RUST CREEK marks the eighth feature film Stu Pollard has produced, in whole or part, in his home state of Kentucky. Other recent producing credits include Jeff Chan and Andrew Rhymer’s uproarious rom-com PLUS ONE (Winner of the Audience Award at Tribeca), Alexandra Shiva’s Syrian refugee documentary THIS IS HOME (produced in partnership with Blumhouse, 2018 Sundance Audience Award), the powerful high school drama AND THEN I GO (2017 LA Film Festival premiere, directed by Vincent Grashaw), and Ani Simon Kennedy’s moving drama THE SHORT HISTORY OF THE LONG ROAD (2019 Tribeca Film Festival).
Stu 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 production slate includes Kentucky-based supernatural thriller, THE TRESTLE; marijuana farming docu-drama FREELAND (written and directed by Mario Furloni and Kate McLean); and the dark comedy series KAREN CORMIER: DISCOUNT MEDIUM FOR HIRE (written by Ryan Gilmour and Ashley Ellis).
Stu has also directed two features: NICE GUYS SLEEP ALONE and KEEP YOUR DISTANCE. In his spare time he teaches at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts and Film Independent. 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 Governors.
Director of Development
A Connecticut native, Harris received bachelor’s degrees 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 that are full of potential, 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 the 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 Productions Blog.
Post Production Supervisor
Alexandra is a director, editor, voice artist, and illustrator with over 12 years of video experience. She received her MFA from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts program in December 2012, with an emphasis in directing. Prior to that, she graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a major in Film & Media Studies and a minor in Archaeology.
In addition to filling the Post Production Supervisor role at Lunacy, Alexandra is also a storyboard artist, graphic designer, and illustrator. Her storyboard credits include: Lunacy’s thriller RUST CREEK, Bryan Singer and Felicia Day’s SPOOKED, an Emmy Award-Winning PSA for the “Help A Soldier Heal” Foundation, and more. She has also worked her storyboarding magic on spec for Stan Lee and Phil X & The Drills.
When not on the clock for Lunacy, Alexandra produces video content for social media, and hosts on a popular Youtube Channel, Pop Culture Universe.
Daniel is a writer, director, editor, and improviser. Originally from St. Petersburg, FL, 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, marketing strategy and comedy development. He served as the assistant editor on Lunacy’s thriller RUST CREEK, and also supervised the creation of the film’s Behind-the-Scenes content.
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 improv comedy around Los Angeles and is a regular contributor to the online film publication CineNation.
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