WRITER | DIRECTOR
The Zoo is Denim Richards' directorial debut. Denim is most recognized by his starring role of ‘Colby’ opposite Kevin Costner in the hit Paramount Network series "Yellowstone". Additionally, Denim will next appear as ‘Jack Brown’ in the feature film, “The Chickasaw Rancher,” which tells the remarkable story inspired by the life of renowned Chickasaw cattleman Montford T. Johnson.
J. MALLORY MCCREE
J. Mallory McCree is an actor and producer. He first produced the short film, Mr. Talented which made its rounds in Oscar qualifying festivals garnering two HBO nominations for best short film. McCree serves as head of development for Rezistor Films and is the founder of Moon Child Creative, a multi-media production company based in Los Angeles. A native of Detroit, MI, some of McCree’s most notable roles include: Sekou Bah on Season 6 of Homeland; Charlie on Quantico; and Cole in Marvel’s, The Defenders. Other prominent projects include Show Me A Hero (HBO), The Last Ship; From Nowhere (SXSW 2016 Audience Award Winner), & Who Are We Now (TIFF). J. is currently starring on Freeform’s hit new series, Good Trouble.
Britani Golden is the President of Pink Hammer Entertainment, a talent management and production company founded in 2011 based in LA. A native of Washington, DC, Britani has worked in the entertainment industry for over 15 years as the CFO for I'm Ready Productions and Je'Caryous Johnson Entertainment. Britani is a board member of the Talent Managers Association, a member of the Television Academy, and a member of Women In Film.
Ryan Gibson is currently a staff writer on BET's new pilot, Trap Queens. Ryan started his career as an assistant in the Warner Bros. Estimating Department, learning the "business" of the business. As a Production Assistant on FRIENDS and ROCK ME BABY, he honed his production and writing skills. He has been a Writer’s Assistant on the Lifetime show MISSING, and a Writer/Producer on over 15 independent short films. He wrote an episode on the CBS hit show "CRIMINAL MINDS". Ryan created Script Therapy Inc., a program with workshops built for first time writers and filmmakers.
Laura was born in Chicago, Illinois and raised in a small suburban town 25 miles south of the city. Much of her free time as an only- child was spent either in front of a television screen or in a movie theater. It was there that she fell in love with film's ability to completely immerse her in the narrative and take her to a different place entirely. She has lensed six feature films, including Lifetime Movie Network’s Doctor Death and many shorts, including the 2019 SXSW Jury Award Winner, Other Side of the Box. Her breadth of work ranges from dark and gritty thrillers to crisp and polished commercials to cinematic documentaries. Laura is particularly drawn to narrative work that deals with emotional struggle and explores the complexity of the human psyche. She believes that no story is complete without carefully thought-out visuals that elevate the actors' performances and connect the audience to the characters' emotion. She strongly believes her job as cinematographer is not only to create beautiful images, but to initiate a feeling from the audience because of the visual imagery. She enjoys technical problem-solving in order to achieve the director’s vision and will always work towards what is best for the story. She is an alumna of Loyola Marymount University’s School of Film & Television and currently resides in Los Angeles, CA. She is available to travel and owns an ARRI Alexa camera package. She looks to be a part of projects that seek to accomplish an elevated visual style.
Jongnic “JB” Bontemps is a uniquely modern film composer, harmonizing a classical education with his rich tech background. As a maestro of Silicon Valley he wrote everything from the hip-hop infused score for the Tribeca-favorite documentary United Skates, to rousing additional music for the acclaimed film Creed II directed by Steven Caple Jr. He became the go-to composer for Caple Jr. while scoring his coming-of-age drama The Land, for which he also orchestrated the song “This Bitter Land” performed by Nas and Erykah Badu. JB has scored dozens of features, documentaries, shorts, and videogames in all genres, fusing a contemporary sound with timeless emotion. His other recent projects include original scores for the Toni Braxton-led drama, Faith Under Fire, the Sundance selection Leimert Park produced by Charles King (Mudbound), and additional music for the new Epix series Godfather of Harlem starring Forest Whitaker. JB’s scores have echoed at Cannes, the Warsaw Film Festival, Pan African Film Festival, and the American Black Film Festival, as well as at home on HBO, BET, Lifetime, NBC, Showtime, Netflix, PBS and Disney XD. Up next for JB is the Lifetime biopic Clarke Sisters: The First Ladies of Gospel as well as Hot Chocolate Nutcracker, the Netflix and Shondaland-produced documentary miniseries about the Debbie Allen Dance Company’s award-winning production of The Nutcracker.
MEGAN C. MAYES
CO-PRODUCER | ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
Born and raised in Michigan and moved to New York City in 2008. Megan quickly fell in love with the energy, culture and people in the city. She graduated from NYU with a bachelors degree and high honors in Producing, and Media, Communication and Culture.
In 2011 Megan started a production company, Plastic Tree Pictures, alongside her creative partner, Joshua Mayes, through which they produced an award winning feature film (Rooftops), an award winning short film, "People Like You, and are currently in development on/pitching a feature film.
Independently Megan has produced four other films: "Man in Hoodie," "The Creeper's Curse," "Beyond Saving," and "Spicy Tuna."
Brieana was born and raised in Kentucky where she attended college and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in TV Production. She started off working in News and Radio in 2012 while attending college, then moved to Los Angeles in 2015 where she worked on her first feature film. In 2018 she co-produced her first short film titled "The Land of Two Fields" that hit the festival circuit then shortly after she produced a Music Video for Guy Tang titled "Super Power" that currently has over 600K views! From there she went on to produce numerous other successful music videos for that artist. She currently works full time as a Project Manager at CBS Interactive managing numerous projects for a team of editors and motion graphic designers while continuing to freelance produce projects she’s passionate about in her spare time.
POST PRODUCTION SUPERVISOR
Jack Gravina started his career as a composer and primetime television editor, working for companies including Discovery Channel, and HBO. After directing several award winning short films, he and his wife started their own production company, “Gravina Films” that produces narrative content. Jack is also the Co-Owner of the music production company, “Nimble Music”.
Diliana was born in Bulgaria into a family of Olympic gymnasts, but to people’s surprise, she didn’t continue in their footsteps. Instead she leaped into the world of entertainment. She was the Head of Production at Framework, a high profile production company and an Executive Producer at Stvdium, a boutique creative agency. At both companies she was in charge of commercial production, project management, and lead teams through creative and logistical challenges. She’s orchestrated hundreds of integrated marketing campaigns for television and film and worked with major networks and A-list talent. She is currently a freelance producer based in LA and runs Gravina Films, an indie film production company, with her husband Jack. From high budget productions, to converting a garage into a film studio, Diliana believes that thought provoking and visually engaging content can come in any size.