MEET THE TEAM
WRITER / DIRECTOR
DAVID McCRACKEN is a Director, Writer, Producer, and Actor with a long and varied career in filmmaking and writing. He most recently earned his MFA in Film & Television Production at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. He also has a BA and MA in Creative Writing.
McCracken has been awarded numerous grants, scholarships, and honors for his creative work, most notably the prestigious 2011 USC James Bridges Memorial Scholarship for Directing, the 2012 Alfred P. Sloan Science Foundation Production Award, and the USC Phi Kappa Phi Student Recognition Award for his short film “I Am Become Death.”
“OstrichLand,” McCracken’s USC graduate thesis film, played at more than twenty-five festivals around the world, including Vancouver, Aus- tralia, and Hong Kong. It won the Alexis Jury Prize for Best Emerging Student Filmmaker at Palm Springs, Best Student Film at Carmel International, and Best Editing/Best Comedy finalist at USC’s First Film.
McCracken’s first feature, Bullitt County, was completed in August 2017. It was produced independently by Mr. Pictures, which he co-owns.
JOSH RIEDFORD is a producer and composer who began his filmmaking career as a student at the University of Evansville with longtime collaborator David McCracken. He has since produced numerous projects, including several of McCracken’s USC short films, “I Am Become Death” and “We Need To Talk.”
His first feature was the horror/thriller Daylight, which Riedford independently produced. Daylight premiered at London’s FrightFest in 2013 and won Best US Feature in the American Online Film Awards in 2014. It went on to achieve successful widespread digital distribution on Amazon and iTunes, among other platforms.
Most recently, Riedford produced the 1970s thriller feature film Bullitt County alongside McCracken under their new company, Mr. Pictures. Completed in August 2017, Bullitt County is set for festival consideration and eventual distribution in the coming year.
As a producer, Riedford is drawn to character-driven genre stories and employs the attitude not of “Can we do this?” but “How can we do this?”
DIRECTOR of PHOTOGRAPHY
SEAN McDANIEL has been working as a cinematographer for over a decade on narrative, documentary and experimental films. Sean furthered his studies as a cinematographer while acquiring his MFA in Film Production at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts.
His work has screened in numerous film festivals around the world including the Palm Springs Film Festival, LA Shorts Film Festival, HollyShorts, and the Vancouver International Film Festival, among others. This includes his work as a cinematographer on the Sloan Grant recipient short film, “Nzara ‘76.”
As a Director of Photography, Sean strives to tell powerful stories through his work behind the camera while working with talented directors. His first feature film was Bullitt County.
KEVIN DEL COLLE
A New Jersey native, KEVIN DEL COLLE relocated to Los Angeles in 2010 after graduating with a B.A. from Hofstra University. He soon began working on various film and television projects for notable producers and directors as an Assistant Editor.
In 2012, Kevin found his true calling as an editor working at the prestigious motion picture advertising agency Skip Film. He was soon promoted to Junior Editor, cutting trailers for high-profile films like Devil's Due and Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.
As an Editor, Kevin has finished promos for such networks as NBC, FX, FXX, E! and El Rey Network. His recent achievements include a Clio Key Art Award and 5 Telly Awards for various editorial work at El Rey. Bullitt County was Kevin’s first feature as Editor.
GWYN CONAWAY is a costume designer and visual development artist based in Los Angeles, CA and Seoul, SK. Considered an authority on cultural world-building, fashion history, and the bridge between animation and live-action design, Conaway has worked closely with Dreamworks and co-authored the book The Story We Wear: Costume Design for Animators and Illustrators, slotted for international release with Design Studio Press in the fall of 2017.
Conaway also works as the Korean cultural guide for the National Partners of American Theatre at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC for their national Design Excellence Award. She works primarily in historical and conceptual drama.
Bullitt County was her first feature film.
HAIR & MAKEUP SUPERVISOR
CARLA COLLINS-BOYLES has 20 years of experience in the beaty industry. Licensed in cosmetology and esthetics, and holding a beauty culture educator license, Carla has been a salon owner for 15 years and has owned a cosmetology academy for 8 years. She has acquired 112 hours in Redken’s extensive Principle Based Hair Design, and 80 hours in Redken’s Principles of Hair Color and Color Correction.
Carla’s professional development includes attending numerous fashion shows from New York to California, and most recently she took part in Kryolan’s Injury Simulation workshop in Chicago. She has led the hair/makeup/SFX teams for two independent feature films and has also worked extensively in print.
As a professional hair stylist and makeup artist, Carla prides herself in having a sharp eye for detail and consistency. Particularly in film, Carla strives to bring to life the vision of the directors with whom she works.
A Southern California native, MARK spent his formative years in San Diego devouring Mexican food and sidestepping the beach. After graduating from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2012 with a BA in Film and Digital Media, Mark relocated to LA to pursue a career in post-production.
Starting as a post-production assistant at Skip Film, Mark familiarized himself with various post-workflows and learned the politics of the cutting room. In 2014, Mark seized an opportunity to work on the docu-series The Director’s Chair as lead assistant editor at Robert Rodriguez’s El Rey Network. While at El Rey, Mark also served as a post-production coordinator, finishing editor, and he edited a number of promotional spots.
Mark has also freelanced as an assistant editor on scripted feature films such as the Miranda July-produced film No Light and No Land Anywhere and Borderland starring Bruce Dern and Peter Fonda. Most recently, Mark finished feature editorial on the 2017 thriller Bullitt County from director David McCracken.
MOLLIE WARTELLE is a production designer and artist based in Los Angeles. She is obsessed with place and the history of objects and has been since childhood, when she followed her grandmother around a big old house full of oddities and peeling wallpaper. She was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Mollie has degrees in Film Studies and French from Tulane University, where she moonlighted as a sculptor-ceramicist. For awhile, she was a weaver and a children’s sewing teacher. She once worked as an assistant to three psychiatrists, which has more to do with production design than you might think.
At the height of her design career, Mollie intends to quit the business and become the private detective she was born to be. She is not a good investment. She does love film wholeheartedly and is here, now.
AARON "SPONGE" RIEDFORD
AARON “SPONGE” RIEDFORD is a musician and composer from Evansville, IN. He and his brother Josh (producer of Bullitt County) wrote their first film score for long-time friend and collaborator David McCracken (writer/director of Bullitt County) in 2006 for David’s short film “Cain & Abel,” and they have collaborated with David on a number of projects since then.
Sponge studied piano with Garnet Ungar at the University of Evansville; later in college, he took a job accompanying a gospel choir, where he learned to play in a more improvisatory style. After his undergraduate work, he began playing with rock band The Darwin Initiative and writing songs as well.
Sponge currently teaches music history at Indiana University, where he is completing his PhD in musicology. His favorite film composers are John Williams and Michael Giacchino. He also digs Stravinsky, Pink Floyd, and Radiohead.
JAN BEZOUSKA was born in Prague, Czech Republic, at the end of the Communist regime. He was four years old when the Czech nation experienced the Velvet Revolution and the barbed wire was taken down. He is the first generation of students with the opportunity to study abroad and experience other Western cultures.
Jan graduated from FAMO in Czech Republic and West Virginia State University, and most recently earned an MFA in Film & Television Production from the USC School of Cinematic Arts in 2014.
For the last couple of years, Jan has followed his passion for sound and worked on numerous short and feature films including Sundance winner Fruitvale Station (2013), Lake Los Angeles (2014), James Franco’s Actor Anonymous (2015), and The Land (2016).