John Hughes-style teen romance combines with "Nightmare on Elm Street"-type slasher to bring the 1980s back to Jacksonville in local director Sam Farmer's "Girl of My Dreams," which premieres at Sun-Ray Cinema tomorrow. Click here to read more about the film. Below find short biographies of the film's crew. Information provided by the crew, imdb.com or the Throatpunch Productions website.
Samuel Farmer (Director, Executive Producer, Writer). A native of Jacksonville, Florida, Sam is an Associate Content Producer for local PBS affiliate, WJCT. He has directed music videos, some of which were featured at the Jax Film Fest or Show & Tell events at Art Walk (including Juicy Pony "Only This Moment" and The Skrælings "The 27 Club"), as well as the fan film "Friday The 13th: Extraction" and independently-produced shorts. His documentary "Living Out Loud," which focuses on Jacksonville's LGBT community, won funding from Community First Bank. He also edited Christina Crawford's documentary "Surviving Mommie Dearest," which won a Silver Screen award at the 2012 Nevada Film Festival.
Corina Seaburn (Executive Producer, Art Director, Costume Designer). Corina has been working with Sam Farmer on his short film and music video productions for the last three years. She has crew credits and also appeared in "Gore-e-ography: The Making of Death Harmony." For this first feature, Corina edited the script, helped with casting and scheduling the cast and crew, coordinated catering, served as assistant director and headed up the art department, which is her preferred role. This included wardrobe design, set decoration, props, and hair and makeup (with help from Shello Anderson). Corina also appears in the film as Suzie Neon.
Patricia Chou (Line Producer). In high school Patricia discovered her love for film production and produced a feature length murder mystery movie. She studied Marketing and Agricultural & Applied Economics at Virginia Tech and produced a documentary of the VT Horticultural Gardens. In Atlanta, Patricia gained experience in management consulting, retail sales analytics, industrial print and film, and helped to found an entertainment company with fellow Asian-American actors. She played interesting bit parts, including a screaming demon. She earned her MBA at Duke and now uncovers and leverages strategic insights for a contact lens company and does some production assistant work for independent films. She's also a brand new mom of a little monster named Cosmo. She appears as the counselor in "Girl of My Dreams."
Anthony Tornatore (Associate Producer, Cinematography, Camera and Electrical Department). Anthony is a University of Florida graduate with his Bachelor's Degree in Economics. As a camera assistant, he puts his background in photography to use by helping with lighting, taking B roll for the film, capturing production stills, operating equipment for tracking shots, and filming and creating behind the scenes segments both on and off set. Some of his other duties include coordinating and cooking meals, creating online albums for the film, and sending out correspondence and exclusive content to contributors to the project. He is also both adept and enthusiastic in his constant lobbying to utilize the 8mm fisheye lens while on set. When he's not on set, Anthony can often be found photographing local music events in the Northeast and North Central Florida area.
D.M. Rayton (Executive Producer). Owner of ThroatPunch Productions, LLC, Mr. Rayton has credits with four feature-length films, including local films "Veer!" and "Chiaroscuro, Baby," and a handful of shorts in various crew positions such as Writer, Props Master, Boom Operator, Stunt-Driver/Double, and Llama Trainer. It is rumored that he's a hedonistic insomniac who lives on an island in the Ponte Vedra Inlet surrounded by alligators, banana spiders, and The Living Rich. The 'D' and 'M' are ambiguous, as there are no known legal records of this man's existence.
Eric Dietz (Original Score). This is Eric's first film as a composer. He's been interested in doing film scores for a long time. One of his biggest influences is Danny Elfman, who crossed over from rock in the band Oingo Boingo into film ("The Nightmare Before Christmas," "Batman," "Corpse Bride," "Alice in Wonderland"). Eric co-owns a music school in Jacksonville called Forte Mobile Music, which offers private music lessons in the home. He's also played in numerous bands (Devereux, Blue Monday, and Wolfgang Magdalena) and works as a sound engineer. He attended UNF, where he studied Jazz, and the Evergreen State College, where he graduated with a B.Sc. in Chemistry. He also appears in the film as the bass player in the club scene.
Keith Hamm (Special Effects, Camera and Electrical Department). Keith is from Jacksonville and studied film production at Full Sail.