Alana Waksman · Writer/Director/Producer
Alana was raised in the Transcendental Meditation community of Fairfield, Iowa. She holds a BA from Connecticut College in Theater and English, and an MFA from USC School of Cinematic Arts in Film & Television Production.
Alana has an extensive background in theater, both as an actor and director. She has attended theater programs at The O'Neill National Theater Institute, Shakespeare & Company, Berkshire Theater Festival, and St. Petersburg Dramatic Arts Academy in Russia.
While at USC, Alana was chosen as one of ten top directors to co-direct USC’s first feature film, DON QUIXOTE: THE INGENIOUS GENTLEMAN OF LA MANCHA under the guidance of James Franco. The film premiered at the Palm Springs International Film Festival and is now available for streaming on Netflix. Alana has written and directed a number of short films, most notably BLACKOUT, written by David Haskell, which received the Audience Award at the LA Shorts Fest, and Best Actor and Best Cinematography at the Women’s Independent Film Festival. She has also directed a number of music videos for the band, Dagmar, one of which premiered in Bitch Magazine. Most recently, she directed the music video I KNOW NOTHING for Hermina Jean, and the short film YOU CAN CALL ME DAD.
Alana has worked as assistant to the director on Andrew and Alex’s Smith’s WALKING OUT (Sundance Film Festival 2017) and assistant to the director on Jared Moshé’s THE BALLAD OF LEFTY BROWN (SXSW 2017). She serves as the Co-Director for Montana Film Festival, DocShop and Big Sky Pitch Producer for Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, and Community Outreach Coordinator for The Roxy Theater in Missoula.
Jeri Rafter · Producer
Jeri is dedicated to making feature narrative films in Montana. She most recently was the Line Producer on Annabelle Attanasio's directorial debut MICKEY AND THE BEAR starring Cami Morrone and James Badge Dale (SXSW and ACID Cannes 2019). She wrapped the seminal Ted Kaczyski film TED K directed by Tony Stone and starring Sharlto Copley in 2018, serving as the Production Manager. Her other producing credits include a documentary about Native adoptees, DAUGHTER OF A LOST BIRD (Due on PBS in 2019), BELLA VISTA and THE CONSERVATIONIST. Her other Production Manager credits include THE BALLAD OF LEFTY BROWN directed by Jared Moshe as well as numerous TV shows, short films and commercials. She attended the Sundance Producer’s Lab in 2014 and Women In Film + Sundance Women’s Financing Initiative in 2015. She is also Producer of the International Wildlife Film Festival in Missoula, Montana. Jeri has an MFA in Media Arts from the University of Montana.
Marshall Granger · Producer/Editor
Marshall Granger is a filmmaker and editor based in Missoula, Montana. He has produced and directed documentary and narrative films, which have screened at Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Northwest Filmmaker's Forum, Local Sightings Film Festival and Treefort Music Festival. As an editor, Marshall’s credits include LESTER LEAPS IN, THE CONSERVATIONIST as well as the upcoming BAR FLIES and THE FOGHORN TRILOGY. He is a 2018 alum of The Edit Center in New York, where he spent intensive time under mentorship from editors Anne McCabe A.C.E and Bo Mehrad, while receiving additional editing credits on the upcoming features, THE SHORT HISTORY OF THE LONG ROAD and CLEAN SLATE. He is a two-time recipient of the Big Sky Film Grant from Montana Film Office. Most recently, Marshall wrote and edited the short film, YOU CAN CALL ME DAD.
Marshall was born and raised in Billings, Montana within the small Jewish community, and he has experienced the waves of anti-semitism in Montana. He holds special interest in developing storytelling in that city and the eastern, less commonly portrayed, side of the state.
Bryan Mendoza · Director of Photography
Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Bryan grew up being exposed to a multitude of different cultures and the stories that come from them. A fascination for stories, paired with the craft of image-making inherited from his grandfather, has led him to a career in storytelling through motion pictures.
A Graduate of the USC School of Cinematic Arts MFA program, Bryan has photographed several award winning short films, music videos, and commercials that have aired internationally. He is currently in production a feature-length documentary focusing on the opioid epidemic in Northern California.
On a quest for stories that expand his understanding of humanity and our place in the universe, his goal is to create compelling images that support the director’s vision.
Kyle Frederick · Associate Producer
Kyle Frederick is a filmmaker with a diverse background that lends a distinct emotional curiosity and empathy to her work. She holds an MFA from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, an undergraduate Art History degree from Williams College, and has logged time at such production companies as Focus Features, Bona Fide Productions, Indian Paintbrush, and Scott Free, where she assisted in developing projects from Drake Doremus, Brad Ingelsby, and Wash Westmoreland, amongst other notable filmmakers. With a passion for art house cinema, she is drawn to character-driven dramas in unique visual landscapes. Most recently, her debut feature film AMONG MOUNTAIN CRAGS -- a thriller set in the Appalachian Mountains and a sponsored project of the Independent Filmmaker Project -- screened at the Montana Film Festival. Her previous short-form work has screened at WorldFest Houston, Palm Springs Film Market, and USC’s First Look Film Festival.
June West · Music
June West is a musician, designer and producer living between Missoula, MT and Tucson, AZ. Her creative practice centers around the soul and ritual. She explores how everyday objects can be used as tools for self-transformation.