Searit Huluf was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. She studied at UCLA’s Theater, Film and Television school, concentrating in screenwriting and animation. Searit’s stop-motion work includes short film, Retrospect, which won Best Drama at Campus Movie Festival in 2013 and Air Shot, a finalist for Campus Movie Festival in 2014.
After graduating, Searit moved to the Bay Area and began working as a Production Intern at Pixar Animation Studios. She was hired full time in 2015 and was the Production Coordinator for the Art and FX department on Incredibles 2. In 2018, she directed a late night show called Talk of the Town and fundraised over $3000 for the Oakland A’s Foundation.
For the 2nd year in the row, Searit has participated in leading the Disney Pride Parade in San Francisco by being “fabulous background dancer #3”.
During her spare time, Searit watches endless hours of anime, is a major a foodie and coffee addict, and enjoys solo traveling. Searit currently lives in Oakland, CA.
Tiajha Nakahara was born and raised in Okinawa, Japan, and studied at UCLA for Design Media Arts and Film. She got a taste of video editing for the Creative Content team at Pixar Animation Studios and now proudly works as post production coordinator at MasterClass - creating online courses taught by the greatest masters in the world.
Her previous work includes All Men Are Flowers, official selection most notably at 2016 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, The Caterpillar Trail, winner of Best Drama Short at 2016 North Hollywood CineFest, and Love Light, winner of Best Cinematography at 2014 Campus Movie Fest, and official selection at 2014 Cannes Short Film Corner.
Her latest favorite pastime includes watching Netflix’s “Terrace House”, drinking boba and coffee, and watching cute animal videos that her husband picks out for her.
Kelley Choi was born in Los Angeles, California, to her parents from South Korea. She has an older brother.
Choi graduated from the University of California, Irvine, with a bachelor’s degree in Film & Media Studies and has since worked on independent short films, fashion shows, music videos, and event productions throughout the Greater Los Angeles area.
In early 2015, she moved to the Bay Area, settling in Oakland before finding work at Pixar Animation Studios as a Coordinator.
Kelley enjoys sci-fi and all things supernatural and her favorite foods are churros and french fries.
Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Destiny was classically trained at the Academy of Art University of San Francisco. On stage, she has taken on roles from Oscar Wilde to Eve Ensler. On screen, she as been cast as Lead and supporting roles in major film and television including the award winning film 'Fruitvale Station'. Destiny, is also trained in stunt acting including wire and weaponry work for stage as well as film.
Andrea Guidry is a classically-trained actor, voice-over artist, video producer and TV presenter. She has appeared in and voiced numerous videos and commercials and has hosted PBS broadcasts. Theatre is her first love, and she recently appeared as Rosemary - a woman with 12 different personalities - in José Rivera’s Brainpeople at American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco. She also produces video content for Countable.us.
Tiffany Taira was born and raised in Maui, Hawai’i.
She works as a Director of Photography and Editor in all forms of production from narrative, documentary and music videos. She has won awards in cinematography for her work on the narrative short films “Play by Play” (2011) and “Market St.” (2015). Recently, she has worked with Emmy Award winning director Amanda Pope on her film, “Two Sides of Survival.”
Currently, Tiffany works as a Director of Photography and Manager within the Creative Content Department at Pixar Animation Studios. Her work on “The Science Behind Pixar” Exhibition video will be screened for the next ten years at major museums world-wide.
She also filmed videos for “Pixar in a Box” a free educational online video course that promote a series of learning tutorials that demonstrate how math, science, and the arts are a vital part of the everyday work put into Pixar's filmmaking process.
Tiffany has a Bachelor’s degree with Distinction in Art - Studio Painting and Drawing from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. She received her MFA in Film and Television Production, specializing in Cinematography and Editing from the University of Southern California.
Kevin Lin was born in Brazil, raised in São Paulo and Taipei, and studied Design Media Arts at UCLA.
He is a multidisciplinary designer who is passionate about good design & new technologies. His ultimate goal is to learn from many disciplines and work on projects to help people better understand each other.
In his free time, he enjoys dreaming up novel ideas, watching edutainment videos on YouTube, and practicing guitar. He currently works at Apple as a Senior UX Designer.
Crystal is an Oakland-based freelance editor who enjoys collaborating with others to help bring their stories to life. Her work includes documentary, short-film, and commercial projects with bay area creatives.
Andrew Jimenez has been with Pixar Animation Studios since 2000 and was the co-director and writer of the Academy Award-nominated short film, One Man Band, and co-director of photography on the Incredibles. He has also worked as a storyboard artist and camera supervisor for Finding Nemo, Finding Dory, Toy Story 3, WALL-E, Ratatouille, Monster’s University, Cars, Coco and Incredibles 2. Andrew’s other work includes The Iron Giant, Spiderman, and Tomorrowland. He is currently working on several music compositions for both animated and live action short film.
Nina Ozier was born and raised in the Bay Area. She received her B.A. in Rhetoric from U.C. Berkeley but doesn’t mind it when people use the phrase “rhetorically speaking.” Rhetorically speaking, Nina has worn many different hats in the film industry. But, casting is one of her favorite roles since it gives her the opportunity to seek out such a wide range in voices and talents.
Erika Schmidt was born and raised in the Midwest, where she graduated from Northwestern University with a double B.S. in Theatre and Fiction Writing. She is also a graduate of the School at Steppenwolf and the winner of the 2013 Nelson Algren Award for Short Fiction. Erika relocated to the Bay Area in 2013 and worked in Creative Development at Pixar before leaving to pursue her own creative work this past spring.
GAMERS was Erika's first experience sitting on the other side of the casting table. She thinks actors are gladiators.
She currently lives in Oakland with her husband and two cats.
If the characters and themes of GAMERS resonate with you (or even if they don't), Erika would like to encourage you to vote: https://www.headcount.org/verify-voter-registration/.
Carolina Ángel grew up in San Leandro and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Sociology and minors in Film Studies and Latin-American and Latino Studies. After returning back to the Bay Area after college, Carolina started her career in the industry as a Production Intern at Pixar Animation Studios. She has since worked as a Production Coordinator on both Coco and Incredibles 2.
Carolina is a founding member of The Palette, Pixar’s Employee Resource Group for People of Color. Her proudest achievement at Pixar thus far is providing an additional voice as a heckling audience member in Coco.
Carolina can be found listening to her favorite podcasts, or to whichever Broadway Musical she’s currently obsessed with.
Samantha Benedetti was born and raised in the East Bay and currently resides in Oakland. With music being her first passion, she decided to pursue a career in audio engineering and earned a Recording Arts degree from Los Medanos College. While in school, she started her first internship with Women’s Audio Mission, a non-profit recording studio built and run by women, dedicated to increasing the number of women in the industry. This led to her next internship at Pixar Animation Studios working as an Audio/Video Technician. She is now employed by Pixar in the Mastering department as a Media Preservation Specialist (or in her words, Video Transcoding Extraordinaire). She spends her free time playing bass in 3 different Bay Area bands, and helping in any way she can with others’ creative projects.
Josh Holtsclaw is a graphic artist currently working at Pixar Animation Studios, where he most recently served as the Graphic Art Director on Incredibles 2. His work can also be found in the Pixar films Cars 3 and Toy Story 4, as well as the Laika films The Boxtrolls, Kubo and the Two Strings, and the upcoming Missing Link.
Jeremy Slome is an Oakland based filmmaker who has worked in production for over 10 years. He started in TV production on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien. For the last 6 years he's worked at Pixar in post production on Inside Out, Finding Dory, Cars 3, Coco, and Incredibles 2 as well as the short films Lou and Bao. His own creative projects include producing Oakland's only late night talk show, Talk of the Town, as well as the award winning animated short Weekends.
Nicholas Docter was born and raised in the Bay Area.
He recently graduated from Chapman University’s film school. He wrote and directed two short films of his own, in addition to sound designing nearly a dozen of his peers’.
After interning with them for two summers, Nicholas will return to work full-time at Skywalker Sound in the coming months.
He will also continue to develop ideas and scripts of his own, which he hopes to direct in the future; alongside playing basketball and cooking with friends and family.
Sean Wells likes to make stuff and help others make stuff too.