Daughter-Mother Team

Ashley Maria
Ashley MariaDirector, Producer, Co-Writer
Ashley Maria is a comedy/horror film and immersive video Writer and Director known for the award winning film FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHT™, a comedy horror that won the Directors Guild of America (DGA) honor in 2010 (leading to a coveted mentorship with director Wes Craven). She is also known for developing the first ever 360 immersive virtual reality Kickstarter update video!

Based in Los Angeles, Ashley hails from the Tar Heel state, North Carolina where she received an undergraduate degree in Media Productions from UNC-Chapel Hill. She received her MFA from the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California.

In 2014, Ashley was proud to be featured by the DGA Women’s Steering Committee as a director who represents “the future of women in film.” And — more recently, Ashley was awarded the 2016 BPW Hollywood Young Professional.

When she’s not running her own production, Ashley is a freelancer hired to direct, write, and/or capture location sound for feature & short films, web series, 360 videos, and television commercials. She also teaches Sound Mixing at USC and UCLA.

Find out more about Ashley at ashley-maria.com, and peruse her filmmaking credits by visiting her IMDb page.

Lea-Ann Berst
Lea-Ann BerstProducer, Co-Writer, Marketing
Lea-Ann taps into her 20+ years of research, strategic marketing, and project management experience when she part-time’s as a writer and producer for documentary films. This is her 2nd time working with director Ashley Maria; previously on the short documentary film called, Business & Professional Women: A History, A Movement.

Lea-Ann’s full-time role has her working with businesses to build marketing campaigns and put them into action. She’s pretty good at it too! Recently she was awarded the Business Journal’s “Women in Business” for her dynamic and outstanding leadership and track record of significant accomplishments in business and community service.

Lea-Ann finds making an indie film takes a lot of dedication, perseverance and self-confidence. “I walked into this world of production not thinking I was a filmmaker,” shares Lea-Ann. “But, now I understand a lot more of what it takes to make a movie, and even though I didn’t intend to make a career of it, today I definitely consider myself a filmmaker!”

Find out more about Lea-Ann at sleddogg.com, and peruse her filmmaking credits by visiting her IMDb page.

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Tiffany Hope
Tiffany HopeEditor
Tiffany is an Editor for television and feature films, including 3 seasons of the top 10 ABC hit TV show “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” and multiple documentary series for Discovery, CNN and CNBC.

She also edited the critically acclaimed rock documentary “Anvil: The Story Of Anvil,” and was selected as one of the inaugural LA RocknRoll Camp For Girls music video editing instructors.

Find out more about Tiffany’s filmmaking credits by visiting her IMDb page.

Pablo Vega
Pablo VegaMusic Supervisor, Co-Composer
Pablo Vega is a film and video game Composer and Sound Engineer from Durham, North Carolina.

Founder of The Workshop music studio, Pablo lends his talents to our film to guide all music-based film work efforts.

Find out more about Pablo’s musical talents by visiting his website at www.theworkshop.studio.

Crystal Lentz
Crystal LentzAdditional Editing
Crystal is a television and feature film Editor. Her credits include the documentary series “The First 48” for A&E as well as several years on “Project Runway” and “Project Runway All Stars” for LIFETIME television.

A passionate advocate for equality, she was attracted by Ashley’s story and the remarkable journey taken during the film.

Find out more about Crystal’s credits by visiting her IMDb page.

Liz Yarwood
Liz YarwoodCinematographer
Liz Yarwood is a Cinematographer who shoots in a wide variety of film and digital formats, including 3D.

She’s also the Writer & Creator of the comedy webseries LA Picker!

Find out more about Liz’s filmmaking credits by visiting her IMDb page.

Lauren McDonald
Lauren McDonaldPR, Outreach
Lauren is a recent graduate of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in public relations from the school of Media and Journalism.

She now lives in LA and works as a talent assistant at Slate PR.

Connect with Lauren on LinkedIn!

Rebecca Chan
Rebecca ChanSound Engineer
Rebecca is a Location Sound Mixer (20TH CENTURY WOMEN, BURNING DOG, GIRL FLU) who specializes in television, film and webseries.

Rebecca is also one of the few sound mixers in Hollywood who speaks fluent Chinese.

Find out more about Rebecca’s filmmaking credits by visiting her IMDb page.

Suzette Cotto
Suzette CottoOutreach
Suzette is an Entrepreneur who runs Houston, TX-based Innovate Social Media – a consulting practice that integrates social media with business plans, creativity, and web technology.

Suzette is a valued supporter who not only works to drive up awareness for the film, she’s the lady we call when things get so tough that we need an instant jolt of “we can do it”!

Find out more about Suzette by visiting www.innovatesocialmedia.com.

Johnny DelToro
Johnny DelToroCo-Composer
Johnny is a Composer and Arranger for vocal groups, documentaries, and indie movies. He received his B.A. in Music from Bucknell University.

His songs, arrangements, and productions have received many awards, as well as placement on multiple compilation albums.

Find out more about Johnny by visiting his bio at thevocalcompany.com.

Brad Feld
Brad FeldExecutive Producer
Managing Director of the Foundry Group and co-founder of Techstars, Brad is a nationally recognized speaker and blogger on the topics of venture capital investing and entrepreneurship.

As Executive Producer Brad not only supports the film in many ways, he values the purpose and message of the film.

Find out more about Brad by visiting www.foundrygroup.com.

Lauren Freedman
Lauren FreedmanEditor
Lauren Freedman is an Editor best known for her work with the NHL Network and Microsoft HoloLens.

A comedy enthusiast, Lauren has the sense of humor we need for this film. She joined our team to make a difference and impact real change for career-driven women. She and co-editor Angela work side by side in the editing room.

Find out more about Lauren’s filmmaking credits by visiting her IMDb page.

Dan Lebental
Dan LebentalEditing Mentor
Dan is a professional Editor, the Creator of the TouchEdit App, and Founder of Splice, Inc.. His feature film credits include Spiderman, Ant Man, Iron Man, Cowboys & Aliens, Elf, etc.

Dan is an advisor and a friend who wants the film to be a valued tool for women who dream big!

Find out more about Dan by visiting his IMDb page.

Angela Juzswik
Angela JuzswikEditor
Angela Juzswik is an Editor whose work is influenced by surrealism, music and cultures.

Angela jumped at the opportunity to join our team to be a part of the conversation of women’s equity. She brings her passion of visual driven pieces to this film and enjoys experimenting with editing styles. She and co-editor Lauren work side by side in the editing room.

Find out more about Angela’s filmmaking credits by visiting her IMDb page.