Anne Hamilton - Writer & Director
ANNE HAMILTON ’s feature directorial debut, AMERICAN FABLE, premiered at the 2016 SXSW Film Festival and was acquired by IFC Midnight for a theatrical release in February 2017. AMERICAN FABLE garnered many awards during the 2016 festival circuit including the Chris Brinker Award for most promising first time director at the San Diego Film Festival, the Best Breakout Performance Award at the Savannah Film Festival for lead actress Peyton Kennedy, and the Audience Award at the New Hampshire Film Festival. RogerEbert.com praised it as “an extremely impressive debut,” and Variety hailed it as “a passport to bigger things for its gifted young director.”
Anne Hamilton’s trajectory into filmmaking was one of many risks; the Midwesterner was studying law at Yale when she decided to follow her passion for film and contacted Terrence Malick by way of phonebook, writing to ask him for a job on his next project. The writer/director miraculously called Hamilton and offered her an internship on his film, THE TREE OF LIFE, which proved to be the ultimate learning experience.
Hamilton started to gain recognition among the entertainment industry and was chosen as one of twenty-five accomplished filmmakers in the Inaugural 20th Century FOX Bridge Program designed to advance female directors within the studio’s franchises. Her first short film, DEATH ARTISTS which she both wrote and directed, earned her a spot in the 2013 – 2014 American Film Institute’s Directing Workshop for Women, a prestigious training program for up-and-coming female directors. Anne holds degrees in philosophy from Notre Dame and Stanford and a JD from Yale Law School.
Kishori Rajan - Producer
KISHORI RAJAN is an independent producer. She has been on the producing and physical production teams of several narrative features, including the Spirit Award nominated Four and Gimme The Loot (Grand Jury Winner, SXSW 2012 and official selection at Cannes 2012) among others. She associate-produced May In The Summer (opening night film, Sundance 2013) and was the senior producer on a number of web spots for American Express and nyc.gov. She co-directed and produced "American Dropout" for PBS that aired nationally. Kishori is a contributing writer for Filmmaker Magazine, and has been the Development Executive at Durga Entertainment since 2012. Upcoming feature films include Anthony Onah’s Dara Ju, the pilot Random Acts of Flyness from director Terence Nance, and a slate of projects through her company, Ten on 5 Productions. She is a two-time participating producer of IFP's No Borders Co-Production Market, and was selected as the sole US producer for the 2016 European Producer's Workshop through EAVE. She graduated from Columbia University, and was awarded the Entertainment Partner’s Festival Winner Recognition Award in 2012.
Amanda Griffin - Editor
AMANDA GRIFFIN is a narrative and documentary film editor from Milwaukee, WI. She is a film editor at Library Films, an independent film collective formed by director Chris Smith. Amanda’s credits include ANIMALS, which premiered in the narrative feature competition at the 2014 SXSW film festival and won the Special Jury Award for Courage in Storytelling. A LIGHT BENEATH THEIR FEET, which premiered at The 2015 Mill Valley Film Festival and won the Audience Favorite award. Her most recent credits include ONE NIGHT (2016) and the short documentary “The 414’s: The Original Teenage Hackers”, which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and was acquired by CNN.
Wyatt Garfield - Director of Photography
WYATT GARFIELD is a cinematographer known for his work on Beasts of The Southern Wild (2012), The Cold Lands (2013), and Ping Pong Summer (2014). Originally from Portland, Maine, Wyatt earned a degree in Cinematography at the Savannah College of Art and Design. His thesis film, "The Execution of Silomon Harris" screened at dozens of festivals around the world, including the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. In the last few years, Wyatt has shot several features including The Perception of Moving Targets, which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, The Cold Lands, which premiered at the Berlinale's opening night, Michael Tully's Ping Pong Summer, which was selected for Sundance and SXSW in 2014, and Lou Howe's Gabriel, starring Rory Culkin, opening night selection at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival. Wyatt recently completed photography on three projects; Grass Stains, starring Tye Sheridan and Kaitlyn Dever, Lila & Eve, starring Jennifer Lopez and Viola Davis, and Mediterranea, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2015.
Bret Tanzer - Production Designer
BRET TANZER is Chicago-based Production Designer and Art Director, whose feature film credits include Spike Lee's Chi-Raq, Steven Soderbergh's Contagion, Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight, as well as multiple TV shows including the Emmy-winning Shameless, the Golden-Globe-winning show Boss, and Dennis Leary's Sirens. His Production Design credits include Zoe Lister-Jones's thriller Consumed, Who Gets The Dog? starring Alicia Silverstone and numerous award-winning short films and commercials. He started his career as a Graphic Designer and Prop Maker, working within a large range of styles and budgets. In addition to film, Bret also writes and plays music, and creates artwork for bands and independent businesses. He is a member of Art Directors Guild IATSE 800 and IATSE Local 476.
Matt Hyland - Prop Master
MATT HYLAND is a Chicago-based Production Designer and Prop Master. He graduated from Columbia College in 2010 with a BA in Film and a concentration in Directing, and graduated from the Motion Picture Institute of Michigan in 2002 with a concentration in Directing. He's worked as Producer, Production Designer, Art Director, and Prop Master on over a dozen theatrically screened and distributed feature length films. He's also written, directed, and produced several dozen short, commercial, documentary, and freelance productions. He's worked in Los Angeles, New York City, Madison, and Detroit, but prefers Chicago over any city on earth.
Megan Spatz - Costume Designer
A bi-coastal costume designer, MEGAN SPATZ is known for her work on the films Unexpected, A Light Beneath Their Feet, Moments of Clarity, and Southside with You. Megan won the Robert L.B. Tobin Director-Designer award at the Opera America Conference, and the films she has designed have screened at many festivals including Sundance, SXSW, Catalina and Napa Valley. In addition to her filmmaking career she also works as an installation artist, with work that has been displayed in Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, and New York City.
Aaron Peak - Post Production Supervisor
Blending an educational background in Fine Art and Computer Science, AARON PEAK has been a part of the post production teams of well over a hundred films. He is fundamentally a digital artist with a wide range of credits and roles in the post production process including, Colorist, VFX Artist, Producer, Editor and Post Production Supervisor. Having come up in the trenches of the indie film world, Aaron has dealt with every aspect of the process. Aaron's company 'Wildfire Finishing' is one of the premiere boutique DI and finishing facilities in LA, servicing films and filmmakers of all shapes and sizes.
Gingger Shankar - Composer
GINGGER SHANKAR is a singer, virtuoso violinist and composer. Her accomplishments include working with top producers and film composers including Mel Gibson, Trent Reznor, Mike Nichols, Mike Myers, and James Newton Howard. Gingger is the only woman in the world to play the Double Violin, an instrument that covers the entire orchestra range. She guested on Katy Perry's last album 'Prism', has toured with the Smashing Pumpkins and co-composed music for The Passion of the Christ, Sundance Award Winner Circumstance and and several other films.