Chip Hale – Director, Writer, Producer
Chip is a Texas native who has been involved in the independent film industry since 2004. A graduate of the University of North Texas School of Film and Television, his body of work includes feature and short films, music videos, web series, industrials, and PSAs. He made his feature film directorial debut in 2007 when he directed Mulligans, which received a digital distribution deal with Warner Brothers in 2009. His second feature film as director was on the documentary Sweethearts of the Gridiron which is in DVD and digital distribution with Well Go USA. Chip moved back to his native East Texas from Los Angeles in 2012 now operates Overton Films out of Kilgore, Texas.
Mikaela Addison – Producer, Editor, Additional Camera
A native of Dallas, Texas, Mikaela received an A.A. in Dance from Kilgore College, and later, a B.A. in Electronic Media & Communications from Texas Tech University. While at Tech, she worked as a production assistant for ESPN, as well as a producer for KTXT radio, Raider 88.1. Mikaela focused her coursework at Texas Tech on film, and she is currently a graduate student at the USC School of Cinematic Arts.
Iggy Rodriguez – Producer, Editor
Editor and Producer Iggy Rodriguez has a solid and diverse background in production as editor, producer, director, writer, and cinematographer. His wide range of technical skills are on a level that only a few of his peers can claim. Iggy was born and raised in the football famous town of Odessa, Texas. Not big enough for football, he decided to follow in his stepdad’s footsteps and go into entertainment, becoming an integral part of the Odessa theater scene, both in front of and behind the curtain. He later enrolled in the USC School of Cinematic Arts where his most important talent was being level-headed in a crisis, leading him into directing. Since graduating, he has directed and produced numerous projects including the short film, Earthling, which was purchased for international distribution, and the web series, Why I Hate Bitsy Malone, which was picked up for network television production.
Genevieve Pearson – Writer
Growing up in the rainy Pacific Northwest, Genevieve was the youngest of four and the only girl. By the time she finished high school, she’d already written two screenplays. After graduating, Genevieve left Washington and headed south to the USC School of Cinematic Arts, where she received two degrees, one in Cinema Production and one in Business Management. Genevieve’s screenplays have won awards in several festivals, and she wrote and produced the web series Why I Hate Bitsy Malone. She was also a first season contestant on the reality show, King of the Nerds, on TBS. She fills her free time writing prose, and has published four young adult fantasy novels.
Steven Hornstein – Producer, Assistant Editor, Additional Camera, Post-Production Producer
Raised in New York, Steve kicked off his career as a chef working in top restaurants such as Emeril Lagasse’s Seafood House and the award-winning Joe’s Stone Crab. Parlaying his talent in the food world, Steven created a web series that landed him an opportunity with FoodTV.com. Shifting his focus to film and television, Steve headed to Los Angeles where he cut his teeth under casting director Leslie Litt (Friends) and worked for Writer/Director/Producer Adam Mckay. He has worked with several top actors, including Will Farrell, Keri Russell, and Cuba Gooding Jr. Steve has worked on several major studio films such as Semi-Pro, Step Brothers and She’s Out of my League, and has written/produced over 60 film, television and web series projects. Several of his projects have won awards at prestigious film festivals such as SxSW.
Michael S. Wayne – Executive Producer
A poster child for personal reinvention, Michael Wayne is a first-time executive producer, and Sweethearts is his first involvement in any movie production. Director Chip Hale said, “Michael understands managing fundraising, finance, budgets, logistics and people, and how all of these tie together. His operations management experience for companies in other industries worked well in keeping our project on schedule and on budget.” Originally from Fort Worth, Texas, Michael was the oldest of six children, so helping his mother manage the household business was simply a part of growing up. His full-time job is inspecting equipment in oil refineries and chemical plants all over the world, and he has the good fortune to be married to Shelley Wayne, the Assistant Director and Choreographer of the Rangerettes.
Alice Brooks – Director of Photography
Since graduating from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, Alice Brooks has photographed award-winning features, shorts, music videos and commercials. Her films have premiered theatrically, on video, and at festivals around the world. Alice recently worked with director Jon M. Chu (Step Up 2, Step Up 3D) on Paramount’s The LXD, The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers, one of the most ambitious web series ever produced and consistently ranked in the top ten on hulu.com every week. Her previous work includes the award-winning Mulligans, and official selections at Tribeca and Cannes Film Festivals.
Joe Kraemer – Music Composer
Born in New York State and raised in Albany, Joe grew up in a musical family. His dad and uncle often sang and played music non-professionally, so Kraemer picked up an ear for music and began taking piano lessons. He later attended Berklee School of Music in Boston, but while still in junior high, he met filmmaker Scott Storm, who cast him in a Super 8 film project for which he also wrote the music. Through Storm, he later met Bryan Singer and Christopher McQuarrie and these meetings led to him getting work as a film music editor, then eventually as a film music composer. Kraemer is known for his work on Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, Jack Reacher, and The Way of the Gun. http://www.joekraemer.com/
Rochelle Rodriguez – Costume Designer
Originally from Tyler Texas, Rochelle Rodriguez is a bridal and costume designer, and the current manufacturer of the iconic red, white, and blue Kilgore College Rangerette uniform. Before graduating from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles, Rochelle herself was a Rangerette and a Dallas Mavericks Dancer. She designs one-of-a-kind wedding gowns, as well as dressing dancers in runway inspired looks from her SPARKLE collection. Rochelle resides in Dallas, TX, with her husband and two children.
www.rochellerodriguez.com and www.sparkle-dance.com
O. Rufus Lovett – Unit Still Photographer
A northern Alabama transplant, O. Rufus Lovett has lived in Longview, Texas, since 1976, teaching photography at Kilgore College and working as a fine art and editorial photographer. In 2005 he received the Piper Professor Award from the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation in San Antonio, Texas, for superior teaching at the college level. Lovett’s work has appeared in Texas Monthly, People, Money, Gourmet, Saveur, Texas Highways, Houstonian, LensWork, Southern Living, Time, and LIFE magazines among many others. His photographic books, Weeping Mary (2006), Kilgore Rangerettes (2008) and Barbecue Crossroads (2013) were all published by the University of Texas Press.