ABOUT

IMG_1559 - Version 3P.H. Wells, Producer, Director, Writer, Editor. As leaps go, the one from screenwriting to documentary filmmaking is not a huge one. This is what P.H. Wells decided in 2011 when she met Virginia McCutcheon, a woman who “shall forever know that life was not wasted.” Getting her toes wet as Associate Producer on a friend’s short film (A Rendezvous), Ms. Wells fast-tracked her filmmaking education, created First Straw Films in Portland and began pre-production for My Shanghai. After filming was completed in Spring 2013, she raised over $20,000 on Kickstarter for post-production. Born in Pasadena, her background in design and construction turned out to be natural training for independent film production; nine years in the Portland Opera Chorus, less so, but key to her love of the performing arts. Her essays and observations have been published in The Wall Street Journal, The Oregonian and a prime number of other prime publications. IMDb

Joan Macbeth

Joan Macbeth, Executive Producer, Co-Writer. An award-winning screenwriter, Joan has won or placed in competitions such as Big Bear Lake Film Festival, Moondance, Action on Film, Broad Humor Film Festival, Script Vamp, and Scriptapalooza. Most recently she adapted a novel for producer Michael Gruskoff (My Favorite Year, Young Frankenstein) and is currently collaborating on a feature film with a writer/producer based in Toronto. In addition to writing, she has a background in finance and was a venture capital consultant in Vancouver, B.C. IMDb

TierneyTierney Boorboor, Co-Producer. With 20 years of project management experience, Tierney has built effective working relationships with a large network of industry contacts across the U.S., the U.K. and India. As co-owner of Eye in the Sky Entertainment, Tierney has several projects in the pipeline, including two short films, Common Grounds and The Violin, and a horror feature, A Place in Hell. IMDb

Ron Macbeth

Ron Macbeth, Cinematographer. Ron was co-founder of IT Online, one of the first Internet casting websites, and Interface Productions in Vancouver, B.C. After extensive camera work at Interface, including casting videography on such projects as X-Files, Jumanji and Free Willy 3: The Rescue, Ron tried his hand at acting for a brief period. He has returned to his spot behind the camera with My Shanghai. IMDb

Jonathan Geer

Jonathan GeerComposer. A native Texan, Jonathan breaks into the world of documentaries with the original score for My Shanghai. His music has been heard on American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance and Access Hollywood and is well known for his epic soundtracks for games on Mac, PC, Nintendo DS and iPhone/iPad. A classically trained pianist with an eclectic taste and a degree in Film Scoring from Berklee College of Music, he lives in Austin and performs regularly with the Austin Piazzolla Quintet and Waterloo Trio. IMDb

Michael 'Gonzo' Gandsey Michael ‘Gonzo’ Gandsey, Sound Re-Recording Mixer.  Originally from Burbank, Michael grew up with the music and film industry in his back yard and has been working in professional sound since 1980. Among Michael’s many film and television credits: Good Will Hunting, Finding Forrester, Far from Heaven, The Hunted, Hear and NowOn Paper Wings; and The Revisionaries for Independent Lens, Buried Alive, National Geographic Explorer, Nova and The American Experience. Current work includes sound design for The Winding Stream, a feature music documentary-in-progress about country music’s legendary Carter and Cash families. IMDb

Vashi NedomanskyVashi Nedomansky, Colorist. Born in Czechoslovakia, Vashi defected to North America with his parents at the age of five.  After earning a degree in Film and Video studies from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, he played professional hockey for 10 years (like Dad) and began his career in the visual media (like Mom) in 2001. He has edited seven feature films including An American Carol for David Zucker (Airplane, Scary Movie), many short films and hundreds of commercials for Volkswagen, Electronic Arts, Ford, Bud Light, National Hockey League, U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force and others. IMDb

Heidi Zimmerman

Heidi Zimmerman, Assistant Editor. Heidi is a picture editor with over ten years of post-production experience in narrative films, documentaries, commercials, and clip shows. Heidi received a BFA in Film/TV Production at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She has worked with major entertainment companies such as Universal Music Group and Warner Brothers. Under the mentorship of Academy Award winning editor Pietro Scalia, Heidi cut her first feature documentary, 40 Years of Silence, about the 1965 mass killings in Indonesia. Since then, she has cut a wide range of independent feature projects. From urban gardening in Detroit to Haitian development after the earthquake, her work continues to bring inspiring and provocative social justice stories to audiences around the globe. IMDb

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