Carolyn Macartney – Writer, Producer, Director, Cinematographer for 16mm & interviews
Carolyn Macartney made her first film with a Double 8mm film camera that she found in her granny’s attic to accompany original electronic music she had composed. Her work is motivated by themes of the outsider and non-conformist. Raw, provocative, fallible characters interest her most. Carolyn’s films have won awards at Ann Arbor Film Festival, Onion City Film Festival, Houston Worldfest and other juried screenings and have enjoyed success in screenings and festivals around the world. She has fourteen years of professional experience as a Director of Photography, having shot four feature length narrative films as well as numerous music videos, commercials, short films and documentaries. Carolyn’s award-winning still photography has been published and exhibited in the US and Europe. Among other honors, Carolyn has received an award for music composition, a DAAD scholarship to study painting at the Hochscule der Künste in Berlin, Germany, and a Kodak Faculty Scholars Award. Carolyn has lived in five different countries and in as many States within America. She received her BA in Art from Smith College and her MFA in Filmmaking from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Kimby Caplan – Cinematographer for narrative sections
Kimby Caplan is an award-winning cinematographer whose work has aired on PBS, ABC, and NBC affiliates. Her documentaries and short films have been shown in festivals across the country and internationally. Her films, as a Director and as a Director of Photography, have won awards in all genres. Caplan has just completed principal photography on a feature documentary about Cuban Exiles in America, “CUBAMERICAN” featuring Andy Garcia which has been invited to the Miami Film Festival. She is the recipient of a 2005 Student Academy Award in the documentary Category for LISTEN, which also received a Juror’s First Place at the Black Maria Film Festival, and a Silver Remi Award from Houston Worldfest. Her 35mm short Song of David was invited to Cannes to screen in their shorts corner in 2008. Another 35mm short lensed by Caplan won the Best Horror Short at the 2009 Cape Fear Film Festival in North Carolina. Her current project as a Cinematographer is Transients, a short funded by the Loreen Arbus Foundation. Caplan is a graduate of the American Film Institute and resides in Los Angeles.
Jacob Bricca – Associate Editor
Jacob Bricca is an award-winner film editor, director, and teacher. His editing credits include the international theatrical hit Lost In La Mancha, the New Yorker Films theatrical release Con Artist, and two films that have shown on PBS’s Independent Lens series. His directorial credits include Indies Under Fire: The Battle for the American Bookstore, which won awards at the Newburyport Documentary Festival and the Santa Cruz Film Festival, and Tatanka, which premiered this year at the prestigious Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. Students from his tenure at Wesleyan University’s Film Studies Department include director Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild) producer Ami Boghani (The Reluctant Fundamentalist) and editor Jennifer Lame (Frances Ha.) He lives with his wife and son in Tucson, where he is Assistant Professor at the University of Arizona’s School of Theatre, Film and Television.
Steve James – Composer and Additional Music
Depending on who you ask, singer, stringster, songsmith and storyteller STEVE JAMES is everything from legendary to notorious. In the vast and varied world of contemporary roots/blues and folk music, he’s earned his reputation with decades of tireless international touring, a stack of touted solo recordings, a wry kinetic stage presence and an unmistakable “this is me” style of playing and singing. His creative instrumental approach on guitar, slide guitar and mandolin is informed by a life-long immersion in roots music techniques, repertoire and history; and it’s one he’s shared through numerous books, print lessons, DVDs on-line tutorials for guitar, slide guitar and mandolin for Acoustic Guitar and Homespun.
On his own recordings he’s been joined by Cindy Cashdollar, Bad Livers, Alvin Youngblood Hart, his frequent duet partner Del Rey and a host of other top players. As a sideman, on stage and in the studio, he’s played with Howard Armstrong, Bo Diddley, John Hammond, Maria Muldaur, Furry Lewis and James McMurtry…and he often gets a shout-out to “get on up here” from the likes of Tommy Emmanuel, Hot Tuna or Chip Taylor. He’s also been heard on “A Prairie Home Companion”, “Austin City Limits Live”, “NPR Morning Edition” and many other syndicated broadcasts worldwide.
Nick Lindsay –Associate Producer, Additional Editing
Thanks to a scholarship from Edgar Bronfman, Mr. Lindsay attended and graduated from NYU studying acting, film and playwriting. Since then he has produced, directed, written, edited and/or acted in more than 50 productions for film, stage and radio. Mr. Lindsay co-founded Tribeca Lab (a not-for-profit production company) with Drama Desk Award winning producer Al Ramos in 1991, where they operated a 75-seat theater in Tribeca. For Tribeca Lab he worked on dozens of productions for stage, radio and film. Stage productions include The Celebration starring Olympia Dukakis, and original stage plays starring Jill Hennessey, Angelica Torn, Peter Green, Sharon Angela and Toby Huss among others. His work on the radio show Oblique Strategies on WBAI garnered nominations for both a National Community Radio Award and a Community Public Radio Award. He crewed on the MTV/VH1 documentaries about pop Icons, Michael Jackson, AC/DC, and Kid Rock and indie features such as Desert Winds starring Heather Graham. Nick directed the 35mm film, Life in Bed. Life in Bed is a critically acclaimed (Aintitcool.com!) festival prizewinner and an official selection in five competitive festivals: Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Silver Lake Film Festival, and others. Mr. Lindsay has edited fiction feature films and documentary feature films including Saving Manhattan featuring Amy Poehler and the documentary feature Skin in The Game; The Life and Times of Raven Riley. He is Associate Producer on the fiction feature, After the Apocalypse, an official selection at the South-by-South West Film Festival. A native of South Carolina, Mr. Lindsay and his wife are new parents of two small children. They live on the family farm on rural Edisto Island South Carolina.
Janna Hampton – Associate Producer
Janna is also Wanda’s Granddaughter and the filmmaker’s cousin. She is a rancher and horse trainer who lives on her family’s cattle and sheep ranch near Ten Sleep, Wyoming. As a Wyoming native, Janna has been instrumental in making the Wyoming aspect of production of the Wanda the Wonderful film possible. She has vast connections to the people and places of the Wyoming community and knows the history of the place. As a fellow relative of Wanda’s, her knowledge of the lore and mythology of Wanda helps our project in practical and thematic considerations. Janna is also a visual artist, an accomplished painter. She has received numerous commissions and has sold her work both locally and nationally.
Arianne Margot – Wanda
Arianne Margot was born in Austin, Texas. Before the age of seven, she had lived in several different countries including New Zealand, Saipan, and American Samoa. Her travels led to an intense interest in arts and culture. She began her film career in production and made the transition from being behind the camera to in front a few years later. Arianne recently played the role of Nicolas Cage’s daughter in the 3D action film Drive Angry, and can also be seen in her recurring role on Starz’s original series Crash, Fox’s Prison Break and Lifetime’s Inspector Mom. Other credits include HBO’s Treme’ and CBS’s Under the Dome. A veteran of the independent film scene, she has starred in numerous features. Her film The Other Side of Paradise, (a personal project that was co-written and co-produced with filmmaker, Justin D. Hilliard ) has been an “Official Selection” of over 20+ festivals nationwide (premiering at AFI Dallas) and winning over 7 awards including two “Best Actress” awards for Arianne.
Zach Rose – Carl
Zachary Hudson Rose was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma to Karol Maxine, a nurse and Robert King Rose an accountant. Zach began acting, writing and directing his own plays in grade school. He went on to receive a Football scholarship from New Mexico Military Institute. After college, Zach began his acting and stand-up career in Texas.
James McMurty – James, VO for Carl and contributing musician
The son of acclaimed author Larry McMurtry (Lonesome Dove, Terms of Endearment), James grew up on a steady diet of Johnny Cash and Roy Acuff records. His first album, released in 1989, was produced by John Mellencamp and marked the beginning of a series of acclaimed projects for Columbia and Sugar Hill. In 2004, McMurtry released the universally lauded Live in Aught-Three on Compadre Records. 2005’s Childish Things garnered some of the highest critical praise of McMurtry’s career and spent six weeks at No. 1 on the Americana Music Radio Chart in 2005 and 2006. In September 2006, Childish Things and “We Can’t Make It Here” won the Americana Music Awards for album and song of the year, respectively. McMurtry received more Americana Music Award nominations for 2008’s Just Us Kids. The album marked his highest Billboard 200 chart position in more than 19 years.