Team

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Berndt Mader (Writer, Director) is an Emmy Award winning writer/director whose first feature, 5 Time Champion, premiered at the 2011 SXSW Film Festival. The film was distributed by Warner Bros in 2012. Booger Red is his second feature. Berndt holds an MFA degree from the University of Texas and is the co-owner of the production company, The Bear.

Johnny McAllister (Producer & Co-Writer) Johnny McAllister is a writer and producer who has worked in independent film for more than fifteen years. He wrote Olympia with Austin director, Robert Byington and in 2006, wrote Be Quiet with Palestinian/Israeli director Sameh Zoabi which played at Sundance and Cannes. In 2010, he wrote and produced Whaling City, an indie feature which won the Alfred P. Sloan Award in 2009. He recently moved back to Texas from Beirut, Lebanon where he co-founded Transterra Media, a news and documentary startup. He received his MFA from Columbia University in 2004.

David Gordon Green (Executive Producer) Since his debut film, George Washington, other directing credits include All the Real Girls, Undertow, Snow Angels, Pineapple Express, Your Highness, The Sitter, Prince Avalanche, Joe and the HBO series “Eastbound and Down.” He is currently in post-production on his newest film, Manglehorn, starring Al Pacino.

Lisa Muskat (Executive Producer) produced David Gordon Green’s critically acclaimed debut film, GEORGE WASHINGTON.  Along with her work with Green, Lisa has produced films with directors Ramin Bahrani, Mei Juin Chen, Gary Hawkins, Arielle Javitch, Jeff Nichols, Todd Rohal and Craig Zobel, with premieres at Sundance, New York, SxSW, Berlin, Toronto, Venice and the Cannes film festivals.  Lisa has continued to collaborate with Green, most recently, on PRINCE AVALANCHE, with Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch, JOE, starring Tye Sheridan and Nicolas Cage and MANGLEHORN starring Al Pacino and Holly Hunter. Lisa is the recipient of the Sundance Producing Fellowship and was named by both Variety and Deadline Hollywood as a “Producer to Watch”.

Ben Steinbauer (Executive Producer) is a writer/director who’s first feature, Winnebago Man, was released theatrically by Kino Lorber. Michael Moore called it “One of the funniest documentaries ever made!” and Roger Ebert named it one of his favorite documentaries of 2010. Steinbauer was named by Texas Monthly as one of Texas’ directors to watch, holds a masters degree from the University of Texas and is co-owner of the Austin based, Emmy award-winning production company, The Bear.

Jimmy Lee Phelan (Director of Photography) His recent work, the short film The Chair, was in competition for the Palm D’Or at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. He has photographed several features films including Five Time Champion (South by Southwest Film Festival 2011), Mulberry Street (directed by Abel Ferrara), Go Down Death (IFP Finishing Lab 2012) and, most recently, Hell of a View (directed by Ben Hickernell). His work has screened at film festivals around the world winning awards in both the United States and Europe. Jimmy Lee’s commercial work includes clients like Nike, Macy’s, NARS, CRUSH fanzine and Tommy Hilfiger. His recent TNT Brazil television series starring Alice Braga and Daniel de Oliveira can currently be seen in the US on it’s YouTube Channel. Phelan holds an MFA in Cinematography from NYU.

Sam Douglas (Editor) Sam Douglas is an editor and director working in Austin, TX. He last directed Citizen Architect: Samuel Mockbee and the Spirit of the Rural Studio, which was broadcast nationwide on PBS.  He co-directed The Holy Modal Rounders… Bound To Lose (2006) and has edited and produced the feature documentaries Along Came Kinky: Texas Jewboy for Governor and the upcoming LaDonna Harris: Indian 101, executive produced by Johnny Depp. No No: A Dockumentary, which he edited and co-produced, had its premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Sam has edited countless hours of television for PBS, HBO, A&E, The Discovery Channel and The History Channel. Attached October 2013.

Onur Tukel (Lead Actor) Onur Tukel is a filmmaker, artist and actor. In 2010, Tukel co-starred in Michael Tully’s feature film Septien (IFC/Sundance Selects), playing the role of Amos Rawlings, a damaged painter. Tukel recently co-starred in Alex Karpovsky’s feature film Red Flag (2013, Tribeca Films), playing a children’s book writer/illustrator Henry Holiday. He also recently wrote, directed and acted in Richard’s Wedding (2012, Factory 25 Films), which the Wall Street Journal claimed “Sets a new standard for laughs-per-minute in a micro-budget comedy.” Onur is also a published chlidrens book author. 

Marija Karan (Lead Actor) While at the prestigious Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade, Serbian-born actress Marija Karan appeared in the comedy “When I Grow Up, I’ll Be a Kangaroo” and the drama “Goose Feather” for which she received the Best Actressaward at the 39th Nis Film Festival.  The film was Serbia’s official submission for Best Foreign Language Film for that year’s Oscars.  Karan then enrolled in London’s St. Martins College’s MA Performance program and shortly after secured a recurring role on the hit BBC Drama Series “Casualty.”   Hollywood came knocking when she starred in an episode of USA Network’s hit series “Covert Affairs” opposite Piper Perabo, New Line Cinema’s “The Rite” alongside Academy Award-Winner Anthony Hopkins and the Sony Pictures Home Entertainment film “Assassination Games” opposite Jean-Claude Van Damme.

Alex Karpovsky (supporting actor) Alex an American director, actor, screenwriter, producer and film editor. He stars as Ray Ploshansky on the HBO comedy-drama series Girls.