Makazan Films is an independent production company, committed to telling diverse, meaningful stories and hiring as many awesome females in key positions as 51% humanly possible.
THE PRODUCTION TEAM
Paige Morrow Kimball is a writer, director, producer and actor. Film writing & directing credits include: Sesame Street: D is For Dog, Play Date, Ending Up, Slipped, OMG! I’m Knocked Up. Web Series credits include: Lemonade, Exiled Out East. Documentary and reality credits include: HBO’s Project Greenlight, Fox’s Boot Camp, ABC’s The Oprah Winfrey Show and many more. Acting highlights include: Come Simi, Dude Where’s My Chutzpah? Curtain, and Anniversary. She’s a writer for The Huffington Post, focusing on stories about women in entertainment. To find out more about this One-Woman Mardi-Gras, visit her website.
Kimby Caplan is an award winning filmmaker whose work has aired on PBS, ABC, and NBC affiliates. Her documentaries and short films have screened in festivals around the country and internationally. A documentary lensed by Caplan, Cubamerican, about Cuban Exiles featuring Andy Garcia and Steven Bauer has screened nationally, with a PBS run in 2014-2015. Recently Caplan just wrapped as Second Unit DP on Scout, an Indie feature starring Jane Seymour, Ellen Burstyn, and Danny Glover, among others. Caplan is the recipient of a 2005 Student Academy Award for her documentary LISTEN, which also received a Juror’s First Place at the Black Maria Film Festival and a Silver Remi Award from Houston Worldfest. A 35mm short film, Song of David, lensed by Caplan was one of AFI’s submission to the 2008 Cannes Short Corner. Another 35mm short film, My Demon, won best Horror Short at the 2009 Cape Fear Film Festival in North Carolina. Recently a music video Caplan lensed, directed by Michelle Kantor, won best Music Video at the LA Femme Film Festival, 2014. Caplan is an MFA Cinematography graduate of American Film Institute and resides in Pasadena, CA.
Johnny Harris is a producer, arranger and film composer. He has worked with dozens of successful recording artists around the globe, from Sir Tom Jones to Michael Jackson. He arranged, conducted and produced all of the tracks on various Dame Shirley Bassey albums and many tracks on various Tom Jones albums. He was the regular musical director for the BBC light entertainment show “Happening for Lulu” in 1968-69 starring singer Lulu and conduced and arranged her Eurovision Song Contest winner ‘Boom-Bang-A-Bang’ which garnered a great deal of press coverage resulting in a two album record deal with Warner Bros. UK and had his own BBC Show Of The Week called “Up Tight” featuring Georgie Fame and Lulu. He composed the scores for sever cult movies including Fragment of Fear (1970), Bloomfield & Man In The Wilderness (1971) He moved to the US in 1972 to record and conduct his orchestra in Las Vegas with Paul Anka where Elvis Presley asked him to lead his Vegas band. In 1979 he worked with Michael Jackson on the Diana Ross TV special. Johnny wanted to concentrate on scoring for film and television, which led to a long-time association as the musical director for Lynda Carter productions in which he scored the third season of her “Wonder Woman (TV Series)” in 1979 plus four TV movies and five CBS specials. Johnny Harris’ most recent film work has been 2014 “Come Simi”, as well as the 2015 Short “Play Date”. He is now in the process of starting work on his new album and a making of documentary which will feature many of the stars he has worked with during his career.
Southern California native Kristina cultivated a keen interest in the entertainment industry thriving around her hometown of Pasadena. Kristina worked on Trojan Vision at the University of Southern California while she attended and later graduated with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration with a focus on cinema and television. Now a producer at Rekon Productions, a company she shares with her brother, Kristina has expanded her portfolio to producing and coordinating projects ranging from commercials and trailers, to shorts, web series and music videos. She has helped create promotional content for Doritos, Nokia, EA Games, Epson, Comcast and most recently, Covergirl. Presently, Kristina is developing future projects for Rekon and producing her upcoming feature film, 7 on 10, a film that deals with Women’s Addiction Recovery in Prison.
Toby started his career in production in college in Middlebury, Vermont where he produced and hosted a weekly jazz radio show, and was director of his college improvisational group. In his 3 years in New York after college he took a tack to teaching and developing theatre and improv based educational programs for a non-profit in partnership with the most underserved public high schools in the five boroughs. He then worked for an educational software company in communications and business development. Since moving to LA six years ago, he’s worked in production and casting on over 1,000 commercials. Lately he’s been exploring production in several areas, having produced his first film SAM a ten minute film addressing Veteran Suicide.
Terry began her professional career in the theater in New York, where she was born and raised. She originated the role of Gail in the New York premiere of George Walkers’ “Better Living,” with Olympia Dukakis and Rob Morrow. Other stage credits include lead roles in “Godspell,” the Los Angeles premiere of “Orange Flower Water,” by Craig Wright, and most recently, “Beautified” with Mary McDonnell and Jon Tenney. Terry played Woody Allen’s “sound girl” in “Crimes and Misdemeanors,” and starred in Rob Morrow’s directorial and writing debut “The Silent Alarm,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Other t.v. and film credits include Southland, Brothers & Sisters, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Desperate Housewives, Beginners, As Cool As I Am, The M Word and many more.
Tami grew up in White Plains, NY with her hard working single mother who held down three jobs. Today she is the dynamic personality of VH1’s hit reality show, ‘Basketball Wives’, and has a career that has spanned over 18+ years, getting her start as a reality show pioneer on MTV’s hit ‘The Real World’. Tami has a diverse resume starring as a series regular on CBS’ vampire hit Moonlight, Fox’s Sex Lies and Secrets with Denise Richards and TV1’s sitcom Belle’s. Tami has starred in projects with Courtney Cox, Terrence Howard, Vivica A. Fox and many more. At one point in her life, as a little girl, after Tami’s mother was terminated from her job, the two became homeless and were forced to live on the streets of New York. This experience has made Tami a very strong, independent, knowledgeable and humble woman who appreciates and values life.
Marcuis is originally from Brooklyn, New York and studied at Howard University in Washington DC. Marcuis is known for The Stepfather (2009), Prom night (2008) and A Good Day to Be Black & Sexy (2008).
“Play Date” is Isabella’s first film, when she walked into the audition we knew she had the part. She is a complete natural and is perfect for the role of Emma-the kind hearted and curious daughter who takes in a homeless woman while her parents are preoccupied. Isabella’s charm, polite and fresh new attitude, along with her energy for working on set was refreshing and helped us breathe life into “Play Date”.