April 26-28, 2024 – Richmond, VA

Category: Media Production Guest (Page 1 of 2)

Count Gore De Vol

Count Gore De Vol began his career of hosting horror movies in 1973 on WDCA-TV in Washington, DC. In 1998, he took his program to the Internet, becoming the first horror host to do so. In 2018, he created his own Roku Channel, Count Gore De Vol Presents providing ten new video offerings every month.

Count Gore is played by actor Dick Dyszel, who also produces the program. He has appeared in several feature films including, The Alien Factor, Nightbeast, and Galaxy Invader, and was the subject of a feature length documentary on his career called Every Other Day is Halloween now available on an extended Blu-Ray.

Day Al-Mohamed

Day Al-Mohamed is an author, filmmaker, and disability policy advisor. Day has written two novels, Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn and more recently, The Labyrinth’s Archivist as well as multiple short stories and articles. She is a regular host on Idobi Radio’s Geek Girl Riot with a weekly audience of 100k+ listeners and a Founding Member of FWD-Doc (Documentary Filmmakers with Disabilities).

Her documentary, The Invalid Corps, about disabled Civil War soldiers, was licensed to Alaska Airlines and had its broadcast premiere on public television in 2020. She is currently working on a docu-series, Renegades, about role-breaking disabled leaders in history for American Masters/PBS digital, and is a proud producer of the feature documentary Unseen (POV, 2024). Day was named a DOC NYC 2021 Documentary New Leader and was part of the NBC 2022 Original Voices Fellowship class.

Outside of her creative work, Day is a policy expert with over 15 years of experience. The former White House Director of Disability Policy, she is a proven leader in inclusion and accessibility, policy development, organizational transformation, and innovative program design.

Day lives in Washington, DC with her wife, N.R. Brown, and her guide dog, Gamma.

Paul Barrett

Paul Barrett has had multiple careers, including rock and roll roadie, theater stage manager, television camera operator, mortgage banker, and support specialist for Microsoft Excel.

This eclectic mix allowed him to go into his true love: motion picture production. He has produced two feature films (Night Feeders, Cold Storage) and two documentaries. When not producing films, he works on them in various capacities, including script supervisor, prop master, or art department. His credits include The Angry Black Girl and Her Monster, The Eyes of Tammy Faye, Uncle Frank, Outcast, and Banshee, among many others.

Amidst all this, Paul has written and produced numerous commercial and industrial video scripts in his tenure with his former creative agency, Indievision. He has six novels in print, with more on the way. Four of his novels have been made into audiobooks.

Paul is an avid board gamer, miniatures painter, movie enthusiast, and all-around nerd. He lives in North Carolina with his film director/graphic designer husband, where they work as servants to four cats: Trixie, Buster, Yin, and Patches.

Sammie Cassell

Sammie is a North Carolina-based actor/filmmaker and comedian. He can be seen in big features (Halloween Kills), TV shows (Righteous Gemstones) or Indy films all over the east coast. He’s also known as Sammie the Comic Book Man, where he goes to schools and libraries and encourages kids to read, especially comic books. Doing comedy out of the Idiot Box in Greensboro, NC is a fairly new passion but no less enjoyable. Performing with the house improv troupe and the Channel 53 Sketch group, Sammie has learned an all-new aspect to performing. Check all his activities out at Sammie Cassell on any of the socials or at Wreakhavocproductions.com.

John Dimes aka Doctor Sarcofiguy

John Dimes aka Doctor Sarcofiguy is an illustrator/animator/actor/radio show host/horror host/writer and many other slashes that he can’t seem to remember right now. Oh, yeah, he is part of the Horror Host Hall of Fame. He is extremely humble, because he believes in “Humility Through Humiliation.”

Brian Cory Dobbs

Brian Cory Dobbs is an award-winning filmmaker, award-winning screenwriter, songwriter, recording artist, and web strategist. He recently released Blue Planet Red, an award-winning film on the history, evidence for life, and catastrophes that contributed to the death of Mars. See more of his work at BrianDobbs.com.

Ashley R. Hall

Ashley has spent the last fifteen years working in international and domestic film, television, and politics. As a screenwriter, she received accolades for her 2020 horror feature screenplay, The Cure. She was also hired to write short narrative trailers for the Something Wicked and Something Wonderful Music Festival. These films were released both to a live audience of more than 200,000 and on YouTube where they received over 150,000 views.

Ashley’s range of experience includes working in television as a post production coordinator for shows like Psych, Castle and Complications, writing and producing an international podcast, Square Peg, which now has 150,000 downloads, international work (the Australian sci-fi television pilot Soulkeeper starring Lachlan James), independent films (Sympathetic Details starring the cast of HBO’s The Wire) and comedy. For five years, she performed stand up, making regular appearances at Westside Theater and the Comedy Store in LA.

Ashley has done speech rewrites for congressional candidates, and twice appeared on NPR Weekend Edition. She has also worked professionally on five campaigns as a regional organizing director and campaign manager. She’s originally from outside of Richmond, VA and received her B.A. in Communications and Film at Virginia Tech. She loves her dog, her family, cooking, traveling and going to Gwarbar.

O. Hai Mark

O. Hai Mark is a twitch streamer, blogger, and podcaster that loves the oft-maligned movies that are considered terrible by other people’s standards. He streams Magic: The Gathering and other content most days of the week, hosts a weekly web show on terrible movies, and blogs about life as a geek. In addition, he has added short film producer to his bio this year, with two films making the festival circuit in 2024.

Nikole McDonald-Jones

a.k.a Spooni*

Nini is an artistof many disciplines. She is a classically trained operatic singer and pianist, a trained dancer and choreographer and holds a BFA in Illustration and Kinetic Imagery. She is a working actor (primarily voice since spring 2020), creates video content and develops for gaming projects. Before relocating to Raleigh, NC, she worked with production companies on area productions as a fight choreographer and props manager for many stunts and fight reels for actors. Nini has also been the voice of the Red Rocks Music Festival. Her work can be found all across the internet.

Steve Murphy

Meet Steve Murphy, an accomplished writer with a passion for storytelling. Together with his co-writer, Paul Barrett, Steve has successfully published three novels, while their fourth is currently undergoing developmental edits. They also have three exciting projects in the pipeline, showcasing their creative prowess. Notably, their collaborative screenplays have garnered recognition in esteemed national competitions, demonstrating their ability to captivate audiences on the big screen.

Steve’s life journey has taken him through various uniformed roles, instilling in him a strong sense of duty. Beginning with a four-year stint in the Navy as a Gunners Mate Missiles (GMM), he earned commendations such as the Navy Expeditionary Medal and Navy Unit Commendation. Building on this foundation, he transitioned to the Army, serving as a forward observer (FIST) for two years. Later, Steve dedicated 23 years of his life as a police officer in Charlotte, NC, with an impressive 14 years spent on the SWAT team, nine of which were as a skilled sniper.

Film production is not unfamiliar territory for Steve, who has embraced diverse roles in the industry. He has served as a military/law consultant on numerous projects, lending his expertise to ensure authenticity. Additionally, his experience as a set dresser for films and a lighting technician in live theater has honed his craft behind the scenes.

Beyond his professional achievements, Steve cherishes his role as a devoted father to two grown sons. Currently residing on a serene North Carolina farm, he shares his life with his loving wife, two dogs, and an elusive feline companion, adding a touch of mystery to his idyllic surroundings.

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