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THE CREW.: Team

THE CREW

Introducing the People of ONYX

JORDAN PFEIFER

She/Her/Hers

Founder/Executive Producer/Director

Jordan Pfeifer is the owner, founder and executive producer of ONYX. She recently graduated from the School of Film and Television at Loyola Marymount University, with an emphasis in directing. However, she got her start doing production design on many film sets. She is a lover of women and believes that the power amongst a group of females is unmatched. She is a huge horror fan, spending her college career interning at companies such as Blumhouse, Ghost House Pictures, and Raimi Productions. Her dream has always been to assemble a group of strong, creative women together to make empowering, inspiring and visceral art.

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HAYLEY NASH

She/Her/Hers

Producer

Hayley Nash is a UCLA graduate and entertainment development professional who values the power of storytelling within film and television. Through her work at Warner Bros. Television, Atlas Entertainment, and Ghost House Pictures, she has assisted in the development of a diverse array of high quality series and feature films. She has a passion for female-driven content, and is excited to aid in the development of new projects for this innovative production company. Ultimately, she understands that creative content takes time to develop and aspires to help ideas with great potential thrive. 

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CHELSEA AYLLON

Producer/ Podcast Host [Film Spill] 

Chelsea’s passion for filmmaking and content creation can be shown through a variety of platforms. She first dove into the world of entertainment in 2018 and it wasn’t long before she realized that it was exactly what she wanted to do.  She has worked on sets as a Production Assistant, Production Coordinator, Production Manager, and Assistant to Director/Producer for a variety of different companies which include: Equinox Media, Samsung, Pepsi, 

and more. Her goal is to introduce more stories about women to the film industry. In her spare time, she is the host of the podcast Film Spill and creates brand content on social media.

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LIZZIE KELLER

Producer

Lizzie Keller is a senior Cinema & Media Studies major at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Her diverse production experience encompasses short films, mini-series, and theatrical productions. In her spare time, she loves science fiction movies and doing stand up comedy. She is beyond thrilled to be joining the ONYX team as a producer, as well as to make her film acting debut in NOXIOUS!

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ANGELA NANCY CHAPMAN

She/Her/Hers

Producer/HR

Angela Nancy Chapman is a senior at the University of Southern California, majoring in Theatre and minoring in Cinematic Arts. She has produced, edited, and assisted on several shorts, student films, and live shows. Previously, she has had the pleasure of working with Showtime, 3311 Productions, The Green Room Talent Management, Visions & Voices, and Impulse Theatre Company. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, going to the movies, and spending time with friends. She is an animal lover who fosters dogs and cats. She is so excited to be a part of the ONYX team and to help create inspiring works!

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ASPEN NELSON

They/Them

Producer

Aspen Nelson (they/them) is a senior at NYU majoring in Cinema Studies and minoring in Producing & Film Production. After learning about the patterns of gender dynamics in horror, they became enamored with both the genre and the revolutionary allegories it can be employed to tell. Their favorite films include Jennifer's Body, Carrie, Ginger Snaps & Ratatouille. Eventually, they hope to write and direct their own thrillers that intertwine social activism with fantasy. In addition, they are passionate about advocating for diversity in the entertainment industry and writes projects that center on expanding this both on and off-screen. When not making, watching, or writing about films, you can probably find them curled up with a book or hanging out with their pets (or both).

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MJ ADAMSON

Producer

MJ Adamson is a current student of the University of Southern California. Working

towards a BFA in Stage Management, they have devoted the last five years of their life to

performance arts. In these five years MJ has also costume designed, produced, production

managed, and been credited as a screenwriter. As MJ’s work continues forward their personal

mission statement is to work on productions that amplify the voices of marginlized communities.

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Reena Ye

Producer

Reena Ye is a sophomore at the University of Southern California double majoring in Theater and Psychology. She has mainly spent her time in stage management for theater but has a deep passion for learning about all facets of film production. In her spare time, she loves to do visual art, photography, and spending time with friends and her dog! She is so excited to be a part of the ONYX team and help create empowering works!

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SARAH SHOWICH

Director/Producer

Sarah is a director/producer with experience in casting, sound, teaching, and assistant directing across theatre and film. A rising junior at the University of Southern California, they study Theatre with a minor in the Entertainment Industry. With a background in producing and directing queer theatre/film, her work ultimately aims to highlight underrepresented stories. They love nothing more than watching a project take shape alongside a team of talented collaborators, and the opportunity to learn from each project. In her free time, she explores museums, watches psychological thrillers, or plays board games with friends. A lover of art across mediums and genres, they are excited to collaborate and learn more alongside the ONYX team! 

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SARAH SHOWICH

Director/Producer

Sarah is a director/producer with experience in casting, sound, teaching, and assistant directing across theatre and film. A rising junior at the University of Southern California, they study Theatre with a minor in the Entertainment Industry. With a background in producing and directing queer theatre/film, her work ultimately aims to highlight underrepresented stories. They love nothing more than watching a project take shape alongside a team of talented collaborators, and the opportunity to learn from each project. In her free time, she explores museums, watches psychological thrillers, or plays board games with friends. A lover of art across mediums and genres, they are excited to collaborate and learn more alongside the ONYX team! 

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SARAH SHOWICH

Director/Producer

Sarah is a director/producer with experience in casting, sound, teaching, and assistant directing across theatre and film. A rising junior at the University of Southern California, they study Theatre with a minor in the Entertainment Industry. With a background in producing and directing queer theatre/film, her work ultimately aims to highlight underrepresented stories. They love nothing more than watching a project take shape alongside a team of talented collaborators, and the opportunity to learn from each project. In her free time, she explores museums, watches psychological thrillers, or plays board games with friends. A lover of art across mediums and genres, they are excited to collaborate and learn more alongside the ONYX team! 

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SARAH SHOWICH

Director/Producer

Sarah is a director/producer with experience in casting, sound, teaching, and assistant directing across theatre and film. A rising junior at the University of Southern California, they study Theatre with a minor in the Entertainment Industry. With a background in producing and directing queer theatre/film, her work ultimately aims to highlight underrepresented stories. They love nothing more than watching a project take shape alongside a team of talented collaborators, and the opportunity to learn from each project. In her free time, she explores museums, watches psychological thrillers, or plays board games with friends. A lover of art across mediums and genres, they are excited to collaborate and learn more alongside the ONYX team! 

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SARAH SHOWICH

Director/Producer

Sarah is a director/producer with experience in casting, sound, teaching, and assistant directing across theatre and film. A rising junior at the University of Southern California, they study Theatre with a minor in the Entertainment Industry. With a background in producing and directing queer theatre/film, her work ultimately aims to highlight underrepresented stories. They love nothing more than watching a project take shape alongside a team of talented collaborators, and the opportunity to learn from each project. In her free time, she explores museums, watches psychological thrillers, or plays board games with friends. A lover of art across mediums and genres, they are excited to collaborate and learn more alongside the ONYX team! 

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SARAH SHOWICH

Director

Sarah is a director/producer with experience in casting, sound, teaching, and assistant directing across theatre and film. A rising junior at the University of Southern California, they study Theatre with a minor in the Entertainment Industry. With a background in producing and directing queer theatre/film, her work ultimately aims to highlight underrepresented stories. They love nothing more than watching a project take shape alongside a team of talented collaborators, and the opportunity to learn from each project. In her free time, she explores museums, watches psychological thrillers, or plays board games with friends. A lover of art across mediums and genres, they are excited to collaborate and learn more alongside the ONYX team! 

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Eliana Mullins

Director/Editor/Camera Assistant

Eliana Mullins (she/her) is a Los Angeles-based filmmaker with a knack for the zany and wild. Her love of different mediums, old formats, and various artistic practices is inherent to the style she brings to Narrative, Documentary, and Music Video work. She holds a BFA from Tisch School of the Arts. In addition to making her own work, Eliana has lent her talents to films such as IFC Midnight’s “The Djinn” and Netflix’s “Shirkers.”

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Eliana Mullins

Director/Editor/Camera Assistant

Eliana Mullins (she/her) is a Los Angeles-based filmmaker with a knack for the zany and wild. Her love of different mediums, old formats, and various artistic practices is inherent to the style she brings to Narrative, Documentary, and Music Video work. She holds a BFA from Tisch School of the Arts. In addition to making her own work, Eliana has lent her talents to films such as IFC Midnight’s “The Djinn” and Netflix’s “Shirkers.”

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Eliana Mullins

Director/Editor/Camera Assistant

Eliana Mullins (she/her) is a Los Angeles-based filmmaker with a knack for the zany and wild. Her love of different mediums, old formats, and various artistic practices is inherent to the style she brings to Narrative, Documentary, and Music Video work. She holds a BFA from Tisch School of the Arts. In addition to making her own work, Eliana has lent her talents to films such as IFC Midnight’s “The Djinn” and Netflix’s “Shirkers.”

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Eliana Mullins

Director/Editor/Camera Assistant

Eliana Mullins (she/her) is a Los Angeles-based filmmaker with a knack for the zany and wild. Her love of different mediums, old formats, and various artistic practices is inherent to the style she brings to Narrative, Documentary, and Music Video work. She holds a BFA from Tisch School of the Arts. In addition to making her own work, Eliana has lent her talents to films such as IFC Midnight’s “The Djinn” and Netflix’s “Shirkers.”

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EMMA FORTHOFER

Cinematographer/Colorist

Emma Forthofer is a cinematographer based in Los Angeles, originating from Mount Desert Island, Maine. Now studying Film and Television Production at Loyola Marymount University, Emma is trained in both narrative fiction and documentary filmmaking with hands-on experience shooting both formats. With her passion for cameras, aesthetics, and empowering women in film, Emma carries an energy behind the camera that brings stories and visions to life.

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LAUREN WORONA

Cinematographer

Lauren Worona is a filmmaker from Sonoma, California who is pursuing her undergraduate degree in Film and Television Production with a minor in Screenwriting at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. She is most passionate about her work behind the camera, gaining experience on film sets around Los Angeles as well as through internship experiences, such as with Transcendence Theatre Company based in her hometown. Outside of work, she also enjoys activities that encourage a life of creativity, balance, and mindfulness, and similarly, she draws inspiration from many of the strong women in her life. Overjoyed to be working with ONYX, her favorite movie genres are psychological thriller, romance, and the new breed of horror which has replaced jump-scares with existential dread.

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VIVIAN GRAY

Cinematographer

Vivian Gray is an film director, cinematographer, and current junior in Film Production at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. Her focus is in character driven narratives, music videos, and experimental documentaries. Originally from Memphis, TN, Vivian is so excited to join the ONYX team and help make these dreams come to life!

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KSUSHA GENENFELD

Cinematographer

Born and raised in Russia, Ksusha Genenfeld is a Los Angeles based female cinematographer with a deep passion to create beautiful images that are authentic to each project. To Ksusha, nothing is more important than being true to the story that is being told and picking the right language to do so. Ksusha always strives to push herself creatively on every project to make something that is visually stunning and provoking. 

 

Her work includes Narrative films, Documentaries, Music Videos and Commercials on a variety of different formats from film to digital. When not on set Ksusha likes to take still photographs on her 35mm and medium film cameras to stimulate creativity and passion for creating visually striking images.

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ISABELLA LONGI

Cinematographer

Isabella Longi is a cinematographer based in Los Angeles and recently graduated from Santa Monica College’s Film Production program. She has worked on various productions from Sci-fi Shorts, a Television pilot to a Period Drama. She is deeply passionate about working on female-based stories and showing the world through a more feminine perspective, which is why she is excited to be a part of the ONYX team!

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ZANDRA CULLEN

Gaffer/DP

Originally from Austin, Texas, Zandra is currently based in Los Angeles where they study film production at CSUN, with an emphasis in cinematography. Their work has been featured in numerous film festivals, and while they work primarily as a gaffer and DP, they have also directed and produced several short films, music videos and documentaries. Zandra is passionate about using visual storytelling to tell emotionally complex narratives that center underrepresented voices, which is why they’re thrilled to be a part of this talented team of filmmakers! 

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JORDYN PRITSKER

DP/First AC

Jordyn is currently a freshman Film & Television Production major at Loyola Marymount University, originally from Chicago. She is extremely interested in cinematography, lighting, and camera operating. Aside from live action, she hopes to eventually DP claymations, animations, and films involving puppetry. She enjoys visualizing and crafting fantasy based stories with timely and important themes. Since she focuses on accurately representing women and the LGBTQ+ community in her work, she is extremely excited to be joining a team of incredibly strong and talented women with similar values! Jordyn looks forward to her time on set and in collaboration with the ONYX team!

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EMILY PHILLIPS

She/Her/Hers

Gaffer

Emily Phillips is a Film Production Major at Loyola Marymount University originally from the Bay Area. Entering her senior year, Emily has found a passion for working on set in the lighting and grip department. As a screenwriting minor with a focus on directing, Emily also loves bringing her own stories to life. She is stoked to be leading ONYX's lighting and grip team and to collaborate with the creative and passionate women of ONYX.

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CALLIE MEIJA

Gaffer/Grip

Originally from Washington, Callie came to LA to study film and television production and environmental studies at Loyola Marymount University. Callie is passionate about telling female led stories of any kind and has a growing interest in documentaries. Outside of film Callie can be found hiking, getting boba, and playing with any dog she sees. She is very excited to be a part of a group of badass filmmakers who have such a strong passion for making an impact through storytelling. 

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CALLIE MEIJA

Gaffer/Grip

Originally from Washington, Callie came to LA to study film and television production and environmental studies at Loyola Marymount University. Callie is passionate about telling female led stories of any kind and has a growing interest in documentaries. Outside of film Callie can be found hiking, getting boba, and playing with any dog she sees. She is very excited to be a part of a group of badass filmmakers who have such a strong passion for making an impact through storytelling. 

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CALLIE MEIJA

Gaffer/Grip

Originally from Washington, Callie came to LA to study film and television production and environmental studies at Loyola Marymount University. Callie is passionate about telling female led stories of any kind and has a growing interest in documentaries. Outside of film Callie can be found hiking, getting boba, and playing with any dog she sees. She is very excited to be a part of a group of badass filmmakers who have such a strong passion for making an impact through storytelling. 

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ERIN KNAUL

Camera Assistant

Erin Knaul is a camera assistant based in Los Angeles. Originally from Syracuse, New York, Erin earned her degree in film from SUNY Oswego. Upon moving to LA, she tried numerous positions on set before finding her passion in the camera department. She loves both the creative and technical parts of filmmaking and has worked in narrative, documentary, reality, music videos and commercials. When not on set or working on her own passion projects, she can be found hiking or watching cheesy 80s horror. Erin is excited to work with diverse and creative women of ONYX. 

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ERIN KNAUL

Camera Assistant

Erin Knaul is a camera assistant based in Los Angeles. Originally from Syracuse, New York, Erin earned her degree in film from SUNY Oswego. Upon moving to LA, she tried numerous positions on set before finding her passion in the camera department. She loves both the creative and technical parts of filmmaking and has worked in narrative, documentary, reality, music videos and commercials. When not on set or working on her own passion projects, she can be found hiking or watching cheesy 80s horror. Erin is excited to work with diverse and creative women of ONYX. 

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ERIN KNAUL

Camera Assistant

Erin Knaul is a camera assistant based in Los Angeles. Originally from Syracuse, New York, Erin earned her degree in film from SUNY Oswego. Upon moving to LA, she tried numerous positions on set before finding her passion in the camera department. She loves both the creative and technical parts of filmmaking and has worked in narrative, documentary, reality, music videos and commercials. When not on set or working on her own passion projects, she can be found hiking or watching cheesy 80s horror. Erin is excited to work with diverse and creative women of ONYX. 

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ERIN KNAUL

Camera Assistant

Erin Knaul is a camera assistant based in Los Angeles. Originally from Syracuse, New York, Erin earned her degree in film from SUNY Oswego. Upon moving to LA, she tried numerous positions on set before finding her passion in the camera department. She loves both the creative and technical parts of filmmaking and has worked in narrative, documentary, reality, music videos and commercials. When not on set or working on her own passion projects, she can be found hiking or watching cheesy 80s horror. Erin is excited to work with diverse and creative women of ONYX. 

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CALLIE MEIJA

Gaffer/Grip

Originally from Washington, Callie came to LA to study film and television production and environmental studies at Loyola Marymount University. Callie is passionate about telling female led stories of any kind and has a growing interest in documentaries. Outside of film Callie can be found hiking, getting boba, and playing with any dog she sees. She is very excited to be a part of a group of badass filmmakers who have such a strong passion for making an impact through storytelling. 

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ERIN KNAUL

Camera Assistant

Erin Knaul is a camera assistant based in Los Angeles. Originally from Syracuse, New York, Erin earned her degree in film from SUNY Oswego. Upon moving to LA, she tried numerous positions on set before finding her passion in the camera department. She loves both the creative and technical parts of filmmaking and has worked in narrative, documentary, reality, music videos and commercials. When not on set or working on her own passion projects, she can be found hiking or watching cheesy 80s horror. Erin is excited to work with diverse and creative women of ONYX. 

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ERIN KNAUL

Camera Assistant

Erin Knaul is a camera assistant based in Los Angeles. Originally from Syracuse, New York, Erin earned her degree in film from SUNY Oswego. Upon moving to LA, she tried numerous positions on set before finding her passion in the camera department. She loves both the creative and technical parts of filmmaking and has worked in narrative, documentary, reality, music videos and commercials. When not on set or working on her own passion projects, she can be found hiking or watching cheesy 80s horror. Erin is excited to work with diverse and creative women of ONYX. 

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ERIN KNAUL

Camera Assistant

Erin Knaul is a camera assistant based in Los Angeles. Originally from Syracuse, New York, Erin earned her degree in film from SUNY Oswego. Upon moving to LA, she tried numerous positions on set before finding her passion in the camera department. She loves both the creative and technical parts of filmmaking and has worked in narrative, documentary, reality, music videos and commercials. When not on set or working on her own passion projects, she can be found hiking or watching cheesy 80s horror. Erin is excited to work with diverse and creative women of ONYX. 

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MAYA GARDNER

Production Assistant

Originally from Bend, OR, Maya is currently studying acting and cinematic arts at the University of Southern California. Though acting will always hold a special place in her heart her true goal is to learn and engage in as many aspects of film as possible, primarily focusing on writing and cinematography. Their art style is informed by their deep love for horror, nature, art history, and the unusual. Not only does she want to create works that depict multifaceted women, LGBTQ (especially gender non-conforming) individuals, and trauma survivors but, once she has established herself, she’d like to do her best to help members of marginalized groups and their work go further in the industry, so that the films of the future better reflect the stories and people around us.

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SARAH LEEPER

Editor

Native to LA, Sarah Leeper is first and foremost a lover of fantasy and horror. Amidst her annual reading of The Lord of the Rings and her mission to watch every single Hammer horror film, Sarah is a dedicated editor. Willing to work on anything and everything, Sarah is honing her craft one short film, music video, documentary, and YouTube video at a time.

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OLIVIA KERRIGAN

Editor

Olivia Kerrigan is a junior Cinema & Media Studies major at the USC School of Cinematic Arts with a minor in Entertainment Industry. As an admirer of all mediums of art, she fell in love with filmmaking for its collaboration among artists of all kinds. She is passionate about writing and editing, and believes nothing is more satisfying than seeing a scene take shape before her eyes. Olivia is a fan of period pieces and horror alike and is excited to create complex, empowering narratives with ONYX. 

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KAILA CHERRY

Editor

Kaila Cherry is a twenty year old aspiring filmmaker and writer. A lover and admirer of art in all its various forms, she aims to create works that hinges on realism and gives significance to the nuances of the everyday life. Her film work had been featured in the AfroKin Film Fest (2020), Megazine Issue 4 (2019), and earned her a Herb Alpert Emerging Young Artist Scholarship (2017). She likes the fact that her last name is a fruit because she knows she will never get confused for someone else.

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GINNY SALVADOR

Editor/DP

(she/her) is an experimental filmmaker and video editor based in Southern California. Having worked on mutiple short and independent films as a production designer and editor, she has been apart of films screened at the San Diego Latino Film Festival and the Oakland Drunken Film Festival. Immersed in the local DIY art and music scene, her work emphasizes capturing the unique voices of queer/femme/nonbinary POC and their art shared through Ginny's dreamy, feminine lens. 

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STELLA MCCAIN

They/Them

Editor

 Stella (they/them) is queer, Memphis-based filmmaker. They are a junior at the University of Colorado Boulder pursuing a BFA in film production, with minors in women and gender studies. While focusing on directing, they also enjoy experimenting with cinematography, editing, and digital animation. Stella's films, both narrative and experimental, revolve around issues of mental health, identity, and perception. Their favorite films are It Wasn’t Love (Sadie Benning, 1992), and But I’m A Cheerleader (Jamie Babbit, 1999). Outside of film, Stella is a coffee enthusiast, a big fan of picnics, and always down to talk queer theory. a

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ZOE CANNON

She/Her/Hers

Sound Mixer

Zoe is a Freshman Recording Arts Major at Loyola Marymount with a Minor in Asian and Pacific Asian Studies. After having grown up in several different countries, she is now based in LA. With a background of video editing, she decided to shift her focus to mastering all aspects of audio, from sound mixing and sound effects to production recording. She aspires to be a successful sound mixer in the film industry. She has started her career with mixing for live events with Mane Entertainment. She loves learning about culture and discovering new perspectives and is passionate about empowering women and women of color. Her favorite movie genre is thriller. She is extremely excited to work with so many inspiring people at ONYX.

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SOFIA ANGUITA

Editor

 Sofia Anguita is a recent graduate from Cal State LA with a BA in Film and Media Studies. Even though she’s discovered a passion for post production, she loves being a part of all aspects of film production. In her spare time you can find her playing Animal Crossing, listening to 80s synth-pop, or watching Disney Channel original movies. She is so excited to be joining ONYX and working on future projects!

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ANDY SCHIAFFINO

Songwriter, Music Producer & Composer 

The pseudonym of songwriter, producer and composer Andy Schiaffino; body / negative is a solo project which blends together elements of shoegaze, neo-classical piano and ambient. 

 

Schiaffino's oeuvre has appeared in HBO's Search Party, NBC's Good Girls, and VICE's Essentials documentary series. The artist has also dabbled in film scoring, creating an original score for ONYX's 2021 short film "Noxious." 

 

body / negative is quite reclusive, oft opting out of live performances, but despite that, the artist has played a handful of sold-out shows in Los Angeles; most notably with electronic artist Kelly Lee Owens, post-punk group Choir Boy, shoegaze artist Tamaryn, and the iconic Warp Records group, Seefeel. 

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HANNAH SALISBURY

Sound Mixer

Hannah is a sophomore recording arts major with a minor in economics at Loyola Marymount University. She’s passionate about self expression and artistic representation of women and the LGBTQ+ community through various audio/visual mediums. She is particularly interested in the horror genre, and is thrilled to join a female-driven crew of filmmakers. Hannah is a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist and releases music under her alias, Indigo Hills. 

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ISABELLA RICCIO

Sound Designer

Isabella Riccio is a sound designer based in Los Angeles, CA. A recent graduate from the Berklee College of Music (Class of 2021), she dual majored in Songwriting and Electronic Production & Sound Design with a principal instrument of vocals. Developing a love for sound from an early age, Isabella is hugely passionate about the storytelling and expressive potential it has. Isabella is inspired every day by what she hears and how vital sound is! Challenging herself to deliver high-quality products and develop outstanding sonics for any project she is involved with; Isabella is blossoming into a competent and fresh sound designer.

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MORGAN MONTGOMERY

Assistant Director

Morgan is studying Film and Television Production and Screenwriting at Loyola Marymount University. She has a passion for all things horror and science fiction. Morgan got her start as a 1st AD in her freshman year of college where she fell in love with the high-intensity, collaborative nature of the job. In addition to serving as an AD, Morgan pursues a career in writing and directing. Her stories focus on telling strong, female-centric narratives that aim to highlight the unifying complexities of the human condition. She has traveled to Cuba and Vietnam to make documentaries and has won several awards and accolades for her short films. As a diehard feminist, Morgan is excited to be working with an incredibly talented group of like-minded women.

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ANA CHAVEZ

Director/Writer/Editor

Ana Chavez is a film director, writer and editor. Her directing experiences include short narratives, documentaries and music videos. She is passionate about stories that show the women’s psyche at its most gritty and complex. Drawing on inspirations like Carolee Schneemann, Garrett Bradley, Andrea Arnold, Sofia Coppola, Cheryl Dunye, and Gloria Anzaldua, Ana hopes to shed light on the dark and absurd aspects of womanhood. She currently resides in Eagle Rock and works as an assistant editor for a creative agency based in East LA. She is stoked to be a part of the ONYX team! 

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Lily Emalfarb

Director/Writer

Lily Emalfarb is a writer and director originally from Chicago, Illinois whose foundation was built on sketch comedy and Second City’s
comedy programs. Emalfarb is a soon-to-be graduate from Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts in Orange,
California where she’s studying Screenwriting and Game Development Programming and is due to graduate this December of 2022. As a Jewish filmmaker, Emalfarb is passionate about seeing more Jewish women in comedy, as well as creating more space for Jewish women both on and off the screen. Emalfarb also one day hopes to run her own animation studio that features women leads and is working towards creating more inclusive stories.

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DANUTA JANISZEWSKI

Writer/Script Supervisor

Danuta (they/them) is a current graduate student at Loyola Marymount University in LA studying Writing and Producing for TV. Born and raised on the East Coast in an immigrant household, storytelling was essential in bridging gaps between Polish and American cultures. Stories were also a way for Danuta to explore and understand who they were as a Polish American, gender, sexuality, expression, and aesthetic. Most of all, Danuta is a fierce advocate for the pleasure that comes with sharing stories and building connections. They enjoy cerebral horrors with a twist, human-first plots, and the emotional manipulation wonderfully crafted narratives bring. Danuta hopes to get their own stories on TV and enjoys exploring first-generation experiences, Polish culture, Queer culture, and cowboys, yeehaw!

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HANNAH MITTERMEIER

She/Her/Hers

Writer

Hannah Mittermeier is a Los Angeles-based writer and recent Emerson College graduate, having earned her BFA in Comedic Arts. Currently, she is an infotainment writer for Collider, as well as a script reader and judge for NYC Midnight’s 2022 writing competitions. In her free time, Hannah enjoys going to comedy shows, “ghost hunting” around the city, and volunteering at her local animal shelter. She champions the increase of both the quantity and quality of leadership roles for women in film. An outspoken advocate for mental health awareness, as well, she uses her work to inspire humor and hope for those struggling with trauma, loss, and grief. Hannah is thrilled to be a part of the ONYX team!

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DANYELA GOTCHER

Writer

Danyela is a Texas native studying English at Loyola Marymount University. Growing up watching things like The Twilight Zone and Rosemary's Baby, she is a fanatic for horrors that infuse the terrors of everyday society with the otherworldly. She has recently had her short story “Saturday” published in the LA Miscellany with LMU and her future goal is to write for TV and film. Danyela is more than excited to have the opportunity to tell engrossing and empowering stories with a diverse group of talented women.

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JASMYN WHITE

Writer

Jasmyn White is a 21-year-old Los Angeles-based Writer, Producer, and independent Production Company founder. She currently studies Film Production at the Loyola Marymount University’s School of Film and Television. In her final year, Jasmyn looks forward to taking on more projects and branching out into the industry and local communities. She’s inspired and motivated to create art that creates conversations, enacts change, and diversifies the voices and stories in need of a platform. 

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JASMYN WHITE

Writer

Jasmyn White is a 21-year-old Los Angeles-based Writer, Producer, and independent Production Company founder. She currently studies Film Production at the Loyola Marymount University’s School of Film and Television. In her final year, Jasmyn looks forward to taking on more projects and branching out into the industry and local communities. She’s inspired and motivated to create art that creates conversations, enacts change, and diversifies the voices and stories in need of a platform. 

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JASMYN WHITE

Writer

Jasmyn White is a 21-year-old Los Angeles-based Writer, Producer, and independent Production Company founder. She currently studies Film Production at the Loyola Marymount University’s School of Film and Television. In her final year, Jasmyn looks forward to taking on more projects and branching out into the industry and local communities. She’s inspired and motivated to create art that creates conversations, enacts change, and diversifies the voices and stories in need of a platform. 

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REGAN LAVIN

She/Her

Writer

Regan, a bi-coastal actor, writer, and director, recently graduated from Stanford University, where she studied American culture, theatre, and film. Through their absurdist, intimate, witty work, she explores young women’s processes of finding themselves, particularly through experiences with artistry, forms of love, gendered expression of emotion, and questioning societal norms. She has previously interned with ACE Entertainment, Second Stage Theatre, and Davis Shakespeare Festival and just started the UTA Agent Training Program. When they’re not making art, you can find Regan thrifting, reading, and playing with fire.

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TAYLOR GARCIA

Assistant Director/Script Supervisor

Taylor is a sophomore film production major with a minor in studio arts at Loyola Marymount University. She’s passionate about complex LGTBQ+ representation and highlighting underrepresented stories from emerging and diverse filmmakers, which is why she loved interning at NewFilmmakers LA. She’s thrilled to join this empowering and talented female-driven team! Outside of film, she spends much of her time at the beach, which is a nice change from her hometown Chandler, Arizona. She’s also an avid fan of coffee shops and Cate Blanchett.

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JACKIE CHERRY

She/Her

Writer

Jackie is a junior screenwriting major at Loyola Marymount University in LA. Growing up in the Bay Area, she was a total theater kid and loved bringing stories to life on stage. Now, she has found that same enthusiasm for telling stories on screen and hopes to one day be part of a TV writers’ room. Jackie enjoys writing everything from dramedies to thrillers and is excited to gain more experience writing horror with ONYX. She is honored to be part of such a talented team and to get to write narratives exploring what it means to be female or non-binary.

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HALEY BULEN

Writer

Haley is a rising senior film and television production major with minors in screenwriting and theatre arts! She’s joining the Onyx Team as a writer.

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GINGER GORDON

Writer

Ginger is so excited to join the ONYX team! Ginger was born and raised in New York City, and is now a sophomore at USC majoring in theatre with an acting emphasis, and minoring in screenwriting. She is passionate about all forms of storytelling, and is especially interested in highlighting the complex and joyful lives of the LGBTQ+ community. Besides theatre and film, Ginger enjoys skateboarding, concept photography, and collaging! 

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LIZA MARTINEZ

Writer

Liza Martinez is a current senior at California State University Northridge majoring in Media Theory and Criticism.  Liza loves writing in all its creative forms. Her favorite film genres are horror, comedy and film noir. Liza  aspires to be a film critic and a screenwriter. When she isn't talking about movies she enjoys iced coffee and going on hikes. Women are underrepresented in the horror genre and Liza couldn't be more excited to be apart of such an exceptional team like Onyx Films. 

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THOMASINA ROGERS

Writer

Thomasina Rogers is a graduate from Oberlin College with a double major of Creative Writing and Psychology. She has a huge passion for television as well as writing and amplifying diverse voices in the entertainment industry. She loves to write stories that center and uplift queer women. If she’s not writing or kicking ass in Mario Party, you might be able to find her under the sea scuba diving. She can’t wait to join the incredible team that is ONYX!

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CLEOFE DELUCIA

Writer

Cleofe DeLucia is sophomore Screenwriting major at Loyola Marymount University, in her hometown of Los Angeles. She's been writing since childhood, and it's been her dream to write films for as long as she can remember. She aspires to write about people and their relationships, in all forms, with all of their complexities and vulnerabilities. When she's not writing or watching films, she enjoys spending time with friends, reading natal charts, and playing Breath of the Wild. She's so excited to be a part of such a diverse and groundbreaking group of creators! 

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HOLDEN MCCLAIN

Writer

Holden is a 24 non-binary screenwriter editor and filmmaker currently residing in Chicago. They graduated from DePaul with a BA in Film and a minor in women and gender studies. Horror is closest to their heart but they are most passionate about seeing more women written by and played by real queer women. They are excited to develop their own horror scripts as well as add to and help develop projects that uplift women and the LGBTQ community in film. In their free time, they like to skate, embroider, and are trying to become a non-binary model. Some of their favorite movies are Wild at Heart, May and We Need To Talk About Kevin.

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SHAWKIN KABIR

Writer

Shawkin is a sophomore majoring in Film & Media Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She aims to get into tv writing and writer’s rooms, as well as act. Her biggest goal would be to get the chance to develop, write, and act in her own show someday!

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JULIA DONAHUE

Writer

Julia Donahue is a screenwriter based in Los Angeles. She holds a bachelor’s in Screenwriting and in Classics & Archaeology, and is currently the head writer of an educational series for a classics institute. Having grown up watching anything made by Mel Brooks or Monty Python, naturally Julia primarily writes comedies. She has quite the taste for comedy, horror, and anything campy, and is excited to grow a career alongside other creative women.

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RACHAEL FISHER

Casting Director

Rachael Fisher is a Casting Director, Assistant Director, and Writer. She is pursuing a degree in Screenwriting with a minor in Public Relations at Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles). She writes scripts with various magical realism elements and aspires to create works that depict women in their true light. In her first year of college, she hit the ground running casting and assistant directing for multiple student films including at the graduate level. As a casting director, Rachael uses her strong background in acting, her intuitive nature, and experience to identify the actors that will best fit the roles to bring each films’ vision to life. With her work, she aspires to build the bridges between dedicated actors and directors who share the same mission. Rachael is honored to be part of ONYX which inspires, encourages, and celebrates the authenticity of women on screen and in the entertainment industry.

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JENNA BREWER

Production Designer

Jenna is a Film & TV Production Major at Loyola Marymount University. Originally from Orange County, California, she now lives and studies in LA. At LMU, she works in the art department for student sets as a production designer and a set dresser. Her goal is to work as a professional production designer. In her career, she hopes to have a taste of every position in the art department: set dresser, art PA, props, art director, and more. She has never experienced working on an all-female/non-binary set and she is beyond excited to work with so many bright and creative women through ONYX.

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EMMA AIKMAN

Production Designer

Emma is a Production Designer and Director from Indianapolis, Indiana. A junior at Loyola Marymount University LA, Emma pursues a major in Film Production with minors in Screenwriting and Women’s & Gender Studies. In addition to being a cinephile, Emma is an improv enthusiast, barista, and self-proclaimed hipster who is passionate about social justice and promoting LGBTQ+ representation. Additionally, she has held internships with OUTFEST (the preeminent LGBTQ+ film festival in the world), ROAR Entertainment, PalmStar Media, and National Lampoon.

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JESSIE BROWN

She/Her/Hers

Production Designer

Jessie Brown is a film production major at Loyola Marymount University originally from Houston, Texas. With a background in studio arts, Jessie is constantly observing and imagining new spaces and environments. Interested in architecture and aesthetics, she has a deep passion for production design and collaborating with other powerful women to produce stellar content.

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ALARA WORRICK

Production Designer

Alara is a film production student at CSUN, previously having earned her film production AA at Santa Barbara City College. She has a passion for writing and directing, having directed four short films all centering around female leads. She's also focused on production design and costume, and loves storytelling through use of physical space and wardrobe. She's a huge fan of horror and drama! Alara is so excited to be a part of ONYX and be a part of this group of talented people! 

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CARLY HOUGH

Wardrobe

Carly (they/them) is a photographer, production designer, and jack-of-many-other-trades. Their passions are horror movies, plants, and antique stores. Even though they are currently based in NY, LA has stolen their heart and they can’t wait to move there once they're done with school at Ithaca College. They are so excited to be working with such an amazing group of talented women and queer folk.

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CARLY HOUGH

Wardrobe

Carly (they/them) is a photographer, production designer, and jack-of-many-other-trades. Their passions are horror movies, plants, and antique stores. Even though they are currently based in NY, LA has stolen their heart and they can’t wait to move there once they're done with school at Ithaca College. They are so excited to be working with such an amazing group of talented women and queer folk.

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CARLY HOUGH

Wardrobe

Carly (they/them) is a photographer, production designer, and jack-of-many-other-trades. Their passions are horror movies, plants, and antique stores. Even though they are currently based in NY, LA has stolen their heart and they can’t wait to move there once they're done with school at Ithaca College. They are so excited to be working with such an amazing group of talented women and queer folk.

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MADELINE MCHUGH

All Pronouns

Intimacy Coordinator/Makeup Artist

Madeline McHugh is a theater student, with a film minor, at LMU, set to graduate in 2021. She loves the creative process it takes to bring a film to life and is very excited to create meaningful, fun, and interesting films with ONYX. For fun, she likes to read, watch movies/TV, go to Disneyland, go to the beach, photography, and video games. Her favorite movie genres are psychological thriller, murder mystery, and fantasy. In addition to her roles in ONYX, she also plans on pursuing directing and acting.

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Kale Hinthron

Wardrobe

Kale Hinthorn is an LA-based queer creator who values unique storytelling and non-traditional works of art that showcase diversity in both perspective and casting. Although Kale majored in Acting at the University of Southern California, her creative interests are varied, as Kale believes strongly in their identity as a multi-hyphenate artist. Most recently, Kale has been working as an actor as well as the resident costume designer for Last Call Theatre, an immersive theatre company based in Los Angeles. In addition, Kale co-stars in the queer, real-play Dungeons & Dragons podcast Channel Stupidity. Kale is thrilled to be joining Onyx not only for the opportunities for growth and exploration but also for the community of passionate queer and femme individuals that the company fosters.

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ABIGAIL SWOAP

Intimacy Coordinator

Abigail graduated from USC in 2021 and is now pursuing certification as an intimacy coordinator for film and TV. Her interest in intimacy coordination stems from her experience as an actor, her study of strategic communication in college, and her work at a female-founded startup, which centers around sex and consent education. As an IC, she advocates for the safety and comfort of actors involved in intimate moments by serving as their ally and communication liaison. She also oversees protocols to maintain a consent-based working environment. Sometimes, she choreographs physical movements to help tell the story. Abigail is so excited to collaborate, learn, and grow with the wonderful people of ONYX! 

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NADIA REESE

Special FX Makeup Artist

Nadia Stone is a makeup artist originally from Chicago, IL, who recently relocated to Los Angeles, CA. Nadia started her freelance career doing event makeup for clients of all ages, races, and genders. She has since expanded her focus to include film, television, and special effects. She has worked extensively on editorial photoshoots and music videos, both on-site and in the studio. Nadia has also been working as a social media consultant for an indie cosmetics company. Nadia is passionate about making any project she works on come to life. 

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LUCIANA SUERO

Makeup Artist

Luciana is a Peruvian senior student at USC. She believes in making changes and motivate women empowerment through film. She has an A.A in Acting. She has worked in several films as a producer She’s also done special studies in FX Makeup, and has worked as a FX MUA in many other films.

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MALLORY HIGGINS

Concept Artist

Raised in England, Mallory Higgins moved to America when she was twelve years old. Her favorite things to do when she was little were to paint and play dress up. Now, many years later, she’s pursuing them on a professional level. She is a senior studying art and acting at Loyola Marymount University, and is thrilled to be part of the funky and creative ONYX team!

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Kristina Danilovska

Animator / Screenwriter

Kristina is currently a Film, Television, and Media Studies major at Loyola Marymount University. She comes from Skopje, Macedonia, and moved to LA to pursue her goals in filmmaking. With minors in Screenwriting and Animation, Kristina is interested in developing her ideas and then bringing them to life and has already worked on many short live-action and animation films on her own. She aspires to direct different kinds of films that fill the gaps in the film industry. She is super excited to collaborate with such an inspiring collective of women at ONYX and create amazing work together.

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DEVIN T JOHNSON

Company Diversity Advisor

A current senior at CCH and from NYC, Devin Johnson moved to LA to pursue a degree on Film and Cinema. When she's not at school, she's typically auditioning for various roles as she is repped with Luxe Talent Agency and Pelican Point Media Talent. She is also a production coordinator for Almost There, a fashion and lifestyle podcast under the SCAT tv Radio umbrella. She is also a part of the worship team and a service team leader with the House LA church. And she is the creator of her newest and latest project, We Are Your Pals!

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CHLOE GARDINER

Distribution

Chloe Gardiner is a recent graduate from Loyola Marymount University where she earned her MFA in Film and Television Production with an Emphasis in Directing. Born in Washington, DC, and raised in Connecticut, Chloe decided to pursue her lifelong dream of working in movies, with the hopes of making films in her favorite genres; horror, fantasy, and science fiction. During her time at LMU, Chloe worked on several of her classmate's short films. She has also written, directed, and produced 6 of her own films. Her work on films as a writer, director, producer, and actress have premiered at film festivals such as the DTLA film festival, Canon Burbank Film Festival, New England Online Festival, and so many more. Finally graduated, Chloe hopes to follow her dream of becoming a film producer, distributor, and screenwriter. Her goal is to create and distribute films with people of color and women in interesting, unique, and strong roles. 

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ERICA SADEGHANI

Distribution

Erica Sadeghani is a recent graduate of Loyola Marymount University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Film, Television, and Media Studies with a minor in Business Administration. From a young age, Erica has been captivated by the power of storytelling through film and television. With a passion for storytelling, Erica has created several short films and was actively involved in campus affairs during her academic career. Through internships in the film and television industry, Erica has gained a diverse range of experiences, including producing a YouTube documentary series. As she moves forward in her career, Erica hopes to become a producer and distributor, bringing stories to life that will have a meaningful impact on the world. Currently, Erica is eager to continue growing and learning in the industry while bringing her unique perspective and passion to the table.

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GIANNA GENCARELLA

Editor/Colorist

Gianna Gencarella is an editor and colorist entering her final semester at LMU, majoring in Film & Television Production with an emphasis in Post Production. She grew up in the Bay Area, but now lives and works out of LA. Her passion falls with editing, but she can also be seen geeking out on anything ocean, hockey, or Lord of the Rings related. She currently works as an Assistant Editor for Warner Bros. and continues her editing and coloring work through freelancing. Gianna is honored to be a part of this talented group of female filmmakers and can’t wait to work on future projects with the team!

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JANNEKE WADE-DE JONG

BTS Videographer/Set Documentarian

Janneke is a senior Film & Television Production Major heading into the track of documentary filmmaking. She was born and raised in New York City and has lived in Brooklyn and Harlem. She became the most passionate about the storytelling aspect of filmmaking and enjoys the collaborative nature of working on set. Janneke is also interested in writing comedies especially ones that are combined with other genres (horror, action, etc.) and got inspired by the originality of TV Shows like Community. In High School, Janneke made a documentary about the people and street performers who pass by Union Square in NYC. This film won the Silver Medal Award at the New York Alliance Film Festival. She also recently made a documentary about her grandmother’s experiences during WW2 that won the Best Historical Short Film Award at the Screen Power Film Festival. Janneke is excited to help make intersectional feminist films alongside a talented crew of women.

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JULIA WEISBERG

Production Coordinator

Originally from Northern California, Julia is in her final semester at LMU majoring in screenwriting. Her experience falls in narrative feature film production as a director, producer, writer, and cinematographer. Julia has always been enamored by people, their reactions, emotions, attachments and identities. Only after discovering cinematic language has she been able to authentically articulate her love of people and their stories. Julia is excited to further her exploration of cinema with ONYX and help amplify voices that are otherwise historically overlooked.

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BRITTANY FRANKE

Casting Director/Graphic Designer

Brittany Franke is an actor, director, and musician who believes storytelling is the key to human connection and identity development. Originally from Arizona, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue a degree in Theatre with an Acting Emphasis and a minor in Education and Society, inspired by her passion for arts education. Although Jordan and Anastasia found her through casting her in their upcoming film Noxious, once Brittany got a taste of ONYX, she couldn't go back and decided to join the team!

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STELLA GRIMALDI

Content Researcher

Stella is an ATLien turned Angeleno pursuing acting, directing, and dramaturgy. She is a 2021 graduate of the University of Southern California with degrees in Theatre (BA, Acting Emphasis) and Law, History, and Culture (BA). An academic at heart, she hopes to contribute meaningful research to ONYX's innovative, intersectional projects. 

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