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Named to the 2016 class of the prestigious Atlanta Film Society’s Filmmaker in Residence program, Jared has produced, directed, and crewed over forty film projects over the last 10 years. He completed undergraduate work in Media Communication and Production at Point Loma Nazarene University, then worked as First Assistant Director on Short Term 12 (Sundance Grand Jury Prize for Short Filmmaking 2009) and the feature I Am Not A Hipster (premiered at Sundance 2012). Jared now manages Callahan Creative LLC, which oversees a number of fiction and nonfiction projects. Click on Jared’s portrait to connect with him through his personal site.
BRENT RYAN GREEN
Brent Ryan Green is an American film director and producer. Green founded Toy Gun Films and has since produced the short film En Tus Manos in Colombia, and produced and directed short films Paper Flower in Japan, Half Good Killer in South Africa, and Running Deer in Oklahoma, which stars Boo Boo Stewart and Q’orianka Kilcher. Additionally, Green produced his feature film directorial debut, The Veil, which tells the story of a warrior who turns on his own empire and rises to the defense of an oppressed civilization in a final war for a dying world. The Veil stars William Levy, William Moseley and Serinda Swan.
Born in Seattle, raised in Idaho, Brad Kester now lives and makes films in San Diego, California. He has been privileged to collaborate on several nationally recognized projects, including 2009 Sundance Short Film Jury Prize Winner Short Term 12, and Born Without Arms, an hour-long documentary that premiered on The Learning Channel (TLC). As a music video director, his work has been featured at SXSW Film Festival. Since 2010, Brad has been teaching high school film students at Canyon Crest Academy in San Diego.
JOEL P. WEST
Joel P. West is a songwriter and film composer whose work draws on the wilderness and open spaces of North America. He has released three albums with his band The Tree Ring, which have earned a Creative Catalyst Fellowship and two San Diego Music Awards. His feature film credits include Short Term 12 (Grand Jury Prize, SXSW 2013), About Alex (Tribeca 2014), Grandma (Sundance 2015), and the upcoming The Glass Castle (featuring Brie Larson).
ABOUT // SYNOPSIS
Janey Makes A Play is a documentary film that follows a captivating ninety-year-old woman as she rallies her small town to create a theatre production about the Great Depression amidst the real erosion of the town’s local economy. Janey has spent her life in the theatre, committing the past decade to writing and directing original plays for Rio Vista, California, a picturesque small town on the Sacramento River Delta. Her community non-profit troupe, called No Small Thing Productions, has produced seventeen of Janey’s original handwritten plays. Janey continually battles inconsistent rehearsal attendance, people moving away or quitting, actors memorizing their lines last-minute, and sets that are not completely assembled. If they don’t sell tickets for their performance, the troupe will not have enough money to continue to exist. Transported into rural America, we witness the challenges of pulling off a high-caliber production with an eccentric cast of characters.
Interspersed with the production of the play are interviews and stories of the residents and local business owners who reveal the damage that the recent recession has inflicted upon their way of life. While the production unfolds, the town of Rio Vista becomes an important character itself, as we see a small town’s existence become fragile when it relies on the fading industries of farming and local commerce. All the storylines collide on opening night as the town rallies together to tell their own story on stage.