learn more about the directors & animators
featured in our May 21 program
This month we feature the work of lauded Australian stop-motion animation team CHRISTOPHER & CHRISTINE KEZELOS, documentary filmmaker JESS DANG, and New York filmmaker PIERRE STEFANOS.
Christopher & Christine Kezelos
Zealous Creative is the production company run by husband and wife team, director Christopher Kezelos and producer Christine Kezelos, which relocated from their native home in Sydney to Los Angeles this month. They have been creating award-winning ads, films and viral campaigns & websites for over a decade.
Many of their short films have been highly successful on the festival circuit including DentaMate which screened at the 2006 Rhode Island International Film Festival. Their multi-award winning short film No Butts About It was selected to screen in Sydney Metropolitan Public Schools to raise awareeness of local environmental issues.
In 2009, their 1st stop motion animated short Zero launched on the festival world and has reached massive critical and audience acclaim. The film has won 11 awards including Best Animation at the 2010 Los Angeles Shortsfest and received two Gold Awards from the Australian Cinematographers Society. It was nominated for the AFI Award in Best Short Animation (Australia’s Oscar).
Zealous Creative is just weeks away from finishing their newest short animated film The Maker, and is in development on a feature length stop motion animated film. They are currently seeking to collaborate with an LA based 3D VFX shop and a sound house to finish The Maker.
Jess Dang is a graduate student at the USC School of Cinematic Arts film production program. She received her BFA in Communication Design from Parsons NYC. She moved quickly into art department, working extensively as an art director and designer specializing in brand identity and advertising. As art director at McCann Erickson, she worked on campaigns for Target, Verizon, Intel, Mobile One, MTV & more.
Jess is focusing on documentary filmmaking in her final year at ‘SC and building her career as a director on doc based film and television. She also continues to work as an art director and is working to expand her commercial success into production designing for film & television.
Pierre Stefanos is a native New Yorker, and a graduate of Columbia University. He has been a writer for more than half his life, first as a music critic and opinions columnist for the Columbia Daily Spectator and the vaunted independent music review site InkblotMagazine.com
After several years working with Fortune 100 clients for companies like AT&T and PriceWaterhouse Coopers, Pierre refocused his attention to filmmaking, working as an AD and UPM on many award-winning independent films. He also worked as a script reader for Open City Films/Blow Up Pictures.
Pierre is also an accomplished editor, winning a 2006 Business Emmy nomination as part of the post team for “Crude Awakening” episode on PBS investigative news series “Now”, and he was the editor of the 2008 Emmy-winning epidode of Bravo’s “Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List”. He assisted editor Nancy Baker on Karen Goodman’s Oscar nominated doc “Rehearsing A Dream” about the YoungARTS kids. He was also the AE on the 2011 Oscar nominated doc short “Killing In The Name”.