Mr. Theodore A. Adams III is the inspiration and motivation behind TRI, and the President and Founder of Red Zeppelin Productions LLC. Mr. Adams found the inspiration for the characters that made TRI from the triathletes he met while training and competing in triathlons. Mr. Adams is a two time Ironman Finisher received certification as a USAT Level 1 Certified Triathlon Coach. When swimming, biking and running aren’t enough Mr. Adams enjoys martial arts as a Black Belt in Taekwondo, dancing through the clouds as a licensed pilot, or picking up the Didgeridoo to drone the night away. He has studied multiple languages including: German, Spanish, Mandarin, Tagalog and Japanese. Mr. Adams embodies the Renaissance Man.
Mr. Adams has had an interest in making movies since he was a child Literally a rocket scientist, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Rice University and his Masters of Business Administration from UCLA. Mr. Adams also completed post graduate studies at the Yale-China Program at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and is a graduate of Harvard Business School.
At no point during his academic career did Mr. Adams study film, but rather he focused on engineering and business. And it was his business acumen that made his dream of movie making a reality.
Mr. Adams put pen to paper and jotted down a few notes, and started to mold the story that was the genius of TRI. Mr. Adams is a registered member of the Writers Guild of America East.
It takes more than creativity to make movies, it takes a strong sense of business and connections that come with it. Mr. Adams is also President and CEO of Unified Industries Inc. (UII), the company his father started in 1970. Mr. Adams has a legacy of community service. He is also co-founder of the Stan Lee Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting literacy, arts and education.
UII has an outstanding reputation of providing high-quality consultation services and products to government agencies and commercial customers. Dedicated to excellence, UII’s expertise of logistics, engineering, training, information technology, metrology, calibration, and quality assurance has allotted us the opportunity to fulfill over 650 contractual obligations. UII supports some of the most sophisticated weapons platforms for the US and UK Navies.
Mr. Adams was awarded the Entrepreneur of the Year Award by the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Adams is founder and Chairman of Unified Empowerment Inc., a non-profit AbilityOne registered organization dedicated to finding technical employment opportunities for people with severe disabilities.
Calvin Jai Jamison (Jai) grew up in Richmond’s vibrant film and arts community. He attended Hampton University as an English major, where he devoted much of his free time to making short films and screening them in Richmond at Project Resolution. While at Hampton, he was awarded a scholarship to study film at Oxford University during the summer of his senior year.
Upon graduation, Jai was named a Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellow and granted admission to American University’s MFA Film program. At American University, Jai distinguished himself early on as a stand out narrative filmmaker. His work earned him the mentorship of Gary Griffin, a Sundance Award Winning filmmaker, Russell Williams, a two-time academy award winner, and Gilles Wheeler, a celebrated screenwriter and producer. He graduated summa cum laude and his thesis film, Speak Now, screened in festivals around the country. Jai has worked on Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, served as the supervising producer and editor of Hampton University’s “The View from Hampton U,” and recently worked as the visual effects assistant on AMC’s TURN.
His short films have screened in festivals internationally, and his music videos have aired on MTV, VH1 and BET.
Jai is a member of the Writers Guild of America and the Directors Guild of America.
Russell Williams, II
Multiple Oscar and Prime Time Emmy Winner Distinguished Artist-in-Residence, American University SOC This seasoned veteran of the motion picture world has spent more than thirty years plying his trade on all but two continents and in forty-six of the fifty United States. His career has spanned the Watergate Hearings, radio production, theatre, multi-track recording, film documentary and feature-film sound recording. His quest for perfection has garnered him two Academy Awards and two Prime-Time Emmys. A native of Washington DC, Mr. Williams received an Inter-Disciplinary Bachelor’s Degree in Film Production, Art History and Literature from American University in 1974. Soon after that, he worked at WRC/NBC TV as an engineer during the week and co-managed “Spirits Known and Unknown,” a radio workshop on campus for minority communication students in the DC area, that was unique in the public radio network on weekends. The motto of the workshop was “each one, teach one.” And so they did, even after Mr. Williams moved to the Los Angeles area in 1979. Considering the times, Williams feels this was his greatest achievement because of the scores of students that passed through the WAMU-FM studios and went on to grow their own professional careers. While Los Angeles, Mr. Williams built a reputation for getting to the “aural center” of the scene and preserving it as well as “marrying it to the visual.” Said Williams to a very prominent director, “… if it doesn’t work for me as radio, it’s probably not working visually either.” Starting in 1995, Mr. Williams took his many years of experience in the industry and applied those lessons to producing, a career he is very passionate about. He worked jointly with Isis Films director Bobby Holland on videos, commercials and behind-the-scenes documentaries for music industry clients like Quincy Jones. In 2002, Mr. Williams relocated to Washington, DC where he serves as the Distinguished Artist-in-Residence in the School of Communication Film & Video program where he teaches a graduate-level course on Developing Fiction Films.
Tara Kathleen Gorman, aka, the Goddess of Awesomeness, is a multifaceted woman – a partner in a big law firm, a single mother of five, a founder of several fun organizations, a law school professor, a hostess of fabulous monthly music jams, a teacher of parenting classes, a diva in her own mind, a friend to many, a carnival master of ceremonies, a wannabe jock, a super-connector, a cook by necessity, a sporting event enthusiast – but only when her kids are playing (otherwise, forget about it), a Sexy Widow, a member of Women In Film & Video of Washington, triathlete and an Executive Producer of TRI.
Professionally, Tara Gorman is partner at a large national law firm where she focuses her practice on hotel management agreements, license and branding agreements, restaurant management agreements, and general commercial real estate transactions, including commercial real estate acquisitions and sales, and data center, office and retail leasing. Tara regularly prepares and counsels clients both domestically and internationally regarding hotel acquisitions, operations development and finance.
Editorially, Tara writes a column for Hotel Business Review, is a Professor in Residence (Adjunct) at the Washington College of Law of American University in Washington, D.C., as part of the Hospitality and Tourism Law Program, has taught Foundations of Real Estate Law at Georgetown University as an Adjunct Professor, and regularly speaks at conferences and seminars on real estate and hospitality topics, and is on the Board of Advisors of Drexel University Center for Hospitality & Sports Management..
Joyfully, Tara is the founder of the Sexy Wids (Widows/Widowers) Club, an organization established to assist widows and widowers in finding joy again after the death of a spouse.
Musically, Tara is the Goddess of Awesomeness and a founding member of the Transposable Souls Band, a band of musicians and music-lovers alike who perform at hospitals, nursing homes, churches, concert halls and other such venues to bring peace and joy to the all they encounter through music. In order to keep music in her home after the death of her husband, Tara hosts the Michael D. Blom Music Night, a monthly music jam and social phenomenon. She is fondly referred to as the “super connector” by many who love her as she has introduced numerous couples and is single-handedly responsible for creating countless friendships.
Creatively, Tara is the author of hundreds of silly poems and musical parodies and most recently Executive Producer of TRI, – which promises to be a super fun adventure for all involved! Tara is also a member of Women In Film & Video of Washington.
Maternally, Tara is a single mother of five children, a step-mother to one, and a Parent Encouragement Program leader. Need we say more? Emotionally, spiritually and hopefully, Tara is on the path to launching all of her kids to joyful independence and transforming and transferring her full life to the mountains and far away from the hustle and bustle of Washington, D.C. professional and suburban family life!
She is currently Casting and Producing Bennie’s Gym a comedy pilot starring Emmy award winning actor Ed Asner. Kimberly is also producing an over the top comedy with the producers of Portlandia.
She was the Casting Director and EP of the feature film TRI, which premiered in April 2016. Kimberly is also an accomplished triathlete.
Kimberly’s dedication to the art of casting has earned her a stellar reputation in the industry. Her acting and directing background enhance her skill for communicating the specific language used with actors and directors.
Her casting portfolio includes: the Emmy Award winning Netflix original series House of Cards – Seasons 2 & 3; Unsolved Mysteries; Deep Impact; Hearts in Atlantis; Beloved; The Pelican Brief; True Lies; and Independent Feature and Short Projects: A Good Egg; Twice Exceptional; Death of a Nation; Group House; and Camouflage. Selected Commercials: Emfamil, McCormick, Washington Post, UMD-UC and Bud Light.
She is a member of New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) & Women in Film & Video (WIFV-DC), as well as Co-Chair of Women in Film & Television International (WIFTI). Kimberly is a founding member of Television, Internet & Video Association (TIVA-DC), and The Peer Awards. She is on NYWIFT’s Women’s Film Preservation Committee. Kimberly speaks frequently nationally and internationally. She was a speaker and Film Liaison at the Bhutan International Festival.
Kimberly is a board member of the Chesapeake Film Festival, Advisory Board Chair of Arts Education in Maryland Schools Alliance, as well as the Advisory Board at the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts in Washington, DC. Her professional memberships include the Casting Society of America and the Directors Guild of America.
Award-winning Director of Photography Jendra Jarnagin is best known for her vast digital cinema expertise and is an in-demand panelist, speaker and instructor all over the world. With over 20 years of professional shooting, Jendra is also experienced in Stereoscopic 3D, extensive Visual Effects, and all film formats including Vista Vision.
Jendra has shot dozens of projects including episodic TV and web series, commercials, music videos and feature films, including A Bet’s A Bet starring Mena Suvari, Eric Roberts and Kristen Chenoweth, and Molly’s Theory of Relativity, directed by Jeff Lipsky. Other notable credits include the Webby Award winning series Puppy Love, from the writers and producers of Sex & the City, and In Between Men, nominated for Best Cinematography by the Indie Soap Awards. Jendra has travelled to more than 25 countries, shooting documentaries, teaching Master Classes, and taking photographs. She is based in NY and LA and her work can be seen at www.floatingcamera.com.
The Ironman Triathlon is one of the world’s most grueling single-day sporting events with a 2.4 mile ocean swim, followed by a 112 mile bike ride through scorching lava fields, and concluding with a 26.2 mile marathon.
Julie Moss has a unique place in Ironman history and is arguably one of the most iconic endurance athletes of our time.
Julie arrived on the Big Island of Hawaii grossly underprepared to meet the demands of the Ironman. With no competitive experience in any of the three disciplines, she naively thought she could just show up and wing it.
The only thing Julie had going for her was a positive attitude and an inherent willingness to try anything once.
Against all odds, Julie was leading the women’s race late into the marathon where she ultimately succumbed to the overwhelming demands of the race.
Julie was forced to turn inward to break through the limits that stood between her and the finish line, and what she discovered was an untapped wealth of will.
Falling over and over again in the final quarter mile, she was forced to start crawling. Julie was ultimately passed by another woman 10 yards from the finish line.
When the Ironman was televised on ABC’s Wide World of Sports,
Julie’s refusal to give up inspired millions to challenge their own preconceived limits and overnight she personified a new definition of victory that simply finishing can transcend finishing first. Julie inspired the Ironman credo finishing is a victory!
Julie spent the next decade as a professional triathlete competing around the world promoting and developing the popularity of the new sport. As one of triathlon’s pioneering women, Julie was thrilled to witness triathlon become an Olympic sport in 2000.
The self-discoveries Julie made in the lava fields of Hawaii in her debut Ironman continue to shape and enrich her life today. Through 35 years of racing, motivational speaking, and event announcing, Julie embraces the opportunity to encourage others to take on an extreme challenge that will demand they go deep within to reach their full potential. She knows that meeting physical demands uniquely prepares us for all the other challenges we face, both personally and professionally. Ironman-size success is waiting for everyone who refuses to give up on their dreams.
Julie Moss is in the Ironman Hall of Fame and the USA Triathlon Hall of Fame.
She is the proud mother of son, Mats Allen, and is currently training to race in her 35th Anniversary Ironman in October of 2017.
Monica Lee Bellais
MONICA LEE BELLAIS is a Screenwriter / Producer and a worldclass media expert with considerable know-how that blends experiences in Hollywood, Washington, DC and international markets. Monica has worked at James Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment, DreamWorks, Warner Bros. Records, Discovery Communications, Smithsonian Networks, Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), and TeleProductions International.
Monica is collaborating with two U.S. Ambassadors, and a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist on the development of two feature films. She is an Executive Producer on DEFENDING THE ENEMY with Academy Award winning Producer, Jonathan Sanger and Academy Award winning Director James Moll. Monica is a Co-Executive Producer on WAKEFIELD, starring Academy Award nominee Bryan Cranston and Golden Globe recipient Jennifer Garner. She is a Producer on the pilot BENNIE’S starring TV icon Ed Asner, Joe Estevez and Academy Award nominee Cathy Moriarty.
As an Executive Producer at TeleProductions International Monica cultivated a worldwide network of multimedia professionals, leveraged knowledge of local cultures to develop authentic international programming, and conducted international business development. She navigated interactions with local fixers and foreign officials, as well as filmmakers and production companies, in Egypt, Pakistan, Lebanon, France, Monaco, Italy and Thailand. She managed the development and production in the USA and United Arab Emirates in non-fiction programming initiatives for broadcast via film, television, and the web for audiences in the Middle East, Europe, North Africa and Asia.
While at Discovery, she was an Associate Producer of the Emmy Award winning series, Discovery Atlas, which aired on the Discovery Channel.
Monica is a on the Advisory Committee, after serving four years as a board member of Women in Film & Video in Washington, DC. She founded and created of Spotlight on Screenwriters, now it its third year — sponsored by the DC Office of Cable Television, Film, Music & Entertainment, the Maryland Film Office, and the Virginia Film Office. Its screenplays have received over 70 film festival awards and screenwriting competition awards including the Academy Nicholl Fellowships and the Sundance Screenwriters Lab. Monica facilitates and the screenwriting program for the Female Eye Film Festival in Toronto, Canada.
She holds a Bachelor of Individualized Studies in Journalism and Mass Communications from New Mexico State University. Monica’s professional membership includes the Producers Guild of America, the Writers Guild of America, National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences – Documentary Programming Peer Group, SAG-AFTRA and The National Press Club.