MIKE SCHIFF: DIRECTOR/ producer

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Mike was born and raised in The Bronx, NY. He has worked in film, video, and television production since the late 90's, working at the Howard Stern Show for eight years and starting his own production company, M.A.S. Productions Inc. Mike has filmed and edited music videos for John Carpenter, Fozzy, and Charred Walls of the Damned. He also filmed John Russo's latest feature, My Uncle John is a Zombie.


​Being a fan of both heavy metal and horror, Mike felt it was time to make a documentary exploring the reasons why the two genres go hand in hand. For The History of Metal and Horror, Mike also serves as producer, writer, director of photography, and editor. 


Socials: @themetalhorror

ROBERT L. LUCAS: PRODUCER

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Over the last 16 years Robert has been working in all facets of the entertainment industry for major Film/TV studios, special make-up effects companies, and various independent productions around the world. Mr. Lucas is an award-winning documentary filmmaker (One For The Fire: The Legacy of Night of the Living Dead), a producer for independent projects (More Brains! A Return to the Living Dead, The Theatre Bizarre, The Captured Bird: A film by Jovanka Vuckovic), and has been a Director of Photography or Camera Operator for various television or film projects (MTV’s Yo Momma !, Mirrors, Robert Rodriguez’s Machete) . Recently, Lucas has been shooting promotional pieces for acclaimed musician/guitarist,  Kirk Hammett of the legendary heavy metal band, Metallica. 

BRIAN SLAGEL: EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

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After working in Los Angeles record stores, putting metal compilation albums together, Brian began Metal Blade Records in 1982. Since the label’s inception, Metal Blade Records has unleashed some of the most influential and significant metal acts like Metallica, Slayer, Cannibal Corpse, GWAR, Six Feet Under, King Diamond, and Pentagram while developing acts like The Black Dahlia Murder, Amon Amarth, Whitechapel, As I Lay Dying, Behemoth, Job For a Cowboy, Goatwhore, In Solitude, and new comers Mount Salem just to name a few. 


Website: https://www.metalblade.com/us/

Socials: @brianslagel

MICHAEL BERRYMAN: HOST

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Veteran actor and horror/sci-fi genre icon Michael Berryman is a native of Los Angeles, California. He was born prematurely with Hydrochrotic Ectodermal Dysplasia, a rare condition leaving him with no sweat glands, hair, fingernails or teeth. Michael's father was renowned neurosurgeon Sloan Berryman and his mother, Barbara, was a Registered Nurse. Michael as a young child had extensive cranial reconstruction @ Children's Hospital in Los Angeles. Michael took all these challenges and turned them into a golden career in film and television, thanks to legendary film director George Pal discovering Michael (who at the time owned and worked at a gift shop/art gallery in Venice, California.)

George Pal cast Michael in the Western DOC SAVAGE, then shortly after that Milos Forman cast Michael in the Academy Award winning film ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST.   

Berryman went on to star as PLUTO in Wes Craven's cult classic THE HILL'S HAVE EYES. Additionally, Berryman has appeared in such films as WEIRD SCIENCE, STAR TREK IV, ARMED RESPONSE, CUT AND RUN, SOLAR CRISIS, THE DEVIL'S REJECTS, etc. He also has appeared in more main-stream roles, such as the comedy SPY HARD and family favorite SCOOBY DOO. Michael's many television credits include TALES FROM THE CRYPT and X FILES. Michael Berryman portrays a gamut of characters, ranging from evil, dangerous and creepy to wise, gentle, sage, mystical, whimsical, comedic and even angels. Michael is an adored favorite of horror and sci-fi movie fans worldwide.

Michael and his wife Patty own and run a farm in Northern California where he and his wife have walnut, apple, pear, cherry, persimmon and plum orchards, where they also raise their beloved horses. Michael enjoys baking fresh fruit pies.

Most recently, Michael stars with Edward Furlong in the feature film BELOW ZERO, as well as horror/ thrillers EREBUS, SELF STORAGE, starring opposite Eric Roberts, RED AND YELLA KILL A FELLA, ARMY OF THE DAMNED and the horror/comedy SMOTHERED. Michael will also star in the television series HELL HUNTERS (based on the popular comic book) as well as the series HELL’S KITTY. 

MANAGER: Judy Fox 310/277-9393 judyfoxptm@msn.com

JIMMY URINE: MUSICIAN

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Jimmy Urine is the front-man, songwriter, and programmer for the band, Mindless Self Indulgence. He has done composing songwriting, arranging and producing for a variety of projects including Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, the Suda 51 video game, Lollipop Chainsaw. He has scored music and theme songs for Disney, VH1, Nickelodeon, Marvel Comics, Netflix, and various other works for documentaries and indie video games He has also created numerous remixes for artists such as Grimes, KoRn, DEVO, Mustard Pimps, Frontline Assembly, Serj Tankian of System of A Down, and many more. Director, Mike Schiff has now brought Jimmy on board to produce a three-track original score to the wraparound film for The History of Metal and Horror.


https://www.jimmyurine.net/
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1449794/

ALEX RAFALA: ACTOR

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Born and raised in Culpeper, Virginia, Alex moved to New York City to pursue acting after graduating from the University of Virginia in 2015. To further supplement his acting training, he spent one summer studying at Michael Howard Studios. Recent acting credits include Billy Bibbit in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (Playhouse on Park), Peter Van Daan in The Diary of Anne Frank (Playhouse on Park), and Vati in the ArtsPower National Tour of My Heart in a Suitcase. Alex now joins The History of Metal and Horror  to star in the accompanied wraparound film, playing the role of Christopher. 


Website: https://www.alexrafala.com/

Instagram: @alex.rafala

BRIAN ALLEN: ILLUSTraTOr

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Brian Allen lives and works as a freelance artist and t-shirt design illustrator in the State College / Bellefonte region of Pennsylvania. Brian’s specialties include t-shirt design illustrations, creating album cover art for rock and metal bands, mascot character designs for websites, and illustrations for book covers and retail packaging. He also specializes in drawing Zombies. Lots, and lots of Zombies. Brian’s work is eclectic, ranging from dark and creepy, to humorous and colorful. He has now created The History of Metal and Horror cover art.

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The History of metal and Horror