So excited to have this amazing team being the feature film adaptation of Acid Test. Prepping to shoot in June! Staying on from the Table Read is Anna Tran, returning from the short is Eddie Rodriguez, and new to the team is Hillary Felice. And, of course, there’s Writer/Director Jenny Waldo paving the way. Read more on the team below and contacts us if you want to get involved!
Anna Tran: Anna came on board last year organizing the Table Read & Workshop of the script draft, bringing back our wonderful talent from the short film, plus some new talent, to help develop the script to where it needed to be. The Table Read was funded through Seed&Spark‘s #hometownheroes inaugural competition. Anna is a graduate of University of Houston Bauer College of Business with a concentration in Marketing and Entrepreneurship and Houston Community College’s Filmmaking Program. She has worked on national commercial projects with clients like Ford to 16mm independent feature films. Anna recently received an internship with Sony USA, won the 2018 Women in Film and Television Hurricane Harvey Scholarship from the Dallas and Houston Chapters, and achieved HCC Student Filmmaker of the Year for her dedication and hard work in the program. She has worked on projects with various filmmakers such as Kristin Massa (Bend Until You Break), Derrick Fury (Lion Killer Film, Ner’do Wells), as well as directed her own projects (Jenny Saves, Trapped, and Mr. Tousi and the Chili Cook-Off). She’s in post-production on her own short, coming to festivals soon! She is a devoted storyteller with an organization streak, she has over 10 years in marketing and operations experience.
Eddie Rodriguez: 1st AD on the short film now Producer on the feature, Eddie Rodriguez graduated with a BFA from Southwest Texas State University in 1999. He has devoted his life to the arts and has professionally freelanced in the Television and Film industry in Houston for over ten years. While working in a wide variety of media and content, his real passion has always been film. Recent credits include the festival favorite feature film Rich Kids, a project that like Acid Test, represents all the elements that have driven this passion encompassing great character, aesthetic and most importantly, story.
Hillary Felice: Our newest addition is a graduate of Tulane University with a BSM in Finance and earned her Master of Accounting with a concentration in Tax. While living New Orleans at the peak of its film industry, Hillary became intrigued with the tax incentives that were responsible for its rapid growth. Sparked by her love for film and television, this interest in the tax incentives led to a successful career as a tax advisor and CPA. Originally from New Jersey, and a Saturday Night Live “superfan,” she was thrilled to work at the “30 Rock” building for several years even though it was with a public accounting firm. After moving to Houston, Hillary fell madly in love with the city’s cuisine, culture, diversity, and parks. She challenges the notion that success in the film industry requires relocating to LA or New York. Funding is one of the biggest challenges faced by independent filmmakers in cities with smaller film industries. Using her background in finance and accounting, she aims to overcome this challenge to produce films that represent our unique perspective as Houstonians. In college, film was her passion, but she chose to enter the corporate world. Coming on board as a Producer for the Houston-based independent feature film Acid Test, based on the award-winning short, she’s excited to be able to bring those two worlds together.
Jenny Waldo: As the Writer/Director/Producer, Jenny is wearing many hats and is looking forward to focusing on the creative task at hand! A native of Washington, DC, Jenny graduated from USC School of Cinematic Arts with a MFA in Film Production where she won a coveted directing scholarship and focused on writing, directing, and producing scripted and documentary films. While at USC, she produced several thesis films – scripted and documentary – and wrote and directed her own 35mm thesis film Searching for Angels which screened at the DGA’s First Look Festival. Past credits include producing on the feature The Preacher’s Daughter (2013) and the feature documentary The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing (2004) along with writing/directing Sisters (2016 WIFTI Short Film Showcase) and producing Meggan’s Journey (2017 Boomtown Festival) and Next Exit (2017 Maryland Film Festival). Jenny also teaches scripted and documentary production at Houston Community College’s Filmmaking Program and Screenwriting at the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA).