Sam Schectman - Writer / Director
Sam Schectman majored in English and Cinema at Binghamton University, where the academic focus on avant-garde filmmaking challenged him to employ a compelling, distinctive narrative style in his storytelling. He graduated with honors in English for his feature-length script of The Agency, which he deftly whittled down into his most recent short film.
Sam worked in Reality Television and Music Video production in New York City, before jumping into development under Sara Colleton, executive producer of the Showtime series Dexter. As her assistant and story editor, he embedded himself in the New York publishing world, tracking new literary material and guiding producers and execs through various stages of creative development.
In 2010, he moved to Los Angeles to focus on writing, directing, and producing his own projects.
Rachel Robb Kondrath - Producer
Rachel Robb Kondrath began her studies in graphic design at age twelve at Rhode Island School of Design, continuing in filmmaking at the University of Southern California and the Film and Television School of the Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU), and was one of the youngest Cinematography Fellows to be accepted at the American Film Institute at age 21. Most recently, she placed in the top of her class in Architecture at Harvard University.
Through an independent production company at Trojan Vision, USC's television station, Rachel produced original content for Fox Sports, ESPN, and ABC News. Her films have appeared at Sundance and Tribecca, and won awards at South By Southwest, the Director's Guild of America, the Shanghai Film Festival, and Berlinale. In 2007, Rachel was the lead producer on Jay and Seth vs. the Apocalypse, starring Seth Rogen and Jay Baruchel, which sold to Mandate Pictures (Juno, Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle).
The Agency is her first collaboration with director Sam Schectman, from whom she expects to see great things in the future.
Rebecca Larsen - Producer
Rebecca Larsen leads an action-packed, eccentric lifestyle, gliding from project to project and learning as much as possible on the way. A four-year veteran of Los Angles, Rebecca's production career has developed simultaneously next to her on-camera career, indeed her first production job as a locations manager coincided exactly with her first national commercial acting job.
Jon Michael Kondrath - Co-producer
While attending USC, Jon worked for two years as the General Manager at the award-winning television station, Trojan Vision, where he directed and produced hundreds hours of television programming. During his tenure at Trojan Vision, the station received two Telly awards, was proclaimed as the best college television station by SPIN Magazine, and became the go-to production hub for on-campus video production, as well as outside clients such as ESPN, Fox College Sports, the Children's Hospital, and the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
In the years since graduation, Jon has been involved with countless film, commercial, and television productions with various companies. He has worked on large productions such as Fox's 24 and Paramount Pictures' G.I.Joe film, and as a writer for Game Show Network. Jon has worked with actor/producer Ryan Hurst, cinematographer Ben Seresin, and most recently produced a short film with actors John Hawkes and Bellamy Young, which is being well received through the festival circuit.
Jay Visit - Cinematographer
Jay Visit is an award winning cinematographer who shoots narratives, music videos and commercial projects. His recent credits include Our Neck of the Woods, an official selection at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and Jay and Seth vs. the Apocalypse starring Seth Rogen and Jay Baruchel.
Jay holds a Masters in Film Production from The University of Southern California and currently resides in Los Angeles.
Jay Vincent - Composer
Young Hollywood composer Jay Vincent was born in the Midwest and educated at USC, where he met most of the creative team of The Agency. Passionate about exploring different cultures through storytelling, his film score credits include the Iraqi rhythms of The O.R., the drug-induced Rock & Roll of the award-winning Broken Dreams, the comedic Salsa of This Is Who We Are, the Hip Hop soundscapes of Ari Levinson's Love For Real, the Neo-Classical chamber orchestra of Fake (starring film legend Robert Loggia, Royal Pains' Jill Flint and Oscar winner Fisher Stevens), and the 16th Century Bolivian jungle sounds of Fernando Aguilar Vasquez's upcoming epic Utop’a.
Beyond the realm of cinema, Jay's music can be heard as digital Indie Rock in Vokle.com's inaugural video, as a Classical/Rock genetic mutation in the upcoming graphic novel Freakshow, or as "Avant Garde Death Jazz" in Rachel Kerry's award winning stage play Seven Fragments. As a performer, his career has led him to places such as Austria, bringing Haydn to life with the Vienna Philharmonic, or the Vatican, singing for Pope Benedict's 80th Birthday. Jay acts as Managing Partner of Seven Wheel Sound, LLC., a music production company specializing in dramatic scoring. He is also the Composer in Residence of Digital Entourage, a post-production company comprised of other professionals in the Trojan Family
Neel Upadhye - Editor
Born in India, and a graduate of the USC School of Cinematic Arts, Neel is a professional editor, having cut over one hundred trailers for clients including Nike, Coca-Cola, the Oscar winning film "Once," and EA's hit video games "Dragon Age: Origins" and "Mass Effect 2." In 2009, his trailer was the world premiere for the song "This Is War" by the band Thirty Seconds To Mars. Neel has also edited several narrative pieces, including "Jay and Seth vs. The Apocalypse." (starring Seth Rogen) which sold to Mandate Pictures (Juno, Little Miss Sunshine). Founder of the post-production company "Digital Entourage," Neel just finished his first gig as post-production supervisor on the feature film "Fake" starring Academy Award winner Robert Loggia.
In addition to his editing credits, Neel is also a versatile director, capturing stories that have an enduring relevance. In 2008 his 16mm medical drama set in Baghdad had its Europe debut at the 2008 Berlin East-West Film Festival. In 2010, his supernatural drama "Dim Light" garnered a distribution offer at the Palm Springs Film Festival. His latest project, a feature adaptation of the comedic stageplay "All My Friends" by Steve DiUbaldo is slated for 2011.
Paige Kimball - Mrs. Walsh
Paige Kimball started her career as a producer/director of documentaries and reality shows. Credits include "Project Greenlight", "The Oprah Winfrey Show", "NASCAR Driver" and many more. Paige has written five feature-length screenplays including her most recent script, "Late Bloomer". Her acting credits include: "Band of Mothers", "The Agency", "Despicable Me: DVD Bonus Feature Mockumentary", "The Anniversary", "White Sheep", " I Didn't Know I was Pregnant" and numerous industrials and commercials. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband (who gives her a very high score), their two children, and a very anti-social Goldfish.
Keye Chen - Tim
Keye is fortunate to have grown up in his Southern California bubble after his first 5 years of living in Illinois - where they bring the illest noise - and Washington - where they have rain. Being content and quite satisfied in this bubble, Keye attended UCLA (Go Bruins!) and after 4 years of cutting rugs a.k.a. hip hop dancing and a summer of watching Entourage he decided to try something new and test out his acting chops. He is currently utilizing his degree in Psychobiology to the max by pursuing a career in acting. Spending most of his time on XBOX Live, Keye hopes to somehow, someday, and for some reason be interviewed by Ryan Seacrest.