As Executive Director and Founder of Haydenfilms LLC and Haydenfilms Institute, Hayden Craddolph has always been an avid film lover. A native of Philadelphia, Craddolph was born into a multi-layered family consisting of military veterans, educators, athletes, and film aficionados. Despite constant travel in his childhood due to his father’s military career, Craddolph considers himself to be a lifelong denizen of the Lehigh Valley, PA.
After graduating from Kutztown University with a degree in Business Administration and Finance, Craddolph found himself working as a broker on Wall Street rather than a film producer in Hollywood. However, upon returning to Kutztown to pursue his Master’s Degree, he was encouraged to consider the Electronic Media program. Curious and excited, he took up the challenge.
While crafting his thesis project, Craddolph envisioned an interactive, virtual film festival and a universally-accessible forum where filmmakers from across the globe could showcase their films and vote on a winner. This idea translated into Haydenfilms LLC, which launched the first Haydenfilms Online Film Festival in 2004 with an annual $10,000 grand prize.
In 2008, Craddolph transformed Haydenfilms LLC into the nonprofit Haydenfilms Institute (HFI), with a mission to empower, educate, and fund global independent and student filmmakers. HFI synergizes with students from notable universities such as NYU, USC, UCLA, Penn State University, Lehigh University, Muhlenberg College, and Kutztown University (the academic roots of HFI).
Drawing from one of his most significant influences, George Lucas, Craddolph believes filmmakers have a tremendous responsibility for the message communicated in their works. HFI helps enable beginning and veteran filmmakers alike in sharing their stories globally by providing a platform available to all filmmakers not controlled by commercial projects only, but innovative ones as well.
Award-winning director, screenwriter and lyricist, Michael D. Attardi, Sr. was born in Long Branch, New Jersey, where he excelled both on the athletic field and in the classroom. Michael was accepted as an exceptional student to the Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey where he received the Philip Turner creative award in music. Composing Big Band/Swing music at the age of 17, he completed 18 big-band arrangements, which were orchestrated at Monmouth University in 1985.
Fascinated with the animated works of Walt Disney, Michael has worked with former Disney animators while also taking courses at the Disney Institute in Orlando, Florida. Michael wrote his first musical animation in 1999, and this inspiration guided him to write several musical screenplays and soundtracks.
Michael has won three Perri Awards, The Annecy Film Festival, The Telly Awards and the Slamdance Film Festival for the best original musical soundtrack in 2005 for his musical, Twin Treasures. He is a member of the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE), and the Society of Composers and Lyricists. Michael also holds 198 musical U.S. copyrights.
Recently, Michael finished his short animated musical comedy film, starring Jim Belushi and Tim Curry, called “Once Upon a Christmas Village,” which won the Grand Jury awards at the Festival De Cannes, France, South Africa, Florence, Boston, Hollywood, Las Vegas, Houston, Swansea, Wales, Washington, D.C., Hollyshorts, Action/Cut Competition, Garden State, Delray Beach and First Glance Philly. He also won 24 Telly Awards, six Accolade Awards, six Aurora Awards, and seven Davey Awards. The film qualified for the Academy Awards within the Short Animated Film Category and has shattered all-time festival award wins with an astounding 96 awards.
In 2007, Michael founded Dream Balloon Enterprises Animation Studio. He joined forces with The Jim Henson Company and co-produced the original animated film, Snowyville, with Brian Henson. He also enjoys residency in both Florida and New Jersey with his wife Colleen and their two children.
Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Damon is currently the Senior Web Developer at Neo-Pangea, a Reading-based company specializing in design and production. During his occupancy at Neo-Pangea, Damon has worked on a number of successful and award winning digital promotions for several Fortune 100 brands across the globe, such as the National Geographic Channel, IKEA, Comcast, and Wal-Mart.
Having been involved with Haydenfilms since early 2004, Damon brings to the table a wealth of knowledge and passion for projects underwritten by Haydenfilms, as well as providing creative direction for technologies and social growth.
Mark Glackin graduated from Kutztown University with a Bachelor’s degree in Art Education. A local resident from Gilbertsville, Pennsylvania, Mark has always shown passion for the arts. In addition to being an avid toy collector and oil painter, Mark is also a sports enthusiast, involving himself in the track and field athletics at Kutztown University. Mark has been actively involved with Haydenfilms Institute since September, 2010, and was instrumental throughout the planning process of the Institute’s red carpet “Keys to Success” fundraiser gala. A generous donation of 1,000 toys was given from his beloved collection to benefit the event. In addition, he helped launch the HFI Creative Alliance, a monthly gathering that gives creative minds and businesses the opportunity to meet, network, and discuss current or upcoming film projects. Mark adds a fresh perspectiveto the HFI team and desires to contribute in all possible ways with their future endeavors.