Paul Robert Lingas -
Matthew Heckerling - Director of Photography - Producer
Originally from Connecticut, Matthew earned a degree in literature from the University of Michigan and then went on to receive a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Southern California School of Cinema-Television. While attending USC, Matthew was awarded the Thomas Bush Memorial Cinematography Scholarship. A few years later he received the John F. Seitz Heritage Award for Outstanding Cinematography (Honorable Mention) from the American Society of Cinematographers.
Matthew has been working steadily since finishing USC. Among his many feature film credits are Shadow People starring Dallas Roberts (The Good Wife, The Walking Dead), The American Standards starring Golden Globe Winners James Brolin and Joanna Cassidy, Crazylove starring Reiko Aylesworth (24) and Bruno Campos (Nip/Tuck), and Left In Darkness starring Monica Keena (Entourage) and David Anders (Alias, Heroes). He won Best Cinematography at the Fargo Film Festival for his work on Hard Scrambled.
Matthew has also shot many commercials and music videos. His video credits include Green Day, Perry Farrell (Jane's Addiction), Sammy Hagar (Van Halen), Black Stone Cherry, teen pop star Tiffany Giardina, and Nickelback.
Lisa Essary - Casting Director
Lisa began her casting career with John Lyons. The first film she cast was “Far Harbor”, starring Jennifer Connelly, Marcia Gay Harden and Dan Futterman. After moving from New York to Los Angeles, Lisa began casting with Danny Goldman and Judy Courtney on various independent films and shorts. Lisa was Associate on films such as “Ulee’s Gold” and “Weapons of Mass Distraction” for HBO. During the last few years, she has been co-casting with Heidi Levitt, working on such projects as “Lakeview Terrace,” “Love Comes Lately,” “The Fifth Patient,” “Beer for my Horses,” “Never Forever,” “St. John of Las Vegas,” “Ca$h,” “Not Forgotten,” “Queens of Country,” “Quad,” “In Their Skin” and “Dark Hearts.” Also, she worked on “Mother and Child” and “Sympathy for Delicious,” directed by Rodrigo Garcia and Mark Ruffalo respectively, both of which were screened at Sundance.
On her own she’s cast “Some Guy Who Kills People”, “Smiley”, “Where the Road Runs Out”, “The Odd Way Home” and “10 Habits of Highly Successful People”. This year she just completed casting IN EMBRYO, which Ulrich Thomsen directed. She currently has half a dozen other projects that she is packaging and putting together, including “There’s a Book for that” directed by Nicola B. Marsh and “Don’t Come After Me” directed by AJ Annila.