Greg Swartz • Director
After walking away from a job as a newspaper reporter in his native Pennsylvania, Greg moved to Los Angeles to make films. After spending a year at Warner Bros., he moved into commercial production, eventually developing a client roster that included Kia, BMW, United Airlines, and Gray Advertising.
His directorial debut Another Harvest Moon — described by Box-office Magazine as “Powerful, poignant, honest, uncompromising, and touching — won two “Audience Choice” awards and stars Ernest Borgnine, Piper Laurie, Doris Roberts, Cybill Shepherd, Anne Meara and Richard Schiff. It’s currently streaming on Amazon Prime.
Trevor Jones • Producer
Originally from Toronto, Trevor Jones produced for the hit National Geographic documentary Billy the Kid: New Evidence, which represented the third docudrama project he produced for television after Discovery Channel’s Kidnap and Rescue, and Animal Planet’s Virus Hunters.
Trevor has also produced two branch-narrative series for Eko, Timeline directed by Kimmy Gatewood (GLOW) and Damage Control starring Busy Philipps and Ben Schwartz. As a commercial producer, Trevor partnered with Kimmy Gatewood and Rachel Bloom (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) to produce three PSA’s for Refinery29 on behalf of Planned Parenthood. He has also produced spots a spot for Activision that was awarded an AICP award.
Brittany Curran • Executive Producer
Brittany Curran currently splits her time between Los Angeles and Vancouver, BC, where she is a series regular on SyFy’s The Magicians.
She grew up in Cape Cod and Hingham, Mass., before moving to Burbank, Calif., at eleven years old. A few months later, Curran made her small screen debut on Mad TV and then her big screen debut in 13 Going On 30.
She went on to guest star and recur on many series, including The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, Criminal Minds, Drake & Josh, Ghost Whisperer, and ABC Family’s Twisted. In 2009, Curran was cast as a series regular in the Emmy nominated series Men of a Certain Age, playing the daughter of Ray Romano. In 2011, she won a Peabody Award (ensemble) and was nominated for a Young Artist Award for Supporting Young Actress, for her work in the series.
In 2013, Curran graduated from UCLA with a degree in American Literature. She attended UCLA while simultaneously filming a recurring role on NBC’s Chicago Fire and a lead role in the indie break-out hit, Dear White People.
Richard Palaima • Executive Producer
Originally from Pennsylvania, Richard earned his bachelors degree in Astronomy and Astrophysics from Penn State University. He then spent the next 20 years in the tech sector as a UI Engineer, working on award winning websites for some of the largest entertainment, gaming and comparison shopping companies out there. He is helping to manage the digital aspects of this campaign.
Brad Kenyon • DP • Producer
With more than 25 years of film and video production, Brad is a co-founder and managing partner of Aurora Films, a full-service production company based in Central Pennsylvania.
Brad has a B.S. degree in Broadcast Communications and is certified as an Arriflex camera operator, with experience in both aerial and underwater cinematography.
He began his professional career producing, shooting, and editing corporate media for a company owned by a National Geographic underwater cinematographer. Following this, he worked as a freelance producer, cinematographer and editor, primarily on independent films and corporate videos. Aurora was founded in August of 2000 and takes a documentary-style approach to corporate video. For a list of the most current companies that Brad has worked with, visit www.aurorafilms.com.
Alfonse Palaima • Producer
Like with motorcycling, Alfonse got a late start with the spirits-based lifestyle. Similarly, the learning curve for both riding a motorcycle and drinking adult beverages was rocky at first, but smoothed out over time.
Having grown into a long-distance rider and motorcycle journalist, Alfonse has been focused on the journey over the destination for the last twenty years. Through numerous careers, his path–as an artist, to programmer, to photographer–is wide and colorful.
A parallel journey through the world of libations happened during that time as well; grain to vodka, Irish whiskey to rum, wine to craft beer… and back again to whiskey, but without the ‘e’ this time. The “good stuff” is now on his radar, and acting as producer to Water of Life, Alfonse merges his many talents into one. His mysterious blend of artistry and machinery, help to propel the WOL brand from concept to celluloid.
Tom Costello • Co-Producer
Tom is a veteran Los Angeles bartender and journeyman actor – amazing how the two go hand-in-hand. He has created cocktails menus, curated beer lists, and helped patrons find their new favorite spirits in DTLA and Hollywood since 2001. He appeared opposite Annette Bening and Alfred Molina in The Cherry Orchard at the Mark Taper Forum. Television credits include Parks & Recreation, Major Crimes, Grey’s Anatomy, and NCIS. He can currently be seen in the film Searching For Fortune alongside John Heard, streaming on Amazon Prime. Occasionally referred to as “The Scottish Treat,” despite no actual Scots heritage.
Tim Sexton • Co-Producer
When he worked as the head projectionist at a movie theatre while attending Purdue University in his home state of Indiana, Tim made the decision to pursue his love of film out to Los Angeles. Over the past 15 years, he’s worked the red carpet at the Oscars and has been a Senior Executive Assistant to some of the biggest names in Hollywood at Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks Animation and Warner Bros. Pictures.
It was during this period of time, working at the studios, that he discovered and joined a couple different whisky groups and has been sampling 100s of expressions ever since. He’s partial to the Islay distilleries, but has many other favorites throughout Scotland.
He and his wife also own one of Los Angeles’ only creative-focused coworking businesses, The Muse Rooms, with two locations in the San Fernando Valley.
Nate Barlow • Co-Producer
Nate graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering, but quickly rejected an engineering career to be a filmmaker in Los Angeles. He has since worn many hats in the entertainment industry, from producer to writer, actor, director, and executive, with his experimental documentary short A Brief History of Hollywood currently playing the film festival circuit. Nate also wrote the Meghan Markle-starrer Random Encounters and produced & directed the award-winning Tales From Beyond, starring Adam West.
Lesley-Anne Morrison • Producer
A native of the UK, LA began working with Trevor and Greg while living in New York. She currently lives in Falkirk, Scotland, where she is the boots-on-the-ground for this film. With more than 15 years of experience, working on movies, documentaries, independent feature films, television shows and commercials.
This marks the first film for Linda Bicket. But it will not likely be her last. An Argyll native, Linda is a nurse by trade. But she is also our team’s All-Scottish resource. Whether it was tracking down Jim McEwan’s email for our first outreach, finding us food at the last minute, or telling our team how to pronounce Scottish phrases and words, Linda has been an invaluable component of our film. She also bakes cakes to celebrate the first day of production.