Marlene Rhein graduated from Ithaca College with a Rod Serling Screenwriting scholarship. Since then, she has directed over fifty music videos, including hip hop legend 2Pac Shakur's last, the humorous 'F-Me Pumps' video for Amy Winehouse as well as commercials for Diesel, Verizon, and Avaya Communications. Her comedy short film, Let Me Tell You A Story won several Audience Awards at film festivals nationwide in 2000, as well as the SCREENWRITING AWARD at the Long Island International Film Festival. She was subsequently chosen for Filmmaker Magazine's "TOP 25 NEW FACES OF INDEPENDENT FILM." She was selected as an Independent Feature Project "Project Involve" Fellow in 2005 and an "Emerging Narrative Director Lab" Fellow in 2006. She has written two off-off-Broadway plays that were performed at the Manhattan Repertory Theatre; Telling Yourself It Doesn't Matter in 2005 and Customer Service in 2006. Marlene's first feature film, THE BIG SHOT-CALLER, a story inspired by her younger brother's vision disability and his extraordinary passion for Salsa dancing, opened theatrically at The Quad Cinema in New York City in May 2009 and is now available on DVD from distributor Vanguard Cinema. It received four stars from film critic Kam Williams, who called it an "absolutely appealing little gem of an indie, which marks the impressive writing, directing, and acting debut of Marlene Rhein." Stephen Holden of the New York Times called it "authentic."
David Spaltro is a New York based, award winning writer, director, producer and editor. In 2007 he completed his first feature film, "...Around" love-letter to NYC, and part auto-biography of his time at film school, a critical and festival success, released through Cinetic Media on Amazon, VOD, and Netflix in 2009, and it's TV debut on PBS Christmas Day 2010. Spaltro's second feature, 2012's "Things I Don't Understand" , also went on to critical acclaim, attending over 45 film festivals and winning 18 Best Feature awards, as well as a host of acting, writing, and directing honors. Spaltro directed the short film "The Cat's Cradle", written by Tawny Sorensen, and wrote, directed, and edited his third feature, "...In the Dark", a horror project for Seven Oaks Films and Intimation Productions in 2014. Spaltro currently is involved in an adaptation of Gothic horror novelist Steven Peck's "A Short Stay in Hell", as well as writing-directing-producing "Wake Up in New York", the final chapter of his NYC Valentine Trilogy through his companyWandering/Cut Films.
Ralph McDaniels is one of the most important figures in Hip-Hop. He single-handedly introduced Hip-Hop to video as a medium of expression. His groundbreaking show, “Video Music Box,” is the template for “Rap City,” “Yo! MTV Raps,” and countless others. The creator of the “shout out,” Uncle Ralph, as he is called, is Hip-Hop royalty, respected by legends like Jay-Z down to Joey Bada$$. An entrepreneur, radio host, DJ, VJ, and speaker, Ralph is constantly in the community pushing Hip-Hop forward.
Red Alert is an American DJ who rose to fame on 98.7 Kiss FM, NYC and is recognized as one of the founding fathers of hip hop music and culture. He is one of the first DJs to perform with the architects of hip hop Universal Zulu Nation. He built his radio show’s fan base by shouting out to listeners within the Tri-State area. Red Alert has been noted for breaking in such acts and artists as A Tribe Called Quest, Queen Latifah and Black Sheep. Red played a vital role in The Bridge Wars beginning in 1986. His legend grew immensely after being the first DJ to break the record “South Bronx” by Boogie Down Productions. He holds the all-time record for the most guest appearances amongst all hip hop artists in the history of music video. Kool DJ Red Alert has received numerous awards and accolades including a special award at the first annual Rap Hall of Fame Awards show. He was given the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from music trade publication Impact in 1998, and the 1997 Mix Show DJ of the year award from the now-defunct San Francisco-based radio industry trade publication Gavin. He was named one of the 50 most influential people in music by Rolling Stone magazine. Red Alert is the only hip hop deejay honored with a display in the Radio Section of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. He has been appointed by the United Nations as an honorary Ambassador To Music. In June 2003, he was recognized with a location on the Bronx Walk of Fame, a series of street signs recognizing people of note from the borough, alongside other notables such as Colin Powell who have originated from the Bronx.
Selected by Chambers USA every year since 2005 and by Super Lawyers since 2008 as one of the top Entertainment Lawyers in NYC, Jacobson built his unique practice by focusing on his two passions: music and film. He represented the estates of George & Ira Gershwin, Elvis Presley and Duke Ellington and important songwriters such as Jimmy Webb, Shakira and Annie Roboff. He handled films like “Conviction” with Hilary Swank & Sam Rockwell, represented Oscar Nominee Rip Torn and is now Executive Producer of Dennis Hopper’s final film. He also held senior executive positions at several major internet companies. Jacobson is the Founding Chairman of the NYS Bar Association Section on Entertainment Arts & Sports Law, testified before Congress and WIPO regarding the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and was Adjunct Professor of Entertainment Law at Fordham University Law School, CUNY Law School and The New School. He is licensed to practice law in New York, California (inactive) and Florida (inactive).