Peter William Dunn (Creator/Director/Writer/Executive Producer)
is an artist currently living in NYC. Born and raised in New York, he went to Emerson College in Boston, then moved to Dublin and London and traveled all over Europe to experience some more of the world. (And follow his love of accents).
His career in the entertainment industry began as a baby model at six months old, and as a child actor at two years old. As a child he appeared in such films as Spike Lee’s “Malcolm X”, such shows as “The Wizard of Oz” at Madison Square Garden, and has appeared in over 75 national commercials, including Bill Cosby’s grape Jell-O commercial with a young pre hot mess Lindsay Lohan. His acting career came to a crashing halt when he was hit by a cab. (Yes, it did hurt.) After recovering he decided to focus on his behind the scenes love of writing and directing. He’d begun writing at a very early age, and wanted to study the technicalities of it and hone his craft.
For the past couple of years he’s been working in freelance, while working part time in bars and restaurants, and with dogs. Some of his freelance credits have included “The X Factor”, “America’s Got Talent”, and the 49th New York Film Festival. While great experiences, he decided this is the year he would redirect his path. He has stories to tell, and wants to produce a piece of work that is his, not someone else’s.
GAYS is his first experience as a showrunner, and he couldn’t be more thrilled to share these characters, and their stories, with all of you.
Eden Sidney Foster (Director/Executive Producer)
is a native New Yorker and BFF of Peter Dunn since they were high school classmates. Her love for story telling has sent her down many different avenues; including creating underground theater with Another Urban Riff, studying acting with Mary Boyer of MTB Studio, and freelance graphic design and production work for fellow creatives.
A good story and it’s power to affect perception (even for a moment) is her passion. She is thrilled to be a part of bringing the story of GAYS for all to view. Eden is currently in the research stages of a historical fantasy novel about witches, and always on the hunt for fabulous vegan lipstick.
Ian Patrick (Executive Producer)
Born and bred in New York, Ian Patrick and Peter William Dunn go way back (think: swimming lessons at the Y). A former actor, Ian now spends his time creating art and affecting change at organizations such as GLSEN (the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network) and the Tribeca Film Festival.
As both an arts and rights advocate, Ian is thrilled to be a part of GAYS, and is excited to see the final product both entertain and inspire. Ian can also be described as one of those crazy runner-types, whose idea of a fun couple hours is to do a half marathon. That, or watch wildlife specials on NatGeo…on repeat.
Ed Blythe (Director of Photography)
is an Emmy award winning director, cinematographer and producer. Originally from Melbourne, Australia he moved to New York City to study at Columbia University’s Graduate Film program.
His narrative work has screened at Sundance, New York Film Festival, Clermont-Ferrand, Aspen Shortsfest, and the Hamptons International Film Festival, amongst many others (taking prizes at Dubai, Mexico City International, Sacramento, and Dances With Films). As a cinematographer, he has shot commercial work for clients as diverse as AT&T, Bond No. 9 Perfume, Perry Ellis and Oxford University Press. His feature script MAN WITH VAN placed in the finals of both the Nicholl Fellowship and the Final Draft Big Break in 2012, and is being produced in New York.
Andria Petito (Executive Producer)
Steven Wolf (Executive Producer)
Jana (AJ) Mattioli (Producer)
“could very well be considered the voice of the LGBT community in the independent film world,” as quoted by Times Square Gossip. From his shorts to his entries in the feature film world, this transmale filmmaker is definitely making his mark and leaving his impression. The May 2011 issue of The Advocate included Mattioli in their select list of “Forty People Under 40 to Look Out For.” AJ hopes to use his voice to inform, educate and entertain.