DANIEL RAGUSSIS received his BA from Georgetown University, where he graduated fourth in his class and was a Rhodes Scholarship finalist. He founded a highly successful marketing consultancy, handling product launches for AOL, MCI, Entergy, and Fannie Mae, before completing his MFA at Columbia University, where he was a Film Division Fellow. His thesis film, HABER, premiered at Telluride, won the National Board of Review Motion Pictures Award, and was an Official Qualifier for the 2009 Academy Awards. Ragussis is currently developing FREUD, a film about the young Sigmund Freud as he was developing his theory of dreams. He has also been hired to direct PACKS, a true crime thriller about the rise of designer marijuana, and is the co-writer of the screen adaptation of PURPLE AMERICA, the acclaimed novel by Ricky Moody (author of THE ICE STORM). His first feature, IMPERIUM, starring Daniel Radcliffe and Toni Collette, was released in August 2016 by Lionsgate. It was a New York Times Critics’ Pick; Variety reported the film “lands with unsettling relevance,” the LA Times called it “impressively dimensional… tense, gripping and disturbing,” and Entertainment Weekly hailed it as “a tense, chilling thriller… Radcliffe is brilliant.”
DENNIS LEE graduated from Columbia University’s M.F.A. Film Program. While at Columbia, his thesis film JESUS HENRY CHRIST won the AMPAS Student Academy Award, Silver. After graduation, Dennis moved to Los Angeles when he was selected as an ABC/Disney Television Directing Fellow, shadowing on such TV shows as ALIAS and DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES. Dennis made his feature film debut with FIREFLIES IN THE GARDEN, which he wrote and directed. The film stars Ryan Reynolds, Willem Dafoe, Emily Watson, Carrie Ann Moss, Hayden Panettiere and Julia Roberts, and made its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival in 2008. His second feature film, JESUS HENRY CHRIST, stars Michael Sheen and Toni Collette, and is executive produced by Julia Roberts. The film had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, 2011. Dennis has also been a writer for hire on numerous films in development. His third and fourth features, PURPLE AMERICA and BIRDS IN FALL, both adaptations of acclaimed novels, are slated for production in 2018.
FRANCISCO ORDOÑEZ was born and raised in Queens, graduating with a B.A. in Sociology from City University of New York. He then earned his M.F.A. in Film Directing at the Columbia University School of the Arts, where he was honored as a Film Division Fellow. Francisco’s thesis film, ST. PAUL, has won numerous awards, including Best Short at the HBO New York Latino Film Festival, and the IFP Audience Award. His second short, COOKIE, premiered at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival and was a Finalist in the NBC Universal Shortcuts Film Festival. Francisco has also directed commercials and industrials for agencies such as Cline Davis and Mann (CDMi), Euro RSCG and Brand Addict, and for clients such as Genentech, Match.com, Human Genome Sciences, and Glaxo Smith Kline. He is currently in development on the feature film ASHER, starring Danny Glover and Mekhi Phifer, was hired to write the screenplay PACKS, a true crime thriller based on the experiences of the artist Berner, and is in pre-production on THE LOW END THEORY. He is the head of development for Atomic Features.