CREW

Gregory Cahill (writer/producer/director) is an Emmy nominated line producer on CBS talk show The Talk starring Sharon Osbourne. He served as assistant director on ShadowMachine’s animated comedy Hell & Back starring Mila Kunis; and as production coordinator on indie drama Any Day starring Sean Bean. Past production coordinator credits include 24 starring Kiefer Sutherland, Mad Men starring Jon Hamm, and Medium starring Patricia Arquette. Gregory produced and directed four seasons worth of exclusive behind the scenes featurettes for Medium. More recently, he directed the pilot episode for American Drift. He also produced the pilot episode for BackPacker Nation, an unscripted adventure series shot on location in Colombia. His short film The Golden Voice (2006) created a sensation at over a dozen international film festivals, garnering several first-place awards. He is currently developing the The Golden Voice into a full-length feature film. In 2007, he chaired Cambodia’s first ever filmmaking workshop in conjunction with CTVA, the Ministry of Information and the Nou Hach Literary Journal. Gregory is a committee member of the Cambodiatown Film Festival in Long Beach, California. He is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and a native of Boston, Massachusetts.

Christen Hepuakoa Marquez (producer) is committed to producing character driven stories and covering social justice issues throughout the world. She holds a BFA in Film and Video Production from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. In 2012 she completed her documentary feature debut, E Haku Inoa: To Weave A Name. The program was broadcast on public television nationally in May of 2014. She has also worked as a Producer and Videographer on a docu-series for Nat Geo called Southern Justice, which followed inmates and corrections officers in two county jails in the Appalachia region of the United States. Her work has been supported by Cal Humanities, The Independent Television Service (ITVS), and Pacific Islanders in Communications. In 2011 she was awarded the ‘Through the Soul of an Artist’ grant for Artistic Innovation by the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation and was selected for participation in the 2013 CPB/PBS Producer’s Academy.

Arn Chorn-Pond (co-producer) is the subject of the 2003 Emmy-nominated PBS documentary The Flute Player, and the biographical novel Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick. Arn came from a family of artists in Battambang, Cambodia. He was forced to join the Khmer Rouge as a child soldier, and witnessed many horrors during the time of the killing fields. Arn managed to survive by entertaining Khmer Rouge officers with his flute. When the Vietnamese took power in 1979, Arn fled to Thailand and subsequently immigrated to the United States, thanks to a sponsorship from a pastor in New Hampshire. In 1998, Arn founded Cambodian Living Arts (CLA), an organization dedicated to reviving nearly extinct art forms in Cambodia. About ninety percent of Cambodia’s artists were killed during the Khmer Rouge regime. Today, CLA funds music classes and educational programs throughout Cambodia, with over 300 students learning to play traditional Khmer instruments. Arn tours the world speaking for Amnesty International, the UN and other refugee organizations.

John Matysiak (director of photography) received the Best Cinematography Award for Two Shadows at the 2012 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. John has been working with director Greg Cahill since their collaboration on The Golden Voice in 2006.  Born and raised in Houston, Texas, John completed his study of film at Emerson College in Boston. John was selected to study at the Czech National Film School, FAMU, in Prague. John has since been working as a freelance director of photography and cameraman shooting independent features, international music videos and television based out of Los Angeles. While he has worked for such networks as ShowTime, E!, MTV, Style, and Comedy Central, he enjoys the creative freedom associated with independent filmmaking.

Ryan Leach (composer) has scored a dozen feature films including Pastor Shepherd starring Danny Trejo, Serbian film Skinning co-starring Bojana Novakovic, and Anacapa by writer/director Nicholas Tolkien. Ryan studied at Berklee College of Music, where he earned a Bachelor’s of Music in film scoring. After moving to Los Angeles he began working for composer Michael A. Levine as assistant, music editor, and arranger. He moved with Levine to Remote Control Productions, Hans Zimmer’s facility in Santa Monica, which gave Ryan the opportunity to work with and learn from the best composers in the industry. Other credits include writing additional music for Jerry Bruckheimer’s hit shows Cold Case and Close to Home, technical score assistance on Bee Movie, The Simpsons Movie, and The Dark Knight.