Sharat Raju, Director
Sharat's creative work has earned nearly two dozen international awards and continues to entertain audiences throughout the world. He wrote and directed the short film American Made, which aired on PBS's Independent Lens. Sharat produced, directed, and edited the similarly acclaimed Divided We Fall, the first documentary to chronicle the rise in hate-crimes in the immediate aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001. Recently, he was chosen to be a Directing Fellow at ABC Networks and at Film Independent, after graduating with high honors from the American Film Institute. He began his career working for legendary casting director Mali Finn on The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions, 8 Miles, and others. There are no outstanding warrants for his arrest.
Marcus Cano, Producer
Marcus has been making film and television programming, with a special appetite for social interest stories, for more than 10 years. He received an MFA in Film Producing from the American Film Institute, where he worked with writer-director Sharat Raju to make the award-winning short film American Made. Marcus also worked in development at the newsmagazine Dateline NBC and the Mark Gordon Company. Marcus began a successful casting agency in Los Angeles before moving to Georgia, where he is now a digital-filmmaking professor at the Art Institute, Atlanta.