Neighbors the Film

Directed by Rachel Goldberg, a participant in the AFI Directing Workshop for Women

Rachel GoldbergRachel Goldberg (Director) — Rachel Goldberg earned her BA in Theater and Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and her MFA in Directing for Theater, Film and Television from the California Institute of the Arts. She has had the great pleasure of working in the editing department of Kill Bill: Vol. 2 with Quentin Tarantino, and was one of 16 filmmakers chosen from around the world to study under David Sacks (The Simpsons) and Jason Venokur (3rd Rock from the Sun) as a Jewish Impact Films Fellowship Recipient. Her work in film and television has garnered numerous awards including the Broader Vision Award from the Garden State Film Festival, and the Best Pilot award at the Las Vegas International Film Festival. Her theater production of Vern Theissens’s Apple at Theatre 40 was described as “poetry in motion” by the LA Weekly, and “stunning,” by the LA Stage Scene. She has taught writing, directing and acting at the University of Pennsylvania, the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and at the LA Feature Film Academy. Most recently she was hired to direct the feature film, Blue Paradise. She is proud to be a participant in the prestigious AFI Directing Workshop for Women.
jonatanevans1Jonathan Pope Evans (Writer) — Jonathan Pope Evans grew up on a cattle farm in rural Alabama where he created strange theatre productions as a child.  He later left the farm and started singing and dancing in professional theatre, most notably in productions of Will Roger’s Follies and Crazy For You.  At age 24, he decided to make his way across the country to Hollywood, California.  In Deming, NM his car broke down, and he was rescued from death by two amazing lesbian mechanics.  After four days of being fed delicious burritos and grape Kool-Aid in Barbie cups, he continued his arduous journey to sunny CA.  Later, he earned his MFA in Theatre and Film Directing at California Institute of the Arts, worked as assistant to acclaimed filmmaker Nina Menkes, and began directing commercials, indie films, and television promos.  In 2001, he wrote the award winning play And David Danced which was shown at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.  He has won awards for playwriting, commercial directing, acting, and filmmaking.  He has taught acting and filmmaking at Theatre of Arts, American Academy of Dramatic Arts, American Musical and Dramatic Academy, The Feature Film Academy, CalArts, California State University, and The Tom Todoroff Acting Studio.
sarahSara Scott (Producer) — As an independent producer, Sara has many film and tv projects in development and has produced multiple short films including MAN WHERE’S MY SHOE?, a product of Film Outreach LA – a program she co-founded to benefit at-risk youth.  Sara has also worked as a development executive, most recently at Harpo Films.  She graduated from The University of Pennsylvania.
elinoreEleonore Dailly (Producer) — Eleonore Dailly is an energetic filmmaker, who left a successful legal career to pursue her dream of fostering change through narrative films and documentary projects with a strong social message. Her credits include Dirt! The Movie, a feature length award-winning film about the life beneath our feet, which premiered at Sundance in 2009, and Chicas: Sean Discretas, a feature length documentary that follows three courageous streetwalkers who fight for their rights as women in poverty-stricken Argentina. She is currently in production on a film about the life and art of famed Cuban-American artist, Jorge Pardo, and in pre-production on Mouton Village, a broad comedy about clashing cultures. She has trained in both the independent and the studio realm, including Dreamworks and for Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen’s production company at Paramount Pictures. Previously, Eleonore practiced international civil litigation and human rights law in New York City and Paris, and worked as a public policy advocate in Argentina, Kenya and Uganda. In 2007, she was awarded the prestigious Debra Hill Fellowship for promising, young female filmmakers for her work in film. That accolade came on the heels of Eleonore’s intense training at the University of Southern California’s Peter Stark Producer Program and a law degree from Columbia Law School.
ArtArt Helterbran, Jr. (Producer) — Art is also a mad genius who is incredibly shy, so I am writing his bio for him too 🙂 He is a brilliant writer/director who earned his MFA in Directing from the California Institute of the Arts. He has directed music videos, films and television shows. You can check out his work at
Susannah Hicks-DeBard (Producer) — Susannah is a native California and recent graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy’s BFA program. She is thrilled to be working on Neighbors and excited to be part of this awesome team. Susannah has performed as an actress throughout the Los Angeles theater scene, in numerous independent films and is currently in pre-production on her first documentary.
bela goldbergBela Goldberg (Executive Producer) — Bela began her venture into producing at a very young age. After becoming a connoisseur of films such as “The Princess and the Frog,” “Alvin and the Chipmunks” and “Curious George and the Man with the Yellow Hat,” Bela knew a life of entertainment was in her future. She has memorized every word of “Annie” and “Mary Poppins” and her favorite TV show is “Glee.” No stranger to acting, she stars in such hits as “Bela Holds a Job Interview” and the national ad campaign for The National As a director, Bela is unrivaled in telling other people what to do. Bela graduated from The Tisch Preschool of the Arts with high honors.
solamark1Jaime Becker and Sola Rose Mak (Executive Producers) — Jaime Becker and Sola Rose Mak started Be CAUSE Events ( in order to promote their biggest passion: helping others. Both are very active in the community and volunteer with various organizations. The Be CAUSE Events team has worked with many organizations such as The Art Of Elysium, Vista Del Mar, Camp Max Straus, Help For Orphans International, International Green Shield, Shriner’s Hospital, Children’s Hospital, Therapeutic Living Centers for the Blind, and Young Playwrights Inc. and many more. Jaime is also a produced Comedy TV Writer and Playwright. Sola is also a fine artist and floral designer.
Sireesha, Jay Kaiden and Ayan Adya (Associate Producer)
tessa-bell-resizedTessa Bell (Line Producer) — Tessa Bell began her career in media at CBS Sixty Minutes and the CBS Evening News. After working her way up the production ladder, she broke the first on air story about the devastating impact of chlorofluorocarbons on the environment, a story which ultimately lead to their illumination in the United States. Her career was cut short by the arrival of her daughter, and the choice – unusual at the time – to not return to CBS, but craft an independent career in film and television. Immediately two opportunities presented themselves: creating the FYI Column for the brand new Premiere Magazine, and producing films for Bell Atlantic. This work led to the building of Infinity Films & Video, Inc. a film and video company producing for Fortune 500 companies, and finding the time to create more inspiring entertainment in the form of short children’s films. In the mid-nineties, Infinity Films turned a corner and began producing live off Broadway cabaret shows until Sept 11, 2001, when New York’s theatrical industry came to a screeching halt. A brief detour into real estate and construction, during which time Tessa built a steel erection company, was blessedly shortened by the decision to move to Los Angeles and resurrect her film and tv talents. Moving to LA has brought tremendous opportunities, including working with Women In Film, and many talented producers, directors, writers and actors.
Polly Morgan (Director of Photography) — After gaining top Honors in her Undergraduate Degree in the UK, Polly worked for Ridley Scott Productions in London and established herself as a 2nd Camera Assistant, working for six years throughout the UK and Canada on International feature films and commercials.

Always dreaming to be a Cinematographer, It was Polly’s goal to attend AFI and after receiving a Fulbright Fellowship, her dream became reality. Her 16mm project from her first year was one of very few to be selected for AFI’s Cinematography Showcase in 2009, and her second year 35mm project headlined the Showcase in 2010. Her work was selected for the Kodak Scholarship Program and she received the highest honor from a Philanthropy Program for a documentary she made on disadvantaged children. 

Polly has spent the last twelve being mentored by Wally Pfister, ASC. She worked along side him during “Inception” and continues to work with him on other projects. AFI alumni himself, Wally has been a great teacher and inspiration to Polly and has given a new level of maturity and elegance to her work.

Reggie Spangler (Editor) — Reggie Spangler is an accomplished TV and film editor. He has worked on shows for ABC, CBS, HBO, Lifetime, Spike TV, and Discovery to name a few. In 2007 he was nominated for an Emmy award for his work on the Dr. Phil Show. Reggie is originally from Tucson, Arizona, and graduated from the Media Arts program at the University of Arizona. Reggie earned an MFA in Film Directing from CalArts, and is a member of the Motion Picture Editors Guild as well as the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Reggie recently completed his own short film “Made With Love” which competed and won the Art House Co-op 30 Second Film Festival. He is also an avid coffee roaster and likes insanely hoppy beer.
robin-lippin-resizedRobin Lippin (Casting Director) — Robin was born in NY and went to Boston University. She always knew she wanted to be either a Talent Agent or a Casting Director so she moved out to LA after college. She worked as a casting assistant on an Aaron Spelling show which she took over the next year. She worked with Aaron for 7 years until she went on her own as an independent Casting Director. She worked on all versions of Saved By The Bell, TV movies, features, pilots and series such as Happy Family, Lizzie McGuire, State of Grace and more. She gave Jennifer Garner her first job on a TV miniseries called Zoya. She also cast Gerard Butler in his American TV debut in a miniseries called Attila. In the last two years, she has cast 3 web series: Gemini Division starring Rosario Dawson, Woke Up Dead with Jon Heder, Josh Gad and Krysten Ritter and Valemont for MTV with Kristin Hager, Nikki Blonsky. Two pilots that she cast with a partner, The Beautiful Life and Life Unexpected were both picked up for series. Life Unexpected has just been renewed for its second season on the CW. Robin loves casting enjoying the excitement of discovering new talent along with watching the careers of those actors who continue to challenge themselves with different kinds of projects.
Greg NicolettGreg Nicolett (Music) — Greg’s music has enlivened the drama in some of today’s most popular television shows, commercials, and indie films. For the 2011 mobster feature Chicago Overcoat (starring Frank Vincent, Katherine Narducci, Armand Assante) Greg uniquely combines elements of spaghetti westerns and noir, while his scores for the CW’s web spin offs Smallville: The Vengeance Chronicles (2007) and The Vampire Diaries: A Darker Truth (2009) preserve the tone of the series while expanding on the thematic content. In 2010, Greg’s music was heard nationally for several Old Navy and Microsoft ad campaigns. His score for Keegan Wilcox’s “Porcelain Unicorn” helped it win “Grand Prize” in Ridley Scott’s Parallel Lines competition. In 2004, Greg composed an electronica driven score for Rene Alberta’s short film above and beneath, which screened at the 2005 Sundance and Toronto film festivals. Other recent projects include additional music for the romantic comedy Barry Munday (with Chloë Sevigny, Patrick Wilson, Judy Greer) orchestrations for the horror feature 30 Days of Night: Dark Day, and a live orchestral score for a new adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s chilling thriller The Small Assassin. In his spare time, Greg plays trombone with the LA based band Killsonic and is a proud member of the Young Winos LA Chapter. Visit his website.
Ian Forester (Production Designer)
Annie Lukowski (Art Director)
Emily Gomez (Set Decorator)
Darragh Marmorstein (Costume Designer)
Michelle Michalak (Hair/Make-Up)
Shoshana Segal (Hair/Make-Up Assistant)
Heather Karasek (Costume Assistant)
Mary Shellogg (Script Supervisor)
Darius Siwek (1st Assistant Director)
Lauren Gray (2nd Assistant Director)
Sandro Del Rosario (Story Board Artist)
Wade Morrison (Lead Man)
Brandon Cater (Assistant Production Designer)
Alexandria Mosley (Property Master)
Sara Gunderson (Set Dressing)
Thomas Curley (Sound Mixer)
Lianto PoedijonoLianto Poedijono (Boom Operator) — Check out Lianto’s IMDB page here.
Annette Sowell (Sound Effects Editor)
Derek Alan JonesDerek Alan Jones (Re-recording Mixer) — Derek has always been a hard working and driven individual. From an early age he began working as a professional musician and won numerous awards throughout high school for his performances. Derek’s hard work paid off, and he received several scholarships to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he studied all aspects of music from performance to film scoring to engineering. Derek graduated Berklee Cum Laude with a Bachelors Degree in music, and then moved to the creative center of the entertainment industry, Los Angeles, California, where he currently resides.

Once in L.A. Derek quickly landed jobs as a producer, sound engineer and mixer. Some of the artists he has worked with include Major Label artists David Hollister (Universal Music Group), DJ Quik (Universal Music Group), Javier (Capitol Records), Stacie Orrico (Virgin Records), The Apex Theory (Dreamworks), Michael Franks (Koch) and producers “the Hitman” Howie Tee (Special Ed, Chubb Rock, The Real Roxanne, Color Me Badd), Matt Rohde (American Idol, Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson) and two-time Grammy Award Winner, Jimmy Haslip (Chaka Khan, Bruce Hornsby, The Yellow Jackets) to name a few. He has also done recording and mixing for the TV Networks NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX, TBS, UPN, MSNBC, Clear Channel.

In Derek’s 10 year tenure at Megatrax (one of the largest independent production companies specializing in music for use in TV and Film) he has recorded, edited, mixed, and helped produce over 200 CDs of music in every style and format imaginable. From a Hip-hop to a 40-piece orchestra to a 20-piece big band to a heavy metal power trio, he has literally done it all (and everything in between)! Recently some of Derek’s compositions for Megatrax have been used in ‘Perfect Holiday’ starring Queen Latifah and by the Discovery network and MTV, as well as heavy usage internationally.

Under the tutelage of Victoria Rose Sampson, Derek has been following his love for movies, and is very active working in post-production sound for independent films and TV shows, specializing in Sound Supervision, Music and Dialogue editing and Re-recording Mixing. Some of the award winning projects Derek has worked on include Trail End (feat. Barry Corbin), Chicago Overcoat (feat Frank Vincent), Broken Circle (feat Michael Badalucco), Waiting For Yvette (feat Wendy Malek),Take2 (feat Anson Williams and Don Most), Harley Davidson’s “Her Need for Speed” ad and promo campaign, Direct TV’s – “Call of the Wild” campaign, the Documentaries “Girls in the Band” and “Spiritual Revolution”. For a complete list of credits please go to

Derek was nominated for a Grammy at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards (2011) in the “Best Contemporary Jazz” category, for his work with jazz legend Jeff Lorber. Derek has also been featured in an article for AVID’s Digizine magazine. The two-page article about Derek appeared in the Winter 2007 edition. He was also asked to speak at the 123rd Annual Audio Engineering Society (AES) convention as part of a panel discussing audio mastering for new media (games, commercials, promos, trailers, webcasts, etc).

Derek’s enthusiasm and creativity drives him to excel in everything he does, from performing to composing to mixing and editing. In his work, as in his life, Derek always strives for perfection, never settling for anything less.

Jen MaloneJen Malone (Music Supervisor) — Jen Malone began her career in the music industry working at Formula PR in NYC, representing Nine Inch Nails, Portishead, The Crystal Method, Chemical Brothers, Placebo, and many more. After her experience in NYC, she started her own agency, Black & White Entertainment working with renowned national and international artists and labels, including The Hives, The Hellacopters, Backyard Babies, and Hydra Head Records, among many others. After an extremely successful run in PR, Jen decided to switch gears and moved Los Angeles to pursue a career in music supervision. She began working with some of the most reputable film supervisors in the field, Dave Jordan and Julia Michels and collaborated with them on high profile, music-intensive films including Iron Man 2, Sex and the City 2 and The Blind Side (2010 Best Picture Academy Award).

Jen is currently lending her expertise to projects for MTV, including the groundbreaking series The Vice Guide to Everything as well as Vice’s non-MTV projects, including The Creators Project, various Vice Broadcasting System TV Shows, and most recently, Noisey, (, a video-driven music discovery platform, documenting the most talented emerging musicians from around the world. In addition to MTV, Jen is also working on the film Live At Preservation Hall: A Louisiana Fairytale, a documentary about the collaboration between visionaries My Morning Jacket and the legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

Daniel HoffmanDaniel Hoffman (Special Effects/Compositing) Daniel Forrest Hoffman is a Philadelphia based videographer, prop builder/designer, animator, sculptor, and professor at Philadelphia University. While completing his BFA in ceramics at Tyler School of Art at Temple University, he pursued a parallel track in animation and video. He worked as an animator for the Wachovia Center and Spectrum, creating graphics for the Philadelphia Sports teams and operating the Jumbotron during live events. Upon receiving a full fellowship to pursue his MFA he left for The Ohio State University. Since then he has produced and animated a number of music videos and commercials, as well as built props for television and live performance. His fine art has won numerous awards and has been on display at museums and galleries around the nation. He currently maintains a studio in Philadelphia and teaches video production and art history at Kutztown University.
William J. MeyerWilliam J. Meyer (Visual Effects Artist) — William has been making short films ever since the 80’s, when he and his younger brother ran through a Wisconsin forest toting a gargantuan VHS camcorder. He first fell in love with cinéma when a montage of clips from the films of Akira Kurosawa aired on the Academy Awards.

His most recent film, The House That Jack Built, is distributed through Ouat Media. Link.

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Brian Danner (Stunt & Fight Coordinator)
Christy Hauptman (Stunt Double: Kelli Garner)
Adam Critchlow (Stunt Double: Sasha Roiz)
Jason FracaroJason Fracaro (Assistant: Ms. Goldberg)
David Artavia (Assistant: Ms. Scott)
Mike Valentine (1st Assistant Camera)
Zach Zdziebko (2nd Assistant Camera)
Taylor Beumel (2nd Assistant Camera)
Janice Min (2nd Assistant Camera)
GrahamGraham Phoenix (Casting Assistant) — was originally born and raised in Viet Nam, Vung Tau. His family left Viet Nam and starts a new life in America in 1998. At the age of 17, Graham decided to move to New York to pursue his dream for acting at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy where he got his training. Graham has performed throughout Iowa, New York, and Los Angeles both on stage and film. He is very excited to be a part of this beautiful film.
Jose Danner (Gaffer)
Leslie Bumgarner (Additional Gaffer)
Zac Donner (Best Boy Grip)
Bobby Fever (Dolly Grip)
Michael Rha (Dolly Grip)
Mike Stanislawski (Dolly Grip)
James Germann (Best Boy Electric)
Austen Hoogen — Check out Austen’s work here.
Jet Ayala (Electrician)
Nick Bupp (Electrician)
Eric Ornelas (Electrician)
James Sullivan (Electrician)
Reese Sylvester (Electrician)
Kevin Boot (Grip)
Tom Connolly (Grip)
Zac Donner (Grip)
Elton James (Grip)
Cory Musselman (Grip)
Colin Olsen (Grip)
Loren White (Color Timer)
Les Halstead (Driver)
Miriam Davies (Location Manager) — Check out Miriam here.
Alicia Yelverton (Choreographer)
Lauren McNulty (Researcher Extraordinaire) — Because Lauren is very modest, Rachel is writing this bio for her 🙂 Lauren hails from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where she earned her BA in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. There she honed her sleuthing skills and soon after began working for the Inspector General’s Office of Health and Human Services. There she used her talents to uncover and expose Medicare fraud. She has spoken before Congress and is an overall sleuthing genius. Out of the kindness of her heart, she has been using her inspector skills to research agoraphobia, undiscovered talent on youtube, and how to keep a crazy curly haired someone, who will remain unnamed, from going absolutely bonkers.
Savannah Schoenecker (Stand-in: Kelli Garner & Mageina Tova )
Paula Acuna (Production Assistant)
Bianca Guevara (Production Assistant)
Zachary Kapp (Production Assistant)
Jennifer Stang (Production Assistant)
Cooper BatesCooper Bates (Still Photographer) — Cooper Bates manages all aspects of Hint Mint, the original designer breath mint company which he co-founded, as well as the Los Angeles Idea Project The actor/ director-turned entrepreneur began his journey in Hill City, Kansas. He brings an appreciation for adventure and a love of storytelling to his creative endeavors of acting, writing and photography.
Laurie Blitz (Still Photographer)
Amber Dailey (Still Photographer)
Mary Gonzales (Still Photographer)
Katrina Marcinowski (Still Photographer)
William J. Meyer (Title Designer)
Jerome Halligan (Web Designer)
Uzi Moses (Web Designer)
andreas kirnAndreas Kirn (Web Programmer)
kobi_adato-resizedKobi Adato (Graphic Designer)
sam_croppedSam Maghawiri (Graphic Designer)Sam at BeHanceSam at LinkedIn
Israel Breslav (Homepage Image Designer) — Israel is 31 years old. He lives and works in Tel Aviv. He graduated from Bezalel, Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem in 2006. He is head of the Art department at Rhino-Gravity. His personal work can be found here.