Nicholas is an award winning writer and director whose self-taught knowledge in filmmaking began at the Eastman Kodak Company where he created films for Kodak’s Entertainment Division. His screenplays Runnin' Home and Address Unknown were produced for cable TV and his spec script, Chasing Bobby Jones, was sold to Warner Bros. Other produced screenplays include Kart Racer (2002), released by MGM and broadcasted on ABC Family. In 2005 Nicholas directed and co-wrote the stylish teen noir feature Cherry Crush starring Nikki Reed (Twilight) and Jonathan Tucker (Kingdom). In 2011 Nicholas co-wrote, directed and produced the highly acclaimed King’s Faith starring Emmy Award winning actors Lynn Whitfield (The Josephine Baker Story) and James McDaniel (NYPD Blue). The inspirational drama was released theatrically in 36 U.S. cities and then worldwide on DVD by Sony Provident. Most recently, Nicholas wrote, directed and produced the drama Wildflower, which is currently being released worldwide by Provident and Faith Street Films.
Paul is a writer, filmmaker and educator. The acclaimed writer Nikki Giovanni, one of Oprah Winfrey’s 25 Living Legends, selected Root’s White Rats as Story of The Year for the International English Honor Society. His scripts have been recognized by some of the country’s most prestigious competitions, including The Francis Ford Coppola New Century Writing Awards, NYU’s Tisch School, The Nicholls Fellowship Competition and the Austin Film Festival. He co-wrote the feature film Cherry Crush with Nicholas DiBella as well as the motion picture King’s Faith.
Jim is the Managing Partner of Steven James Media Group, a full service marketing and sales organization that specializes in helping small to medium sized businesses in establishing or growing their internet presence. Jim recently has Executive Produced the motion picture films King’s Faith (2013) and Wildflower (2016) and, as a result of those experiences, he has started the not-for-profit organization Hope Filled Media, whose aim is to reach communities with the message of Hope via film, video entertainment and life application studies.
Kevin comes from the world of real estate. As a broker, developer and investor, he has amassed an impressive wealth of contacts and diverse experience that makes him a valuable member of the Stay True team. After earning a degree in Finance from The Villanova Business School (VBS), Kevin embarked on the entrepreneur road and found an affinity for the creative arts. Throughout his 30-year career, he has arranged financing for numerous projects, joint ventures and developments. His clients come from a wide range of professions and networks including the entertainment industry, finance and technology.
Robert Bell is a writer and director from Philadelphia, PA. His 2017 political documentary Bern won the audience award for best film at the Ocean City Film Festival. His sports featurette "Hoop was an official selection at the 33rd Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival and is now available for streaming on Amazon Prime Video. Robert graduated from Columbia College Hollywood with a BFA in Writing for Cinema. He has directed dozens of hip-hop music videos and training films for professional athletes in the NBA and NFL.
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Chris was the senior cinematographer for Kodak's Entertainment Imaging division for many years. In this position, he was responsible for producing and shooting marketing films used in launching every new motion picture stock that Kodak introduced since the late 80's. In addition, Chris has taught cinematography workshops for film students and industry professionals in over twenty countries around the world. He left Kodak in 2011 and since then has shot numerous commercials, dozens of videos for a variety of clients and the independent feature King's Faith.
In 2011 Nicholas DiBella and his long-time collaborators James Pavone and Paul Root established Faith Street Films, a motion picture production company with a mission to create movies that captivate worldwide audiences with entertainment that challenges and inspires. Their ﬁrst ﬁlm, King's Faith, received amazing reviews from critics and faith leaders across the country who responded to its powerful message of hope. It went on to be broadcasted on the cable network UPtv and was viewed by over 2.5 million people during its premiere weekend. To date, King's Faith has sold over 150,000 DVDs worldwide, while being downloaded and streamed over 1.2 million times. It has had subsequent television airings on other US and international networks bringing its combined viewership to 10 million. Based on the success of King's Faith, the team produced its second movie, Wildflower, which was shown in 180 theaters worldwide, premiered on the Lifetime Movie Network and was released on Netflix. With both films, the team was very involved in the production and marketing efforts and, along the way, discovered an audience hungry for inspirational movies.