Ace Cruz, OWNER of Spirit Films, LLC
Raised in Los Angeles, filmmaker Ace Cruz aspired to work in the entertainment industry since the tender age of thirteen. He eventually earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Southern California’s School of Dramatic Arts. After graduation, Cruz began his career as a theater actor and subsequently worked on several independent film projects. After ten years of experience in acting professionally in and around Hollywood, Ace returned to USC’s School of Cinematic Arts to study screenwriting and directing. He went on to produce six independent films, which he also wrote, directed, acted in, edited, and for which he negotiated worldwide distribution. One of these films, entitled “Outrage” and starring Michael Madsen, won “Best Picture” at the 2009 Action International Film Festival in Hollywood.
Cruz’s accumulated experience in making movies in both creative and business contexts positions him as a viable force in the Hollywood film industry. He has worked with A-list actors such as Michael Madsen (Sin City, Kill Bill), Lee Majors (Six Million Dollar Man), Michael Pare (Streets of Fire), Natasha Lyonne (American Pie), Michael Berryman (The Hills Have Eyes), and many more. He understands how to achieve the best results from actors, writers, and editors, just as he understands the marketing and distribution process for cinema products.
Cruz believes in making movies that are both imaginative and entertaining, as well as commercially viable. He has attended the American Film Market and Cannes Film Festival for the past sixteen years in order to understand the psychology of popular audiences so that his films will, in turn, appeal as much as possible to the global market. His dedication toward learning everything there is to know about how to succeed in the Hollywood film industry has allowed him to focus more on Directing his independent projects.
The expertise he has acquired from the Hollywood film industry over the past twenty-five years positions Ace Cruz to make a box office hit and/or an Academy Award winner within the next few years.
RYAN TYLER - Executive Producer
ACE CRUZ - PRODUCER/DIRECTOR
Acquisitions and Capital Markets
D. Ryan Tyler, MBA. Ryan Tyler is the founder and principal owner of Credentia Advisors which functions as a merchant bank, management consultant and advisory firm. Mr. Tyler has over 20 years’ experience as a dealmaker, business builder and lead negotiator in corporate capital markets work and has run several investment banking units for different firms, including The Royal Bank of Canada (“RBC”.) He has captained over 60 M&A and financing transactions and been a part of well over 100 closed transactions. These transactions included certain capital market financings for Time Warner Entertainment involving content production finance for Warner Bros., and several other content production financing transactions during the Viacom - Paramount merger. Ryan’s seven year tenure with Royal Bank was as a line of business president where he oversaw hundreds of bankers in executing the investment banking practice. He led efforts to grow it into a full-service practice encompassing sell-side and buy-side M&A, capital markets offerings, valuations and fund formations; he dramatically grew fee-based profitability without using Bank’s Balance Sheet and enhanced stature into cross-border and international caliber deals.
In addition to historic and current merchant banking built around entertainment mandates, some notable corporate clients and successful transactions that Ryan has executed include:
Festiva Resorts acquisition of resort properties from Westin to put in their timeshare portfolio,
Numerous vineyards including Kluge Estate Vineyards (adjacent to Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello; the acquirer was Donald Trump and the wines of the vineyard are now marketed under the Trump name),
Carolina Energy Holdings in a sale to Westinghouse (a division of Toshiba),
Gentle Dental in a sale to an institutional private equity firm, The Beekman Group, and
RBC Bank in the sale of their payroll process unit to Paychex and sale of Alabama trust/money management business to Renasant Bank.
Ryan is a cum laude graduate of Miami University with a degree in economics and holds an MBA degree from Baylor University. He has completed KARASS negotiating certification and has been a member of M&A professionals association and Who’s Who in executives & professionals. He resides with his wife and family in Santa Barbara, California.
RICHARD ANDERSON - OSCAR WINNER SOUND DESIGN
MICHAEL MADSEN - PRODUCER
Michael Soren Madsen is an American actor, poet and photographer. He appeared in over 150 films, including Reservoir Dogs, Thelma & Louise, Wyatt Earp, Free Willy, Donnie Brasco, Species, Kill Bill, Sin City and The Hateful Eight, his fourth collaboration with director Quentin Tarantino. Madsen is also credited with voice work in several video games, including Grand Theft Auto III, True Crime: Streets of L.A., DRIV3R, Dishonored, The Walking Dead: Season Two and Call of Duty: Black Ops II.
Producers Guild of America/Directors Guild of America
In his most recent production in December 2016, Mr. Turrow returned to his roots as a DGA Assistant Director and led a high-quality production team in delivering the picture with no overtime and two full days ahead of schedule and before that, he completed shooting for Warner Bros. Studios, the introductory presentation with host Ellen DeGeneres for their brand new multi-million-dollar interactive backlot tour. Primarily though, both in 2015 and 2017, Mr. Turrow’s attention was focused on successful seed funding for slate packaging and financing.
Mr. Turrow began his career in the ubiquitous ‘mail room’ of International Creative Management (ICM), and has gone on to be recognized by his peers as both an outstanding PGA Producer/Line Producer and DGA Unit Production Manager. Mr. Turrow’s early work at the visual effects/CGI firm, Shockwave, included projects such as Titanic and Starship Troopers where Turrow first learned the technical background to manage VFX productions. Further, from producing Adam Sandler’s and Billy Bob Thorton’s first feature to MTV’s #1 music videos and TV shows, Turrow has repeatedly demonstrated his management as well as consulting skills to both simplifying complex projects to an appropriate budget, including his ability to enable smaller projects as to ‘punch above their weight class’ through enhanced production value. A creator of forward thinking financing and incentives plans for the new transmedia platforms, Turrow utilizes this invaluable expertise for producing independent motion pictures simultaneously favoring both financial and creative centrics.
In more recent previous years, Mr. Turrow received recognition, nominated as 2013’s Best Producer at Madrid International Film festival, as well as having domestic festival success on his line produced Spring 2014 theatrical release of Decoding Annie Parker with Helen Hunt, Samantha Morton and Aaron Paul. In 2014, Mr. Turrow was involved with several projects including supervising for the completion bond company, using Puerto Rico’s tax rebate program as well as line producing and posting a supernatural teen thriller, plus both producing as well as setting up digital distribution for an indie drama and thriller.
Giving heartily to his industry, Turrow served as a member of the DGA Western Council, as former Chair of the DGA UPM/AD Mentor Committee which he received in 2015 an Honors Certificate Award for his leadership and participated on both their UPM and Visual Effects Committee. He is as well, a winner of the DGA’s Council Award for Special Service and served on several committees at the Producers Guild including its FilmUSA Committee.
As an Award Winning Producer, Mr. Turrow’s motion pictures have both received recognition and appeared in many acclaimed film festivals both domestic and international including: Sundance, Palm Springs, Mill Valley, Santa Barbara, South-By-Southwest, Seattle, Berlin, Cannes, Seoul and Toronto.
Randy is married; with his home in Malibu, CA.
RANDY TURROW - PRODUCER
DENNIS VIRKLER - OSCAR NOMINEE EDITOR
Dennis Virkler, Consulting Editor
Dennis Virkler is an American film editor with more than forty credits dating from 1973. He has been nominated twice for the Academy Award for Film Editing, and has been elected as a member of the American Cinema Editors.
Richard Anderson, Consulting Sound designer
Richard L. Anderson is an American sound effects editor, best known for Raiders of the Lost Ark. He has been nominated twice for sound editing, and received an Special Achievement Academy Award in 1981. He has nearly 140 film credits since his start in 1972.
For twenty years now, Spirit Films has evolved with the times by maintaining its emphasis on young people’s experiences around the world. Our mission is to create professionally crafted, heartwarming, family screenplays for feature film development. We generate compelling, family-oriented narratives intended for global audiences. Our ultimate goal is to produce commercial films whose quality is worthy of Academy Award nomination, as well as commercial success.