A former Director of Creative Affairs at Paramount Pictures and literary manager at Energy Entertainment, Joel is a co-founder of Hyphenate Films, though which he has produced a variety of film, television and stage content.  Hyphenate’s first feature film, CONVENTIONEERS, won the Independent Spirit Awards’ John Cassavettes Award, and the second film, STRICTLY SEXUAL, ranks as the #1 movie of all time on Hulu.com.  

Joel serves as an originating producer of the hip hop dance show GROOVALOO, and has produced new media and theatrical stage content for recording artists such as P!NK, Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry.   

In 2011, Joel served as Co-Producer on THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU starring Matt Damon and Emily Blunt, as Producer on an episode of the new ABC true crime show FINAL WITNESS, and as Producer and Director on the first six-episode season of STRICTLY SEXUAL: THE SERIES.


Mora’s debut feature film, CONVENTIONEERS, won the 2006 Independent Spirit Awards' John Cassavetes Award for Best Low-Budget Feature.  The film premiered at the 2005 Tribeca Film Festival, and had its international premiere in Korea at the 2005 Pusan International Film Festival.  Following rave reviews and awards at festivals worldwide, the film was released theatrically by Cinema Libre Studio in the fall of 2006.

An alumna of NYU's Graduate Film Program and Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Mora has directed numerous short films and plays, including BREAKING BREAD, which aired on Showtime in September 2002 as part of the Reflections

from Ground Zero series. She was featured in Film Independent's "Reel Visionary: The Future of Independent Film" in Vanity Fair magazine. Mora co-wrote the thriller-horror film DEVIL’S POND, released by Artisan Entertainment in 2002, and executive produced the independent feature STRICTLY SEXUAL, which was featured on a recent NPR’s All Things Considered after becoming the most watched film in the history of Hulu.com.  She collaborated on an original screenplay for director Rodrigo Garcia and has taught screenwriting at the Graduate Film Program at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.  

She recently wrote and directed an episode of FINAL WITNESS, a new crime series for ABC,  and wrote for a season of the SyFy’s new series SCHOOL SPIRITS.  Mora’s upcoming directing feature projects include ZIPPER, which Darren Aronofsky and Mark Heyman are producing through Protozoa Pictures.  Mora is a co-founder of Hyphenate Films.

TREVOR MURPHY’s feature film appearances include the thriller READY OR NOT the Independent Spirit Award-winning CONVENTIONEERS and SyFy Channel’s CENTIPEDE! among others. TV appearances include GENERAL HOSPITAL, GILMORE GIRLS, PASSIONS and the occasional commercial. He also appeared in the feature film and subsequent series STRICTLY SEXUAL.  

Murphy appeared in and wrote the award-winning short AL KEYDA as well as his play FENCE PROJECT/PROJECT FENCE (co-written with Corey Mendell Parker), which was produced at the Carter Thor Studio Theater.  Murphy has had many LA stage turns, include giving Vincent van Gogh dating advice in the Pasadena Playhouse production of VINCENT IN BRIXTON, playing Torvald in A DOLL’S HOUSE at the Antaeus Company, and appearing as Jesus in

THE BEASTLY BOMBING, named by LA Weekly as the Best Musical of the Year. In between writing and acting assignments, Murphy produces online advertising and marketing for the world’s largest advertising corporation, Omnicom Group.

@aleklev / aleklev.com

ALEK LEV is an actor, director, editor, writer, and founding member of Hyphenate Films.  He starred in Hyphenate’s first feature, CONVENTIONEERS, which won the JOHN CASAVETTES PRIZE at the INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARDS, and wrote and directed their second, READY OR NOT.  

He co-wrote the Tara Reid feature film DEVILS POND, for which he also directed a documentary featurette.  On television, he has appeared on HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER and MIAMA TRAUMA.  He now serves as the NEW MEDIA DIRECTOR for HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER and AMERICAN DAD.

Onstage, Alek toured with the National Theatre of the Deaf, appeared in Deaf West Theatre’s ROMEO AND JULIET and Amaryllis Theatre’s TWELFTH NIGHT – all performed in American Sign Language.   In his other life, Alek is a certified American Sign Language interpreter, and has interpreted on Broadway (LITTLE SHOP OF HORRRS, 12 ANGRY MEN, JEKYLL AND HYDE) and for Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama.  Alek graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Wesleyan University in 1997.  Alek’s work can be seen at www.aleklev.com.


Sharri Hefner is a Southern California-based filmmaker.  Sharri wrote Gene Rhee's THE TROUBLE WITH ROMANCE, which was produced Jennifer Siebel Newsom (MISS REPRESENTATION), who starred with David Eigenberg (SEX AND THE CITY) and Jordan Belfi (ENTOURAGE).

As a member of the independent production entity Hyphenate Films, Sharri line produced Joel Viertel's STRICTLY SEXUAL and production coordinated-guerilla marketed Mora Stephens' CONVENTIONEERS, which won the Independent Spirit Awards' John Cassavetes Award. With Mora Stephens, Sharri co-wrote GEORGIA HEAT which was selected for the prestigious Film Independent

Filmmakers Lab, the Tribeca Film Institute's Tribeca All Access program for emerging filmmakers and the Film Independent/Los Angeles Film Festival/Filmmaker Magazine's Fast Track program.

She is a founding member of Script Alley, a website dedicated to the craft of screenwriting. Currently, Sharri teaches filmmaking at New York Film Academy - LA and Long Beach City College. Sharri received her MFA from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and graduated summa cum laude from California State University, Long Beach. Sharri's current projects can be found at sharrihefner.com



Catherine Park is an international woman of mystery, who knows everyone, probably even you.