Thomas Rennier grew up in St. Louis, Missouri. Moving to Los Angeles in 2008, Thomas worked as an editor at MTV for several years for various television shows. He directed his best short film, The Whiskey Priest, in 2009 which he financed himself. Shortly after, Thomas was diagnosed with bone cancer and moved back to his hometown of St. Louis for treatment. Enduring twenty-two chemotherapy treatments and a brutal surgery that removed his knee and most of his femur bone he beat the disease and is now cancer free.
In St. Louis, Thomas was tapped to direct Lionhead after the investors saw his short film, The Whiskey Priest. Rennier is currently in works with his brother, Chris Rennier, and producer, Rachel Skidmore, to begin production on the feature length comedy, Foxy.
Chris Rennier moved to Los Angeles in 2001 where he would become co-owner of a post-production facility. During this time he has penned several feature length film screenplays, with Lionhead being the first to be picked up. Rennier is currently in negotiations for his second screenplay, Foxy, to be picked up. Foxy is the story of David Fox, a high school Spanish teacher, who’s orchestrated love triangle between two student’s moms to impress the Principal backfires in the worst way. Rennier is also a musician who plays guitar for The Evil Twins.
Rachel Skidmore has produced a number of short films including the comedy Cannonball – one of five Dodge films selected to premiere at the Director’s Guild of America in 2010 as a part of the Chapman University’s annual “First Cut” event.
Rachel has received grants from Entertainment Partners and the Zonta Club of Newport Beach Harbor for her producing endeavors. She is currently working as an Associate Producer at Visionaire Media, a multi-platform media company dedicated to creating content that entertains, educates and promotes cross-cultural dialogue.
Nathan Carrington has a varied background working in documentaries, shorts, features and commercials. He was the Cinematographer on over 10 short films, many of which have gone on to win awards at festivals including “Best Short” at PGLFF and “Best Student Film, Audience Favorite Award, and Best Overall Film” at Moxie Shorts Fest. Carrington has been working professionally as a Gaffer and 1st AC for years and is in talks to DP his second feature film in the near future.
Ryan Strong started working with music at a young age. He was born and raised in the small slow-paced midwest town of Normal, IL where he spent most of his free time playing and writing music.
After graduating from college in Springfield, MO (where he met director Thomas Rennier) he relocated to Kansas City where he now resides composing and recording music for short films, commercials and now his first feature length film, Lionhead.