Mia Niebruegge - Director/Co-Writer
Mia has a BFA in Film Production with a minor in Film Studies from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. For the past eight years, she has been living in LA, working in indie film and network television. Her film experience spans development, production and distribution. She was part of a team that took three films to the Cannes Film Market and the American Film Market. In addition, she produced the award-winning short film, APPLEBOX, and wrote and directed the short film, STRANGERS IN A FAMILY. Recently, Mia has been coordinating post-production on the FOX drama series, WAYWARD PINES.
Joshua Valle - Producer
Joshua Valle is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, where he received his degree in Film Studies. Since graduation, Joshua has worked on a variety of different projects, including commercials, short films, television pilots, and online webisodes. In addition to producing, Joshua has experience in script coverage, post-production advertising and AMPAS requirements, the Los Angeles film festival circuit, and photo shoots.
Favienne Howsepian - CINEMATOGRAPHER
Favienne Howsepian is currently a 2nd year cinematography fellow at the American Film Institute. Originally from the bay area, Favienne received a bachelor’s degree in Cinema from San Francisco State University, with a minor in French. During her time at SFSU, Favienne studied abroad in both Paris, France and Shanghai, China to expand her knowledge of world cinema and filmmaking. Several short films that Favienne has shot have premiered at festivals across the nation, most notably Better the Devil and M is for Maleficium.
Dr. Christopher Greenslate - Co-Writer
Christopher is the co-author of the book "On a Dollar a Day: One Couple's Unlikely Adventures in Eating in America" (Hyperion) which has been featured in the New York Times, TIME Magazine, Newsweek and National Public Radio. He earned a degree in literature at San Francisco State University and a doctorate from Vanderbilt University. This year Christopher was a recipient of AFI's coveted China Story Scholarship which sent him to China to research a script, funds his education, and provides a first-look deal with financiers at IDG Entertainment.
Berenice Chavez - Editor
Berenice is a graduate from the University of Nevada – Las Vegas. She received her BA in Film. During her time at UNLV, Berenice worked as an editor with notable directors such as David Schmoeller and Brett Levner. She also produced and edited two short documentaries titled, PASSING THE TORCH and NORTH TO PARADISE, both of which received a total of three National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences: Pacific Southwest Chapter Student Emmy Award nominations. She won two of those awards, one of them for her editing. Berenice is also a recipient of the Las Vegas Film Festival's Emerging Filmmakers Scholarship. Currently, Berenice is earning her MFA in Film Editing at the American Film Institute.
Doriane Desfaugeres - Production Designer
Doriane is an honors graduate from the University of California Davis with degrees in psychology and art studio. After her post baccalaureate art studies at Columbia University, she began exploring filmmaking opportunities. She found that production design was the perfect fit for her as it marries her passion for art, film, architecture, history, and psychology into one career. Doriane loves watching her concepts come to life, and portraying the character’s psychology through design.