1st annual Loyola film festival - 2014

Guest Speaker:

Michael De Luca

Michael De Luca is a three-time Academy Award nominated producer, best known for films such as Captain PhillipsMoneyball, The Social Network, and American History X. De Luca was born in Brooklyn and was accepted to New York University's Tisch at the age of 17. Before graduating, De Luca was hired at New Line Cinema as a script reader. Moving to California after graduating, De Luca was appointed to President of Production at New Line Cinema in 1993 at the age of 27, moving to President of Production at Dreamworks in 2001. He later went on to start his own production company, Michael De Luca Productions, which has gone on to produce several blockbuster hits and Academy Award winning films. He is now President of Productions at Columbia Pictures, and is producing upcoming films such as Fifty Shades of Grey and the upcoming remake of the 1991 hit, Point Break. 

Find out more about Michael De Luca here.


Casey Neistat


"I live in NYC and make movies for a job.  I had a television show on HBO and produced the film Daddy Long Legs which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and won an Independent Spirit Award (obviously I've done a lot more than that in my career but those highlights seem the most impressive).  Most of my income comes from directing commercials, it's a pretty great gig.  

I worked with my brother Van until 2009 now I make most of my films by myself.  My office is located in chinatown and is where I spend most of my time.  I am represented by CAA for directing and talent and stuff but if you think we should be working together just email me via the contact page.  YouTube is my favorite thing and if i had no responsibility I would spend all my time making YouTube videos.  Speaking of responsibility I had a kid when i was 17, he's huge now and can drive stick shift.  If you've read this much then go to my Facebook page and click Like, that way we can stay in touch and subscribe on YouTube and follow me on TwitterInstagram is just about my favorite thing, follow me there too." - www.caseyneistat.com

Jordan Roberts

Named by the New York Times as one of Hollywood's "most sought after writers and script-doctors," Jordan Roberts wrote and directed Around the Bend, starring Michael Caine, Christopher Walken, and Josh Lucas for Warner Independent Pictures. The following year he was hired by Warner Brothers to re-write, and re-conceive for English speaking audiences a lush romantic drama from France, starring a talking Antarctic water fowl. The result, March of the Penguins, went on to win an Oscar for Best Documentary, and became the second most successful documentary of all time. The narration he wrote for Morgan Freeman was nominated for (and won) several awards as well. In addition to doing writing work on over forty feature films, he wrote, directed and produced 2012's Frankie Go Boom, a comedy starring Charlie Hunnam, Chris O'Dowd, Lizzy Caplan, Chris Noth and Ron Pearlman. More recently, he was locked in Burbank, writing Big Hero Six, the next feature film from Disney Animation, due in theaters in November of 2014.



Michael O'Neill

Michael O'Neill is a film and television actor with a career stretching through three decades. O'Neill is best known for his roles in Transformers, Dallas Buyers Club, and Traffic. Michael O'Neill went to Auburn University and spent time under the tutelage of actor Will Geer. O'Neill played FDA agent Richard Barkley in the 2013 Academy Award winning drama, Dallas Buyers Club. He has also famously played recurring roles on The West WingGrey's Anatomy, and Bates Motel. More recently, O'Neill has been working as a season regular on the upcoming CBS drama Extant, starring Halle Berry. 

For more information about Michael O'Neill, please click here.





Sheri Hellard

Sheri Hellard began her producing and directing career in 2000 with the short film “Jack & Jill.” The film went on to win the Audience Award at the prestigious Hampton’s International Film Festival. Sheri then directed several music videos and in 2002 made her feature film directorial debut with Porchlight Entertainment’s “Mothers and Daughters” starring Sally Kirkland and Tom Bosley. In 2006 Sheri teamed with Leslie Zemeckis for the mocumentary “Staar: She’d Rather Be a Mistress” starring Carrie Fisher, Fabio and Jeffrey Tambor.

In the spring of 2008, Sheri shot the 20 episode web series Space Lift: Feng Shui Your Home for production companies 60 Frames and Living Image Entertainment. Between 2008 and 2010, Sheri produced and lensed the documentary Behind the Burly-Q with Leslie Zemeckis directing and Robert Zemeckis executive producing. Behind the Burly-Q tells the story of the history of burlesque in America. it can currently be seen on Showtime and The Movie Channel. in 2012, Sheri again teamed with Leslie and Robert Zemeckis for the documentary Bound by Flesh, which was recently acquired by IFC and will open in theaters in June of 2014. Bound by Flesh is the life story of vaudeville superstars and conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton. it won numerous awards at film festivals including Best Documentary at the 2012 Hollywood Film Festival.

Mather Zickel

Mather Zickel has been an actor in New York and Los Angeles for 20 years.  He has performed on stage, in film, and on television.  Stage work includes three shows at the Geffen Playhouse: (Extraordinary Chambers; By the Way, Meet Vera Stark; Wait Until Dark) On television he has appeared in House of Lies and Masters of Sex (Showtime), Elementary (CBS), Man Up (ABC), The Cape (NBC), Newsreaders (Adult Swim), and Reno: 911! (Comedy Central).  In film, Rachel Getting Married (Sony Classics), I Love You, Man (Dreamworks), and Wanderlust (Universal).