Michael Koehler (writer, director) grew up in Uganda, East Africa, where he spent much of his childhood outdoors creating stories. With a degree from NYU in Film and Television Production, Michael has worked on narrative and documentary film projects around the world, most recently in the war-torn jungles of Southeast Asia. Michael now lives in NYC, where he is pursuing screenwriting, collaborative film endeavors, and community in the city. He is particularly interested in exploring the intersection of storytelling and humanitarian aid.

Ryan Patch (writer, director, producer) cut his teeth telling campfire stories in the mountains of his native Colorado, and then moved to New York to attend NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.  Despite longing for the mountains, Ryan fell in love with New York City, where he writes, directs, and produces documentary and narrative content, which often takes him to places like Brazil, Thailand, Russia, or India.  Along with Mike Koehler, Ryan founded Bitter River Film & Media, a company devoted to telling compelling narrative content across multiple platforms.  Ryan is passionate about collaborating with and equipping creative people to tell the stories that they are passionate about, and through his production company Storytellers Ink, Ryan has recently helped produce multiple New York-based independent narrative features and shorts.

Adam Raichilson (producer) is a creator of art, business, and technology. He got his start in film production at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he produced dozens of short films, including the award-winning “The Sheol Express”. In 2010, Adam launched Revive Media with Collin Kriner and Herman Singh, through which he has produced countless more commercials, music videos, and websites. Adam plans to continue building Revive until he attends Law School in Fall 2012. He hopes to one day run a movie studio, as well as help fellow entrepreneurs navigate the start-up environment.

Carmen Cardenas (production designer) hails from the land of Incan mystery and enchantment – Peru. Although it will forever be her native land, she has called the US of A her home for more than two decades now – the majority of which, she is happy to say, has been spent in her beloved NYC. Having obtained her MFA at NYU as a designer for stage and film, she’s gone on to design numerous projects, including (most recently): “Losing It” directed by Macdara Vallely and produced by Paul Miller and 2011 Oscar winner Gigi Dement; “The Locksmith” directed by Brad and Todd Barnes, winner of Best of NEXT at Sundance 2010; and “William Vincent” directed by Jay Anania, starring James Franco and Julianne Nicholson. Visit Carmen online.

Gian Marco Lo Forte (production designer) is an artist-in-residence at La MaMa Experiential Theater where he founded Pioneers Go East Collective, which has developed original visual projects with music and poetry. Lo Forte is in residence with Great Jones Rep and has designed at Biennale di Venezia and toured to Poland, Austria, Croatia, Serbia, Italy. Awards: (2011) LMCC; (2010) Opera America L.T. Tobin Director/ Design Award; Kinley Foundation (2009/10); M.F.A in Design at New York University.

Sara James (costume designer) has been living and working in NYC for 8 years. Her work has been seen at Dixon Place, Theater Row, Wings Theater, The Baryshnikov Arts Center, Michael Weller Theater, and The Public; working with such directors as Philip Shneidman, Kevin Newbury, Michael Bush, Alexa Polmer, Stacy McMath and choreographer Jessica Lang. Every fall she can be found at Radio City in the costume department for the Christmas Spectacular with the Rockettes. In the summers she usually escapes New York to the Santa Fe Opera, working as a design assistant to some of her favorite costume designers including Constance Hoffman and Allen Moyer. She holds an MFA in costume design from NYU.


Evan Derrick (editor) is an editor, father, writer, board game designer, film critic, graphic maestro, and grilled cheese culinary artiste, although not necessarily in that order.




Perry Kroll (lead VFX artist) is a visual effects artist and filmmaker based in New York City. Originally hailing from Boston, Massachusetts, Perry attended the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and majored in Film & Television Production. Perry draws on his background in directing and cinematography to bring artistry and powerful visual storytelling to CGI - creating vivid, cinematic VFX sequences for “The Sheol Express” and many films like it. Perry’s VFX work has been seen in a multitude of shorts, commercials, music videos, and recent and upcoming features such as ATM (Lionsgate/Gold Circle Films). View his latest reel here.

Sam Estes (composer) is Sample Development Manager at Remote Control Productions in Los Angeles. He has designed, mixed, edited, and recorded digital instruments for use in films such as “Rango”, “Inception”, “Angels and Demons”, “Sherlock Holmes”, “Mega Mind”, and many other scores for the composers at RCP.

Joy Marie Smith (sound designer) is an apprentice sound editor in the Motion Picture Editors Guild, where she has credits in Noah Baumbach’s “Greenberg”, Sam Mendes’ “Away We Go”, and the 2010 Oscar nominated short documentary, “China’s Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province”. She also has sound designed various short films, including videos for NYC non-profit Restore. She graduated with a degree in Film & TV from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and she is currently working as an audiobook editor at Audible, Inc. She spends her free time pursuing her other interests in the visual arts, illustrating greeting cards and producing stop motion animated films.


Randall McNeal (Owen) recently completed work on the feature films “Men in Black III”, “Imogene”, and “God Behaving Badly” (all to be released in 2012). He is scheduled to start shooting the Coen Brothers’ next film, “Inside Llewyn Davis”, in March 2012. He also played the leading role in the NYU thesis film “Sin Dolor”, which was awarded the Alfred P. Sloane production grant in 2011.





Alexandra Grossi (Rachael), originally from Michigan, received her BA in Theatre Performance from Western Michigan University and went on to continue her training at the British American Drama Academy in London. In 2007, she moved to New York to pursue acting professionally. While there, she performed in both film and theatre before heading to San Diego to further her career. She recently performed with North Coast Repertory Theatre in their production of “The Lion in Winter”.

Michael Selkirk (Diggory) has been an actor for over 35 years and has appeared in numerous theatre and film projects. He has appeared most recently as Larry (“The Truth Tellers”) at the WorkShop Theater, Deadmen (“The Town of No One”) in The FringeNYC, and Dorn (“The Seagull”) and Master Page (“Merry Wives of Windsor”) for Hudson Warehouse. Michael also serves as the Actor-Manager of Playsmiths, a play development workshop in Manhattan. Visit Michael online.


Ashton Crosby (The Conductor)‘s NYC theatre debut was scheduled for the night of JFK’s assassination. Remember that? Obviously, the show was cancelled.  There ensued a forty year hiatus whilst he pursued another career: teaching English, Latin & Theatre upstate. Now retired from the classroom, he’s happy to be back in the City & on stage. Recent New York appearances include MARK TWAIN as part of the Meet the Artist Series at Lincoln Center, and THE MAN (VONNEGUT) in SLAUGHTERHOUSE FIVE at 59 East 59. Regional credits include roles at New Jersey, Pennsylvania & Virginia Shakespeare Festivals. He also has appeared in numerous indie films.