The FlyGirls Creative Team
Series Creator/Executive Producer
Matia Anne Karrell
Matia Karrell wrote, directed and produced the 1989 Academy Award Nominated short film Cadillac Dreams. In 2001, she directed, co-wrote and co-produced her first feature length film, Behind The Red Door that premiered on Showtime, starring Kiefer Sutherland, Kyra Sedgwick and Stockard Channing. Behind The Red Door took first prize for Best Feature Film Screenplay at the Rhode Island International Film Festival and was a finalist in the PEN Center USA Literary Awards. Karrell collaborated as a writer/producer with Mike Newell at Dogstar Productions on developing The Story of V. Karrell is a recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship to Paris. She was awarded the prestigious John Wells Directing Fellowship and the ABC/Disney Directing Fellowship. Among her credits are The West Wing and Army Wives.
Lillah McCarthy joins FlyGirls after heading up television for Allison Shearmur Productions, where she worked with Lionsgate Television to develop series for premium cable. Prior, McCarthy was SVP of Original Programming at TNT/TBS where she oversaw the development of all original series for over a decade. Her successes include: TNT’s Emmy-winning The Closer starring Kyra Sedgwick; and acclaimed hits Rizzoli & Isles, The Last Ship and Saving Grace starring Holly Hunter. McCarthy’s extensive career also includes Executive Producer of CBS’ Early Edition starring Kyle Chandler, and SVP of Programming at FBC, where she was involved in development of The Simpsons, Married...With Children, and Get a Life.
Hilary Prentice has been in production for over 15 years, assisting the producers of Go before producing writer/director Jim MacDonald’s first film, Heavy Lifting which garnered multiple awards across the festival circuit. Prentice is producing Director Matia Karrell's feature film, The Boy on the Bus for the The Red Door Films, and recently assisted Karrell on the Indy film The Tale, starring Laura Dern. Prentice is currently producing the documentary Hour of Need, about the refugee crisis, as well as a scripted, comedic webseries on the online lifestyle site Prohbtd. Prentice also produces videos for companies and nonprofits.
Academy Award Winning Director of Photography
Robert Elswit is an Academy Award-Winning Cinematographer. His films include There Will Be Blood, Nightcrawler, Mission Impossible - Rogue Nation, and HBO’s The Night Of. Elswit first collaborated with Karrell on her Oscar nominated short live-action film Cadillac Dreams. Elswit went on location to Newfoundland, Canada to film Behind the Red Door for Karrell. FlyGirls will be their third collaboration.
The FlyGirls Social Media Team
Social Media Director
Jess Clackum's writing, networking and communication savvy are a driving force behind FlyGirls. She is a contributing writer for Splice Today and is author of Letters from Arthur which features historical perspectives alongside the transcribed war letters penned by her great uncle, an infantryman in WWII. Clackum is working with Director Matia Karrell and Producer Hilary Prentice on the feature film, The Boy on the Bus, for The Red Door Films. She also has two manuscripts in development. A veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard, Clackum studied History and Mass Communication at the University of Florida. She is a member of Veterans in Film & Television (VFTLA) and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
Shannon Huffman Polson
Shannon Huffman Polson was one of the first women to fly the AH-64A attack helicopter in the United States Army after the lifting of the combat exclusion. She was the first woman Apache pilot assigned to a line unit in the XVIII Airborne Corps, and led two Apache line platoons at Fort Bragg, NC, taking one to Bosnia in support of the Stabilization Force enforcing the Dayton Peace Accords. She is a motivational speaker to corporate and organizational audiences across the country, and founder of The GRIT Project. Her first book is titled, North of Hope: A Daughter’s Arctic Journey, and her writing appears in High Country News, Huffington Post, River Teeth Journal, Alaska and Seattle Magazines, Ruminate Journal and Cirque Journal among others.
Logan Walker is a freelance writer who has worked in conjunction with the American Cinematheque, The Antaeus Theatre Company and Theatre West. A graduate of Goddard College with a B.A. in Arts Journalism, she has written and produced several short theatre pieces on the role of women in historical cinema, specifically of the 1920s and 1960s.
Martha Magruder is an actor, producer, and teacher from Northern California with a BFA in Theatre Performance from Chapman University. Martha produced the award-winning western feature, Five Grand, featuring Eric Roberts and is currently in post-production on her second feature film, Sleep Away, starring Jim O'Heir, Missi Pyle, and Carlos and Alexa PenaVega. Martha will be recurring on the second season of the award-winning Amazon show, Goliath, starring Billy Bob Thornton, and will be appearing onstage with Melanie Griffith in an upcoming production of The Graduate.
The FlyGirls Community Outreach Team
Jill Meyers, U.S.A.F. Veteran
Jill Meyers is an Air Force Veteran who obtained her Private Pilot’s License at the age of 17, but was not allowed to fly in the military due to rules in place at that time regarding female military pilots. Meyers has a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and has worked on many military and commercial aircraft programs. She is a member of Women in Aviation International (WAI) and is the former President of the WAI San Diego chapter. Meyers is a STEM Advisor to several organizations and is the Women in STEM/Outreach Coordinator for Dreams Soar, Inc.
Rebecca Sutera Tulloch, U.S. Civil Air Patrol
Capt. Tulloch is an active member of the United States Civil Air Patrol (CAP), participating as a flight crew member for the past ten years. She holds a private pilot license and has served as the unit historian and aerospace education officer for her CAP squadron. Capt. Tulloch is a freelance video photographer and owner of Prairie Star Productions. She produces independent films, cable access television shows and various other media segments for clients. In addition, Capt. Tulloch loves history and makes presentations on WASP history to school children and adult audiences throughout the Chicago area.