CHRIS ESKA - Writer/Director/Editor
Chris Eska was raised in the village of Ottine, Texas (pop. 98). He studied sociology and art at Rice University before attending UCLA's MFA film directing program. His short films have screened on PBS, at the Coca-Cola Refreshing Filmmaker's Competition, the Texas Filmmaker's Showcase, and at film festivals worldwide. Doki-Doki, his UCLA master's thesis film, premiered on the national PBS series Independent Lens with an introduction by Susan Sarandon. His first feature, August Evening, won the $50,000 Target Filmmaker Award and was nominated for two 2008 Independent Spirit Awards, where it took home the Cassavetes Award.
JACOB ESQUIVEL - Producer
Jacob Esquivel grew up in San Antonio, Texas and attended The University of Texas at Austin, earning his BS in Radio/Television/Film in 2005. Along with a few other members of The Retrieval crew, he worked on Eska's first feature, August Evening, as the film's location sound recordist. Currently based out of Los Angeles, Jacob has worked on the production side of commercials, music videos and independent features.
JASON WEHLING - Producer
Jason’s producing credits include: August Evening, awarded top prizes at the Los Angeles and Woodstock Film Festivals and winner of an Independent Spirit John Cassavetes Award; the PBS doc, A Place to Dance; Paul Gordon’s 2010 SXSW and Venice Film Fest standout, The Happy Poet; Jonny Mars’ 2012 SXSW premiere America’s Parking Lot; and Spencer Parson’s 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival premiere Saturday Morning Massacre. He also produced the feature anthology film Fourplay, currently playing a national theatrical tour. From 2002–2005, he served as a programmer on PBS’ Independent Lens series and he current works as a senior producer with Austin’s innovative Arts + Labor creative community production company.
ALAN BERG - Executive Producer
An award-winning documentary filmmaker and native Texan, Alan co-founded Arts+Labor in 2004 with his wife, Kristin Johansen-Berg. His films have screened at Cannes, SXSW, and The Los Angeles Film Festival, and he’s had two documentaries nationally distributed by PBS. He has won more than twenty state and national awards for his reporting and worked on the PBS Best Practices in Journalism project. Alan has also taught reporting and long-form narrative storytelling at the University of Texas.
TOM BORDERS - Executive Producer
Tom Borders received his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and an M.A. from the University of Michigan. He was co-founder and former CEO of Borders Books Shop, Inc. He is currently President of Sixth Street Films Inc. Borders is a Director of the Bank of Ann Arbor and is on the Board of Directors of the Tapestry Foundation. He is former Chair of the Harry Ransom Center Advisory Council, and has been a member of the Council for ten years.
SIBYL AVERY JACKSON - Executive Producer
Sibyl Avery Jackson is an author/screenwriter and a member of the Writers Guild of America West. She has vast experience as a writer, editor, researcher, public and media relations specialist in the corporate/private sectors, as well as in public television and radio. Her background also includes being a researcher and editor at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library in Austin, Texas, and a spokesperson for one of the largest wireless service providers where, in addition to public and media relations, she also developed and managed government relations and corporate giving. The latter experience inspired Sibyl to write an award-winning suspense/thriller novel, Degree of Caution. She has been active for many years in securing funding for various projects and has served on several boards, including the Houston Museum of African American Culture. Sibyl has a B.A. in English from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, and currently lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband, Alfred.
YASU TANIDA - Director of Photography
Named in the 2010 International Cinematographer Guild’s Generation Next 5 DP’s Under 35 and Variety’s 2008 Top 10 Cinematographers to Watch lists, Yasu Tanida brings his unique style to every production. Yasu shot two seasons of the single camera style TV series "The Wannabes Starring Savvy" for the Starz Network. He also just wrapped the A&E pilot directed by Joe Carnahan, "Those Who Kill" starring Chloe Sevigny, a coming of age film with director Quentin Lee, "White Frog", and his feature starring Zoe Saldana, “The Heart Specialist” just came out on over 500 screens. He is currently shooting his second collaboration with Joe Carnahan on the NBC pilot, "The Blacklist" in New York.
CAROLINE KARLEN - Production Designer
Caroline Karlen has worked as a costume designer and production designer on numerous feature films (GRETCHEN, THE HAPPY POET, LOVERS OF HATE, FOURPLAY, SATURDAY MORNING MASSACRE, THE BOUNCEBACK) and music videos (ARCADE FIRE, HERMAN DUNE). She has a BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and an MFA from the University of Texas at Austin.
MATTHEW WIEDEMANN - Original Score
Matthew Wiedemann is an Austin, Texas based composer. He has a degree in music composition from The University of Texas, and has written three full-length feature film scores, music for national ad campaigns (Schick, Toyota), underscores for TV shows on Fox and MTV, and instrumental tracks with Lloyd Maines (Dixie Chicks, The Flatlanders). In the music technology arena, he has written articles in Keyboard Magazine and worked with artists ranging from Stevie Wonder to The Smashing Pumpkins. He continues to perform with Austin-based singer-songwriters and compose for visual media.
JON ATTWOOD (YELLOW6) - Original Music
Guitarist, keyboardist, composer and programmer originally from Essex (UK), now living in Leicestershire (UK). He started as a punk musician, and in 1996 he started to record solo work under the name Yellow6 with his first release in 1998. Till now he is still composing minimal atmospheric music.