CLAY JETER

Director, Writer, Producer, Additional Cinematographer


Clay grew up in Tennessee riding go-karts off-road, converting abandoned houses into skateparks, and organizing extremely dangerous firework-battles in the outskirts of his neighborhood. In an inflatable raft, he explored the Jeter River Cave in the woods behind his house attempting to find a way out on the other side, stopping occasionally to turn off his flashlight and shoot roman candles into the dark caverns. When he was 12, he found a kitten in a dumpster, placed it on the front of his skateboard, and rode it to the safety of his home (Buster, the cat, still lives in Clarksville with his parents).

Clay started acting as a kid and quickly became obsessed with filmmaking. While guest starring on an episode of the cult classic WALKER TEXAS RANGER, he learned how to execute the sleeper hold from WWE Legend "Hot Rod" Rowdy Roddy Piper. To the great dismay of his math and science teachers, Clay turned down an offer to study engineering at MIT so he could attend film school at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. After college, Jeter went on tour with the Brooklyn-based rock band The Hold Steady to direct the documentary A POSITIVE RAGE and traveled to Africa as the co-director of photography on BOUNCING CATS, a feature-length documentary about break-dancing in Uganda. He returned home to the family tobacco farm in Western Kentucky to direct his first narrative feature film, JESS + MOSS.

WILL BASANTA

Cinematographer, Producer, Writer


Will was brought up in the woods of deep southern Illinois. He became interested in visual media at an early age, restoring a derelict darkroom and teaching himself black and white photography.  After studying film at the University of Southern California, he split to the mountains of northwestern Wyoming to work as a painter, explore the backcountry, climb, camp, and otherwise bum around.

Since returning to California, he has shot music videos for artists such as John Fogerty, The Fray, Five for Fighting, Bloc Party and Bonnie "Prince" Billy, among others.  He was co-director of photography with friend Clay Jeter on BOUNCING CATS, a feature documentary about break-dancing in Uganda, which is currently playing in festivals worldwide.  Deeply influenced by his adventures in the woods and mountains, he has developed an organic aesthetic and an unflinching desire to explore the magical nature of moving pictures. He plans, one day, to move to Big Sur and live in a treehouse.

ISAAC HAGY

Editor, Producer, Writer


Born in 1984 in Lost Nation, Iowa, filmmaker and photographer Isaac Hagy has, for as long as he can remember, focused his lens on the fringes of culture, the periphery of society – the indigents, derelicts, and mad geniuses that walk off the edge and only sometimes come back to tell the tale.


His career in film editing began while he was still enrolled in USC, when he was brought on as an editor for AN UNLIKELY WEAPON, a feature documentary about famed war photographer Eddie Adams. Isaac showcased his keen eye for images as a storytelling medium. The film played at over 50 festivals worldwide and won numerous awards including Best Editing.

Since then, he has worked on a variety of long and short-form projects including countless music videos, commercials, and experimental short films, demonstrating his versatility as an editor. His deeply collaborative working style, which extends beyond the role of a traditional editor, has garnered the trust and respect of many prominent directors. 


In 2009, Isaac traveled to Africa, where he produced, co-wrote, and edited a feature documentary about the positive effects of hip-hop culture in the poorest regions of Uganda.  The film, BOUNCING CATS, is currently making the festival circuit while preparing for a theatrical release. JESS + MOSS is Isaac's first narrative feature.


Hagy, it should be noted, rides a 1968 BMW motorcycle. There is a painting of him riding this motorcycle across the desert with Bob Dylan – as if in a dream of searching for the lost America

DEBRA JETER

Writer, Story, Executive Producer (www.debrajeter.com)


Debra Jeter has published both fiction and nonfiction in popular magazines, including Working Woman, New Woman, Self, Home Life, Savvy, Christian Woman, and American Baby, and has co-authored two textbooks. Her story, Recovery, was awarded first prize in a short story competition sponsored by Christian Woman; and her nonfiction book Pshaw, It’s Me Grandson: Tales of a Young Actor was a finalist in the 2007 USA Book News Awards in the category History: Media & Entertainment.

She holds a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University, as well as a B.S. and an M.B.A. from Murray State University.

A native of Mayfield, KY, she resides most of the year in Clarksville, TN, with her husband Norman Jeter and cat Buster. Their two children, Clay Jeter and Nikki Jeter Wilbanks, reside in Los Angeles. She is an Associate Professor in the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University, where she has been awarded both the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Webb Award (chosen by the MBA graduating class) for Excellence in Teaching. She holds a joint appointment as a Visiting Research Professor at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

BRIAN HARSTINE

Producer


Brian is a producer, director, editor working in Nashville, TN and LA. Brian founded Liquid Crystal Productions, and has received over 70 awards and accolades from festivals, critics and audiences alike. His credits include SUNDANCE worldwide premiere feature film JESS+MOSS which has been distributed worldwide, and the soon to be released worldwide Live in Australia DVD project for Dolly Parton (“Dolly Down Under”) in which he directed and produced.  His films have shown in film festivals all over the world to major audiences and festivals, including Hong Kong, Berlinale, Beijing, Dallas, Prague, and Melbourne Film Festivals while also appearing in major industry publications like "Variety", "NY Times", "Filmmaker Magazine", "Screen International" and more.

In addition to the producing of feature films, Brian has worked in crucial roles including Line Producer, Production Manager, Assistant Director, Editor, Post-Production Supervisor, and in other various capacities on features, shows, and specials for CMT, CMA, NBC, ABC, Golf Channel and Comedy Central.

Additionally Brian has a long standing reputation directing and producing high end music videos that have appeared on leading networks such as CMT and have been viewed by hundreds of thousands world wide. As a feature film producer Brian has garnered relationships with A list production crew and film companies around the world, and has built relationships with sales and distribution outlets through his past works and current connections. Brian has also attended many of the film markets including EFM for distribution and sales of some of his films.

NIKKI JETER WILBANKS

Story, Associate Producer


   Nikki Jeter Wilbanks grew up in Tennessee trying to keep Clay Jeter from getting killed, maimed, or blinded in fireworks wars and other crazy stunts. She is solely responsible for any career Clay would subsequently have that involved use of any appendages or would require two eyes. 

MARK STOECKINGER

Supervising Sound Editor, Associate Producer


I've always been fascinated by movies because of how captivating they can be; that’s what inspired me to attend film school at USC. It was there that I was fortunate enough to be surrounded by students

learning how to tell stories. During that time I was drawn to post-production because I felt that so much of a film is made during that part of the process. At that time I was also first exposed to how much sound could contribute to bringing a film to life.


Inspired by alumni such as Ben Burtt and Walter Murch, I decided that I wanted to follow in their footsteps and create film sound. Since then, my goal has always been to work alongside filmmakers when deciding how to best integrate sound with the story being told. Because of this, I consider myself to be one of the filmmakers when creating the sound for a film.

Working in the area of sound has given me the opportunity to work with many directors, editors, producers and other sound professionals. These are the people that continue to provide me with insight into filmmaking and storytelling and help me become better at what I do.


Mark has sound edited such features as Gladiator, Mission Impossible 3, Star Trek, and most recently Unstoppable.  He has been nominated for three Academy Awards.

GREGORY GROVER

Production Designer


Gregory Grover has been working professionally in Nashville since Graduating from Middle Tennessee State University in May 2009. Gregory has had the privilege of doing production design for Clay Jeter’s award winning short, 5 Dollars as well as Jess + Moss. He has since contributed to numerous feature films, music videos, and commercials since the sweltering Jess + “Mossie” summer of 2009. To this very day he continues to write, direct, act in, edit, and/or design for his production company, Planet Sun Productions.

MELANIE NORWOOD

Art Director


Melanie Norwood is a graphic designer hailing from Nashville, Tennessee. She was awarded a BFA in Graphic Design after attendance at Watkins College of Art and Design and interned at Hatch Show Print during her studies. Melanie has taken home awards through the Nashville Student Addys and the Tennessee Press Association, as well as being part of award-winning film productions in the Nashville area. 

JASON MICHAEL BERMAN

Executive Producer


Berman recently wrapped production on his second feature film entitled SEVEN DAYS IN UTOPIA which he produced with Mark G. Mathis (PRECIOUS and BRICK). The film stars Robert Duvall, Lucas Black, Deborah Ann Woll, Brian Geraghty, Melissa Leo and Kathy Baker. The film will be released theatrically nationwide in Spring 2011.


In 2009, Berman produced his first feature film entitled THE DRY LAND, which he co-produced with Heather Rae (FROZEN RIVER). The film was written and directed by Ryan Piers Williams, whose USC thesis film Jason also produced. THE DRY LAND stars America Ferrera, Melissa Leo, Wilmer Valderrama, and Ryan O’Nan. The film premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival in the US Dramatic Competition and won the Grand Jury Prize at the Dallas International Film Festival and at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in Scotland. The film was theatrically released by Maya Entertainment/Freestyle Releasing in July 2010.

Berman is currently in production in Maryland on THE BROOKLYN BROTHERS BEAT THE BEST, written and being directed by Ryan O’Nan. Berman will be back in Maryland in March 2011 to produce LEARNING UNCLE VERNON starring the RZA, Charles Dutton and Danny Glover.


Prior to producing, Berman started his career in the agent training program at the William Morris Agency in Beverly Hills, CA. His understanding of the entertainment business was further honed under Rick Sands, the Chief Operating Officer at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, where he witnessed the rebirth of the United Artists label and gained a wealth of knowledge about legal, business affairs, management, distribution, acquisition, and marketing departments of a major motion picture studio. Berman then went on to work for writer/director Gary Ross at his Universal Studios based company, Larger than Life Productions, where he assisted Gary with the animated feature film, THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX.

HARLEY TAT

Executive Producer


Harley Tat is a Seattle native who has been an active contributor to many facets of the entertainment industry. Tat is the author of the soon-to-be released novel, The New Boy. The story chronicles the mysterious and tormented world of a college student in the early 1980's. As a young television journalist, Tat garnered national attention when his story about a Texas mom's desire to have her daughter's cheerleading rival killed was made into an Emmy award winning movie. HBO's "The Positively True Adventures Of The Alleged Texas Cheerleading Murdering Mom," was not only one of the longest movie titles ever, it helped solidify Tat as an off-beat story teller.

In addition, Tat has Executive Produced and Produced an array of  television shows including, Blind Date, Extra, Mobile Home Disaster, A Current Affair, Monday Night Football’s “You’ve Been Sacked,”  and Whacked Out Sports. 


Tat's unique story telling of real life events has been heralded in programs on HBO, PBS and through the American Film Institute.


He lives and works in Los Angeles and Nashville.

DAVID GELB

Executive Producer


Originally from New York City, David Gelb currently works and lives in Los Angeles.  After graduating from USC's film production program, David has worked on various music videos, short films, and documentaries, most notably directing “A Vision of Blindness,” an extensive behind the scenes look at Fernando Meirelles' film “Blindness,” which enjoyed a run on the Sundance Channel.  David has been a sushi afficionado since his childhood, and "Jiro Dreams of Sushi" is his first full length feature film.

ADAM CHILDRESS   

Co-Producer


Adam Childress was born and raised in Nashville. Childress became interested in production during his senior year of high school and saw it as a new medium of expression to develop and explore. He soon realized how expansive the industry is and has grown to love every aspect of it.


During college, Childress started making films with a talented group of people and met his long-time business partner Brian Harstine. Childress helped develop and co-produce several short films. Over the 2010 political season, Childress produced and worked as editor and motion graphics artist on more than 100 political advertisements.

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