Jojo Henrickson is a multi-talented writer, director and actor who is helping to redefine American Latino cinema. He is known for his work in film as a screenwriter, director and editor and for his work in television as a producer/director. His television projects include local and national Spanish language productions at KRAC in Los Angeles and at NBC’s Telemundo Network.
In 2001 he wrote and directed the independent feature-length mystery The Barrio Murders, which was invited to festivals (including The Chicago Latino Film Festival) It was immediately picked up for video distribution, where it has earned more than five times its original budget. He wrote, produced, co-directed and edited the 2006 multi-award winning, rock-and-roll/horror/comedy/chick flick, Stump the Band. He received critical acclaim as the screenwriter of Ladrón Que Roba a Ladrón (Lionsgate, 2007), a subtitled Spanish language heist/con-man film set entirely in the United States. In 2009 Henrickson wrote, co-directed and co-starred in GB: 2525, an Latino action/sci-fi feature film set in the barrios of Los Angeles in the year 2525. Most recently he directed The Fear Box: 666 Telemarketing, a thriller short film with 12 nominations and four wins in film festivals around the world in 2014-2016.
Shane Salk is an award winning audio producer. He co-created and produced the first audio drama of its kind to be distributed by Internet podcasting: a weekly adventure series performed with a full cast, sound effects and music. "We’re Alive: A Story of Survival" launched in May 2009, to date it has over 200 million downloads. Salk is recognized and quoted in "The Radio Drama Handbook" (2011), a textbook and report of an academic research study.*
Salk’s audio drama adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol was released simultaneously in English and Spanish, by Blackstone Audio on CD and by download. Produced and sound designed by Salk, it stars Maurice LaMarche, Rob Paulson (Emmy Award winning voice actors), Neil Flynn, Robbie Rist, Ruben Garfias and Alex Fernandez, just to name a few. It received the Parents’ Choice Award for Story Telling in 2012.
Salk’s other credits as producer, director and sound designer of audio productions range from a sitcom series on LA Talk Radio to a fantasy/action pilot starring Emmy Award winner Michael Emerson (Lost, Person of Interest), to original short stories and pilot episodes for children’s shows, serial action/adventure, mystery and comedy shows. In the video realm, Salk has produced short films and a web video series that have appeared in several festivals around the country. He is sought after by producers of both audio and video projects because of his willingness to provide voluntary consultation. Initially trained as an actor (Chapman University, BFA), Salk has appeared in several dozen stage, screen and voiceover/audio roles. He also originated the role of Genie in Disney Cruise Line’s production of Aladdin.
Laura Davy wrote her first story when she was in elementary school and, despite the fact that the plot didn’t make sense, she kept on writing. Nowadays, she writes everything from epic fantasy to light satire to bloody horror. Her fiction has appeared in various magazines, podcasts, anthologies, and even a text-based horror app. You can find her stories in Grimdark Magazine, Escape Pod, Factor Four Magazine, Grievous Angel, Sword & Sorceress 31, Stupefying Stories SHOWCASE, Every Day Fiction, Apex Magazine, and more! If you'd like to learn more about her, visit www.lauradavy.com or follow her on Twitter @TheLauraDavy where she's probably rambling on about cats.
Aaron Castellan is a comedy writer with over a decade of experience working across a broad spectrum of the entertainment industry. From the multiple sketch shows at UCB LA, to Ubisoft E3 media briefings at the Orpheum Theatre streamed to millions online, to Amazon Alexa’s responses for the Call of Duty app, to a national commercial and documentaries on the growth of high school esports for PlayVS; Aaron’s ability to concisely tell a story with humor and compassion has kept his writing in demand across a variety of entities and audiences.
He is thrilled for the opportunity to craft the world of Carcerem with so many talented and passionate people.
George Ackles got his start acting in commercials in Los Angeles as a child. As a teen, he added music to the mix; touring the country as a featured soloist in an award-winning madrigal
choir. From there, he went on to front various rock acts in and around L.A. (and opening for acts
like Incubus, 311, and System of a Down, to name a few). After a handful of record deals came and went, George dipped into screenwriting with his longtime writing partner Christopher Rowell. The two had several fantasy/science-fiction scripts optioned around town, but George couldn’t ignore his desire to perform and soon turned his focus back to acting and his education, earning his Bachelor's in Theater from California State University, Northridge. While there, George was thrice nominated for the prestigious Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship recognizing outstanding student performances. After college, George was swayed by good friend and exceptional actress, Dana Powers, to look into voice-over and he was instantly hooked. These days, George keeps busy predominantly as a voice actor, but he still works on camera from time to time (recently having won a best actor award for his leading performance in “This Kind-Of Love”). When he’s not acting, George still enjoys writing both music and short stories/short films.
Luke McKinley is happy to be working with Shane Salk once more as a writer for Carcerem and the upcoming series, Hawk. Luke is known for writing the play Apophis, a story about the degradation of society in the face of global disaster. He was formerly the head news writer for The Sex Herald and you can read his articles about data science on Medium. Luke’s poetry has appeared in national publications and has probably been read by dozens of people. Additionally, he ghost-wrote a semi-pornographic cookbook called Temptation at the White House.