WRITER/DIRECTOR - ROBIN WILBY
Robin Wilby lives in New York City and is a graduate film student at Columbia University, with a concentration in directing. She graduated with a BA in Visual Media from American University. She directed three award-winning short films as part of The 48-Hour Film Project. For the past seven years she has worked in all capacities of filmmaking, including director, editor, cinematographer and writer, on over 60 short films. She has worked for several production companies in Washington, D.C., and has experience in a variety of media, including features, documentaries, and television. Her recent credits include: assistant director for two award-winning Columbia University thesis films; assistant camera for the feature film Be Kind Rewind (2008), directed by Michel Gondry; as well as camera operator on music videos for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, webisodes for The Onion, and a commercial for Equal.
PRODUCER - JULIE BUCK
A New York-based producer, Julie Buck has produced or co-produced nine short films in the last two years and is currently in pre-production on three additional thesis films. Before moving into production, Buck served for six years as the head of film conservation at the Harvard University Film Archive. She has also taught film history courses at Suffolk University and School of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, as well as lectured and curated film series throughout the Northeast at Harvard, MIT, George Eastman House and Anthology Film Archives. Buck is also an exhibiting artist, having shown work at Harvard, Columbia College of Arts and Crafts, Anthology Film Archives and additional galleries. She has received grants for her publications on silent cinema and her last short experimental work, Girls on Film. Her forthcoming artist book, Finite Sets, will be published by Preacher's Biscuit Books in June. Buck has an undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University, a certificate in film preservation from George Eastman House, and is currently an MFA candidate at Columbia University.
CO-WRITER - AUSTEN RACHLIS
Austen Rachlis recently received her MFA with honors from Columbia University's School of the Arts and her BA in American Studies from Hampshire College, where she was a Harold F. Johnson Scholar, awarded for outstanding academic achievement. Chavez, a short film she wrote and produced, won Best Student Film at the Northampton Independent Film Festival and Best Lead Actor at the Mexico International Film Festival. In 2007 her spec script for The Shield won Best Teleplay in the Columbia University Screenplay Competition. She also co-wrote a short screenplay, Smoke and Mirrors, which was awarded a production grant from the James Bridges Foundation in 2008. Her feature screenplay, Recoil, was short-listed by the Sundance Institute for both their Creative Producers' and Screenwriters' Lab, and was a top 20 semi-finalist in Final Draft's Big Break Screenplay Competition.
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER - CAEDEN DEMPSEY
Caeden Dempsey is a 30-year-old transgender person who has focused the last 12 years of his career and personal organizing on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues. He graduated from American University with a BA in Sociology and Gender Studies. Dempsey has worked for some of the most influential LGBT and youth organizations in the U.S., including the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the National Center for Transgender Equality, the National Youth Advocacy Coalition, and Advocates for Youth. He has facilitated workshops focused on issues impacting the transgender community at colleges, workplaces and conferences around the U.S., and is an authority on queer youth organizing and activism, with a specialty in transgender youth.