Short Film PRODUCER
Feature Film ASSOCIATE PRODUCER
MARK ALAN PETERS
Kansas native and Nashville based songwriter and film maker. Mark is also the founder and CEO of M89 Films, a film production company.
Mark made the move to Nashville in 1997 to pursue songwriting. In early 2002, he entered the Billboard charts for the first time with a song written with MCA artist Shannon Lawson. Over the years, Mark has enjoyed working with the best in Nashville’s music community, working & writing with recording artists Dierks Bentley, Justin Moore & Nick Carter and many others. The move into film was an easy transition by joining his two loves of music & film. Working on Emmy winning projects & working alongside Oscar winning actors. Whether words or visuals, enjoying the challenges and opportunities of “telling stories in a different way.”
Short Film CO-DIRECTOR/PRODUCER/CO-STORY
Mike Stryker is the founder of Casting Life Films, a production company. He is a 9-time Golden Addy Award winner, 2-time Silver Telly winner (for producing, directing and cinematography), and a Midsouth Emmy Award winner.
Most recently, Mike co-produced and shot the award-winning documentary, IRON WILL: Veterans’ Battle with PTSD”, narrated by Billy Bob Thornton.
Past projects include: Paramount Pictures/MTV's "The Wild Wonderful Whites of West Virginia", music videos such as CMT country artist Danielle Peck's "Impossible Dreams" (placing top ten on CMT), Julie Roberts’ "Whiskey and You" (top ten on CMT), Beau Davidson's "Blessed", (which became the 2012 campaign video for Mitt Romney), and Rick Monroe’s "Just the same” (nominated for a Grammy for best Music video category).
He has co-produced four feature documentaries narrated by celebrities including “Autism in America”, “Hunger in America”, and IRON WILL. His cinematography work includes; "Two, The Story of Roman” and “Nero" starring Jon Bon Jovi and Desmond Child. Most recently, Stryker created a short film commissioned by the Thailand Tourism Board to help promote Northern Thailand globally
Zac Adams was born in Baton Rouge, LA. After graduating from Watkins Film School in Nashville, TN, Adams wrote, produced, and directed 5 short films. Each of these films played at several film festivals, and two screened on PBS stations across the country.
Adams is also an award-winning screenwriter, and three of his screenplays have placed in the finals of nine national screenplay competitions.
Adams' PBS Mini-Series, “Southern Haunts”, which a program that delves into the myths and mysteries behind some of the most fascinating ghost stories of the south. It has won 6 International Awards, been viewed by millions on PBS, and is narrated by national TV and radio personality, Charlie Chase, from "Crook and Chase" fame.
Adams is currently developing several new TV shows, documentaries, and feature films. His film, NASHVILLE RISES, a documentary about the epic 2010 Nashville flood, was nominated for a 2012 Emmy. It is narrated by Academy Award winner Billy Bob Thornton. To view the trailer, visit: www.skydivefilms.com
Adams directed, produced and wrote the Midsouth Emmy award-winning documentary “Hunger in America”; a powerful look at the secret hunger crisis happening in America’s own back yard, which was narrated by "Desperate Housewives" star, James Denton. After that, he directed, produced and wrote the documentary “Autism in America”; is a film focusing on autism acceptance and awareness. It’s narrated by "Grey’s Anatomy" star, Chandra Wilson and will premiere in 2015.
In 2016, he was a producer of “Balancing the Scales”, a documentary that explores the history of women lawyers in the US and gender equality.
Most recently, Zac was a producer/writer of the award-winning documentary, “IRON WILL: Veterans’ Battle with PTSD”, narrated by Billy Bob Thornton.
STEVEN C. KNAPP
A Nashvillian, Emmy Award® winning , and multiple Addy Award winning producer/creative director, Steven has been obsessed with the moving picture since first grade. In 2008, he lost his broadcast journalism job and started knapptimecreative, a hybrid multimedia creative agency and production company working in the entertainment and advertising industries.
Most recently, Steven directed legendary multi-platinum recording group Kansas’ first music video in almost sixteen years: Rhythm in the Spirit. His behind the scenes work with Big Machine Label group and their artists Steven Tyler, Eli Young Band, and Rascal Flatts have garnered multiple Gold and Silver Addy Awards. A feature-length anti-bullying documentary he co-produced, titled HEAR ME NOW, was recently acquired for worldwide distribution and won two Silver Telly Awards.
Steven is a frequent live event producing partner for some of Nashville’s most venerable institutions like the Nashville Film Festival, the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Nashville Songwriter’s Association International (NSAI). NSAI’s 50th Anniversary event at the world renowned Ryman Auditorium later this year will feature his filmmaking talents at the show. Steven currently serves on the board of American Advertising Federation Nashville
In 2015, his documentary short about the Nashville in Harmony LGBT chorus was a nominee for the Nashville Film Festival’s coveted Tennessee Horizon Audience Choice Award and placed fourth for all Tennessee short films. In 2016, he was invited by Artistic Director Brian Owens to become a producing partner with the highly prestigious festival.
Some of the brands and clients that have sought his visual talent include Stetson, Roper Apparel, March of Dimes, Virgin Hotels, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA), William Morris Endeavor, and the Country Music Association.
Steven enjoys being as awesome as possible.