EFREN RAMIREZ, “Pedro” from the blockbuster hit Napoleon Dynamite and co-star of such recent hits as Crank and Employee of the Month, has not only been acting since childhood but also writing, producing, and directing. He has played diverse roles in many television shows including Scrubs, ER, Judging Amy, The District and Boston Public. He will appear in American Summer in 2008. When he isn’t filming, he spends his time speaking to students and appearing as a guest DJ in clubs all across the country.
CHRIS BARRETT, who began as a young business entrepreneur at the age of 14, has appeared in several award-winning documentaries and now directs them. As a senior in high school, Chris hit the national and international media by becoming the very first Corporate College Sponsored Student in America. He became a national “spokesguy” for FIRST USA, a division of Bank One. He garnered over 20 million dollars in publicity for the bank and over 80 million media impressions during the campaign. He has been featured on the Today Show, CBS Early Show, ABC, NBC, FOX, MSNBC, CNN and profiled in People magazine twice, including the “25 Most Intriguing people” issue.
Efren and Chris met at Sundance in 2004, which was the beginning of a great friendship and solid business partnership. Together they share a production company, Powerhouse Pictures Entertainment, LLC. Currently they are producing a groundbreaking documentary titled After School, which delves into the recent teacher student sex scandals that have hit the media. They talk to thousands of students every year about how to direct their own lives and careers.