Born and raised in Denver, Colorado, Jeff Nixon has been performing in choirs, plays, musicals, and films since a young age. Jeff has now moved his focus from being in front of the camera to behind the camera, pursuing an MFA in Directing at DePaul University. While an undergrad in Mechanical Engineering at CU Boulder, Jeff was part of a team that developed the ergonomics and functional re-design of a surgical device that was later patented by medical giant Covidien. Jeff enjoys melding the critical and analytical thinking he has developed with creative exploration to tell thoughtful, entertaining, and visually charged stories. Recently, Jeff founded Homestead Media, a production company that emphasizes collaboration and seeks to strengthen a tight knit community of artists.
David Andrew was born in Pagosa Springs, Colorado and received his BFA in Creative Writing and Film Studies from the University of Colorado at Boulder. In 2007 and 2008 David was the recipient of the Thompson Award for Western American Writing presented by the Center for the American West. David currently lives and writes in Eldorado Springs, Colorado where he dreams of owning a horse named Trigger.
Originally from Boulder, Angie Gaffney is an established producer in the Chicago community. With six years of experience in film, television, and theatre, she has completed over 26 productions from a management and creative development standpoint. In the past three years, Angie has established herself as a successful producer of both independent short and feature length films. Her production company, Black Apple Media, specializes in the use of social media and other new-age techniques for film marketing and distribution. Angie works closely with independent entrepreneurs and industry professionals to develop financially sound projects that advance the filmmaking community.
Kevin McGrail is an entrepreneur specializing in middle to low budget films. McGrail started his first company, Dynamite Film Productions, while an undergraduate at Michigan State University in 2008. After graduating in 2009 with a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering, McGrail recognized a need for innovative entrepreneurs in the film industry. He moved to Chicago and began working with DePaul University’s Digital Cinema Program, where he continued to study the industry and grow the developing Digital Cinema program. Since then, McGrail has supported several productions from both a business and management perspective, while simultaneously bringing a unique marketing and distribution perspective to his work. McGrail also works in the financial side of the business, securing funding for projects that advance and develop the Chicago film community.
Drew Bienemann was born and raised in Centennial, Colorado and attended Vancouver Film School in Vancouver, BC where he graduated first in his class for cinematography. He has been living in Los Angeles for several years, where he makes a living shooting commercials and music videos and lighting fashion ads. This year alone he has traveled around the world 2.7 times (over 70K miles) for his lighting and camera work, traveling as far as Kabul and Jakarta.
Chad graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder where he discovered his passion for editing. The first bait that reeled him in was a documentary class where he produced, shot, and edited a short film about a local newspaper that has turned around the lives of thousands of homeless people in Colorado. In 2009, the film went on to be nominated for an Emmy in the Student Achievement category. Since then Chad has edited a wide variety of projects such as comedy sketches, music videos, video game content, entertainment news, and commercial/promotional material. 'Dutchman's Run' will be his first venture collaborating on a feature film and he is thrilled that it will be with the same people he grew up with making action movies with in his backyard. Chad is currently an editor working in Los Angeles.
Carolyn grew up in Denver, Colorado, drawing, designing, styling, and creating costumes from a young age. With a degree in Fashion Merchandising from Texas Christian University, she has collaborated with designers in London, New York, and Los Angeles. Her costume career began in the theatre, where she sourced fabrics and constructed garments for the Fort Worth Opera. She currently lives in Los Angeles and has worked on photo shoots, commercials, pilots, and webisodes as she continues to pursue her career in costume and wardrobe for TV and film.
Austin Wintory began his obsession with film scoring at age ten, when he discovered Jerry Goldsmith's scores to PATTON and A PATCH OF BLUE. Now, his obsession having mutated into a career of his own, his scores can be heard in more than 250 productions, including over thirty feature films. Most noteworthy among them was CAPTAIN ABU RAED, the world's first Jordanian film, which won the Audience Award at Sundance; Austin's score was short-listed as a contender for the 2009 Academy Awards for 'Best Original Score,' and also won him a Hollywood Music Award for 'Best New Composer.' More recently, he worked on 2009's Sundance hit GRACE. His score was a nominee at the 2010 Fangoria Chainsaw Awards for 'Best Original Score' and was named among the top ten scores for 2009 by Visions in Sound. Austin has also scored a handful of video games, including the widely acclaimed Playstation-3 game FLOW, for which Austin received a British Academy Award nomination. In summer 2009, Hollywood Reporter wrote about Austin as one of 15 composers "Primed to take their place on the A-list."
Carolyn Thacker • Costume Designer
Brian Bell • Line Producer
Brian D. Bell is a tried and true Colorado native. Born in the glory that was Denver in the mid-80's, Brian discovered his passion for filmmaking while attending the University of Colorado at Boulder. After graduating with a BS in Business Administration with an Emphasis in Management as well as a BFA in Film Production, Brian has developed many television and film productions from the ground up, combining his business talents with creative development to strengthen the Colorado film community. Brian has been working professionally within Colorado for over three years, forming invaluable relationships with local businesses and industry professionals.
A Denver resident, Michael provides legal counsel for film, television and new media projects, companies and individuals. He represents clients in the areas of financing, development, production, sales, and distribution. His practice has thrived due to his efforts to understand his clients’ needs, focused negotiations and developing creative solutions to problems. Michael also develops original independent film, television and new media projects with Wrecking Ball Pictures.
Originally from the Chicagoland area, James has resided in Denver since 1995. He holds a M.C. in Audio Production and Technology and S.C in Composition and Production for New Media from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass. He also has a B.A. in Visual Arts and a B.A. in Sociology from Regis University in Denver, Colorado. He has a passion for the arts and an obsession with audio. Since 2005 he has been mixing sound for picture. James has worked on many independent feature length films, documentaries and shorts. When he is not on location, James can be found in his project studio; where he mixes post-production audio, as well as, creates sound effects and music for museum/theme park installations, toys and video games.
Nikki Williams, also a Colorado native, graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with degrees in Communication, Business and French. Specializing in public relations, marketing, sponsorship fundraising, and event planning services, she has worked with a number of local companies including IBG Business Services, Inc., 11:11 Productions, Engineers Without Borders-USA and Linhart Public Relations. During her time at Linhart PR, she represented widely recognizable clients such as Red Robin, Panera Bread, Chipotle, Crocs and mix1. Currently, Nikki represents the National Championship Air Race team “McDonald Racer #37” and is the Marketing / Sales / Communications Coordinator for the Colorado Dental Association.
Nikki Williams • Marketing & Communications Coordinator
Jamie Mayer • Asst. Marketing Coordinator
From Parker, Colorado, Jamie Mayer is a freshman at DePaul University majoring in Public Relations. As a predecessor for her future aspirations, Jamie focused her time in high school perfecting her management and interpersonal communication skills. She is currently developing and implementing the production’s social media strategy while working closely with Nikki Williams to coordinate all marketing and public relations activities.
Angela Gaylor is a graduate with a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts Degree in musical theater from the prestigious Cincinnati Conservatory of Music where she won the Laurie Beechman Scholarship Award for outstanding performance. She is an alumn of Interlochen Arts Camp and a previous scholarship winner to the Sanford Meisner Neighborhood Playhouse in NYC. Angela has been on Broadway where she originated the role of Anne in the Tony-Award Winning revival La Cage Aux Folles, Amber in Hairspray and danced the dream ballet in Trevor Nunn/Susan Stroman’s Oklahoma!. She has also appeared as the title role in Cinderella at Papermill Playhouse as well as in Dream a Little Dream: The Story of the Mamas and the Papas, and Best Foot Forward off-Broadway. Angela has transitioned from being a teenager working with Stephen Sondheim and Paul Gemignani as Anne in A Little Night Music (Mann Center, the Kennedy Center’s Sondheim Celebration, Northshore Music Theater) to the other side of the table into casting. Angela has assisted casting for Mary Poppins, The Little Mermaid, Lion King and the tour of High School Musical for Disney Theatricals as well as being a talent scout for Disney Channel and most recently Tom Hooper's film adaptation of "Les Miserables". Ms. Gaylor has taught for the Broadway Dance Theater Workshop, NATS, Vail Performing Arts Company in addition to being appointed a faculty fellow at University of Colorado for Theater and Technology as well as Adjunct Faculty for Wright State University. In her spare time, Angela loves teaching and directing at her 501(c)3 non-profit for youth and the arts, Broadway in Boulder Studios.