ABOUT US
Lila Schmitz - Director
Lila Schmitz was born and raised in the beautiful city of Austin, Texas. From a young age, she loved to sing, create, and tell stories. She went on to work in theater on and off stage before moving into filmmaking, which she loves for its ability to utilize sound and music in incredible ways. Her first short documentary Jaiel (2017) profiled a performer, using the artists’ music throughout. Schmitz was the Supervising Producer for “In Short” which airs on Rocky Mountain PBS, and she is greatly looking forward to the premiere of her directorial debut The Job of Songs.
Fengyi Xu - Producer
Fengyi Xu spent countless Saturday mornings in her childhood reading stories. She discovered filmmaking during her first class in college, and has been telling stories through the camera lens since then. Her short film as we were, based on her relationship with her grandfather, premiered at Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival in November, 2019. She continues her search for the beautiful moments hidden in everyday life, and strives to share them with a bigger audience.
Anika Kan Grevstad - Cinematographer, Producer
Anika Kan Grevstad is an Asian American director from Seattle who is now based in Los Angeles. Her short film, No One Ever Really Dies, premiered at the 2019 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, where it won a Special Jury Award for New Voices. She recently directed the short fiction film, Half. She has worked as a cinematographer on a number of short fiction films, including Black Flag, written by Idris Goodwin. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Colorado College with a B.A. in Asian Studies and Film Studies.
Bill Guttentag - Executive Producer
Bill Guttentag is a double Academy Award winning dramatic and documentary film writer-producer-director. His films have premiered at the Sundance, Cannes, Telluride and Tribeca film festivals. He has also received three additional Oscar nominations, a Peabody Award, three Emmy Awards, two Writers Guild Award nominations, a Robert Kennedy Journalism Award, and more. He advises a number of Silicon Valley companies and has been a lecturer at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business since 2001, and also teaches at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (Stanford d.school).
Doug Pray - Consulting Producer
Doug Pray is an Emmy and Grammy Award winning documentary filmmaker. He often tells the stories of maverick individuals and misunderstood subcultures, underdogs who were fiercely independent—from graffiti writers to copywriters, truck drivers to surfers, DJs and garage rockers to demanding and inspiring artists—who have more in common than you’d imagine.
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