Asad is a Chicago native with a life-long goal of becoming a doctor. His interest in film grew in 2006 while he was living in New York City. There he met an ambitious group of students at the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU with a passion for making films. Through them, Asad quickly realized how much he enjoyed interacting with other fimmakers, and proceded to found a small production company. With each film, he became increasingly fascinated with the intricacies of production.
Although Asad would move to the Boston area in 2008 to prepare for medical school, his love for film continued to play a large role in his life. His experience producing short films while living in New York inspired him to lend his film-making and producing skills to larger-scale projects over the years. In the end, he met a group of like-minded local artists whose combined efforts would culminate in the formation of Apolis Media.
Zach Dries has always focused on being, above all else, a great story teller. Throughout his childhood he spent most of his time buried in his imagination until he found the proper outlet. He began studying film at the age of sixteen and absolutely fell in love with it. Through studying both acting and the technical aspects of media production, Zach has become a firm believer in building engaging and relatable content that will leave the audience with not just a video, but an experience
Abbas is a native of Chicago, but has called Cambridge, MA home for several years. He has over five years experience in fundraising and program development in the private and nonprofit sectors. Abbas has known Asad since before they learned to walk, and he eagerly jumped at the opportunity to oversee Apolis' client acquisition and investor funding. Abbas loves film and music to his core; he once watched over two hundred movies during a fateful summer in college. He also studies the intersection of media, youth and culture as a graduate student in anthropology.
Lipica Shah is a New York City-based actress with an affinity for collaborative work (both on-screen and
on-stage) and an insatiable appetite for knowledge of the world at large. She is a graduate of New York
University’s Tisch School of the Arts Drama Department, where she studied with Stonestreet Studios and
Playwrights Horizons Theater School. Today, Lipica is proud to be signed across the board with Bloc NYC
Talent Agency, and she is quite excited to be joining the Apolis Media team as well!
Her recent credits include the television shows White Collar, Onion SportsDome, and Pokémon; the films
Arbitrage, Oh, Sophia, and First Kiss; and the theatrical premieres of Bakwas Bumbug, Dov and Ali, 167
Tongues, and The Woman’s Room. Though she is passionate in particular about character creation and
performance, Lipica firmly believes that all good actors must respect and understand the inner workings
of production as well. Accordingly, she has also acquired first-hand experience performing each role on
a film set and theater production, most recently producing the short film Hiding Games, which was shot
on location in Buckhannon, W.V..
In her spare time, Lipica enjoys cooking, running, crossword puzzles, being outdoors, and anything
involving Nutella. As a self-described “academia-nut,” Lipica balances her creative side by working for
the American Red Cross Metro New York chapter, where she teaches several levels of First Aid, CPR,
AED, and other general and specific preparedness courses to area residents and businesses. She is also
a member of ARC/MNY’s Corporate Instructor team, which serves as a consulting group for various area
small businesses and large corporations to test, evaluate, and improve their emergency preparedness
Business Continuity Plans.
Composer In Residence
Adam Schwartz is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, and music producer currently residing in Cambridge, Mass. He has written and recorded over 200 musical works for orchestras, jazz orchestras, chamber groups, rock bands, and electronic ensembles, giving him the vast and varied experience necessary to tackle any film project thrown his way. To hear some of his music, you can visit his website by clicking on our "Partners" page.
Steven is a long-time resident of Chicago, Ill. He graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a degree in Film and Video, specifically focusing his studies on 3D animation. He then further refined his skills by completing the rigorous Character Animation program offered by Animation Mentor. Since then, Steven has worked on numerous projects that have provided him with valuable industry experience, the most notable being his work as a lead animator on the 2009 film Off the Wall, as well as his previous long-time employment with Bamboo Raven studios. As a member of the Apolis team, Steven now offers the benefits of both his well-honed skill and his extensive experience while working alongside the Apolis Animation Department in Chicago.