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Sydney Scotia - DIrector

“I was extremely inspired to tell this story and bring awareness to the silent epidemic of traumatic brain injury in domestic violence.”

Sydney Scotia is an award-winning actor, producer, singer/songwriter and dancer. She believes that media should be used to elevate important issues and champion social change, and her  maturity, drive and compassion help her take projects from suggestion, to storyboard, to screen. As director and producer of This Hits Home, she draws on her experience both in front and behind the camera to tell a story about a silent epidemic that will no longer be silent.


Kenneth Shubin Stein, MD, MPH, CPH, CFA - EXeCUTIVE producer

Dr. Ken Shubin Stein is the Founder, CEO and Chairman of Spencer Capital Holdings, Ltd. 

He is a graduate of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine where he completed a 5-year medical and research program with a focus on molecular genetics. He graduated with a B.A. degree from Columbia College with dual concentrations in Premedical Studies and Political Science. Ken completed his orthopedic surgery internship at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City and he graduated from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health with a Master's in Public Health. The National Board of Public Health Examiners has recognized Ken as Certified in Public Health (CPH). He holds the CFA designation and is an Adjunct Professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Business where he teaches the Advanced Investment Research course.

Ken is the Co-Founder and Chairman of Crutches 4 Kids, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing crutches and other mobility devices to children in need around the world. Ken is also co-founder of the International Concussion Society which provides a central resource for accurate and scientifically vetted concussion research. He graduated with a certificate from the Owner/President Management Program (OPM) at Harvard Business School in March 2018, and he is a member of YPO and Chairman Emeritus of YPO Manhattan.
 


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Jerome Carlson- Executive producer

Jerome was raised on a farm in Minnesota, attended music school and became a successful business entrepreneur.  He has written and recorded a number of songs, one of which earned him a gold record entitled  “Spirit of Christmas”.  Presently retired, he and his wife Linda have 13 grandchildren.


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AJ Raitano - cinematographer

Entering into the film industry in 1992, A.J. Raitano first worked with the visual effects crew of “Star Trek: The Next Generation”.  Finishing work on the spin-off shows “Deep Space 9” and “Voyager”, A.J. left the company Image G and began working as an assistant cameraman. He worked for companies such as Digital Domain and Sony Imageworks on projects like: FIFTH ELEMENT, STARSHIP TROOPERS and ARMAGEDDON.  Moving up the ranks of the camera department, A.J. worked as VFX UNIT camera operator on films like AVIATOR and THE DEPARTED.

In 2003, A.J. started using his industry experience as a cinematographer.  His first feature film was shot on super16mm film format, and distributed in 2006.  Since then, A.J. has embraced the evolving technology that has grown from film; from high definition, to Ultra HD and 8k, and even into virtual reality canvases.

Keeping up with advances in the movie industry, A.J. worked on James Cameron’s film AVATAR. On AVATAR, A.J. had the challenge of working as a cameraman, in a virtual environment with motion capture technology.  He has worked on other ‘mo-cap’ films such as, REAL STEEL directed by Shawn Levy, THE ADVENTURES OF TIN TIN directed by Steven Spielberg, Jon Favreau’s THE JUNGLE BOOK; as well as the current Avatar sequel.


Erik rojas - cinematographer

 

A graduate of Boston University’s College of Communication, Erik began his filmmaking career with extensive work in visual effects and color-grading at Rock Paper Scissors in Los Angeles. He then moved into feature films, working on projects for Sony Pictures and HBO. This brought him around the globe, gaining knowledge in every facet of production. He has worked on documentaries such as Making a Murderer(Netflix) and The Defiant Ones(HBO) and feature films such as Alpha(Sony Pictures)

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Scotia Entertainment

Scotia Entertainment's mission is to create powerful, intelligent, and groundbreaking content for a large variety of audiences and platforms. Driven by a creative passion and love for film, Scotia Entertainment seeks to engage and entertain. From emotional social impact documentaries and story driven feature films, to episodics for television and more, the sky’s the limit. This Hits Home, a documentary on the intersection of domestic violence and traumatic brain injury, is the first of many important stories to come.


YAKKETY YAK MARKETING

Yakkety Yak is a Chicago-based, full-service content marketing agency that produces custom written content for businesses, including blogs, website copy, case studies, newsletters, social media marketing, public relations and more. Our goal is to be an extension of each client’s marketing team, helping  connect them to end-users and decision influencers, based on the principle of one common voice, for one target audience. Yakkety Yak was built on the principle of writing for a specific audience, so that the customized content reaches the right consumer. With our client’s target audience in mind, we generate custom written content for any organization trying to stay relevant and send a clear message.

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BEHIND THE SCENES