Nut Bucket Films


The Nut Bucket team is headed by Lije Sarki.  Lije has an MBA from San Diego State University with an emphasis in Marketing that has been followed by a very thorough six years in the entertainment industry here in Los Angeles.  Lije moved from San Diego up to Los Angeles in 2004 to pursue his acting and modeling passion that stemmed from a couple “easy” jobs down in San Diego.  Over the past six years he has acted in all forms of entertainment including film, TV, theatre, and many commercials.  He has appeared in campaigns like Dodge and ASICS, starred in the indie features’ Stabbin’ Kabin and For Whom He Tolls, and landed roles on TV in Greek and a MOW starring the “late” Dennis Hopper called The Last Ride.  In 2007 he partnered with his father, M Sarki, in creating the recently distributed feature film Alphonso Bow and the short film Get She Water which is now in production as a feature. Lije’s experience in business and world travels has given him the know-how, a clear vision, and expectations to obtain success for NBF.  He has slammed the Caiparinas in Rio De Janeiro and “ran” through the streets of Berlin and now continues his passion for the growth of his company and baby, Nut Bucket Films.

William Wanek, writer of Closing Doors, was born and raised in rural Illinois, where he spent most days gallivanting barefoot wearing his “country shirt” (shirtless). After a four and a half-year stint at Western Illinois University, he moved out west to study acting, where Bill studied under Jeff Goldblum at Playhouse West.  He lived in LA for 6 years; where he performed as an actor, improviser, stand-up comic, and prolific David Hasselhoff activist.  He discovered a passion for writing commercials and moved to Chicago in 2008 to attend graduate school for advertising.  He now works as a copywriter at Young and Rubicam Chicago, and was recently voted one of America’s Top 100 New Creatives by CMYK magazine.  He currently resides in Chicago with his beautiful fiancé and they’re blessed enough to have a newborn baby girl, Lily Rose.

It took Evan Sarki eight years to finish his Bachelor of Fine Arts at New York University, but his time off from school was not in vain.  He spent the four years between semesters assisting fashion photographers: Bruce Weber, Ben Watts, and Eli Schmidt.  He interned at both Interview Magazine and Milk Studios.  He designed and helped build a successful and popular bar in Manhattan’s NOLITA district.  While doing all of this he continued to produce his own shoots and own artwork showing in a handful of galleries throughout New York.  Born in Michigan and raised in Kentucky, Evan is using his education in photography as a base to dedicated his life to traveling and living throughout the world.  Now located in Venice, California, Evan is ready to continue his travels by being an active member in his brother Lije’s production company, NBF.

Christine Kolenik is a graduate of Lehigh University.  She has extensive acting training with such teachers as Larry Silverberg who is one of Meisner’s protégé’s, Jeffery Stocker, Ruth Nerken, and Brian Reise. In New York she was in a variety of theatre productions such as Pizza Man and Single and Proud.  Christine taught acting classes and produced plays in New York at Star Map Acting Studio.  In the past eight years she has acted and starred in various productions like the Indie suspense film 69, multiple short films, and on TV inRescue Me, and Hope and Faith.  Christine is a published author of the children’s acting book,Finally….Monologues that Work (Ages -18).  She has extensive public relations and marketing experience working at the companies, Nightingale and Partners, Inc. and Stratus Media Group, Inc.  She is thrilled to be a part of the highly coveted team of Nut Bucket Films!

A native of Orlando, Stephanie Rae moved to Los Angeles after graduating from the University of Florida with a B.A. in Theater to continue a career in Film & TV.  Some of her acting credits include, Descansos starring Gary Busey and Charles Durning, Locusts starring Lucy Lawless, and Nip/Tuck.  Shortly after arriving in Los Angeles she began training at Groundlings where her true passion in comedy began to take shape.  Stephanie started the sketch comedy group Just Friends and has performed in theaters all over Los Angeles including the Los Angeles Comedy Festival.  Stephanie was approached three years ago asking for help writing a short film for The Young Actors Camp.  As a result she has sold three short films, one of which, Slinging Mud was nominated for Best Comedic Scene at the AOF International Film Festival in 2008. She also helped produced, write, and performed in Stuntacular, a live Halloween Stunt Show helping to raise over $35,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Los Angeles.  Stephanie has functioned as associate producer, script supervisor, production assistant, and director on numerous shorts, commercials, and independent films.  She is excited to bring her wide range of experience to Nut Bucket Films and Closing Doors.

David Navarro decided not to waste his money on film school but instead purchased a five-ton truck and $40,000 of grip, lighting, and electric equipment thus creating his own curriculum.  He is a working CLT, proud member of IATSE Local 728 – Hollywood Set Lighting Technicians and Cinematographer.  For the past ten years he has been the independent owner and operator of Dream Lighting, a successful provider of grip, lighting and electric equipment in the greater Los Angeles area.  In that time, he has built a resume of well over 400 music videos, commercials, pilots and feature films, having lit such notables as Anthony Hopkins, Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Ileana Douglas, Jason Biggs, Justine Bateman, Robert Patrick, Jane Lynch and Lauren Holly.  He has also lit musical artists such as Miley Cyrus, Adele, Leona Lewis, and Dave Navarro.  His current projects in national release and “on-air” are Black Waters of Echoes Pond,Sports Science on ESPN, Fact or Faked [Paranormal Investigators] on Sci-Fi and coming in August, Fact Checkers Unit (FCU) a web series for NBC. Within all, David continues to strive to bring his extraordinary vision to the entertainment industry. 

Trevor Hirsch grew up in Palmdale, California.  He attended the University of California at Santa Barbara, where he majored in Film and Media Studies.  While in school, he interned with the Montecito Picture Company (Up in the Air, I Love You Man, Old School).  Since graduating in 2009, Trevor has worked as a Production Assistant on film and television shows, and worked extensively with the President and Vice President of Seminal Films following their relocation to Los Angeles, prior to joining Nut Bucket Films as Lije’s right-hand-man absorbing everything he can as an integral part of the film Alphonso Bow and all projects to come. 

NBF’s team as set forth above will strategically approach any and all people interested in funding this project and making “Art”.


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