Native New Yorkers Eric Bress and J. Mackye Gruber met in Los Angeles in 1994. Gruber already had a professional background in cinematography, which complimented Bress’ experience as a sound engineer. They’d won numerous awards from their respective film schools and shared an equally twisted sense of humour. The first result of their partnership, the controversial indie comedy Blunt, toured the festival scene and won accolades including “Best Comedy” from the 1998 New York International Independent Film Festival. In 2001, they scripted the hit thriller Final Destination 2. Their second feature film, The Butterfly Effect, is an ingenious and thrilling exploration of time, memories and fate.