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Director/Producer » Tasha Oldham began her film career as a production coordinator on David Lynch's Lost Highway. After a brief stint in development at Tri-Star Pictures, she set her sites on the world of production as a script supervisor working on various feature films, television movies, and television series. She has worked with such directors as Wim Wenders, Peter Baldwin and David Steinberg.

Her directorial debut, THE SMITH FAMILY, has been a smashing success. It launched the 2002 season of POV, PBS?s award winning showcase of non-fiction films. It has been an official selection of several major film festivals, winning the 2002 AFI Film Festival's Audience Award and the prestigious Columbia/Alfred I duPont Award. Most impressively, it won Tasha the coveted award by the Director's Guild of America for Outstanding Direction in a Documentary. Other festivals that have honored her have been the South By Southwest Festival, Seattle Film Festival, DoubleTake Documentary Film Festival, Thessaloniki Documentary Festival (in Athens, Greece) and the Turin International Film Festival (Turin, Italy).

Tasha is originally from Salt Lake City, Utah and graduated cum laude from the University of California, San Diego where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Tasha also has an extensive background in theatre where she acted and directed for many years.

Co-Producer » Noelle Wright's career as a writer and producer evolved from an executive background in television and film, most recently serving as Vice President of Development for Netter Digital Entertainment, Inc. A graduate of Michigan State University, she worked professionally in radio and corporate communications before beginning her Hollywood career as an assistant the founding partner of Creative Artists Agency, and then as a creative executive for various film and television companies developing producing material for cable and network TV films. Noelle produced and wrote The Real Flying Tigers (History Channel), Associate Produced Roswell (Showtime) and Psychic Chronicles (UPN) in addition to creating animated series for Hallmark Entertainment and Paramount. Noelle also co-chairs Women In Film's Screenwriters Workshop.

Partnered as SmallTown Productions, Tasha and Noelle manage a slate of both narrative and nonfiction projects for television and film.

Associate Producer » April Chabries teaches courses in documentary film and web video at Brigham Young University. In addition, for the past two year she has served as Assistant Dean of Technology for the College of Fine Arts and Communications. Chabries also manages the newly created YFilms website which showcases the work of Media Arts majors as part of her technology efforts. As a producer/director, Chabries has worked on documentaries dealing with the intermountain west. She recently wrote, produced and directed A River in the Desert, an archival documentary about a charismatic priest and the Navajo people he loved. Currently she is producing documentary films on the history of the orchard culture in Utah Valley and Navajo basket makers. Chabries obtained a BA in Humanities from Brigham Young University and an MFA in Art from Utah State University.

Editor » Janet Swanson began working in film in 1967 with the cinema verite pioneers the Maysles brothers on Gimme Shelter, followed by the groundbreaking documentary series An American Family. Her career includes feature documentaries and numerous television series such as 3-2-1 Contact, CBS Reports, Biography, Unsolved Mysteries, Real World, and American High. Janet is also a painter and a photographer.

Editor » Jeff Werner is an award winning editor of such acclaimed documentary features as Lions Gate's BEYOND THE MAT (Academy and DGA nominated for Best Feature Documentary); CAMPSCOTT LADIES for MTV, which explores the world of a boot camp for teenage girls; and the 1998 festival favorite, CITY AT PEACE, a film about racism in Washington, D.C. which aired on HBO. Most recently, Werner finished editing the feature-length documentary about the famed Massillon High School football program in Ohio, entitled GO,TIGERS!. His editorial work on THE MIRROR HAS TWO FACES marked the fifth film in which Werner collaborated with Barbra Streisand, with projects dating back to A STAR IS BORN, YENTL, NUTS and the MAIN EVENT.

Composer » Matthew Bennett is an award-winning composer, producer and ethnomusicologist who's work in international versions of Microsoft interactive media products has been appreciated by many people around the world. His music is also heard regularly on National Public Radio and The Discovery Channel and he has created music for the nation's leading cultural organizations like The Smithsonian Institution and The Boston Museum of Fine Art. Matthew's current film projects include scores for two feature documentaries scheduled for broadcast on The Discovery/Travel Channels, a web project for the New York Philharmonic and music for a "Lord of the Rings" style dramatic short scheduled for international festival release.

Director of Photography »Tahlee Booher began her film studies at BYU with emphasis in cinematography. She was able to further develop her skills by working with some of the most experienced cinematographers in the business. Tahlee has worked in the film industry for over 13 years, demonstrating her talent in documentaries, features, and commercials. She has a passion for pre-Raphaelite art, classic motorcycles, and photography.

Music Supervisor » Anthony Thornton is an established conductor and voice teacher. He moved to Los Angeles in 1994 to pursue a doctorate in music at UCLA. He has served as a Guest Lecturer of Music at UCLA, Pomona College, Los Angeles City College, and CSU-Pomona, where he instructed students in voice, chorus, The Business of Music, and Arts Integration. Anthony was a partner in Thornton-Castellano Management for two years. His company developed up-and-coming actors, writers, and musicians, many of whom now have affluent careers in the industry. As an independent music supervisor, Anthony has recently completed work on Do I.