About

Epicleff Media is a Los Angeles-based production & creative consulting company specializing in crafting compelling nonfiction projects with deep journalistic value.

Founded in 2014 by Emmy Award-winning producer Matt Schrader, Epicleff Media is made up of award-winning filmmakers, producers, videographers, editors and journalists.

See our Awards & Honors.

In 2017, Epicleff Media released its first feature film, Score: A Film Music Documentary, which received a 94% certified fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and was named a New York Times Critics Pick, earning awards at major film festivals. It was released theatrically by Gravitas Ventures and became the #1 documentary on iTunes for five weeks, also inspiring the hit weekly series Score: The Podcast.

In April 2019, Epicleff Media released a genre-pushing scripted biographical podcast (“biopod”) series titled Blockbuster, which won Adweek Award for Creative Podcast of The Year, and earned rave reviews from Forbes, The Verge, Gizmodo, Medium and many more. It currently holds a listener rating of 5/5 stars on Apple Podcasts, where it became a Top 10 series upon its release.

In October 2019, Epicleff Media founder Matt Schrader announced Score: Project North Korea, a coordinated program with The Human Rights Foundation that smuggled Score into the North Korean black market on flash drives in the HRF’s first cultural diplomacy operation. You can learn more about Score: Project North Korea here.

Matt Schrader, Writer-Director-Producer
Matt Schrader is an Emmy Award-winning producer, filmmaker, podcaster, investigative journalist and the founder of Epicleff Media. He directed the 2017 international hit film Score: A Film Music Documentary, a New York Times Critics Pick, and is executive producer of Score: The Podcast. Schrader is the creator of the award-winning and genre-pushing scripted “biopod” series Blockbuster on Apple Podcasts, and produces projects in the podcast space and for crypto/Web3. | Full Bio

Kenny Holmes, Producer-Podcast Host
Kenny Holmes is an award-winning producer, cinematographer, editor and podcaster. He produced, filmed and edited the 2017 international hit film Score: A Film Music Documentary, a New York Times Critics Pick, and is host and senior producer of its acclaimed ongoing spinoff series, Score: The Podcast. | Full Bio

Elena Bawiec, Producer
Elena Bawiec is a film and podcast producer whose award-winning projects have traveled to film festivals around the world, including Sundance, Tribeca, and many more. Born in Moscow, she is an MFA graduate of the USC School of Cinematic Arts, and her films have been distributed or funded by major studios including Disney, Universal, Sony, Google, and Amazon. Her most recent film is the Sundance award-winning feature film ‘892’, and she served as a Physical Production Executive on director Roland Emmerich’s WWII epic ‘Midway’. Originally from Moscow, Russia, Elena now lives and works in Los Angeles.

Crystal Chavarria, Art Director-Crypto Consultant
Crystal Chavarria is a producer, art director, production designer and NFT filmmaker and artist. Her work has appeared in productions for Netflix, Disney, NBC, Fox, Showtime, The CW and Starz. She also specializes in crypto and NFT-related creative projects, including being story lead on the flagship NFT projects Woodies, a member of the UltraDAO artist collective, and creator of several own original NFT art installations, most recently Aquatica. She is a graduate of the USC School of Cinematic Arts, where she graduated cum laude with a degree in film production and production designed award-winning student films.

Robert Kraft, Producer-Podcast Host
Robert Kraft is an Oscar, Golden Globe and Grammy-nominated composer, producer, former President of Music at 20th Century Fox, which produced Avatar, Titanic, Moulin Rouge and many more under his direction. He produced the 2017 international hit film Score: A Film Music Documentary, a New York Times Critics Pick, and is a host of its acclaimed ongoing spinoff series, Score: The Podcast. Kraft co-produced the Oscar- and Grammy Award-winning songs in The Little Mermaid, including the Academy Award-winning song “Under The Sea.” He is a member of the Music Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and founder of Kraftbox Entertainment. His full biography is available here.

David Michael, Associate Producer & Production Coordinator
David Michael is a production coordinator and associate producer for Epicleff Media.

Amber Opdal, Associate Producer & Inventory Coordinator
Amber Opdal manages offices, equipment and inventory for Epicleff Media.

CONSULTANTS
Jonathan Willbanks, Producer-Consultant
Jonathan Willbanks is a producer, entrepreneur and technologist who has consulted and spearheaded distribution for more than a dozen independent films. A graduate of USC’s Business and Cinematic Arts joint program, his experience includes marketing and distribution for Disney Channel and The Moving Picture Institute, and technology-driven roles with GE, Apple and Verizon.

Nate Gold, Producer-Cinematographer-Consultant
Nate Gold is a director of photography and producer who has worked on commercials, music videos, and features internationally. He is a graduate of USC’s School of Cinematic Arts and produced and shot the international hit film SCORE: A FILM MUSIC DOCUMENTARY, a New York Times Critics Pick. He is founder of SoundBite Studios, a music studio facility in Los Angeles specializing in helping high-profile artists and creatives refine and realize their craft.

seenon