Al Kalyk is a film director, photographer, and writer. Al grew up in Sydney, Australia, and Assisi, Italy. He has completed studies at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), the Australian Film, and Television School (AFTRS), The University of Sydney (BA, Fine Arts and Philosophy), and the American Film Institute Conservatory (MFA).
Al has exhibited at Carriageworks, film festivals around the world, as well as having work published in Dazed, Fader, HypeBeast, Art and Australia magazine, Financial Times London, and Vice Magazine. His video for “Cholo Love” went to number #1 video on iTunes. After graduating he was described as “a true stylist who is quickly announcing himself as an auteur” and listed among the six “New Directors to Watch” from his AFI graduating class by MiniFlix TV.
Clients: MTV, Redbull, Australian F1 Grand Prix, Capitol Records, Republic Records, Despotz Records, Future Classic, Bad Robot, Art And Australia Magazine, mamag studios
Zachary Matias aka Lonewolf is a director and mixed media animator from the midwest. In 2016 he sold his car and purchased a video camera where he would shoot his very first music videos for friends and artists around the area. From working with various artists and genres in music, he was able to develop his own DIY style and transitions that made his work stand out in a unique way from the scene. After reaching out to Chicago artists, he blossomed and has been able to make a living working with some of his favorite artists and continues to do so. Lonewolf takes pride in being able to reinvent himself through various mediums. He’s more known for his music videos and effects but continues to develop artwork, merch designs, commercials, short films and is always willing to take on new/different projects that people may not expect to see from him.
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