DJ Tony Dake
DJ Tony Dake, Chaz Bottoms
Christina Robles, Smooth
Tony Drake is a first time director and full time electrical engineer. He has roots in El Paso, TX and moved to Baltimore, MD for educational pursuits in 2006. With a lifelong passion for music and staying busy, he enjoyed his role as a DJ and radio personality while working towards his Master's degree in Project Management. During that time, he toured and opened for national recording artists such as J. Cole, Big Sean, and Wale. Tony is proud to have the support from strange friends and friendly strangers all over the world who collectively raised over $50,000 through Kickstarter to see "The Indies: An Animated Short" dream come to fruition.
Chaz Bottoms is an award winning director/animator based in Los Angeles, CA. His films have premiered nationally and internationally and his freelance work has landed him features in Afro Punk, ToonBoom, Hooligan Magazine, Cleveland.com, Saint Heron, WorldStar Hip Hop and other media outlets. His 2016 short film Introvert was acquired by the ABFF Independent Series and is currently airing on AspireTV. He graduated from DePaul University with his BFA in Animation. His senior thesis film, All Kids Go to Hell, won Best Comedy and was screened in the 2017 DePaul Premiere Film Festival, won Best Animated Film at the DC Black Film Festival, Cleveland International Film Festival, and the Cannes Short Film Corner.