The Filmmakers



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John V. Knowles (Director) grew up on exotic military bases all over the world (South Korea, Italy, New Jersey) and earned his BFA in graphic design from Drake University in Des Moines. He worked as a designer and art director for over seven years, but was compelled to try something new. Taking a risk, he enrolled in local filmmaking workshops and rediscovered his passion for storytelling. After two years of picking up traffic cones and fetching coffee on commercial and film productions in Chicago, he set sail for Los Angeles to pursue directing full-time. Since making the transition from graphic designer to filmmaker, John has directed six short films which have appeared in the Chicago Short Comedy Film Festival, Second City Short Cuts Festival (finalist), Austin Film Festival, Flux iPod Film Festival and Short Mondays at Cinespace. He’s also directed music videos for local L.A. musicians and 80’s pop star Deborah Gibson. In 2005 John created Weirdsmobile Productions, Inc. with his wife, writer/producer Lotti Pharriss Knowles. So far the company has produced the world premiere production of Lotti’s play, “Because They Have No Words,” and John’s short film “Shadow.net.” The company's first feature film, “Chastity Bites,” is currently in development. If John doesn't pick up the phone, he’s probably busy writing, editing or sketching while inhaling coffee; please leave a message. Email: john@weirdsmobile.net


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Lotti Pharriss Knowles (Producer) grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. She earned her degree in Performance Studies from Northwestern University and an MA in Theatre from University of Illinois at Chicago. Her solo performance work was produced in Chicago by Tellin’ Tales Theatre, Field Trips, Estrogenfest, Abbie Hoffman Died For Our Sins at Mary-Arrchie Theatre, and the Fillet of Solo Festival at Live Bait Theater. She also served for two years as managing director at Live Bait, helping to produce such world premieres as Luther Goins’ “Love Child” and Edward Thomas-Herrera’s “Death On A Pink Carpet.” Since moving to Los Angeles, Lotti has produced the original run of her play “Because They Have No Words” (co-written with Tim Maddock and nominated for an LA Stage Alliance 2007 Ovation Award for World Premiere Play), which was subsequently produced in 2008 by the Piven Theatre Workshop in Evanston, IL. She has also produced the short films “Shadow.net.” (directed by John Knowles) and “Weak Species” (dir. Dan Faltz, USC thesis film). Her current project as a producer is her original screenplay “Chastity Bites.” Lotti volunteers regularly as an adult artist/mentor with the Virginia Avenue Project in Santa Monica, is a proud member of The Dramatists Guild of America, Inc., and is represented as a playwright by Robert A. Freedman Dramatic Agency in New York. Email: producer@weirdsmobile.net


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Guy Birtwhistle (Producer) was born in Halifax, England and raised in a family of singers, actors and artists. He began performing in high school, and after a stint as the guitar player for British pop band Rhythm Sisters, he left the rain behind and headed out for sunny California. Under the tutelage of famed Hollywood acting coach Howard Fine, Guy took his first leading role as Jesus in the remake of the 1979 classic, “The Jesus Film.” Performing in dozens of shorts, commercials and features, he is best known for his starring role as Robert Hunt in the period film “First Landing” for ABC Family. Returning to his roots (his ancestors having first traveled to America in 1670), the movie tells the story of Hunt’s founding of the Jamestown settlement. Guy also writes and produces films and music videos through his production company Savile Park Studios. A favorite on the film festival circuit, he has enjoyed screenings at Cannes, Sedona Intl., Cleveland Intl., Dances With Films (Winner), Newport Beach and Beverly Hills to name a few. When he’s not standing in front of a camera pretending to be somebody else, Guy can be found entertaining his German Shepherd, Kiska. Email: mail@guybirtwhistle.com