Writer, Director, Producer, Actor
Bryan Fitzgerald is an actor, writer, director and producer. During his late teens, he struggled with abuse of alcohol, drugs and prescription pills and was hospitalized for a week due to a drug-related injury. Bryan finally promised himself to change after destroying relationships, love, and nearly himself due to his recklessness. In 2012, Bryan wrote Under Water. He wishes to help others avoid the dark struggles he lived through; to show the importance of finding the light and living a positive life; to help others separate themselves from harm, both social and physical; and to save a life.
Co-Director, Producer, Actor
Valery Lessard was born in Montreal, Québec, and has trained in Theater, Film, and Art Design in Montreal and New York City. Although Val never struggled with alcoholism or drug addiction, her heart is struck by Under Water after losing close friends to the same issue. The film is Val’s way to bring awareness to this issue, to save lives, and is a dedication in their memory.
Producer, Assistant Director
Mónica line-produced the feature film Split with award-winning director Deborah Kampmeier. She directed/co-produced her second short film Complete Sentences, and produced/acted in the short film Derailing. Mónica became part of the Labyrinth Theatre Workshop Ensemble in 2013, directing her first on-stage show, I Just Want To Look Good Naked. She worked for the Havana Film Festival in New York and is the Producer of the Icaro Film Festival New York. Monica is in the process of raising funds for 3 feature films.
Sharif El Neklawy
Director of Photography
"Seeking the better fuels my life, both creatively and personally. I'm very passionate about the moving image and believe it to have the highest potential for artistic expression. Regardless of the project, I'm always striving to make it unique and make it stand out. Sharing in the creative process with friends and strangers alike, through a common bond, is what makes what we, as filmmakers, do special and exciting every time."
Justin graduated with Honors from the School of Visual Arts (SVA) with a BFA in Film/Video, Concentration in Cinematography. Placebo, Justin's thesis film and first feature was a Remi Award Winner at WorldFest Houston. Justin's freshman year college film Silence won Best College Student Film at the Garden State Film Festival. At the age of 19, Justin became the youngest filmmaker to have a film officially selected to the Internationales Filmfest Oldenburg (Enamour). Justin is currently in post-production on his second feature film, Minor Motion Picture.