Our Bios

TERRY ROSS

Director / Producer / Teacher/ Coach/ Mentor

Terry Ross is an award winning film director, producer and actor of both stage and screen and the winner of the 2017 “Women in Film” Award at the San Diego Film Awards. She has acted, directed, produced and taught professionally for over 30 years as well as serving as a casting director on several independent films.  

Her directorial debut on a feature film, “Carving A Life”, garnered numerous awards and nominations including Best Director, Best Feature Film, Best Ensemble Cast, Best Screenplay and won the Excellence in Directing a Feature Film from Idyllwild Film Festival and most recently the Indie Spirit Award from New Hope Film Festival. Terry recently finished directing her second feature film, "The Sweet Taste of Souls", which is currently in post-production with an expected release date later in 2019.

Upcoming projects in 2019 include a principal acting role in the feature film “Beyond the Impact”, directing Sam Shepard’s “True West” and shooting a series of Master Classes for television. Her short films have been featured in many film festivals, most notably “The Last Resort”, winning “Best Director” and “Best Screenplay” from the Idyllwild International Film Festival and the Jury Award winner of the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival. 

Terry holds a Masters of Education from Stanford University and a Masters of Fine Arts in Directing from University of California. She has taught acting and directing at San Diego State University and University of San Diego as well as being a faculty member of the acclaimed Masters of Fine Arts Acting Program at the Old Globe Theatre.

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LISA BRUHN

Writer / Producer / Sales & Marketing Executive

Lisa is an award-winning screenwriter, and producer of several shorts, as well as the feature film “Carving A Life”. Lisa is a member of Sundance Institute, Women In Film, Film Independent, San Diego Film Consortium, FilmSpecific, and volunteers for the San Diego Film Festival. 

Lisa draws upon her business background as a high tech sales and marketing executive for producing in the film industry. Lisa studied screenwriting and independent film producing at UCLA Extension.

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OSCAR VELAZQUEZ

Director of Photography

Oscar Velasquez has been interested in arts and technology since he was a child, and was building computers by the age of 14. Before he became a cinematographer, he was a tattoo artist, muralist and photographer. 

At the age of 18, he filmed his first short film, Runaway, which won the Grand Recognition Prize at the IVIE awards through the San Diego County Office of Education. It was then that his love for cinematography began. He works as a cinematographer, and director of fiction films and has been involved heavily in the San Diego film community. 

As a visionary director, he strives to extract the emotional aspects of storytelling to captivate his audiences. He is driven to ultimately be a world-renowned cinematographer/director.

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