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The Zim Press Kit

Written and Directed by Alexander Bedria

Alexander honed his storytelling craft by years of writing scenes and short plays for he and fellow actors to perform. He then moved into self-producing experimental short films, which began to garner him attention and roles in acclaimed series and films. This naturally evolved Alexander’s desire to tell bigger and more complex stories, planting the seed for THE ZIM.

After nearly five years in the development, THE ZIM premiered at the 2017 LA Shorts International Film Festival.


Produced by William Barfield, Alexander Bedria and Shannan Keenan

Studying filmmaking at the prestigious New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and the UCLA Producing Program, William has regularly collaborated with some of Hollywood’s most successful independent producers including Gina Amoroso (REVOLUTIONARY ROAD), Lydia Cedrone (ALI) and Jaime Burke (THE PACT and THE UNTITLED DAVID VICTORI/MICHAEL FASSBENDER PROJECT). William Barfield has produced over 40 film projects, created his own production company (Face Forward Films) and continues to raise the bar for himself and his creative collaborators with each new ambitious film project.

Through Shannon Keenan’s production company (Just Hank Productions) Shannan wrote, directed, and produced the award-winning short film TRAIL END, starring veteran and Emmy-nominated actor Barry Corbin (LONESOME DOVE, NORTHERN EXPOSURE, NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN).  Shannan also wrote, directed, and produced the critically acclaimed independent feature LOAVES.  Currently, Shannan has partnered with Emmy-award winning artists from THE SIMPSONS and FAMILY GUY to create and produce cutting edge animated projects.


Executive Producers Jeremy Robinson, Kevin Kebodeaux, Nathan Stoebner and Maurice LaMarche

Jeremy Robinson’s BRICKYARD FILMS (www.brickyardfilms.com) is a Los Angeles based film production company that prides itself on building and maintaining enduring relationships in the California film community. Launched in 2006, the company has continuously strived to create new partnerships while maintaining a deeply rooted integrity and a cooperative foundation. Throughout the years, BRICKYARD FILMS has helped develop and produce numerous feature films, commercials, pilots, music videos and short films.


Director of Photography Matthew Macar

Matthew Macar is an award winning cinematographer based in Los Angeles. With a background in animation, editing and music before turning to filmmaking, Matthew has a unique approach and a seasoned understanding of composition, rhythm, flow and chemistry. In addition, Matthew has extensive experience incorporating postproduction and visual effects into his cinematography giving him tremendous on set vision. 


Edited by Anisha Acharya

Anisha Acharya is a Film Editor based in Los Angeles. She completed her MFA in Film Editing at the American Film Institute Conservatory. Her AFI thesis film “Day One” has been nominated for an Oscar in the Live Action Short Film category. “Day One” has won the Student Academy Award, a College Emmy and the US Student BAFTA Award. Bringing a strong narrative focus to her process, Anisha is currently editing two independent feature documentaries.


Casting by Jessica Sherman, C.S.A.

Jessica has been involved with casting some of film and television’s biggest projects over the last 5 years. Working with April Webster Casting since 2010, as a Casting Associate since 2012 and now as a full Casting Director, she has been involved with projects like Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Trek Into DarknessBates Motel and The Strain, as well as several smaller budget films that she has cast independently including 2016 Sundance hit Sleight and Tribeca Film Festival darling, Thumper


Music by Alex Kovacs and Michael John Mollo

Alex Kovacs has experience composing music for virtually all forms of media. Alex has most recently co-composed the score to Crackle’s spy/thriller, The Throwaways, and has co-composed and produced the score to Operation Change, a docu-series that premiered on the Oprah Winfrey Network earlier this year. Additionally, Kovacs has provided services for film and television on such projects as Scorpion, The Prince, Think Like a Man,One For The Money, the 85th and 86th Academy Awards, and Agent Carter.


Sound design by Rob Reider

Rob Reider (owner/operator) is a multi-instrumentalist / audio-engineer that started his journey with piano at the age of two in the swamps of Middleburg, Florida. A deep passion for drums, synthesizers, making records and beat-boxing Star Wars music and sound effects eventually lead to a career in providing these services for film, commercials, television, and video games. Today he provides scoring, location recording, and post audio services in sunny L.A where he resides with his beautiful family.



Daniel Silva

Alexander Bedria

William Zimunya

Tongayi Chirisa

Wilson Matonga

Shaun Baker

Cara Silva

Amanda Wing

Aneni Zimunya

Constance Ejuma

and Caroline Lagerfelt as Emma



War Vets

Joel Henry

Bobbie Lee Jr.

Jeff Rolle Jr

Demetrius Hodges

Victor Kamwedo

Darell M. Davie

Uche Uba

Harrison Grant

Alex Ajuwon

Guy Rutembesa

Shahid Toronka

Kevin Djepang



Associate Producers

Ana Bedria

Khorri Ellis

Dan O’Hare

Eric Hunter

Robert Macar

Chad Prigge



Tongayi Chirisa

Amanda Wing


Production Designer

Aaron Mager


First Assistant Director

Travis LaSalle


Costume Design by

Connie Schulte


Key Hair / Makeup Artist

Camille Dupin


Art Director

Lindsay Cantrell



Brad Frizzell


Set Dressers

Sayo Orange

Marta Parillo

Marta Bean


Production Manager

Alex Washer


Second Assistant Director

Rre Kunene


Sound Editor

Robert Reider


Audio Engineer

Steve Lynn


Score Mixer

Matthew J. Ward


Stunt Coordinator

Robbie Corbett


Production Coordinator

Nicholas Rosholt


Gaffer / Key Grip

Eric Hunter


Assistant Camera

Ziryab Ben Brahem

Jared Wennberg


Grip Assistant

David Santana


Script Supervisor

Ana Julia


Dialect Coaches

Tim Monich

Kathleen S. Dunn


Production Assistant

Nelson Jones

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