The Filmmakers

Marina Michelson

Marina Michelson

Writer & Director

Marina Michelson is an actor and filmmaker. She is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where she trained with the Atlantic Theater Company. Her film credits include the lead role in Should’ve Kissed, which played at festivals around the world and was the opening selection of the Jeonju International Film Festival. The L.A. Times called her recent turn as the lead role in Amy Herzog’s After The Revolution at the Chance Theater full of “grace and grit.” Her short film Eureka!, made alongside her producing partner Meryl Williams, can be seen on IndieFlix Shorts through Amazon Video.

Meryl Jones Williams

Meryl Jones Williams

Actor (Rachel)

Meryl Jones Williams is an actor, filmmaker, and musician. As an actor, she was last seen in Roxanne, Roxanne, which premiered at Sundance 2017. Meryl’s other prominent roles include starring alongside Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton in Rob Reiner’s feature And So It Goes. She was also recently seen in Jenna Laurenzo’s short Girl Night Stand, which garnered over 1 million views online and screened at numerous festivals. She has produced several short films with her producing partner, Marina Michelson, as well as The Postcard Project web-series.

Devin Shepherd

Devin Shepherd

Producer

Devin Shepherd is a producer and co-founder of Wild Obscura Films. Devin attended NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she received a degree in Film & TV Production. She has aided in producing short and feature-length films seen in festivals worldwide, most recently “The Disenchantment” with Executive Producer Leah Meyerhoff and director Caryn Waechter. In 2016, Devin was awarded SheROCKS Filmmaker of the Year and was one of 50 filmmakers participating the Mayor’s Office of New York’s Finance Lab with her producing partner, Nora Unkel.

Nora Unkel

Nora Unkel

Producer

Nora Unkel is a writer, director, producer, and co-founder for Wild Obscura Films. Nora graduated from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Nora’s most recent short film, “The Goblin Song”, premiered at The Sacramento Film and Music Festival and won several awards the First Run Film Festival. Along with producing short films and music videos, Nora works as a post-production producer for films such as the Sundance Grand Prize Documentary Winner- Weiner, and others such as DUDE, Aardvark, and Newtown. As a writer, Nora has placed among the top 2% of entrants for the 2015 Academy Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowship program.

Simran Mahal

Simran Mahal

Producer

Simran Mahal is an Oakland based producer and California native. She began pursuing a film career in 2015 after returning from a five year stint cooking in New York City restaurants. Her film career includes commercial work, music videos, and narrative shorts. She is inspired by the power of film and its ability to shift our collective consciousness.

Lowell Meyer

Lowell Meyer

Director of Photography

Lowell A. Meyer is a working cinematographer in Los Angeles, CA with a bachelors degree in Cinematography from Emerson College. His narrative credits include Aisha Tyler’s feature film directorial debut “Axis” (currently in post-production), as well as short films such as Alexander Yan’s “Elko” (2012 AFI Fest Official Selection), Clara Aranovich’s “Primrose” (2015 SXSW Official Premiere, Vimeo Staff Pick), Zach Lasry’s “Seth” (2016 SXSW Official Selection, Vimeo Staff Pick), and Jim Cummings’ “The Robbery” (2017 Sundance Official Premiere). He also lensed Super Deluxe’s/Dean Fleisher-Camp’s web series “David” (Vimeo Staff Pick) – starring Nathan Fielder and Jenny Slate – as well as two episodes of Fullscreen’s “The Minutes” web series. In addition to his narrative work, he has shot multiple commercials and branded content for Microsoft, Macy’s, Nike, Vice, Hungryman, BuzzFeed Motion Pictures, Sandwich Video, Portal A, and Participant Media, as well as music videos for Beirut, Watsky, MUNA, Nervo, and Stanton Warriors. His PSA “Is History Repeating Itself?” – executive produced by Katy Perry and co-directed by Aya Tanimura and Tim Nackashi of Black Dog Films – was featured on CNN, The LA Times, and The Huffington Post. And his latest commercial for Sandwich Video entitled “Computer Show – HP PageWide” was featured on Adweek.com.  
Sam Fuller

Sam Fuller

Editor

Sam Fuller is an editor living in Los Angeles with a bachelor’s in Film & Television Production from NYU. Most recently he cut Chance The Rapper’s Magnificent Coloring World 2. He also writes screenplays and makes shorts, which have garnered 6 million views online and earned a Vimeo Staff Pick. In his spare time he likes to think about story structure and breakfast.

 

Eloise Ayala

Eloise Ayala

Production Designer

Based in LA, Eloise’s passion is designing highly visual and emotional concepts. Her work has been featured at Cannes, SXSW and has been aired on HBO, CW and discovery. For more, visit her website: www.eloiseayala.com.

Andi Dervishi

Andi Dervishi

Assistant Director

Andi Dervishi was raised in San Diego after immigrating from Albania, Andi fell in love with filmmaking and screenwriting form a young age. In high school he wrote and directed a short film that won Best Drama and Best of the Fest awards at the San Diego Student Film Festival. Earning his BFA from NYU in 2008, Andi majored in Film and TV Production with a minor in Broadcast Journalism. He studied abroad in London apprenticing with the BBC on a weekly non-fiction series. While in school, he interned at Lion TV, Cinetic Media, and The Weinstein Company. Upon graduating Andi worked as Writer for NBC News in San Diego and then Marketing Coordinator at the distributor Kino Lorber / Lorber Films in NYC. Andi now freelances in Los Angeles. The more time he spends outdoors the happier he feels. The ocean is his church.

Dan Pfau

Dan Pfau

Actor (Daniel)

DAN PFAU is an actor and creator based in LA. Dan trained at NYU-Tisch and the Atlantic Theater Company. He has worked on films featured in the TriBeCa Film Festival, Palm Springs Film Festival, and Sundance. On TV, he had the chance to work with legends Betty White, Stacy Keach and Patrick Warburton. Dan has also worked on numerous national campaigns for brands including Fiat, Burger King, US Bank and Microsoft. Most recently, Dan created, starred and produced the web-series Therapy.

Becca Inez

Becca Inez

Chef

Becca will be flying in to feed and care for our crew from Marfa, Texas, where she is currently the Sous Chef at the Hotel Saint George. Prior to that gig, you may have tasted her food when she was the Head Chef at Paper or Plastik Cafe in Los Angeles.

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