In addition to starting WMM, Sam has directed dozens of shorts, sketches, and web series. He directed the 2007 documentary The Gloves, and was the Producer and editor of the 2009 Independent feature How I Got Lost. As a professional editor and colorist, he has worked for Apple, ESPN, Glee, and Break Media (to name a few). He is one of the world’s leading experts on FCPX workflow and is the architect behind some of the largest FCPX integrations in the world, including Focus, the first studio feature to be edited with Final Cut Pro X. He is also the CEO of WMM's sister company, Lumaforge (www.lumaforge.com), maker of the SHARESTATION, a shared storage platform optimized for media and entertainment. Drop him an email and say hi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Hawaiian writer, director, performer and producer, Chad has spent over half his life performing in more than fifty plays, including two years traveling the world with STOMP. As an actor, Chad’s film and television appearances include CHARMED, KILLIAN'S CHRONICLE and MID-CENTURY with John Glover and fellow Boston University alum, Faye Dunaway. Since moving behind the camera, he launched a production company with his brother Denny and now wife, Kendall Kanoa Kukahiko, with whom he’s completed a number of projects, including a motion comic, a transmedia property that was featured on Wired.com, a one-man show and dozens of commercials and other film pieces. Chad’s love affair with computers helped him build several incarnations of WeMakeMovies.org, and as Chief Operating Officer of the L.A. film collective he’s actively developing the workflows, organization and culture of We Make Movies to make it efficient and keep it fun.
Élan brings a multi-disciplinary background to the table: with a B.A. in theatre and a minor from the Marshall School of Business at USC, she’s acted in, directed and produced a variety of projects over the last decade in both film and theater. She developed the Casting and burgeoning Production departments at We Make Movies, whose short, Agnes, was selected as a finalist in the Shot on RED Film Festival.
Casting / Operations
Described as a “tornado in a linen closet,” Aubrey is a NYU and William Esper Studio trained actor who made the leap to Los Angeles. She got her start playing Daddy Warbucks in her grade school play (it was an all-girls’ school) and fell in love with performing (but not with wearing bald caps). She recently produced and acted in, WMM's first 1/2 hour comedy series, OFF THE GRID. Thanks to an early interest in technology, and parents who didn’t think extracurricular computer classes would be socially impairing, Aubrey began working with various small companies building their online communities. Able to apply her geeky tendencies to her true passion – film (apologies to slow cooked bbq ribs), she is thrilled to be working with her fellow eccentrics at WMM.
Editor-In-Chief / Operations
Sapna Gandhi is an actor, singer-songwriter, and content creator. In addition to TV credits such as SHAMELESS and SCANDAL, she has appeared in numerous shorts and features, including festival darlings IN ABSENTIA (Raindance) and THUMPER (Tribeca). Gandhi created the comedic series BROAD STROKES, produced and starred in the short BREAK and feature ABOUT STRANGERS (both under the umbrella of her production company Elegant Grotesque), and has produced several series and films (most recently SCRAP, starring Anthony Rapp and directed by Leena Pendharkar, and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds’ STRANDED ON THE EARTH). She is also 1/2 of the musical duo, VATAVARAN, was born in England, raised all over the states, studied English and Women’s Studies, and trained at the American Conservatory Theatre in SF.
Eric Michael Kochmer
Head of Production
Eric Michael Kochmer is a director/actor/writer/producer, but mostly a storyteller. After studying under experimental theater director Elizabeth Swados at LaMama Theatre, graduating from Marymount Manhattan College, and creating some bizarre theater in New York City, he came to La La Land and produced and starred in an avant garde film. A few years later he found WMM and has been a little happier ever since. Eric has appeared in over 30 feature and short films, the most recent being the award winning features VIRGINITY and WHITE RABBIT. His feature film directorial debut, WAY DOWN IN CHINATOWN can be found on Amazon and he is currently in post-production on his second feature film, ABOUT STRANGERS.
Chief Technology Officer
Multitasking is a way of life for Eric, a self-described “Hollywood Hyphenate” who grew up in South Florida. When something needs doing and you aren’t sure exactly how to do it or who to call? The answer is probably him. A go-to guy for DIT, web, and pretty much anything involving being on or near a computer. As avid an actor and musician as he is a techie, he’s performed in the feature film LOVE LUST AND A ROOM KEY, Shakespeare, and in various internet shorts and sketches, some that he has penned.
"What's Next" Coordinator
Patrick is an actor and filmmaker, who began his filmmaking career in NYC writing, producing and acting in the short film "SO, WHAT'S IN JERICHO?" Upon moving to California he wrote, directed and appeared in several short films including "HOLLYWOOD THE HARD WAY", "THE SHABBOS BIGFOOT", "A MOCK TIME: A 'STAR TREK' WEDDING" and "JES AND LORA" which has had 23 festival selections and won 7 awards. As an editor he assisted on the feature documentary "CARBON NATION" and edited the narrative feature "ASSISTING VENUS" starring Michael Steger and Julian Sands. Since joining W MM he has contributed to over a dozen projects, both in front of and behind the camera including "REALITY ENDS HERE," "BREAK" and "GOOD NEWS GONE BAD." He acted in his own script for the sketch comedy "MISERY DATE" as well as many other sketches for WMM Sketch Show and he currently co-hosts " What's Next." His TV credits as an actor include "GUIDING LIGHT," "LAW AND ORDER," "ROSWELL," "DAYS OF OUR LIVES," and "PARKS AND RECREATION."
A multifaceted enigma - Tehana Fatima Weeks is an artist, entertainer, and business woman who serves, uplifts, inspires, and empowers people to make our communities, societies, and world better.
Executive Director, We Make Movies Canada
Hailing from Newfoundland, Michael joined the L.A. We Make Movies community in 2009 and established the first WMM satellite group in Toronto in 2012! As an actor, Michael’s TV appearances include the hit Canadian series, “Republic of Doyle”, BBC America’s “Copper”, and shows on CMT, History Channel, National Geographic Channel and Spike TV. Michael appeared in several films that made the festival circuit, one being accepted at the Cannes Court Métrage and others winning awards in LA and Hawaii. Michael also starred in the WMM film, “Silent Night in Muncie” with veteran film actor, RD Call (Into the Wild, Babel, I Am Sam) which was an official selection of the 2012 Action on Film Festival. Michael also writes and produces his own projects, including “Obsession” (which he also co-wrote, co-produced and starred in).