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Gary Jones
A seasoned director with over twenty five years of experience in the industry. With a strong artistic background in special effects, he brings his unique visual style to every film. Known primarily for directing films in the Sci-Fi/Action/Horror genres, including Boogeyman 3, Mosquito, Xena: The Warrior Princess, Crocodile 2 and more. Most recently completed AXE GIANT: The Wrath of Paul Bunyan.

Debbie Rochon
Debbie Rochon is an Indie actress who has been in 200 plus films - mostly horror. Debbie is equally drawn to broad absurdist comedy as she is to deeply dramatic horrifying horror roles. Films include "Tromeo and Juliet", "Santa Claws", "Dollface", "Bleed" and more. Her feature directorial debut, "Model Hunger", will screen Saturday afternoon at the festival.


Alan Tuskes

In the late 80s, Al moved from Ohio to L.A. to pursue his career, and did very well, accruing well over 100 film credits during a 15 year stint in L.A. After returning to Ohio, Alan went to work with ex-L.A. cohort Robert Kurtzman, one of the founding partners of Kurtzman, Nicotero and Berger FX Group, with whom Alan had worked with on a myriad of projects while in L.A., including such projects as "From Dusk 'till Dawn", "Spawn", and the TV mini-series "Dune", for which KNB and Al won an Emmy award for Best Special Effects. Big Al serves as the Makeup Effects Shop Supervisor for Precinct 13 Entertainment (Kurtzman's company in Ohio) and often serves as VFX Supervisor for company projects, hearkening back to his days as a fervid fan of Ray Harryhausen.

Lamia, Queen of the Dark

Host of "Horror Hotel", airing on Time Warner in Northeast Ohio (Cleveland, Aurora, City of Twinsburg, Twinsburg Township, Macedonia, the Village of Reminderville, Sagamore Hills Township and Northfield Center Township) and Southeast Kentucky (on WOBZ TV-9). "Horror Hotel" can also be seen online.

Skippy the Evil Clown

Jason MCcallister as Skippy The Evil Clown - Jason has been performing as Skippy The Evil Clown for 6 years. He has been a guest actor at Alliance Haunted Castle, Factory of Terror, Cedar Point HalloWeekends, Akron Haunted Schoolhouse and Laboratory, and Haunted Hydro. He appeared in the film "Blood in the Snow" and Akron School House and Laboratory's television commercial, and he is a regular guest on the "Horror Hotel" TV Series.


Ray Szuch
Executive director of Horror Hotel. Three-time Emmy winning, two-time Telly winning producer and stunt coordinator. CEO - The Indie Gathering. Owner, The REEL TV Network. Grand Master in the Martial Arts and former US Olympic coach.

Jackie Chin

Host of Zombiepalooza Radio.

Chris Hahn

Mary Ellen Tomazic - Entertainment Attorney

Over the last 27 years Ms. Tomazic has worked with many bands, singers, filmmakers and artists, helping answer their legal questions from copyright, trademark and other intellectual property issues, to contracts and business organization. As a licensed attorney in Ohio she has used her legal training and experience to assist creative people in navigating through laws and regulations pertaining to their projects, often on a pro bono basis. She has negotiated and reviewed record company contracts for bands such as Death of Samantha, Purgatory, Toehead, Mushroomhead, The Dark, The Guns, Knifedance and Dead Federation. Filmmaker Johnny Wu and artist Scott Radke have also benefited from her work with their contracts and releases. She is currently the attorney for Tom Dark and his record label Red Hour Records, and recently negotiated and drafted a contract for the rerelease by SmogVeil Records of The New Hope Complilation, originally released in 1983, which was expanded into a double vinyl album with downloads.  Ms. Tomazic has been a featured speaker at the annual Indie Gathering filmmakers convention in Cleveland since 2005, with talks on a variety of legal topics, including copyrights, trademarks, contracts, liability and business organizations such as partnerships, LLCs, and corporations.

Johnny K. Wu

A veteran filmmaker with an MBA specializing in marketing, Johnny has been involved in the media creation of visual and audio services since 1998, when he co-founded MDI (Media Design Imaging). Since then, he has helped small and medium businesses in developing focused visual media through promotion videos, commercials, corporate videos, while at the same time creating his own short/feature films and documentaries to be shown worldwide at film festivals, online sites, colleges, national television, DVD distribution and sci-fi or horror conventions.

Bill Johns

Bill is a three time silver Telly award winner who has won national festival awards for his short films. He's been director of photography on six feature films and wrote, produced and directed his own feature film entitled, Madness.

Robert Banks

Former Sundance producer / director. Robert's past films have won awards all over the world. You will see Robert's projects from New York Underground Film Festival to Chicago's Underground Film Festival. Based in Cleveland, OH, Robert is a film instructor at the Cleveland Institute of Art. Robert Banks' films are one of a kind. Robert works exclusively on film and is the master of lighting!

William Alexander
Producer / Director / Editor, owner of Travelin Light Productions.  Award winning William Alexander has over 20 years of experience in Indie film. Films he has worked on include: Dead Silent; Hellweek; Greater Threat, and more. His newest film "Haunt", a feature horror comedy, is now in pre-production.

Tina Hobbs
Owner of HobbsStyle Casting & Production which houses all of her production services. Since 2011, her company has cast and produced numerous projects including feature films, short films, television shows, music videos and theater productions. Specializing in independent film, Tina hosts the bi-annual “Schmooze” which is a widely attended networking event designed to connect industry professionals. Tina has over 15 years of analytical and strategic planning experience and is a member of African American Women in Cinema. She also has experience as a location scout. Tina is dedicated to developing quality global entertainment.

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