Writer / Director
J. Rick Castañeda is an award-winning writer/director of branded content and narrative films, and founder of the production company Vibrant Penguin. He wrote and directed the feature film Cement Suitcase, a comedy-drama set in Central Washington. The film screened at more than ten film festivals, won multiple awards, and currently has a 100% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It received wide distribution on Cable VOD, and also was picked up by Amazon Prime, Hulu, and iTunes.
Originally from Granger, WA, Rick graduated from USC with a major in Creative Writing and a minor in film. He has directed videos for Disney, MSN, Imagine Dragons, League of Legends, and LEGO, and just recently wrapped his first season of The Sushi Dragon Show Starring TheSushiDragon for VENN TV. All Sorts is his second feature film.
Born and raised in Los Angeles California, Eli Vargas began his career at Bilingual Foundation of the Arts theatre, once Lincoln Heights Jail, in productions including, La Zapatera Prodijiosa, Too Many Tamales, and Zarzuelas Under the Stars. Following these productions were Luis Avalos’ Paquitos Christmas and Ed Begley Jr.’s Cesar and Ruben. On television, DVD, Blu-ray, stream or TIVO, he can be spotted in You Me and Dupree, iCarly, The Last Day of Summer, Summerland, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, True Jackson VP, California Solo, The Office, The Comeback, The Face of Love, All Cheerleaders Die, Mathew McDuffie’s Burning Bodhi, Mitchell Hurwitz’s Arrested Development, and Cesar Chavez, directed by Diego Luna.
Greena Park, originally from South Korea, has made a name for herself back in Korea with an impressive list of films and TV shows. Now pursuing a career in the states, she’s been in many award-winning short films such as Angel Town and Family from Tang where she won Best Actress at the 2017 International Indie Film Festival in Los Angeles and Best Actress in the 2021 Asian Film Festival for her role in The Comedown.
Luis is from the beautiful state of Guanajuato in México. He moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting in 2003, and since then his strong performances in Short and Feature Films have been praised in distinguished festivals around the world, including Cannes and Warsaw.
As a principal actor in over 30 national and international commercials, Luis has had the opportunity to work with top tier directors like Luis Mandoki, Todd Field, and Craig Gillespie. On TV he has shared the screen with Academy Nominee Demián Bichir on the acclaimed FX TV show The Bridge. In the last few years, he has played the lead in Features like Feliz Año Tijuana aka Happy New Year Tijuana, where he appears in every scene of the movie, showcasing his acting abilities; Patitos Feos, which was shot in Chihuahua, the Land of Pancho Villa; and All Sorts, a very cool “Retro” comedy.
Laura Reich is a producer based in Los Angeles, CA. She's made films, television, commercials, animations, motion graphics, and web based media for clients including Lego, Riot Games, The University of Southern California, The US Army, and Endemol Shine. Independently she has produced web series, short films, and feature films including the film Kept Boy which sold for domestic and international distribution on platforms including iTunes, Amazon, and HBO. Her most recent work includes independent feature film All Sorts, PBS American Masters documentary Rita Moreno: The Girl Who Decided To Go For It, short documentary Status Pending, and the Facebook Watch show Rival Speak.
Laura earned her degree in business and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. In addition, she spent a year living and studying in Spain. She has small town roots hailing from Northwest Wisconsin.
Omar is a multi-award winning writer and producer with over 15 years of experience in the TV and film industry, originally from the UK and now working in the USA. He is a New York TV Festival best pilot recipient, a Webby winner and is an alumni of Broadcast Hotshots - the British equivalent of Forbes’ 30 under 30.
Omar has written and produced daily content with NBCUniversal, NBCSN and Rotten Tomatoes for a variety of platforms including Quibi, Roku and Peacock. He has worked extensively in both development and production at Warner Bros, CBS, NBCU, BBC, YouTube, Kudos Film & TV, and the Associated Press, among others. Most recently his credits have included supervising producer and director of development.
Omar completed a Masters in Producing and Directing at the National Film and Television School. His web series and short films have collected numerous awards at the Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards, Sundance London and Marseille Webfest. They have also screened at the Olympics.
Sophia Gutierrez Perez
Sophia Gutierrez Perez is an independent film producer and native Washingtonian with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from Central Washington University. Since 2011, Sophia has worked on numerous productions across her home state, from award-winning television docuseries to independent films. Most notably, Sophia managed the production of If There’s a Hell Below, a 2016 Slamdance Grand Jury Prize nominee, and production coordinated A&E’s Hoarders Season 9.
Sophia’s passion is producing, creating, and supporting narratives from diverse perspectives. Since co-producing All Sorts, she has produced four additional short films. Her most recent short, Alvin, won several awards including “Best in WA State” at Bleedingham Horror Short Film Festival. Alvin is now available to stream as “Short Film of the Day” at ShortedFilms.com and a “Daily Pick” at FilmShortage.com. Sophia hopes to amplify Latina voices through Adelita Creative Media, which she is launching in the Summer of 2021.
David Carstens is a Los Angeles-based cinematographer and USC alum. He has lived and worked in Hawaii, Oregon, and Singapore, which have all encouraged his desire to capture the inherent beauty and emotion of nature as well as diverse culture. All Sorts is Carstens' fourth feature as cinematographer.
Nick Jaina is a songwriter, composer, and author living in Oakland, California. He has written music for the feature films Cement Suitcase and All Sorts along with music for short films and documentaries. His most recent album is 2021's CREDO, on which he plays all the instruments. His 2015 book Get It While You Can was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award.