Producer/Director Stephen DeBro is a product of 1970s Los Angeles, when the city was wilder, more visceral, and dangerous. DeBro has spent most of his career championing outsider stories and unique artists, primarily musicians. He served as head of the Jazz Department at Atlantic Records under legendary founder Ahmet Ertegun, and worked closely with Kris Kristofferson, Norah Jones, George Carlin, The Watts Prophets and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band among many others. He’s devoted the past several years developing the feature documentary 18th & Grand and the Olympic Auditorium Project, using art, music, and cultural events to create community and remember and honor L.A.’s vital past. 18th & Grand is his directorial debut.
Producer Robert Benavides is an Award Winning and Grammy Nominated filmmaker whose work has taken him all over the globe. He served as Director of Photography and Producer on the critically acclaimed documentary “Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest,” which premiered at The Sundance Film Festival and was an Official Selection of The Tribeca Film Festival. The Film won the Audience Award at the L.A. Film Festival for Best Documentary and received a Grammy Nomination for Best Long Form Video. He has worked with recording artists Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Kings of Leon, Jill Scott, and Justin Timberlake. Commercial work includes the brands Honda, Toyota, Pepsi, Adidas, American Express, NBA Entertainment and many more. Robert is a member of the International Cinematographers Guild and lives in Los Angeles.
Gene Aguilera, also known as the Duke of East L.A., is an Associate Producer for 18th & Grand, bringing his encyclopedic knowledge of local boxing history and the music to the project. Gene has been inducted into the National Boxing Hall of Fame and is the author of Mexican American Boxing in Los Angeles.
Howard Paar is a Grammy-nominated music supervisor whose credits include 20th Century Women, Diary of a Teenage Girl, Cobain: Montage of Heck, Monster, and Dogtown & Z Boys. Born and raised in London, Howard made his name in L.A. as a club creator/DJ/promoter, working with such artists as The Specials, The Clash, The English Beat, The Go Go’s and The Cure. Later Howard became Vice President of Media & Artist Relations at Polygram Records, then VP of Soundtracks. Soon after becoming an independent music supervisor, he was nominated for a Grammy for the soundtrack of the award-winning documentary Dogtown and Z-Boys.
Tony Peck is the Director of Photography and Executive Producer for 18th & Grand. A graduate of ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, Tony has worked with a who’s who of creative and corporate clients such as Sprint, IBM, Nissan, Easter Seals, McGraw Hill and others. Tony heads Peck Media, a boutique video production and post production company.