Academy Award (“Stand and Deliver”) nominee, Edward James Olmos was born in Los Angeles, California, to Eleanor (Huizar) and Pedro Olmos, who was a mail carrier and welder. His family was of Mexican descent. If Olmos had followed the first love of his life, he would have been a professional baseball player. But by age 13, another love entered his life: rock music. By age 15, he was already an experienced rock singer, forming and reforming several “garage bands” along the way. During the late 1960s and early 1970s, he played the most famous clubs on Sunset Strip, including Gazzarri’s and The Factory. But a friend suggested that, with his flair for the dramatic, he consider a career in acting. Throughout the 1970s, he divided his time between rock music gigs, acting classes, bit parts in television, Off-off-off Broadway plays and his business of moving fine furniture (which kept body, soul and family together). His first big break was originating the starring role in Luis Valdez’s play, “Zoot Suit”, in 1978. He performed the play on Broadway, where he was nominated for a Tony Award and great critical acclaim.
Mr. Olmos has appeared in more than forty films and over two hundred television productions.. In addition to Stand and Deliver, amongst his most notable film offerings are Selena, Blade Runner, The Green Hornet, Zoot Suit, and American Me, which was also his directing debut. He is well-known for his Emmy Award winning role as Miami Vice’s Lt. Martin Castillo on NBC. But acting, directing and screenwriting are only parts of what he does. Olmos contends he would much rather be known as an activist than an actor. He devotes much of his time to causes, particularly those focusing on the needs and rights of children. He makes, on average, some 150 personal appearances a year to places where he can reach kids at risk; juvenile halls, detention centers, boys/girls clubs, schools. Anywhere he can get across his message that “we all have a choice” about where life takes us.
Olmos stresses the importance of education, the risks of gang life and tries to promote the notion of taking responsibility for one’s own actions and one’s own happiness in life. Using his own “disadvantaged background” as an example (he grew up in East Los Angeles, infamous for its gang problems), he tells the kids, “If I can do it, so can you”. And he tries to point them in a positive direction. He has served as an ambassador for UNICEF and has received numerous accolades for his activism. He will long be remembered for getting out in the thick of the Los Angeles Riots of 1992 with his broom: one calm, reasonable presence in the midst of chaos and gunfire.
Steven Jarvis is a DGA film director with a professional background directing national TV commercials, documentary films and web videos.
After graduating from Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles he worked in the advertising agency business as an art director and commercial film director for several years in Chicago, St. Louis and Los Angeles.
Early on, Steve expanded his film making interests by directing the documentary film, “Roy’s Market” which was honored with a special screening at the Chicago Art Institute. Later, he directed an independent TV pilot, “Wine Geeks In Paradise”.
His passion for exploring and protecting the California desert and it’s history has led him to directing the feature documentary film “The Women In The Sand” and a short documentary film for the Western Shoshone Nation titled, “The Spirit Walk”.
Kate Fosselman is a Graduate Cum Laude from Art Center College of Design in a dual Major of Advertising and Illustration.
Early in her career she was involved in the development of the “Jelly Belly” candy concept and created the logo for “Jelly Belly” jellybeans.
She has worked in the advertising agency business as a TV art director and creative director for several top Los Angeles agencies.
She was Director of Advertising at HoneyBaked Hams for nearly 10 years, creating highly successful TV advertising campaigns, print ads, outdoor boards and promotion materials for the brand.
More recently, working as a producer, art director and film editor she has worked on numerous commercials, promotional videos and short documentaries for the web.
She is currently collaborating with Steve Jarvis on two documentary films “The Women In The Sand” and “The Spirit Walk ”.
Veteran producer, Robert H. “Bob” Goodman, in addition to the just completed Leftwood Production of “The Women In The Sand,” his firm is a media consultant for several start up companies. Prior to founding Bob Goodman & Associates, he was a senior tv packaging agent at the fabled, William Morris Agency.
Bob has served as a producer on a number of theatrical motion pictures, tv, direct to videos, recordings, theatrical productions and other media such as CD & DVD Rom productions.
In his first year, he produced and/or packaged two tv pilots starring Mack & Jamie for Group W (Westinghouse,) a game show series, “Anything For Money,” and Exec Produced the motion picture, “Door To Door” starring Ron Leibman, Jane Kaczmarek and Arliss Howard. He then set up “Space Camp” at MGM, which was subsequently funded by ABC Theatrical Films for release by Fox.
He then joined forces with Don Barrett for a number of critically acclaimed projects with Patrick Stewart serving as host/narrator (Patrick Stewart narrates The Planets-BMG/Sony, From Here To Infinity-Paramount, and Nine Worlds-2 prods.-Palladium. They also produced the recording of an original soundtrack released by BiB Records of Holst’s The Planets plus a new Pluto entitled, The Planets 2000 & Beyond.
Don Barrett & Bob sold Unapix a children’s television series pilot on space & astronomy as
co-creator/writer/producer, entitled, Blast Off!.
Bob joined forces with Mr. Barrett in 1993, to create a string of critically acclaimed productions for a wide variety of media. They produced a recording for (BiB Records) of the musical soundtrack (CD) entitled, The Planets 2000 & Beyond, celebrating the 80th anniversary of Holst’s world famous composition with an original midi version and the addition of newly composed Pluto.
They also produced the soundtrack for their CD Rom production, Nine Worlds hosted by Patrick Stewart (Palladium Interactive 5/96). PC Home Magazine recently awarded it 4 Stars in four categories.
The CD Rom, an international award winner, is based upon their production entitled, Patrick Stewart narrates The Planets (BMG Video 8/93), a music video utilizing Isao Tomita’s historic performance.
Paramount Pictures Home Video released (8/95), From Here To Infinity hosted by Patrick Stewart. TV Guide and Billboard Magazine selected their production as one of the ten best videos of the year. It is the only commercially produced video to have been invited by JPL/NASA to have its world premiere at JPL’s Von Karmann Auditorium in Pasadena, CA.
After producing the video adaptation of Al Secunda’s book, Ultimate Tennis, he co-created a series of tennis tips for USA Network Sports, and later produced the pilot, Beverly Hills Tennis Lesson for the International Channel.
Also, he rendered production services on sixteen TV Teddy video series and Winston’s Potty Chair. For many years, he was a principal of the Cyber Design Group (theme parks), and the co-founder of Aero Virgin Airlines.
Matthew is a graduate of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration/Marketing. He is a music producer and soundtrack composer with a cumulative 15 years’ experience writing and performing various styles of music for film, commercials, record labels and web-based content. He is a mixing engineer and electronic music artist.
Additional editing experience includes all realms of audio post-production, sound design, audio effects and mixing.
Matthew’s most recent projects include writing and producing the single “Won’t Break Me” by Maddisyn Carter, for the “Miss Beverly Hills Ghost” web series, a 3 song EP for “GUNNER BASS” (electronic music artist), and soundtrack composer for the documentary film, “The Women In The Sand”.
Clay Jarvis is a graduate of California State University at Northridge with a Bachelors Degree in Cinema Television Visual Arts. He is a freelance editor with twelve years experience editing short documentary films, commercials and web-based content. Many of his films subjects involve the arts, travel, and the humanities. A few notable films are “Wine Geeks in Paradise” a documentary and pilot TV show, “The Source” for The Winery Channel and “South Bay BMW” a lifestyle promotional video.
Additional editing experience includes special effects editing and post-production supervision on a wide range of film and TV projects. He provides special video effects creation, audio effects creation and mixing and online finishing supervision.
Clay’s most recent projects include work on a number of reality TV series and the documentary film, “Two Women In The Sand”.