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Neon Buffalo, a Feature Length Documentary Film Exploring the History of Indian Gaming.


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Executive Producer: Marcos Rodriguez

Marcos Rodriguez is a Cuban-American entrepreneur and founder of several media outlets. He is CEO of Devoted Consultants and KUUR Radio and TV Aspen. Marcos previously collaborated as executive producers on the Steve Jobs biopic JOBS, featuring Ashton Kutcher.

Executive Producer: David Traub

David Traub is a venture capitalist, philanthropist and entrepreneur with 30 years of experience as an award-winning executive producer of feature films, digital media products and games; as a venture catalyst, global business and economic development executive; and as an investor and/or board member/advisor to over 35 startup, early stage, institutional, multi-national and government entities. 

David's current movies include JOBS (story of Steve Jobs) (Executive Producer), BRONX BULL (the story of Jake LaMotta) (Co-Producer), NEON BUFFALO (impact of casinos on Native America) and TIME TO HONOR (story about 2 Marines supporting veterans returning to a challenging US). His first feature film credit was Producer, Display CGI, Stephen King's LAWNMOWER MAN.

Director: Pierre Barrera (Klamath/Lakota)

Pierre Barrera is a Native American filmmaker and actor who was born and raised on the Rosebud Indian Reservation and now lives in the State of New Mexico. Pierre has directed six short films and has acted in numerous others such as IN THE VALLEY OF ELAH and SWING VOTE.

In 2004 Pierre attended the Institute of American Indian Arts Film and Television Workshop. He received the ABC/Disney grant scholarship for writing THE MYSTICS. Pierre was also the National Geographic All Roads Director's Mentor for the New Mexico's Governor's Cup film, BENITO'S GIFT.

Producer: Jeff Franken

While studying Spanish literature in Granada, en route to receiving his degree in neuroscience, Jeff Franken and a friend vowed to start a publishing company focused on telling stories portrayed only in half-truths by the conventional media. Upon returning to San Diego, CA, the two men began discussing ideas for their new company's first book. Gov.  Schwarzenegger was seeking re-election in California and rallying voters by claiming that Indian casinos would have to "pay their fair share." The two men spent six years with Native American journalists, casino executives, vendors, Native American tribal leaders, tribal members, and casino employees, resulting in the first ever history book to tell the story of the social revolution that became Indian gaming. His intimate knowledge of the multi-faceted industry and the nuances of the personas behind them have given him an unparalleled perspective of a story yet untold on the screen. 

Producer: Daniel Montaño

Daniel Montaņo is a New Mexico entrepreneur and artist. He has owned and operated a major government contracting firm for over a decade and has consistently navigated the pitfalls of raising  a company from start-up to maturity.

In 1997, Daniel graduated with a BFA in Mass Communications with an emphasis in Media Arts and Television Production from New Mexico Highlands University. While attending Highlands, Daniel was employed by the Mass Comm. Department with duties ranging from studio camera operator to floor director as well as control room duties including switcher operator and Director for the university's weekly news program. Here he was first introduced to the economic reality behind the art he loved. Daniel's business background and his experience successfully leading diverse teams through difficult, delivery-dependent projects make for an exceptional skill set poised to propel Candoux Productions to international renown.

Director of Photography: Corey Weintraub

Albuquerque, New Mexico based Corey Weintraub has contributed his talent to many films and television shows as DP and Second Assistant Camera, including THE AVENGERS, WARRIOR WOMAN, CRASH (TV series), IN PLAIN SIGHT, FELON, WILDFIRE (TV series) and most recently, THOSE WHO WAIT.

Corey specializes in narrative film work and is expanding into commercials and music videos.

Unit Production Manager/Line Producer: Alton Walpole

Alton Walpole is an eclectic filmmaker with more than thirty years of experience as a cinematographer, editor and producer. In the 1980 s working as an editor he was involved in translating archetypal and contemporary images into such unique film experiences as KOYAANISQATSI and POWAQQATSI. In the early 1990 s he was the Supervising Producer of the 70mm feature film BARAKA coordinating international travel and location access to twenty-four countries.

In 1994 he was the cinematographer and editor on a documentary titled: PAHA SAPA: THE STRUGGLE FOR THE BLACK HILLS which aired on HBO and won an award at the American Indian Film Festival.

In 1999 he was the Supervising Producer of a theatrical feature documentary titled HAND OF FATE about clairvoyants of the world.


Walpole is a member of the Directors Guild of America and resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he is the owner of Mountainair Films Inc.

Co-Producer: Joeseph Lujan

With over 20 years in the music and film industry, ranging from the underground rock scene of the Southwest to on-shoot experience with major Hollywood productions, Joseph Lujan will be responsible for film industry and talent relations. His passion for human expression is key to development.

He was recently the location assistant for a CBS television pilot shot in New Mexico, and was a Producer and Actor in the video, DON'T STOP BELIEVING IN LAS VEGAS, developed in conjunction with the Media Arts Department of Luna Community College.

Associate Producer: Roy Montibon

Roy is an artist, designer, creative director and strategist whose career has taken many forms - as a management consultant, corporate executive, entrepreneur, educator, community activist and arts advocate. He currently heads The Montibon Company, LLC, a strategic and creative consulting firm, and its agency arm, Sanctuary Studios. Roy is also the co-founder of Royal Mastodon Society, LLC, a developer of live/work studio spaces and producer of art events and exhibitions, and is the acting Chief Operating Officer and Chief Creative Officer for a Los Angeles-based music industry start-up, eSoundLink/AlertTheGlobe.

Roy has over 25 years of college-level teaching and speaking experience, and has taught over 6,000 students (undergraduate, graduate and professionals), developing and conducting courses and producing international symposia in the arts, design, media arts, experience design and the creative process at a number of universities in California, (including UCLA Extension, UC Irvine, and Chapman University).