Jared Bendis M.F.A. (Castle Hunter) Jared Bendis is the original Castle Hunter and owner of – for more information about him see the About Us page.

Amanda S. Almon, M.F.A; C.M.I – (Co-Director & Co-Cinematographer, Adventures in France: From Castles to Crepes) Amanda Almon’s work spans from traditional scientific and medical illustration to new media in medicine and science through the use of animation and interactive application development. Almon graduated from the A.M.I (Association of Medical Illustrators CAAHEP) Accredited University of Michigan Biomedical Visualization Program with an M.F.A. in 2000. She received her Certification as a Medical Illustrator from the A.M.I. in 2005. Almon currently works as Assistant Professor, Biomedical Art & Visualization, Department of Art, College of Communications & Creative Arts, Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ.

Thomas W. Hayes M.F.A. – (Researcher) Hayes is an award-winning playwright who received his MFA from Cleveland State University and the Northeast Ohio Masters of Fine Arts (NEOMFA) program. Tom’s playwriting credits include The Appalachian Trail staged in CSU’s annual play festival at the Factory Theatre in 2004; Only Sing for Me which appeared in the CSU play festival in 2005; and co-writing credits on Lost Prospect (a moving play through downtown Cleveland) at the Ingenuity Festival of Art and Technology in 2006. Tom’s play A Howl in the Woods was one winning entry in Cleveland Public Theatre’s Little Box competition in 2007; and Tom had co-writing credits on Know Your Future at the 2008 Ingenuity Festival of Art and Technology. Tom also had the winning entry (A Howl in the Woods) in the 2008 New Plays Competition at convergence-continuum—now renamed Lord of the Burgeoning Lumber—the play was awarded Best Original Script by a Local Playwright — 2008 by Rave and Pan. Tom earned his bachelor of arts in creative writing from Ohio University, and his masters in library science from Kent State University.

Jenny Goe – (Co-Cinematographer, Adventures in France: From Castles to Crepes)

Pari Gharib Naraghipour – (Intern)

We also want to take a moment to thank all of the people and organizations that have supported From Castle to Castle Films:

Jane Buder Shapiro
Jeff Bendis & Barbara Butler
Arthur Evenchik
Joanne Eustis
Nina Gibans
Dana Cowen
Lauren Patrick
Susan Almon-Pesch
Eric Buller
Stephen Peplin
Mary K. Holmes
Leto Quarles
Debra DuBois & Richard Almon
James Levin
Elizabeth Warshawsky
Linda Michalak & Art Pesch
Fran Belkin
Howard Freedman & Rita Montlack
Don & Gerda Freedheim
Leonard Steinbach
Thomas Mulready
Troy Bagwell
Molly Borman-Pullen
Herb Schilling

The Cleveland Institute of Art
Case Western Reserve University
The Maison Française de Cleveland