ADAM REEVES (Producer/Director)

I believe in family films. I believe in happy endings. And I believe in the movies that make us feel better because we have experienced and can relate to them. That is why December Dilemma was created. And that is why I so strongly believe in this film and what it stands for.

If you are a fan of the old classic "feel good" holiday films, such as It's A Wonderful Life, The Christmas Story, The Bishop's Wife, and so many others, then you will understand why this film was written. My yearning and admiration for the family holiday film genre can be witnessed in every line and character that was created to tell this wonderful story. I want to bring back the simplicity and sincerity that is missing in so many films being churned out today.

Every one who has become involved with this project or has read the script first hand agrees that we have a winner! December Dilemma is destined to become the next big holiday film classic to be seen over and over again year after year. I am honored to be directing and producing such a film and I am overwhelmed by the wonderful cast and crew that are surrounding and supporting me.

MATT BOYD (Director of Photography)

Matthew Boyd is a cinematographer from Connecticut credited with over twelve feature films, over thirty short films, and a multitude of commercials & music videos. A majority of those works have won numerous awards and played in festivals around the world, several garnered distribution as well. Boyd graduated from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco in 2002 (3.7 GPA). Within a month of earning his B.A. in film he was selected to shoot his first feature, Double Deuce  for director Rafael Cabrera in Miami, FL.  For years he worked as 1st AC, grip, gaffer and camera operator between his cinematography assignments.

In 2006, Boyd lensed the 35mm feature Rockin’ Meera with writer/director Param Gill, a comedic action/adventure story shot on location in Delhi and Rajasthan, India. In the Winter of '09 he shot Power Poison  with Vahram Hakobyan which garnered him a silver Telly Award® for Cinematography. He also shot the third installment of Locker 13, (The Author) with director Jason Marsden. Russell Carpenter ASC (Titanic, True Lies) was hired for the first installment entitled, Down & Out  starring Rick Schroeder.

Between  2009 and 2010, Boyd was chosen to shoot four feature-length films, Broken Dreams with director David Crabtree in Los Angeles, Strapped  with long-time collaborator director Joseph Graham in San Francisco, The Deposition with director Eddie Mensore in West Virginia, and Fake  with director Greg Friedle in Connecticut and NYC starring Gabriel Mann, Fisher Stevens, Robert Loggia, and Jill Flint.

Most recently Boyd shot Lake Effects with director Michael McKay starring; Jane Seymour, Jeff Fahey, and Sean Patrick Flanery to name a few. He also recently completed Pass the Salt, Please  for director Tatjana Nadjanovic starring Seymour Cassel, produced by Radha Mitchell and Jonathan Rhys Meyers. Next he is slated to film his first 3-D feature with director Param Gill.

Click here to view Matthew Boyd's demo reel.

GRANT ELLIS (Line Producer)

Grant Ellis is an independent filmmaking professional based out of Northern California, working on full length feature films and short form media. Grant holds a Bachelor's of Science degree in Digital Filmmaking and Video Production from The Art Institute of California - Sunnyvale (4.0 GPA, valedictorian candidate) where he studied under executive producer Gerald T. Olson for three years. Professionally, he has worked as a line producer (Santa's Dog), 1st assistant director (The Duty of Living), casting director (I'm In Love With A Church Girl), as well as a post production supervisor and visual effects artist on his short form projects. 

Grant is a strong believer in education. He has taught and mentored students in his workshop series for the past three years, emphasizing production value and implementation of cinematic mechanisms as storytelling devices. His students have gone on to work professionally as grips, editors, motion graphics artists, and animators in and around the Bay Area and in Southern California. Despite his success as a teacher, he still considers himself a student and undergoes a strict regime of study which includes industry best practices as well as new technology developments.

BRIAN MCLAUGHLIN (Music Supervisor)

Brian McLaughlin attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston on a scholarship and graduated with a degree in Professional Music. Specializing in Jazz, he also has a wide variety of experience and training in other genres such as classical, rock and world music. As a full time drummer and percussionist, Brian has performed with such name jazz acts as Joe Lovano, Wynton Marsalis, George Garzone, and Hal Crook. In addition, Brian is a member of the Los Angeles based Indie-Rock Band, ‘Gamble House’. He has toured extensively throughout the US, Europe and South America with a variety of groups, and has opened for David Sanbourn, John Mayer and Rogue Wave among others.

Brian currently resides in Los Angeles where he continues to perform regularly with various groups/artists, teaches music, and composes for film and TV. His on screen composing/performing credits include ‘Jack and Jill’, ‘America’s Next Top Model’ and ‘Night Watch’. He has also assisted with Film Music Supervising on a number of Projects including, ‘Queer Eye for the Straight Guy’, ‘Night Watch’, Jack and Jill’ and ‘Dead Last’.

MATT HOUSTON (2nd Assistant Director)

Matt Houston is an independent writer/producer based out of the San Francisco Bay Area, working on full length feature films and web based media. Matt is currently pursuing a degree in film while running Cheapshot Entertainment, a small production company, with his partner Ian Gecox. Matt has worked professionally on the Spartan Films feature Cheer Up Sam as a second AD as well as various shorts honored at the annual California Independent Film Festival. Matt is currently working on a web-based comedy series called Pursue With Caution that he created and co-wrote. Production is slated for the late summer of 2011 and scheduled to debut in the fall.

LORI LAUBE (Casting Director)

Lori Laube began her career as the studio manager and kid’s headshot photographer for AE Casting (formerly American Eagle Studios). With her great eye and excellent character judgment, three years later in January of 2005, she became agency principal. Since taking the helm, Lori and her associates at AE Casting have developed a reputation for giving 110% for each and every project to find just the right talent and/or crew for the job and lending assistance in other areas such as locations and vehicles. Lori’s credits as a Casting Director for feature films includes: The Violent Kind which premiered at Sundance 2010, Not Fade Away (also Associate Producer and Still Photographer), extras casting for Bottle Shock and local casting for Lawless. Among her lengthy list for both local and national television projects are the first two seasons of the hit Investigation Discovery series I (Almost) Got Away With It and movies The Crucifixion and 42 Ways to Kill Hitler. In her free time, Lori indulges in her passion for photography, dogs, football, and hanging out with family and friends.