Director Richard Glatzer's first feature film Grief was released in 1994 to international acclaim. Winner of awards at both the San Francisco Gay and Lesbian Festival and the Torino Festival, Grief also made a huge impression at the Berlin, Toronto, and Sundance festivals. Sight and Sound called Grief "A deeply likeable movie...[that] well deserves the cult status for which it seems destined." The Hollywood Reporter said that Grief "rivals the best U.S. independent films of recent years." And the Los Angeles Times added, "The insightful Glatzer is a filmmaker of humor and compassion. He also brings a sure sense of structure and makes the most of an opportunity to display a gift for sharp witty dialogue...Grief [is] a nifty feature debut." Originally intending to become an academic, Richard got his Ph.D. in American Literature from the University of Virginia. His first script was optioned by Jay Presson Allen (Marnie, Cabaret, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie). Two subsequent scripts were sold to Disney. He also produced the television series Divorce Court and was executive story editor of MTV's Road Rules.

Director WASH WEST
A self-taught filmmaker, West directed his first film, Squishy, in 1995. It was entirely funded by tips made while working at a New Orleans jazz club. The film's unique and provocative stance made it an underground hit at many film festivals. Moving to Los Angeles, West had the original idea to make The Fluffer, a story of unrequited love set within the modern day gay porn industry. Having no experience of that world, however, he decided to first do some research, and got a job directing gay porn. In the last two years, not only has he written The Fluffer, but he managed to take the porno world by storm. His movie Naked Highway swept both the 1998 GV Guide and Adult Video News awards shows, receiving an unprecedented fifteen awards, including best movie, best director, best screenplay, best cinematography, and best sexual performance. West's movies are renowned for their daring originality, their high production values, and their huge commercial success His work has been honored at the Berlin Film Festival, New York's New festival, and the Mix Brazil festival. Recently he has been selected as one of Filmmaker Magazine's "twenty five ones to watch."