The Team

 
 

PHILIP S. PLOWDEN
CO-FOUNDER/Director

Son of renowned photographer David Plowden, Philip is no stranger to the importance of well-crafted imagery. The Winnetka native graduated from Columbia College Chicago’s film program, where he fell in love with the process of visual storytelling. His ambition paid off, co-producing the award-winning feature film Chicago Overcoat, which received a wide release on several platforms, including a domestic premiere on the Showtime Channel. Philip worked as a Unit Production Manager for the Illinois Department of Transportation's Click it or Ticket "Cops Everywhere" public service announcement, which won Outstanding Achievement for Public Service Campaign at the 2008-2009 Chicago/Midwest Emmy® Awards. In 2013, Philip served as an Associate Producer and the Location Manager on the independent film Dig Two Graves, a mystical thriller that utilized various parts of southern Illinois for filming. Philip continues to find success on a variety of studio and independent projects, including working on Dick Wolf’s NBC drama Chicago PD: Seasons 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 and Steve McQueen’s heist drama, Widows. In 2014, Philip co-founded Fatal Funnel Films, an independent production company with writing and producing partner, Devon Colwell. In 2015, Philip became a member of the prestigious Director's Guild of America. Most recently, Philip directed Fatal Funnel Film's short-length thriller film, Cellar Door, for which he won an “Emerging Artist” award at the 2017 Twister Alley International Film Festival and the “Best Chicago Short Film” award at The Windy City International Film Festival.

 


devon colwell
CO-FOUNDER/Writer

Storytelling is an intrinsic part of the human experience, and throughout his life it has been a driving force for Devon Colwell. A passionate movie buff, and one of Stephen King’s dear constant readers, Devon decided he would become a novelist early on. After years of developing and honing his craft, Devon put his skills to the test at the College of DuPage in 2002, where he studied journalism and copy editing. In 2004, Devon joined the military, hoping to learn something of the human condition firsthand as an infantryman in the United States Marine Corps. After four years and two combat deployments to the battlefields of the Al Anbar Province in Iraq, Devon ended his active duty tenure in the Marines in 2008 and enrolled in the University of Illinois in Chicago. There he learned to channel his passion for storytelling through new mediums, eventually graduating with honors in 2012 with a focus on film and moving image. Since then, Devon has divided his time between working full time in the film industry and pursuing his first love of the written word, publishing his first short story and completing work on two novels. With industry experience in both feature films and network television, including credits in the Wachowski’s Jupiter Ascending and five seasons of NBC’s Chicago PD, Devon set out to combine his talents with his passion, starting work on original screenplays and co-founding Fatal Funnel Films with his business partner, Philip Plowden. Drawing on his vast catalog of life experiences and his love for storytelling, Devon seeks to tell the kinds of stories that bring audiences together, exposing the every day drama of our lives with a twist of the macabre and a flair for the enigmatic. In 2016, Devon wrote the company's award-winning, thriller short film, Cellar Door and recently placed 2nd out of 3,500 screenplays for his original script The Regulars in the 2017 Scriptapalooza screenwriting competition.

 


Christian Crocker
Producer

The home video camera; an integral part of Christian Crocker’s life.  At an early age, Christian became infatuated with capturing moments in life, both big and small.  Born and raised on Chicago’s Northwest side in the Portage Park neighborhood, Christian spent most of his time shooting and editing short videos of his friends and family.  He carried this passion with him through college, where Christian studied film producing at Columbia College Chicago.  During his final semester he completed Columbia College’s Semester in Los Angeles Program: an intensive five-week program covering the creative, legal, and technical aspects of film and television producing.  While in LA, he interned for Romark Entertainment, working alongside prominent producer Rock Shaink, Jr.  Additionally, Christian was hired as a script reader for one of Hollywood's premiere script competitions where he read and scored countless scripts while also providing coverage services for up-and-coming writers. Upon his return to Chicago, Christian found work on the Netflix original series, Sense8, created by the Wachowskis, and on the feature film, Who Gets the Dog directed by Huck Botko. Christian recently finished work as the Travel Coordinator for the Steve McQueen heist thriller, Widows. In 2015, Christian joined the creative team at Fatal Funnel Films as a Producer, where he served as the lead producer on the company's award-winning, thriller short film, Cellar Door.

 


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RoseMary Prodonovich
Producer/Unit Production Mananger

RoseMary Prodonovich always had a love for story and a flair for the dramatic.  Growing up in Kansas City, she began her career performing on stage in regional theaters. Her love affair continued at Indiana University Bloomington where she discovered Stage Management—blending performance with her innate aptitude for organization and communication—and a new love for empowering artistic vision. This redefined her professionally as a stage manager for regional opera houses across the United States. While working in Santa Barbara, RoseMary decided it was time to bring her skill set to Hollywood.  Beginning, as all do, as a Production Assistant, she worked on films including Little Fockers, Contagion and The Dilemma—rising to become Production Coordinator for television shows produced by ABC, NBC, including FOX’s breakout hit, Empire, and Amazon Prime series, Patriot. RoseMary was an essential driving force behind Fatal Funnel Films’ award-winning, thriller short film, Cellar Door, where she served as a Producer and Unit Production Manager. She recently wrapped as the Production Coordinator on Steve McQueen’s heist-drama, Widows. Currently, RoseMary is working as the Production Coordinator on an upcoming FOX pilot. RoseMary’s understanding of the realities of Studio Production are brought to the independent world, allowing her to create an environment where storytellers can flourish.

 


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Christopher Ganze
Producer

It was while growing up in Baltimore, Maryland that Christopher Ganze discovered the art of photography, teaching himself traditional film developing and darkroom printing.  After graduating high school in 1999, he continued working towards a career in photography, studying at the Maryland Institute College of Art. In 2002, his photographs were chosen for the creation of awards handed out by the Special Olympics of Maryland, with over 75 awards featuring images taken by him. After leaving MICA in 2004, he built a community darkroom and gallery in the “Load of Fun” studios, a building rehabbed into an art collective. During this time Christopher curated three successful art shows, featuring over a hundred artists sharing and selling their work. Seeking new avenues of creativity as digital advances began to overshadow traditional photography, he began devoting himself to the study of script writing. He was invited to work on the set of a major motion picture filming in Florida, soon after being hired to be a camera production assistant on the television show, Burn Notice. This working education of the film business continued through out many large scale projects that followed, including the films Marley and Me, Dolphin Tale, Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked, Tomorrowland, and Chef, as well as several television series including Americas Most wanted, the Glades, and Graceland. In 2012 he worked as an assistant to the directors and producers on the Starz series Magic City, after which he was invited to work in Los Angeles as a writer’s assistant for the show’s second season. In 2014 Christopher was hired by rap mogul Rick Ross to co-write the feature film GABOS. In 2015 he moved to the city of Chicago to work as an assistant to a producer on Dick Wolf’s Chicago PD, during which time he joined forces with Chicago-based production company Fatal Funnel Films, working toward the creation of independent films.

 


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