Brian Felsen (Director, Producer) is a documentary filmmaker whose previous work includes COUP (DARBE), an award-winning feature about the Turkish military coups d’état. Felsen also has helmed some of the largest companies serving independent artists. From 2014-2015, Felsen was President of AdRev, the leading YouTube music administration service and Content ID Network Partner; from 2008-2014, he was President of CD Baby, the world’s biggest online distributor of independent music; and he founded BookBaby, which digitally distributes the works of authors and publishers to hundreds of digital retailers and libraries. Other previous activities include founding and running one of the largest indie music conferences in the world, composing several classical music works, choreographing dance, creating art photography, poetry, and plays, and producing an album of secular gospel music.

Gokhan Mekik (Executive Producer) is a businessman and entrepreneur from Turkey who has lived in the United States for 17 years.  He successfully founded ventures ranging from textile manufacturing to airline servicing to a renowned Turkish restaurant.  He’s always had a passion for film and documentary-making, and after a near-fatal accident, he decided to turn the camera lens on himself.  Gokhan is forever grateful for the experiences of this film, and all those he met along the way.  He lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with his wife Jane and two children, and he is currently hard at work at his next business venture.

Colt Cabana (Narrator) is a professional wrestler and podcaster who has been entertaining crowds around the world for over 17 Years. Colt is charismatic & funny while at the same time a gifted mat technician, a combination that ultimately landed him a deal with the WWE. He is a former one-time JCW World Heavyweight Champion, and two-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion.

Colt currently travels the world as a proud alternative & independent performer. His hybrid comedic style along with his crossover appeal has made Colt one of the most in-demand wrestlers on the circuit.

Colt can consistently be seen wrestling in Australia, Canada, Europe, Japan, Mexico and all over the United States. He wrestles anywhere fron burlesque comedy shows like Lucha VaVoom to cult underground happenings like ICP’s Gathering of the Juggalos. He’s also taken his wit and humor to such shows as Marc Maron’s WTF & IFC’s Maron, The Edinburgh Fringe Festival & Chicago’s Second City Main Stage.

Colt’s refusal to conform has forced him to pave his own path; whether it’s podcasting, comedy, wrestling or beyond. No longer do we have to accept corporate American pro wrestling as the only thing around. Be different, be unique, like what you like! Come join Colt not to make fun of pro wrestling… but to make fun with pro wrestling.

Stefan Avalos (Director of Photography) is an American filmmaker. He worked in many aspects of the film business producing and directing commercials for foreign television as well as working for numerous clients as varied as Rescue 911, Frontline and MTV. In 1993, he wrote, produced and directed his first feature film, ‘The Game’ (also known as The Money Game). In 1997, Avalos partnered with Lance Weiler to write, direct, produce and co-star in the innovative film The Last Broadcast, which is considered by many to be the first feature-length video shot and edited entirely on consumer-level digital equipment; the first fully digital national theatrical release of a feature film via satellite; and the first feature motion picture to screen digitally at the Cannes Film Festival. He has been recognized as “one of the twenty five people helping to reinvent entertainment” by Wired magazine. He has lectured in Europe, the United States, South America, Japan and Canada about digital filmmaking and has written for numerous publications about the experience. In 2004, Avalos made the supernatural thriller, The Ghosts of Edendale. Currently, Avalos is excited about his new documentary film Strad Style, about the world’s most unlikely violin maker.
Steve Ziolkowski (Animator) is known for his work on Life of Pi (2012), The A-Team (2010) and Men in Black II (2002), Fast & Furious, and Night at the Museum. He is an animator and VFX pixel monkey with over 20 years of experience doing visual effects and character animation for movies, theme park attractions and commercials. In the last few years, he’s done some design work for television animation and built practical props for music icons and theme park parades, and directed 1873: The Insidious Intrigue, a steampunk silent movie that uses vintage storytelling techniques married to modern cinematic sensibility.
Elif Savas (Associate Producer, Editor) is an award winning soprano from Turkey, who has toured many European countries, giving recitals and concerts with some of the most prestigious ensembles. She uses her skills in opera, mime, dancing, and physical acting in various branches of performing arts, including theater. She works with film music composers, and her voice can be heard on many films, documentaries and commercials produced by Hollywood film industry and independent filmmakers. She is also a writer of short stories, a children’s book, and she is the director of several documentaries. She writes food history and culture columns for Turkish magazines. Elif Savas is the founding member of Chroma and Chroma Salon and a regular performer and a director at ZJU, the legendary North Hollywood theater, known for its experimental and groundbreaking plays. Her CDs are available in major stores in the US.
Darko Ibrahimpasic (Editor) has edited many independent features and shorts in different genres. He is also the writer and director of the 2007 short film “Collision.” He also has done editing work for numerous technology corporations, television, and film festivals.
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