MARK FREIBURGER graduated from the University of the North Carolina School of the Arts, School of Filmmaking with an emphasis in Directing. He directed and produced his first feature film, DOG DAYS OF SUMMER, which was written by Travis Beacham (writer of the CLASH OF THE TITANS remake, and PACIFIC RIM) and Christopher Waild (writer/producer for the hit series NCIS). The film starred Will Patton and was released in 2009 by Anchor Bay Entertainment.
Freiburger served as Producer and Co-Screenwriter for the novel adaptation of THE TRIAL from best-selling author Robert Whitlow. The film starred Matthew Modine, Bob Gunton and Academy-Award nominee Robert Forster. It was released by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment in 2010. Freiburger also produced the teen thriller UNREQUITED, which was released by Lionsgate.
Freiburger directed an ensemble cast that included Academy-Award nominee John Hawkes, Ed Asner, Katharine McPhee, Diane Venora, Gail O’Grady, Malcolm Jamal Warner, Nick Turturro, Michael Beach, Sharon Lawrence and many others for the Los Angeles premiere of 110 STORIES at the prestigious Geffen Playhouse.
Freiburger is currently developing an inspirational sports drama that he will be writing for Atlas Entertainment. He is in pre-production on UNDER THE APPLE TREE, a romantic comedy he is directing for producer Jonah Hirsch and Fixed Point Films, scheduled to shoot in Spring 2013.
Freiburger recently won the 2013 Doritos ‘Crash the Super Bowl’ contest. Out of thousands of entries, Freiburger’s :30 second Doritos spec commercial made for only $300, aired during the Super Bowl and became the #1 ranked :30 second ad on the USA Today Ad Meter, and #4 overall, out of 56 commercials. His commercial was selected as the favorite of the Super Bowl by The Today Show, Yahoo TV, MSNBC, CNN and also by celebrity personalities such as Kelly Ripa and Jay Leno. This landed Freiburger the opportunity to enter into a mentorship under one of the world’s highest grossing directors of all time, Michael Bay. Freiburger will join Bay on the set of “Transformers 4” for the remainder of 2013.
Freiburger resides in Los Angeles and is a member of the Producers Guild of America. He received additional training from the Joan Sheckel Directors’ Labs and Master Scene Study Courses in 2012. He has lectured on filmmaking at multiple high schools and universities, including the University of California – Long Beach, Asbury College, Central Piedmont and University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
Gary Wheeler is a multi-award winning international filmmaker who has produced a number of motion picture and television productions around the world. He is the founder and President of the North Carolina based Level Path Productions.
Mr. Wheeler’s past films include the Emmy nominated television feature The Heart of Christmas (DIRECTOR) based on a song by Grammy nominated Artist Matthew West; Somebody’s Child (DIRECTOR) a television feature starring Michael Jai White (The Dark Night) and Lynn Whitfield (Eve’s Bayou); The Trial (WRITER, PRODUCER, DIRECTOR) distributed by 20th Century Fox and based on the Christy Award-winning novel by Robert Whitlow starring Matthew Modine, Bob Gunton and Academy Award Nominee Robert Forster; The List (WRITER, PRODUCER, DIRECTOR), a multi-award winning theatrical release starring Malcolm McDowell and Will Patton which was also distributed by 20th Century Fox; Final Solution (PRODUCER) a critically acclaimed feature film shot in South Africa starring Tony Award winner John Kani which was broadcast nationally on PBS in the United States and Midnight Clear (PRODUCER) an award-winning Christmas Special starring Stephen Baldwin and K Callan.
Recently, Mr. Wheeler completed production on the feature concert film KEN DAVIS:FULLY ALIVE which had a nationwide theatrical release and JIMMY (WRITER, PRODUCER) another film based on the best-selling novel by Robert Whitlow starring Ted Levine, Kelly Carlson, Bob Gunton and Sharon Lawrence.
In addition, Mr. Wheeler sits on several boards of directors and has guest lectured at multiple universities and film festivals. He is a member of the prestigious Producer’s Guild of America.
Robert Whitlow is the best-selling author of legal thrillers set in the South and winner of the prestigious Christy Award for Contemporary Fiction. A practicing attorney for over thirty years, Robert Whitlow’s career as a novelist began in 1996. Since then, over 800,000 copies of his books have been sold.
Robert’s journey into feature films began when he served as Executive Producer and co-screenwriter for 2007’s The List.
“I believe readers of the book will enjoy the movie adaptation of Jimmy. Great efforts were taken to preserve the integrity of the story, and the resulting film is artistically excellent and spiritually powerful.”