JuntoBox Team

Forest Whitaker


Forest Whitaker is a renowned American artist and humanist. Most notably, he was honored with the Academy Award as well as an Emmy Award, BAFTA, SAG Award and Golden Globe for Best Actor. As a socially conscious filmmaker, Forest has produced award-winning documentaries helping to raise global awareness which have garnered him the Peabody and Cinema for Peace Awards. He often provides opportunities for emerging filmmakers by mentoring and producing their films. Forest's work also includes the development of corporate web-based fantasy games along with social media platforms geared towards global peace building. In 2011, he founded peaceearth.org and was designated as an UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Peace and Reconciliation. Forest most recently won The Audience and Grand Jury Award for Fruitvale Station at Sundance 2013 which he produced under his production company Significant Productions

Philippe Caland


Philippe Caland has written, directed, produced, and executive produced independent films for the past twenty years. Over the last 10 years, Philippe studied the changing industry of filmmaking and created a patent for the methodology upon which JuntoBox Films is based. Philippe has directed several films, Hollywood Buddha which won 'Official Selection' at the SXSW Film Festival and The Paris Film Festival and Ripple Effect which won both the Boston International and Sedona Film Festival and stars Academy Award winning actor Forest Whitaker. Philippe recently directed the thriller Repentance that stars Anthony Mackie and Forest Whitaker and was released in February of 2014.

Nina Yang Bongiovi

COO/ Head of Film Division

Nina Yang Bongiovi is a seasoned film professional with 15 years of combined production, finance and management experience in the entertainment industry between Hollywood and Asia. Nina develops/creates business strategies and alliances covering feature films, television, documentaries and new media with domestic & global strategic partners for Forest Whitaker's Significant Productions based in Los Angeles, where she is Vice President and Head of Production. Most recently, Nina and Forest Whitaker produced Fruitvale Station which was the winner for both The Audience and Grand Jury Award at Sundance Film Festival 2013, as well as L'Avenir Prize at Cannes Film Festival. She received her graduate degree in Entertainment Management from the Annenberg/Cinematic School at the University of Southern California

Kelly Thomas

Producer/VP, Incubator Initiative

Kelly Thomas has more than 10 years of experience producing independent features and is VP of JuntoBox Film’s Incubator Initiative. Prior to JuntoBox, she was the Producer in Residence for Film Independent’s Artist Development programs and in that capacity produced branded entertainment for Vanity Fair and Lincoln Motors. She started her film career with Mockingbird Pictures and later co-founded Extraordinary Renditions. Kelly has worked with acclaimed directors Rodrigo Garcia, Phedon Papamichael, Robin Swicord, and Brad Silberling. She holds an MBA from the University of Virginia and a PhD in English from the University of Michigan.

Joseph Semense

Manager of Production

Joseph Semense majored in Radio-Television-Film at California State University, Long Beach. He has co-produced three films with writer/director Philippe Caland ( Hollywood Buddha, Ripple Effect, and Tripping Tommy ) and also served as a co-editor on the films. Recently, Joseph was co-producer of Low Fidelity, a feature film written and directed by Devon Gummersall. In addition, he has done some writing, editing and camera work for the Mr. & Mrs. Smith , Lemony Snicket , and Crank Yankers bonus feature documentaries on DVD.

Greg Warner

Product Manager

Greg Warner recently graduated from USC where he earned degrees in Political Science and Italian. Realizing that film and digital media were far more appealing than the politics, he joined JuntoBox in 2011 after working briefly in a campaign office. His work at JuntoBox principally consists of generating online content and assisting with social media development.  Greg previously worked at Zeropointzero, a studio that produces travel and food-focused programming.