creative Collaborators

There is a difference between being a person who works on films and/or film content and a filmmaker. Part of the reward of being a filmmaker is getting to stretch, experiment and challenge ourselves and our partners as creative collaborators in telling compelling, entertaining and often important stories. Below is our current group of collaborators.

 
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Melissa Kirkendall

Producer • Director • Writer • Founder of LVBM

Melissa is a long time successful creative entrepreneur in both the music and film communities.  In her 20's she was a maverick in the music scene in Dallas/ Fort Worth Texas where she owned and operated several award winning live music venues.  In 2002 she began working in film on a variety of TV and film productions for FOX, ABC, NBC, TOUCHSTONE, LIFETIME as well as many independent production companies. In 2012 she released her 1st feature length documentary on the 1960's teen garage rock scene called "Teen A Go Go" as director and producer.  It screened at music and film festivals around the world and was on Netflix for 2 years.  In recent years she has been producing on a variety of independent scripted films as well as documentaries including as a producer in 2017 on the ESPN 30 for 30 documentary series for the feature length documentary "What Carter Lost". Several of the recent films she has produced for have screened at festivals such as SXSW, USA Film, DIFF and other noteable festivals around the country.  Currently Melissa is preparing for the world premiere screening of the much talked about feature film “The Vast of Night” that she is a proud producer of. It will screen at the 2019 Slamdance Film Festival. She is also in development for both “The Vastivity Experiment” and “What ever you do don’t get sick” and in pre-production on “You are Me & I am You” as director/ producer which is scheduled to film principal photography the winter of 2018/19.  The dramtic short film “Knowing” that she recently produced on is currently screening and winning awards at film festivals around the US.

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Viviana Galvis

Producer • Director • Researcher

Viviana was born in Bogotá. BA in Audiovisual Media and Film Production at Politécnico Grancolombiano. She obtained a MFA degree in Writing and Producing for Television from Long Island University, Brooklyn. In 2016, she was selected as one of the semi-finalist for the WGAE Made in NY Fellowship 2017 with her teleplay based on real events, 'Gillies'. Viviana has written, directed and produced different short films, and was the line producer for the internationally acclaimed documentary produced by ESPN “The Two Escobars”. She has worked for shows such as Netflix's Narcos, Nat Geo's Facing Escobar and has written in collaboration for projects, included a sizzle reel produced and directed by Jonathan Frakes. She is currently in pre-production on “You are Me & I am You” as producer which is scheduled to film the winter of 2018/19.

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Adam Dietrich

Producer • Director • Writer

Adam is a filmmaker based in Texas and is co-owner of the production company “Adam & Elliot Moving Pictures.” He is passionate about storytelling in various formats on a spectrum of platforms.  He's Produced, Directed, and Designed for 20 years, including the award winning short film, “The Flood” and the controversial drama “Knowing” which is currently screening at film festivals around the US.  He's written, directed, and produced over a dozen episodes of Docudrama television for shows like “Murder Made Me Famous” for the premium channel Reelz . Currently Adam is a producer on “You are Me & I am You” as well as in development with Melissa Kirkendall on some new projects for 2019/20.

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Rodrigo Rodriguez

Producer • Director • Writer • DP

Rodrigo is an award winning producer/ director and DP based in Texas owning and operating the esteemed Rio Bravo Pictures.  His resume is extensive with credits on numerous programs such as National Geographic, Oprah,  America's Most Wanted, BBC, MTV, Discovery Channel, The Learning Channel and Michael Moore's TV.  He has filmed in over 25 countries. Currently Rodrigo is in development for the feature length documentary “Radio X” and he is a producer on “You are Me & I am You” filming the winter of 2018/19.

Chad Leathers   Director of Photography  Chad Leathers is an Austin based filmmaker very passionate about his work.  As a cinematographer he has collaborated with many talented people to make short and long form documentaries, narrative shorts, branded content, commercials and music videos. His work has also given him opportunities to travel. In 2007 he worked on a narrative feature filmed in Ecuador and was one of the great experiences of his life, so much so he returned in 2008 to live there another year.  His love and respect for Ecuadorian culture is what drew him to the project and he looks forward to his role in bringing this story to life.  He is the South American DP for   “You are Me & I am You”   filming this winter.

Chad Leathers

Director of Photography

Chad Leathers is an Austin based filmmaker very passionate about his work.  As a cinematographer he has collaborated with many talented people to make short and long form documentaries, narrative shorts, branded content, commercials and music videos. His work has also given him opportunities to travel. In 2007 he worked on a narrative feature filmed in Ecuador and was one of the great experiences of his life, so much so he returned in 2008 to live there another year.  His love and respect for Ecuadorian culture is what drew him to the project and he looks forward to his role in bringing this story to life.  He is the South American DP for “You are Me & I am You” filming this winter.

Nora Gracia Tovar  Editor • Photographer  Nora is Senior Editor and Associate Producer at Rio Films in South Texas. Mrs. Mrs. Gracia-Tovar brings over 10 years of experience in the area of video editing and will serve as editor for   “You are Me & I am You”  . A natural storyteller, Mrs. Gracia-Tovar has edited feature-length documentaries like, “ The Hoax” , as well as numerous national commercial products.

Nora Gracia Tovar

Editor • Photographer

Nora is Senior Editor and Associate Producer at Rio Films in South Texas. Mrs. Mrs. Gracia-Tovar brings over 10 years of experience in the area of video editing and will serve as editor for “You are Me & I am You”. A natural storyteller, Mrs. Gracia-Tovar has edited feature-length documentaries like, “The Hoax”, as well as numerous national commercial products.