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The Lunacy Team
CEO / Producer / Director
Filmmaker Stu Pollard has produced 9 films in his home state of Kentucky, including survival thriller RUST CREEK, powerful high school drama AND THEN I GO, and bowling comedy SPLIT. He has produced more movies outside the Bluegrass as well. These include the uproarious Jack Quaid & Maya Erskine wedding rom-com PLUS ONE, Syrian refugee documentary THIS IS HOME, and docu-drama FREELAND, starring Krisha Fairchild. Stu has also directed two features: romantic comedy NICE GUYS SLEEP ALONE and suspense drama KEEP YOUR DISTANCE, both set against a vibrant Kentucky backdrop.
Pollard founded Lunacy Productions in 2015 to expand his storytelling horizons and break free of the “one-at-a-time” indie filmmaking model. This has sparked numerous new collaborations with both emerging talent and established creators. Lunacy’s current development slate includes WE’RE HAUNTED, a horror comedy about dysfunctional roommates confronting an evil spirit; THE MAN WHO KNEW BELLE STARR, a riveting Western-infused revenge drama; THE TRESTLE, a supernatural thriller revolving around an infamous Kentucky legend; and ALAS, BABYLON, a post-apocalyptic survival parable based on the classic novel.
Also an entrepreneur, Stu has spearheaded a number of other creative endeavors including the event planning app REUNACY, nostalgic web series THE EIGHTIES EMPORIUM, whiskey lifestyle brand BOURBONALITY, content creation collective SMALL BATCH CONTENT, and philanthropic nonprofit organization TRUNACY.
In addition to teaching at Film Independent and USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, Stu recently founded LunacyU, an online educational platform dedicated to teaching the next generation of independent filmmakers. At LunacyU, he currently teaches classes on Film Financing and Cinematic Music. He holds a BS in business from Georgetown and an MFA in film from USC, is a member of the DGA and PGA, and serves on the boards of the Louisville Film Society, the Horse Farm Workers’ Educational Assistance Fund and GU’s Alumni Board of Regents.
Director of Development
A Connecticut native, Harris earned BA’s in English and Political Science from Southern Connecticut State University while working as a film critic for the New Haven Register. He relocated to Los Angeles to earn his MFA in Film and Television Production from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, where he focused on writing, directing, and editing. Harris currently serves as Lunacy Productions’ Director of Development, working with writers and producers to strengthen Lunacy’s slate and discover exciting new content.
At Lunacy, Harris oversees numerous projects in development, including the riveting two-hander THE MAN WHO KNEW BELLE STARR (based on the award-winning Richard Bausch short story and adapted by RUST CREEK writer Julie Lipson); the bourbon-soaked caper comedy THE BARNABY LEGACY (written by David McCraken and David Haskell); BEGIN RIVER ROAD, a family drama based on a Chris Bohjalian best-seller; and ALAS, BABYLON, a post-apocalyptic survival parable based on Pat Frank’s classic Cold War era novel.
Along with a keen eye for recognizing riveting and pertinent stories, Harris is also a talented artist, frequently contributing his storyboarding skills to the ongoing development process, and overseeing the Lunacy Blog.
Alexandra discovered her passion for filmmaking while studying for her Bachelor and Master of Science in electrical engineering at USC. She took elective courses in film studies and quickly fell in love with the filmmaking process. After working full-time as an engineer, she decided to return for her third degree, an MFA in Film and TV Production at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts.
While she no longer works as an engineer, Alexandra still thinks like one in terms of creative problem solving, and it has served her well in handling film projects restricted by time, money and other resources. At Lunacy, she helps to develop projects on their slate including narrative and documentary features. She also helped launch the online learning platform LunacyU and its first class “Indie Film Financing.” She works as a producer, as well as a production sound mixer and post-production sound editor. Since 2019, she has been a sound mixer for the Sundance Directors Labs.
Born and raised in Sacramento, California, Alexandra always participated in track and cross country. Eventually, she completed the Los Angeles Marathon and decided 26.2 miles was more than enough.
Dan is a writer, editor, improviser & director based out of Los Angeles. Originally from St. Petersburg, Florida, Daniel graduated from the USC School of Cinematic Arts with an MFA in Film & Television Production and also has a BS in Advertising from the University of Florida. In addition to serving as Lunacy’s post-production supervisor & social media coordinator, he also works in comedy development, produces videos for the Eighties Emporium and runs the Lunacy Productions Online Shop.
He served as the Assistant Editor on Lunacy’s thriller RUST CREEK, and was the Behind-the-Scenes Post Supervisor for that film as well. His films have won awards at the Tampa Bay Jewish Film Festival, the National Telly Awards, and the National Mature Media Awards. He also won a Student Emmy while still in high school. In his spare time, Daniel can be found playing softball, frequenting bookstores or performing musical improv comedy.
Sound Designer / Producer
Derek is a production sound mixer, sound designer, and re-recording mixer. Though he hails from Washington state, Derek has lived in Boise, Los Angeles, and now Louisville. He graduated from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts with an MFA in Film & TV Production and has a BA in Mass Communication with a Minor in History and Political Science from Northwest Nazarene University.
Derek’s work spans the gauntlet of formats and projects encompassing network TV, broadcast, podcasts, documentary and narrative films that have played at festivals across the country including Sundance, SXSW, Atlanta, Palm Springs, and New York.
At Lunacy, he focuses primarily on all things sound-related. Derek crewed as the boom operator and additional sound mixer on RUST CREEK, the audio engineer for Lunacy’s online educational platform, and editor for podcast content. But it doesn’t stop there; he is also a producer – currently involved in the development of ALAS, BABYLON, a post-apocalyptic survival parable based on Pat Frank’s classic Cold War-era novel.
As a former NCAA Division II athlete, Derek also fulfills his passion for track and field as an assistant coach at Trinity High School for Boys in Louisville.
Strategist (Map & Fire)
Clay has over 15 years of experience in brand, marketing, strategy, and research. In addition to helping passionate business leaders grow strong brands , he’s a regular contributor to Foundr Magazine, teaches brand strategy lectures at UCLA, and has worked with companies like Google, Emory University, Sony, and Universal Pictures.
Clay’s primary focus is on brand strategy, customer research, and copywriting. In the past, he’s worn lots of hats from Executive Producer, to Designer, to Head of Product. He’s also enjoyed an unofficial Account Services role where he carefully honed the craft of client therapy.
When not doing mental gymnastics, Clay likes spending time with his amazing wife and son, hiking, surfing, and watching things that make him laugh.
Social Media Coordinator
Brandon is a writer, director, podcaster, and producer. Originally from Tuscaloosa, AL, Brandon developed his love for storytelling and filmmaking amidst the diverse Southern landscape. He graduated with a BA in Telecommunication and Film from the University of Alabama before attending the University of Southern California where he graduated with an MFA in Film and Television Production. At Lunacy, he primarily focuses on social media and content development, specifically directing for our Eighties Emporium channel on YouTube.
His films have been shown at various film festivals, including Sidewalk Film Festival, Black Warrior Film Festival, and Austin Film Festival. His screenplays have also placed at such competitions as Screencraft and Shore Scripts. In his spare time, Brandon works as a freelance writer. He also hosts and produces a weekly podcast on film genres and film history, the CineNation Podcast.
Assistant Coordinator, Development
Coleman is Lunacy’s Assistant Coordinator as well as an aspiring development producer and marketer. Hailing from Louisville, Kentucky, Coleman is further deepening his love of film through his pursuit of a BS in Creative and Entertainment Industries Studies at Belmont University. In addition to his work engaging in script coverage, cataloging media from Lunacy’s films, and researching, Coleman works to help grow LunacyU through his involvement in its “Indie Film Financing” and “Film Music Master Class” courses.
When he’s not working, Coleman can be found frequenting the many music venues and arthouse movie theaters in Nashville. Some of the films that inspired Coleman’s entrance into the industry include Casablanca, Marie Antoinette, La La Land, and Everything Everywhere All At Once.
Digital Asset Consultant
Michelle is a Production Designer, Art Director, Graphic Designer, and Production Coordinator. Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, and a graduate of Xavier University, she put her graphic design degree and visual arts skills to work for films like WHERE HOPE GROWS, The Orchard’s IN THE RADIANT CITY, Hallmark’s THE ULTIMATE LEGACY, and commercials for brands such as ROCK BAND and OCULUS.
In 2016, she moved to Los Angeles to coordinate the digitally remastered MARX BROTHERS’ SILVER SCREEN COLLECTION and feature documentary, THE MARX BROTHERS: HOLLYWOOD’S KINGS OF CHAOS. She served as coordinator for projects such as the remastered original SALEM’S LOT, STORKS, feature documentary HAMMER HORROR: THE WARNER BROS YEARS, and an untitled HARRY POTTER project. In addition to consulting for Lunacy, Michelle production designs and art directs various music videos and films, including the Netflix thriller THE OPEN HOUSE, and is an aspiring writer.
Brian is a producer, podcaster, photographer, and videographer.
Originally from Glencoe, Illinois, Brian’s first internship in the industry was with renowned writer, director, and actor Harold Ramis. Brian graduated with an MFA from the Peter Stark Producing Program at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. He also has a BBA in Business and a degree in Film Studies from Emory University. At Lunacy, he primarily focuses on development and production in both the feature and podcast space. He served as an Assistant Producer on Lunacy’s thriller RUST CREEK, where he was also the behind-the-scenes photographer.
Brian creates content that includes set photography, electronic press kit materials, and behind-the-scenes footage. This has been utilized for film, TV, and digital media properties as well as for companies such as Lunacy, ABC, Super Deluxe, AT&T, and various independent productions. His work has been featured in numerous outlets that include The New York Times and Hollywood Reporter.