Sam Hyken has had a rich and diverse musical career, which has spanned the globe. Currently residing in Miami, Florida, he is in constant demand as a performer, producer, arranger, and composer. Some of his 2012-2013 highlights include serving as music director and arranger for the Knight Foundation's 1000th Random Act of Culture in Miami Beach, as well as performances with Talib Kweli and Res, collectively known as Idle Warship.
As a composer, Sam’s music has been commissioned by several symphony orchestras, such as the Kansas City Symphony, the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, and the Miami Symphony Orchestra. In the fall of 2011, Sam began his position as Composer-in-Residence with the Miami Symphony Orchestra who premiered his work “The Beatles Guide to the Orchestra” as the opening piece for their 2011-2012 season. Other ensembles who have performed Sam’s work include the Jacksonville Symphony, the Charleston Symphony, the New World Symphony, the Kansas City Symphony, the Milwaukee Symphony, and the world renown Orquesta Sinfó nica Simó n Bolivar of Venezuela.
Born in Brooklyn and working in Miami, Victor Muniz (Founder, Southern Land Films) is an independent creative professional and internationally exhibited fine artist. A graduate of RISD (Film/Animation/Video, '00), he founded VM+Co., his design agency and together with co–founder Peter Vahan, estabilshed Southern Land Films.
Victor has been commissioned by major companies such as Saatchi & Saatchi, Converse, Toyota and Gatorade. Produced various feature documentaries, and most notably WPBT2/PBS aired "Artist to Artist", a mini-series, produced for MOCA, created by Southern Land Films.
Peter Vahan (Co-Founder, Southern Land Films) is a photographer, videographer and editor based in South Florida. With years of experience in every aspect of production from shooting, logistics and editing in an array of projects. Photography shoots, music videos, television specials, and extensive commercials, Peter has a unique insight and perspective into all aspects of the creative process. He's worked in a number of roles for prominent production teams:
- Pitbull's Creactive Seen
- Anthony Bourdain's Zero Point Zero Productions
- 305 Films
- Picture Perfect
- Riveting entertainment
- Rick Ross' Dre Films
- Victorias Secret / Madoff productions
- MAPS Mobile Arts Production Services
- Simon Cowell's Verizon/HSI Productions
- Morgan Hotel Group (Delano, Mondrian, Shore Club)
- Wynwood Walls/Goldman Properties
- MOCA, North Miami
- The Hole (NYC Art Gallery)
- White Walls (San Fran Art Gallery)
- Juxtapoze Magazine
- Talib Kweli / Res /Miami Symphony Orchestra, FUSE
- City of Hollywood, FL
- City of Greensboro, NC
- Miami Herald
- Sun Sentinel
- Miami Magazine
- Juxtapoze Magazine
- New York Post