Niloo Jalilvand is a mathematician and a multimedia artist who has shown her work at the MAC, Dallas Contemporary, 500 X, The Kettle, Aurora and more. She spent her childhood in Iran, as a child of celebrated actors. This upbringing fostered her abiding love for cinema. At age 10 she attended boarding school in London and later moved to the United States, earning her B.S. with a double major in Mathematics and Studio Arts from Texas A&M and later an M.A. in Art and Technology from the University of Texas at Dallas. Ms. Jalilvand began her education career at Project SEED, a nonprofit organization that works in partnership with school districts, universities, foundations, and corporations to teach advanced math to elementary and middle school students. Jalilvand is a Socratic-method specialist designing dynamically structured sequences of questions to render complex mathematical ideas and accomplish an understanding.
Currently, she is both the Mathematics Chair and Film and Video Arts Director at nationally recognized Booker T. Washington HSPVA, producing her student's short films and winning multiple film festival awards nationwide.
Ms. Jalilvand is the founder of The Pegasus Film Festival which supports, promotes, and inspires young filmmakers in Texas to produce impactful works in cinema. Additionally, she acts as curator for Women in Film’s Chick Flicks Film Festival.
I'm a Cinematographer from Rome, Italy. I belong to a family that has worked in the cinema industry since 1935. I started working on the set when I was 18 years old with some of the most famous Italian Cinematographers. I have worked as a Video Assist, Loader, Focus Puller, and Camera Operator. In 2001 I became a Director of Photography, and I was one of the first to shoot in digital format in Italy. In fact, I was the DOP for the first digital Italian feature film in 2002. I have shot 70 feature movies and other projects such as commercials, documentaries, music videos, short films, and TV shows. I have worked in every part of the world with many different language crews. I married a Texan 13 years ago, and now I live in Texas.
I've worked on very high budget projects for famous production companies and low budget projects for independent film productions. I can adapt the illumination for any style of project. I have often worked in film studios and have filmed using green/blue screen. I have experience working as a camera operator using everything from cranes, dollies, steadi-cam to hand-held shooting. In 2004 I began editing. One of the films that I shot and edited participated in the Sundance Film Festival. I also have a lot experience in color grading. I am very familiar with each production phase and enjoy collaborating with each professional in all stages of the project.
Sometimes a letter is more than just a letter. No one believes that more
than Rex McGee, screenwriter, journalist, teacher and creativity coach.
While a film student at the University of Southern California, Rex wrote
what could have been dismissed as an ordinary fan letter to his idol, six-
time Oscar winner Billy Wilder, about the director’s newest film at the time,
a romantic comedy called Avanti!
Wilder was impressed with the letter, and invited 21-year-old Rex to meet
him at his office. That first introduction ultimately led to a 29-year
friendship like no other, with Rex assisting Wilder, famous for the classics
Some Like It Hot and Sunset Boulevard, with newer films: The Front
Page, starring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau, and then Fedora with
William Holden and Henry Fonda.