Documenting NE Ohio Personalities

Established in 2019 Moonlight Pictures, LLC. (MLP) has a mission to produces documentaries focused on individuals primarily residing and/or working in Northeast Ohio that have demonstrated a persistence to not only survive and follow their dreams while overcoming obstacles and personal challenges but as a result learn the need to give back to their communities. We look for stories of struggle and resilience and personal transformationThe founding partners are from different walks of life and industries all have an acute sense of community and desire to make the world a better place.

The Moonlight Pictures Team

Kelly Pangle
Director Kelly Pangle is a filmmaker, commercial director and editor based in Northeast Ohio. He has spent the past two years researching and developing An American Dream, his first feature length documentary. His short films and commercial work have won multiple awards for directing, editing, motion graphics,and writing.
Sonny Sneed
Sonny Sneed is the black inventor of the Dual Tip Punch. His journey from the cotton fields of Georgia to being the only black inventor of specialty metal punches in the world is a truly remarkable story. Sonny will tell you that his invention is “better than bread”. A million, maybe billion dollar idea for a tool that can outperform anything of its kind on the market.
Mike Kormushoff
"Korm" is an experienced entrepreneur and business owner with a demonstrated history of working in the marketing and advertising industry. Strong professional skills with an emphasis on Sales Promotions, Team Mate incentives, Event planning & execution, sales, Corporate Communications, Market Research, and Direct Marketing. Mike is an educator, and past Director of the Taylor Institute at the University of Akron and is actively involved in numerous community organizations and projects.
Lou Bertorran
Lou is an experienced President with the Bertorran Group, with a demonstrated history of working in the government relations industry. Skilled in Nonprofit Organizations, Budgeting, Grassroots Organizing, Government, and Volunteer Management. Strong business development professional graduated from The University of Akron.
Russ Kern
Russ has over 32 years of experience in marketing and advertising. He owns his own business, teaches at both the University of Akron and Malone University, and is an equity partner with 2 small startups. Russ made his career by being versatile, always welcoming opportunities to learn new things, and never being afraid to dive into the unknown. He lives by the motto “the best way to get anything done is just to dig in and do it.”

Sonny Sneed - An American Dream

An American Dream is not a straight biographical drama. Rather, it will be a non-linear exploration of Sonny’s life as an inventor against the backdrop of American history.

The movie will be comprised of two main parts that hand the storyline off back and forth. One, an intimate look into Sonny’s life, from his humble beginnings in the cotton fields of Montezuma, Georgia to present day. And two, a bird’s eye view of the history of Black inventors in the United States of America.

This will be handled similarly to the way The Grapes of Wrath structures its narrative arc, where Steinbeck alternates between chapters that focus on the Joad family’s personal journey to California with colorful, detailed vignettes that communicate the collective experience of people as a whole.

Audience and Distribution

Our anticipated audience is the population of people who are deeply affected by the treatment of minority citizens of the United States, both historically and in our present time. We saw emotions boil over in 2020 after collectively watching the stories of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Elijah McClain, and countless others unfold in the news and on social media.

While the recent memory of these events may bring people to the film, we hope to invite the viewer to an intimate look into the life a man who as railed against conventional thought and socioeconomic systems for more that seventy years.

We have watched zeitgeist and rhetoric shape shift through our social media feeds and national conscience with unprecedented speed. The intense feelings of horror and dismay at the stories of today are quickly replaced by what will come tomorrow. Sonny Sneed is the antithesis to this constant tenor. For the past four decades his focus and conviction has been unwavering. It’s refreshing and invigorating to happen upon a story like Sonny’s.

We plan to do a full multi-media platform release of the film. Our goal will be a top-tier film festival in 2022 and from there we’ll do film festivals and a limited theatrical release. We’ll look for an online distribution platform for SVOD and transactional distrubution.


Moonlight Pictures is looking for investors and/or production partners to make An American Dream a reality. The project calls for 25-30 days of production with a large enough crew to maintain the aesthetic of the film across various locations in the United States.

There will be many instances that speak to the engineering, design, and capability of the dual tip punch and we will enlist an animation/digital effects house to help create the visuals to support these sections. In finishing the film (e.g. sound design, mix, and color grade) we want to hire the best artists possible within the scope of our budget.

Lastly, we want to engage with potential distribution partners and have a sizable presence on the festival circuit to ensure the sale of the film.

Moonlight Pictures is looking for investors and/or production partners to make An American Dream a reality.

If you are interested in helping us create this film with financial backing, Contact us using the form below.