STanzas - an animated short film




Alicja Jasina - director/Animator

Alicja Jasina is a Polish filmmaker who graduated in Animation from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Her short films have been awarded at festivals worldwide. Recently, her film Once Upon a Line won a Student Academy Award in the Animation category and was shortlisted for the Academy Awards. Alicja tells intriguing stories about daily dilemmas and captures the everyday life in unusual ways. Currently Alicja works as a freelancer in Los Angeles.


Max Rothman - Producer

Right out of the University of Miami, Max worked in the post-production department of NBC News as part of the editing team for the Today Show and Dateline. After a year and half there, he took his talents to the freelance world, producing and editing content for musicians, emerging talents in the New York comedy scene, and some of today's brightest up-and-coming filmmakers, all under his Monticello Park Productions banner. He also writes and directs his own short films which have shown at the New York International Film Festival, and the Seattle Shorts Festival – among others.



Leo Caruso - Composer

Leo Caruso is a composer, arranger, pianist, keyboard player and vocalist with a large professional background. Born in Argentina, he started his professional career at a young age as a session musician, working for prominent South American artists like the singer Marikena Monti and as arranger for some of the most prominent rock stars of Buenos Aires, his native city.

He has received academic training in classical piano, music theory, composition, arranges, Jazz improvisation, psychoacoustics and sound processing, at many different colleges and with prestigious professors. As a composer, Caruso has written extensively for documentaries, films, award winning theatre plays, animated shorts, advertising campaigns, and videogames. During the last 15 years, Caruso has been working as a score composer for American and European productions. 

His album “Colores Primarios”, released in 2014 with his Blues/Jazz trio, Club Mondrian, was unanimously praised by specialized critics, and definite as “the search for the essential in popular music”. Leo is a composer with a wide stylistic versatility, which enables him to find just the right tone for each artistic endeavor. He defies stylistic boundaries and ranges from Classical compositions to Blues or Soul, including genres like Tango, Rock, Jazz, Trip Hop, and Electronic.


P.J. Stoppleworth - Narrator

Beginning with a commercial for a bowling alley in 1988, P.J. was bit by the voiceover bug and, in 2002, was able to make it a full time career. While being a ring-side and rink-side announcer for traditional sporting events and MMA fights on weekends, he has lent his voice to various Fortune 500 Companies and, in running a voiceover studio of his own, has provided producer duties for countless companies seeking the knowledge and roster hehas grown the past 15 years.