Meet the Filmmakers
Billy McAdams Jr., Director
Bill McAdams, Jr. was born and raised in Virginia, and graduated from The Catholic University of America with a double major in theatre arts and philosophy. He was playing collegiate baseball when he got his first film experience appearing as a utility baseball player in Major League II. Bill doubled Matt Damon in The Rainmaker, and his relationship with Damon led to a three-year stint as his photo double/stand-in on the Academy Award-winning film, Good will Hunting, and Rounders, and Dogma.
Shortly thereafter, Bill worked on Amistad with Steven Spielberg and with David Lynch on Lost Highway and Mulholland Drive. Once he landed the Visual Effect role of the Invisible Man in the Academy Award nominated Hollow Man directed by Paul Verhoeven, he realized his future was behind the camera.
Bill began directing projects including the short films Time, Fountain X, Banana Bread (official selection: Gloria Film Festival) and a sci-fi zombie pilot, Aftermath, executive produced by Rob Minkoff, (The Lion King, Forbidden Kingdom).
Echo Bridge picked up Bill’s action thriller and feature directorial debut, A Lure: Teen Fight Club, for distribution. His other films include Money Shot with Jason Mewes, Al Snow, and Josh Hammond. Distributed by Kevin Smith’s Smodcast Pictures. Thriller, House Across The Street starring Eric Roberts, Jessica Sonneborn, Alex Rocco and Ethan Embry. Bill’s most recent feature, Gallows Road starring Ernie Hudson and Kevin Sorbo, had its worldwide release in August of 2015. He is the founder of Aledo Film Group and Co-founder of Fort Worth Studios, a Texas based Family film production and distribution company. Bill splits time in Texas and California.
Therese Moncrief, Producer
Therese Moncrief is a community leader known for her credits as a film producer. She most recently has served as producer on Jose Canseco: The Truth Hurts and executive producer on Gallows Road, released in August 2015.
Mary Jean Bentley, Executive Producer
Mary Jean “MJ” has more than 25 years of experience in the entertainment industry as a producer, actress, songwriter, and singer. Her entertainment career includes numerous national commercials and several major motion pictures, most recently; Gallows Road, starring Ernie Hudson and Kevin Sorbo, The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry, starring Gavin MacLeod; Noah’s Ark, The New Beginning starring Michael Keaton, Jason Lee and Marcia Gay Harden, The Last Castle starring James Gandolfini, Mark Ruffalo and Robert Redford, We Were Soldiers starring Mel Gibson, Sweet Home Alabama starring Reese Witherspoon and the Grand Jury winner at the Sundance Film Festival, Forty Shades of Blue starring Rip Torn. Her music career landed her in Nashville, TN for 6 years writing and recording with top industry writers and producers. She has numerous songs placed in feature films.
Prior to embarking on an entertainment career full time and after receiving her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from George Mason University, MJ served as an officer in the United States Navy Nurse Corp for 9 years. Her specialty was Pediatrics Post Anesthesia and Emergency. After her discharge from the Navy she worked in the Pediatric Emergency Department at a level-one trauma center, Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.
MJ is the Founder and CEO of a family & faith based film company, Little Faith Pictures which has numerous projects either in distribution, production, pre production or development such as When The Last Leaf Falls adapted from a manuscript by New York Times Best Selling Author, James Michael Pratt of the Hallmark Hall of Fame’s The Lost Valentine viewed by over 14.5M and Gallows Road is currently being distributed worldwide. In 2015, she partnered with Therese Moncrief, Steve Markham and Bill McAdams Jr. to launch Fort Worth Studios to bring more productions to Texas and implement a worldwide distribution company in Fort Worth, Texas. Jose Canseco, The Truth Hurts will be released worldwide by Fort Worth Studios.
She is very active in her local Screen Actors Guild chapter as a committee member of Professional Actors Career Training (Pro ACT), on the Producer’s Committee and the Co-Chairman of the 75th Anniversary Celebration for the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) in Dallas, Texas. MJ is also a member of Women In Film (WIF), Texas Motion Picture Alliance (TXMPA) and of The Academy of Country Music (ACM). She resides in Fort Worth, Texas with her husband, Kevin, and her two children. Mary Jean Bentley is represented by The Kim Dawson Agency in Dallas, Texas.
Allan Westbrook, Director of Photography
Director of Photography, Allan Westbrook, began his career running a film processor and shooting news film in a small market television station. His talents were soon recognized and he moved to a mid-sized market where he continued his career as Chief News Photographer. Shortly thereafter, Westbrook was recruited to join a nationally acclaimed production company, which changed his skills from the fast pace of news into cinematic excellence. While at the company, Westbrook quickly aspired to a level of exemplary filmmaking, lighting, editing, animation, aerial camerawork as well as the design and construction of unique camera mounts.
Spanning his long career, Allan has shot a broad spectrum of productions including documentaries, world wide racing films, national television commercials and popular television series’ including Walker, Texas Ranger and The Good Guys. His work is defined by unique shot compositions and a visionary mind. His attention to detail is exceptional and he genuinely loves his craft. Allan resides in Los Angeles and is currently the 2nd Unit Director of Photography on ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Roy Firestone, Composer
ROY FIRESTONE is an accomplished composer, conductor, and performer of music for film, television, and multimedia. He scored the feature films GALLOWS ROAD, starring Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters, Oz) and Kevin Sorbo (God’s Not Dead, Hercules), DEATH AND TEXAS, starring Charles Durning (O Brother, Where Art Thou?) and Steve Harris (ABC’s The Practice, Minority Report) and THE MOSTLY UNFABULOUS SOCIAL LIFE OF ETHAN GREEN, based on the hit underground comic strip of the same name. Firestone assisted in music preparation for The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions (Don Davis, composer). TV: MINORITEAM on Cartoon Network’s [adult swim] and I’M WITH BUSEY on Comedy Central. Multimedia: Original score for Department of Homeland Security video “A Safer America” and a corporate theme song for ASM International. Firestone has received professional training in the Film Scoring programs of the Berklee College of Music and UCLA Extension and studied conducting at the University of Southern California (USC). Additionally, he is an active organist in Los Angeles.
Michael J. Duthie, Editor
Michael was born and educated in London, England. His career in film began for a documentary company, where he worked in all departments of production. Discovering a love for editing, he went to work with director Peter Hunt, who was considered one of the top editors in England for his revolutionary style used on the early Bond films. Michael trained and learned from Hunt, and eventually became his editor. As the youngest editor in England he cut his first feature, “Shout at the Devil”.
After working with Don Siegel and Richard Donner, Michael moved to Los Angeles where he edited a film for producer Menahem Golan, who quickly recognized Michael’s talent and kept him working non-stop with first time directors, and re-cutting some of their more high profile films.
Michael edited three films for director Roland Emmerich, and worked on a number of “number one” box office hits. He edited two films for Kevin Costner, including “Open Range” and “3000 Miles to Graceland”. Other projects include Walker, Texas Ranger, Stargate and Universal Soldier. He currently lives in Los Angeles with his family.
Richard Harner, Editor
Richard Harner has a long career in editing a variety of projects. His documentary experience includes working on programs for channels including A&E, Biography, National Geographic and CNN. He has also done many projects with the prestigious American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American Academy of Neurology.
Most recently, Richard’s company, Bondi Films, has included a stable of clients including Toyota, Lexus, ESPN, Nissan and Verizon. This is his first feature-length film project. He currently resides in Oregon.