Having started her career in documentaries, helping to produce for A&E, ABC and Discovery, Josephine Decker often builds her work from improvisation and collaboration with real communities.

Her recent feature Butter on the Latch - called “a sexy, wild romp you have to see to believe” by In- diewire and “an utter exhilaration of cinematic imagination” by The New Yorker -- is set at a real-life Balkan folk song and dance camp. The film, based on a Balkan folk song, explores the dark intimacy and neuroses of a female friendship, was included in Film Comment’s year-end list of Best Undistrib- uted Films of 2013, and will have its international premiere at the Berlinale 2014. Recently named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film, Josephine has just completed her second narrative feature Thou Wast Mild and Lovely. Starring Joe Swanberg, Robert Longstreet, Sophie Traub and Kristin Slaysman and inspired by a character from John Steinbeck’s “East of Eden” Thou Wast Mild and Lovely balances horror, beauty, and intimacy as an erotic thriller set in the wilds of Kentucky. The film will World Premiere at the Berlinale 2014. 



Martín Hernández has been nominated for BAFTA’s and Golden Reels for his outstanding work. Selected projects include sound editing/ sound design for On The Road by Walter Salles, 21 GramsBiutiful by and Babel by Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu, Pan’s Labyrinth by Guillermo del Toro, City of God by Fernando Meirelles, Into the Wild by Sean Penn and Nine Lives by Rodrigo Garcia. He lives in Mexico and in Los Angeles. 



Steven Schardt is a producer, filmmaker and editor. He produced acclaimed director Lynn Shelton’s Humpday (Sundance 2009, Magnolia Pictures release), Touchy Feely (Sundance 2013, Magnolia Pictures release) and Your Sister’s Sister (Sundance 2012, IFC Films). He also pro- duced Calvin Reeder’s The Oregonian (Sundance 2011). His own directing work has screened at SXSW and Tribeca Film Festivals. 


Laura Klein has produced multiple independent films; including, Stephen Cone’s critically acclaimed The Wise Kids, his most recent project Black Box starring Austin Pendleton and Josephine Decker, and Red Right Return written and directed by George Manatos. In addition, she has worked as assistant director on numerous films; including, the award-winning Medeas directed by Andrea Pallaoro and starring Catalina Sandino Moreno, and 2014 Sundance selections Obvious Child written and directed by Gillian Robespierre and starring Jenny Slate and Desiree Akhavan’s Appropriate Behavior. She has also produced and directed numerous short films. 



Adam Donaghey, founder of Zero Trans Fat Prods., is an award-winning independent film producer from Texas. His work has been nominated for both the Independent Spirit and Gotham Awards, and has been showcased at fests including Sundance, Berlinale, SXSW, Sitges, LA Film Festival, AFI Fest, Hamptons Int’l Film Festival and Thessaloniki; and via distributors including IFC Films, Factory 25, XLRator Media, Cinetic Media, Fandor, Gathr, the Lifetime Channel and the Lifetime Movie Network. Adam is a Partner and Vice President of Aviation Cinemas, inc., the holding company operating the historic Texas Theatre, an arthouse and national landmark in Dallas, Texas. Financed by Howard Hughes in 1931, the Texas Theatre received national attention after the arrest of Lee Harvey Oswald, alleged shooter of President John F. Kennedy. Adam Co-Founded Aviation Cinemas Prods., currently in development on Danny Casolaro Died For You, a feature narrative investigating the unsolved death of the titular writer, who was slated to break a story concerning high-level government corruption in the Reagan Justice Dept. Adam also Co-Founded and programs for the Oak Cliff Film Festival. Adam regularly speaks and judges at universities, film festivals and industry related workshops, conferences and competitions and is a freelance film columnist for D Magazine. Adam is a graduate of the University of North Texas with a B.A. in philosophy.


Molly Herron is a Brooklyn-based composer, performer, and educator. She is a recipient of the Exploring the Metropolis 2012/13 Con Edison Composer’s Residency at the Brooklyn Youth Chorus Academy. Recent work includes commissions by the chamber orchestra Contempora- neous, JACK Quartet, The Cygnus Ensemble, The NYU Contemporary Ensemble and arrangements for the folk group The Great Republic of Rough and Ready, among others. She has worked with ECCE as a fellow at La Pietra Forum in Florence. Molly is a co-founding director of the W4 New Music, a composer’s collective dedicated to enriching the possibilities for new music and its makers since 2010. 



Ashley Connor is a cinematographer living in New York.  In addition to her DP work on Josephine’s new feature Thou Wast Mild and Lovely, Ashley also shot Josephine’s critically acclaimed first feature, Butter on the Latch, noted in The New Yorker and Indiewire for its groundbreaking cinematography. Her recent music video directing work has been featured on Pitchfork and NPR. Her work as a cinematographer has appeared on PBS’ FutureStates, and films she has shot have played to film festivals all over the world including the Berlinale, SXSW, Tribeca Film Festival and Hong Kong International. This fall, she collaborated with director Allison Bagnall as Director of Photography on her new feature Funny Bunny and on Carelton Ranney's sci-fi adventure film, The Wild, a participant in this year's 2014 IFP Narrative lab.

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David Barker is a filmmaker, editor, and teacher. His 2009 micro-budget feature Daylight opened to rave reviews and was the Critic’s Pick in both The New York Times and The New York Post and his prior feature Afraid of Everything premiered at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival.  Recently, he edited the award-winning Sundance competition entry HERE by Braden King, as well as Deepak Rauniyar’s Highway, which is credited with launching a new wave of Nepali cinema. In addition, he was editorial consultant on Rachel Boynton’s 2013 Tribeca Film Festival Competition documentary Big Men, and has worked with filmmakers such as Jean-Pierre Gorin, Jesper Just, Harun Farocki, Liza Johnson, and many others.

He is currently commissioned by Joslyn Barnes and Danny Glover’s Louverture films to co-write the Hubert Bals supported screenplay White Sun with Deepak Rauniyar, which will go into production in Nepal in February 2015.

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Laura, a partner in Silversnow Films, has executive produced/produced a number of award-winning narrative films, all of which have premiered at top-tier festivals worldwide. Recent projects aside from Josephine's include Matt Porterfield's I Used to Be Darker (Sundance and Berlin, 2013), Lance Edmands's Bluebird (Tribeca, 2013), Jonathan Lisecki's Gayby (SXSW, 2012), Andrew Neel's King Kelly (SXSW, 2012), and Andrew Semans's Nancy, Please (Tribeca, 2012). In post-production:  Alison Bagnall's third feature, Funny Bunny. Laura has edited and written both fiction and non-fiction for leading national feature magazines such as The New Yorker, Details and Vanity Fair. She is on the board of Union Docs and a member of the Provincetown Film Institute Task Force.


Russell Sheaffer is an experimental film and documentary maker with a strong academic background. Recently, a film he co-wrote and co- directed with James Franco, Masculinity & Me, was an official selection of the 2011 Torino LGBT Film Festival and was featured in Franco’s solo exhibition, “The Dangerous Book Four Boys”. He has produced both fiction and documentary works. 



Sarah O’Brien is both set and costume designer, with a Masters degree in one hand and a Local 829 union card in the other. She has been working successfully in New York for a handful of years on creative projects that ranged from large scale sculptures, Off-Broadway theatre, fashion, television and of course, feature films. She currently is on a career sabbatical, however, ruthlessly traveling the world and inves- tigating higher truths. Her current mission is a pilgrimage to the Himalayas.


Megan Billman is an artist and art director currently completing her MFA in Graphic Design at Yale School of Art. She graduated from Brown University with a degree in multimedia production and critical theory and has art directed and produced feature films, documentaries and commercials.