Alex Simmons is an Emmy-nominated director, producer, writer and journalist. He is also a recipient of an Overseas Press Club award and a co-founder of documentary production company Muck Media. He recently finished directing, writing and editing his first narrative feature film, Buddymoon (2016), a comedy starring David Giuntoli and Flula Borg.
Previously Simmons directed “Chasing El Chapo,” a documentary for ABC/Fusion about the world’s most notorious criminal, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. Other work includes “Borderland,” Al Jazeera America’s innovative documentary series on undocumented immigration. Simmons has also directed documentaries on topics ranging from Christian MMA fighters, anti-gay legislation in Uganda, Big Tobacco’s plan to hook new smokers in developing countries, and Rio de Janeiro’s race to clear its slums of crime before hosting the Olympics in 2016.
Simmons has also produced and directed numerous music videos, documentaries and concert films, working with artists such as The Shins, Sigur Rós, Common, Death Cab For Cutie, Mos Def and The Decemberists. This work also includes music videos for all of the songs on Flula’s new album, “I Want To Touch You.”
Simmons was born and raised in Moscow, Idaho, and is the son of two PHD scientists who generally approve of his film making ambitions. He now lives in Los Angeles with his wife Jeanne.
Jennifer Wood started her production career in Austin, TX where she produced her first Sci-Fi short THE NEXT. From there she moved to Los Angeles and started working behind the scenes in independent film and television, working on shows like FRIENDS WITH MONEY starring Jennifer Aniston, and ABC’s DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES. She discovered her love for documentaries while working as a production executive for five years at Al Gore’s Emmy Award winning CURRENT TV, before returning back to freelance. She then branched out to work in almost every remaining visual medium including web series, music videos, industrials and commercials while working with Fox Digital, WIGS, and Rainn Wilson’s SoulPancake. In 2013 she teamed up with the award winning journalists at Muck Media to Line Produce the Documentary TV Series BORDERLAND for Al Jazeera America. She recently returned to the independent film world to produce BUDDYMOON as well as the new indie drama HEARTLAND.
Peter Alton is a cinematographer based in Los Angeles. He graduated from Northwestern University’s Radio/Television/Film program. Before BUDDYMOON, Peter has has photographed many documentary projects, including Fusion’s “Chasing El Chapo,” Al Jazeera America’s “Borderland,” Discovery International’s “Gold Wars,” and the Lil Wayne documentary “The Carter.” Narrative projects include Jenna Fisher’s, Troma-released “Lollilove,” The Hulu-released, prison comedy “Kittens in a Cage,” and “James Gunn’s PG Porn” web series. He also shot 5 seasons for NBC’s “Last Call with Carson Daly.”
Michael Lockridge is a Los Angeles based Director of Photography and member of the International Cinematographers Guild IATSE Local #600. He was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota and attended Florida State University’s School of Motion Picture and Recording Arts.
Michael has worked as a DP on commercials, music videos, documentaries and features. Commercial clients include: Target, Filler Magazine, American Express, HTC, Playstation, GM, Anthem Blue Cross, The California Dairy Industry, Google, Wells Fargo and ESPN. His commercial “Half Pipe Proposal” was a 2011 AICP winner.
Composer and Multi-Instrumentalist Gabriel Feenberg was born and raised in southern California. He studied trombone and composition at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. Gabriel performs with the band Terraplane Sun, and other groups in the Los Angeles Area. Gabriel has composed music for short films and commercials. Honey Buddies is his first original score for a feature film. He currently lives in Los Angeles.