Marty Elcan is a DGA director with over 25 years of production experience. Her feature film debut NEXT OF KIN starred Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer, Ed Begley, Jr., Bess Armstrong, Jeremy London and George Newbern. She recently directed the short film “As If…” that takes a comedic look at gender and racial parity. Marty’s other four short films have been in 43 festivals and won 15 major awards. She directed Fox' BEYOND BELIEF, the Sign Language series SHUT UP AND SIGN, an L.A. Emmy-nominated documentary, and a piece profiling the first woman Fire Marshal in Los Angeles. Prior to directing, Marty worked as an Assistant Director alongside such directors as Bruce Beresford, Clint Eastwood, Steven Spielberg, Lesli Linka Glatter, Bethany Rooney, and Alan Ball
Conner is a student at UCLA majoring in English. Originally from a tiny town in Central Appalachia, Conner writes stories about her home and is inspired by the grit, determination and generosity of the people there. In 2016, she co-created a web-series about travel and cultural exchange called Where I’m From, traveling to Edisto Island, SC to explore the Gullah Geechee culture. Conner has traveled to over 40 countries. She currently studies acting in Los Angeles. Ladies Most Deject is her first screenplay, written with co-writer ARAY Productions' Mark Salyer. They are currently working on a new feature screenplay, also based in Appalachia.
HELEN CHO ANTHOS
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
It has been said that Helen has the brain of a techie and the heart of an artist. Born in Seoul, Korea and raised all over, Helen is now an LA based Cinematographer, Director, Writer, and Producer. Helen has shot award-winning shorts featured at SLAMDANCE, DIGI DANCE, FILMOUT, OUTFEST, and the SANTA FE FILM FESTIVAL. Most recently she directed, shot, and edited a short based in Arkansas called “I’d Never Bother Another Chicken Again” which is currently making the rounds at festivals and has been nominated for Best Short, Best New Talented Director, and Best Cinematography.
NINA ERB, ACE
Nena Erb, ACE Film & Television Editor Emmy® winner Nena Erb, ACE, is an editor living and working in Los Angles. Raised in an Asian immigrant family, Nena’s father wanted her to be a doctor and her mother wanted her to be a pianist with the LA Philharmonic. Nena wanted to be Andy Warhol. Nena has been the editor on productions for HBO, Lionsgate, 20th Century Fox, CBS, NBC, Viacom and others. She is experienced in multiple genres from drama series to feature films, documentaries and comedy. In 2016, she received an Emmy® award for her work on HBO’s documentary series Project Greenlight. Currently, she is editing season 3 of the HBO comedy, Insecure, starring Issa Rae.
Kleev Guessford is a costume designer and production designer based in Los Angeles. His credits include HBO's Herblock: The Black and the White; American Music Awards; Disney's Holiday Celebrations; the AFI Life Achievement Awards; Contender; The Art of the Human Salvage; Codes and Conspiracies; The Carol Burnett 50th Anniversary Special; Still Laugh-In; The Lion King (puppetmaster). Kleev also designs bow ties and men's accessories through his line, Templer Knuse.
SOUND DESIGNER, MUSIC COMPOSITION
Brian Hawlk is a freelance film composer and sound engineer based in Los Angeles. He owns and operates Blue Velvet Studios in Hollywood; a complete post sound and music studio providing broadcast quality sound and music for film and television. Originally from Peekskill, New York, Brian graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston before heading out west. Brian has providing post for over a dozen feature films, location sound mixing over 30 features as well as scoring several feature and short films.
ARAY (Appalachia Right At Ya) tells stories by and about the people of the Appalachian Mountains. Created by Appalachian artists Melissa Palmer and Mark Salyer, ARAY develops projects for television, film and new media. Current projects include Go Busk Yourself, a documentary exploring the first amendment rights of street performers across America, featuring Abby the Spoon Lady and Chris Rodriguez; Mysteries of Appalachia, a docuseries about the mysticism and folklore of the region; and Where I’m From, a travelogue for young people about cultural exchange.