Harold Dennis – Survivor/Producer
Harold Dennis is from Radcliff, KY, and is one of the more recognizable survivors of the Carrollton Bus Crash. Harold graduated from North Hardin High School in 1992, where he was all-state in soccer and track. Harold was recruited by and played soccer at the University of Louisville where he stayed for one year, and then transferred to the University of Kentucky. After walking on the football team at UK in 1994, Harold later earned a full athletic scholarship for his last two seasons as a wide receiver. As a result of both Harold’s personal and athletic success, he was earned several national awards in college sports such as the Arete Award for Courage in sports (broadcast nationally on ESPN and presented to him by Ahmad Rashad and Evander Holyfield), the Gene Autrey Award for Courage in Sports, and the Johnny Unitas Courage Award. Harold is also the subject of a feature film titled “The Phoenix”, currently in development at Eric Kline Productions and Imprint Entertainment in Hollywood.
Harold has also been featured on television shows such as The Montel Williams Show, ESPN Sportscenter Cover Story, and CBS This Morning, and in People Magazine and Sports Illustrated. Currently, Harold is a successful business owner and resides in Kentucky.
Daniel Blake Smith – Producer / Writer
Daniel Blake Smith is a screenwriter, producer, and book author. Some of his films include ”February One: The Story of the Greensboro Four,” (which he also co-produced), a docudrama about the 1960 Greensboro, NC, lunch counter sit in, which aired nationally on PBS’s ‘Independent Lens’ (hosted by Susan Sarandon); ‘The Cherokees Trail of Tears,’ a feature documentary narrated by film stars James Earl Jones and Wes Studi, and winner of the Best Documentary at the 2006 Native American Film Festival in San Francisco;”Black Indians: An American Story,” a documentary film which aired nationally on commercial networks, narrated by James Earl Jones, with music by the Neville Brothers (black Indians all); and “Terror of the Soul: Edgar Allan Poe,” a docudrama for the American Masters series on PBS, starring John Heard and Treat Williams, with music by Philip Glass. He is the writer/producer for THE PHOENIX (www.thephoenixmovie.com) in development at New Wave Entertainment; and HEARTLAND, a dramatic feature film for Sony Pictures, based on the best-selling inspirational baseball book, S.L. Price’s HEART OF THE GAME. Smith is writer and producer on a feature documentary, “Kentucky—An American Story,” narrated by Ashley Judd, that is currently in post production, and will air on PBS in the fall 2010. Film/project website: www.kentuckyanamericanstory.org
Smith is also the author of two books, including most recently, The Shipwreck That Saved Jamestown: The Sea Venture Castaways and the Fate of America (Henry Holt, 2008) and the forthcoming Cherokee Patriots and the Trail of Tears (Henry Holt, 2011). He was a professor of history at the University of Kentucky and now lives in St. Louis.
Jason Epperson – Producer / Director
In an exhaustive worldwide search of more than 12,000 applicants, Steven Spielberg hand picked 50 filmmakers to participate in a competition to find the newest, freshest, and most talented director in the world. “ON THE LOT” was a joint venture between Mark Burnett and Steven Spielberg. After 14 weeks, 7 short films, and many sleepless nights I finished as the 1st Runner-Up.
In 2000 I graduated Eastern Kentucky University with a degree in Broadcasting & Electronic Media. After working briefly for an NBC affiliate, I was hired as a Producer for Insight Media Advertising. During my 3 years with Insight, I accumulated many statewide awards for commercials I produced & directed, along with an “Employee of the Year” award in 2003. From here I briefly worked for Calvary Christian Church as the Director of Technology before finally starting my own business “Eppic Films, Inc.” in 2005 (which I still own today).
My resume is long and covers a wide range of projects that include feature and short films, music videos, pilots, commercials, web content and industrial work. My work can be seen all over the world in many markets.
The success from “ON THE LOT” has boosted my career forward immensely and presented some incredible opportunities. I just finished directing my first feature “Unrequited” in my home state of Kentucky. The film stars Twilights “Michael Welch”, and has distribution with Arc Light Films.
I am represented by one of Hollywoods biggest managers, Michael Forman, along with my Ent. Lawyer, Tara Kole of Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown.
I am married to my beautiful wife Cindi and have 2 sons, Isaiah and Noah.
David Geary – Producer
David Geary is the founder of Option D Films, a Louisville, Kentucky based production company concentrating on independent feature and documentary films. Prior to establishing his own production company he worked as a Director of Photography, Camera Operator, and Digital Imaging Technician in addition to providing technical support for various production companies.
As a filmmaker, David has been drawn to places as far-ranging and diverse as India, London and rural Kentucky, working on a wide variety of projects from music video’s to feature films. He has worked in many mediums, shooting with digital video, small format and large format film camera’s and recently specializing in the use of the RED One digital film camera.
Option D Films LLC is a company that outfits documentary and feature films with a variety of HD and digital film packages for television and movie production. Option D recently provided the camera and production equipment for Jason Epperson’s debut feature, Unrequited.
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