Yaa Boaa’s path to Hollywood was unconventional to say the least. Armed with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Yaa Boaa headed back home to New York to begin a career in advertising. Quickly growing bored with the lack of creative expression in account management, she decided to try her hand at fashion show production with some of the most prominent houses in the world – Giorgio Armani, BCBG, Kenneth Cole, and Betsey Johnson to name just a few. Fashion show production lead to fashion styling, which lead to film costuming, which ultimately exposed her to the enduring art of filmmaking, working with such acclaimed directors as Tony Scott, Bill Condon and John Singleton.
Yaa Boaa is currently a Film Independent 'Project Involve' Fellow, class of 2014. She wrote, pitched, and won a grant to direct her latest short form project, Fanta Face, due for release at the LA Film Festival in June 2014. She also wrote and directed the award winning short film, The Prince of Venice, and is currently in post on experimental short, Zahara.
Ronald Lang is a widely acclaimed Writer/Producer who swept into Hollywood as a virtual unknown. He has worked in the shadow of many A-list celebrities, and has written some of the funniest material that launched many of their Hollywood careers....including actress Eva Mendez and Comedian/Actor Mike Epps (to name a few), after Writing and Executive producing the hit movie All About the Benjamins. ‘Ol’Skool’, as he is affectionately known in Hollywood circles, is a nick name given to him by Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx, because of his old school style basketball game. In 2005, Lang teamed up with Foxx on the production of Miami Vice and it was here that the grooming process began. He knew there was no better way to learn the business side of filmmaking other than shadowing two of Hollywood’s best - Legendary director Michael Mann and the ubiquitous Jamie Foxx. Lang has teamed up once again with Actor/Comedian Mike Epps to write and produce the upcoming project entitled The Not So Nice Nice Guy - a project on track to be picked up by one of the major studios. Lang is also in talks with Queen Latifah’s production arm, Flavor Entertainment, to write and produce an upcoming sequel, slated for release in 2014.
Russell Simmons is a master visionary, hip-hop entrepreneur and cultural icon. Over the course of the last 25 years, SImmons has systematically revolutionized every aspect or popular culture: in music, the immensely successful Def Jam recording; in television with HBO's "Def Comedy Jam" and "Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry"; on stage with the Award winning production "Russell Simmons Def Poetry on Broadyway"; in the fashion industry with the red-hot Phat Farm and Baby Phat clothing lines; in magazine publishing with "One World" Magazine; and in the community with Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation and the Hip Hop Summit Action Network.
An award-winning filmmaker with wide ranging talents and interests, Marc Pitre has pursued all aspects of motion picture production. As a producer and development executive, he has worked on major feature films in Australia, China,Thailand, Canada, England, and Croatia, including The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, starring Jet Li and Branden Fraser. As a student, his short film Show and Prove won awards and screened in festivals in New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Milan and Martha’s Vineyard. Recent producing efforts include Super Temps, shot in 3D for DirecTV, Matt & Kim’s music video Cameras, and several other web-‐based ,television and feature projects in development. A native of Seattle, Pitre received his B.A. in Economics from Whitman College and an M.F.A. from the University of Southern California’s prestigious School of Cinematic Arts. Pitre also volunteers his time with Young Storytellers Foundation and Reading to Kids,and is a member of the Board of Overseers at Whitman College.
A believer in life long education, Pitre also enjoys teaching producing and production at Loyola Marymount University’s School of Film and Television.