Director, Co-Writer, Editor
Scott J. Ramsey is the director, co-writer, and editor of "X", the first feature length movie presented by The Foundation, which he wrote with frequent collaborator and "X" producer Hannah Katherine Jost. He is also the vocalist and songwriting half of musical duo The Major Arcana, alongside "X" producer Kevin De Nicolo. A proud alumnus of the Epsilon Chapter of Delta Kappa Alpha at San Francisco State University where he earned a BA in Fiction Filmmaking and befriended many of his "X" collaborators, Ramsey was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and currently lives in Los Angeles.
Producer, Co-Writer, Production Designer
Hannah Jost was born in Kirkland, WA and began taking acting classes at the age of 5. When she was 11 years old she moved to California and began to develop as a writer. She studied theatre, playwriting, and poetry through the International Baccalaureate program at Great Oak High School in Temecula, CA. In 2011 she continued her studies at SF State where she met Scott J. Ramsey through Delta Kappa Alpha, a co-ed cinema Fraternity. She received her Bachelor’s in Film Production as well as a minor in Dramatic Arts, in 2015. “X” is her first feature film and she currently lives in Los Angeles.
Kevin De Nicolo is a musician and producer originally from Saratoga, California. Having developed a passion for all things arts and entertainment, Kevin attended San Francisco State University where he became involved in film production as well as composing. Kevin also played in multiple bands during his tenure in San Francisco. Kevin’s desire to compose music for films and visual medium led him to begin producing films with his fellow film students. After graduating with his bachelors degree in cinema, Kevin relocated to Los Angeles to continue pursuing a career in music and develop his skills as a songwriter, composer, and producer. Since moving to Los Angeles, Kevin has also started his own label called Mirtillo Records creating music and sounds for the mobile game BentoBlox. Kevin also releases electronic music under the name Sulkin’ Raven.
Chantel Beam was born in Anaheim , CA and had an instant love for the arts. At a young age, she began her classical training in ballet. Upon her family getting a new camera when She was a teenager, Chantel ended up being the primary user of it. Her adoration for ballet never left, but the focus of her future turned to the camera. In 2009, she started in the film program at San Francisco State University where she received her degree. At SFSU, it became clear that cinematography would be the perfect career path. “X” was Chantel’s first feature film she shot and she strives to work on projects that she feels passionately about, in particular queer cinema.
Co-Composer, Post-Audio Engineer
Originally from Sacramento, CA, Lien grew up on punk, jazz, and ska which pushed her to pursue a B.A. in Music at UCDavis. There she took the classical route in ethnomusicology/ percussion performance as well as graphic design. During that time she became deeply ingrained in the college freeform radio station KDVS 90.3fm which exposed her to experimental electronic music, recording and creating music on different DAWs, and film. Back then and since then, she has played in various bands and continues to do so while joining Different Fur Studios in 2015. She started as an intern and now is involved in engineering, designing, and community organizing at the studio. She is a writer for Text Me Records and she also works with Matthew Pereira under the name LIEMA for their film audio company.
Sound Designer, Post-Audio Engineer
Matthew Pereira is a sound designer and music producer from the east bay California. He earned his bachelors degree in Film and Digital Media from the University of California Santa Cruz, and went on to further his skills in audio production at the Academy of Arts University in San Francisco. He graduated there with a Master of Fine Arts in Music Production & Sound Design for Visual Media, and continued his work at the historic Different Fur Recording Studios, also in San Francisco. Matthew’s background in film and music drew him to sound design early on, as his production specializes in synthesis. At Different Fur Studios, he has continued to work as a sound designer, music producer, and engineer, and in 2017, he signed on with Text Me Records as a music writer and contributor. Matthew’s previous sound design work was for the short film XANH (2016) by Sal Tran, and most recently has released music with Text Me Records under the moniker Kōmak.
Alex De Nicolo is a Grip, Gaffer, and Photographer based in the San Francisco and Los Angeles areas. He studied media criticism and production at San Francisco State University, where he met much of the “X” crew. While working mainly in the Grip and Electric department, he practices concert photography and occasionally produces short films, music videos, and corporate projects.
Amber-Tiana is a living, breathing, 24 hour one-woman show. Immersed in the entertainment industry essentially since birth, she has no comprehension of life without art or performance and constantly seeks to conquer the next stage, platform or medium. Her contagious positive energy and enthusiasm infect her audience and take them on creative, magical journeys through both the digital and physical worlds. All she needs is a microphone, and she’ll keep an audience entertained all night long. She’s a producer, writer, editor, actor, singer, host and live broadcaster. Her greatest pleasures in life come from seeing a project grow from idea to execution and witnessing first-hand the experiences of every person involved, from collaborators, cast and crew, all the way to the audience enjoying the product. The Amber-Tiana brand is built on seeking truth and spreading love, peace, and happiness, and any of her fans would tell you the same.
as Christian King
Hope Raymond was a committed theater person until she was given a chance to work with Scott and Hannah, at which point she jumped at the opportunity to make film-art with her friends. She has been so delighted to get to work on a story that a whole team of people have believed so deeply in, including herself. Working with these people has been the education and experience of a lifetime. She thanks the leadership on "X" for allowing her to have been a part of this, and she thanks you for your interest in the movie. We hope you enjoy!
as Stella Marie
Eliza Boivin is a Bay Area based actor, singer, model, writer and foodie originally born in The Philippines but considers The Bay to be her home away from home. One of her favorite memories as a child was going to the movies with her parents every weekend and watching classic films. John Wayne and Elizabeth Taylor films were a staple within her household. It wasn’t until she discovered acting at 16 she knew she had found what she wanted to do, although it took her a few years of uncertainty as well as a communications degree from San Francisco State to finally decide to pursue it. Nonetheless, she finally feels like she is on the right track. For Eliza, acting isn’t just about storytelling, it’s about the exploration of human behavior and emotions and how we use them to communicate and connect with each other. People are strange and she thinks that is worth exploring. Her greatest fears include wild turkeys, writing bios (you’re welcome) and not seeing equal representation and diversity in Hollywood within her lifetime. Eliza is presently acting on stages across the Bay Area and currently lives in Oakland, CA.
Brian Smick has recently been seen in such pieces of theatre as Black River Falls (Performers Under Stress) and Putas Asesinas (Third Cloud from the Left). This summer he will be performing in the immersive narrative weekend adventure The Headlands Gamble (First Person Travel). To pay the bills he has been working with The San Francisco Dungeon for the past three years as an actor and trainer. This is where he met Hannah and came to be cast in X. He is thrilled to be staring in his second feature, his first being Jesus: The Desire of Ages.
Zachary Cowan was born and raised in Oceanside California. He began acting at the age of 13 through inter-school plays and theatre classes. At age 18 Zachary moved to San Francisco where he studied theatre and international business, eventually earning his B.S in International Business and minor in Theatrical Arts. Staying in the Bay area after his studies, Zachary began working in different industries of the private sector, notably e-commerce and qualitative market research. In September 2017 he decided to move to Los Angeles to pursue his acting career full time. Zachary resides in Los Angeles, working in television, film, and theatre.
as Lynda Rue
Sioux City, Iowa, BFA Drake University and O’Neill Theatre (NTI), Waterford, CT. In Chicago, toured prisons with Geese Theater Co., then worked with American Blues, Chicago Shakespeare, City Lit, Organic Lab, Famous Door (Shrapnel In The Heart, Jeff award nominated ensemble), Next Lab, Pegasus, Blind Parrot Productions (Lovers & Keepers and Oedipus Requiem, Jeff citation original music, original cast album),Trap Door (Orpheus Descending),played Alma in Summer and Smoke, one season with Lira Singers (Polish folk), and many more including educational tours. Co-founded Bright Arrow Theatre (plays by & about women). Minor commercial (MTV movie awards, United Airlines) and industrial work, student films (Northwestern), and supporting role in indie flick Pancake Opera (Redbeard Films). Art model ten plus years at School of the Art Institute, American Academy and greater Chicago. A year teaching severely Behavior Disordered, Emotionally Disturbed, Learning Disabled inner city teens at a private high school led her to write Failure 2 Communicate, produced in San Francisco by Performers Under Stress (PUS) Theatre. Company member and Managing Director of Performers Under Stress,1990’s-present. In SF, acted in and costumed plays with PUS (Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Beckett’s Footfalls, Rockabye and Not I, Megan Cohen’s How To Love, Elvis the King in Ghost Train Coming, etc.),Collected Works (Arthur the Executioner in The Balcony), No Nude Men, Boxcar, Shotgun (Our Town), Pianofight (Lear in King Lear), Exit Theatre, Custom Made (2017 BATCC nominee best supporting,How I Learned To Drive), readings with Central Works and Olympian Festivals, and more. Upcoming: NYC tour with women's a capella chorus Conspiracy of Venus, and Left Hand Theatre’s Spring Awakening. Qualified instructor, Integral yoga hatha, self taught pianist, composer/lyricist and mother.