Matthew Grant Godbey
Matthew Godbey is co-founder of CineFocus Productions. He is a multi-talented artist who has spent many years honing his skills as a filmmaker. Along with writing and producing, Matthew has managed to become an accomplished actor, most recently recurring as Detective Dan Evans on NCIS Los Angeles. Matthew is also a well-respected painter and has had shows for multiple galleries over the years in Los Angeles and New York. His paintings have been displayed in numerous films and television shows (i.e. Nip/Tuck, Charmed, Hitchcock, etc.).
Diana Valentine is a veteran film and television director and lead DIRECTOR for CineFocus Productions. She has become known in the industry for her keen eye to detail and her passion for storytelling. Over many years and countless hours perfecting her craft, Diana has contributed to some of America’s most watched TV shows. She has most recently directed steadily for CBS television on NCIS Los Angeles, Criminal Minds, and Criminal Minds Beyond Borders.
On the feature side, Diana enjoyed success early on with her independent film debut Down the Barrel. She followed that up with the film Pennies starring Amy Adams. Most recently Diana showcased her screenwriting and directing talents with the award-winning short film Blood Moon. Diana has several films in development and is slated to direct CineFocus Productions’ first feature film FanMail later this year.
Alexander Haessner is an award-winning German-born filmmaker and photographer. After completing his studies in art, Alexander began his photographic career in Germany and gained a reputation as a fine-art and portrait photographer. Specializing in the Motion Picture Industry, Alexander traveled throughout Europe as a High-Speed Cinematographer. After moving to the United States in 2002, he began fine-tuning his abilities at the renowned Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with Cum Laude, an Outstanding Achievement Award, and the Departmental Award given to students who “make a difference”.
Haessner’s quest to tell stories eventually led him to shoot short-films where he has carved a niche as an emerging talent. His photography ranges from high-end advertising and editorials to reportage-style assignments shot throughout the world.Since 2005, Alexander lived and worked out of Williamsburg, New York, and since 2016, he established a new base in Los Angles, California, to be able to commute between both coasts.
Jonathan Lee is an accomplished editor and post-production professional. Over the first decade of his career he’s worked for a variety of production companies and post-production houses in New York City honing his editorial skills on Nat Geo’s Doomsday Preppers, History Channel’s Pawn Stars, FYI’s Tiny House Hunting, and Travel Channel’s Man Finds Food with Adam Richman. With a background at leading post-production facilities, he’s an expert in workflow development having both the technical and creative expertise to get projects done efficiently and with low costs from ingestion to delivering.
Having moved from NYC to Los Angeles in the fall of 2015, he’s most recently worked on digital content for companies like Woven (UPROXX), Machinima, and Verizon’s go90 network. Other credits include the short film, Rubicon, and web series, Body Politic, for the Los Angeles based production company Work in Progress Media. He’s also worked on branded content for ad agencies Contend and Young & Rubicam. At CineFocus Productions, Jonathan is committed to delivering world-class content with an experienced and accomplished team.