Daniel Ponickly, Producer/Writer
Ponickly hails from New York City, where he started his career in experimental theater, comedy, and dance. Ponickly wrote and produced LAMP's films Raw Cut and "Mining For Ruby", both of which were distributed in 2014.
In his past life, he taught, performed, and competed in ballroom dance for 20 years on shows such as the Academy Awards, on tour with "Forever Swing" and in movies most notably dancing with Julia Roberts in “Mona Lisa Smile”, and with NYC school kids in the movie “Mad-Hot Ballroom”.
Ponickly is also the artistic director and co-founder of Ballroom MADNESS, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that teaches kids how to work together through ballroom dance.
Zoe Quist, Producer/Director
Quist started her career as a film and television actress with roles in the features Delicate Instruments and If Tomorrow Comes opposite James Franco. These diverse and rich characters led to a featured role in Steven Spielberg's War of the Worlds.
Passionate to be crafting her own stories for global audiences, Quist transitioned behind the camera as a filmmaker creating thought-provoking and captivating films. Starting with the dark, intimate, noir-style thriller with a horror-ific twist Raw Cut, immediately followed by the romantic drama Mining For Ruby with Billy Zane, Mischa Barton and Jonathan Bennett. Both of these feature films were produced under the Lock & Monkey Productions banner, and were released nationwide August 2014.
Tracy Morse, Writer/Director
Morse moved from Rhode Island to Los Angeles in 1993 to pursue his dream of becoming a rock star. When reality set in, followed immediately by a haircut, he got cracking on a career in the film industry... which he will tell you was a close second choice. After 20 years in the business, as a Below-the-line Talent agent, a Marketing Executive for Panavision and a Screenwriter, Morse has been living his dream as a 'rock star' filmmaker.
Morse has written over 48 feature screenplays, plus numerous pilots, treatments and shorts for over a dozen producers and directors in Hollywood. He has directed commercials for Long Live Crime Records, a spec pilot called Inkslingers (based on his decade long career as a tattoo artist) and music videos for Maureen & The Mercury 5, Todd's Planet (the guitarist for The Offspring, Juliette & The Licks), Empty Empyre, and seminal 90's gothic rock band Romantic Torture.
Morse co-wrote and co-directed his first feature Demon Legacy with John Savage & Eileen Dietz, and Creature, co-written by Morse and produced by The Bubble Factory, opened nationwide in September 2011. Morse also created a horror screenwriting course called Scared Scriptless, which he tours when given the opportunity. His latest short film Wednesday The 13th just hit the web, and he currently has 3 screenplays in pre-production.