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oyd craddock

Producer / Writer / Director

Oyd Craddock is a native of New Orleans and graduate of St. Augustine High School where he became an honor student and football state champion.  He attended Southern Illinois University (SIU) on a football scholarship and attained a business management degree.  His interest in business and competition led to a thirty-one year career with the IBM Corporation in sales, marketing, operations and management with exposure to numerous industries in the U.S. and globally.

Over the course of his career, Craddock gained extensive experience in listening to clients discuss their business strategy, operations and need for improvement.  This experience coupled with leading highly talented project teams to develop and implement solutions for client success. 

The many years of listening to clients tell their story and helping them envision a new outcome, have inspired Craddock to tell his Before the West Coast story and lead an artistically talented team to making it a reality.  Craddock’s business and project management skills have positioned him to assume the role of film producer, complimenting his role as writer and director for this project.

Craddock’s diverse background also includes an MBA from Tulane University (1995), induction into the SIU Sports Hall of Fame (2004), Adjunct Professor at Morehouse College (2010-11) and presidency of St. Augustine High School (2013-2016).  He and his wife Annette Fortune’ Craddock are the parents of two children, Koya, and Oyd II, one a performing artist in dance, the other a visual artist in digital design.

wendell pierce


Wendell Pierce recently starred as “Coach Calhoun” in Fox’s hit musical special event “Grease Live!”  Wendell currently stars with Matthew Perry and Thomas Lennon on the hit CBS comedy “The Odd Couple” while concurrently appearing opposite Liev Schreiber and Jon Voight on the Showtime’s “Ray Donovan.”  Wendell is recognized by film audiences for his work with directors including Woody Allen, Spike Lee, Brian De Palma, Barry Levinson, Sidney Lumet, Wim Wenders and Taylor Hackford, and universally hailed for his portrayal of Det. Bunk Moreland on five critically acclaimed seasons of HBO’s “The Wire.”  He starred as Antoine Baptiste on the HBO series “Treme,” reuniting him with “The Wire”’s core creative team and HBO, recurs on the USA hit series “Suits”  and starred opposite Michael J. Fox on his series on NBC.

Previously, Pierce starred on television series including “The Weber Show” for NBC opposite Steven Weber, on CBS's "Gregory Hines Show", "Maloney," and "The Brian Benben Show," and has had recurring roles on shows including ”Numb3rs”, "Law and Order", "Third Watch", "New York Undercover," and "I'll Fly Away." Pierce's credits also include the mini-series "Advocate's Devil," the CBS telefilm "Never Give Up: The Jimmy V Story," the HBO project"Strapped" and “Life Support” and the BBC miniseries "With Two Lumps Of Ice."   He appeared as himself in Spike Lee’s documentary “When The Levees Broke” telling his family’s story of loss during Hurricane Katrina.

Wendell co-starred in Paramount’s multi-award winning feature “Selma” for director Ava Duvernay,  co-starred in Sony's hit comedy "Horrible Bosses," in "Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part Two," for director Bill Condon,  in “Parker” with Jennifer Lopez and Jason Statham, opposite Bruce Willis in Stephen Frears’ “Lay the Favorite,” “Mobius” opposite Jean DuJardin and costarred with Christopher Plummer and Shirley MacLaine in“Elsa & Fred.”  He was nominated in 2013 for  Best Actor at the Independent Spirit Awards for the intense drama “Four,” having already won the Acting Award at the LA Film Festival 2012. Wendell starred in the award winning “RAY” (based on the life of Ray Charles),  “Love Ranch” for director Taylor Hackford, Wim Wenders’ “Angst & Alienation In America”, and “Hole In One” opposite Michelle Williams (Tribeca Film Festival). Other films in Wendell's extensive body of work include “Fighting Temptations”, “24 Hour Woman”, “Brown Sugar”, “Volcano”, “Bulworth”, Spike Lee's “Get On The Bus,” “ Sleepers”, “Waiting to Exhale,” “It Could Happen To You”, “Manhattan Murder Mystery”, “Malcolm X”, “Husbands and Wives”, “A Rage in Harlem”, “Bonfire of the Vanities”, “Casualties of War”,” Family Business”, “Ishtar”, “PattyHearst” and ” The Money Pit.”

A 2010 Obie Award winner, Wendell starred in the world premiere of "Queenie Pie" at the Kennedy Center and includes among his Broadway stage credits "The Piano Lesson," "Serious Money" and "The Boys of Winter." He has appeared in off-Broadway productions including "The Good Times are Killing Me," and "Tis a Pity She's A Whore," "Cymbeline" and "Two Gentleman of Verona" for the New York Shakespeare Festival, and received rave reviews for ”The Cherry Orchard” at the Classical Theatre of Harlem (nominated for a VIV award in the lead actor category).He followed up with “Waiting For Godot” set on a rooftop surrounded by water in a post- Katrina New Orleans. In 2006 he co-starred with Laurence Fishburne and Angela Bassett in August Wilson’s “Fences” at the Pasadena Playhouse. Earlier he performed the Oedipus Plays in the ancient Herod Atticus Theatre at the Acropolis in Athens, Greece in association with the Washington DC Shakespeare Theatre. In the fall 0f 2009 he starred in the NY premiere of the award-winning play “Broke-ology” at Lincoln Center.

Wendell is a four-time NAACP Image Award Nominee for Best Actor in a television drama for his work on “The Wire” and “Treme,” and won the 2008 Image Award for best actor in a television movie for HBO’s “Life Support” (opposite Queen Latifah) as well as the Women’s Image Network “WIN” Award. Wendell has won five Emmy Awards for his narration of "Golden Days, Purple Knights: 50 Years of the Los Angeles Lakers."

Wendell is a native of New Orleans and strives to rebuild the neighborhood in which he was raised. Ponchartrain Park Development Corp, a non-profit corporation he created to build 500 affordable and environmentally friendly homes, committed to honoring the community’s character and help longtime residents come back to their neighborhood. His work was featured on CNN in the documentary film “New Orleans Rising” with Soledad O’Brien. He has also been a featured guest on CBS Morning News, NPR’s Talk of the Nation and Money Matters, as well as a host of other national outlets. His memoir “The Wind in the Reeds” was published to rave reviews in 2015, and was nominated for an NAACP Image Award.

corey fortune'

Director of Photography / Cinematographer

Corey Fortune' is a New Orleans native and has been an independent filmmaker for 21 years. A graduate of The University of New Orleans, Corey's first film Clap Guy won best short film at the 1998 New Orleans Film Festival as well as the 1998 NOVAC Film Festival.

Subsequent films have gone on to appear in festivals both domestic and abroad, including the Austin Film Festival in 2003 and Slamdance in 2004. Corey currently resides in New Orleans with his family and is a proud Purple Knight graduate of 1989.

adam intriago

Editor / Cinematographer

Based in New Orleans, Adam Intriago is a professional film editor, director and screenwriter, as well as the owner of his self-started, independent production company, Indien.

He began work as a commercial spot editor in television and internet broadcast, but moved to camera operating and cinematography, and eventually, writing, directing, and producing his own commercial spots and studio directing internationally broadcast events.

After a fast-tracked career in television and gaining the necessary experience in many areas of production, Adam launched his own production company, Indien, in 2013.

Before the West Coast is one of several film projects Adam and his company are currently involved in, all with the goal of producing and cultivating independent, homegrown cinema in the South.

oyd craddock ii

Creative Director / Visual Effects

Oyd Craddock II is a New Orleans native and professional digital/graphic artist, as well as the owner of his independent design company, O2:Elements. A graduate of Florida State University, where he received a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree, Oyd has over 10 years of experience in digital/graphic design in new media outlets.

Oyd began his career in digital design at a start-up in Santa Monica, CA where he thrived in the fast-paced environment of creating interactive flash experiences on a weekly turnaround schedule. Along with his team, Oyd was nominated for two Daytime Emmy Awards for their work on the “Stranger Adventures” games during that time.

Currently, Oyd holds an Associate Creative Director position in Digital at Antfarm, an entertainment marketing agency located in Los Angeles, CA. At Antfarm, Oyd produces and oversees the creation of digital and social campaigns for various theatrical and gaming clients.