Writer/Director Lucy McKendrick graduated from the prestigious AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE CONSERVATORY with an MFA in Directing in 2016. Lucy hails from Melbourne, Australia and in 2013 she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Film and Television from SWINBURNE UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY. Her undergraduate film TOOMBAWORTH screened at numerous film festivals including the WOMAN’S INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL and the HUMAN RIGHTS AND ARTS FILM FESTIVAL and in 2013 she was awarded the YOUNG AUSTRALIAN FILMMAKER OF THE YEAR at the BYRON BAY INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL. In 2012 she won BEST DOCUMENTARY for her work as writer/director on the short TIDIEST TOWN 2002 at the ST KILDA SHORT FILM FESTIVAL
Before attending the AFI Conservatory Lucy worked as a director’s assistant at Australia’s top director’s collective EXIT FILMS assisting prominent filmmakers such as GARTH DAVIS and GLENDYN IVIN. Outside of directing she has worked as Additional Assistant-Director on commercials and major motion pictures including ALEX PROYAS’S GODS OF EGYPT. In 2016 she received the opportunity to intern at VILLAGE ROADSHOW PICTURES in feature development.
As a filmmaker, Lucy is defined by her offbeat humour, high-stake scenarios, and quirky yet authentic characters. Lucy is currently developing female-orientated features, comedies and dramas. Her scripts are somehow both autobiographical and totally nonsense.
James "J.D." is a recent graduate of Lafayette College in Pennsylvania with BAs in Film & Media Studies and History. Originally hailing from Pittsburgh, he has also studied abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark, and has traveled extensively throughout Europe and parts of Asia. His previous summer internships included working with archival footage for historical documentaries and helping to integrate the teaching of digital media into public schools. In the past year prior to AFI, he has worked in Easton, Pennsylvania as a writer and producer on an upcoming transmedia project that includes a web-series, a play, and a feature film.
Jarret Rosenblatt has a BA in English with a concentration in Creative Writing from the University of Florida. He is a recipient of the Michael J. Hauptmann Award for excellence in short fiction. His stories, "Rhythmically" and "A Kind of Falling," appeared in the literary journal Subtropics. He has ghostwritten novels, memoirs, and several short films.
David was born in Bogotá, Colombia, and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is a recent graduate of Columbia College Chicago with a BA in Cinematography. David has shot dozens of short films, as well as a feature-length musical, IT'S A TERRIBLE WEEK FOR SINGING. A short film David shot, ILLUMINATED, was exhibited at the Cannes International Film Festival in 2012. Recently, David has worked professionally as an assistant cameraman and electrician on a wide variety of projects. On a different note, David enjoys playing guitar, as well as hiking and canoeing.
Reynolds Barney was born and educated on an island in the Hawaiian archipelago known as Oahu. He graduate from the University of Hawaii at Mānoa with a BA in Creative Media, where he received awards for collaboration and editing. Working in the capacity of director, producer, or editor, he has had multiple projects screen internationally. He edited TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES OF INTIMACY which premiered at Palm Springs Short Fest 2015 and produced NO MORE ALOHA which screened at Raindance London 2014.