FILMMAKERS

TESORO PICTURES has assembled an exceptional group of experienced artists that (working together and separately) have created a body of remarkable film work.

 

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ROD MCCALL

WRITER / DIRECTOR / PRODUCER

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Encompassing a career of 40 years, Rod McCall has produced, directed and written 6 feature films: “JIM” (screened at THE 2015 MADRID INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL where it was nominated for Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Director), “PAPER HEARTS,” with James Brolin and Kris Kristofferson, “LEWIS & CLARK & GEORGE,” with Rose McGowan, (both world premiered at the Sundance Film Festival), “BITE,” and “BECOMING EDUARDO” starring Elizabeth Pina and A Martinez. “ROSE” is McCall’s most recent film. He has also directed for producers J. Todd Harris and John Davis, written original scripts for directors Luis Puenzo, Ivan Passer and Zalman King, and directed and produced over 300 award-winning TV commercials for international corporations. He has produced for SATURDAY NIGHT, LIVE!, and PBS’s SESAME STREET and ELECTRIC COMPANY. McCall taught at Creative Media Institute at New Mexico State University from 2006-2016.

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GREG CLONTS

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

 

Greg Clonts has over 20 years experience as CEO of community banks in Texas. During that time he served on the Board of Directors of the Texas Bankers Association and the Independent Bankers association of Texas.

He is currently the Managing Member of Tesoro Films, LLC, which recently completed the feature film, “ROSE”, starring Cybill Shepherd, James Brolin, and Pam Grier. Tesoro has purchased the film rights of the screenplay “MAGIC CITY” by James Hoggard and Rod McCall as well as “By His Own Blood”, a book written by John Montandon and currently in development. In addition, Clonts produced and directed the documentary, “WAGON BOSS,” currently in post-production.

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LAURI APELIAN

PRODUCER

 

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A veteran film producer, Lauri started her producing career with New Line’s hit movie, “MORTAL KOMBAT.” From there, Lauri moved into financing and producing UK films including the Clive Barker franchise, “THE BOOKS OF BLOOD,” and “DREAD,” and more recently, the historic Hawaiian drama, “PRINCESS KAIULANI.” She began working in entertainment as a literary agent, representing mostly writers and directors.

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ERIC AUSTIN WILLIAMS

PRODUCER

 

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Eric grew up in Texas with a passion for the history of the West. Fittingly, his career has allowed him to work on some quintessential Texas films, from Red Headed Stranger and Lonesome Dove to A Night in Old Mexico, and The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada – on which Eric was the line producer. The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, directed by and starring Tommy Lee Jones, went on to win best screenplay and best actor at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival. Eric later served as in-house producer/production manager for Tommy Lee Jones’ Javelina Film Company. Eric is currently partnered with actor/producer Robert Duvall to produce, through their co-owned Texas company Maverick Films, a film based on the soon to be published novel The Which Way Tree by Elizabeth Crook, an epic western adventure tale about an orphaned boy and his sister on a hunt for a legendary and dangerous panther in the Hill Country of 1860’s Texas. Eric is a member of The Directors Guild of America and a graduate of the film program at the University of Texas at Austin.

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J. TODD HARRIS

CREATIVE CONSULTANT

 

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J. Todd Harris is the president of Branded Pictures Entertainment in Los Angeles, which is a multi-media production and development company that focuses on creating film, television and stage productions based on under-utilized brands, both classic and new. He has produced over 40 films. These include the Golden Globe-winning and Oscar-nominated THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT, as well as BOTTLE SHOCK, CROOKED ARROWS, JEEPERS CREEPERS and PIRANHA 3D. Five of the films he’s produced have premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, including DIGGING TO CHINA, URBANIA and LEWIS & CLARK & GEORGE. J. Todd Harris’ stage history includes producer credits on the musical production DOCTOR ZHIVAGO, HEATHERS THE MUSICAL and, most recently, the stage musical production of AMERICAN PSYCHO. Harris is an 18-year member of the Motion Picture Academy and recently joined the Producers Guild and the Broadway League.

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KIM CLONTS

CO-PRODUCER

 

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Kim earned a BS from McMurry University and became a commercial jet pilot. She earned her wings in the movie business on the set of ROSE, starring Cybill Shepherd, James Brolin, and Pam Grier. She was instrumental in many facets of the production including editing, sound, music selection and coordinated the activities of the director, producers and actors.