connected to over 90 countries Worldwide, and at the time, set the benchmark for mobile content deilvery.
From 2007 onwards he used his extensive industry contacts to organise high profile, celebrity attended charity events at the Cannes Film Festival. In 2009, his charity film company; ‘Buyamovierole’ put on one of the festival’s biggest charity events onboard mega-yacht Pegasus with Quintessentially in support of WWF Save the Tiger. The event was supported by Bono and numerous celebrities there that year.
Know as a “creative visionary”; Tim‘s next project created a lot of international press and recognition, especially at Cannes Film festival screening because of its alleged curse.
In 2011, Tim directed a controversial and fascinating film experiment which studied a physiological condition called “THE LUCIFER EFFECT“ – the Film has been pegged “as the next big found footage phenomenon” set to finally be released in
early 2016 after much media attention. Recently, Tim co-produced, 2nd unit directed and wrote the story for cult, horror comedy “LA SLASHER” starring Danny Trejo, Misha Barton and David Bautista (in his very first role before ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ and ‘Spectre’). The Film was nominated for 9 Awards at the ‘New York International Film Festival’ and winning ‘Best Thriller’ at ‘IFS Film Festival’ in May 2015. Tim played the part of ‘The Producer’ and ‘The LA Slasher’ himself.
Tim is currently the founder of a revolutionary, online Movie investment company: ‘MovieFund.com & TheMovieFund.com’, currently no. 1 on Google for ‘Movie Investors’ and many other keywords. The Company has over 550 Movie projects with combined film budgets of $950M from many successful and well-known​ Hollywood Producers & Directors. Tim currently works with established Producers & Directors on a large number of big budget Movie & TV projects starring actors such as Tom Hanks, Megan Fox, James Franco, Kate Winslet. The company recently secured finance for David Lynch’s new project, Charlie Chaplin’s last screenplay; ‘The Freak’ and Academy Award nominee Chloe Sevigny; “Antibirth’ which premiered at Sundance 2016.
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BEN Knapik​

SKILLS: FILM FINANCE​​
​Movies: ​

 

​Ben worked at Paramount Pictures film finance department for 2 years before joining The Movie Fund.

FELIX ERSKINE – Post & Music

Skills: Finance/Production
Tim Burke studied Film Directing at the Panico Film School in London passing top of his class. The school is famous for teaching industry heavy-weights; Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones and Sir Ben Kingsley. He started his career in the entertainment industry by creating, writing and directing one the first Reality TV series for MTV Networks Europe in 2005. The show screened across Europe receiving ‘5 Star reviews’ in The Evening Standard, The Times and even outrating ‘The Osbournes’ & ‘Jackass’ at the time. He was the Creator, Director, Producer and Star of hit MTV series. After his days at MTV he founded a hi-tech, mobile entertainment company called ‘The Bigger Picture’ and whilst working, with Universal Pictures, July Systems and Ericsson IPX, his company created a ground-breaking mobile campaign for Michael Mann’s “Miami Vice”. The mobile company was the first to setup mobile content shortcodes on “Miami Vice” Movie posters connected to over 90 countries Worldwide, and at the time, set the benchmark for mobile content delivery.From 2007 onwards he used his extensive industry contacts to organise high profile, celebrity attended charity events at the Cannes Film Festival. In 2009, his charity film company; ‘Buyamovierole’ put on one of the festival’s biggest charity events onboard mega-yacht Pegasus with Quintessentially in support of WWF Save the Tiger. The event was supported by Bono and numerous celebrities there that year.
Know as a “creative visionary”; Tim‘s next project created a lot of international press and recognition, especially at Cannes Film festival screening because of its alleged curse. In 2011, Tim directed a controversial and fascinating film experiment which studied a physiological condition called “THE LUCIFER EFFECT“ – the Film has been pegged “as the next big found footage phenomenon” set to finally be released in early 2016 after much media attention. Recently, Tim co-produced, 2nd unit directed and wrote the story for cult, horror comedy “LA SLASHER” starring Danny Trejo, Misha Barton and David Bautista (in his very first role before ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ and ‘Spectre’). The Film was nominated for 9 Awards at the ‘New York International Film Festival’ and winning ‘Best Thriller’ at ‘IFS Film Festival’ in May 2015. Tim played the part of ‘The Producer’ and ‘The LA Slasher’ himself.
Tim is currently the founder of a revolutionary, online Movie investment company: ‘MovieFund.com & TheMovieFund.com’, currently no. 1 on Google for ‘Movie Investors’ and many other keywords. The Company has over 550 Movie projects with combined film budgets of $950M from many successful and well-known Hollywood Producers & Directors. Tim currently works with established Producers & Directors on a large number of big budget Movie & TV projects starring actors such as Tom Hanks, Megan Fox, James Franco, Kate Winslet. The company recently secured finance for David Lynch’s new project, Charlie Chaplin’s last screenplay; ‘The Freak’ and Academy Award nominee Chloe Sevigny; “Antibirth’ which premiered at Sundance 2016.

GREG JACOBSON – IP DEVELOPMENT

SKILLS: IP DEVELOPMENT
Movies: ​

Greg has had a extensive career in multiple aspects of film Production and Development. Gregg was the VP of development at Radical Studios where he added in developing original IP from Comics into major feature film tent poles such as ‘Oblivion’ (120 million budget, Universal) directed by Joseph Kosinski and staring Tom Cruise. Also assisting with ushering Radicals very own ‘Hercules’ from print to the screen. Hercules (100 million, MGM) directed by Brett Ratner and staring Dwayne Johnson (The Rock). In addition ,  Jacobsons has been the head of business development at Made  

Olive studios. MOS is a independent film scoring house working of such projects as Dream Works, How to Train a Dragon, Sonys the Maze Runner and next up Marvels very Daredevil original series for Netflix. Last but not least Jacobson is currently still working as a independent consultant with Hydraulx studio. Hydraulx studio is the visual effects house behind some of your largest films such as ‘Avatar’, ‘the Avengers’, ‘300’, ‘Iron man’, and ‘Captain America’ to name a few.

Greg Strause – VISUAL EFFECTS

Skills: Production, Special effects
Hydraulx is a uniquely designed and operated award-winning visual effects facility based in Santa Monica, California. As a full service visual effects house, Hydraulx has the versatility to provide high quality visual effects regardless of the size or scope of the project.We hold to two basic tenets: hire the best artists, and keep them armed with the latest tools and technology available. The result is a highly efficient team of talented artists and consistently groundbreaking work in a broad range of applications. With less of the bureaucracy of larger companies, and a core group of in-house talent (producers, programmers, photographers & designers), we decrease overhead while increasing project flexibility.

 

MICHAEL LEVY – VETERAN PRODUCER​

Michael levy (LARA CROFT, LAST BOY SCOUT, DIE HARD 2)
is a veteran film producer and one of the defining producers of the 90s​ having produced a number of blockbusters of the decade​. All Michael films have had commercial success with many starring the biggest names in the business. Michael films ​i​nclude​;​ “Lara ​C​roft​”​ with ​Angelina ​Jolie​ ​and Gerald butler, ​”D​emolition ​M​an​”​ with​ ​Sly Stallone​ and​ ​”D​ie ​H​ard 2​”​ with Bruce Willis​; “The ​L​ast ​B​oy ​S​cout​”​ with Samuel ​L. ​Jackson ​to name a few. Michael has a long track record of success in Hollywood and great ties with every talent agency in the business. Recently, he ​was ​approached by Baja ​Movie S​tudios to take over the entire movie studio where ​”T​itanic​”​ was famously shot. Michael has been working with Tim Burke​, ​creative director at the Movie ​F​und​, ​on ​the o​scar​winning​ remake of ​”Night of the ​I​guana​”​ and is in talks with Hugh ​Laurie,​ ​Salma Hayek​ ​and Jessica ​A​lba to play the leads. Michael now brings his huge resources, enthusasim and producing talent to the ​”P​lanet X mega ​TV ​series”.​

TOMMY ARDOLINO – PRODUCER

TOMMY ARDOLINO – Producer

(Movies: Oldfellas, Ten Bells)
Skills: Film Finance, Props)

President of the multi-faceted Art, Prop, and Film Company, Frame of Mind Pictures, since 1987, Tommy is an artist who grew up in the foresty suburbs of New Haven, Connecticut.  With early influences like The Beatles and Peter Max fueling his imagination, Tommy’s creative output rapidly became sophisticated, as he began playing piano and producing animated films at the tender age of 9.  After experimenting with film special effects, pixilation, and stop motion animation throughout high school, Tommy was accepted to the University of Southern California, as the only freshman in the Film Animation program at the School of Cinema. Tommy produced his first film at USC, a 3-minute 16mm animated film, Clownster (1979), by painting over 1500 cels, and was invited to screen his work at Bill Melendez studios, where they produced all of the Peanuts cartoons.  After graduating from USC with several awards including the prestigious Glen Lukens Award for Outstanding Studio Artist, and enduring four years of tireless training at the Motion Picture Screen Cartoonist’s Guild at night, Tommy was hired as an apprentice animator at Hanna Barbera for Yogi Bear’s All-Star Comedy Christmas Caper (1983) and at Walt Disney Studios for The Fox and the Hound (1981) and Mickey’s Christmas Carol (1983).  In the mid-1980s, the animation boom had not yet begun (this era started in 1989 with the release of Walt Disney’s The Little Mermaid), so Tommy took a job in the prop department at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, where he created a variety of props for popular television shows like Cagney & Lacey (1986) and Dynasty (1986).  Tommy returned to New Haven in 1987, and started his own business, Frame of Mind Pictures, inside an 800 square-foot studio once occupied by toy legend, A.C. Gilbert, who designed the original Lionel Trains and Erector Sets back in the 1950s.  Inevitably, the historical factory complex was sold, so Tommy moved his art business back out west to Glendale, California in 1991.  Before long, Tommy’s wide variety  of art services and his friendly professionalism became well-known, and he began signing lucrative contracts  with entertainment corporations like ABCWalt Disney CompanyDreamworks, and 20th Century Fox.  As a prop archivist on blockbuster films like Independence Day (1996) and That Thing You Do! (1996) and prop artist on TV shows like Glee (2011) and Criminal Minds (2012), Tommy has earned the confidence of major production companies, and has evolved into one of the most sought after artists at the core of the entertainment industry.  Tommy recently came full circle with his passion for filmmaking by writing the feature length comedy/mystery screenplay, A City of Shoulders and Noses, as well as co-writing two other screenplays, the urban drama, Crooked Halos, and the suspense thriller, The Ten Bells.  Tommy currently resides in Valley Village, California.

Avi Das​ – SFXs

Avi Das​ – Head of Animation​​
Movies: ​BUDDY
Creator of BUDDY and visionary behind the film’s story and visual style, Avi
is the owner of the Los Angeles-based visual effects company Barbed
Wire FX. Barbed Wire has contributed animation and visual effects to
video games, television commercials and feature films for over a
decade. Leading a talented team, Avi has provided visual effects for
motion pictures such as THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE, HOSTEL 2, the 2005
Oscar winner for Visual Effects, SPIDERMAN 2 etc. Avi is an avid landscape
photographer, a ghost town wanderer and a painter.

Hydraulx – VISUAL EFEFCTS

(300, DAY AFTER TOMORROW, CAPTIAN AMERICA, WOLVERINE)
Hydraulx is a uniquely designed and operated award-winning visual effects facility based in Santa Monica, California. As a full service visual effects house, Hydraulx has the versatility to provide high quality visual effects regardless of the size or scope of the project.We hold to two basic tenets: hire the best artists, and keep them armed with the latest tools and technology available. The result is a highly efficient team of talented artists and consistently groundbreaking work in a broad range of applications. With less of the bureaucracy of larger companies, and a core group of in-house talent (producers, programmers, photographers & designers), we decrease overhead while increasing project flexibility.

Malek Akkad – Post Production / Producer

Malek Akkad is the son of the late Moustapha Akkad, executive producer of the original Halloween franchise. Akkad followed in his father’s footsteps and served as an associate producer on Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers and Halloween H20: Twenty Years Later. He was a co-producer on 2002’s Halloween: Resurrection and became a full producer, helming the relaunch of the franchise with the 2007 Rob Zombie film Halloween. Akkad was also the executive producer behind the film’s sequel, Halloween II..

Partners

BEN Knapik​

SKILLS: FILM FINANCE​​
​Movies: ​

 

​Ben worked at Paramount Pictures film finance department for 2 years before joining The Movie Fund.

GEORGE PARRA – PRODUCER

SKILLS: PRODUCER
​Skills: Special effects, producer​
An accomplished Assistant Director and Producer, George Parra has worked on over 50 feature films, covering all genres from big action films such as Terminator 2, The Rock, and XXX, to studio classics such as Ghost, The Mask of Zorro and The Fast and The Furious. His success came from smaller, independent films, which have always been more appealing to him, such as Election and Sideways and recently The Descendants and Silver Linings Playbook. George Parra has collaborated both as an Assistant Director and a Producer, with acclaimed directors such as Francis Ford Coppola, Alexander Payne, Peter Yates, Oliver Stone, James Cameron, Michael Bay, Rob Cohen, Martin Campbell, and David O. Russell. After Graduating from San Diego State University with a degree in Film and Theatre, he began his illustrious career working on the hit films The Terminator and Peggy Sue Got Married. Shortly afterwards he became a member of the Directors Guild of America and worked his way into the studio system. George Parra’s career escalated when he was asked to produce his first feature film, Sideways, with his long standing associate, Alexander Payne. Sideways went on to receive five Academy Award nominations, one win, seven Golden Globe Nominations, two wins, as well as ninety one other award nominations, and grossing $270,000,000. worldwide. Now a member of the Producers Guild of America, he has been steadily producing a number of films for various companies, as well as developing his own projects, and recently Executive Producing Nebraska, directed by Alexander Payne, The Way Way Back starring Steve Carell, and the new David O. Russell film, American Hustle. In fact, George Parra has been Executive Producer on four Academy Award Best Picture nominees in the last three years – The Descendants (2011), Silver Linings Playbook (2012), Nebraska (2013), and American Hustle (2013). With 27 years film production experience, he has earned an impeccable reputation, covering all areas of physical production, and dealing with film budgets ranging from 1 million to 45 million dollars. His many years in the feature film business open up a vast catalog of accomplished directors and technicians, as well as a strong relationship with all the major bond companies, unions, and production vendors. Along with experience working in most major cities in the US, George Parra has also worked in Eastern and Western Europe, the South Pacific, and Mexico, and is fluent in Spanish. George currently resides in Malibu California, and also owns a home in Deer Valley, Utah.

 

BARRY JACKSON – Production Designer

BARRY JACKSON – Production Designer
Barry began working in film as a production designer, director of
storyboard teams, writer, and children’s book author/illustrator. His
screen credits include films such as, The PRINCE of EGYPT, The
NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS, COOL WORLD, TITAN AE, and Ron
Howard’s THE GRINCH. He was one of the production designers on the
DreamWorks production SHREK. In 2001, he designed the production of
a digital animated short film, LOS GRINGOS, critically reviewed and
praised in Entertainment Weekly. He also designed the opening title
sequence for Joe Dante’s film, The HAUNTED LIGHTHO– USE, a featured
attraction at Sea World. He recently completed the visual
development of the Dr. Seuss story, HORTON HEARS A WHO for Blue Sky Studios and
Twentieth Century Fox and CORALINE for Laika Studios.

Micheal Brae​ – Distribution

Micheal Brae​ – Distribution
Skills: distribution​

Mr. Brae As a native New Yorker, Mr. Brae began his career on NYC’s Wall Street after graduating with a double Bachelor’s degree in Marketing in advertising from the University of San Francisco. He currently also holds a Master’s Degree from Full Sail University and currently is working towards a Doctor of Education (EdD) in Organizational Leadership at California Coast University. Mr. Brae began Hitman Records in 1991 and solidified a joint venture with SOLAR (Sounds of Los Angeles Records – “A Division of RCA Records”). Later in 1997, Mr. Brae obtained and secured “exclusive distribution” through corporate Tower Records distribution arm Bayside Distribution. Hitman Records then began a period of artist acquisition and development, which focused on Hip-Hop, Rap, R&B and Gospel genres. During this period, Mr. Brae represented well-known and established artists, such as Samuelle (double-platinum and Grammy award winning singer from the R&B group Club Nouveau) Mac Dash Mone (former member of the double-platinum group Digital Underground) and Johnny Paycheck who produced 6 gold albums, 1 platinum album, 1 double platinum and 33 hits. Currently, Mr. Brae has closed several major partnerships and distribution deals, as MVD Entertainment, Baker & Taylor, with partnerships and distribution partners Universal Music Canada, HMV Canada, Sugo Music, to name a few. Hitman has evolved as a major “indie” distributor, as it now also distributes TV shows and films on DVD worldwide. Mr. Brae business entrepreneurship savviness has been harnessed in the academic world as has taught over 15 years of business courses in the Music Industry as an adjunct professor at several prestigious universities and colleges as UCLA (Entertainment Studies), San Francisco State University (MRI), University of the Pacific (Music Business), Los Angeles Film School, Dominican University of California, MediaTech Institute and has conducted music business seminars at SAE (Nashville) to name a few. He has authored several editions of “Music Distribution: Selling Music in the New Entertainment Marketplace, which is used as a music business course book throughout colleges and universities. Mr. Brae has recently released “Totally Packaged” a new music reality TV show which aired 13-weeks on CHN Network and is now available on Amazon and other retailers. Mr. Brae has been featured in Billboard Magazine, Music Connection Magazine, College Music Journal, SF Weekly, Black Enterprise Magazine, Atlas Plugged, UCLA Bruins Newspaper, Nashville Pride to name a few. Currently he is Chairman on the Board of Hitman Records, Inc., MP4Player Inc., and Youth Vision Inc. a non profit 501(c)(3) organization, SAE Institute (Academic Advisory Board Member), and board member for AADA (American Asian Development Association) based in San Francisco and Hong Kong.

DAVID COLEMAN – Creature Character Designer

DAVID COLEMAN – Creature Character Designer
Movies: ​MONSTER HO– USE and THE POLAR EXPRESS
​Skills: ​Creature Character Designer
An accomplished character designer and storyboard artist, David is
the author of the very popular and sold out, ‘The Art of Animal
Character Design’. He has worked as a production artist and character
designer on a number of animated features such as Sony Pictures
Animation’s MONSTER HO– USE and THE POLAR EXPRESS and many other
productions for Disney Animation Studio, Nickelodeon, Cartoon
Network, Hasbro and 20th Century Fox. Beyond his work in the industry
David is widely known for his animal character illustration work and has self-
published numerous books and his library continues to grow: The very popular
and sold out ,The Art of Animal Character Design, Animal Character Design:
Grizzly Bears, and David Colman’s Doodles Volume I,II, and III. His publications have led to many
classes, lectures, seminars and workshops all over the world. More recently David has entered
the private market being part of both solo and group exhibitions with his first and very successful
show in Paris in November 2010.

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