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Rachel G. Abarbanell: Co-Founder and CEO


Born and raised in Chicago Illinois, Rachel studied at Knox College, and received her Bachelors Degree in Economics, with a minor in directing for the Theatre. Following graduation, Rachel received a Post Baccalaureate fellowship to study film. After completing her fellowship Rachel moved to Los Angeles and interned for a small independent production company, Millennium Films. Her stint at Millennium led to a full time job as their Production Coordinator, and assistant to Producer John Thompson. At Millennium Rachel worked on eighteen features, including The Black Dahlia, 16 Blocks, The Wicker Man, and 88 Minutes. Independently, Rachel has also Produced Whatever Happened to Gavin Buckmaster, and The Insect Chorus. Rachel recently received Associate Producer credit on THIS SIDE OF THE TRUTH to be released next year, and is currently serving as Vice President of Production for Lynda Obst & Marc Rosen at Rosen-Obst Productions. Click to view Rachel’s IMDB page.
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Elise Freimuth: Co-Founder and President


Elise is currently an Account Supervisor at Wagstaff Worldwide, where she handles public relations for restaurant, chef, and spirits clients.  Previously, she was an Account Supervisor in the Special Events department at PMK*BNC, where she worked with clients such as Women In Film, the TV Academy, American Music Awards, Academy of Country Music Awards, the Breeders’ Cup, and more, in addition to heading up their new Lifestyle department. Prior to that, she was the Director of Public Relations & Communications for Film Independent, where she oversaw PR efforts for the organization and campaigns for the Spirit Awards and Los Angeles Film Festival.  Previously, she was a Film & Events Account Executive at mPRm Public Relations where she worked on theatrical and festival campaigns for TowelheadBottle Shock, U23D, Southland Tales, The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters, You Kill Me, Surfwise, In the Land of Women, and Eagle vs. Shark. Corporate clients included Film Independent, BAFTA/LA, and more. Prior to working in publicity, Elise was a producer’s assistant at Cherry Road Films where she assisted in all aspects of development and production.  Elise grew up in the small German tourist town of Frankenmuth, Michigan, and graduated from the University of Michigan—Ann Arbor with a bachelor’s degree in Film/Video Studies and English.  Elise also runs a cooking and cocktail blog on the side called The Lush Chef (  Contact Elise at


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