About

Starline Films is a bi-coastal NY/LA independent production and distribution company specializing in feature films, documentaries, and high profile events.

Team

Jon Doscher

Director, Writer & Producer

Jon Doscher is a director, writer, producer, and actor of feature films and documentaries, including Remedy, This Thing Of Ours, Anyone’s Son, and 4CHOSEN to name a few.  Jon launched Starline Films in 2004, was bought out in 2015, then reacquired Starline, which he restructured in 2020.  He is currently collaborating with filmmakers Nick Vallelonga & Jim Young for a new slate of projects.  Jon is directing and producing his screenplay, Under the Milky Way, and secured Jim Sheridan to direct Old Stone Face. Jon was raised in northern New Jersey, where he built and sold a restoration company as well as a publishing business prior to pursuing film-making.  After seeking advice from Jack Nicholson, Jon trained at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York City.  Shortly thereafter, Jon’s friend, actor Danny Aiello, advised him to begin auditioning, and Jon was quickly cast in the film This Thing of Ours, starring James Caan.  Jon continued to be cast in films and was the lead in the Off-Broadway production, Rain Delay.  After launching Starline Films, Jon produced and co-starred in Remedy alongside Frank Vincent, Vincent Pastore, and Ace Frehley (Kiss lead guitarist). Jon provides a powerful combination of creative energy and business savvy.  He is an outstanding negotiator with an experienced eye for talent and potential.  Jon is a charismatic presence on set who evokes strong performances, poignant scenes, and successful productions.  He is a hardworking visionary committed to making a positive impact on the film industry.

Nick Vallelonga

Writer & Producer

Nick Vallelonga is the winner of two Academy Awards and two Golden Globes for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay for Green Book (2019). Beyond critical acclaim, Green Book grossed over $327M to date worldwide.

Nick began his career on-camera, appearing at 12 years old in The Godfather. He went on to study acting and appeared in numerous films and Off-Broadway productions. Subsequently, Nick focused on writing and producing award-winning films. His credits include Deadfall starring Nicolas Cage, In the Kingdom of the Blind, the Man with One Eye is King (Palm Springs and Santa Barbara Film Festival selections), Stiletto (Newport Beach and Charleston Film Festival selections), I am Wrath starring John Travolta, and the highly acclaimed Unorganized Crime starring Chazz Palmienteri.

Nick is a bankable writer and producer who brings his considerable talent to bear on Starline Films’ feature film Under the Milky Way.

Jim Young

Producer

Year of the Bull, the award-winning football documentary, was Jim Young’s first production for Showtime Networks. Jim produced the thriller, Homecoming, which was released by Paramount Pictures. He went on to produce the dark comedy, Don McKay, starring Academy Award nominees Thomas Haden Church and Elisabeth Shue, and Academy Award winner Melissa Leo. The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and was released theatrically by Image Entertainment.

CBS Films released Jim Young’s next film, The Words, which starred Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Irons, Dennis Quaid, Olivia Wilde, JK Simmons, and Zoë Saldana. It was the Closing Night Film at the Sundance Film Festival.

Jim’s producing credits include Lovelace starring Amanda Seyfried, Life of a King starring Cuba Gooding Jr., The Man Who Knew Infinity starring Dev Patel, Almost Friends starring Freddie Highmore, and The Catcher Was a Spy starring Paul Rudd and Paul Giamatti.

Previously, Jim was a Creative Director at Bill Paxton’s American Entertainment Company, developing projects for Universal, Disney, Revolution, Screen Gems, and HBO. Jim is a highly sought after, enormously talented, producer who will lead Starline Films’ feature film production of Under the Milky Way.

Mary Bagli

CEO/Executive Producer

Mary Bagli is CEO of Starline Films & Matterhorn’s Atlas Productions, focusing on several film projects in various stages as an executive producer. Mary is also the executive vice president and chief human resources officer for Wyndham Worldwide. She leads with corporate social responsibility the HR operations functions across the global enterprise of over 34,000 associates in nearly 100 countries, including HR technology platforms; payroll; employee benefits and recruitment; corporate real estate and facility operations; security; communications; sustainability, diversity, and philanthropy programs; as well as event management. A highlighted event is the Company’s title sponsorship of the historic PGA TOUR, the Wyndham Championship.

Gary Latham

Executive Producer

Gary Latham is a proven and trusted business leader with 30 years of experience, directing privately held companies as well as public enterprises in highly regulated markets in the US and abroad. His experience spans management consulting, mergers and acquisitions, information technology, and consumer products for startups, mid-market, Fortune 100 companies, and the federal government where he began his career, heading the US State Department’s Cybersecurity Division. Gary spent several years in California’s emerging (legal) cannabis market where he raised capital, co-founded Mojave Jane, and later sold the company to a publicly held Canadian enterprise. Gary’s skills provide the structure and expertise to raise capital for Starline Films while managing the investor relationships that are critical to success.

Jonas Kord

Co-Producer

Starting out as an experimental theater director, Jonas Kord quickly moved into directing short films and music videos. He began experimenting with cinematography techniques that led his narrative and experimental flair toward a career in documentary film making. His keen eye and exceptional sense of story went into production work on several feature films and documentaries. He met future producing partner, Matt Tyrnauer, and produced the acclaimed cinema vérité documentary Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood (2018). The film had its world premiere at TIFF before playing theatrically nationwide. Fox Searchlight Pictures and Showtime optioned the film for narrative projects. In addition to theater and documentary endeavors, Jonas has produced and directed commercial content for brands such as Yves Saint Laurent. He is currently finishing a short film trilogy of his own creation.

Jonas is a native of Los Angeles and currently resides in Hollywood, CA.

Laura Spaeth

Associate Producer

Playwright and screenwriter, Laura Spaeth is known for her ability to blend dark comedy with deep pathos. “For someone to be able to combine such humor and emotion into one package is a rare gift, and Laura has that in spades.” Lisa Lampanelli – comedian, actor, playwright. Theatrically, her solo show Barely Standing premiered at the Dale Snow Theater with the Poconos Mountain Theater Company and went on to sold out performances with standing ovations at The Norwood Screening Room and The PIT Loft in Manhattan.

Through her work as an actor, Laura found her writing voice. Performing her colorful characters to enthusiastic audiences on the comedy stages of New York City prompted her first full-length play. The Ballad of Salvatore Salustio went on to become a semi-finalist at The O’Neill Conference and a finalist at the Fulton Theatre New Play Contest. Other works include her pilot, Oakland, (New York Screenplay Writing Finalist). She is also a co-writer in the documentary movie The New Abolitionists, a film by Christina Zorich about the four NGO’s committed to ending sex trafficking.

Laura holds a BFA in Theater and Communications from William Paterson University where she graduated with honors. She studied screenwriting under the guidance of award-winning playwright/screenwriter Francine Volpe.

Kelly Drake

Associate Producer

Kelly Drake is a creative producer raised in central New Jersey. She is currently based in New York City, earning a degree from New York University in Media and Communications with three minors in film production, American Sign Language, and child mental health studies. Some of her earliest work in production was at her college radio station, where she produced various podcasts, including a radio drama and a daily newscast. She also produces and hosts a podcast about the lesbian community in NYC and beyond.

Working on independent shorts as assistant director, she made the jump to producing in the world of short film. Now working with Starline Films as an associate producer, Kelly is honing her skills and is passionate about the projects at Starline Films. Outside of her work with Starline, she is developing a web series and producing multiple music videos for various artists.

In addition to working in film, Kelly has a background in event production. She has worked on large scale events such as New York Fashion Week and NYC Pride. Amazon, Hulu, and Netflix are a few of the other companies for which she has planned events.

Kelly Michaels

Associate Producer

Kelly was raised in Brooklyn, New York. He began his acting career in New York, appearing in skits for The Maury Povich Show, as well as in films such as Underground P.D. and Remedy alongside actors Frank Vincent, Vincent Pastore, Jon Doscher, and supergroup KISS guitarist, Ace Frehley.

Upon relocating to Los Angeles, Kelly made guest appearances on popular TV shows: Modern Family, Criminal Minds, and General Hospital. He is best known for his recurring role on the long running soap opera The Young and the Restless, playing the mysterious private investigator to the shows’ central character Victor Newman, played by popular German-American actor Eric Braeden.

In 2000, Kelly earned a bachelor’s degree in Media Studies from Queens College, City University of New York. He went on to receive a master’s degree in Kinesiology from California State University – Los Angeles in 2010. Aside from acting, Kelly also works as a teacher for students with special needs in various schools around Los Angeles County.

Rana Davis

Associate Producer

Originally from NYC, Rana began her career as a singer/songwriter/actress, traveling the world, principally in musical theater, stadium concerts as well as industrial showcase & commercial productions. She has been blessed to learn from, and work with, some of the best in the business.

In her spare time, Rana freelanced as a Casting Director specializing in sourcing vocal talent, which led her to an amazing stint doing A & R for a “major company” in the UK.

Her experience runs the gamut across all media platforms. An avid writer, Rana recently “hung up her microphone” and started Global Reign Productions, LLC. Global Reign is focused on Branded Content; Script & Show Development; and Show Productions with several films, pilots, plays, & concepts already produced and in the pipeline.

Some of her favorite casting projects:
1982 written & directed by Tommy Oliver, starring Hill Harper, Wayne Brady, Sharon Neal, and Ruby Dee made waves across the world, winning top prize at the US in Progress showcase in Paris as well as audience awards at several US Film Festivals. 1982 premiered at TIFF.

The film, Sex, Death and Bowling written & directed by Ally Walker (Profiler, Sons of Anarchy) starring Adrian Grenier, Bailey Chase, Drea de Matteo, and Selma Blair.

Her latest project, The Rumdog Chronicles written by Geraldo Jose Uscategui is in full development. The book is available on Amazon.com. A feature film is in the works along with a scripted series based on the title character.

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