Xavier Burgin – Writer/Director/Producer
Xavier Burgin is a writer, director, producer, photographer, and cinematographer in Los Angeles, CA. He graduated from The University of Alabama with an interdisciplinary degree in film production. He is now working on his MFA in TV and Film Production at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts.
Xavier’s work has been featured on The New York Times , F-Stoppers, Digital Imaging Diaries, and Digital Photography School. Xavier’s filmography has been accepted in The Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner, Troy International Film Festival, and The San Diego Black Film Festival. He’s won 1 st place at Campus Movie Fest’s International Grand Finale for Best 3D Film, the world’s first student 3D competition sponsored by the International 3D Society, for his documentary Portrait of the Storm , and received an Accolade Award of Merit for his film, One on One , an African-American film focusing on the plight of black athletes.
He has worked with companies including Lenovo, Coca-Cola, The Distinguished Filmmaker’s Network, and Oscar Mayer as a director, photographer, cinematographer, and/or writer.
Xavier strives to bring an emotionally powerful aesthetic to his dramatic work, and a pleasantly gut-aching, hilarity through comedy. Above all else, he is currently working towards building an artistic resume highlighting his unique, and progressive sensibilities.
You can find his work at http://www.quethelights.com or http://www.qtlimages.com.
Amani Starnes – Producer
Amani Starnes is a multiracial actress, writer, producer, and singer. She graduated from Yale, where she received a double major in Theater and African American Studies. Amani has garnered recent critical acclaim for her original web series, The United Colors of Amani, in publications including The Washington Post , Jezebel,The Jane Dough, Madame Noire, and Racialicious. In the tradition of Robert Townsend’s Hollywood Shuffle , the series explores Amani’s uncomfortable racial adventures in Hollywood.
In addition to her web presence, Amani is the face of several national television commercials. She also sings, choreographs, and stars in independent films, plays, concerts, music videos, rock operas, and musicals. She currently resides in Los Angeles.
Katie Pyne – Producer
Katie Pyne is a fine artist from Stanford University who got hijacked by the film business. She is currently pursuing a Masters at USC in Film and TV Production. Katie would love to get a dog, but she’s never home.
Ira Madison III – Script Consultant
Ira Madison III is a writer from Milwaukee, WI. He has an MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He is a Beyoncé and Spider-Man aficionado, but likes Batman a lot too. Follow him at @iramadisonave
Douglas Dillingham - Editor
Douglas Dillingham is an indie filmmaker from the Southeastern U.S. with over a decade of experience in directing, editing, and cinematography. As one half of the filmmaking duo
, he has developed and produced over 100 short films and music videos. He has produced promotional videos for platinum recording artists and his original work has appeared on MTV2. He enjoys playing heavy metal guitar and too many video games.
Lindsey Martin - Editor
Lindsey Martin is an editor and cinematographer who serves as half of ZombieSquid Pictures , a filmmaking team that has worked on a number of award winning projects. She is currently halfway through a degree in astrophysics and enjoys working in a variety of film roles spanning everything from writing and pre-production to VFX and post. Her preferred genre is comedy and her current favorite musical is Metalocalypse: The Doomstar Requiem A Klok Opera, which she is probably watching right now while learning to play guitar. [ZombieSquid.com]
Sha’Trece Slaughter - Production Manager
Sha’Trece Slaughter is a student at the University of Southern California. Her interests span multiple facets of the industry, with experience in business entertainment at Showtime Networks and A+E Networks, and a background in film criticism. She is happy to bring her knowledge of film and television entertainment full circle with recent projects and more to follow.
Danilo Rodriguez –
Assistant Director/1st AC
Danilo Rodriguez is a director, assistant director, cinematographer, and 1 st AC in the Los Angeles area. He strives to add professionalism and outstanding work ethic in every project he works on. For additional information please contact him at [email protected]
John DeFazio - Cinematographer
John DeFazio is a Los Angeles based cinematographer, filmmaker, and mixed media artist. John holds two degrees from Carnegie Mellon University’s Design and Art programs and a Masters from USC’s Film Production Program. He is an active member of Film Independent, the Music Video Production Association, the International Cinematographer’s Guild Local 600, and also Local 80. DeFazio has shot for legendary Hollywood directors and producers such as Joe Dante (“Gremlins”), Paul Schrader (“American Gigolo” and screenwriter of “Taxi Driver” & “Raging Bull”), and Roger Corman (“Death Race”, “Little Shop of Horrors”).
John has shot over 45 award winning and internationally recognized short films, some of which have hit Sundance (“Crossing”, “Roam”) and the Cannes International Film Festival (“9:30″). DeFazio has served as the cinematographer on “The Canyons” starring Lindsay Lohan and written by Bret Easton Ellis (“American Psycho”, “Less Than Zero”).
Devin McCallion - Cinematographer
Devin is new to Los Angeles, but is hungry to produce solid content. He stands by his motto “Live to Create” and looks to produce and direct in the industry for years to come! You can find his work on vimeo at
Nick Giomuso - Sound Operator
Nick Giomuso is a sound operator and cinematographer in Los Angeles, CA. You can find his work at https://vimeo.com/channels/giomusodp
Ryan Davis - Composer
Ryan “Kadesh Flow” Davis is a rapper, producer, and trombonist who has been pretending to be a musician since his early teens. Davis has collaborated with underground hip hop staples such as Richie Branson and Mega Ran and renowned voice actor Steve Blum. He has produced music for Toonami Asia, opened for hip-hop star B.O.B, and performed live at the Cannes Film Festival. Check out “Kadesh Flow” on YouTube or visit www.kadeshflow.com .
Reginald Bibb – Graphic Designer
Reginald Bibb is an art lover, everything from still photography to street dancing. Bibb has been studying graphic design for 5 years. He plans to use his skills to network with the best and most talented of his peers, in hopes to climb the ropes and eventually pitch his own scripts and series.
Web Design by Douglas Dillingham & Lindsey Martin (ZombieSquid Pictures)
Sassy Batman Official Trailer mixed and mastered by Matt Dennison.
Sassy Batman Theme by Ryan Davis.