photo by Marco Torres/ Houston Press
Marcus Pontello, director [center]
Marcus Pontello is a multimedia artist, costume/fashion designer and performer from Houston, Texas. His creations are both conceptually introspective and visually extravagant, often arriving at crossdisciplinary forms of expression.
Marcus graduated from Houston’s High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in 2006 where he studied acting in the theater department. After graduation he continued acting training at The California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). He broadened his discipline by studying in the costume program, the film/video school and the art school. At CalArts, he self generated numerous projects that utilized his various artistic interests and graduated with a BFA in Theater in 2010. Since then, Marcus has self produced and collaborated on independent projects that incorporate costume, character, story, video and original music. Such projects include Dejecta Protecta with performance artist Vaginal Cream Davis at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and Sister My Sister at Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica. His interests in character, writing and visual storytelling naturally lead him into the direction of film and video making.
In 2013, Marcus moved from LA to New Orleans and pursued film and TV production. He worked primarily in the wardrobe department on projects including American Horror Story: Coven, Dallas Buyer's Club and HBO’s Treme. Marcus decided to move home to Houston in 2014 to focus his full attention on the Numbers documentary, where he partnered with Jeromy Barber and James Templeton of Dinolion.
Jeromy Barber, producer [left]
Producer/Director Jeromy Barber is as passionate about working on projects he loves with people he believes in. Born in Pasadena, he moved to NYC and later to Nacogdoches. Jeromy calls Houston home. Jeromy found a love of performing early piano, singing, french horn, musicals. While obtaining his degree in Music Education, he furthered his performing and producing experience in Baylor Showtime!, Sing Alliance (Founder), All University Sing, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and an assortment of college musicals.
In January 2000, he moved to New York where he found acting work in commercials, musicals, and independent film. He trained with Second City and worked at The Sundance Film Festival. It was in New York where he realized producing was his favorite path, while producing a film for New Yorker cartoonist, Matthew Diffee.He has worked with Arrested Development’s Tony Hale, Best Friends Forever and Playing House's Lennon Parham, Film Director D.S. Teems, as well as Jeannie and Jim Gaffigan, and a host of others. In New York, he not only produced dozens of independent film projects, but he also developed many live comedy and music shows. In 2005, he decided to bring his talents back to Texas to be closer to family and start his own production company.
Since, Jeromy produced a variety of unique film and video projects including the interactive web series, Maddison Atkins. Once he arrived in Houston in 2011, Jeromy found he could use his experience to help the wide variety of local performers hone their craft and showcase their talents. In 2013, he established Beta Theater to do just that. In its first year, Beta has held dozens of improv classes, workshops, and has hosted many speakers, stand up comedy, music, and art shows. He also created the Beta Bracket Comedy Competition to highlight Houston’s best stand up comedians and improvisers.
James Templeton, producer [right]
James Templeton is a Houston-based musician, artist and multi-media producer.