JOHN MICHAEL ELFERS writer / director
By age 18 Elfers shot a no-budget digital feature and moved from Ohio to Los Angeles. After graduating magna cum laude from USC in 3 1/2 years, he formed Fire Trial Films with collaborator Ryan Stevens Harris. Elfers’ debut feature, Finale, shot stylishly on Super 16mm and boasting all in-camera practical effects, played top genre festivals (Screamfest, Film4Frightfest, Fantasporto, etc) and won a slew of awards, culminating in worldwide distribution by Image Ent. Since then, he's been a gun-for-hire on 4 other features, directing additional scenes to fix story issues and increase production value. His award-winning screenwriting also landed him on the Blood List. He resides in Hollywood, developing his follow-up features, Kiss Before the Slaughter and Voracious, while writing Horror / Thriller features on assignment.
RYAN STEVENS HARRIS writer / director
Ryan Stevens Harris is an award-winning filmmaker and exhibited artist. He studied filmmaking both in London and at the USC School of Cinematic Arts in Los Angeles. In 2006 he founded Fire Trial Films with fellow writer-director and collaborator John Elfers. Harris' directorial debut, Virus X, a claustrophobic tech-noir, was released by Lionsgate in 2011. Harris currently lives in Los Angeles, developing film projects, stretching canvases and harboring thoughts about the modern state of affairs.
MICHAEL ELKIN producer / legal
Michael Elkin, Esq. is a Los-Angeles-based entertainment attorney, film producer and co-founder of Fire Trial Films. A graduate of the UCLA School of Law, Elkin provides the company in-house legal council, specializing in independent film production, finance and distribution, as well as working with many writers, directors and producers. Elkin and his firm, Elkin Gamboa & Ashkinadze LLP, represent Fire Trial Films in all legal manners and negotiations.