John Grossman

Executive Producer

As the executive producer of GhostPepper, I basically keep an eye on everything. To quote Wag the Dog, “A good producer is like a plumber, if he does his job right you shouldn’t even know he was there. If he does it wrong there is sh-t everywhere.”  Nobody wants that...

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Heather DiPietro

Head of Production

I’m a jack of all trades producer, account manager, and post-supervisor. I handle the day to day operations of GhostPepper, spending most of my day crunching numbers in budgets, working with directors on their treatments, managing clients, and finding us work.

When I’m not superwoman, I can be found watching General Hospital or chanting on the Arizona Wildcats Men’s Basketball team. Goooooo Cats! I’m a wine enthusiast, lego builder, and food instagrammer.

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Conner Reddan

Director + DP + Editor

I’m a tumbleweed of varied interests and experiences, absorbing what I come across and taking shape along the way. In life and in work I look for order in the chaos, the links between the unrelated, and how it all fits together. See you on down the road. 

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Stephen Frandsen

Director + DP

Frandsen is a director, DP, producer, husband and dad based in Brooklyn, NY. He's worked with Swiffer, Dawn, Charmin, Dick's Sporting Goods, and Oral-B to name a few. Adweek calls his work "real enough to actually warrant a rare bit of respite from cynicism". His narrative and documentary work have won awards at the LA Shorts International Film Festival, NY Shorts International Film Festival, Cannes, Mashies, and the Seattle Film Festival.

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Mike Edmonds

Digital Marketing Manager

I'm your standard bearded white millennial living in Brooklyn and taking photos for everyone's Instagram account (including GhostPepper's). From digital content to event marketing, my job is to create a company's brand identity and use digital content to build brand awareness. I'm the person you can blame for that "funny" social media ad you kind of remember.

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Chris Bierlein

Director + DP + Editor

I’ve had a camera at my side since the age of 11, when my Grandfather in Kansas started showing me the ropes during the summer.  My dream leaving high school was to be a Jazz Photographer, shooting record covers and editorial portraits, and this vision led me to a job with fashion photographer and filmmaker Arthur Elgort, also an avid jazz fan.  It was Elgort that first threw an Aaton and a Bolex into my hands and said “figure it out”. 

Lately I’ve realized that I use photography and film to create order in an otherwise chaotic life.  I love taking the madness and craziness of the world around me and finding those moments of beauty and peace that tell a story or make a descriptive image, filtering out the excess.  When my eye is to that viewfinder and I’m working within the confines of the frame, everything comes together and makes sense.

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Paula Walker

Director

As a dancer and performer, the poetry of movement holds a heavy influence on my work from commercial campaigns with Revlon, CoverGirl, Maybelline, and L'Oreal to music videos for artists such as  Tracy Chapman, Lou Reed, & Marc Anthony. I have been honored with several awards such as the Silver Lion at Cannes, the International Monitor Award, and the Deutscher Kommunikationsverband-Die-Kappe (Germany's equivalent to the Clios). When I'm not working on my independent projects, I can be found soaking up the sun in Los Angeles.  

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Geoff Ryan

Director + DP + Editor

I’m a storyteller first, visual artist second. The moment that opened my eyes to the power of visual storytelling was as a teen when people who saw my first short film sent letters telling me how it inspired them and even changed their views on it’s subject. From that moment on, I knew there was nothing else I wanted to do but continue making art that inspired, communicated, and uplifted. Since then my music videos and television commercials have aired on broadcast both nationally and across the globe for clients such as Macy's and Lord & Taylor. My feature film Fray premiered theatrically in LA and has been shown in over 200 countries (reaching #2 on Amazon UK and #15 on Amazon US) after receiving multiple “ best film" awards and joining The Academy of Motion Picture's Core Collection.

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Paul Fuentes

Director

I’ve spent a ridiculous amount of time studying film and actors; time that could have been spent learning how to pick stocks, calculate my APR or even balance my checkbook. But to paraphrase Hyman Roth, 'This is the business I’ve chosen’ and I’m hooked. I love the turn of the head in take 7 and the way she looks at the baby in take 3. I’ve watched Brando pick up that glove in “On the Waterfront” about fifty times and was lucky enough to even study with his teacher, Stella Adler. At parties I’m the guy who doesn’t know his property assessment value but does know that Damien Chazelle shot Whiplash digitally and La La Land on film. When it comes to my work I don’t stop. I eat, breathe and sleep it. So there, stock brokers. Go do something useful— shoot a film. 

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Trish Govoni

Director + DP

A graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and the American Film Institute, I have worked as a director + dp for Upfronts for CNN and HLN, promos for USA's "White Collar", PSAs for BET's Breast Cancer Awareness Month and USA's Law & Order: SVU No More campaign. I've also shot branded integration campaigns for Microsoft, Visa, Snapple, Dunkin Donut's, Levi's, Subaru and many more.

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Jennifer Lorfils

Office Manager

Hello! I'm Jennifer, you'll find me at the front desk greeting guests with a smile and helping to ensure everything runs smoothly in the office. If you have a question, don't hesitate to ask. I love people and enjoy that I can interact with all sorts of creative personalities while ensuring they enjoy a productive visit at GhostPepper. 

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Ted

Office Dog

I do important work here, mainly greeting clients and our staff. When I'm not working, I enjoy long walks in the snow and chewing bones.  

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