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Alessandro Marino - writer, director, star

Alessandro is an actor from Brindisi, Italy. He moved to Los Angeles and received his degree in acting from the New York Film Academy, after achieving his degree in Business in Milan, Italy at Boconni. He previously acted for Nika in her bi-lingual American-Italian comedy short film SPONSORED, and they moved forward to collaborate on Brindisi together as writers and actors after such a joyous collaboration.

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 Nika Burnett - writer, director, star

Nika is a writer and actor from California. Brindisi is the fourth feature film script she has written. Nika trained on stage as an actor for 15 years before transitioning to film. She has written, directed, and starred in 12 short films. She achieved a degree in Philosophy from UC Santa Barbara, and spent one semester during that time in Italy, where she learned how to speak Italian.

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Christian Klein - cinematographer

Christian is an accomplished cinematographer from the San Francisco Bay Area. He has shot 2 feature films, and countless commercial content in his budding career. He has shot for Buzzfeed, Samsung, American Major League Soccer, and more. He is committed to pursuing diverse and artistic narrative collaborations, and has served as cinematographer on 5 short films written and directed by Nika Burnett.

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Sam Panganiban - script supervisor

Samantha Panganiban is a producer from the San Francisco Bay Area. She has produced close to a dozen short films and has experience on many productions with positions ranging from Unit Production Manager to on-set/office PA in projects ranging from corporate shoots, Netflix TV series, music videos and narrative short films. Her ambition and determination brought her to LA to pursue greater challenges and new projects, including Brindisi.


Mirko Matera - composer

Mirko is an accomplished jazz composer, music producer and pianist from Puglia, Italy.  He graduated with honors in Piano at “Conservatorio di Musica N.Piccinini”. 

You will find him teaching Acoustic and Psycho-Acoustic in Taranto in the morning and performing at concerts around the country at night. His last two albums,Intimo Gaudio and Stanic Boulevard are set to be published in Fall 2018.

He has played with the most important jazz artists in Italy. Brindisi is his second project as a film composer.