Director | Ryan Gregory Phillips
After studying directing at Long Island University's Film program, Phillips went on to receive a Bachelor in Media Arts from The University Of South Carolina. A director and self-taught cinematographer, Phillips takes on the additional role of producer within The Paradise Collective, as well as acting as artist management for several of the collective's members.
He has over fifteen national and international awards with short format films, which have led to other music video and feature film productions. Phillips' work within The Collective includes the latest music video for Neon Hitch, "Sparks," which has been featured on the front page of Vevo, as well as MTV. His music video for Eriel Indigo's "Innocence" premiered on Revolt TV. He directed a commercial spot for Kahlua, featuring Jeff Bridges while filming the new skateboarding documentary for VICE sports. Phillips is also involved in multiple TV and online publications which he is actively directing as well as acting post supervisor on.
Ryan Gregory Phillips conceived The Paradise Collective as a sanctuary for like-minded, dedicated artists to create, collaborate and find financial success through their work. An award-winning filmmaker, Phillips created a collaborative environment for artists to work freely and build their brand, fostering a blend of business ethics and creativity. Knowing the struggle of working a day-job to pay for your art, Phillips, a former bartender, wanted nothing more than to make art and make money from his craft. This desire is what motivated him to develop a haven for artists, a community dedicated to nurturing artists and their success.
Phillips draws upon his own professional experiences to mentor and motivate the artist members of The Paradise Collective. He endeavors to help them find the shortest distance between concept and success. He advocates for artistic awareness, preparedness and patience. He places a strong emphasis on maintaining a 'ready for anything' mentality. Phillips' own idea of paradise; the ability to continually create, while caring for family and friends with no financial worries, easily explains his choice of name for The Paradise Collective. It is a goal he set not only for himself, but also for artists with whom he collaborates.
Director of Photography | Lucas Gath
In his early career, Lucas decided to turn down Columbia University to work on the Nicolas Entel film Sins of my Father. The film was presented in competition at the Sundance Film Festival as he simultaneously finished his BA degree in film from the City University Of New York. Since, Lucas Gath has traveled to more than 50 countries shooting feature films, documentaries, commercials and music videos. His work has been showcased at Sundance, Cannes short film corner, HBO, BBC, and Netflix among others.
Although he was educated in the US, Lucas grew up in Argentina, which has lead him to principle photography work on every continent. The crisp quality of his camera work has resulted in an extensive and diverse reel, which has yielded 14 domestic and international awards and drawing the eye of big-name directors, notably Michael Moore. Gath has completed works with music artist Ricky Martin and hip-hop/ pop star, Pitbull. He has worked with all qualities of camera and film and is a pioneer of the profession, having displayed the most modern and up to the minute techniques in his work.
Producer | Tony Mancilla
After being mentored by Scott Franklin, producer of Black Swan, and Steve Bunnell, formerly of The Weinstein Co., Tony produced two documentaries, a handful of independent features, and entered into the commercial world directly as a producer. His work has brought him around the world with clients such as Coca-Cola, AT&T, VICE, Citi Group, and UNICEF maximizing his multilingual and culturally adaptive talents. In 2010 he produced the U.S. shoot of "Eurotrapped" writted by and starring Bobby Kennedy III and featuring Alec Baldwin and Alessandra Mastronardi. The film was distributed theatrically in over 20 countries throughout the world and ignited Tony's long standing friendship and work relationship with Bobby. In 2014, he executive produced "The Invitation" with Lindsay producing alongside Martha Griffith, XYZ Films, directed by Karyn Kusama (Girlfight, AEon Flux, Jennifer’s Body) and written by Matt Manfredi and Phil Hay (Clash of the Titans, Ride Along). "The Invitation" is premiering on the opening night of this year's SXSW Film Festival and was invited to the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival. Tony is currently working with a few colleagues to raise a fund to slate a handful of films intelligently strategizing financial investments into the film industry with minimal commitment and maximum rewards.
Producer | Lindsay Lanzillotta
Lindsay is a multi-media producer with a background in film, television and theatre. In Toronto, Canada she produced television, independent theatre, short and feature length films. She was lead producer on Candleridge Entertainment's first film, "The Vicious Kind" starring Adam Scott (Black Mass, Parks and Recreation), Brittany Snow (Pitch Perfect 1,2) and JK Simmons (Whiplash, Spiderman 1,2,3); written and directed by Lee Toland Krieger (Age of Adeline, Celeste and Jesse Forever) and Executive Produced by Neil LaBute (Death of a Funeral, The Shape of Things). "The Vicious Kind" was an Official Selection of the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated in 2010 for two Film Independent Spirit Awards for Best Screenplay and Best Male Lead. Adam Scott won Best Performance at the Birmingham Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival and Best Actor at the Strasbourg International Film Festival. It was also honored with the Emerging Filmmaker Award at the Denver International Film Festival, and won Best Narrative Feature at the New Orleans Festival. Lindsay is acting as co-producer along side producer Martha Griffin on The Invitation, a psychological thriller directed by Karyn Kasuma (Girlfight, AEon Flux, Jennifer’s Body), written by Matt Manfredi and Phil Hay (Clash of the Titans, Ride Along). "The Invitation" premiered as the opening night midnight selection of the SXSW Film Festival in 2015 to critical acclaim and was sold to Alamo Drafthouse and Netflix for release in March of 2016. "The Invitation" was honored with the grand prize win at the Strasbourg European Fantastic Film Fest 2015, the International Critic's Award at the Neuchatel International Fantasy Film Festival and took best picture at the 48th Sitges Film Festival.
Juanita Ringeling as Isabel
Chilean born, Ringeling lived her childhood and youth in Cachagua, a rural town at Central Chile´s Pacific coastline. Following her passion for acting, she moved to the capital, Santiago, and enrolled into Universidad Catolica´s Acting School. Driven by her need to explore non-conventional theatre she committed to three months at the Double Edge Theatre in Ashfiels M.A. and later completed two workshops, one at the Odin Theater in Denmark and another at “Teatro de los Sentidos” in Malacahuello.
Restless and multifaceted, she has achieved a growing career as an actress, singer and producer. Ringeling has had leading roles in movies, theater, television and web productions, standing out in "Bim Bam Bum" (TV Serial), 09 (movie), "The Beauty and the Beast" (musical), among others.
Her director and producer facet has gained her recognition for several successful projects, such as the Theatre Workshop for Convicts, the Cultural TV show “Carnaval”, and a recent documentary on the making of Matías Oviedo music band´s fourth album.
Since 2013 her passion for singing has grown momentum, being responsible for interpreting part of the musical soundtrack of the TV series "Bim Bam Bum," the TV serial "Chipe Libre," and also becoming the female voice at Matías Oviedo latest album, “Amores Tuertos.”
Always in touch with nature she has joined several environmental causes, actively collaborating with “Reforestemos Patagonia,” "Moving Chile," and “Bosques de Zapallar” (Woodland’s Foundation) a NGO of her place of birth promoting the conservations of the endangered Mediterranean like forest of Central Chile.
Cristobal Tapia Montt as Josh
Born in Santiago, Chile, Cristobal Tapia Montt and his family moved to the United States when he was barely a month old. He spent most of his childhood between Greenwich CT and Tampa FL and moved back to Chile in 1989. Fluent in English and Spanish he started acting on Television at age 12. Known for his acting, illustrations and music, Cristobal has a unique approach on his characters and has demonstrated a solid performance on every project he has been a part of.
In 2014, Cristobal earned global acclaim from his starring role in Eli Roth's Guillermo Amoedo directed horror, "The Stranger."
Kyle Davis as Thomas
Davis was born in Downey, California. When he was 14, he and his parents moved to Arizona. He attended Sedona Red Rock High School and then studied photography at Yavapi Community College. After that, he wanted to enlist in the military, but he was involved in a fight that left him blind in his left eye, preventing him from being deployed.
In 1998, Davis moved to Southern California to become a professional skateboarder. However, shortly after arriving, he tore his ACL. After some time, his cousin convinced him to consider acting instead.
At the age of 20, Davis began his career appearing on "The Dating Game" and working as an extra on shows and commercials.
Davis' first official TV role came in 2001, on an episode of "Angel." After that, he appeared on "Felicity," "Monk," "The Shield," "ER," and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation." He also appeared on films like "Catch Me If You Can," "Elizabethtown," and a "Friday the 13th" remake.
From 2007 to 2011, he has had recurring roles on the comedy "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" and "Men of a Certain Age." In 2011, he had recurring roles on "Dexter" and "American Horror Story."
Sara Malakul Lane as Jane
She started her acting career at the age of 15, transitioning from modeling when winning a role in her first TV series. She acted in various Thai soap operas before moving to America.
Her first role in a Hollywood film was playing Steven Seagal's daughter in the 2003 film "Belly of the Beast." She then starred in "Sharktopus" with Eric Roberts in 2010 and alongside Roberts and Peter Stormare in "The Wayshower" in 2011. Since then she has starred in a number of films for The Asylum, including "12/12/12," "100 Degrees Below Zero," and blockbusters such as "Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse" and "Jailbait."
Jay Ellis as Robert Marconi
Jay Ellis was born in Sumter, South Carolina on December 27th, 1981. Jay grew up as an only child in a military family traveling all around the world including Germany and the Philipines. He attended twelve schools in thirteen years. After graduating from Metro Christian Academy in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Jay attended Concordia University in Portland Oregon where he received a scholarship for basketball. While attending Concordia he began a modeling career with Mode Models International which lead to placements with other top agencies such as Ford Models. Jay has been featured in campaigns for Abercrombie & Fitch, Air Jordan Brand, Diesel, The Gap, etc.
More recently Jay has been featured in shows such as "Keeping Up With The Kardashians"(2008), "Millionaire Matchmaker" (2008), "How To Look Good Naked" (2008), and in the new MTV series "Hired!" debuting Spring 2010.
Nina Senicar as Jessica
Nina Senicar is a Serbian model and actress. Born in Novi Sad, Serbia, Nina developed a passion for riding horses at an early age and earned the title of National Champion in show jumping in 2001 as well as a place in the National team. Nina started acting at the age of 14 in her High School Drama Club after which she won a full scholarship to study at Bocconi University in Milan where she graduated with a Master of Science degree in International Economics and Management in Arts, Culture, Media an Entertainment. While in school, she began her career as a model and TV host and has appeared as the face of numerous advertising campaigns and Italian television series. Nina soon became one of the most popular and loved faces of Italian television that gave her the opportunity to go from small screens to cinema. In 2011, she won The Best New Actress award in Milan Film Festival. After her success in Europe, Nina moved to New York to pursue her acting career where she met her mentor Susan Batson with whom she had been studying ever since. She uses her knowledge of different languages to build a career in both, European and American market and in 2014 only, she was the lead in three movies in three different countries, acting in three different languages. Besides acting, Nina is actively involved in the work of various humanitarian organizations. One of them is Pangea Onlus, an organization that helps women around the world who are subject to violence. WIth Pangea, she took a trip to Kabul to help woman in need by giving them education and microcredits to develop their own small business. Nina currently lives in Los Angeles where she is pursuing her acting career in both TV and film.