F I L M M A K E R B I O S
The Low End Theory
FRANCISCO ORDONEZ (Director-Writer-Producer)
Most recently Francisco Ordonez served as Co-Producer on the film, IMPERIUM, starring Daniel Radcliffe, Toni Collette, Sam Trammell, Tracy Letts and Nestor Carbonell. IMPERIUM was released by Lionsgate from Director, Daniel Ragussis, Atomic Features and Tycor International.
Born and raised in Queens, Francisco graduated with a B.A. in Sociology from City University of New York. He then earned his M.F.A. in Film Directing at the Columbia University School of the Arts, where he was honored as a Film Division Fellow.
Francisco's thesis film, "St. Paul," has won numerous awards, including Best Short at the HBO New York Latino Film Festival, and the IFP Audience Award.
His second short, "Cookie," premiered at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival and was a Finalist in the NBC Universal Shortcuts Film Festival.
Currently Francisco has been hired to write PACKS, a crime thriller about the rise of designer marijuana across America into a multi-million dollar illegal drug trade. PACKS will be directed by Daniel Ragussis who also directed IMPERIUM.
Francisco is also in development on the feature film ASHER, starring Danny Glover and Mekhi Phifer from Atomic Features. The screenplay for ASHER was a finalist in Tribeca All Access.
DANIEL RAGUSSIS -( Producer, ATOMIC FEATURES)
Daniel Ragussis received his BA from Georgetown University, where he graduated fourth in his class and was a Rhodes Scholarship finalist. He founded a highly successful marketing consultancy, handling product launches for AOL, MCI, Entergy, and Fannie Mae, before completing his MFA at Columbia University, where he was a Film Division Fellow.
His thesis film, HABER, premiered at Telluride, won the National Board of Review Motion Pictures Award, and was an Official Qualifier for the 2009 Academy Awards. Ragussis is currently developing FREUD, a film about the young Sigmund Freud as he was developing his theory of dreams. He has also been hired to direct PACKS, a true crime thriller about the rise of designer marijuana, and is the co-writer of the screen adaptation of PURPLE AMERICA, the acclaimed novel by Ricky Moody (author of THE ICE STORM).
His first feature, IMPERIUM, starring Daniel Radcliffe and Toni Collette, was released in August 2016 by Lionsgate. It was a New York Times Critics’ Pick; Variety reported the film “lands with unsettling relevance,” theLA Times called it “impressively dimensional… tense, gripping and disturbing,” andEntertainment Weekly hailed it as “a tense, chilling thriller… Radcliffe is brilliant.”
SOFIA YEPES - “Raquel” (Actor-Producer)
Sofia's IMDb - http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2061287/?ref_=nv_sr_1
Most recently Sofia appeared as a co-star on the acclaimed Showtime series, “Ray Donavan.” Prior to that she co-starred in the theater production, "Danny and The Deep Blue Sea" at The Los Angeles Theatre Center where her performance as the young divorced mother, “Roberta,” brought her resounding praise and attention from the Los Angeles theater community.
Sofia Yepes, was born in Medellin Colombia and grew up in Queens, New York.
Her acting debut was in the award-winning Columbia University thesis film, “St. Paul,” where she tackled the role of a young pregnant teenager. The project went on to win an Imagen Award, the HBO New York Latino Film Festival, and the IFP Audience Award, among other honors.
After studying drama at Long Island University, Sofia advanced her craft with training at T. Schreiber Studios, which boasts alumni Edward Norton, Maria Bello and Peter Sarsgaard. Sofia then went on to complete the 2-year intensive program at the Ruskin School of Acting in Santa Monica, California where she worked with artistic directors Mike Meyers and John Ruskin.
With her dedication to performing on stage, Sofia is among the few up-and-coming American screen performers whose craft is steeped in dramatic theater. She continues to hone her skills by appearing in several plays including the lead in the original theater production, Come Sundown, “Annie” in Arthur Miller’s All My Sons, as well as, appearances in Ten Women, Twenty Experiences, and Sex, Relationships, and Sometimes Love.
JUAN GIL - (Associate Producer)
Juan Gil is Latino Writer/Director living in Los Angeles. He graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor's in Media Production and Communication with a certificate in Entertainment Media. He has served as Writer, Director, Producer, and 1st Assistant Director for various films within the Assorted Kinds Filmmaking Collective. Juan has also won various awards for his productions at festivals such as the World-Fest Houston International Film Festival, the American Advertising Awards, the South Central Broadcasting Society, the New York International Film Festival, and many more. He has also served as a Media Producer and Documentarian for brands and organizations such as PBS, Pepsi, The Latin Grammys, Hispanicize, Prudential, CIEN+, and Weight Watchers.
RENE ROSADO - "Efraim" (Actor-Producer)
Rene's IMDb - http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2062531/?ref_=nmbio_bio_nm
Currently, Rene is a season regular on the hit ABC show, "The Conners." Prior to that, Rene was a season regular on the TNT series, Major Crimes, where for 4 seasons he has received acclaim for his portrayal of Gus Wallace. Major Crimes has a viewership of 10 million viewers worldwide including The U.S., Canada, Japan, Most of Europe and Latin America.
Rising TV and film star, Rene Rosado, began his film career in the Columbia University Thesis film, “St. Paul.” Since then Rene has gone on to star in various films, FILLY BROWN (2012), BADSVILLE (2017), BAD IMPULSE (2018) and television shows including The Sopranos, Code Black, Criminal Minds and Training Day.
RICKY RUSSERT - "Larry" (Actor)
Ricky's IMDb - http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2216602/?ref_=nv_sr_1
Most recently, Ricky played Shane Stant in the Oscar-winning film, I, TONYA. The film was released by Neon and earned three Oscar nominations at the 2018 Academy Awards.
Ricky Russert the youngest child of three was born to entertain. While growing up in Kennewick, Washington, Ricky was the center of family functions always being put on the spot when he was asked to dance to keep the party amused.
After graduating High School, he received a scholarship to play college baseball and started his major in Business. It wasn't until after his sophomore year of college when Ricky hung up his baseball cleats and decided to give acting a chance. Already into his second semester in his junior year at Washington State University, Ricky enrolled in the theater department and was the lead in their productions of "The Shape of Things," "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," "Fool For Love," and as Lago in "Othello."
After graduating from Washington State University in 2005, Ricky decided to make the move to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career full time.
On television, Russert has been the guest star on various projects including “MacGyver,” “The Walking Dead” and two seasons on the Cinemax show, “Banshee” from Touch, Desire, Table for Three (Fox Productions) and, in 2013, he landed the role of "Tommy Littlestone" on the Cinemax Original Hit Series, Banshee.
“st. paul” Honors and Awards
– Best Short Film - Imagen Awards
– Best Short HBO New York International Latino Film Festival
– IFP Audience Award - Columbia University Film Festival
– 2nd Place - National Assoc. of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP)
“Cookie” Screenings & Honors
– NBC Universal Shortcuts - Finalist
– Official Selection, Tribeca Film Festival
– DVD & Internet rights sold to Clarendon Entertainment
ASHER Screenplay Honors
– Finalist, Tribeca Film Festival All Access
– Participant, NALIP Media Market
– Faculty Honors, Columbia University School of the Arts
– IFP Audience Award