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Cheryl Pollak
Producer, Director

Cheryl Pollak is an award-winning producer and director. Her credits include producing and directing narrative film, documentary television, animated children’s series,  trailers, short training films,  interstitials, commercials, behind-the-scenes specials and promos for multiple platforms. She is experienced working with animals and children, microbudget and high budget shoots and filming live events with multiple crews. 

Pollak developed a pilot program to train senior citizens in the art of documentary filmmaking. Cheryl taught the group, whose ages ranged from 64 to 88. The students wrote, shot and edited their own films.  She considers it one of the most rewarding projects she has done. 

Currently, Cheryl is producing the Audiosyncrasy Podcast. Audiosyncrasy reveals the stories of found photographs, using audio to see. 

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Richard Murphy
Writer, Director

Murphy, originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan, is the fifth of seven children, all born on different days of the week. During his last two years of high school, he worked in an auto parts factory to save enough money to move to Chicago and attend Loyola University. There he began taking classes at Second City and eventually dropped out of college to move to Los Angeles. 

David Milch gave Murphy his first real break by casting him in the ABC series Capital News, which led to other roles, and a Daytime Emmy nomination for his performance in The Perfect Date. But Murphy’s first love was writing, so he quit acting and began renovating houses while writing independent films that took years to get made, including Milwaukee, Minnesota, which won the Young Critics Award at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival. 

In 2008, Murphy touched off a bidding war among publishers with Confessions of a Contractor, a novel based on his experiences renovating houses. Since then, Murphy has written numerous pilots, both drama and single-camera comedies for most of the major networks and feature films for major studios. He is now in the middle of designing and building his own house in Silver Lake.

Murphy’s work has also appeared in Runner’s World and ID8 Nation.