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Sam mestman

Founder/CEO

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 sam@wemakemovies.org.

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Chad Kukahiko

COO / Founder

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 becoming a writer/director he’s launched a production company with his brother Denny and long-time girlfriend, Kendall Kanoa Hawley, with whom he’s completed a number of pieces; the most recent of which were a motion comica transmedia piece that was recently featured on Wired.com and a one-man show. Chad’s love affair with computers helped him create this web site you’re looking at, and as COO he’s trying to create the workflows, organization and culture of WMM to make it efficient and keep it fun.

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Sapna Gandhi

Head of Digital

Sapna Gandhi is an actress and content creator who loves words and is thrilled to be able to integrate her passions and contribute to the filmmaking community. Although her roots are on stage, she enjoys working in television and especially film (check out her IMDb page). In an effort to negate being typecast, she co-wrote/co-produced/co-starred in Broad Strokes (5 Days. 5 Themes. 5 Directors. 40 Comedic Micro-shorts) and is looking forward to telling more stories through her fledgling production company, Elegant Grotesque (formed with Eric Michael Kochmer). Sapna was born in England, raised all over The States, holds degrees in English and Women’s Studies, and trained at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco.

 
 
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ÉLAN SWANSON

CFO

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 latest short, Agnes, was selected as a finalist in the Shot on RED Film Festival.

Aubrey Mozino

Social Media Director / Casting / Up On Our Feet Night

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 working with her fellow eccentrics at WMM

Lynette Coll

Writers’ Workshops Scripts Coordinator

Lynette, is thrilled to join the team of We Make Movies as the Director of Sponsorship. Originally from Puerto Rico, Lynette Coll, multilingual actress (Spanish, English and French), made her way to New York to study theater at Marymount Manhattan College. Lynette had the opportunity to work in several Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway Productions. Some standouts include Rooster, Reverse Transcription, No Exit and Vieques. Her work in Vieques won Lynette an Ace Award for Best New Actress. Previous film appearances include LAS COMBATIENTES and GOODBYE SPACESHIP. Now in L.A., Lynette is currently involved in several projects, including PROJECT HOLLYWOOD, in which she plays the beautiful Esmeralda. She recently finished filming ROAD TO ESPERANZA, starring as an ex-marine dealing with PTSD after returning from Iraq, and WHERE THE SKY IS BORN, a story of the Mayan myth of the Gemini Twins. Recently, Lynette joined forces with writer/producer/director Jason Chase Tyrrell, to produce and star in the Sci-Fi thriller, 100 Degrees, a powerful story about survival, war and environmental catastrophe.

Eric Michael Kochmer

Screening Series

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 pre-production on his second feature 

Eric Altman

Lead Developer

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 as he is a techie, he’s performed Shakespeare on stage, in the feature film LOVE, LUST, AND A ROOM KEY, and in various internet shorts and sketches, some that he has penned.