Alex Beckstead

Creative Director/Partner
"Oh, the movie never ends. It goes on and on, and on, and on." - Journey
"Dad cracked a joke, all the kids laugh." - Kanye West
"It was a fine idea at the time. Now it's a brilliant mistake." - Elvis Costello
"Where all parents are strong and wise and capable and all children are happy and beloved. I don't know. Maybe it was Utah." - Raising Arizona
"Do, or do not. There is no try." - The Empire Strikes Back
"If I speak, I am condemned. If I stay silent, I am damned!" - Les Misérables
"Never hate your enemies. It affects your judgment." - The Godfather
"I pride myself on the fact that my work has no socially redeeming value." - John Waters
"Oh, make me feel good rock 'n' roll band. I’m your biggest fan. California, I'm coming home." - Joni Mitchell
"Be respectful to your superiors, if you have any." - Mark Twain
"Gonna make a difference. Gonna make it right." - Michael Jackson
"This above all: to thine own self be true." - Shakespeare
"On the first page of our story, the future seems so bright." - Rihanna
"But my friends keep telling me to give it up. Saying I'm too young, I ought to live it up. What I need right now is some good advice, please." - Madonna
"Every rule I had you breakin', it's the risk that I'm taking." - Beyonce
"If he was from Venus, would he feed us with a spoon? If he was from Mars, wouldn't that be cool?" - The Replacements
"I guess you guys aren't ready for that yet. But your kids are gonna love it." - Back to the Future
"I don't know about you, but I'm feeling 22." - Taylor Swift
Teeming with ideas. Will draw it on the whiteboard. Proud of the past, more excited about the future. Old Media cred: Screened at Sundance, aired on PBS. New Media cred: Liked by Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook. Passionate about dad jokes.
Or in the words of...

Joelle Jaffe

Executive Producer/Managing Partner
"Circus life under the big top world." - Journey
"I'm like a tree. I feed the branches of the people." - Kanye West
"Well, she used to have a carefree mind of her own and a delicate look in her eye." - Elvis Costello
"I ain't running no damn daisy farm. My motto is "Do it my way or watch your butt!" - Raising Arizona
"Laugh it up, fuzzball." - The Empire Strikes Back
"Filling the darkness with order and light." - Les Misérables
"What have I ever done to make you treat me so disrespectfully?" - The Godfather
"This is show business, young lady. If you're nervous now, hah. Wait 'til you're on the air." - Hairspray
"We are stardust. We are golden. And we've got to get ourselves. Back to the garden." - Joni Mitchell
"Grief can take care of itself, but to get full value of a joy you must have somebody to divide it with." - Mark Twain
"Don't blame it on the sunshine. Don't blame it on the moonlight. Don't blame it on good times. Blame it on the boogie." - Michael Jackson
"Brevity is the soul of wit." - Shakespeare
"We're beautiful like diamonds in the sky." - Rihanna
"Some boys kiss me, some boys hug me. I think they're O.K. If they don't give me proper credit. I just walk away." - Madonna
"Snap for the kids, snap for the kids. Snap in a circle three times." - Beyonce
"I wish it was Sunday. ‘Cause that's my fun day. An I-don't-have-to-run day. It's just another manic Monday." - The Bangles
"Great Scott!" - Back to the Future
"There’s a fire inside of you that can’t help but shine through." - Taylor Swift
Knows how to bring order to chaos, and when to let it reign. Raised on musical theater, graduated to pop. Yale and UC Berkeley J-School trained her, hard work made her. Tells it like it is. Solves problems.
Or in the words of...

Jim Barton

Creative Partner
"Leading the wild and restless through the night." - Journey
"And my head keeps spinning. Can't stop having these visions." - Kanye West
"Even in a perfect world where everyone was equal I'd still own the film rights and be working on the sequel." - Elvis Costello
"Look, let me explain something to you. I'm not Mr. Lebowski. You're Mr. Lebowski. I'm the Dude." - The Big Lebowski
"Never tell me the odds." - The Empire Strikes Back
"I am warning you Javert, I’m a stronger man by far." - Les Misérables
"I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse." - The Godfather
"It isn't easy being Divine!" - Mondo Trasho
"You could charm the diamonds off a rattlesnake." - Joni Mitchell
"When an audience does not complain, it is a compliment, and when they do it is a compliment, too, if unaccompanied by violence." - Mark Twain
"You've been hit by, you've been struck by, a smooth criminal." - Michael Jackson
"Wisely and slow; they stumble that run fast." - Shakespeare
"I love your direction, hoping that the message goes." - Rihanna
"Jimmy Jimmy, oh Jimmy Jimmy. Jimmy Jimmy, oh Jimmy Jimmy." - Madonna
"I've been thinking, I've been thinking." - Beyonce
"Do what they say. Say what you mean. One thing leads to another." - The Fixx
"The way I see it, if you're going to build a time machine into a car, why not do it with some style?" - Back to the Future
"I grabbed a pen and an old napkin and I wrote down our song." - Taylor Swift
Brings big ideas and endless optimism. Tells you it’s great then makes it better, every time. Deep experience, boundless energy. Been there/done that includes TV Commercials, Web Films, Corporate Video and Broadcast Documentary.
Or in the words of...

Matt Nixon

Post Coordinator/Jr. Editor Or in the words of...
"Any way you want it, that's the way you need it." - Journey
"Star Wars fur, yeah I'm rockin' Chewbacca." - Kanye West
"They beat him up until the teardrops start, but he can't be wounded 'cause he's got no heart." - Elvis Costello
"I don't know...they were jammies...they had Yodas and shit on 'em!" - Raising Arizona
"But I was going into Tosche Station to pick up some power converters!" - A New Hope
"There is a castle on a cloud, I like to go there in my sleep, aren't any floors for me to sweep, not in my castle on a cloud." - Les Misérables
"I know it was you, Fredo. You broke my heart." - The Godfather: Part II
"Power to the people who punish bad cinema!" - Cecil B. Demented
"There'll be new dreams maybe better dreams and plenty. Before the last revolving year is through." - Joni Mitchell
"...as happy as a dog with two tails." - Mark Twain
"People always told me be careful of what you do. And don't go around breaking young girls' hearts." - Michael Jackson
"Nature teaches beasts to know their friends." - Shakespeare
"#@$%^ better have my money!" - Rihanna
"All you need is your own imagination. So use it that's what it's for." - Madonna
"You wake up, flawless. Post up, flawless. Ridin' round in it, flawless. Flossin' on that, flawless." - Beyonce
"You take the grey skies out of my way. You make the sun shine brighter than Doris Day. Turned a bright spark into a flame. My beats per minute never been the same." - Wham!
"My name is Lord Vader. I am an Extraterrestrial from the planet Vulcan." - Back to the Future
"Romeo, save me, they're trying to tell me how to feel. This love is difficult but it's real. Don't be afraid, we'll make it out of this mess. It's a love story, baby, just say yes." - Taylor Swift
In-house MMA expert in both theory and practice. Committed note-taker and utility player. Passionate about film. Will teach the ways of the Force when it comes to using the espresso machine.

Damien Ivan

Art Director / Motion Designer Or in the words of...
"We're sort of superstitious now. The albums that had the beetle on it did better than the ones that didn't." - Journey
"That shit cray." - Kanye West
"What’s so funny about peace, love, and understanding?" - Elvis Costello
"‘Have you read the Bible, Pete?’ ‘Holy Bible?’ ‘Yeah.’ ‘Yeah, I think so. Anyway, I've heard about it.’" - Barton Fink
"Who's scruffy-looking?" - The Empire Strikes Back
"As with stomachs, we should pity minds that do not eat." - Les Misérables
"Do you renounce Satan? BANG BANG I do renounce him BANG" - The Godfather
"You're cool, Allison. You just look square. Underneath it all, I think you're really hep." - Cry-Baby
"When I heard ‘You can’t do that, you’re a girl,’ I went ahead and did it anyway." - Joni Mitchell
"Cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education." - Mark Twain
"Due to my strong personal convictions, I wish to stress that this film in no way endorses a belief in the occult." - Michael Jackson
"Many a good hanging prevents a bad marriage." - Shakespeare
"I drink a lot of coconut water. It balances out all the other toxic stuff I put into my body." - Rihanna
"I want to be like Gandhi, and Martin Luther King, and John Lennon... but I want to stay alive." - Madonna
"Y'all are so cute and y'all talk so proper over here. I love England." - Beyonce
"I wish I was in Tijuana eating barbecued iguana." - Wall of Voodoo
"1.21 JIGAWATTS???!!" - Back to the Future
"When I'm 40 and nobody wants to see me in a sparkly dress anymore, I'll be like: 'Cool, I'll just go in the studio and write songs for kids.'" - Taylor Swift
Visual effects and animation magician. Obsessed with old-school movie magic. San Francisco native. Liaison to Hollywood and Silicon Valley. Part-time bear wrestler.

Sam Kauffmann

Office Coordinator/Production Assistant Or in the words of...
“Workin’ hard to get my fill. Everybody wants a thrill.” - Journey
“I’mma let you finish, but…” - Kanye West
“I find humming is very useful.” - Elvis Costello
“Come on in boys, the water is fine…” - O Brother, Where Art Thou?
“Always remember: your focus determines your reality.” - The Phantom Menace
“Laughter is sunshine, it chases winter from the human face.” - Les Misérables
“Luca Brasi sleeps with the fishes.” - The Godfather
“Wealth is walking into a bookstore and buying any book you want without looking at the price tag.” - John Waters
“Give me spots on my apples, but leave me the birds and the bees please!” - Joni Mitchell
“Give every day the chance to become the most beautiful day of your life.” - Mark Twain
“If you wanna make the world a better place, take a look at yourself, and then make a change.” - Michael Jackson
“Action is eloquence.” - Shakespeare
“I could never identify with that word, ‘weak.’” - Rihanna
“Don’t just stand there, let’s get to it. Strike a pose, there’s nothing to it.” - Madonna
“Tell ‘em boy bye.” - Beyoncé
“Woah, we're halfway there. Woah, livin' on a prayer. Take my hand, we'll make it I swear. Woah, livin' on a prayer.” - Bon Jovi
“Why don’t you make like a tree and get outta here?” - Back to the Future
“Cause darling, I’m a nightmare dressed like a daydream.” - Taylor Swift
Florida native, DC-educated, Czech cinema connection. Documentary-obsessed. Official office pastry chef and all around team player. Dog mom to the laziest hound in San Francisco.