Ryan Prior
Ryan PriorCo-Director, Writer, Producer
Ryan is a multimedia journalist and social entrepreneur. He was the founder and editor-in-chief of the Georgia Political Review  and went on to jobs writing for The Daily Beast and USA Today. His reporting and commentary have also appeared in The American Conservative, Real Clear Politics, and several other publications. Currently working at CNN, he was selected as a 2014 Stanford Medicine X ePatient Scholar and was recognized as ProHealth’s 2014 ME/CFS Advocate of the Year. He is president of the Blue Ribbon Foundation and serves on the Board of Directors for #ME Action Network. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Georgia.
Nicole Castillo
Nicole CastilloCo-Director, Cinematographer, Producer
Nicole is a cinematographer, director, and Emmy-award winner, based in Los Angeles, California. Her passion is in depicting the human condition through the eye of the lens, light, color, shape, and composition. She has shot short films, weddings, professional events, commercials, and feature length documentaries such as, “Forgotten Plague,” and crewed on feature length films such as the thriller, “Treehouse.” A fluent Spanish speaker, she got her start working as a television journalist for Univision in Atlanta. From there she moved to Aero Film, a film production company just outside of Hollywood, where she helped develop reality television programs. Currently, she works for the film company, Strongman Productions where she assists in developing feature films and shooting promotional videos. She is pursuing her Masters in Fine Arts in film production, with a concentration in cinematography, from Loyola Marymount University.
Mona Eliassen-Taliaferro
Mona Eliassen-TaliaferroExecutive Producer
Since 1989, Mona steered Eliassen Group’s growth to include a resource pool of more than 130,000 contract professionals, becoming a valued partner to more than 1,200 companies, from Internet startups to Fortune 1000 companies. Considered a true pioneer as a woman entrepreneur, Mona has been chosen as a finalist for Ernst & Young’s “Entrepreneur of the Year“ awards, been inducted into the Women’s Business “Hall of Fame“ and selected as Incentive Magazine’s “Motivator of the Year.“ She serves on the Women Business Enterprise National Council’s (WBENC) leadership forum and co-chaired the National Association of Computer Consultant Business’ (NACCB) 2005 Annual Conference. As an advocate for ME/CFS patients, she is Chair of the Board of the HHV-6 Foundation and serves on the Board of Directors for ProHealth.She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Boston University.
Tricia Finneran
Tricia Finneran“Impact Producer”
Over the past two decades Tricia has held senior positions at Sundance Institute, American Film Institute and IFP New York. She continues to consult for Sundance Documentary Program and the Good Pitch, an innovative funding and partnership development platform for social justice documentary presented by BritDoc Foundation in partnership with Sundance. Recent projects include the engagement campaign for the Oscar-nominated documentary Good Pitch (2012) from IFC Films, and the Independent Lens feature The Revolutionary Optimists (2013). She directed strategy and launched the educational outreach campaign for the Weinstein Company release, Bully (2011). The Bully Project reached more than 2 million US students and educators.
Travis Preston
Travis PrestonEditor
Travis is a Writer, Director, and Producer with 5 years of experience in the entertainment and media field. After attending the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, School for Film and Television, he returned to his home state of Georgia hoping to build a network in the budding Atlanta film industry. In March of 2013, after interning on productions for ABC, Encyclomedia, and working with local independent filmmakers for several years, Travis formed, Electric Puzzle Productions in McDonough, GA. He clients have included Ford Motor Company and Wix. In September of 2013, Travis Directed Bad Indian, a web series that won critical acclaim and was accepted into the Toronto Web Series Festival and was featured in Buzzfeed and the Huffington Post.
Dan Schaefer
Dan SchaeferSound Designer
Dan is CEO of theSoundNut, Inc. With over 18 years of experience in the Atlanta area, Dan is an award-winning audio engineer, sound designer and mixer. Past and present clients include Cartoon Network, CNN, Nickelodeon, Toon Disney/Disney XD, Boomerang, TNT, TBS, Turner South, Spike TV, The Weather Channel, Atlanta Motor Speedway, Gametap, Tribune Creative Services, WCW, Coca-Cola, Delta Airlines, BellSouth, Verizon Wireless, American Express, Hi-Fi Buys, Longhorn Steakhouse, WNNX, and many others.
Monique Peters
Monique PetersProducer
Monique is a producer for film and television productions. She has produced, developed and created programming for AMC networks, Discovery, and Lifetime These shows include Women Interrupted, Coming Undone, Coming Home, The Karen Simon Show, Poison Ivy, Health Secrets and Ten Special Men (Israeli Soldier’s Life) She worked collaboratively with George Rannie of CBS, Director of Distribution, John Miller SVP programming for Wetv and Eric Zimmerman Chief Creative Officer of The Complex Group.
David Conley
David ConleyComposer
David is an established composer, conductor and singer based in Princeton, NJ. David has sung in several world renowned choirs including The Hodgson Singers, winners of the Ave Verum International Choral Competition, The award-winning Westminster Choir, Westminster Symphonic Choir, and Westminster Kantorei, a 2014 finalist for The American Prize in Choral Music. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Performance from The University of Georgia and is currently pursuing his master’s degree in Choral Conducting at Westminster Choir College. To learn more about him, visit his website here.
Sam Alkaitis
Sam AlkaitisAnimator
Sam is an animator based in Vancouver, British Columbia.He has worked as a Harmony Animator and Lead Build Artist for Bardel Entertainment. His credits include Cartoon Network’s Rick and Morty, which appears on Adult Swim. He holds a BS in Biology from the University of Virginia and a Diploma in Animation from the Vancouver Film School.