Jhene Erwin - Producer/Writer/Actor/Director
A graduate of Ryerson Theater School, Jhene has played both staring and supporting roles in various films and television series, including, the lead in the feature film The Fishing Trip, that premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. For The Fishing Trip. Jhene received glowing reviews in numerous publications including Variety, Cineaction Magazine, and The Toronto Star. In the Family Channel's M.O.W., Night of the Twisters, she also played a lead role. For Janice Gambles story on CBCs The Scales of Justice, Jhene held the title role playing the first woman in Canada to be convicted of first-degree murder. She appeared as Joanna Stubbins on the hit television series, Psych, as the attorney Snyder in the feature film Crimes of the Past. She was also a regular, playing Bess Marvin, on the New Line television series Nancy Drew. As a regular on the CBC television series, Liberty Street, she played the resident bad girl, Teena Siracusa.
Jhene is a published poet (Onyx Anthology of Spoken Word,) whose writing landed her a demo deal with EMI London collaborating with DJ Wai Wan. She has since independently released two spoken word-trip hop hybrid CDs. The single That Kind of Boy, was chosen for Ars Novas Hottest Independent Artists: Electronic/Dance, CD and These Thoughts, hit the top 20 on American Idol Underground.
Jhene co-created and optioned a reality TV show to the Los Angeles based, production company, Grainy Pictures and was the writing assistant to David Hayter, whose screen writing credits include the X-men and Watchmen. Able to work in both Canada and the US, she is developing several other projects from her home in Seattle, WA.
For more on Jhene Erwin visit her website.
Jennifer Little - Director
After graduating from the acting program at Ryerson Theater School, Jennifer worked professionally as an actor before earning, with distinction, a double major in Film and Philosophy from the University of Toronto.
She is a two-time Bessie award winning commercial director and Leo award nominated Lifestyle TV director, whose other awards include, a London International Award, a Women's Image Network Award, and an Advertising and Design Award. Jennifer has directed over 50 commercial spots and television episodes over the last five years. The Discovery Channel, WE Network, W Network, HGTV, and Global television are just a few of the networks on which Jennifer's work has appeared. Her short films include, Counsel, which premiered at the Yorkton Short Film Festival and Dead, which premiered at the World Film Festival Montreal. She was also a member of the Judging Panel for the 2004 Bessie Awards.
Jennifer Little's extensive background has eared her the reputation as an actor's director. She has written and is currently in development on two full length feature films, Grounded, and Bubbling Bliss both of which she will direct.
Kathy Weiss - Consulting Producer
The House I Keep is thrilled to have Kathy Weiss on board as consulting producer. Her extensive and impressive experience has proven to be invaluable. Most recently she was the line producer on Lawless which completed filming in late 2010. As a producer on The Family Tree starring Dermot Mulroney, Christina Hendricks and Hope Davis and Miss Nobody staring Leslie Bibb and Adam Goldberg, Kathy worked with producers Allan Jones and J.Todd Harris (exec. prod. The Kids Are All Right.) Kathy also co-produced the acclaimed, award winning documentary Who Killed the Electric Car. For more on Kathy and her incredible resume please visit http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1281678/.
Sharon Day - Executive Producer
Sharon Day is an Emmy Award nominated costume designer who has created pre-internet fashion marketing videos, produced recordings of Broadway greats for collectors and musical theater buffs, won awards for waiver theater productions and is an experienced, internationally successful internet entrepreneur. Sharon strongly believes in this powerful short film and has joined the project with purpose.
For more detailed information about Sharon Day and her cutting edge projects visit:
www.greatgiftcircle.com, www.IMDB.com, www.costumedesignersguild.com
Stuart Brawley - Composer
Breaking News - Stuart Brawley co-produced 3 of the tracks as part of the Angelikson production team on Michael Jackson's new CD , along with Eddie Cascio and James Porte. In addition, Stuart played keyboards, engineered, programmed on all the songs, and did the string arrangement for “Keep Your Head Up.”
Stuart is a rare all-in-one talent, able to seamlessly switch from writer to producer to engineer. He is also a gifted musician, arranger and orchestrator, and prides himself on being a chameleon, comfortable working with rock bands like Aerosmith or classical singers like Josh Groban. His private recording studio - The Backyard - is located in Sherman Oaks, California. This cozy facility is loaded with latest digital recording technology along with an eclectic array of analog modules and vintage instruments.
Stuart got his musical start early, studying both piano and violin lessons at the age of three. He attended a nationally renowned high school Performing Arts program, was awarded a music scholarship at the University of Toronto, and finished his schooling at Canada's famed Music Industry Arts program at Fanshawe College. After a two year long apprenticeship at Canada's legendary Sounds Interchange Studios, Stuart moved on to Los Angeles, working with top producers, engineers and artists at the world renowned Record Plant Studios. Shortly thereafter, he began his career as a freelance producer, songwriter, engineer, and musician.
Stuart has engineered or mixed records for Michael Jackson, Don Henley, NSYNC, Barbra Streisand, Cher, Brandy, Nick Lachey, Seal, Celine Dion, Avion, The Mooney Suzuki, The Matrix, and many more. He has written and/or produced songs for Don Henley, Teddy Geiger, Darren Hayes, Brandy, Emmy Rossum, Jason Reeves, AVION, Nick Lachey, Outmatch, Jump5 and many more. Most notably, Stuart co-wrote Don Henley's single Taking You Home, which received a BMI award for being one of the most played songs of 2000. In 2005, Stuart co-wrote and produced Seven Days Without You which went Top 20 on Billboard for AVION, and was subsequently released by Teddy Geiger on Columbia Records.
Last year Stuart wrote and produced all of Emmy Rossum's (The Phantom Of The Opera, The Day After Tomorrow, Mystic River), debut album for GEFFEN. The 3 song sneak peak, released on iTunes, charted at #2, and Stuart is nominated for Producer Of The Year at this year's JUNO Awards (Canadian Grammys) for his work on the album. 2008 saw the release of Jason Reeves' (Colbie Caillat collaborator) debut album for Warner, for which Stuart wrote and produced 2 songs. Right now, Stuart has a Top 40 radio hit with Lenka's (EPIC) The Show, and has just finished production on Aaron Barnhart's debut album (Bonded Records/UMG), and producing his first artist -- Jenna Beck -- on his own label. Upcoming projects include Cindy Santini (Bonded), Between The Trees, Cindy Santini, and Emmy Rossum's (Geffen) follow up release. For more on stuart - www.stuartbrawley.com
Otto Arsenault - Editor
Otto co-directed Lessons Learn'ed by Matt and Kim that won a Breakthrough Video award at the 2009 MTV Video Awards.
Lessons Leaned can be viewed here: Lessons Learned
Otto's extensive editing experience can be viewed on his website at http://www.ottoarsenault.com
Sean Porter - Cinematographer
Sean Porter's visual style is a culmination of over 8 years of cinematography, lighting, & design experience working within a variety of narrative, experimental & commercial work. He recently completed principal photography on the IFP Spotlight Award film My Time with Betty and Bass Ackwards, the upcoming feature by award-winning director Linas Phillips (Walking to Werner). He was also asked to photograph the international documentary, Sweet Crude which premiers this year at the Full Frame Documentary Festival. Sean has shot music videos for artists such as The Blakes, Laura Veirs, and the Saturday Knights and his work has been screened at SXSW, Palm Springs, Toronto, LA and Seattle. On the commercial side, Sean has shot for Superfad, Microsoft, GLG, ZAAZ, MTV, and MSN, among other agencies and design firms. Sean graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in Media Production and Design. When he's not on set he runs an indie-friendly grip and lighting company, Swingset Film & Audio.
Sean's demo can be viewed at www.seanporterdp.com
Laurie Hicks - Production Designer
Laurie grew up in Oakland, California where a brief stint with theatre acting started a lifelong interest in storytelling. Since moving to Seattle in 1997, Laurie graduated from SCCC's intensive Film & Video program in 2002. There she worked as a Director and Production Designer on several narrative short films and documentaries. After graduating, Laurie moved into production work as a Production Manage /Line Producer for several local feature films. Due to her work and dedication, she garnered a Co-Producer credit on the films Cthulhu (starring Tori Spelling) and True Adolescents (starring Mark Duplass). Laurie's short film Love, Inc. won a Telly Award and screened at the One Reel Film Festival.
Laurie has since moved back to the Art Department and has worked as a Set Decorator, Art Director, Wardrobe Designer and Production Designer for many features and short films.
Starting as an intern Set Dresser on the feature film, Buffalo Bill's Defunct (Director: Matt Wilkins), Laurie has gone on to work with many NW directors: Lynn Shelton (The Lights: Setting Sun), Christy Elton (The Suit), SJ Chiro (Third Days Child), Joe Shapiro & Andy McCone (Shut Eye), Apryl Richards (Murmur of Bees), David Lipson (Tell Me Who), Benjamin Kasulke (The Lonely H, Singer).
Laurie has studied various aspects of art including photography, graphic design, screen writing, apparel design, interior design, and landscaping, all of which aid in translating each Director's unique vision.
Laurie's website can be viewed at www.laurie-hicks.com
Kate Wharton - Line Producer
Kate Wharton is a writer/producer, and alumni of the screen writing program at TheFilmSchool in Seattle. She worked as a distribution assistant for the indie feature Expiration Date , Producer on the short film Shut Eye which premiered at the 2008 SIFF, and is currently working in as Assoc. Producer on the 2008 IFP-spotlight winning film Night Blind. Collaborating with her film school peers, Kate has formed the production company Three Hole Punch Productions, which has optioned the family indie feature Joyful Noise. She is a published children's book author, and an award-winning screenwriter, who has recently optioned her spec comedy Drill Queen (co-written with Andrea Seybold). She holds a BA in Math, an MS in Statistics.
She lives in Seattle with her architect husband and two children. In her spare time, Kate teaches at Seven Star Women's Kung Fu. Kate is continually drawn to stories that empower women. She is particularly delighted to work on The House I Keep as she believes this project will help provide insight and conversation into how we deal with loss, and find the courage to embrace the future.
Peryl Manning - Fundraising Manger
Peryl Manning is a writer and researcher whose experience includes writing for various dotcoms and four years in financial technical writing. She was also a contributor to Indian Myths & Legends from the North Pacific Coast of America: a Translation, by Franz Boas (Bouchard and Kennedy, editors). For the past five years, Peryl has been a fundraiser for several non-profit organizations. In 2004 and 2005 she co-chaired Childhaven's annual Tackle Child Abuse Seahawks dinner and auction, raising a record setting $700,000 over two years. She has also advocated for Childhaven throughout Seattle and attracted committed donors to the organization. In 2006 and 2007, Peryl was a board member of Students Go the Distance, a program that aided in training at risk high school age youths to run the Seattle Marathon. As part of the fundraising committee, she organized meet and greet fundraisers, which attracted many donors and volunteers. In addition, she authored and edited grant proposals for both organizations. Peryl's most recent endeavor, Parenting Ad Absurdum has quickly become a go to source for a realistic look at parenting.
As a writer, an advocate for abused and neglected children, and a mother of two, Peryl has an abiding belief in both the power of this film and in Jhene Erwin.