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Crew Bios

george.jpg George Escobar
(Director/Producer/Co-Writer)

George Escobar is founder of Advent Film Group (AFG), which produced Come What May. He has more than 20 years of experience in film, television, and interactive media. Before founding AFG, George was Vice President of Product Development for Discovery, Executive Director for AOL/Time Warner, and is a former Producing Fellow from the American Film Institute's Center for Advanced Film and Television Studies. He holds seven U.S. patents in technology and user-interface design. In his career, George has worked for top executives in the industry including Howard Stringer (Sony CEO), Sandy Grushow and David Grant (Fox) Kit Laybourne (TELE-TV) and Kim Friedman (TV director). He and his wife home-school their three sons in northern Virginia.
manny.jpg Manny Edwards
(Director/Producer/Co-Writer)

Manny Edwards, a lawyer, runs Brightline Pictures. Licensed in both Tennessee and Michigan, Manny joined his father in a successful federal trial and appellate practice. He was an editor for the University of Toledo Law Review, and clerked for the Honorable L. Clure Morton, a Tennessee federal judge. In addition to his work on Come What May, he wrote, produced, and directed Mysterious Ways; served as executive producer of Invictus and several other short films; and co-directed the 2006 Georgia Christian Film Festival. Manny is a dual citizen of the United States and Switzerland. He lives near Nashville with his wife and four children.
pruitt.jpg Pruitt Allen
(Director of Photography)

Pruitt Allen began his professional life in missions work, managing homeless shelters and after-school care programs. He then began selling computer networking equipment, eventually ending up in a top-tier sales position in New York City. After the attacks of September 11, 2001, Pruitt decided to pursue a passion and moved into filmmaking. The independent film community in New York provided an ideal training ground. Eventually, Pruitt found work as a lighting grip, gaffer, and lighting designer for clients including CBS/Viacom, Fox, ABC, PBS, and a variety of corporate and non-profit entities. He then began working as a cameraman and later Director of Photography, with occasional forays into directing and producing. He has served as DP on independent features, documentaries, short films, corporate and non-profit videos, and music videos.
david.jpg David Gilchrist
(Composer)

David Gilchrist began playing the trombone at age 10; at 17, he picked up a guitar and realized he could compose songs. He began to play the piano at 19 and gradually began helping his church's worship team. David has always loved films and prayed for the opportunity to use his music in that medium. David was given the opportunity to score a short documentary that George Escobar saw. That led to George offering David the chance to score Come What May. David lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife Leanne and their seven children. David is a letter carrier for the United States Postal Service by day and a composer by night.
john.jpg John William Doryk
(Sound Design)

John Doryk is an award-winning television and film composer, who has been creating original music and sound design for more than 20 years. His music has been performed on The Discovery Channel, PBS, Fox, Focus on the Family, Answers in Genesis Creation Museum, Coral Ridge Media, and many independent feature films. He resides in Colorado Springs with his wife Susan and two children, Stephen and Emily.
katherine.jpg Katherine Jumper
(Makeup and Hair Supervisor)

South Carolina native Katherine Jumper worked in the cosmetic industry for nearly a decade before pursuing her dream of doing makeup for film and television. Her break into the entertainment industry came in 2006 when she was hired as an intern on a film starring Kevin Bacon. As a result of the training she received and industry contacts she made on that film, her career took off. Katherine's next job was on a film starring Patty Duke. Another highlight of her career was working with veteran actor Dean Jones. Other clients have included Country Music Television's Lance Smith, former NBA star Alex English, and Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee. Come What May is her first faith-based film, an arena in which she hopes to continue working.
daniel.jpg Daniel Noa
(1st Assistant Director/2nd Unit Director)

Daniel Noa, a Patrick Henry College graduate, started the PHC film group, Streaming Media Network. Along with friend Brandon Rice, Daniel continued to produce short films in California. Noa/Rice Digital produced the award-winning short A Price Too High, and Smuggler's Ransom, which was released in June 2008 by Cloud Ten Pictures and Koch Entertainment. Daniel looks to honor God and influence the industry through films that meet the rigorous standards of quality that audiences expect.
ben.jpg Ben Adams
(Associate Producer, Location Manager)

Ben Adams was one of the earliest members of the production team for Come What May, spending many hours on plot details with George Escobar. He served as associate producer alongside his friend Mike Holcomb; the pair also had a cameo as lawyers. With experience through teen film camps, Ben enhanced his dramatic and creative training through the Patrick Henry College Eden Troupe. In addition to acting, he co-directed an adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, and produced the video versions of most of the plays. Ben now resides in Fairfax, Virginia with his new wife Lisa Adams. He is drafting the script for the next AFG production, while working a number of jobs.
michael.jpg Michael Holcomb
(Associate Producer, 1st Assistant Camera)

With Come What May, Michael was placed alongside professional filmmakers and allowed to have an incredible amount of input on the final product, including camera angles and story development. From the first story pitch to the last phases of color-correction and marketing, Mike learned aspects of filmmaking that no other internship would have offered. While working as a marketing associate for Advent Film Group, Mike is continuing to build his own production company, and has produced his first broadcast series for a training organization. He hopes that one day he will be able to create his own broadcast network that will find creative ways to teach children about God and His truth. Mike, 23, resides in northern Virginia with his wife Rebekah.
peter.jpg Peter Forbes
(Unit Production Manager, 2nd Assistant Director)

Peter Edward Forbes was home-schooled near the little town of Dinosaur, Colorado. Working as an assistant director in a local school's musical drew him to the performing arts, where he has directed, written, and starred in several plays and amateur films. Peter is currently a literature major at Patrick Henry College, having begun his senior year in 2008. He leads PHC's film club, Streaming Media Network, and initiated the school's first national short story competition. His professional goal is to tell stories in film and fiction.
stephenp.jpg Stephen Pappas
(Technical Director/Editor/Colorist)

Stephen Pappas has more than 15 years experience in television, film, and documentaries. Steve started his career in the military as a communication engineer. He was sent to the Sony Institute for Video Production in Hollywood, where he encountered his first taste of filmmaking. Steve spent the last six years as the media director at a local church where he did many local documentaries, music videos, and a weekly live television broadcast. Steve served as the Technical Director for Come What May, and also assisted in the editing and coloring for the film. Steve, who now works for AFG, lives with his wife Susan in Leesburg, Virginia.
abigail.jpg Abigail Cossette
(Script Supervisor)

A graduate of Patrick Henry College, Abby Cossette was majoring in literature when she became the script supervisor (a.k.a. Scripty) for Come What May. She grew up working on homemade films, usually in front of the camera or holding up the backdrop). She played the female lead in The Mirror of Medusa, the first movie made by PHC's film club. Acting and writing are among her favorite things, but she enjoys learning about the inner workings behind the scenes. Abby works for the Home School Legal Defense Association in Purcellville, Virginia.

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