RACHEL EARNEST

Writer/Director

Rachel Earnest is a screenwriter and director based out of Los Angeles. She holds a BFA in Film Production from Chapman University and completed additional studies in French at the Collège International de Cannes in France. Her short film, "Le Retour", has won numerous awards and played in over 50 film festivals in the United States and abroad. Trevor Groth, Director of Programming at the Sundance Film Festival, called Le Retour, “Intelligent, emotional, and truthful... [it] brilliantly captures that bittersweet feeling of leaving an exotic place and returning to the more mundane and familiar world of home.” On her next film, Mary Marie, Rachel served both as the film's producer as well as additional director. Receiving strong critical praise from notable publications such as Variety, NY Magazine, and The Wall Street Journal, Mary Marie was distributed by TLA Releasing in the United States and abroad.

ASHLEY MONTI

Producer/Editor

Ashley Monti is the Producer and Editor of the short film, Moving Out. She is an award-winning Canadian-Italian filmmaker. She has edited numerous short films that have screened at festivals internationally. Her latest, Viola Franca, has been nominated for the David di Donatello, Italy’s equivalent of the Oscars and officially selected to screen at the Tribeca Film Festival. In 2017 she attended the Film Independent Project Involve LAB as an Editing fellow where she edited two short films, The Station and Eve. She holds a BFA in Film Production with a focus in Editing from York University, Toronto, and an MFA in Film Directing from the American Film Institute. Her thesis film, The Divide, was nominated for a Golden Hugo Award at the Chicago International Film Festival and received a Special Mention at the Montreal World Film Festival.


GUY POOLES

Cinematographer

Guy was born and raised in England, where his study of Theatre, Photography and Film nurtured a passion for the craft of Cinematography. He moved to Los Angeles to study Cinematography at the American Film Institute Conservatory, where he earned an MFA in the discipline.In 2014 Guy earned the Linwood Dunn Student Heritage Award from The American Society of Cinematographers for his work on the short film Dirty Laundry. Since then, Guy has had the privilege of shooting a multitude of narrative projects, from the network television series Two Sentence Horror Stories on The CW, to being hired as the cinematographer on the third season of the Stage 13 / Warner Bros. digital series Snatchers. His cinematography has been screened at the Tribeca Film Festival, Raindance Film Festival, Palm Springs Film Festival, LA Film Festival and many more. Guy now works between the USA and the UK. He strives to keep his work free from an identifiable style, preferring instead to work closely with the director to craft the visual language of each new narrative project entirely from scratch.

LAUREN CULJAK

Music

Lauren Culjak is a Los Angeles based composer, artist, and producer. A classically trained pianist and self-taught producer, her sound palate ranges from industrial and gritty to ambient and orchestral. She composes for film and television, having most recently scored feature film “Long Weekend”, and the acclaimed Hulu series “Love, Victor”. She composes for The CW series “Nancy Drew”, and produced and sang its main title. Lauren has also created music for national brands such as Toyota, AT&T, Google, and Disney. As an artist, her brand of ethereal pop finds its distinct voice through her unique sense of melody. Her music as Kotomi has been spotlighted on Spotify's New Music Friday, Pitchfork, DIY Mag, SPIN, and Gorilla vs. Bear to name a few, and she has collaborated with artists Adventure Club (UKF/Spinnin' Records), Cyril Hahn (Virgin), Ryan Hemsworth (Last Gang Records), and Germany Germany.

SIMONE LING

Executive Producer

Simone Ling is an independent producer and story consultant working within both the Hollywood studio system and indie film arena. Clients include Universal Pictures and the Sundance Instituteʼs Labs for Screenwriters, Directors, and Episodic Story. Additionally, she spearheads outreach for the Instituteʼs Asian American Fellowship. Feature producing credits include Aurora Guerreroʼs coming-of-age directorial debut Mosquita Y Mari, a 2013 Indie Spirit Award nominee, and Anahita Ghazvinizadehʼs They that premiered at Cannes Film Festival in 2017 and continues to enjoy a robust film festival run. A dual US/UK citizen, Simone is a member of MPEG/IATSE and BAFTA. She sits on the BAFTA/LA Student Shorts jury and the New Talent Committee. An Adjunct Faculty at the American Film Institute, Simone holds a Masters degree in Modern History from the University of Oxford, and, as a Fulbright Scholar, earned a Masters in Media Studies from Stanford University.

KARENSSA LEGEAR

Executive Producer/Casting Director

As a Meisner Trained Actress & Classically Trained Singer of both Stage & Screen, Karenssa most recently applied her 20 years of performing arts experience to casting and producing.  Over the past year, Karenssa's new foray into casting led to 3 Feature Films as Casting Associate and 2 short films as Casting Director.  As a performer, Karenssa's highlighted on-screen credits include Warner Bros.’ Veronica Mars as well as Lead and Supporting Lead roles in the recent Independent Feature Films, Christmas Harmony, Healing Hands, and Carving a Life.  According to the Los Angeles Times, "LeGear is an empathetic screen presence", and that is indeed a true hallmark of the actress' work.  Additional Stage credits close to Karenssa’s heart include Cosette in Les Miserables at Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Antonia in Man of La Mancha at Musical Theatre West, and Christine Daaé in The Phantom of the Opera conducted by Carmen Dominguez.  Karenssa is a dual citizen of the United States & Australia. She holds a B.A. in Music from UCLA, and is a member of both Sag-Aftra & Actor’s Equity Association.  For more about Karenssa and her work, please visit www.karenssa.com or follow on social media: @karenssalegear