anna musso - writer & director
ANNA MUSSO, a native of Jefferson Park, Chicago, earned a BFA from New York's School of Visual Arts. She's extended her education in the last five years working under the guidance of filmmaker Alexander Payne at his production company Ad Hominem, where she's been very generously mentored by its founders who also include screenwriter Jim Taylor and producer Jim Burke. In New York she was a member of The National Board of Review and a videographer for The Actors Studio. Anna lives in Los Angeles and aspires to write and direct feature films.
She has co-directed two short films with Daniel Hartney, IN SMALL THINGS REMEMBERED, a WWII drama, and ONCE UPON A TIME NEVER COMES AGAIN, a comedy about Brooklynite kids facing the loss of their beloved Dodgers in 1957. L TRAIN is her first solo directorial work.
zak kilberg - producer
ZAK KILBERG formed Social Construct Films in late 2009 and has since been hard at work, developing and producing feature and short film projects in both New York and Los Angeles. He most recently produced the independent feature films ALYCE (post-production) with Sundance alumni director Jay Lee, and WOULD YOU RATHER (post-production) with Periscope Entertainment (TERRI, AUGUST) and two-time Sundance darling David Guy Levy directing. Zak is extremely pleased to be so closely involved in making L TRAIN a reality.
alexander payne - executive producer
ALEXANDER PAYNE earned his MFA in Film at UCLA. He debuted with CITIZEN RUTH and followed up with ELECTION, which garnered Best Screenplay awards from the Writers' Guild of America as well as an Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay. ABOUT SCHMIDT premiered in competition at the Cannes Film Festival and opened the New York Film Festival. SIDEWAYS, won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay and was nominated for four others, including Best Picture and Best Director. His new film starring George Clooney, THE DESCENDANTS, is a contemporary Hawaii story slated for release in November, 2011.
marcin szalkowski - cinematographer
MARCIN SZALKOWSKI’s imagination and his visual sensibility were born in Poland but all that was transformed into cinematographic vision at Columbia College Chicago where he studied cinematography and shot numerous projects. Many earned him festival recognition, including a nod from The Student Academy Awards (THE EXEMPTION OF HUNTER RILEY, 35mm). As a student, he gained practical experience on professional sets as electrician on Christopher Nolan's THE DARK KNIGHT and David Goyer's THE UNBORN and later as gaffer on THE LAST RIGHTS OF JOE MAY.
He continues working as cinematographer on narratives, commercials, music videos, documentaries and industrial content in Chicago, New York and LA, where he continues involving his passion for visual storytelling. His work has screened at Sundance, Palm Beach International Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival and Los Angeles International Latino Film Festival, among others.
Between Poland and USA, between the hiding shadows or revealing light, between lens's "precise touch" and wide open amazed eye of film fan, between directorial vision and cinematographic excitement, he found his place..., as he jokes, with the best view on life in motion pictures…behind the camera.
adam girardet - production & costumer designer
ADAM GIRARDET has worked extensively in both theater and in film and television. Past credits for wardrobe work on Broadway include THE PRODUCERS, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, 9 TO 5, A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC and CATCH ME IF YOU CAN, among others. In addition Adam has designed costumes for several productions by Working Artists Theater Project. Television and film credits include: RESCUE ME, UGLY BETTY, SYRIANA, RENT, The Tony Awards and various commercials.
mikki levi - editor
MIKKI LEVI was born in Japan as a navy brat. She found her way to mainland U.S. by attending Boston University where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Film. She made her way west to Los Angeles and currently works as an assistant editor in film and television. She hopes her experiences lead her to become a great editor.
khadijah davis - "sunny"
KHADIJAH DAVIS made her debut as an extra in the 2006 Peyton Reed film, THE BREAK UP. Since then she's landed several roles in other films including, THEY CALL IT PUPPY LOVE and a starring role in L TRAIN. She enjoys performing and finds the challenge of film and theater to be thrilling. In the future she would like to try her hand at a few roles behind the scenes including writing, directing and producing.
natalie davis - "the girl in the pink coat"
NATALIE DAVIS makes her acting debut in L TRAIN. She is an extremely bright girl and is currently earning straight A's in school. Natalie is outgoing, loves music and participates in her school's choir. She hopes to one day be an actor or singer. She learned quickly that movies are hard work, but Natalie was up for the challenge. During the filming, she took her first independent steps with the aid of forearm crutches. The moment was life changing and opened up a world of new possibilities. Natalie is excited see what the next "first step" of her life will be.