Crew + Bios
Mary-Lyn Chambers :: Writer + Director
Mary-Lyn Chambers is an award-winning filmmaker born in Suva, Fiji, and raised in Wellington, New Zealand. As a writer/director, Chambers has made three short films, The Twenty-Seventh Hour, The Rain Has Forgotten US, and most recently, Debris (Escombros). She is currently in the Sony Pictures Television Diverse Directors Program and is a Film Independent Project Involve Fellow in directing. She is a current finalist for the Warner Brothers Emerging Directors Program and was shortlisted for the 2015 AFI Directing Workshop for Women.
In recent months, her short film, Debris (Escombros) screened in three programs during the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, in addition to traveling to festivals in Canada, the UK, Iran and the US. The film has garnered many accolades including “Best International Short” at the Manchester International Film Festival and “Best Dramatic Short” from the 2016 Alliance of Women in Media Genii Awards, “Best Screenplay” at the Largo Film Awards, “3rd Prize in Drama” from the United Latino International Film Festival and “Best Female Director” from the Hollyshorts Film Festival.
Currently, Chambers is developing her first feature film set in modern-day Qatar and an episodic television show set in a US Immigration Detention Center. She has spent several years working for Film Independent’s Spirit Awards and many prestigious film festivals. She resides in Los Angeles, California and maintains strong ties to New Zealand and Qatar.
Katherine Borda :: Producer
Born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia, Katherine Borda graduated from the University of Miami with degrees in Film and Communications. Borda began her career in the film industry as a unit production manager for the feature film, Know the Enemy. After moving from Miami to Los Angeles, Borda got into the entertainment marketing business making her an award-winning Executive Creative Director.
Her experience abroad in Hispanic Marketing, both domestically and internationally, includes over 100 Hispanic creative campaigns for Disney, Paramount, Sony, and Warner Bros. Her plethora of titles includes The Avengers, Star Trek, Up, Madagascar 3, Paranormal Activity 1 and 2 and Iron Man 3.
Today, Borda brings her knowledge of marketing to the filmmaking world, making movies of integrity to influence the masses. In 2013, she produced the short film, Reflection, which placed as a finalist in Ron Howard’s “Project Imagination” sponsored by Canon. She also was a producer on the animated feature film Princess Juliet, available now on DVD.
Codie Elaine Oliver :: Producer
Codie Elaine Oliver is a graduate of Howard University and the Peter Stark Producing Program at USC. Before becoming an independent filmmaker, she worked in feature film development at Fox Searchlight Pictures and crafted original events and supported filmmaking programs at Film Independent, the Los Angeles Film Festival, and the Independent Spirit Awards.
Most recently, Oliver co-produced her first feature film, Destined, starring Cory Hardrict and Jesse Metcalfe. She is currently in production on a documentary.
Stephen Love Jr. :: Producer
"A country boy with big city dreams.” Stephen Love Jr. grew up in the rural towns of Filbert and Bennettsville, South Carolina. Paired with the entrepreneurial spirit of his grandfather’s fruit stand, Love’s passion for cinema led him to start an event videography company in 6th grade. But by high school, he realized that narrative film and television producing was his destiny.
As a business major at Morehouse College, Love founded the Morehouse Filmmakers' Association, for which Spike Lee is the honorary adviser. This became the precursor to the now thriving Cinema, Television, and Emerging Media Studies (CTEMS) degree program at Morehouse.
In the meantime, Love supplemented his business studies with practical experiences outside of school. He was the associate producer for a 2009 documentary called the PBS documentary Jail, No Bail that received an Emmy nomination for the southeastern region. In 2010, Love produced Saved, which was accepted into the 2010 Cannes Film Festival’s short film corner. Over the next few years, he continued to “learn by doing” while working for Rainforest Films, Sony Pictures, The Mark Gordon Company, Martin Chase Productions, DisneyABC, NBCUniversal, and HBO Films. Love is a graduate of the Peter Stark Producing Program at USC. He and his partner Blake Pickens are currently producing Steven Caple Jr.’s first feature film, Land of Misfits, and another film with Nina Yang Bongiovi and Forest Whitaker’s Significant Productions called The Friendship Nine. Love is a 2014-15 Project Involve Producing Fellow, 2015 Sundance Creative Film Producing Lab participant and this year’s winner of the Fox HBCU Film Alliance Fellowship with Film Independent.
Ludovica Isidori :: Director of Photography
A vibrant, Italian cinematographer, Ludovica Isidori holds an MFA in Cinematography from AFI, Los Angeles, where she also received the Olivadotti Scholarship for craftsmanship excellence. While in Italy, her path was validated by a combination of artistic experiences, improving her technical skills and training her photographic sight. She filmed a feature documentary on autism, Meraviglia, that screened at several film festivals. Moving to Milano, she collaborated with the performance artist Angelo Cruciani, for the video-art project, Into; in the same year, Isidori worked for the esteemed fashion photographer Gianguido Rossi. She then worked with Francesco Zanot, as a researcher for the History of Photography album book, Volume II, edited by SKIRA. Her collaboration with this highly valued photography curator expanded Isidori's knowledge of art history and photography, as well as her understanding of the social relevance of visual art.
In 2011 she moved to Los Angeles to attend the American Film Institute, from which she graduated with a 35mm thesis, Bamidbar, that won the Best Short at the LAJFF and screened at Festivals all over the world. Since graduating, Isidori has shot several short movies and music videos, as well as web series and reality tv; some of which have successfully started their festival runs. Isidori is looking forward to shooting her first narrative feature and to begin new collaborations in both the U.S. and Europe.
Franzis Muller :: Editor
Muller was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. She earned her BA in Filmmaking from the Met Film School, based at Ealing Studios London.
Whilst working toward her degree, Muller developed a passion for the craft of film editing. She has since acquired an adept knowledge of the craft, editing a number of short and feature length films both documentary and fiction.
She now resides in Los Angeles, after completing her MFA in Editing from the American Film Institute.
Nina Caussa :: Production Designer
Nina Caussa is a designer for film and theater, originally from Barcelona. She has worked professionally across media on both sides of the Atlantic.
Some of her most recent work includes Rita Mahtoubian Is Not A Terrorist, official selection at Tribeca Film Festival 2015, and The Day Shall Declare It, a piece of immersive theater that captivated critics and audiences in downtown Los Angeles.
Caussa is currently designing her first feature in New York.
Nicolas Repetto :: Composer
Argentine-born composer and violinist, Nicolas Repetto, enjoys an active career in the film music community. Rooted in his Argentine upbringing and orchestral background, Nicolas frequently experiments and fuses ideas using exotic instruments, creative processing, and electronic techniques to create edgy, dramatic, and, most importantly, memorable music for all his clients.
Nicolas honed his film scoring skills and techniques at the Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program under Emmy-winning composer, Hummie Mann (Robin Hood: Men In Tights, Dracula Dead and Loving It). Since moving to Los Angeles in 2012, Nicolas has been accepted into the esteemed Society of Composers and Lyricists Mentorship Program, the Christopher Young Tilden House Residency Program for Film Scoring, and has also been featured on ASCAP’s “Composer Spotlight” for emerging composers.
On television, Nicolas’s music can be heard on the TLC network, on Univision’s Amas de Casas Deseperadas (Desperate Housewives on Spanish television), and on countless TV advertisements and jingles for the Beber Silverstein Group.
He has also written custom trailer music for Harry Lennix’s (NBC’s The Blacklist, Man of Steel) feature film, H4, which will have its premiere later this year.
Select film credits include the award-winning films Can’t, For Family’s Sake, and Ode In Blood (which was nominated for a Hollywood Music in Media Award and won a Global Music Award). Most recently, Nicolas was selected to score Debris (Escombros) for director Mary-Lyn Chambers as part of the Project Involve/Film Independent program.
Darya Balyura CSA :: Casting Director
Darya Balyura’s father was a producer, so she started acting at a young age, but always enjoyed helping mange actors from behind the camera as well. She has been fortunate enough to work in all fields of casting (reality, commercials, extras casting, principal, etc.) on some amazing projects and alongside many top casting directors. Affiliated with the union as well as the Casting Society, Balyura strives to meet top industry standards. Her first project was assisting on the show iCarly, where she fell in love with how talented and professional young actors can be. Central to her approach is the work, and the idea that a career in the entertainment industry should be fun.
Alexander Georgakis :: Co-Producer
Alexander Georgakis grew up in Santa Barbara, CA, and moved to Los Angeles to attend the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts. As a student, he majored in Critical Studies, and served as the director for USC's 1st Annual Independence Film Festival and the 3rd Annual LA-wide Crosstown Film Festival. Upon graduation, he received USC's prestigious University Trustees Award for achieving the highest scholarship average in the class of 2006. After graduating, Georgakis worked as a production assistant on numerous films and television programs, before becoming a script coordinator on ABC Family's drama series Make It or Break It. While serving in this position on that network's Switched at Birth, Georgakis received his first professional writing credits as a freelance writer for Episode #3015 of the series, titled “And We Bring the Light,” and Episode #4014, “We Mourn, We Weep, We Love Again.” When not working in television, Georgakis directs his own projects, including the short film The Lone Star Cowboy, which he adapted from a short story by Cathy Day from her collection The Circus in Winter, and Red Carpet Memories, a concert featuring performances of Academy Award-nominated film songs at The Coterie at the Loews Hollywood Hotel. Georgakis also continues to work as a pianist and music director throughout Los Angeles.
Written and Directed by
Codie Elaine Oliver
Stephen Love, Jr.
Executive Producers - Film Independent Angel Kristi Williams Francisco Velasquez
Director of Photography
Original Music By
Darya Balyura CSA
(In order of Appearance)
Muñoz Jaime Alvarez
Ana Isabella Luna
Javier Martin Simone
Afari Kate Nichols
Officer #2 Jake Jacobson
Officer #3 Rudy Casillas
Mama Mariana Anaya
Papa David Plascencia
Office Woman Julie Garnye
Robert Alfonso Hidalgo
Gabriel G. Alvarez
Maaikee Kiyoe Pronda
Ruben Lee Sandoval
Script Consultant Ruth Atkinson
Directing Advisor Lisa Robertson
Cinematography Advisor Rachel Morrison
Editing Advisor Michael R. Miller
Unit Production Manager J.R. Marquez
First Assistant Director Farand Heydari
Second Assistant Director Erick Castrillon
Script Supervisor Leeann Skoda
Production Coordinator Gia Rigoli
Camera Operators Ludovica Isidori Nich Musco
First Assistant Camera Justin Kane
First Assistant Camera Shane Stinar
Digital Imaging Technician Angela Latimer
Set Still Photographer David Birch
Gaffer Tim Davis
Key Grip Edward Salerno Jr.
Swing Arthur Hong
Rigging Crew Mike Swiatek
Best Boy Electric Peter Eaton
Visual Consultant James V. Kent
Art Director Madeline Rodriguez
Set Decorator/Property Master Lisa Ter-Minasian
Art Production Assistant Alina Synytsya
Makeup/Hair Courtney Housner
Wardrobe Ciara Whaley
Wardrobe Assistant Janette Gomez
Wardrobe Assistant Crystal Graham
Studio Teacher Monique Fisher
Catering Gwen Kenneally
Back To The Kitchen
Location Sound Mixer Phillip Bladh
Sound Mixer/Editor Tristan Warren
Colorist Élodie Ichter
Post Production Consultant Steven Kaminsky
Visual Effects LEGION
Visual Effects Supervisor James David Hattin
Visual Effects Artist JOHN R. McCONNELL
Graphic Design Aaron Bowersock
Don’t Blink Ink
Lead Production Assistant Ben Cassell
Production Assistants Christian Adkins
Solo Vocals performed by Ayana Haviv
Solo Cello performed by Karen Garrity
Orchestration and Music Preparation Nicolas Repetto
Score Mixer Les Brockmann
Score Recorded and Mixed at LB Sound
Filmed on location in Los Angeles and Lancaster, California
Ruby Theresa Nahan
The Filmmakers wish to thank the following for their support of the making of this film:
The Mustard Seed Fund of Denver Foundation
Steven and Rundi Luff
Gloria G. Campbell and John Verwys
James Ernest Chambers
Made with the support of: