Creative Team

SIENNA GOLDEN MALIK (Screenwriter) is an essayist currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. While BY THE DASHBOARD LIGHT marks her screenwriting debut, she has published essays online in publications such as ODYSSEY and THOUGHT CATALOG. Her work seeks to nostalgically connect the personal and the cultural, while simultaneously making her audience laugh.

MANUEL ROMAN (Director) is a French/American writer/director. Growing up in the south of France, he ‘s offered a ticket to the Cannes Film Festival at age 12. He decides to become a filmmaker that night. Ten years later, he becomes Woody Allen’s assistant director and after learning the trade, he moves to LA to direct his own films. He gains momentum as a commercial director creating content for brands like Disney, Microsoft, and Warner Bros. He also directs multiple narrative short films. Manuel holds a BFA in Film and Communications from McGill University in Montreal.

JASON SCHULER (Producer) is founder and Artistic Director of the Operating Theater Company. In the 1990’s, as a Post Production Supervisor for Miramax Films, he oversaw the trailer, TV, and festival campaigns for 30+ films, including THE ENGLISH PATIENT, GOOD WILL HUNTING, and LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL. He also directed special shoots for festival promos for DOGMA and SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE. He holds an MFA in Performance & Interactive Media Art from Brooklyn College and a BFA in Film Production from NYU’s Tisch School.

KEITH DENNIS CHANDLER (Actor/Producer) has a tremendous passion for the art of storytelling. He connects with stories that reflect the moments and experiences that give voice to the voiceless. He recently played the lead roles in four film shorts currently making rounds in the festival circuit. He also worked with Emmy Award winner Tony Hale on a national promo for M&M’s.

Sean Akers (Producer) began his film career at Before The Door, working on the Oscar-nominated MARGIN CALL and ALL IS LOST (Robert Redford).  He has produced the acclaimed horror film BANSHEE CHAPTER, several seasons of unscripted programming for FASHION ONE TELEVISION and is executive producer of Seth Green’s directorial debut, CHANGELAND.