WRITER / DIRECTOR
Mark Vadik received his B.A. in Performance Studies and his M.A. in Theatre/Arts Marketing and Management at Northwestern University/Kellogg School of Management. He also received his J.D. from Loyola University, Chicago and is currently licensed to practice law in New York and Illinois.
Vadik was first recognized as one of the America’s “aspiring under-ground writers” in the early 90s when his poetry was featured on “60 Minutes”. Having directed and produced numerous theatrical productions for over 25 years and facilitated the production of the numerous Broadway productions, Vadik transition into feature films in 2005. A Chance in the World is Vadik’s debut “Family Film”.
Eric Liberacki found his start in Detroit, Michigan. During the day he would shoot movies on MiniDV tape, and at night he would make experimental 16mm films in the basement of the Detroit Film Center.
After studying Cinematography, Eric began working freelance as Camera Operator and Assistant Camera while shooting projects. Since 2014, Eric has been the Chief Lighting Technician for the Visiting Artist Series, a DePaul University sponsored event bringing in professionals from Film, Television, Animation, Game Design, and other creative fields.
Tom Bastounes is an actor and producer and founding partner of Mighty Small Pictures in Chicago. A Second City Alum, Tom’s unique mixture of skills, both comedic and dramatic, makes him a stand out in starring roles opposite actors like Michael Keaton, Kelly McDonald and Bobby Cannavale. He honed his craft as a member of the Second City touring company along side Jeremy Piven, Steve Carell, and Billy Cusack. Tom’s film “The Merry Gentleman” was an official selection of the 2008 Sundance Film Festival.
Steve Pemberton is a passionate champion for disadvantaged youth, serving on several boards including United States Business Leadership Network and UCAN. He established The Pemberton Fund for the Future at The Home for Little Wanderers to provide help and guidance to children aging out of foster care. Steve’s achievements have earned him national recognition, including the prestigious Horizon Award by the United States Congress, presented to individuals in the private sector who have contributed to expanding opportunities for all Americans. Steve mantra is: “Believe in your dreams, rise above obstacles, create opportunities for others, and most of all, persevere.
Andy Salmen is an accomplished entertainment executive with over 15 years in the entertainment industry. He began his career in sports entertainment and live broadcast with ABC, ESPN Radio, and Fox Sports before crossing over into the filmed entertainment sector as a marketing and creative executive.
Mr. Salmen is the founder of SolCo Entertainment, a media production and finance company utilizing innovative strategies and technology to produce and monetize content and a co-founder of Pixovi.
Film composer Harry Manfredini specialises in writing for horror films, but is also a song writer and jazz soloist. From his haunting dramatic scores for The Friday the 13th films, to his adventurous music for The Omegma Code, Harry Manfredini has established himself as a motion picture music composer of the same style as Bernard Herrmann.
He has also composed for adventure, comedy and family films including Spring Break, Aces: Iron Eagle III and Follow Your Heart.