About Us

Mannatee Films
is an independent feature film production company based in Southern California.

Our Mission
is to produce high-quality, cost effective, feature films that will entertain and enlighten the human consciousness worldwide.

We Promise
to hold ourselves and our partners accountable for their actions, and for being fully committed to artistic excellence, in order to create a more entertaining, loving and humane world for all mankind.

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Robert Mann
President/Director

Robert Mann, President and founder of Mannatee Films, earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre and Visual Arts from the University of California, San Diego. He subsequently worked on credits towards a master’s degree at the American Conservatory Theater (ACT) in San Francisco. He also completed the Program in the Art of Independent Film Making, Producing and Directing at the Hollywood Film Institute.

In 1997 Mr. Mann founded the independent film company, Mannatee Films, writing and directing the company’s first feature film Trapped. His next feature film, The Pumpkin Karver, was released by First Look Studios in 2006 and can currently be seen on Netflix, Blockbuster, Showtime, The Movie Channel and other media streams.The horror film plays annually on SyFy’s 31 Days of Halloween.
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Craig Kaminski
CFO/Producer

Craig Kaminski is welcomed to Mannatee Entertainment as one of the company’s partners after operating as a financial advisor and consultant during the past ten years. His business expertise and experience in negotiations of contracts and creating cost-efficient financial budgets, will be a welcome addition to the company’s overall operations and future film productions.

Mr. Kaminski recently returned from Italy, where he worked on Chika, an Italian love story set for release in 2009. His other film credits include Associate Producer of the 1999 dramatic thriller, Trapped. He was an Executive Producer on Shades of Love, an independent feature film starring Brian Austin Green, Bonnie Somerville and Nicole Tom. Mr. Kaminski also worked on the horror film, The Pumpkin Karver, released by First Look in 2006. In the summer of 2008, Mr. Kaminski was the Associate Producer for the independent comedy, Piper and Tupper: Hands Free Born to Be Wild, which is presently scheduled for the SoCal Film Festival on September 18, 2009. He also worked as a technical golf advisor in 2009 on the television series, The Mentalist and Red Sauce. Come 2010 Mr. Kaminski is slated to co-produce Mannatee Entertainment’s next three feature films beginning with Robert Mann’s The Karver. Read more…

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Phoenix Alexander COO/Producer

Phoenix Alexander, COO and Producer, is a creative, results-driven professional with proven ability to manage creative personnel and complex projects from planning through completion

With a PhD from the University of California, Irvine’s School of Social Sciences under her belt, she went on to earn a Master of Fine Arts degree from UCI’s School of the Arts, as a dancer and videographer. At UCI she served as Production Coordinator for the Fine Arts Television Studio, as well as Stage Manager and Assistant Choreographer for several main-stage productions. Her video credits include work with/for Edward Vilella, Jillana, James Penrod, Donald Bradburn, Dance Magazine’s Bill Cuomo, The Severin Wunderman Foundation, The Lula Washington Dance Theatre, South Coast Ballet, and the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Division. She also worked as a Planning Analyst, developing capital improvement proposals and strategic plans. She was the guiding force behind the UCI Library Facilities Master Plan, and her work was instrumental in obtaining State funding for the $35-million Science Library, as well as the Concert Hall Theatre Expansion. Read more…

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Eve Brandstein Producer/Casting

Eve Brandstein, MA, Producer/Casting has made contributions to nearly every facet of the entertainment industry as studio executive, casting director, producer, director, writer—but she is unparalleled in two areas: (1) Casting believable characters from her large rolodex of skilled actors, both A-List and talented newcomers, and (2) Having the extensive industry connections needed to produce and package independent films effectively. These are Ms. Brandstein’s greatest contributions to Mannatee Entertainment.

Ms. Brandstein earned her reputation as one of the foremost casting powers in Los Angeles, producing and casting for Normal Lear for a decade. She was the executive in charge of U.S. Talent and Casting for Alliance/Atlantis Entertainment, where she was responsible for the development of new projects, overseeing all Los Angeles-based casting for Diane Keaton’s Northern Lights (Disney Channel), the series Fast Track (Showtime), the feature film Strike, the series Due South, John Woo’s Once A Thief, Total Recall – The Series, Little Men, Welcome To Paradox, and Beastmaster, to name a just few. Ms. Brandstein was executive in charge of Talent and Casting for PAX-TV, where she cast all new shows for the network since its inception in 1998, among them well-known television movies, including The Miracle of the Cards and Anna’s Dream.

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Gloria Mann
Dir. of Development/Producer

Ms. Gloria Mann now joins Mannatee Films as Director of Development and an Independent Producer in 2008, overseeing all aspects of script development and co-producing the company’s future film projects. An award-winning actor, Ms. Mann has worked in all aspects of theater and film production, (actor, writer, producer) since graduating college.

Formerly of Los Angeles and now based in New York City. She has appeared off-Broadway and in regional theater, film and television, and was nominated for the LA Drama Critics Circle Award for her performance in “Avenue A” with Mark Ruffalo.

Currently, she appears in the upcoming feature film, “The Lennon Report,” directed by Jeremy Profe.

Ms. Mann holds an MFA in acting from the University of California, San Diego. She is also a Master Class student of Bill Esper at the William Esper Studio.

An experienced jazz and blues singer, she has performed at The House of Blues, B.B. King’s Memphis, and The Blue Note. She is the creator of IndomitableArts.com, a blog sharing inspirational stories of artists who have overcome life’s challenges.

Ms. Mann is a founding member of the Cardinal Collective, a group of artists that believe the pursuit of truth is fundamental to our society, and aim to develop original work with storytelling at its heart. The Collective is currently co-writing a new play set to premier in NYC in 2016.
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