Lesley Powers is a narrative filmmaker based in Los Angeles. She recently graduated from Sundance's Directing Actors Co//lab where she honed her skills directing working actors. In 2019 she was a judge for the Circle City Film Festival, and a Top 10 Jury Picked finalist in the SheDirected competition (helmed by Kate Bosworth) for her short film - Don’t Tell Mom. Powers, a former panel coordinator for the Bentonville Film Festival is a big believer in the festivals' mission of diversity and inclusion. She had a 98% female crew on her 2018 short film, Make Yourself at Home. Her first short film, Mr. Johnson's Julius Caesar, made her a Nashville Film Festival 2015 Horizon Award nominee and sparked her directing journey.
She runs her Production company, Naptown Entertainment, named after her hometown of IndiaNAPolis. Powers is producing two feature films, Hey Hun and Besties!, under that banner.
Lesley resides in Los Angeles with her husband and son. She loves funfetti cupcakes, Sex and the City re-runs, and being on set.
Rachel Murphy has an in depth knowledge of production for the Film and Commercial mediums. She graduated from Indiana University, Herron School of Art with a degree in Fine Art Photography. It wasn’t until years later that she found her desire to be immersed in motion. Rachel has worked in numerous national, regional and local advertising campaigns for the past 18 years. Film has become a recent adventure in the past 4 years. Storytelling has become her passion and the challenges this field promotes she craves to cultivate.
She has Line Produced the features, Between Waves and So Cold The River. Along with numerous short films Hide & Seek, The Passenger, Through the Window and As We Begin.
Shane Simmons is a producer and actor based in Chicago, IL. He recently produced Kendall Goldberg’s debut feature When Jeff Tried to Save the World, as well as Michael Glover Smith's Mercury in Retrograde and Stephen Cone’s Henry Gamble's Birthday Party. He also helps run the non-profit Elevated Films, which creates first-run independent film events and directs proceeds to youth arts programs in Chicago. Shane has a passion to champion films that dig deeper into human connection and offer a new perspective of our world and what it might become. A Chicagoan by way of Iowa, he is excited to continue building the independent film community in his adopted home.
Nate Gilbert is an independent producer, filmmaker, and investor from Boston, MA who started his film career in Chicago, IL. After working in the tech world for five years, Nate entered the independent film space by working on a variety of short film and web series content before branching out into to feature film projects. His first short, DEAR FRANKIE, premiered at the Straight 8 Competition at Cannes and went on to screen at several other Oscar-qualifying film festivals. Recently, in addition to helping develop a multitude of feature screenplays, Nate was an Associate Producer on the independent documentary THE LAST BLOCKBUSTER, which is now available on Netflix.
After graduating from DePaul University's Digital Cinema program in 2010, Brittani moved to LA and worked for several years as a Casting Associate to Amber Horn, Danielle Aufiero, and Barbara Fiorentino. In 2014, she began working as a Casting Director and accumulated independent feature credits on fully financed productions. Emmy Award-winning Casting Director Laray Mayfield hired Brittani as her Casting Associate in 2015. She allowed Brittani to continue casting projects for her own company as a Casting Director, while accruing high-level Casting Associate credits on confidential features and series. In 2018, Brittani worked as the CD for Powderkeg’s inaugural anthology series: Fuse. Powderkeg is a digital studio (launched by Paul Feig and Laura Fischer) that aims to champion new comedic voices with a special commitment to female, LGBTQ creators and filmmakers of color. Today, Brittani lives in Chicago and works remotely. Her casting resume continues to grow and includes many genres – from situational comedies to dark dramas, psychological thrillers to family films. She is a fierce proponent of ethnically diverse casting, and prides herself on being intuitive, constructive, accessible, and actor-friendly.
Tiffany is a Los Angeles-based Cinematographer, Camera Operator, and Director. Tiffany attended Middle Tennessee State University and graduated with a degree in Film Production. After 5 years in Nashville, she moved to Los Angeles where she's been working as a union 1st AC and non-union DP and Director. Tiffany’s DP work includes Emmy-nominated digital series Ctrl Alt Delete, various award winning short films, ultra-running documentaries Run Your Race and Backbone, and the upcoming feature Two Lives in Pittsburgh.
Wes Powers is a film and television editor in LA with 10 years experience in post production, both offline and online editing. He takes pride in being a jack of all trades who can handle a multitude of tasks in the post production pipeline. He’s worked with clients from Showtime, AppleTV+, and Disney+. Wes is meticulously organized, extremely attentive to the smallest of details. When he's not working, Wes loves spending time with his wife and son, watching films, playing the occasional video game, and enjoying the year round sunshine in LA.