Eddy Duran - Creator/Writer/Director/Ex. Producer
Recognizing the need to create thought-provoking films, Eddy assembled the team for his first independent feature "Stone Cold Killers: Los Jodedores", an urban drama which was acquired by Maverick Entertainment. Maverick also acquired his second and third features, "Grand Opening" & "Shoe Crazy". "The Lesson Plan" (2008), was featured in numerous film festivals and showcased in the Short Film Corner at the Cannes Film Festival in France, in addition to the SOHO International Film Festival. Eddy recently wrapped up shooting his forth feature 36 Saints and is in post-production with "Black People Are People Too", a follow up to "The Lesson Plan", and will start production on another short film entitled “Chronicles of a Missman”. He is currently developing four feature films, all of which he has written: "On Gun Hill Road", "Shanghai Palace", "Brooklyn English" and "Machete Y Gile", all of which are written and directed by Eddy himself, and will be shot in Dominican Republic.
Brigid Turner - Assistant Director
Brigid's most recent work was accomplished as a body double for Mary J. Blige on a Chevy Commercial and a feature role on Law & Order. Most recent project being “Many Mary’s” campaign featuring R&B singer, Mary J. Blige for the 09′ Chevrolet Traverse. She's played small parts on television & motion picture films such as Law & Order, Spiderman, and American Gangster. Brigid also landed a featured role in "Coda", directed by Scott Rosenbaum. Brigid Turner is also an official SAG member.
Isidro Urquia - Director Of Photography
Isidro began his career in film in the summer of 1984. He's worked with rappers such as Hype Williams, Fat Joe, Wu Tang Clan, B.I.G., Craig Mack and Mic Geronimo. He soon after started to film television commercials all over the United States and Dominican Republic. In New York, he shot "Stone Called Killers", "Opening Day", and "36 Saints". He also shot and directed "Two Guns", which was distributed by Maverick Films as a DVD in the American and Latin American market.
John Keller - Producer / Writer
John M. Keller (Writer / Producer) is a New-York and Latin-America-based writer & journalist. His work has been published in literary reviews and magazines including Glimmer Train, The Brooklyn Review and People. His feature film, "The Stand-In", co-written with Carey Harrison, is in development.
Frances Lozada - Producer
Frances' latest film 'Gang Girl' is currently being sold at blockbuster.com and amazon.com. She is also the host of "Cinema Night" in Brooklyn. Frances won best actress in the short film "A Promised Moon", a film by Raul Santiago Sebazco at the Imaginasian Film Festival 2006. She is a part of the New York Foundation of Arts Artist Entrepreneur Bootcamp 2011. She graduated St. John's University from their Business School with a degree in Marketing.
Santana Pilarte - Co-Producer
Besides being a producer and actor Santana has been a professional fitness trainer and boxing instructor at the New York Sports Club fitness centers. He has previously worked with Eddy Duran on all Duranfilms productions.
Carlos Lozada - Producer
Carlos Lozada's latest role was portraying a Priest in the feature film ’36 Saints’, starring Tony Award winner Donna McKechnie and Franky G (Saw 2, Italian Job) He has also appeared as Colt in ‘A Hero’s Return’ a film by Daryl Denner. The film was accepted and screened at the 2012 Soho International Film Festival. His latest role is as a producer on "Pale Blue Light".
Franky G - Executive Producer
Franky G started his career starring in an award-winning film "Manito" (2002), written and directed by Eric Eason. Since then, he has become a recognizable face of film and television; he's even been selected as one of the most beautiful in People Español. His versatility as an actor an intense energy has landed him roles in various Hollywood films, starring alongside Dustin Hoffman, Andy Garcia, Mark Walhberg, and Charlize Theron in such films as "Confidence" (2003), "The Italian Job" (2003) and "Saw II" (2005). He has also appeared in numerous television series, including Fox's "Jonny Zero", where he played a lead role.
Big Daddy Kane - Producer
Emerging during hip-hop's massive creative expansion of the late 80's, Big Daddy Kane possessed a prodigious rhyming technique honed from numerous B-boy battles; he could also be an Afrocentric consciousness-raiser versed in the philosophy of the Nation of Islam's Five Percent school, or a smooth urban soul crooner whose singing was no match for his talents as an MC. While he never scored much pop-crossover success, his best material ranks among the finest hip-hop of its era, and his sex-drenched persona was enormously influential on countless future would-be players.
Keith Shocklee (BombSquad) - Music Supervisor
Keith Shockley is an American hip hop producer and DJ. He was an original member of Public Enemy and The Bomb Squad. He has contributed his talent to several albums including "It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back" and "Fear of a Black Planet." Shocklee also co-produced the singles "Bring the Noise” and "Fight The Power," which were included on Rolling Stone’s list of the “500 Greatest Songs Of All Time.”
Sakhi Tahir - Producer / Consultant
Bonz Malone - Writer
Bonz Malone has been referred to as the "Hunter Thompson of Hip Hop". Born in the Bronx, he watched firsthand as hip hop was born in the 1970's. After dropping out of high school at the age of 18, he became the youngest columnist in the country. A former graffiti writer, he became an A&R executive, the voice of Nike television commercials, a screenwriter and an actor. His various life experiences have contributed to his compelling roles in over 20 feature films. He became one of the youngest hip hop magazine writers in history; writing for such publications as The Source, Spin and the Village Voice. His voice is funny, honest, hopeful, and above all else, passionate. His first book: "Hip Hop Immortals" is a compilation of a wide spectrum of hip hop's biggest legends.
Onix Duran - Co-Producer
Onix has acted in all of Duranfilms productions: "Stone Cold Killers" (2002), "Grand Opening" (2006), "Shoe Crazy" (2008) and "The Lesson Plan" (2008). A graduate of NYU, Onix is currently working for the New York City Board of Education as a high school teacher at Transit Tech in Brooklyn, New York. Even though he doesn't mind appearing in movies, his first love is teaching. Onix Duran also manages up and coming hip hop artist "Kon Boogie".
Kim Polite - Co-Producer
Starting her career on off-broadway's “Say Yes To Jesus”, she became interested in becoming a music video and film director. After attending college and receiving a BA in Communications, Kim's career was set into motion. Upon meeting Eddy Duran, she began to prove herself as a producer and assistant director for projects such as "Pale Blue Light" and "Black People Are People, Too", as well as a number of other upcoming projects in the near future.
Monique Lola Berkeley - Co-Producer
Monique Lola Berkley is an actress and producer who received her training at the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute and Marymount Manhattan College. After receiving her BFA in Theater she continued to work in Stage/TV productions. Forever seeking opportunity for advancement in between acting work she contributes her talents to producing TV and Film projects.