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 at Sundance 2013 which he produced under his production company Significant Productions. @ForestWhitaker
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 is scheduled for release 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. @BongioviNina
Head of DIGITAL
Rachael McLean has a sucessful track record as an innovative digital media professional across music, youth, video gaming and entertainment industries. Rachael was involved with several digital start-ups earlier on in her career in New York with SonicNet, Sony Music Digital and was at MTV Networks for 8 years as Vice President, MTVN International Digital Group. Rachael held executive positions at Championship Gaming Series which was owned by Sky, DirecTV, also at Infospace Mobile and GoTV Studios developing music brands and digital products for US carriers and broadband. In summer of 2013 she was invited and attended the Singularity University Executive track. From the inception of JuntoBox Rachael has been developing the strategy, building the team and leading marketing and digital. @rachaelmclean
Director of Development
Beverly Neufeld is an award winning screenwriter with an MFA from UCLA and over twelve years of script doctor and coverage experience. Beverly has covered and helped develop over 4000 projects in that time for such companies as CAA, FOX, Film Independent, Slamdance Films and many independent producers and companies. She has also been hired to rewrite and doctor many scripts on-one-one. She understands writers, and is dedicated to helping them find and/or hone their voice, and do so with fun, play and ease. @leomonkey1
Shirley Petchprapa is an award winning filmmaker born and raised in New York City now living in Los Angeles. Since 2006 she has been working exclusively in film and recently won the award for Best Soundscape for her short Tuesday from the Dresden FilmFest in Germany as well as an IFP award for her short documentary Parkour, NYC. Her latest short film ROXY recently screened at the prestigious Festival del film Locarno in Switzerland. Both films, of which she colored and edited herself, are travelling the festival circuit worldwide. Prior to film Shirley had a 10-year career in art direction, graphic design and photography working for companies such as MTV, The Fader Magazine, Russell Simmon's Oneworld Magazine and advertising clients such as Red Stripe and Levi's. Issara Films
head of post 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 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.
Matthew Jones cultivated his passion for visual story telling at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. Since graduating with a Critical Studies B.A. in 2010, he has worked as an entertainment professional in several capacities: television production, feature film development, branded content, post-production and freelance music production. Matt is responsible for content design and producing digital content. In his free time, Matt enjoys Laker basketball, surfing, listening to, creating, and performing music. @mboltjones