Parker Lanier:  Artist

Parker, a self-described “Alcoholic Outsider Artist,” was raised in Indianapolis and lived there for many years before relocating to Holland, Michigan.  He now lives in Seguin, Texas, and is proprietor of the High Lonesome Art Gallery.   He has one grown son.  Parker is a graduate of DePauw University, where he studied Art History.  Parker’s work has been featured in Addiction and Art (2010), edited by Patricia Santora, Margaret Dowell, and Jack Henningfield, published by the Johns Hopkins Press.   His work has been displayed in venues too numerous and diverse to list.  To view Parker’s art, visit his active and popular blog:   http://www.alcoholicoutsiderartist.blogspot.com/.

Stephanie Olmanni: Composer

Stephanie is a film composer living in Los Angeles.  She is a graduate of Berklee College of Music, where she dual majored in Film Scoring and Electronic Production & Design.  Stephanie has scored films in several genres.  She has received the Georges Delerue Film Scoring Award and the Laurie Anderson Women in Technology Award.  She is a classically trained pianist, guitarist, and vocalist.  Stephanie currently serves as orchestrator and executive assistant on the television series Grey’s Anatomy on ABC and Raising Hope on FOX.  You can learn more about Stephanie on her site:  http://stephanieolmanni.com/Stephanie_Olmanni/Home.html

Joseph Brocato:  Consulting Producer

Joseph hails from Atlanta, Georgia and now lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children. Joseph attended The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre and studied at Lincoln Center.  He has directed several plays, including Timing by Jackie Sutton at the Riant Theatre (NYC)  and the Off-Broadway hit, The Rebirth of Social Acceptance by Lyon Marcus. He is the co-founder of Los Angeles-based Unlikely Hero Productions, LLC,  that produces films that inspire the human spirit, promote understanding, and move people to action.  He produced and directed the recent feature documentary Breaking and was also a consulting producer for the feature narrative The New Republic.  Joseph also recently created and produced a 15-show sequence, The Spirit of the Entrepreneur, for the Lifestyle Buzz Show on LA Talk Radio.

Yale Chiang:  Consulting Producer

Yale is an independent filmmaker. He has been working with digital media since 1993, at its dawn. He has produced and edited fictional shorts and music videos. Yale is currently collaborating with Unlikely Hero Productions as a producer and director of the feature-length documentary Breaking that explores Los Angeles rock music industry and was filmed over a 24-month period.

Josh WE Hays:  Co-Producer, Director of Photography, & Editor

Josh was raised in Houston, Texas and Cumberland, Maine.  Josh is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, where he concentrated in English and Theater, and of Boston University, where he earned his MFA in film production, with a concentration in Cinematography.   He is an Instructor of Digital Filmmaking at the Art Institute of New York.  Josh’s credits include Camera Intern on the feature-length comedy  Mamarosh (scheduled for 2012 release in Serbia); Assistant Camera for the feature-length comedy,  Party Like It’s a Verb;  and Production Assistant on the feature film Edge of Darkness and the TV series pilot Madso’s War.  He has also done camera work on numerous short films in a range of genres.  Josh’s reel can be viewed at http://www.joshhays.com/reel.html

Sherri VandenAkker:  Co-Producer, Director, & Writer

Sherri was born and raised in central Massachusetts.  She now lives north of Boston with her husband and two children.  Sherri is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College, where she majored in English, and University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she earned her Ph.D., with concentrations in Rhetoric & Composition, Modern Poetry, and Contemporary Poetry.   Sherri is a Professor at the Springfield College, School of Human Services, Boston campus, where she teaches writing, literature, and research skills to adult learners in face-to-face and online formats.  She has written numerous articles and worked on two books.  “My Name is Bette:  The Life and Death of an Alcoholic” is her first venture in film.  To learn more about the School of Human Services, visit http://www.spfldcol.edu/SHS.

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