The Production Team
Writer, Director, Producer... SAMANTHA LAVIN
Samantha Lavin is an award winning writer and DGA director who has worked on over 30 film and television projects including CSI NY, Law and Order-SVU and Scrubs as an assistant director. Her film In Memory of Me has screened at over 40 festivals world wide, taking awards including Best Performance, Best Female Director, Best Short Film and Panavision’s New Filmmaker Grant. She has also written and directed several other films, promos and music videos. Most recently she directed a music video for the band Me of Kind and a promo for Earl Slick (David Bowie's guitar player), which helped secure sponsorship for his upcoming tour. She created a hybrid scripted/reality show called Out of the Frying Pan which was optioned by Comcast Productions. Samantha won a national competition for a PSA she wrote and directed on Marriage Equality during the height of the Proposition 8 battle. It was highlighted and shown on NBC L.A. and was a featured video on Funny or Die. Her writing, which includes several feature film and television scripts, has won recognition at competitions including Outfest, Moondance, Scriptapalooza and American Accolades. She was also a writer on the TV show Cinematherapy and has produced international promos for E! Entertainment and the Style Networks. Samantha graduated from Purchase College with a degree in Theater. From there she founded the first gay and lesbian theater company in Westchester, NY and went on to direct and perform in its improvisational comedy group and main stage productions. - DIRECTOR'S REEL
Jon Michael Kondrath, founder/CEO of ReKon Productions is an independent producer and DGA Unit Production Manager. Rekon's recent work includes the feature films Pretty Dead, a drama/thriller currently available on Video on Demand, and A Leading Man, a DGA Director's Finder choice and debuting at the Hawaii International Film Festival. Additionally, Kondrath has previously produced several festival-bound projects, notably: Tender As Hellfire with John Hawkes (Nashivlle), Boy (Cannes & SXSW), In Our Hands (Beverly Hills & Asterfest), and Squaresville (Interactive Academy of Web Television). In association with ReKon Productions, Jon is in development on several feature films and web/TV series.
Kristina Kondrath, Producer, Co-Founder, is a USC graduate (Film/TV) and also brings extensive basketball knowledge as former manager of the USC Women's Basketball Team. Her credits include spots for Comcast, Doritos, EA Games, BET and Epson. Most recently she produced the film Ending Up starring Jenica Bergere (Safety Not Guaranteed) and Matt Letscher (Carrie Diaries) and is currently working on two web series; Callbacks written and starring Toks Olagundoye (The Neighbors), and Milk and Honey starring Debbie Allen adn Idris Elba (The Wire).
Production Counsel/ Co-Producer... JENNIFER KENNEDY
Jennifer Kennedy is a Los Angeles-based entertainment attorney and artist manager. While maintaining a busy litigation practice, her transactional work focuses on independent filmmakers and musicians, most recently as production counsel for The Punk Singer, the breakout Kathleen Hanna documentary debuting at SXSW this year (IFC). She also represents author Melissa Febos and was instrumental in connecting her with the Robert Evans Company and in the sale of the rights to her novel, Whip Smart to which Catherine Hardwicke is now attached to direct the film adaptation. Her current artist management roster includes David Bowie’s longtime guitarist, Earl Slick, and members of Brit-pop band The Wedding Present.