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Glenn Kiser as Director/Co-Writer, in Sabbatical

Glenn Kiser

Director/Co-Writer

Glenn Kiser is a study in contrasts—he grew up on a cattle ranch in Texas where he roped steers in rodeos, then promptly attended Harvard University where he performed in the Hasty Pudding show in drag. Later, at Propaganda Films, he supervised post-production on the company’s feature films, music videos and commercials, and worked closely with numerous directors including David Fincher, Spike Jonze, Neil LaBute and Jane Campion. Glenn then went on to run George Lucas’ Skywalker Sound, where he oversaw sound design and mixing work on projects as varied as Avatar, Pirates of the Caribbean, Fahrenheit 9/11 and Shortbus. Glenn’s short film Every Night & Twice On Sundays, a hilarious tale about the old woman in the I’ve fallen and I can’t get up commercial, won numerous awards at festivals around the world. A veteran theater actor and director, Glenn recently directed his first television pilot, The Nuclear Family, a comedy written by Dan O’Keefe.

Erin Engman as Co-Writer, in Sabbatical

Erin Engman

Co-Writer

Co-screenwriter Erin Engman grew up a third-generation Democrat in Southern Orange County, California. She graduated from Cal State Fullerton and a B.A. in Graphic Arts and six weeks later, entered the film industry as a production assistant on the Warner Bros. feature film Burglar, starring Whoopi Goldberg. For the next 24 years, she continued to work on feature films in various positions, including recently as the Assistant Production Coordinator on Cameron Crowe’s film We Bought a Zoo. While doing all the above, she has written multiple screenplays, which have all reached various stages of production but have not yet reached “a theater near you.” She hopes that the feature film version of Sabbatical will become her first feature film.

Tegan Jones

Producer

Sam Mercer

Producer

Alison Kelly

Director of Photography

Vince Filippone as Editor, in Sabbatical

Vince Filippone

Editor

Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Vince moved to Los Angeles to work in the movies. A graduate of the School of Cinema-Television at USC, he has been working in post-production since 1995. Vince recently worked as First Assistant Editor on Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, which Paramount releases in 2013. Prior to that he was Co-Editor on Dreamworks' I Am Number Four. Vince has worked on the editing teams of Life as We Know It, Transformers 2, Eagle Eye, Disturbia, Friends with Money, Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, The Salton Sea and American Beauty. Fun fact: Co-Writer Erin Engman was my first boss when he moved to California and worked at Tri-Star Pictures.

Stuart McCowan as Supervising Sound Editor, in Sabbatical

Stuart McCowan

Supervising Sound Editor

Supervising Sound Editor, Stuart McCowan, grew up in the countryside of Scotland. After graduating college with a degree in Radio Broadcasting he moved to Glasgow and joined the British Broadcasting Corporation becoming a Reporter, Presenter, Producer, Researcher and Production Assistant for various acclaimed programs, series and specials on many of the BBC's networks. In the fall of 1995, Stuart left the UK and landed a job at a radio station in Northern California, becoming one half of the station's popular morning show in addition to being the Production Director. Feeling a childhood urge to get into film, he joined Skywalker Sound in '99 where he continues to work on a multitude of projects like Castaway, Minority Report, Munich, The Simpsons Movie, Indiana Jones & The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Avatar & Tron: Legacy. He has numerous nominations and won two Golden Reel awards for Dialogue/ADR Editing from the Motion Picture Sound Editors Guild for his work on The Curious Case of Benjamin Button & Super 8.