Natasha Mynhier is a director, editor, and cinematographer based in Los Angeles. Her films have been featured at the 2017 Voice of a Women Festival: Cannes and the 2018 Utah Dance Film Festival.
She began writing this film two years ago when she was inspired by a close friend's story of resilience. But her interest in the arts began during her time as a professional dancer. At age 17, she founded 37 Laines, LLC, an entertainment production company, through which she created a variety of content, including a sold-out full length dance play.
She then attended NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where she earned a BFA in Dramatic Writing and met many of the people whom she still collaborates with today. During her senior year, she garnered her first major promotional series through a contest where her script earned her the opportunity to write and produce commercials for MD Anderson Cancer Center in collaboration with AT&T and IBM Watson. After graduating, she relocated to LA where she has created content for brands like Netflix, Marvel, Tastemade, and Vogue.
Mark is a partner in the health industry advisory practice at Pricewaterhouse Coopers, LLP. He focuses on enabling more effective adaptive healthcare for the vulnerable populations in non-traditional settings, outside of hospitals and clinics. He has been a life-long musician and supporter of the arts. He is looking forward helping bring this story to life.
Hannah is a writer and producer who has been a producer at Native Content for over 5 years. She earned her BFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. As a producer and writer, Hannah has worked on various commercials, music videos, short narratives and documentaries for clients all over the world including, Vogue, Samsung, Neiman Marcus, Target, and many more. She recently produced a short documentary, covering the Los Angeles wing of the March for Our Lives movement and the kids pioneering it. Hannah is also a supporter of many philanthropic causes and incorporates them into her projects as much as possible.
Cannes Lions-winner Laura Gregory has worked in production for her whole career and launched her production company, Great Guns in 1996. The company is behind commercials that have been recognized at every major awards festival globally.
With headquarters in London, Great Guns now has offices in the US and Shanghai, Singapore, Prague and Mumbai.
Thom Fennessey is a multiple award-winning Producer whose career has traversed many mediums in entertainment. He has worked with some of the finest directors and artists in the business to create memorable entertainment.
Early in his career Thom produced for Bob Giraldi on numerous music videos and commercials. He went on to become the Visual Effects producer for Sony Pictures Imageworks. He then continued on as a freelance producer, working on numerous award winning campaigns including a Chicago Film Festival Award for his launch of NBC's Jenny Mccarthy Show.
Since 2005, Thom Fennessey has been the Owner and Executive Producer of Collaboration Factory, a film, television, and music video production company, which has created award winning music videos for recording artists as diverse as Katy Perry, Elton John, Selena Gomez, Foo Fighters, Creed, Alicia Keys, OKGO, R. Kelly, The Fray, and India Arie among others.
Parris and Rashida Khan-Mann
Parris D. Mann has toured the US, Canada and Europe as a principal dancer in Black & Blue, Wild Woman Blues, and Riverdance. His Broadway credits include performances in Riverdance at the Gershwin Theater and The Joint Is Jumpin’ at the Supper Club. Parris has been privileged to have performed with the legendary Lionel Hampton, and tap dance legends Buster Brown, Jimmy Slyde and Lady Dianne Walker, and to have participated in The Stardust Road Concert, a musical tribute to jazz legend Hoagy Carmichael. He has directed and choreographed multiple international shows including Just 'n Time and Things Ain't What They Used To Be.
Rashida performer/choreographer/director, who began her career when she was selected to join the Jazz Tap Ensemble’s Caravan Project, a company directed by tap master Lynn Dally. She also performed with Rhapsody In Taps with Linda Sohl Ellison, with which she toured throughout the US, Canada, Japan, and Bali. In this company she trained and shared the stage with legends from the Nicholas Brothers to Gregory Hines to name a few, as well as the honor of assisting Leonard Reed in his original Shim Sham master class. Rashida has been featured in shows for both Disney and Universal Studios, tv shows for the Disney Channel and Nickelodeon, as well as fulfilling her childhood dream of working with Michael Jackson on his video and short film, “Rock My World.”
Rashida and Parris met when she performed in his show Things Ain’t What They Used To Be. They toured Russia and Eastern Europe, even making history as the first African American performers at the Kremlin. They now own a production company, KhanMann Productions, producing stage shows and various performances.
Jessica Peterson is a travel filmmaker, photographer, and journalist. Jessica has produced content for CNN Great Big Story, United Airlines, Matador Network, Tastemade, and The Dodo. Her work has been featured on National Geographic Travel, Ovation, and Fubiz. In 2016, Jessica completed her first documentary, “American Soil, Chamorro Soul,” about the people of Guam. From fundraising to directing, Jessica is a born entrepreneur, wearing as many hats as it takes to complete a project. She wrote, directed, produced, and edited the film. The trailer has been viewed more than 1 million times and was the centerpiece in the Guam International Film Festival.
Associate Producer / Script Consultant
Bo Shim is a Korean-American writer/producer based in Los Angeles. She earned her BFA in Dramatic Writing from New York University Tisch School of the Arts, in the course of which she received the Alfred P. Sloan Writing Grant. Upon graduation, she was awarded the prestigious Michael Collyer Memorial Fellowship in Screenwriting from the Writers Guild Initiative. She is currently producing Chloe Hung’s (Queen Sugar) short film which was accepted into the inaugural Women In Film Production Program.
Director of Photography
Jeff’s interest in film began at a young age when he was filming skateboarding tricks and short skits with his friends in Denver, Colorado. As he and his friends progressed in film, he began working on various nature and action sports based projects. In time, he progressed into a wide range of content including, music videos (music content in general), branded content, and many short films (doc and narrative). And eventually, he and his film/skateboarding friends moved to Los Angeles, where he met Natasha and they quickly began collaborating. Since then he’s been the DP for most of the big rap battles in the US/Canada, a feature documentary Enormous about the Gorge Amphitheater, and has worked with Natasha on almost every project she’s done since 2015. He also has experience with live streaming/switching, and he’s owned and operated most camera brands (Sony, Panasonic, Canon, Arri, RED, Blackmagic, DJI, and GoPro). Most importantly, he really enjoys turn based fantasy strategy games and eating full bags of Reese’s.
Reel: Jeff Hammerton's Reel
Dylan Lamm has been a sound mixer and boom operator for over eight years. He has worked on numerous commercials, including Super Bowl commercials for Sprint and Television shows such as Class Dismissed and Hashtaggers. He grew up in the industry training under his father, Alex Lamm, who has been in the sound department for decades.
Costume Design & Hair/Makeup
Nandi graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a BA in fashion design. After graduation, she began working as a commercial stylist. While working for LTD Commodities, Nandi crossed paths with the film collective, Women of The Now. Originally joining their production team as a costumer, she began contributing as a board member and became the first Director of Events.
After several years’ experience styling for short film, photo, and theater sets, Nandi landed a position as a costumer on a Lifetime Movie Network feature. Her recent commercial jobs have been featured on national TV.
Nandi recently relocated to Los Angeles. She misses Chicago dearly, but is rather pleased with the nearby abundance of vegan dining selections.
Bella Wattles is a production designer and artist based in Los Angeles. She graduated from Emerson College in Boston, where she on worked multiple films for friends and found her love of filmmaking. She finds inspiration in the small details given by setting, and hopes to help each project she works on feel just a little more familiar.