DIRECTOR/Writer: andrew reid
Andrew Reid was born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica. He is a DGA Award winning director and a recent graduate from the USC School of Cinematic Arts.
At the age of 21, he became paralyzed from the chest down. A malformation of his blood vessels (AVM) resulted in a rupture which compressed his spine while he was sleeping, leaving him completely paralyzed. He was told by doctors he would never walk again but with dedication and perseverance he regained movement. Today, he walks with a cane and continues to progress in strength and health. He became an advocate for the disabled community and expanded his film production skills by moving to Los Angeles.
His USC thesis film - ASIA A , won the Jury Award at the DGA Student Awards. Also, it was a semi-finalist for the 45th Student Academy Awards and has screened at LA Shorts, HollyShorts and SCAD Savannah Film Festival 2018. You can learn more about the film at www.WhatisASIAA.com
writer: Jeremy PALMER
Jeremy Palmer spent most of his life working in education and disability advocacy before receiving his MFA in Writing for Screen & Television from the USC School of Cinematic Arts. He writes humane and humorous stories about life, guilt, and frequently, issues pertaining to disability.
His writing has been recognized with the Jay Roach Endowed Scholarship at USC and the Alfred P. Sloan Screenwriting Grant.
PRODUCER: COURTNEY GRACE
Courtney Grace is a M.F.A. candidate participating in the University of Southern California’s Peter Stark Producing Program. Prior to graduate school she worked as a bicoastal producer developing innovative and boundary-pushing content in both New York City and Los Angeles. Most recently she worked with B.O.E. Global founder Harmony Samuels to produce an eight-part visual album for his debut artist Rhyon Nicole Brown. In 2016 Courtney founded Aut Faciam Productions, a production company dedicated to helping emerging filmmakers realize their revolutionary dreams by whatever means (which here means budget) necessary. The company’s first endeavor was the development of The Brunch Club, a web series which Courtney wrote, directed, and produced.
After graduating from the University of Southern California with B.A.’s in both Public Relations and Spanish, Courtney decided to pursue her passion for storytelling and jump head-first into the world of entertainment. In 2015 she wrote, directed, and/or produced more than 20 short films as she worked to obtain her film certificate from New York University.
PRODUCER: kATHLEEN GARDnER
Kathleen has worked as an Associate Producer of a feature length documentary about HIV in South Africa. She also produced numerous short films in her spare time and her directorial debut was selected as one of the “Best of” for the Washington D.C. 48 Hour Film Festival.
Most recently, she worked as a Coordinating Producer/Junior Editor for a production company in D.C., working on projects for such clients as National Geographic, Discovery Channel, HGTV, Upworthy, World Wildlife Fund and Amtrak. Kathleen is currently pursuing her Masters at USC’s Peter Stark Producing Program. Aside from film, she is an avid traveler, former trombone player and occasional triathlete.
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: BRIAN SERGOTT
Brian Sergott is a camera operator specializing in Steadicam based out of Los Angeles. As a recent graduate of USC's School of Cinematic Arts M.F.A. Production Program, Brian's filmmaking style is split between the technical and story.
Brian has experience camera operating on a variety of projects ranging from features, short films, sports, documentary, commercial and reality. For every project the camera operating style is motivated by story driven decisions.
Brian's passion is to collaborate on set to ensure the camera is in the best position in a way the viewer is completely immersed with the story.