Matt Knudsen - Writer / Director / Producer
Matt Knudsen was born in Seattle, Washington to two avid filmgoers who instilled an early affection for the medium in him. He completed a BA in Film Production at Loyola Marymount University in 2005. While still an undergraduate he received accolades from The Columbus International Film Festival for the short film Smoke & Mirrors, The Independent Music Video Festival, and The Berkeley Film & Video Festival for the music video The Good, The Bad & The Beautiful. After graduation he spent time as a writer, director, producer, cinematographer, and editor on short films, music videos, documentaries, commercials, and PSAs shot on multiple continents. In 2006 he worked as a cinematographer on a number of narrative and documentary shorts before being hired as the 2nd unit cinematographer on director Mona Nahm's documentary feature Pale Guy, shot in central Thailand. He directed 3 music videos for the Los Angeles-based alternative rock ensemble “You Me & Iowa” before co-directing a 4th with editor John Lange. In 2008 he went to work for Method Studios, a division of Deluxe, assisting in their visual effects department. In 2012 he began the MFA Directing Program at UCLA’s School of Theater, Film, and Television. He’s on track to receive his Master’s Degree in 2017. Cassidy Red is his first feature as director.
Brooks Yang - Producer
Brooks Yang is a writer/director and MFA candidate at UCLA. She grew up in Columbia, Missouri to a Chinese-American father and Caucasian mother. In addition to producing her own shorts and other student projects, her credits include “writer’s assistant” on The Invitation (dir. Karyn Kusama, Drafthouse Films, 2015) and “miniature builder and set decorator” on Rita Mahtoubian Is Not A Terrorist (dir. Roja Gashtili & Julia Lerman), which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2015. She is currently working in post-production on a feature as part of HBO’s Project Greenlight. Previously, she worked at United Talent Agency and holds an undergraduate degree in Architecture from Princeton University. As a writer, director, and film lover, she’s drawn to interesting and complex female leads and is mystified that they remain a rarity among top-grossing films. The character of “Joe Cassidy” is one of the many reasons she’s thrilled to be producing Cassidy Red.
Julia Swain - Director Of Photography
Julia Swain is a cinematographer based out of Southern California. She was one of the few accepted into the prestigious UCLA Graduate Program for an MFA in Cinematography. She shoots narrative shorts, features, and commercials on a variety of formats. Her work has been featured on MTV, VH1, ESPN, and Adult Swim as well as in festivals around the world.
Chelsi Johnston – 1st Assistant Director
Chelsi Johnston is a filmmaker from Honolulu, HI currently working towards an MFA in Directing/Production at UCLA’s School of Theater, Film, and Television. After receiving her BA from Santa Clara University in Communication/Film, she worked on the production team for features such as Godzilla (2015), TV shows such as Hawaii Five-0 and Parenthood, and several other independent and student films. Most recently, she received the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Grant to be an editing PA on The Invitation. As a half-Japanese, half-Caucasian female, Chelsi seeks to tell visual stories that empower characters uncommonly seen in Hollywood films, much like Cassidy Red. Chelsi has worked at a gun shop for two summers and as an on-set armorer’s assistant.
Lauren Ivy – Production Designer
Lauren Ivy is a practicing artist and Production Designer based in Los Angeles. She received her BFA from Northern Illinois University in 2005, and attended graduate school for drawing and painting at the San Francisco Art Institute.
After a decade of progressive, exploratory art practice, Lauren migrated naturally into the realm of film. She caught the bug working in the art department of Gia Coppola's first feature film, Palo Alto. Subsequently, she has created several original works of art for the screen and worked as Art Director and Production Designer for more than 8 independent short films, television & photography. You may see some of her handy work on the soon-to-be-debuted web series Boyish, written by comedian Lianna Carrera and directed by Anna Margarita Albelo.
Brianna Quick – Costume Designer
Brianna Quick is a California based costume designer and fashion stylist, best known for her work on the award winning short Sweet, Sweet Country and the upcoming dark comedy feature, Get the Girl. When creating looks for characters or clients, Brianna has always considered the question, “what story does this piece of clothing tell about the person wearing it?” Her fascination with fashion and story began in her childhood and has helped to cultivate Brianna’s ability to design seamlessly in all film genres and for the wide variety of characters that make up her 75+ screen credits, which include features, shorts, web series, commercials, and music videos.