WRITER / DIRECTOR
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Raider graduated from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, where he trained at the Circle in the Square Theatre School, the Experimental Theatre Wing, and with Anne Bogart’s SITI Company.
A veteran of over 50 stage productions including a one-man-show about the life and films of Frank Capra and the title role in the 400th year anniversary production of Henry V, he now serves as co-artistic director of RED DOG SQUADRON, a Los Angeles based theatre company he founded with fellow ETW alum James Roday in 2002. They’re currently developing a world premiere that will mark the inaugural production of the new Circle Theatre in Hollywood in which the company recently took residence.
His television credits include starring roles on the short-lived series The Trouble With Normal and That Was Then, both for ABC, several network pilots and recent guest-starring roles on FlashForward, Better Off Ted, Psych, Jericho, and CSI:NY, to name a few. He was seen as the title role in the cable movie Spring Break Lawyer, and starred in the independent features Greener Mountains and Americanizing Shelley.
He’s written, produced, and directed a number of plays and short films for RED DOG SQUADRON, The NY Collective for the Arts, and Theta State Films. In 2005, he was awarded a directing scholarship to the Jewish Federation's Master Class in Tel Aviv.
Raider also teaches the subtle art and science of meditation through MDT8, a company he founded in 2012
Blake Brewer is an award-winning director and producer from Memphis, TN. Soon after serving four years in the United States Air Force, Brewer graduated from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, where he studied at the Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film and Television as well as Europe’s oldest and most prestigious film school, the Film and Television School of Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU.)
During his time overseas, Brewer directed his first award winning film Zlodej, a short film shot entirely in Prague with a complete Czech cast. Since his return to the states Brewer has written, directed and produced a number of short films, TV pilots and music videos that have screened at many film festivals around the world. His most recent works include Dark Shield a tension filled cop thriller, Bob and Me an emotional heartfelt drama and Last Round a terrifying, post-apocalyptic invasion horror.
Blake has had the opportunity to work with some of the biggest networks in the world including NBC, HBO, and Lionsgate. His broad range of work experience includes working on Saturday Night Live, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and the comedy feature starring Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler, They Came Together.
Brewer joined the Kensho team eager to contribute his love of New York City and his breadth of experience as a producer and director. He’s been honored to work with a well-seasoned cast and crew and to have the opportunity to collaborate on a film with such a unique vision.
Adam comes from the real estate development world with experience managing multi-million dollar projects. A former CPA, with extensive cash-flow and operational knowledge under his belt, Adam is thrilled to be directing his business and producorial acumen towards his life-long passion for cinema. An avid meditator and student of Eastern philosophy, producing Kensho has become an opportunity to manage the finances of a feature film that has tremendous potential for transformative change in audiences worldwide.
As an award-winning producer and actor, Steven is committed to creating projects with strong stories, including those developed through his company, Firefly Theater & Films. Founded in 1996, Firefly first focused solely on stage, and its productions – all with Steven as lead producer – have won more than two-dozen awards for shows in Boston, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Belfast, Off-West End London, and Off-Broadway. With a belief that films could be made with the cross-disciplinary collaboration typically found in theater, Steven partnered with Oscar-winning producer Bruce Cohen to found a film collective, making 35 shorts from 2001-2005. This led to the expansion of Firefly into Firefly Theater & Films, which has since screened award-winning shorts and three feature documentaries at dozens of festivals internationally. Steven executive produced the 2015 Sundance doc Finders Keepers which opens in theaters on September 25th. He was the lead creative producer of the LA Film Festival-winning documentary Make Believe, one of Ebert’s Top Docs of 2011, and of the 2014 SXSW Special Jury Prize-winning documentary Print the Legend, which was acquired as a Netflix Documentary now being streamed worldwide. On stage, Firefly and Haven’s annual Unscreened series of new plays has become an LA institution. Steven has taught numerous Shakespeare workshops to professional actors, public high school teachers, and to juvenile prisoners. He has lectured at LMU, the Stella Adler Studio of Acting, and the Harvard Medical School and has been a guest speaker at Yale. Steven also speaks and writes often about the uncommon actor-producer path, including in his blog Come Hell or High Water.
Born and raised in Athens, Greece, she began her film career while still in high school spending every spare minute of her time helping her aunt, Myrto Paraschis, a director specializing in documentaries, with every and all aspects of production.
Completing her Masters’ Degree in Media Studies from NYU, Aliki has managed the production of numerous independent films, commercials, music videos, documentaries, and projects for Broadcast Television, which have received multiple awards, nominations and mentions at prestigious international film festivals, as well as enjoyed theatrical release.
To this day Aliki has produced dozens of projects and with the experience she’s gained throughout the years she put together an amazingly talented team and decided to found ADIUVO Productions: a full service production company that will offer the best there is!
Her dream? Making a difference for the world to see.
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
David started his career studying photography and graphic design. He made his way to New York, working as an assistant to director Brian Beletic while studying Cinematography at the School of Visual Arts. For the past ten years he’s been based in Los Angeles and has been shooting a number of commercials and music videos, as well as documentaries and narrative short films. He was also the second unit cinematographer on the Academy Award nominated documentary, Murderball. In Kensho marks David's third feature film as cinematographer.
Hannah Stoddard was born and raised in the beautiful desert of Henderson, Nevada. As a recent graduate from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, she has focused her efforts on the world of art department, channeling her fine art background and film education to develop as a New York production designer. Over the last four years, she has designed her own narrative shorts and documentaries while working as a designer for short films ranging from gruesome alien invasions to religious Puritan societies. She has worked closely with renowned designer Inbal Weinberg on upcoming films, The Angriest Man in Brooklyn and most recently, St. Vincent starring Bill Murray and Melissa McCarthy. She wholeheartedly believes in collaboration and strives to live out her career by a quote from Henry Ford, “coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress and working together is success.”
Marco is a freelance Motion Designer, mainly focusing on Animated Infographics, Visual Storytelling, UI/UX and Direction.With a degree in New Media and a self-thought technical approach, since 2002 he's been busy with animated websites, broadcast TV productions, video presentations, interactive experiences and information visualization. Now with a bit of experience and knowledge, Bagni creates clever, engaging and user-oriented digital products. Born and bred in Italy and after backpacking a big chunk of the East, he currently lives in Berlin with his multi-culti family.