Moving Parts Awards
2018 Judging Panel Announced!
Maria Luisa Cianni
Born in Montreal Canada, Maria first stepped foot on the TV set of 21 Jumpstreet at the age of 13 and never looked back.
Maria has lived in both Los Angeles and Vancouver and recently graduated with her diploma in Interior design but continues her path in film whether in front of the camera or behind the scenes.
With more than 20 years in the film and TV scene, Maria’s biggest accomplishment is raising her daughter with Down Syndrome, advocating and bringing awareness to the public on her daughters abilities.
Maria currently lives in Vancouver, B.C Canada.
Juan Sánchez-Molina is an actor and producer based in Los Angeles, CA. He graduated Cum Laude from Rowan University with a Bachelors in Performing Arts. During his college years he was inducted into two organizations, Lambda Theta Phi, Latin Fraternity, Inc. and Alpha Psi Omega, National Theater Honor Society. While learning the values of discipline and structure from these organizations, he applied them and became chapter President for both . He’s a big believer in personal development and you can probably catch him quoting something from one of his favorite books, “The War of Art” by Steven Pressfield. When he’s not working on his craft, you can find him lifting weights or training in Muay Thai Boxing. Two activities that allow him to not hate himself as he shoves a bunch of cookies in his mouth.
A southern california native whom just returned from a 7 year stint in NYC. While in Los Angeles Branca studied at the Beverly Hills Playhouse aa well as with Carey Scott whom runs the Rehearsal Room. While in NYC Branca studied at HB Studios under Austin Pendleton. She was a cast member of Daily Burn for two years and has filmed various short films as well as various voice overs for radio.
Her love of film and theatre will continue to push her in her creative endeavors.
Matt Valvardi is Director of Business Development for the Non-Profit. He is a Philadelphia native now residing in Southern California. Matt earned a BS from the University of Delaware, majoring in both Finance and Operations Management, despite using most of his free electives on acting classes. After several years working at successful investment and wealth management firms in Pennsylvania, Matt finally traded in his cubicle for the spotlight in 2016.
Since primarily focusing on acting last year, Matt booked lead or supporting roles in 9 short movies, 5 theater performances, and 2 commercials. He also wrote and produced a web series that helped earn his SAG-AFTRA membership.
He spends the summer months working as a Sequester Manager for the CBS reality show, Big Brother. He’s also a volunteer actor for the Young Storytellers Foundation.
He currently trains at Ivana Chubbuck Studio and also recently completed two years of Meisner Technique, in addition to improvisation at UCB.
Other than acting, Matt enjoys playing basketball, football, paddle tennis, surfing, painting, drawing, and watching movies.
SACHA ELIE is a classically trained Haitian American actress, director, writer, and producer with an M.F.A. in Acting from UCLA’s School of Theater Film and Television. She is also a children's’ book author and playwright with credits expanding in stage, film, and television. Making her OFF Broadway Debut in 2017 with one of her two solo pieces, 'Biscuits', of which she also directed. She is the proud recipient of the 2017 Hollywood Fringe Scholarship Award, where she received a nomination for The Rogue Machine’s “Premiere” award for her second solo piece, written, directed, produced and starring Sacha in “Who You Calling A Bitch?!?”! Sacha’s career as a writer began with her first film, “Clara” (co-produced) which was accepted into the critically acclaimed, International Black Women’s Film festival. Sacha has performed in, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Williamstown Theater Festival), A Winter’s Tale, (New Jersey Shakespeare Festival), Red Noses, (The Actors Gang), Fabulation or the Re-Education of Undine (West Coast Ensemble), The Revenger’s Tragedy, Trash Story, and Praca Roosevelt, (UCLA’s School of Theater Film and Television), and has toured both of her solo pieces in New York and in L.A. Sacha recently debuted her digital series: #WhoIsFrankyB.?!? Also written, produced and directed by Sacha. She is also a poet, whose latest piece, “SELF -WORTH” recently was heard on Carvell Wallace nationally syndicated PodCast "Closer Than They Appear". She is the recipient of the prestigious Hollywood Foreign Press Fellowship Award, (The Organization that presents the Golden Globes) and the prestigious Laura Pels Fellowship award for her excellence in Acting.. Sacha is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA and AEA. Curious about Sacha? Visit www.SachaElie.com. Blessings -Sacha E.
RoShawn Briscoe is an actor/writer originally from the state of Delaware. He graduated with his bachelors in Theatre from Rowan University before moving to Los Angeles. He also served as president of the Rho Nu chapter of Alpha Psi Omega National Theatre Honor Society. RoShawn is also a veteran and has served his country with distinction in the US Army both at home and abroad. He has worked on feature films, television, theatre, and on a sketch comedy team. RoShawn is also a veteran and has served his country with distinction in the US Army both at home and abroad. He looks to make his mark in comedy and sitcom.
Carrie Thomas is a L.A. based actress and model. After graduating from Virginia Tech with a BA in Theater Arts, she studied for several years at T. Schreiber Studios in NYC, and then in Los Angeles with Diana Castle at The Imagined Life studio. Carrie is active in theater, commercial work and film, and stays committed to her passion of storytelling by blending her acting skills with her many years of psychological and spiritual research. Her recent credits include the title role in the short action film 'Helix' as well as Irene in the psychological thriller 'Impulse.'
Film and stage actor Steve Brock was born in Los Gatos, California. He is the eldest of two sons of Donna Brock (Lecrivain), a teacher, and Les Brock, an electrical and computer engineer. He was involved in musical theater in high school and in college.
Steve has just finished shooting a pilot that he wrote and starred in based on an alternate universe view of his own life called “Even Steve” (2015) and a short film that he wrote with Aga Kadlubowska about family alcoholism called “Making Amends” (2015). Steve has just finished a run of a musical review “Songalogues” at Lifebook Playhouse (2014) and “3060” at Two Roads Theater (2014). He is writing a play called “Facets” detailing struggles in serotonin spectrum disorder. In July 2015, he performed a one man show called Uncovered, where he played original music and some arrangements with an amazing band
He is also a singer/songwriter and has released a CD called “Cry By the Light of the Moon.” (2014) He is training with Amy Lyndon using the Lyndon Technique (2017-). He also is a graduate of Second City (2014).