"a lumbering soul striving to fly...with not enough wingspan,
but plenty of intention."
- John Steinbeck
Pigasus Pictures, LLC is an Indiana based production company with a forward-thinking, community focused approach to filmmaking. While strong desire for film production exists in the state, Indiana has no tax incentive for filmmaking, and so few feature films are produced there. Because of this void, there is wide grassroots support for the work of Pigasus. A commitment to region and a community-focused approach is unique to the film industry. Pigasus believes this commitment is what will lead to the company’s ultimate, long term success.
The mission of Pigasus is to engage communities, create jobs, retain talent, and inspire the next generation of filmmakers in the state of Indiana. Pigasus sources a large percentage of its crew in Indiana, has established successful internship programs (and hired interns into paid positions), and gone into area high schools to provide opportunities for young people to experience filmmaking on a professional level. Experiences like these have not been seen in Indiana for over twenty years.
The company is owned and operated by CEO Zachary Spicer and COO John Armstrong, natives of Indiana and alumni of Indiana University. They have a combined 25 years of professional experience in the world of entertainment. With strong personal ties to Indiana, proper industry connections, and through the success of their first feature film The Good Catholic, the company has developed a sustainable model for future work. Pigasus has created infrastructure of resources and talent, established working relationships with state and local businesses, community leaders, university, government and quasi-government entities. The market success of The Good Catholic has established the necessary industry contacts (casting directors, sales agents, production companies, studios, distributors, etc.) for bringing their films to market. And by focusing all production in Indiana, Pigasus is building an audience base that is sustainable and not contingent on any individual film project.
Zachary grew up in small town Indiana, studied Archaeology & Literature at Indiana University before moving to New York to attend Circle in the Square Theatre School. BROADWAY: Macbeth (Park Ave Armory dir. Kenneth Branagh), Wit* TONY nom. (Manhattan Theatre Club dir. Lynne Meadow), OFF-BROADWAY: You Never Can Tell (Pearl Theatre), Man & Superman (Irish Rep Theatre), The Whipping Man (Manhattan Theatre Club), ANIMUS: Tennessee Williams Shorts (Theatre Row dir. Matthew Lillard), Dutch Heart of Man (Cherry Lane Theatre dir. Alan Langdon). TV: Antihero, Masters of None, Gotham, Blue Bloods, Louie, Law & Order SVU. FILM: The Good Catholic (dir. Paul Shoulberg) & upcoming Let it Go. Zachary is a company member at ANIMUS. Recipient of the NUVO Cultural Visionary Award.
John is a native of Indiana and is an ’02 and ’07 alumni of Indiana University. Having started in vocal performance at the Jacob’s School of Music, John later found his passion for musical theatre and classical acting. In 2014, he became chief operating officer of Pigasus Pictures, LLC, and producer of its first feature film The Good Catholic. John has worked as a performer, instructor, teaching artist, and professor of acting, musical theatre, and voice in professional theaters and training institutions across the US and continues to coach business professionals on voice, speech, executive presence, and accent modification.
Kaitlyn, a St. Louis native, moved to New York City after graduating with highest distinction with a B.F.A. degree at Indiana University in 2016. At IU, she studied performance and choreography in musical theatre as well as discovered a love for event planning, management, and administration. She was artistic director of the student theatre group University Players, director of the Hoosier Tap Company, and director of the Hutton Honors Council Association. She was featured in Indiana University’s Alumni Magazine article “The Next Ten” for being one of IU’s most amazing and promising students in 2015. Kaitlyn has worked regionally as a performer and is part of the dance faculty at the National Dance Institute in New York City founded by Jacques d’Amboise.
(DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT)
A native of Denver, Colorado, Claire’s Indiana ties took root in the Department of Theatre & Drama at Indiana University, where she studied with Zachary and John. After graduating, she worked extensively in Chicago as an actor and casting director, collaborating with iconic Chicago institutions like the Goodman Theatre and The Second City, as well as the storefront theatre community. Claire also studied creative writing and screenwriting at Northwestern University, and was a member of the inaugural class of Northwestern’s Masters program in Leadership for Creative Enterprises. She worked on Pigasus Pictures’ first feature, The Good Catholic, and has continued working with them since relocating to NYC last year, most recently taking on the role of Director of Development.
(EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF INVESTOR RELATIONS)
Marie is a 1985 graduate of Indiana University with a degree in Journalism. After a 6 year stint as News Director at an Alternative Rock radio station in Asbury Park, NJ, she landed at the New York Blood Center where she is currently a Director. By good fortune, Marie’s son (also an IU alum) was in a scene featured in The Good Catholic and she met Zach and John. It was like being struck by lightning, watching them create Pigasus Pictures with their passion, professionalism and drive for filmmaking. Indiana has always felt like home so it was a perfect fit for Marie to join the team as (Fill in position).
Stephen is a Chicago-based filmmaker. Originally born in Indiana, Stephen has been interested in filmmaking and storytelling since the age of 12. He attended Tribeca Flashpoint Academy where he focused in film post-production. After graduation, Stephen worked as an editor/producer for a small production company in Mishawaka, IN, gaining invaluable experience. After starting his freelance career, Stephen has continued to grow and learn with every new opportunity that comes his way. Now focused on producing, directing, and line producing, he has worked on multiple feature films and numerous shorts.
Courtney, a New Jersey Native, graduated with a B.A. degree in Theatre and French from Indiana University in 2017. She was President of the Student Advisory Board in the Theatre Department her senior year, as well as the undergraduate representative for the department’s play selection committee during the 2015 and 2016 seasons. Upon graduation, she was awarded the Theatre Circle Award, one of the highest scholarships from the department, for her undergraduate accomplishments. Outside of the department, Courtney was a teaching assistant for a course in French Theatre, a member of the Hutton’s Honors College, and had the opportunity to complete her French Degree in Aix-en-Provence, at the prestigious Aix-Marseille Université her junior year. Courtney stayed in Indiana post graduation to assist the Pigasus Team with their newest film, Ms. White Light, and apply her ambitious attributes to the company’s rapidly growing development.
Matthew advises a wide range of entities on corporate and transactional matters, with an emphasis on media and entertainment, international intellectual property, and cross-border work. Matthew received an undergraduate degree from Stanford University, a law degree and a master's degree in urban planning from UCLA, and LL.M. degrees from NYU and the National University of Singapore. Before attending law school, Matthew worked in Hollywood for eight years as an independent filmmaker and as a production executive for Roger Corman’s Concorde-New Horizons Pictures. He has also worked as a journalist, a transportation planner, a food critic, and a website designer. He has also worked as a journalist, a transportation planner, a food critic, and a website designer. He serves on the board of the Northwest Film Forum, and is currently the chair of the Washington State Bar Association’s International Practice Section. Matthew was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. He spends his free time watching movies, hiking, cooking spicy food, and relaxing with his wife and daughter.
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Jason began his career in the accounting profession in 1995. He is a certified public accountant (CPA), a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and a member of the Indiana CPA Society (INCPAS). He has also received an Accreditation in Business Valuation (ABV) from the AICPA and is an Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) with the American Society of Appraisers. Jason is also a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), is certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) and is a member of the Institute of Business Appraisers. In 2008, he received the Super CPA award from Indiana Business magazine. Jason earned his Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Indiana University. Active in the community, Jason volunteers his time as a board member for Noble of Indiana, a not-for-profit organization serving people with disabilities and their families.
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