Bastards y Diablos

The original sKELETON-SIX

  A.D. FREESE  -  Director, Editor, Producer   A.D. moved to Los Angeles on his 19th birthday with one dream and two-months-worth of rent money. With no formal training and no connections in the entertainment industry, his options were limited, yet he scratched out a living hustling for whatever filmmaking work he could find. He edited photo montages for funerals at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. He documented a drug rehab program in South Central LA, which caught the attention of producers at Fremantle Media and subsequently led to a full-time job developing reality TV shows. In 2013, A.D. quit his day job at Relativity Media to direct  Bastards y Diablos . He now owns a production company, Shadowfax Films, and is still running down the dream.

A.D. FREESE  -  Director, Editor, Producer

A.D. moved to Los Angeles on his 19th birthday with one dream and two-months-worth of rent money. With no formal training and no connections in the entertainment industry, his options were limited, yet he scratched out a living hustling for whatever filmmaking work he could find. He edited photo montages for funerals at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. He documented a drug rehab program in South Central LA, which caught the attention of producers at Fremantle Media and subsequently led to a full-time job developing reality TV shows. In 2013, A.D. quit his day job at Relativity Media to direct Bastards y Diablos. He now owns a production company, Shadowfax Films, and is still running down the dream.

  ANDREW PEREZ  -  Screenwriter, Producer   ANDREW grew up in northern California, where he acted with A.C.T.’s Young Conservatory and performed at the Royal National Theatre in London. He continued on to Northwestern University where he produced, wrote and starred in his stage adaptation of  A Clockwork Orange  and his one-man show  I Am Kinsk i. After graduation, Andrew performed in Chicago with the Steppenwolf Theatre (where he also attended The School at Steppenwolf), Chicago Shakespeare, and Steep Theatre. Recent films include  Engagement  (FilmBuff),  Rubber Soul  (SXSW),  Tracer , and  My Dinner With Werner . Andrew plays Scientology’s leader David Miscavige in the Louis Theroux BBC feature  My Scientology Movie  (now streaming on Netflix) - and recently wrote, produced, and starred in  The Second Coming Of Klaus Kinski , which has an ongoing, Ovation-Recommended run in Hollywood.

ANDREW PEREZ  -  Screenwriter, Producer

ANDREW grew up in northern California, where he acted with A.C.T.’s Young Conservatory and performed at the Royal National Theatre in London. He continued on to Northwestern University where he produced, wrote and starred in his stage adaptation of A Clockwork Orange and his one-man show I Am Kinski. After graduation, Andrew performed in Chicago with the Steppenwolf Theatre (where he also attended The School at Steppenwolf), Chicago Shakespeare, and Steep Theatre. Recent films include Engagement (FilmBuff), Rubber Soul (SXSW), Tracer, and My Dinner With Werner. Andrew plays Scientology’s leader David Miscavige in the Louis Theroux BBC feature My Scientology Movie (now streaming on Netflix) - and recently wrote, produced, and starred in The Second Coming Of Klaus Kinski, which has an ongoing, Ovation-Recommended run in Hollywood.

  DILLON PORTER  -  Executive Producer   DILLON can be seen opposite Kerry Bishé in Kyle Smith's  Blue Highway  and in Torre Catalano's ensemble-driven  Milwaukee . His directorial credits include theatrical productions of  A Midsummer Night's Dream  and  Dubstep Hamlet  in New York City's Webster Hall. Appeared on Broadway in Joe Mantello's  The Ritz  at Studio 54. Producing credits include  Play Through ,  Berrie Linden , and a one-man show  Whitman . Prior to his work in film, Dillon studied theater at Northwestern University.

DILLON PORTER  -  Executive Producer

DILLON can be seen opposite Kerry Bishé in Kyle Smith's Blue Highway and in Torre Catalano's ensemble-driven Milwaukee. His directorial credits include theatrical productions of A Midsummer Night's Dream and Dubstep Hamlet in New York City's Webster Hall. Appeared on Broadway in Joe Mantello's The Ritz at Studio 54. Producing credits include Play Through, Berrie Linden, and a one-man show Whitman. Prior to his work in film, Dillon studied theater at Northwestern University.

  BRIAN PORTER - Executive Producer, Grip, "The Fixer"   BRIAN is Dillon's father. He made sure the shoot was not an epicurial tour and that the crew at one point disobeyed the Pico y Placa rule.

BRIAN PORTER - Executive Producer, Grip, "The Fixer"

BRIAN is Dillon's father. He made sure the shoot was not an epicurial tour and that the crew at one point disobeyed the Pico y Placa rule.

  PETER GRIGSBY  -  Director of Photography, Producer   PETER is a photographer and cinematographer based in Los Angeles. Peter has traveled all over the world shooting projects for a wide variety of different clients such as Time Magazine,The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and National Geographic. As a cinematographer he has worked on film projects in Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East. Peter is a visual storyteller, his goal as Director of Photography is to create images that leave a lasting impression on the viewer. 

PETER GRIGSBY  -  Director of Photography, Producer

PETER is a photographer and cinematographer based in Los Angeles. Peter has traveled all over the world shooting projects for a wide variety of different clients such as Time Magazine,The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and National Geographic. As a cinematographer he has worked on film projects in Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East. Peter is a visual storyteller, his goal as Director of Photography is to create images that leave a lasting impression on the viewer. 

  BEN TEMPLIN - Location Sound, Associate Producer   BEN began his life on a small farm in Oregon. His love for sound began at a very young age, learning how to play the piano at age, then 12 drums, bass, and guitar soon after that. Playing drums in a garage band in high school led him to the art of capturing sound. He produced his bands second CD at age 17, and soon decided to further his passion for audio engineering. Very eager to travel the world and experience different cultures, he moved to Amsterdam at age 19 to study the art of sound at SAE Institute. This is when he began his interest in recording audio for film. Graduating SAE in Los Angeles in 2008, he found himself in the perfect town to start a career in the film industry. Soon after graduating he began working on set for different independent films and networking all around LA. Its been 10 years since then, and his network of clients has grown exponentially as he's worked on TV shows, documentaries, feature films, web series, and commercials. His expertise in sound has taken him on journeys through every continent except Antarctica... from Africa to Asia, the Middle east to Europe, and everywhere in between.

BEN TEMPLIN - Location Sound, Associate Producer

BEN began his life on a small farm in Oregon. His love for sound began at a very young age, learning how to play the piano at age, then 12 drums, bass, and guitar soon after that. Playing drums in a garage band in high school led him to the art of capturing sound. He produced his bands second CD at age 17, and soon decided to further his passion for audio engineering. Very eager to travel the world and experience different cultures, he moved to Amsterdam at age 19 to study the art of sound at SAE Institute. This is when he began his interest in recording audio for film. Graduating SAE in Los Angeles in 2008, he found himself in the perfect town to start a career in the film industry. Soon after graduating he began working on set for different independent films and networking all around LA. Its been 10 years since then, and his network of clients has grown exponentially as he's worked on TV shows, documentaries, feature films, web series, and commercials. His expertise in sound has taken him on journeys through every continent except Antarctica... from Africa to Asia, the Middle east to Europe, and everywhere in between.

OUR POST-PRODUCTION SUPERSTARS

  ERIC G. JOHNSON  -  Producer   ERIC has been a writer, director and producer in the Los Angeles area for over two decades. Before coming on as a producer for  Bastards y Diablos , Eric wrote, directed and produced the feature film  Tweek Cit , which is currently being distributed around the world by Maverick Entertainment. Other producing and/or writing credits include  Pretty Smart  for MTV,  All Access  for VH1, the pilot  Craig Ferguson's Really Big Game Show  for CBS and screenplays for Film Roman and T-Bone Films. Eric is also a producer on the feature film  Fly and the Wall  and is currently directing and co-producing Andrew Perez's Ovation-Recommended solo play  The Second Coming of Klaus Kinski . Other recent directing-producing efforts for the stage include the world premiere of Sharon Lintz's  Starfucking  at the 2015 Hollywood Fringe Festival (Encore Producer's Award) and the West Coast premiere of Andrea Fleck Clardy's  Hijab  for the 2016 Hollywood Short+Sweet Festival. Additionally, Eric has directed and/or acted in a host of films, commercials, industrials, sketch shows and plays and has worked for years as a writer and researcher at the television show,  Jeopardy!

ERIC G. JOHNSON  -  Producer

ERIC has been a writer, director and producer in the Los Angeles area for over two decades. Before coming on as a producer for Bastards y Diablos, Eric wrote, directed and produced the feature film Tweek Cit, which is currently being distributed around the world by Maverick Entertainment. Other producing and/or writing credits include Pretty Smart for MTV, All Access for VH1, the pilot Craig Ferguson's Really Big Game Show for CBS and screenplays for Film Roman and T-Bone Films. Eric is also a producer on the feature film Fly and the Wall and is currently directing and co-producing Andrew Perez's Ovation-Recommended solo play The Second Coming of Klaus Kinski. Other recent directing-producing efforts for the stage include the world premiere of Sharon Lintz's Starfucking at the 2015 Hollywood Fringe Festival (Encore Producer's Award) and the West Coast premiere of Andrea Fleck Clardy's Hijab for the 2016 Hollywood Short+Sweet Festival. Additionally, Eric has directed and/or acted in a host of films, commercials, industrials, sketch shows and plays and has worked for years as a writer and researcher at the television show, Jeopardy!

  LOUIS FEBRE  -  Composer   LOUIS is an Emmy Award winning television and film composer, best known for his work on the hit TV series  Smallville . He began his career with the notorious B-movie company PM Entertainment before meeting his mentor John Debney. The two formed a partnership that would produce successful collaborative efforts such as the movie Doctor Who, and led to Louis' first television series,  The Cape , which would earn him an Emmy for Best Dramatic Underscore. The two continue to work together to this day. Febre has enjoyed success with the movies  Swimfan ,  Tower of Terror  (Disney), and a set of Scooby-Doo straight-to-video movies. He earned an Annie Award nomination for his score for  Scooby-Doo  and the  Alien Invaders . That same year, he won a Pixie Award for the independent short film:  Revenge of the Red Balloon . In 2001, he could be found collaborating with Steve Jablonsky on the first season of the hit television series Desperate Housewives. As an additional orchestrator, he worked again with John Debney on  Cats & Dogs ,  Jimmy Neutron , the Disney film  Chicken Little ,  Disneyworld Tokyo , and with Mark Snow on  The X-Files  movie. With the departure of Snow from the television series  Smallville , Febre became the credited composer in 2007. Currently, Louis Febre continues to work in television and independent films.

LOUIS FEBRE  -  Composer

LOUIS is an Emmy Award winning television and film composer, best known for his work on the hit TV series Smallville. He began his career with the notorious B-movie company PM Entertainment before meeting his mentor John Debney. The two formed a partnership that would produce successful collaborative efforts such as the movie Doctor Who, and led to Louis' first television series, The Cape, which would earn him an Emmy for Best Dramatic Underscore. The two continue to work together to this day. Febre has enjoyed success with the movies Swimfan, Tower of Terror (Disney), and a set of Scooby-Doo straight-to-video movies. He earned an Annie Award nomination for his score for Scooby-Doo and the Alien Invaders. That same year, he won a Pixie Award for the independent short film: Revenge of the Red Balloon. In 2001, he could be found collaborating with Steve Jablonsky on the first season of the hit television series Desperate Housewives. As an additional orchestrator, he worked again with John Debney on Cats & Dogs, Jimmy Neutron, the Disney film Chicken Little, Disneyworld Tokyo, and with Mark Snow on The X-Files movie. With the departure of Snow from the television series Smallville, Febre became the credited composer in 2007. Currently, Louis Febre continues to work in television and independent films.

  JOE MILNER  -  Producer, Sound Editor, Re-recording Mixer   JOE began his career in music, transitioning from performance into engineering and production, and finally into sound for motion pictures. Over a span of 21 years, he's been involved with over 120 films, and specializes in Feature Documentaries. Along with Bastards y Diablos, his credits include  Meet The Patels ,  Das Boot: The Director's Cut ,  Vanilla Sky ,  Dogtown and Z-Boys ,  Twinsters ,  Ethel ,  Tab Hunter Confidential ,  I Am Divine , and the Oscar® Nominated  Last Days In Vietnam .

JOE MILNER  -  Producer, Sound Editor, Re-recording Mixer

JOE began his career in music, transitioning from performance into engineering and production, and finally into sound for motion pictures. Over a span of 21 years, he's been involved with over 120 films, and specializes in Feature Documentaries. Along with Bastards y Diablos, his credits include Meet The PatelsDas Boot: The Director's Cut, Vanilla Sky, Dogtown and Z-Boys, Twinsters, Ethel, Tab Hunter Confidential, I Am Divine, and the Oscar® Nominated Last Days In Vietnam.

 
  Maximilian Frauchiger - Associate Producer, Additional Editing   MAX is a filmmaker, screenwriter, & journalist from Los Angeles. When not producing or active as a cameraman, Max runs and operates his production company, Freestyle Filmz, alongside sibling company Dronez Brigade. Max worked as a cameraman and field producer at A. Smith and Co. until he landed a job as the head of multi-media at Suburban Noize Records, producing and directing music videos. He then took a job at The Enthusiast Network, where he dove into the Automotive realm, directing a large campaign for BFGoodrich that won an innovation in advertising Award. He also produced videos at Super Street Network, and traveled to Japan for the Tokyo Auto Salon and Mexico for the Baja races. Max soon formed Dronez Brigade and now is most often bouncing between LA and Hawaii to work on documentaries, features, and shows as a producer, aerial pilot, and cinematographer. Max recently shot for the TV show  Impractical Jokers  in Hawaii in 2017, and  Head 2 Head  on Motor Trend On Demand. He is now in production as cinematographer/aeriographer on the  Pierce Brosnan-produced  Poisoning Paradise , while co-producing a film called  Carlos in Wonderland  and working on a passion project under his Freestyle Filmz called the  Quest for O’ahi -  a documentary about the rekindling of the lost ancient Hawaiian art form of fire throwing.

Maximilian Frauchiger - Associate Producer, Additional Editing

MAX is a filmmaker, screenwriter, & journalist from Los Angeles. When not producing or active as a cameraman, Max runs and operates his production company, Freestyle Filmz, alongside sibling company Dronez Brigade. Max worked as a cameraman and field producer at A. Smith and Co. until he landed a job as the head of multi-media at Suburban Noize Records, producing and directing music videos. He then took a job at The Enthusiast Network, where he dove into the Automotive realm, directing a large campaign for BFGoodrich that won an innovation in advertising Award. He also produced videos at Super Street Network, and traveled to Japan for the Tokyo Auto Salon and Mexico for the Baja races. Max soon formed Dronez Brigade and now is most often bouncing between LA and Hawaii to work on documentaries, features, and shows as a producer, aerial pilot, and cinematographer. Max recently shot for the TV show Impractical Jokers in Hawaii in 2017, and Head 2 Head on Motor Trend On Demand. He is now in production as cinematographer/aeriographer on the  Pierce Brosnan-produced Poisoning Paradise, while co-producing a film called Carlos in Wonderland and working on a passion project under his Freestyle Filmz called the Quest for O’ahi - a documentary about the rekindling of the lost ancient Hawaiian art form of fire throwing.

  David Nayan - Associate Producer   DAVID is a Colombian-American novelist, political scientist, businessman and teacher of Maharishi's Transcendental Meditation living in Baden-Baden, Germany.  The older brother of screenwriter/actor Andrew Perez, David was born in Colombia and moved to Fairfield, Iowa at age eight. He received a B.A. in Business Administration from Maharishi University of Management along with an Outstanding Business Student Award and the first Dr. Tony Nader award. David has always been interested in leadership — he served as student body president both at Maharishi School and MUM. He became a Teacher of the Transcendental Meditation® technique and taught over one thousand children. In 2008 he was presented the MUM Ideal Alumni Award. After graduating from MUM, David worked in banking for a few years, then moved back to Colombia to work in his family’s business. Driven by the desire to serve his country, he decided to enter politics, pursuing a master’s degree in political science and in 2005 he ran for the Colombian Senate. His campaign focused on introducing scientifically proven techniques in education for developing youth potential and creativity. He gained the support of a leading senator and the help of the top political publicist in the country. Even though he didn’t win the election, he gained votes from every state and the President implemented some of his proposals. In 2008, David moved to Vlodrop, Holland, and worked as Latin American Director of Education for the Global Country of World Peace assisting Raja Luis in developing educational activities in Latin America. Their work has benefitted more than 100,000 children and established groups that practice the TM technique in schools, prisons, and the military.

David Nayan - Associate Producer

DAVID is a Colombian-American novelist, political scientist, businessman and teacher of Maharishi's Transcendental Meditation living in Baden-Baden, Germany.  The older brother of screenwriter/actor Andrew Perez, David was born in Colombia and moved to Fairfield, Iowa at age eight. He received a B.A. in Business Administration from Maharishi University of Management along with an Outstanding Business Student Award and the first Dr. Tony Nader award. David has always been interested in leadership — he served as student body president both at Maharishi School and MUM. He became a Teacher of the Transcendental Meditation® technique and taught over one thousand children. In 2008 he was presented the MUM Ideal Alumni Award. After graduating from MUM, David worked in banking for a few years, then moved back to Colombia to work in his family’s business. Driven by the desire to serve his country, he decided to enter politics, pursuing a master’s degree in political science and in 2005 he ran for the Colombian Senate. His campaign focused on introducing scientifically proven techniques in education for developing youth potential and creativity. He gained the support of a leading senator and the help of the top political publicist in the country. Even though he didn’t win the election, he gained votes from every state and the President implemented some of his proposals. In 2008, David moved to Vlodrop, Holland, and worked as Latin American Director of Education for the Global Country of World Peace assisting Raja Luis in developing educational activities in Latin America. Their work has benefitted more than 100,000 children and established groups that practice the TM technique in schools, prisons, and the military.

  Eric Adams - Producing Consultant   ERIC is an award-winning screenwriter, producer, and author. He served on the producing team and wrote the script for the feature film  Supremacy  (2015), starring Danny Glover, Anson Mount and Joe Anderson. He also co-wrote and produced  Archie's Final Project  (aka  My Suicide ) (2010). The latter won 21 major international film festival awards including the Crystal Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival, the Jury Award and Audience Award for Best Picture at the Gen Art Film Festival, and the Outstanding Achievement in Film Award at the Newport Beach International Film Festival. The film was also an official selection at SXSW, the San Francisco International Film Festival, and the Seattle Film Festival.

Eric Adams - Producing Consultant

ERIC is an award-winning screenwriter, producer, and author. He served on the producing team and wrote the script for the feature film Supremacy (2015), starring Danny Glover, Anson Mount and Joe Anderson. He also co-wrote and produced Archie's Final Project (aka My Suicide) (2010). The latter won 21 major international film festival awards including the Crystal Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival, the Jury Award and Audience Award for Best Picture at the Gen Art Film Festival, and the Outstanding Achievement in Film Award at the Newport Beach International Film Festival. The film was also an official selection at SXSW, the San Francisco International Film Festival, and the Seattle Film Festival.

 

DIRECTORS NOTES

Several years ago I was approached by a childhood friend about directing a feature film he had written. It was personal - a dramatization of a trek he took across Colombia with his estranged brother to spread their father's ashes. I’d met his father once, a long time ago, and was struck by his unique presence. He was aggressive and unpredictable. He seemed to move through life as if a deep, invisible current guided him on an unseen path through places hidden from the rest of us. Now, in death, his spirit would guide his sons on their own unseen paths. It was simple and universal. Honored, I accepted my friend's offer and got to work. A thousand decisions lay ahead of me, but first I had to learn more about the man at the center of the story. His Colombian roots ran deep. Born in Bogota to a large family, he was a runaway and an outlaw by the time he was 18 and, by all accounts, a legendary heartbreaker. He lived most of his adult life in the United States, and fathered two sons with different mothers. In death, the tales of his wild youth took on a mythical resonance. To his family back home, he was a legend. It became clear that the only way to tell this story properly would be to travel to Colombia and find this man for myself. As a passion project, the film had no real budget. Creativity would be my biggest advantage. I imagined the shoot as a heist. With a crew of six specialists, we would make our way across the country undetected, stealing scenes as we went, shooting at locations where the actual events took place, casting family, friends, even lovers of this now-mythical man to play fictionalized versions of themselves opposite our professional leads. The story was there; our job was to seize it and return home with it in our possession. Our producer took out a high interest line of credit and we booked round trip tickets. We had 35 days to come back with a movie. We began planning the heist. Pre-production involved scouting locations we had never seen and hiring actors we had never met. I spoke no Spanish. As our departure date approached, I considered the real possibility that the film wouldn't work. I was sure this run-and-gun approach had been attempted before. The microbudget independent film landscape was most likely littered with projects of this nature. Talented auteurs with important stories had seen their grand visions lost to the unforgiving realities of an expensive - and sometimes exclusive - medium. Out of necessity, we shot the film on a digital SLR, which had extreme limitations. The movie demanded to look beautiful. Could I push the camera further than had been done before? Could I communicate with my actors in a language that transcended language? Would Colombia cooperate with us? Most importantly, could I find the man at the center of our story, although he now existed only through his land and people? I had plenty of questions as we set out for Bogota but, like any worthy challenge, the answers would not reveal themselves so easily. Like the heroes of our film, we had to search an entire country to find them... And now, after years of dedication on behalf of myself and the fearless team of filmmakers who put this story on the screen, you, the audience, are invited to take the journey for yourself.

-A.D. Freese