Our crew is the driving engine behind our success!
Russell Blanchard, Director/Writer/Producer
Russell Blanchard is an independent filmmaker based in New Orleans. He has produced and directed over 15 narrative short films that have premiered and competed at festivals in Los Angeles, Shanghai, New Orleans and Hawai’i. Recently completed five years as Creative Director and Lead Director/Producer for Falck Productions, a global health and safety film division. Previously worked in multiple departments on ABC’s LOST and at PBS Hawai’i. B.F.A. in Cinematic Production from the University of Hawai’i-Manoa’s Academy for Creative Media. Thesis film selected as first co-production to receive the SMART Exchange financier award and was co-produced/funded by Shanghai University and The University of Hawai’i. Attended the 2014 Sundance film festival as a volunteer. Founded LOCOfilm in 2010 to connect artists with projects that have a social impact.
Ben Gouldthorpe, Writer
Ben Gouldthorpe is an award-winning, up-and-coming screenwriter with an M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Born and raised in Erie, Pennsylvania, Ben moved to the Outer Banks of North Carolina in his early twenties before spending nearly a decade in Honolulu where he earned a B.A. in Film Studies as a Presidential Scholar at the University of Hawai'i. During this time, Ben also worked as a behavioral specialist for children diagnosed with developmental disorders and pursued interests as an independent filmmaker, singer/songwriter, and professional actor/model/musician. Ben currently lives in California with his wife, Meagan Mulligan. He continues to write and record original music and to create film, television, and theatre scripts with hopes to, “perpetuate truth, peace, love, and beauty.”
Megan Grogan, Producer
Megan Grogan is an independent film producer and writer based out of Chicago. She has been working in the Film and Television world for over 6 years and has worked on projects for Disney, NBC, HBO, Lionsgate, Warner Brothers, Summit, Universal, Fox, ABC and VH1. She spent many years in Los Angeles working in the world of EPK and digital content, but chose to leave and focus on independent filmmaking. In 2013, she completed her first successful Kickstarter campaign for the film "The Life I Carry" which is now in post-production. In January of 2014, she attended the Sundance film festival as a volunteer where she met Russell Blanchard. Megan has temporarily relocated to New Orleans to work on the narrative short film, "The Lot".
DJ McConduit, Director of Photography
DJ McConduit is a Director of Photography based in New Orleans, LA. DJ attended the prestigious American Film Institute's cinematography program where he learned the art & craft of cinematography. At AFI, he was mentored from a list of accomplished cinematographers such as: Stephen Lighthill, ASC, Bill Dill, ASC, Robert Primes, ASC, Charlie Rose, AIC, etc. In addition to his narrative work, he has a strong body of work in commercials, documentaries, and music videos as well. DJ is proficient in all formats from 35mm film to all the various cameras in Digital Cinematography.
Elishia McAllister, Associate Producer
Elishia McAllister is an award winning filmmaker based out of New Orleans, Louisiana. She graduated in December of 2012 with a B.A. in Film from the University of New Orleans. Most recently, she produced Laundry Day, a feature length indie directed by Randy Mack and currently in post production. Her documentary short; Un Techo Para Meyling, for which she served as both director and editor, was an Official Selection at the Chicago International Social Change Film Festival 2013. Social justice and community organizing are two great passions of hers, and the opportunity to incorporate those loves into a professional project whenever possible is always an incredible experience. In regards to narrative film, the weirder the better is her motto. A mother of two; she spends her spare time enjoying the music, food, and culture of the most vibrant city on Earth: Nouvelle-Orléans.
Daniel Wood, Executive Producer
After finishing High School, Daniel Wood left his small town roots of Mountain Home, Idaho to attend the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. While studying Cinema/Television, Daniel worked at the Marshall School of Business computer lab as a computer/software consultant. It was during this time that Daniel began to develop the skillset that would eventually lead to a career in web site design, programming, and implementation.He would eventually go on to become a founding member of an ambitious start-up, PriceGrabber.com. After his success as a web developer, Daniel focused his attention on filmmaking. As executive producer on several independent film projects, Daniel has gained nearly a decades worth of experience in film and television. His films span many genre and topics, from American Cowslip (Val Kilmer, Bruce Dern) about and agoraphobic heroin addict to his most recent, God’s Country (Jenn Gotzon) a faith based film about a change of heart. Daniel is an active member of the Producers Guild of America, and continues to work in producing many exciting new projects. Daniel lives with his wife and two children in Los Angeles, but their favorite family activity is to travel to their vacation home in New Orleans and enjoy the many festivals of the great city, Jazz fest and Mardi Gras are particular favorites.
Samantha Smith, Co-Production Designer
Samantha Smith was born in Southern Mississippi and developed a love for art and storytelling as a child. By the age of 12, she had decided she would become a director. Since this prophecy, Samantha has earned a bachelor’s degree in film/video with a concentration in directing from Columbia College Chicago. She has proceeded to write & direct several films, the latest being a narrative short based in New Orleans titled, "Sunday Water".
Jen Brunjes, Co-Production Designer
Jen Brunjes' artistic capabilities were apparent and active from an early age. Taking her first photography darkroom class in third grade set her on a strong trajectory in fine arts that continues today. She earned her B.S. in Fine Arts with a concentration in photography, along the way becoming accomplished in 3-D design and composition, metalwork, color theory, and aesthetics. Today, working in film, Jen commits her skills to projects that evolve from passion and intent, two things she finds important in everyday life.
Ellen Bull, Art Director
Ellen stumbled into film, and more specifically Production Design, quite by happenstance, and have found a great passion for it and its process, people, and creativity. With a background in printmaking, sewing, and bookbinding, Ellen derives great joy from creating and developing characters through visuals. Her favorite projects have included puppet making, eclectic characters, the challenge of time period settings, and intricate interior design. In her spare time, She enjoys playing rugby, amateur fashion design, and savoring a well-made grilled cheese sandwich.
David LeBlanc, Editor
David LeBlanc is a New Orleans based filmmaker that is focused on post production and special fx makeup. He received BA and MFA from the University of New Orleans in Film Production in 2008 and 2012. Since graduation, he has worked on shows produced by the SyFy channel, The History Channel, Animal Planet, and countless local productions. His last four films have played in many film festivals nationally and he continues to direct and produce content locally in New Orleans.
KD Amond, Assistant Editor
Kd Amond as an award winning filmmaker from Livingston, Louisiana. She earned an MFA in film production from the University of New Orleans. Her thesis film The Woodshed, has been to festivals across the country. She recently completed editing Louisiana-made feature film The Mourning Hills. Currently she works as a producer and editor in New Orleans, LA.
Andrew Grange Palmer, Second Assistant Director
Andrew Grange Palmer is an Assistant Director and native resident of New Orleans. He has worked on dozens of feature, short, and television productions throughout Louisiana. He served two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Lesotho, Africa, and holds a masters degree Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. His work, study, service and travels have taken him to six continents. His foray into film production remains one of his most challenging, rewarding and enjoyable. He is a seventh-generation New Orleanian.
Zac Sutherland, Production Sound Mixer
Zac Sutherland is an independent filmmaker based in New Orleans, LA. He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in film from the University of New Orleans. He has worked on dozens of short independent films in the New Orleans area mostly in the sound department. He recently worked as part of an ENG team at the New Orleans Voodoo Festival. He also recently teamed up with his father, James Sutherland, to start a business shooting documentary films called Legacies for Perpetuity LLC.
Hilary Bronwyn Gayle, Still Photographer
Hilary Bronwyn Gayle is a still photographer based in New Orleans, Louisiana where she focuses on unit and publicity photography for the film and television industry. She is a member of IATSE Local 600 - International Cinematographers Guild. Hilary studied traditional black & white, color process, and digital photography at Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, GA. A native of Louisiana, she moved to New Orleans four years ago to become a part of the City's vibrant and expanding film industry. Since then she has photographed for a wide range of productions from independent and studio features to television series, and short films. In addition to working on set, Hilary enjoys documentary photography and has photographed a number of subjects including Louisiana crawfish and rice farmers.
Jacques Soudelier, Casting Director/Producing Team
Jacques has served in multiple roles in over 60 film and digital media projects including narrative shorts, safety training films, online courses, commercials, and documentaries. Staring out as a production assistant, he developed strong proficiency in prop acquisition/management, set design, and location scouting. His creativity and approach secured multiple high-profile locations such as construction yards, medical facilities, and offshore vessels, as well as many difficult to acquire props such as specialized medical devices and heavy construction equipment. Jacques is a avid sports fan and lover of all things comic related.
Ana Davidson, Co-Costume Designer
Ana Davidson is an apparel designer and wardrobe stylist. She is the Junior Designer at Gail Chovan Atelier and designs for theater, television and film. She has worked on productions in Texas, Louisiana, California, and goes wherever her work takes her.
Gisele (Jaz Segura) Breston, Hair & Make-up
Gisele (Jaz Segura) Breston is a freelance stylist & makeup artist. Born in New Orleans raised in the 9thward. Jaz is passionate about cultural arts and fashion, she is a Trusted Professional/Entrepreneur wearing many hats. Including project managing, brand marketing and consulting. She currently spends her time building het own beauty brand and working behind the scenes of fashion shows, plays reality shows and campaigns. This is her 1st movie project and is very excited about breaking into the film industry.
Kyle Tveten, Graphic Designer/Illustrator
Kyle is a graphic designer, illustrator and fine artist born and raised in South East Louisiana. Graduating from the University of New Orleans in Spring 2013 with a Bachelor's in Film Arts, he now designs and illustrates for film, television and animation. Community organizing is a true passion of his, using art to contribute to and revitalize the vibrant Southern Louisiana community. Outside of film Kyle enjoys painting, organizing art shows and community events, and collaborating with other local artists, filmmakers and animators.
Jessica Coleman, Production Assistant
Jessica Coleman is a young screenwriter from Mississippi. Upon graduating, she worked as a production assistant at Mississippi Public Broadcasting’s Ed Said, Can I Kick it and Fit to Eat are just a few of the shows she has worked on. Since relocating to New Orleans in 2013, Jessica has worked on numerous projects including X Factor and the web series The N & N files starring Liz Vassey and Christiana Cox. She has also had the opportunity to volunteer at the 64th annual Cannes Film Festival. Jessica received a B.A. from the University of Southern Mississippi in Film. She continues to write and assist in local productions.