10.25.11 Feature Film Team
J.D. Matonti is NEW-GEN’s Founder, Director and Creator. Mr. Matonti conceived the epic NEW-GEN Universe encompassing many parallel dimensions; NEW-GEN, The Underworld, Earth, Zaadar-3, Nu-Mangi among other worlds. Based on his drawings, Matonti created the vast array of superhero characters infused with NanoPowers, creatures and robots that inhabit the NEW-GEN Universe.
Mr. Matonti recently directed a Previsualization Sneak Peek for the upcoming 3D CGI Animated Film NEW-GEN: DEADALUS RISING. This Previs (developed by Persistence of Vision and David Dozoretz, STAR WARS, MISSION:IMPOSSIBLE, STAR TREK) combines revolutionary facial capture technology with Previs animation for the first time. Mr. Matonti will be collaborating with production designer Leslie Dilley (STAR WARS, RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK INDEPENDENCE DAY, SUPERMAN) to create the look of the 3D CGI animated film. As director, Matonti has storyboarded the entire film as part of his visionary storytelling process and is working with strategic partner, Pixagons.
Mr. Matonti has written and edited the six issue comic book series NEW-GEN, as well as the five issue series NEW-GEN: NEW DAWN, which is distributed by Marvel.
Matonti has over 20 years of experience in all phases of production: story development, production, editing, writing, directing, and producing. Mr. Matonti has directed Mark Hamill (STAR WARS) and Tony Oliver (MIGHTY MORPHIN’ POWER RANGERS) in the NEW-GEN teaser animatic. Previously Matonti directed music videos for top recording artists and directed and produced several live action feature films including the riveting teen thriller LETHAL JUSTICE, LOOSE WOMEN (starring Charlie Sheen, Keith David, Giancarlo Esposito, Robin Strasser and Stephen Lang), MY X-GIRLFRIEND’S WEDDING RECEPTION (starring Dom DeLuise and Deborah Gibson), BOBBY G. CAN’T SWIM (critically acclaimed film that launched the career of actor John-Luke Montias), and the documentary MONEY-DRIVEN MEDICINE (co-produced with Academy Award winner Alex Gibney).
Mr. Matonti received dual degrees from Syracuse University: a Bachelor of Science in Television, Radio, and Film from S.I. Newhouse School, the premiere communications school in the U.S., and a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from the Crouse-Hinds School of Management.
Chris Matonti is Founder and Producer of the NEW-GEN Franchise. As Chief Operating Officer, Chris is responsible for oversight of the company’s budget and strategic business development and spearheads the capital raise of A.P.N.G. Enterprises, Inc. Mr. Matonti has a multi-faceted background in the entertainment industry and draws from his past experience as producer, producer’s representative, and distribution executive. Chris’ 360-degree approach and implementation to content creation and distribution maximizes the NEW-GEN Franchise for a global marketplace.
Mr. Matonti began his entertainment career as a music supervisor on the film LETHAL JUSTICE and joined his brother and producing partner. Chris produced LOOSE WOMEN (Charlie Sheen, Tom Verica, Giancarlo Esposito) and was responsible for overseeing all aspects of filmmaking and production including raising the necessary financing for the film and contract negotiations. He produced a 21 song soundtrack, which included such musicians as Mark Bryan from Hootie and the Blowfish, Luscious Jackson, and Corey Glover. In addition, Mr. Matonti executive produced MY X-GIRLFRIEND’S WEDDING RECEPTION (Deborah Gibson, Dom DeLuise); BOBBY G. CAN’T SWIM, LIVING THE DREAM (Sean Young, Danny Trejo, Jeff Conaway), THE HIKING TRIP (Kortney Adams) and produced the critically acclaimed MONEY DRIVEN MEDICINE about America’s complicated and dysfunctional healthcare system with Oscar winner Alex Gibney.
As a producer’s representative, Mr. Matonti helped filmmakers realize distribution for such films as the crime drama, THIS THING OF OURS (Vincent Pastore, Frank Vincent, James Caan); the supernatural horror film, CULT (Taryn Manning, Rachel Miner), and INSIDE starring Nicholas D’Agosto (HEROES) and Leighton Meester (GOSSIP GIRL) which helped establish her rising career.
Chris Matonti received a BA from Bucknell University with degrees in Biology and Art History/Studio Art.
Julia Coppola is Co-Creator, Executive Producer and NEW-GEN Founder. Ms. Coppola has edited the NEW-GEN Comic Book Series I through VI, and the origin series NEW-GEN: New Dawn printed and distributed by Marvel. Julia serves as Editor on the ongoing NEW-GEN Comic Series, and oversees the companies PR initiatives. As a former educator, Ms. Coppola is collaborating with Marvel to establish a NEW-GEN In School Comic Book program to educate students across the United States. Julia worked closely with Jeff Gomez and the Starlight Runner Team in the creation of the NEW-GEN Universe Story Bible. Ms. Coppola will serve as executive producer on the upcoming 3D CGI Animated Film NEW-GEN: DEADALUS RISING.
Ms. Coppola served as Chairman and financing partner to a former independent distribution company Gabriel Film Group. Ms. Coppola’s responsibilities included marketing and publicity oversight on such films as THE SIMIAN LINE (Harry Connick Jr., Lynn Redgrave, William Hurt, Jamey Sheridan) and the multiple-award winning Bobby G. Can’t Swim. As executive producer of BOBBY G. CAN’T SWIM, Ms. Coppola mounted the campaign for director John-Luke Montias that led to nominations at Hamptons International Film Festival, Torino International Festival of Young Cinema and won such festivals as Best New Director and New Directions Award at AFI Fest and the Grand Jury Award at Florida Film Festival. Ms. Coppola executive produced the documentary MONEY DRIVEN MEDICINE, which screened across the country, including a special screening for members of Congress at the U.S. Capitol.
Ms. Coppola has been recognized in Who’s Who Internationally as an individual of excellence in the field of entertainment and is a member of NY Women in Film and Television. Ms. Coppola received a BA from Notre Dame of Maryland University in Sciences and Secondary Education.
Mark Hamill is the celebrated actor who had the legendary leading role of Luke Skywalker in “Star Wars,”
“The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi.” Hamill serves as Creative Consultant for the NEW-GEN Franchise and will play an undisclosed role in the live action film.
“Watching NEW-GEN evolve from a fascinating idea into a fully-realized, beautifully rendered comic book universe has been a real thrill for me. Fans of science-fiction/fantasy owe it to themselves to give NEW-GEN some serious attention!” said Mark Hamill.
“Luke Skywalker Returns in NEW-GEN” to “the most epic project Mark Hamill will have undertaken since “Return of the Jedi” are recent quotes and headlines from press coverage worldwide as fans and industry anticipate the NEW-GEN live action feature film.
Jeff Gomez and his team have produced the Story Bible for NEW-GEN. Gomez is the world’s leading producer of transmedia entertainment properties. He is an expert at incubating new entertainment franchises, strategic planning and production for cross-platform implementation. As CEO of Starlight Runner Entertainment, a New York-based digital production company, Jeff transforms intellectual properties into global franchises that successfully leverage an array of media channels and mass audience touchpoints. Jeff has worked on such blockbuster universes as Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean”, “Tron Legacy” and “Fairies”, Microsoft’s “Halo”, James Cameron’s “Avatar”, Hasbro’s “Transformers”, Mattel’s “Hot Wheels” and Coca-Cola’s “Happiness Factory”. Jeff is a board member of the Producers Guild of America East, and sits on the advisory board of the PGA New Media Council. Jeff and Starlight Runner have recently been featured in Forbes, BusinessWeek, Variety, Publishers Weekly and The Wall Street Journal. http://www.starlightrunner.com
Gary Shapiro is a master Creative and Marketing Consultant. His successful career in the film business has spanned more than four decades. He has spent that time in various executive marketing and distribution capacities at Columbia Pictures, MGM, Hemdale Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Beacon Pictures, initially specializing in the United States and Canada and later managing the marketing of major Hollywood studio films and independent films worldwide.
David Tattersall has come aboard as the director of photography/cinematographer. Tattersall has previously worked on such visually stunning films as “Star Wars: Episodes I, II, and III,” “The Day the Earth Stood Still,” “Die Another Day,” “Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life” and “Con Air.”
Leslie Dilley joins the 3D CGI Animated NEW-GEN feature film as production designer. Dilley is one of the industry’s best production designers with such blockbuster credits as “Star Wars,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “Alien,” “Superman,” and “Deep Impact.” For more on Dilley’s work, visit his website: http://www.lesliedilley.com/
Christopher Young joins NEW-GEN as composer. His previous work includes “Spider-Man 3,” “Ghost Rider; The Grudge I, II, III,” “The Exorcism of Emily Rose,” “Wonder Boys,” “The Hurricane,” “Copycat,” “Entrapment” and “Drag Me to Hell.”
Matthew Jon Beck has come aboard as the casting director. Matthew has previously worked on such films as “Space Chimps,” “Chicken Little,” “The Incredibles,” “Finding Nemo,” “Lilo and Stitch,” “Monsters Inc.,” and “Atlantis.”
David Ian Salter joins NEW-GEN as editor. His previous work includes “Finding Nemo,” “Toy Story 2,” “Ice Age: Continental Drift,” and “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water.”
Curtis Augspurger becomes apart of the NEW-GEN film team as executive producer/line producer. Curtis’s resume includes “Space Chimps,” “Valiant,” “Scooby-Doo,” “Shrek,” and “Batman Forever.”
Howard Young joins the NEW-GEN feature film team in the supervising producer role. Over the course of his career, he has been involved in such films as “Mission Impossible III,” “The Game Plan,” “Dolphin Tale,” “The Scorpion King,” and “G.I. Jane.”
John Winkler is an aspiring Director and Screenwriter with a strong background in Editing and Graphic Design. John joins the NEW-GEN team as an associate producer, and the assistant to director J.D. Matonti on the upcoming film NEW-GEN: DEADALUS RISING.
John Winkler has worked in various projects and capacities with A.P.N.G. Enterprises, such as Comic Con event coordination as well as working with director J.D. Matonti on the Storyboard Animatic, Mood Boards, and Camera Blocking, for the upcoming 3D CGI Animated Film. John is proficient in Final Cut Pro, Shot Designer, Compressor, After Effects, Photoshop, and Illustrator.
John has worked as an editor’s assistant for 4th Row Films, a documentary film and brand marketing company, including editing the trailer for, and assisting in post-production on the documentary film HEY BARTENDER, which premiered at SXSW, and was picked up by SHOWTIME and NETFLIX.
John Winkler graduated from Kean University with a B.A. in Film and Media.