Picture Palace Films was founded in 2006 with the intention to promote diversity in front of and behind the camera. Our debut feature in 2008, Kings of the Evening was a festival darling, opening and closing festivals all over the country and earning multiple awards including Best Director at the San Diego Black Film Festival, Best Period Drama at WorldFest Houston, the Audience Award at San Francisco Black Film Festival and many more. Since then the company has produced several features and scripted series, aways with an eye towards celebrating diversity.
Andrew P. Jones
With nearly 40 years of experience in TV and film, Andrew most recently wrote, produced, and directed the hit single-camera comedy series, “Casting the Net” for UrbanflixTV. “Casting the Net” features a stellar cast that includes Ella Joyce, Eric Roberts, Willard Pugh, and Columbus Short.
Andrew’s producing and directing career started in the late nineties with a syndicated series called “The Adventures of Pug and Zero,” and later his first movie, “Kings of the Evening” was a festival darling winning numerous awards. The African-American period drama starred Tyson Beckford, Glynn Turman, Lynn Whitfield, and Bruce McGill. An accomplished editor as well, Mr. Jones has edited thousands of hours of programming and was nominated for an Emmy for his work on the mega-hit, “Naked & Afraid.”
A man of many talents, Andrew began his career in the special effects field creating props, puppets, miniatures, and makeup effects for shows such as “Married… with Children,” “In Living Color,” “Everybody Loves Raymond,” and “Muppets Tonight.” Working on movies like “Hook, “ “Groundhog Day,” and “Batman” allowed him to watch and learn from masters such as Steven Spielberg and Harold Ramis.
Most recently, Linara can be seen as a series regular in the new sci-fi series “Salvage Marines” opposite star and executive producer Casper Van Dien. Linara graduated from the prestigious University of Chicago and worked at a number of Chicago’s most acclaimed theaters including The Steppenwolf, Lookingglass, Northlight, and the Tony Award winning Victory Gardens. A supporting role as Keisha in ”Barbershop 2” motivated her move to Los Angeles where she immediately landed recurring roles on ”American Dreams” and ”E.R.” Linara has since guest starred on hit shows including ”Grey’s Anatomy,” ”Private Practice,” ”Madame Secretary,” ”NCIS,” ”Station 19,” ”Code Black,” ”CSI,” ”The Rookie,” ”Touch,” ”Ghost Whisperer,” and many others. Feature film credits include ”Stranger Than Fiction,” and ”Killing Them Softly” where she played opposite James Gandolfini and Brad Pitt. She also starred in the award winning, ”Kings of the Evening” with Lynn Whitfield, Glynn Turman, and Tyson Beckford, and is currently starring in the hit series “Casting the Net” on UrbanflixTV. In addition to acting, Linaraproduced two feature films, “Haunting of Cellblock 11,” and “Darkness Reigns.”