Bios

Xackery Irving – Writer/Director

Xackery wrote, directed, shot and co-produced this tightly crafted psychological drama.  His first feature film, American Chain Gang, was a finalist for Best Documentary in the several film festivals including SXSW, Nantucket, Human Rights Watch, Atlanta, and Sedona Film Festivals.

Xackery has been producing and directing documentary television and films for the past fifteen years.  This is his first long-format narrative film project.  He is a graduate of the New York University where he studied film and television production.

He used his documentary production training to lend a vérité feel to this tense scripted thriller. Shooting, producing and directing with a small crew allowed him and his team to produce the 188-scene film within a tight schedule and under-budget.

 

Rick Santos – Producer/ Co-Writer

Rick has over 18 years of experience in the entertainment industry. He has worked in sales, marketing, production and programming in the following areas: Radio (Disney/ABC Radio Networks – nationally syndicated programs), Television (Feld Entertainment – commercials, public relations news events, special broadcasts), Live Entertainment (Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Disney On Ice), New Media (ESPN, ABC Radio, American Country Countdown, ChainGangPictures, Filmlinker) and Film (ChainGangPictures).

As the producer, Rick coordinated and managed the creative, logistic and budgetary aspects of the film from pre-production to distribution. Using his extensive entertainment project management experience, he enabled the director to execute his creative vision, keep the production in budget, and oversee the project’s artistic integrity.

 

Laura Wilson – Producer

Laura oversaw production in the field managing a 78-location shoot filmed in three states and four cities.  Nothing Without You is her first feature project.  She was Associate Field Producer on several episodes of the A&E Series The First 48.

 

Giacomo Ambrosini  – Editor

Giacomo Ambrosini began his career serving as an additional editor on Swimmers (Official Selection Sundance Film Festival) and Room (Official Selection Cannes Directors’ Fortnight). His narrative and documentary credits include ARC Entertainment’s The Bad Penny, starring Tom Arnold and Bai Ling, Showtime’s Few Options, starring Rainn Wilson, Kenny Johnson and Michael Sheen, Warner Brothers’ Red Hot Chili Peppers: Stadium ArcadiumGonzo Music Diaries, NYC (Official Selection Amsterdam Int.l Documentary Film Festival) and Seasons in the Valley (Official Selection Rhode Island Film Festival). His television credits include Scary Tales and Marked by the Mob for 3Net, Deadliest Tech for Discovery and MTV’s recent documentary series Rebel Music, executive produced by Shepard Fairey. He is currently editing The Confines, starring Jason Patric, Louisa Krause and Mark Margolis.

He’s represented by Sheldon Prosnit Agency. Giacomo hails from Genoa, Italy, but currently calls Brooklyn, New York his home. 

 

Victoria de la Vega – Music Composer

Victoria has worked closely with composer Hans Zimmer on the scores for such films as The Lone Ranger, ‘The Dark Knight Rises,’ and 12 Years a Slave.  She is classically trained pianist and a graduate of the Masters Program for Film Scoring and Songwriting at New York University.

 

Emily Fradenburgh – Lead Actress – ‘Jennifer Stidger’

Emily has honed her craft acting in over twenty-five independent films.
Her educational background in Theatre Performance and Psychology, have helped shape her as a performer and instilled the belief of film, and life, being truly collaborative. Emily’s performance in Nothing Without You earned her the Breakthrough Achievement Award at the Twin Cities Film Festival.

 

Keith McGill – Actor – ‘Dr. Charles Branham’

Keith has performed in contemporary plays as well as in Shakespeare productions, and has formal training in both.

Recently Keith McGill appeared in The Stranger television series in the Martha and Mary episode as Therm, and in the fledging web series Undead Survival as “The Grip.”  Other film roles include Avery Marshall in Clancy, Willis Reese in Pieces of Easter.

Keith is also an accomplished stand-up comedian.