VICTOR SALVA (Writer/Director) was born in Martinez, California, twenty miles outside San Francisco. An avid filmmaker from the age of thirteen, he had written and directed over twenty short films and one feature length film (all on Super 8) before graduating from high school in 1976.
Often holding down two jobs to finance his weekend filmmaking, in the late eighties Salva’s 37-minute short Something in the Basement took first place in the fiction category at the Sony/AFI Home Video Competition. A horror allegory, it told the eerie story of a young boy awaiting his brother’s return from a bloody war and the evil presence in the basement who claims the young soldier is already dead. This highly acclaimed short went on to win several national awards (including a Bronze Plaque at the Chicago International Film festival) and brought Salva to the attention of Francis Ford Coppola, who was one of the judges at the Sony/AFI Contest.
Coppola then produced Salva’s first theatrical feature, Clownhouse, which Salva again wrote and directed. Using the talented cast of his award-winning short, Salva called the film “a campfire story.”
His next film brought him to Los Angeles. Written and directed by Salva, The Nature of the Beast starred Lance Henriksen and Eric Roberts and quickly became New Line’s biggest direct-to-video title of that year. The following year Salva made his first studio picture: Powder. Powder received much critical acclaim and made several top ten lists for the year.
The filmmaker describes Rites of Passage, released in 1999, as his most personal film, a unique, coming-of-age thriller starring Jason Behr (Roswell), Dean Stockwell and James Remar.
In 2001, Salva wrote and directed Jeepers Creepers, which was one of the year’s breakout hits. Jeepers Creepers 2 is Salva’s sixth feature film, all of which he has written and directed. He enjoys working with Coppola and American Zoetrope, who first championed him.
TOM LUSE (Producer) started out popping popcorn and selling tickets in the late 1970’s at a tiny art house movie theatre in Atlanta as a graduate student. His growing fascination with films inspired him to change graduate schools in order to study motion picture production. In 1982 he wrote, produced and directed the first film accepted by Georgia State University as a Master’s Thesis. The film, Who’s Killing The Cities?, was shown on public television, and after the film was screened at the American Film Institute, Luse was given a directing internship, which he accepted under the tutelage of Martha Coolidge.
Returning to Atlanta, Luse produced commercials and location managed several features and worked as a technician. He began working in feature production management in 1988 on Glory, and has been a UPM on numerous films including Paris Trout (DGA Award), Fluke, To
Dance with the White Dog, Remember the Titans and Drumline.
By the mid-nineties, Luse had begun producing films and television projects as well, including What the Deaf Man Heard (Emmy nomination), Wayward Son, Durango, and the pilots for Profiler and The Client, among many other projects. He most recently produced the independent feature Lost Junction.
Although his career has taken him to New Zealand, Europe and to all ends of the North American continent, Luse continues to live in Atlanta and is the father of four lovely children ages 5 to 14. He is currently developing a short story series, Stories from Here, modeled on his successful PBS film, The Cracker Man.
FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA (Executive Producer) is one of the most respected talents in the entertainment business. Best known as a five-time Oscar®-winning director, writer and producer, he won his first Oscar® in 1971 for the screenplay for Patton, which he co-wrote with Edmund H. North. His impressive body of work includes directorial credits for 20 films – including epic films such as The Godfather trilogy and Apocalypse Now. Coppola, who won the Palme d’Or at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival for The Conversation and Apocalypse Now, presided as president of the jury for the 1996 festival. Throughout his career, Coppola has always searched for better tools for filmmakers and is considered the pioneer of electronic cinema. Many of the techniques he developed have become the industry standard. His San Francisco-based film company, American Zoetrope, develops and produces film projects for both the large and small screen.
BOBBY ROCK (Executive Producer) currently heads Francis Ford Coppola’s Los Angeles American Zoetrope office as senior vice president of production and development, where he has guided several productions to completion, including Pumpkin. He is currently working on Kinsey, Bill Condon’s next feature. Rock shepherds other projects, ranging from an adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road to a number of short stories from American Zoetrope’s All-Story magazine.
Before Zoetrope, Rock acted as vice president of acquisitions and production at Trimark Pictures acquiring a number of films, including Mira Nair’s Kama Sutra, Cube, Chinese Box, Billy’s Hollywood Screen Kiss and Phoenix. Rock has also bought a number of projects in script stage. Most notably he was responsible for Kasi Lemmon’s Eve’s Bayou, which became one of the highest grossing films produced by Trimark.
Prior to his success at Trimark, Rock manned the L.A. office of October Films. He also worked as a vice president of acquisitions at both Triton Pictures and Atlantic Releasing Corporation. At Triton, Rock acquired, among others, Erroll Morris’ documentary of Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time and Eleanor Coppola’s Heart of Darkness. With Atlantic Releasing, Rock obtained Wish You Were Here, Stormy Monday and A World Apart.
Rock’s first production job was on the set of Coppola’s One From the Heart.
KIRK D’AMICO (Executive Producer) is the founder and president of Myriad Pictures, with offices in Los Angeles and London. He recently served as executive producer on a diverse slate of feature films, including The Good Girl, Van Wilder: Party Liaison and the critically-acclaimed Sarafina!. D’Amico is currently working as executive producer on Imagining Argentina.
Prior to founding Myriad Pictures, D’Amico served as executive vice president at Village Roadshow Pictures, where he was responsible for the worldwide sales and co-productions of all theatrical and television product. He was also the vice president of international at the Samuel Goldwyn Company, where he was responsible for international theatrical, video and TV sales.
LUCAS FOSTER (Executive Producer) began his film career working on low-budget films for small companies such as Concorde and Empire. He then moved full force into development and production working for various producers, including Frank Yablans, Scott Rudin, Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer. With Yablans, Foster acquired, developed and produced the thriller Lisa, then did the same for The Firm with Scott Rudin. He also found Flatliners during his time with Yablans. Among the other projects Foster acquired or developed for Rudin were Executive Decision and Rules of Engagement.
While working with Simpson/Bruckheimer, Foster helped find and develop The Ref. He also found, developed and executive produced Dangerous Minds, Crimson Tide and Bad Boys. In addition, Foster was involved in the development of The Rock and Enemy of the State, which was derived from an original story by Foster and David Marconi. After working with Simpson/Bruckheimer, Foster joined Turner Pictures as executive vice-president of production, where he helped acquire and oversee Michael and Fallen.
In May of 1996, Foster started his own company, Warp Films, with an exclusive production deal at Columbia Pictures. He developed a wide variety of projects at Columbia with talents like Ron Bass, John McTiernan, Barry Sonnenfeld, Martin Lawrence and Brian Henson. He was heavily involved in the pre-production of Wild Things before becoming a consultant and producer on The Mask of Zorro. In 1998, Foster partnered with director Jan De Bont and developed and produced Equilibrium. He then joined Myriad Pictures and produced National Lampoon’s Van Wilder and Eulogy.
Foster is currently producing Man on Fire and the remake of Walking Tall. Next, Foster will reunite with New Regency to produce Mr. and Mrs. Smith while also producing Ultraviolet.
PHILIP VON ALVENSLEBEN (Co-Executive Producer) is one of Germany’s most experienced distribution and production executives. Von Alvensleben previously served as president of Tele Munchen Group and co-president of Myriad Pictures. Von Alvensleben is currently heading up Alive Entertainment, which developed, financed and produced quality television series and feature films with a first-look deal with Alliance Atlantis. Television projects with Alliance Atlantis included the ABC miniseries Me and My Shadows (starring Judy Davis) about the legendary Judy Garland. The show was nominated for 13 Emmys. Other TV projects include Pensacola – Wings of Gold starring James Brolin and 18 Wheels of Justice. Feature films include Harlem Aria starring Gabriel Casseus, Damon Wayans, Christian Camargo and Paul Sorvino and 7-Teen Sips starring Leo Fitzpatrick and Heather Bergdahl.
DON E. FAUNTLEROY (Director of Photography) has worked on numerous feature films, including Lying in Wait, Seven Girlfriends, Rites of Passage (also for Victor Salva), The Only Thrill and Felony. He has also shot extensively for television, lending his eye to such projects as The Perfect Wife, The Soul Collector, Lily Dale, Prince for a Day, and An Element of Truth.
FauntLeRoy began his career during the early 70s as assistant camera on the many popular television shows during that era, including The Bob Newhart Show, Rhoda, Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, Vega$ and The Dukes of Hazzard. He quickly moved on to camera assisting countless hits for the big screen, including The Turning Point, Convoy, Raging Bull, Stir Crazy, S.O.B., and The Woman In Red, among countless others, before making the transition into cinematography.
PETER JAMISON (Production Designer) has worked extensively in film. Over the past two decades he has worked with a diverse group of today’s finest filmmakers, including Antoine Fuqua (Bait), Penelope Spheeris (Black Sheep, The Beverly Hillbillies), Garry Marshall (Exit To Eden), Abel Ferrara (Body Snatchers), Kathryn Bigelow (Point Break), Barry Levinson (Tin Men), Jonathan Demme (Swing Shift), Michael Apted (Contintental Divide) and Robert Zemeckis (Used Cars). He art directed for Sam Fuller on The Big Red One. Other film credits include The Rage: Carrie 2, Empire Records, Robocop 2, Weekend at Bernie’s, At Close Range and Halloween III: Season of the Witch.
ED MARX (Editor) edited television commercials for fifteen years in Chicago before relocating to southern California. Since then he has edited numerous videos and trailers as well as several feature films, including Temptation, Urbania, Sordid Lives, Kiss & Tell, Lewis & Clark & George and It’s All True: An Unfinished Film by Orson Welles. He also served as music editor on some films he’s edited, including Seven Girlfriends and Swimming with Sharks.
JONATHAN ROTHBART (Visual Effects Supervisor) managed the application of digital effects to enhance The Creeper’s attributes and actions. President and co-founder of The Orphanage, Rothbart left Industrial Light and Magic with fellow visual effects artists Stu Maschwitz and Scott Stewart to form their independent film and production company in 1999.
At ILM, the team was responsible for the wildly innovative Rebel Unit, where they created custom programs to accelerate the already rapid advancement of digital effects in film. They worked on such pivotal films as Sleepy Hollow, Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, Men in Black and Star Trek: First Contact. They continue to advance the creative application of technology with their pioneering spirit and their artistic vision at The Orphanage. Headquartered in San Francisco, The Orphanage has offices in Los Angeles as well.
Recently, Rothbart served as visual effect supervisor on the upcoming Mike Nichols’ film Angels in America starring Al Pacino, Emma Thompson and Meryl Streep. Other recent credits include Yimou Zhang’s Ying Xiong (Hero), which features action stars Jet Li and Ziyi Zhang. Other credits include The Last Birthday Card as well as The Upgrade, which he also executive produced.
Rothbart began his career as an animatic artist on Dragonheart and the special edition of Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.
JANA STERN (Costume Design) has designed costumes for numerous feature film and television projects. Her costume design projects include Sacrifice, Best Actress, Escape to Grizzly Mountain, Rites of Passage, Nightmare Street, and Disney’s Air Bud. She has also worked as an assistant designer on such TV projects as Dancing in the Dark, When the Dark Man Calls, Fatal Vows: The Alexandra O’Hara Story, and My Breast. She began her career working with film costumes while serving as a wardrobe assistant on such television films as Due South, Incident in a Small Town, Man Against the Mob, and The Undergrads, and such films as Barton Fink.
BRIAN PENIKAS (Special Effects Makeup) returns to Jeepers Creepers 2 after helping create the Creeper on the original film. One of Hollywood’s most respected makeup artists, Penikas work has been seen in such films as Galaxy Quest, Man on the Moon, Stigmata, The General’s Daughter, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Gattaca, Face/Off, Batman Forever, Addams Family Values, and The Addams Family, among many others. He’s worked extensively with makeup, prosthetics, and special makeup effects as well as puppeteering and design.
BENNETT SALVAY (Composer) has served as composer on feature films including Love Stinks, Victor Salva’s Rites Of Passage and The Nature of the Beast, as well as Sandtrap. He has also worked as an arranger and/or producer on records by artists as such as The Wallflowers, Brian Setzer, Mötley Crüe, Everclear, Fastball and Rob Zombie.
Salvay has composed music and written songs for television as well. His television credits include PBS’ I’ll Fly Away...Then and Now, the ABC movie Burning Bridges, NBC’s Roe V. Wade and Winnie, and several series, including Providence, Early Edition, Family Matters, Full House and Sisters, among many others.