MEET THE TEAM
OUR TEAM IS DEDICATED TO PRODUCING HIGH QUALITY ENTERTAINMENT FOR LOW COST.
OUR COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE DRIVES OUR PASSION FOR ART AND ENTERTAINMENT.
Ken is an award-winning filmmaker and special effects artist from Niagara Falls, NY. His work encompasses a variety of techniques and methodology, including stop-motion animation and trick photography. As the leader of the White Lions, Ken knows the ins-and-outs of the film industry. He is recognized as one of the original pioneers of the Buffalo-Niagara Film industry. As a director, Ken is known for his “run-and-gun” style of guerrilla filmmaking. In Western New York he is known as a filmmaker who achieves high production value on a shoestring budget. His experience was cultivated by working behind the scenes on a multitude of films, from no-budget to multi-million dollar shows; Ken has worked in virtually every department at one point or another (with the exception of sound), specializing in: production, directing, writing, special effects, editing, stunts and cinematography.
Ken has written, produced, directed, shot and edited five independent feature films: Break The Sky, Crimson: The Motion Picture, Troma’s Dead Inside, Wolf House and Attack of the Killer Shrews! He is the founder of White Lion Studios, LLC and co-founder of Little Sicily Productions with partner James Ventry. He has been featured in Sci-Fi Magazine, interviewed in GQ Magazine for his work with The Asylum, and featured in a cover story for Scream Magazine. His films have aired on National Prime Time television and screened in theaters in Hollywood, CA; Burbank, CA; Buffalo, NY; Niagara Falls, NY; North Tonawanda, NY; Honesdale, PA; Houston, TX; and Torremolinos, Spain.
Known as THE Bill Kennedy among the Lions, Bill is a graduate of THE Ohio State University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. Born & raised in Niagara Falls, NY, Bill spent a few years living in California & found himself on every major studio lot in Hollywood gaining valuable insight & experience. He has since returned home to take care of his family & is truly grateful to have found a spot in the Lion's Den to share his passion, creativity, & dedication to his craft right in his hometown. Speaking of his hometown, Bill shocked everyone by running a campaign in 2017 for a seat on the Niagara Falls City Council and WON!! Since his return to Niagara Falls, Bill has taken part in over 20 films including several lead roles & also takes to the stage every year as "Tony" in the hilarious dinner theatre show "Tony & Tina's Wedding"
His love for film began at a young age when he would watch any movie he could get his hands on...something he still does to this day. He has portrayed various roles in independent films and made several appearances on television. His knowledge of film with regard to genre, debut dates, directors, actors, & specific scenes is uncanny. Marcus has a degree in Communications and Media Arts which assists him in running our social networking accounts. He has worked with more studios and filmmakers than any other team member, always bringing his positive attitude to set.
Director of Operations
WNY Costumes & Props
An award-winning actress and costumer born and raised in Buffalo, New York, Liz graduated from Buffalo State College with her Bachelor's in Theater. There she ran the gauntlet of theater production including set and costume construction, and her main concentration was acting. Her favorite role was that of ‘Moss’ in an all-female production of “Glengarry Glen Ross.” Liz also co-taught classes in stage combat and fencing. She began working in a few local film productions until being cast as the lead in the biopic “Through A Mother’s Eyes”. Very soon after she found a home with White Lion Studios, LLC, co-starring in “Wolf House” and “Attack of The Killer Shrews!”. Affectionately known as “The Lioness”, Liz adds to White Lion Studios a myriad of talents from writing, acting, costuming, and custom fabrication. While in college Liz lived in Ireland and has visited England on several occasions.
Originally from Niagara Falls, NY, James Ventry is currently living in Los Angeles, CA. He co-founded Little Sicily Productions with partner Ken Cosentino in 2009. James has a Bachelor's degree from the University at Buffalo where he majored in history. He also has a Master's degree in Secondary Education from Niagara University where he graduated with a 3.9 GPA. James was a professional boxer and has fought all over the country including Heinz Field, Foxwoods Casino, and Madison Square Garden. His first venture into acting was in a starring role as the insane gangster Tommy Emerson in "Crimson: The Motion Picture". James has had roles in multiple White Lion Studios, LLC productions and looks forward to his growth as an actor and business partner as he learns from all the talented members of The Lion's Den.
Client Relations Manager
Baird Hageman is a professional stuntman and partner with White Lion Studios, LLC. Baird has over 25 years in the auto body industry, and is known in the film industry as the “go-to-guy” for vehicle stunts in Buffalo, NY. With eight years experience in the film industry as a stunt driver, stunt team member, custom fabricator, production designer, actor and producer; Baird is an indispensable asset to the White Lion team. Baird’s first film, Lloyd Kaufman’s “Return to Class of Nuke ‘Em High”, was quickly followed up with several Hollywood movies once word got around of WNY’s own Steve McQueen. As a dirt bike racer, Baird has proven himself to be world class; winning virtually every local and national title he’s ever competed for (and he has the trophies and plaques to prove it… enough to fill an entire room in his basement).
Gary Marino is the quintessential associate producer. He helps out with virtually every aspect of production and from time to time he can be found barbecuing for the cast and crew. During difficult times it is often Gary's sense of humor and elbow grease that pushes the White Lion team over the finish line. He is not above making runs to pick up a second meal or a roll of duct tape. With over 30 years as a business owner and a background in silkscreening, security and the restaurant industry; Gary is like an uncle to the rest of the crew. He has been known to step in front of the camera and his resourcefulness has been invaluable to our company. Gary has been a partner since Little Sicily Productions was founded in 2009.