Andrea Grano and Tara Karsian wrote the script for BFFs in 2012, began producing the film in 2013, and, after acting in it, managed to keep their friendship of 14 years intact.
DIRECTOR/PRODUCER, Andrew Putschoegl
A native of Oakdale, Minnesota, Andrew discovered his passion for filmmaking from an early age, taking classes at the local public access station and often spending countless hours making videos for his high school courses in lieu of short papers or reports. At the age of 16, Andrew reached out to the Minnesota Film Board and convinced two feature films that were being made locally to let him intern for them during production. He worked on Kevin Smith’s Mallrats, and D3: The Mighty Ducks before he even had his driver’s license (much to his parents’ chagrin).
During the summer between his junior and senior year of high school he attended the prestigious USC Summer Production Workshop, managing to get kicked off the Universal Studios lot after attempting to sneak into Dreamworks for a peek. While still in college, Andrew worked as the assistant to the director on the New Line Cinema feature film Sugar & Spice, juggling his college courses and a full-time production and post-production schedule.
Since BFFs, Andrew has directed Nerdgasm, a feature documentary about character actor Tom Lenk (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Cabin in the Woods), short films Yvonne and The Curator, and multiple projects for clients including Samsung, Walt Disney Imagineering, Staples, and The Gates Foundation.
DIRECTOR of PHOTOGRAPHY, Andrew Huebscher
A graduate of the USC film school, Andrew Huebscher has lensed dozens of features and shorts, including the upcoming horror-thriller The Taking for Bryan Singer’s Bad Hat Harry, the sci-fi thriller Channeling for director Drew Thomas, punk rock biopic What We Do Is Secret starring Shane West and Bijiou Philips, the epic western Shadowheart starring Angus Macfadyen, the cult thriller Believers from director Daniel Myrick, and Last Will starring Tatum O’Neal and Tom Berenger. His films have been widely screened at festivals including Austin, Bahamas, Cleveland, Crested Butte, Dances With Films, Great Lakes, HBO Black American, Jackson Hole, Jamaican, L.A., London Int’l Horror, Malibu, Method Fest, Nashville, Newport Beach, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Prism, RiverRun, Santa Monica, Slamdance, Stony Brook, Sundance, Tel-Aviv, Tribeca, and WorldFest Houston. He received the American Society of Cinematographers’ Heritage Award for his short form work. Huebscher’s commercial work is on display at MoMA’s AICP collection in NYC. Episodic credits includes Comedy Central’s TOSH.0, Vin Diesel’s The Ropes for FOX Digital, and documentary content for Aljazeera America. Based in Los Angeles, Huebscher is represented by Paradigm.
EDITOR, Corey Ziemniak
Corey is busy editing movies (and his resume). More to come...!
COMPOSER, Paul Buckley
Buckley earned his BA in Media Studies from Pomona College in 1992, and quickly found a musical home in the studios of now-retired “Seinfeld” composer Jonathan Wolff. Over the ensuing eight years, Buckley scored dozens of television comedies, including NBC’s hit “Will & Grace” and FOX’s critically acclaimed “Action,” before leaving in 2001.
Buckley eventually settled in Downtown Los Angeles, opening a new studio in a historic warehouse in the North Industrial District to accommodate a broadening scope of musical assignments. These have included feature films (“Happily N’ever After,” “Happily N’ever After 2” from Lionsgate), animated series (“Out Of Jimmy’s Head,” “Spaceballs: The Animated Series”) and a steady stream of prime time TV comedies (“Oliver Beene,” “2 Broke Girls”).
Buckley is currently scoring Nickelodeon’s “Wallykazam,” an animated curricular comedy for preschoolers, after having completed a number of songwriting assignments for the show, including its theme song, “Say The Word.” Also in the works is an opera, “Dead Horses,” with librettist Douglas Kearney (“Crescent City,” directed by Yuval Sharon).
The Buckley family includes many musicians, educators, and authors. The composer’s wife, Leticia, is director of communications and marketing for the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. They have a ten-year-old daughter, Liliana, and a five-year-old son, Miles.