Lexi & Liza St. John
NYU Gallatin School '15
Lexi St. John and Liza St. John are a team of talented twins working together to create entertaining films and media projects. Leveraging the individual unique expertise of each sister, they combine their complementary skills to craft their films, taking the reins on everything from concept to release. Lexi is the writer/director and Liza the producer/composer, and they are both recent graduates of the NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study. Their partnership is only natural, as each twin brings out the best in the other and strengthens their individual talents.
We had the most amazing cast and crew on the set of BOUND, and even though most of us were students, everyone worked together like an experienced professional team. We learned that the most important thing to us on set is the chemistry of the team, and we were lucky enough to have a team that has become like a family.
The biggest challenge for us on set was filming on location in Vermont in the dead of winter. The snow was definitely a hassle! 4 feet of snow and average below freezing temperatures. We were short a few crew members for some of the filming days, but we were able to safely pull it off without scratching anything from our schedule. We have our amazing team and scheduling skills to thank for that.
Brandon Ruckdashel is the Festival Director for YoungFilmmakers. He has been the Program Director for NewFilmmakers for the last three years and Marketing Director for six. Brandon is a filmmaker who is most well known for his acting work in the HBO series Co-Ed Confidential and numerous B-Movies. Brandon has worked with Roger Corman alumni Fred Olen Ray and Jim Wynorski along with a number of other very talented directors. Brandon's Directorial debut GRINDER will be out in theaters in 2016.
YoungFilmmakers screens quarterly in New York at Anthology Film Archives. Opened in 1970 by Jonas Mekas, Jerome Hill, P. Adams Sitney, Peter Kubelka, and Stan Brakhage, Anthology in its original conception was a showcase for the Essential Cinema Repertory collection. An ambitious attempt to define the art of cinema by means of a selection of films which would screen continuously, the Essential Cinema collection was intended to encourage the study of the medium’s masterworks as works of art rather than disposable entertainment, making Anthology the first museum devoted to film as an art form. The project was never completed, but even in its unfinished state it represented an uncompromising critical overview of cinema’s history, and remains a crucial part of Anthology’s exhibition program.