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TEAM

THE PROMISE

TORBEN BECH

WRITER / DIRECTOR / PRODUCER

Torben holds an MFA from the Norwegian Film School in scriptwriting. Bech is a two-time Sundance recipient and has worked both as a director and scriptwriter for over 10 years.

 

He has worked on tv series for DR, directed and written the feature, Nuummioq (Sundance 2010), written Bridgend (Tribeca 2015), The Comet 2017, and is an episode writer of eight episodes for Thannanaya, a DR production 2018. 

BO BILSTRUP

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY / PRODUCER

Bo’s work has been nominated for a Kodak Award, BAFTA and EMMY. Bo is a two time Sundance recipient. His work has received grants and accolades for his achievements within his field. His film, Nuummioq, was highly praised for the cinematography in Variety and The Hollywood Reporter during screenings at Sundance 2010 and was shortlisted for a 2011 Oscar. 

 

He is currently in high demand as a cinematographer on both sides of the Atlantic.
Bo has developed his own distinctive style of cinematography with a keen artistic and versatile understanding of the interplay between light and motion. He strives to create an environment of meticulously placed light to illuminate, but never distract from the inner human experience told by the actor and captured by the camera.

MAGNUS KRISTIANSEN

PRODUCER

Magnus is a Norwegian producer and holds an MSc in Innovation and
Entrepreneurship at BI Norwegian School of Management and UC Berkeley, a BA in Film
and Television Science at Lillehammer University College and an MFA at The Norwegian
Film School as producer.

 

Kristiansen has worked with media and tech-startups in Silicon
Valley for 6 + years and also runs a video-production company. Kristiansen has
produced the Norwegian features The Comet and As I Fall, both to be released late 2017.

MICHAEL RAY ESCAMILLA

LEAD ACTOR, PRODUCER

Both an accomplished stage and screen actor, Michael Ray has appeared opposite Robert Duvall in A NIGHT IN OLD MEXICO, alongside Laura Linney in Showtime's THE BIG C, was part of an ensemble cast that included Ed Harris, Eva Longoria & Michael Peña in FRONTERA, HOT PURSUIT with Reese Witherspoon and Sofía Vergara and Steven Caple Jr.'s THE LAND, which premiered at SUNDANCE.

 

He received the prestigious OBIE Award for his performance in Heather Woodbury's A TALE FOR TWO CITIES in New York City, a HELEN HAYES Award from the Kennedy Center in Washington DC for his performance in Craig Wright's RECENT TRAGIC EVENTS, and the San Antonio Film Festival's Grand Jury Prize for BEST ACTOR Award for the lead performance in his own film CRUZANDO.

 

Michael's upcoming projects include the Indie feature UNDER MY SKIN, along with the dark comedy EL TONTO opposite Charlie Day and Kate Beckinsale, both set to be released in 2020. Currently, he can be seen in all three seasons of John Singleton’s television show, SNOWFALL, on FX.

THERESA BURKHART GALLAGHER

PRODUCER

Theresa Burkhart Gallagher is a writer, producer, and actress based in Los Angeles and working in stage, television, and film. Her scripts are lauded as “rapid fire Lucy Ricardo routines interpreted by Cheech & Chong” (Backstage West), “acerbically golden” (Entertainment Weekly), and “guaranteed to leave you howling!” (Los Angeles Magazine).

 

Theresa’s short film Schmoolie the Deathwatcher, praised as “a stunning gem” (HuffPost), is now streaming on Amazon and she also produced the recent Amazon Prime stand up comedy specials Matt Gallagher: A Stumble in the Woods and Jimmy Shin’s A Wok of Shame.

 

Alongside Jim Gaffigan and Anna Gunn, Theresa has a supporting role in the indie comedy Being Frank, directed by Miranda Bailey and opening in theaters this summer.

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She is currently in development for both the feature Schmoolie the Deathwatcher and the comedy series Honey and Clover: A Recipe for Disaster with Jackie Monahan, and in pre-production for the feature film The Promise, written by Torben Bech and set to begin principal photography in the fall of 2020.

 

Dedicated to diversity and to singular storytelling as writer, producer, and actress, Theresa is drawn to creating deeply flawed characters: those at their very lowest points and at crossroads. Audiences find themselves rooting for these unique underdogs on their unexpected and darkly comical journeys to heroism.

ELIZABETH GRACE

PRODUCER

Elizabeth Grace is an accomplished actress, producer, and director. She trained at Webster Conservatory in St. Louis, MO and has performed in theatres across the country. On screen, aside from numerous commercials, Elizabeth leads the feature film 2 Gentlemen of Verona, and is featured in Wish Man, currently playing in theaters nationwide. 

 

Elizabeth co-owns WildBird Studios, a Phoenix-based production company that has produced 6 short films and award-winning commercial content. She currently has two feature films in development and will soon release ‘The Cause’, a short film adaptation of Shakespeare’s Othello which she produced & stars in.

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CéSAR GARCIA

PRODUCER

A native of the Rio Grande Valley, César is an accomplished actor, writer and producer. He trained at Webster Conservatory and has appeared in numerous films and national commercials including GoDaddy, Walmart, Tilted Kilt, Peter Piper Pizza, Petsmart, and more.

 

César co-owns Phoenix based production company WildBird Studios, where he serves as a writer and producer. Cèsar's recent work includes short films: 'Back Home' and 'The Cause', a short film adaptation of Shakespeare's Othello.

 

He is currently writing and developing two feature films.

SALVADOR CHACON

LINE PRODUCER

Salvador Chacon was born in Mexico City, and since a very young age was drawn to performing, filmmaking and creative arts. After graduating from the drama program at The University of Texas-Pan American he started working on professional film sets in different departments, from camera to sound, and art direction. He formalized his producing career in 2009 when he was hired to produce the large format reality show Paradise Hotel.

 

After moving to Los Ángeles in 2010 he founded Wild Goats Creative together with his brothers, where they produce high-end advertising, print campaigns, branded content, as well as shorthand long format narrative projects. Wild Goats latest film "Santa Ana" is premiering this September at the London Raindance Film Festival.