2018 Special Guests

Kerry Vaughn Miller

Writer/Director/Producer of UNEXPECTED COMPANY

Kerry combines a background in consulting (Deloitte) and digital product management (American Express, Showtime Networks) with a deep skill set in media production. She has produced award-winning films, websites, photo shoots, events, and everything in between. She also enjoys working as a director, editor, and every-so-often actor. She studied Human Behavioral Biology at Stanford University and started her career reading scripts for Penny Marshall on the SONY lot in Los Angeles. www.kerryvaughnmiller.com

Wendy Mae Shelton

Writer/Producer of UNEXPECTED COMPANY

After a long hiatus from the creative world while raising her sons on the North Shore of Massachusetts, Wendy joyfully returned to her thespian roots and New York City in 2007. She is a Resident Artist of The Shelter Theatre Company and a founding member of Articulate Theatre Company. Her original play Unexpected Company won Best Play at the Strawberry Festival in 2011, and she has been thrilled to tour the country with its film adaptation over the past year. Her training includes T. Schreiber Studio, Purchase College, True Act of Miami, The Theatre Lab, and Queens College.

Sierra Obioha

Writer/Director of WATER LILY, Production Assistant for SMALL TALK

Sierra Obioha is an African American Filmmaker at the Minnesota State University of Moorhead, where she studies film production, film theory, and psychology. Sierra has most recently completed an internship under the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for which she was selected out of over 2000 candidates. Throughout the course of the internship, Sierra studied under A&E Networks and had the honor of being mentored by the Executive Vice President of Lifetime, Tanya Lopez.

Sierra found her passion in writing and directing during the creation of her third short film, WATER LILY, and hopes to carry that on into her life after graduation. Sierra is excited for her final year in school, which will be spent working as a Live Video Production Intern for the MSUM athletics GO! TEAM and creating her upcoming senior capstone film, TOILET TOAST.

Jensina Bailly

Producer of WATER LILY

Jensina Bailly was born in Denver, Colorado, where she lived until age thirteen when her family relocated to Minnesota. Jensina is a Junior in the film production program at the Minnesota State University of Moorhead, where she most recently served as producer on the short experimental film, WATER LILY. She has been spending much of her time working as a production assistant for multiple companies and expanding her scope through freelance. She looks forward to this year as her production team begins working on their senior capstone film, TOILET TOAST, of which Jensina will also be producing.

Laura Alexander

Director of Photography for WATER LILY

Laura Alexander is a filmmaker at the Minnesota State University of Moorhead, where she studies film production, advertising, and media analysis. Laura most recently completed an internship with the Mediacom Communications Company, where she single-handedly produced consistent content to be broadcast on channel MC22. Over the past three years, Laura’s been a Live Video Production Intern for the MSUM athletics GO! TEAM, which has been honored with nine NACMA ‘Best of’ awards since her joining in 2015.

As Director of Photography on the short film, WATER LILY, Laura found shooting on 16mm film with an Arriflex SRII a challenging yet rewarding experience. She looks forward to her final school year as her team begins production on their senior capstone film, TOILET TOAST, on which Laura is taking on the role of art director and editor.

Jenna Ciralli

Lead Actress, Writer, Producer for WILLOW CREEK ROAD

JENNA CIRALLI, a Brooklyn-based actor, writer, and producer, is originally from Great Falls, Montana. Jenna attended Willamette University and received a BA in Liberal Arts (Major: Theatre Arts, Acting, w/ Honors, Minor: English Literature). She is also a graduate of the William Esper Studio’s 2-Year Professional Actor Training program in NYC where she studied with renowned Meisner technique teacher Terry Knickerbocker, and works locally in film, tv, theatre, and commercials. Jenna’s short film “Willow Creek Road” (Producer/co-Writer/Lead Actor) is presently on the film festival circuit (Monmouth Film Festival – “Best Short Narrative,” Chain NYC – “Best Cinematography Short,” Best Performance of Fest, Actors Awards – LA, Big Sky Grant recipient – Montana Film Office), directed by Francesca Mirabella (Tribeca All Access Program, Modern Love). She is a co-creator of the viral video, 2017 Webby Award Nominee “Casting Call | The Project,” a call to action for female driven content. Jenna’s latest short film project “Amadi Comes Home” was a semi-finalist in the 2018 HollyShorts Screenplay Competition and is presently in pre-production. She currently has 3 short films and 1 feature in development. www.jennaciralli.com

Mary Riitano

Actress, Executive Producer for WILLOW CREEK ROAD

Mary Riitano is one of the Executive Producers of Willow Creek Road and also a supporting actress in this Montana-made short film. Based in Montana, Mary has hand-carved a path as an actress and has been involved in the creative processes of filmmaking for nearly 10 years. Her creative toolbox also includes 15 years of theatre as well as educational components from Margie Haber in LA and Lindsay Frame, AMAW, Portland/LA. Riitano’s work is noted for its vibrant energy, strength, and versatility and has been compared to Jessica Lange and also to the encompassing infectious spirit of Julia Roberts. www.maryriitano.com