With an eye towards directing, Renata committed herself to a four year acting program at the renowned Playhouse West School & Repertory Theatre in Los Angeles under the tutelage of actor Jeff Goldblum, believing that in order to get a great performance a director should understand the actors journey and speak their language.
Upon completing her studies and armed with some notable celebrity donations, Renata was able to write, executive produce, direct, and star in her first film project Mistaken Identity.
She has since been involved with film production for over 15 years, having worked on a myriad of indie features with such stars as Cuba Gooding Jr., James Franco, Ron Perlman, and Morgan Fairchild, as well as working for the FOX TV reality show Trading Spouses.
To date she has been nominated twice for Best Director after having directed ten short films of varying genres, an eight part Film Noir Web series and her directorial feature debut, the teen thriller What's Eating Todd? that received distribution with Indican Pictures
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Sama has Executive Produced an impressive array of over twenty (20) independent feature films including most notably, Guns, Girls, and Gambling starring Academy Award Winner Gary Oldman, Christian Slater and Dane Cool which is quickly becoming a cult favorite; this film was released in theaters on December of 2012 and in January of 2013, acquired a worldwide distribution deal from Universal Pictures.
His shingle “Samaco Films” is currently financing and producing a slate of several independent feature films, including 3 psychological thrillers Stockholm, Seance, and Alexis Colette, as well as a poignant heart-warming tear jerker titled Take My Wife Please, all of which are projected to begin principle photography before winter of 2019.
Most recently Sama has become the newest member of the Board of Directors for the Non-Profit organization New Filmmakers, LA and is a member of the Producer’s Guild of America.
Jon Rannells is a prize-winning playwright whose plays have been performed around the world and translated into several languages.
Described by Evan Solomon of CBC as, “…a brilliant writer, raw and whip smart.”
Jon’s plays have been performed by companies in Toronto, Montreal and throughout Europe. Jon is also the co-founder of the Dogtooth Theatre Group in Toronto.
As a feature screenwriter, Jon has several properties currently optioned in Hollywood as well as being the writer on the produced films Whoa Man , and Ruby Booby.