RUST CREEK marks the ninth feature film Stu Pollard has produced, in whole or part, in his home state of Kentucky. But he’s produced plenty outside the bluegrass as well, including Jeff Chan and Andrew Rhymer’s uproarious rom-com PLUS ONE (Winner of the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival Audience Award), Alexandra Shiva’s Syrian refugee documentary THIS IS HOME (produced in partnership with Blumhouse, Winner of 2018 Sundance Audience Award), the powerful high school drama AND THEN I GO, and Ani Simon-Kennedy’s coming of age drama THE SHORT HISTORY OF THE LONG ROAD (2019 Tribeca Film Festival). Upcoming films include Wyatt McDill’s quirky dramedy 3 DAY WEEKEND and the marijuana docu-drama FREELAND, which marks the feature directorial debut of Kate McLean and Mario Furloni.
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. With offices in LA and Louisville, the company is committed to filmmaking in Kentucky, gender-balanced crews, and discovering emerging storytellers. Lunacy has more than a dozen feature and episodic projects in development, including several based on best-selling source material, as well as two yet-to-be-announced documentaries in the early stages of production.
Stu has also directed two features: NICE GUYS SLEEP ALONE and KEEP YOUR DISTANCE. In his spare time, he teaches at both Film Independent and USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. He holds a degree 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 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.
Television projects in the works include the dark comedy series KAREN CORMIER: DISCOUNT MEDIUM FOR HIRE (written by Ryan Gilmour and Ashley Ellis), and the southern comedy WONDERDOG, based on the novel by Inman Majors. Lunacy also has two yet-to-be-announced documentaries in the early stages of production.
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 Productions Blog.
Daniel is a writer, editor, director and improviser. Originally from St. Petersburg, Florida, Daniel graduated with an MFA in Film & Television Production from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts and has a BS in Advertising from the University of Florida. At Lunacy, he primarily focuses on post-production, online marketing and comedy development. He served as the Assistant Editor on Lunacy’s thriller RUST CREEK, and was the film’s Behind-the-Scenes Post Supervisor.
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, Dan performs musical improv comedy around Los Angeles and is a regular contributor to the online film publication CineNation.
Alexandra Reinnoldt discovered her passion for film while studying for her BS and MS in electrical engineering at the University of Southern California. 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 to USC for her third degree, an MFA in Film and TV Production at the School of Cinematic Arts.
Alexandra has been working as a producer at Lunacy Productions, as well as a production sound mixer and post-production sound editor. She has worked on sound for short films as well as an indie feature, and was chosen as a sound mixer for the 2019 Sundance Directors Lab.
Born and raised in Sacramento, California, Alexandra enjoys watching inspirational sports movies, which helped encourage her to run the Los Angeles Marathon.
The Lunacy Team
Producer (Podcasts, Features), Videographer
Brian is a producer, podcaster, photographer, and videographer. Brian is currently spearheading Lunacy’s podcast division, with the intention of our first production being released in the fall of 2021.
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.
Sound Designer, Production Coordinator
Derek is a production sound mixer, sound designer, and re-recording mixer. Though he hails from Washington state, Derek has lived in Idaho, Los Angeles, and now Louisville, Kentucky. He graduated from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts with an MFA in Film & TV Production and has a BS in Mass Communication from Northwest Nazarene University.
Derek was nominated for a Golden Reel by the M.P.S.E. for his work on AMELIA’S CLOSET (Student Oscar Nominee 2016) in addition to serving as sound designer on shorts WYRM (Sundance 2018), LALO’S HOUSE (Student Oscar Winner 2018), and MAMMOTH (Student Oscar Winner 2017).
At Lunacy, he focuses primarily on all things sound-related. Derek crewed as the boom operator and additional sound mixer on RUST CREEK, 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.
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 coordinating 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.
Development and Social Media Coordinator
Lilla is a writer, assistant director, and script supervisor. She earned her BA in Cinematic Arts (Critical Studies) from the University of Southern California, where she also studied Screenwriting and Criminology. Lilla will return to USC in Fall 2020 to pursue an MA in Cinema and Media Studies, specializing in the study of cultural in-betweenness in American cinema. Prior to joining Lunacy, Lilla interned at production and distribution companies such as Roadside Attractions, and worked as an assistant director on several acclaimed student productions. She also served as the script supervisor on the College Emmy-nominated mini-series CON.
At Lunacy, Lilla focuses on development and social media, and manages the internship program. She also oversees and writes for the Lunacy Productions Blog.
Strategist (Map & Fire)
Clay has spent the last 15 years dreaming up and then bringing to life multiple startups as well as a wide range of digital projects. With every twist and turn of that journey there’s been a consistent thread of weaving together strategic problem solving, creative expression, and a curiosity to better understand people.
In the businesses he created or co-founded, his primary focus has always been on strategy and user experience. For others, he has worn lots of hats from Executive Producer, to Designer, to Copywriter, to Developer. He has also enjoyed an unofficial Account Services role where he carefully honed the craft of client therapy.
Over the years, Clay has collaborated with countless passionate small businesses along with several 800lb (friendly) gorillas including Google, Sony, Universal Pictures, Mattel, FOX, Dreamworks, CBS, A&E, Home Depot, Roland Keyboards, G4 TV, and the LA Times.
When not doing mental gymnastics, Clay likes spending time with his amazing wife and son, hiking, surfing, and watching things that make him laugh.
Ben Cunis is a director, producer, fundraiser, stunt coordinator, and performer. Prior to moving to LA, he lived in Washington, DC, where he primarily worked as an actor, director, and fight choreographer at the renowned physical theater company Synetic Theater. While in DC he also directed and/or produced several films and a web series, and won multiple Helen Hayes awards for choreography and performance. He graduated with an MFA from the USC School of Cinematic Arts and holds a BA in Drama from Catholic University. His films and series have been featured at the ITVfest in Los Angeles, the Artemis Women in Action Film Festival and the Studio City Film Festival. While in DC he also worked as a fundraiser, writing numerous successful grant proposals to private foundations, corporate foundations, and government agencies such as the NEA.
At Lunacy, he is involved in fundraising and strategy for various projects, as well as assisting in the creation of Trunacy, a non-profit organization benefiting developing filmmakers and families seeking to preserve their family history.
When he’s not madly working on projects, he enjoys his time at home with his wife Betsy and two cats, Max and Furiosa, whose names are perfect.