Michael Venn is a director and producer who made his writing and directorial debut in 2010 with the short film “Dark Scribbles”, which premiered in the short film corner at the 2010 Festival De Cannes and was an official selection at film festivals across the country. Michael’s latest project is the feature documentary film “The Heroin Effect”, inspired by the opioid crisis that is currently plaguing the United States. Michael shares how he got into the film business, his connection to music, why he decided to make The Heroin Effect, and what it means to him to go all in.
Three songs that would be on the soundtrack of his life: 1st song: “Ooh La La” by Tim Timebomb (Armstrong); 2nd song: “Stop” by Janes Addiction; 3rd song: “Robin Hood” by Jamie T.
Karlina Lyons is a producer with 20 years of experience in domestic and international media production. Her career focus is on educational programming for children and families, most notably with Sesame Street. Recently, Karlina produced The Heroin Effect and Light Attaching to a Girl.
Three songs that would be on the soundtrack of her life: 1st song: “I’m Free” by Soup Dragons; 2nd song: “Into the Mystic” by Van Morrison; 3rd song: “Pilgrim’s Progress” by Kris Kristofferson.
Natalia Iyudin, an award-winning Polish born filmmaker, is a Director and Development Producer at Fictionless. Her films have been screened around the world. As an editor and writer, she has worked on nonfiction series for MTV, BET, PBS and VH1 alongside hundreds of short pieces with partners like ESPN, Sothebys, Intel and Verizon. Natalia shares what it means to “go all in” in this business and gives excellent advice specifically to filmmakers, but anyone who is pursuing their dreams.
Three songs that would be on the soundtrack of her life: 1st song: “Everybody’s Talkin’” by Harry Nilsson; 2nd song: “Take Five” by Dave Brubeck; and 3rd song: “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen.