Matia Anne Karrell
Matia Karrell directed and co-wrote the 1989 Academy Award Nominated live-action short film, Cadillac Dreams. In 2001, she directed and co-wrote her first feature length film, Behind the Red Door on location in Newfoundland. In 2003, Behind the Red Door premiered on Showtime Network, starring Kiefer Sutherland, Kyra Sedgwick, and Stockard Channing. The film took first prize for Feature Film Screenplay at the Rhode Island International Film Festival and was a finalist in the 2004 PEN Center USA Literary Awards. Karrell is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship to Paris to research Master Music teacher Nadia Boulanger. She was awarded the prestigious John Wells Directing Fellowship and The Disney/ABC Directing Fellowship. Her television credits are The West Wing and Army Wives. As a First Assistant Director, Karrell has worked with filmmakers such as John Sayles, Sam Shepard and Spike Lee and Cinematographers Haskell Wexler, Robert Richardson and Robert Elswit. Karrell studied Modern Dance and Choreography in Cambridge, MA. She performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music for avant-garde artist Robert Wilson. Links: IMDB / Wikipedia / Demo Reel
Lillah McCarthy joins FlyGirls after heading up television for Allison Shearmur Productions where she worked closely with Lionsgate Television to develop series for premium cable. Just prior, Lillah was Senior Vice President of Original Programming at TNT/TBS where she was responsible for overseeing the development of all original series on both networks from 2003 - 2015. Some of her successes include: TNT's Emmy®-Award winning The Closer starring Kyra Sedgwick; the Peabody Award-winning Men of a Certain Age; and acclaimed hits Rizzoli & Isles, The Last Ship, Falling Skies, and Saving Grace starring Holly Hunter. McCarthy's extensive career also includes Senior Vice President of Programming at FBC, where she was involved in the development of such hits as The Simpsons,Married... with Children, and Get a Life, executive producer of CBS's Early Edition starring Kyle Chandler, studio executive director, and actor.
Hilary Prentice produced writer/director Jim MacDonald’s first film, Heavy Lifting in 2010, which garnered multiple awards across the festival circuit, including Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Actress. Prentice also assisted the producer of Go, and has produced several web series, including Janeslist and Subliminal Minds. In addition to narratives, Prentice has produced documentary videos for non-profit organizations including The Los Angeles Beautification Team and The Institute for Neuro Innovation. Prentice began acting professionally in New York in 2001, where she co-produced New York City’s first three week film, theatre, and music festival, The Fall Collection. A graduate of Dartmouth College with honors, Prentice received the Dickey Fellowship to study theatre in London as well as the Department of History's prestigious Louis Morton History prize. Prentice also co-founded Dartmouth's first student-run television station and her short film, Sisters, was accepted into the All-Ivy film festival. Link: IMDB
Robert Elswit is an Academy Award-winning Cinematographer. is films include There Will Be Blood (2007), Nightcrawler (2014), and Mission Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015). He has shot most of Paul Thomas Anderson's feature films ever since Hard Eight (1996) (A.K.A. Sydney). Director of photography for the following music videos (all directed by Paul Thomas Anderson): Fiona Apple: Fast As You Can (1999), Paper Bag (2000), Limp (2000), and Across the Universe (1998); Michael Penn - Try (1997); Aimee Mann - Save Me (1999)' and Jon Brion - Here We Go (2002). Elswit previously worked with Karrell on her first Academy Award Nominated short film, Cadillac Dreams and her first feature, Behind the Red Door. FlyGirls will be their third collaboration. Member of the American Society of Cinematographers (A.S.C.).
Director of Social Media & Veterans Liaison
Jess Clackum's writing, networking and communication savvy are a driving force behind FlyGirls. She is also a contributing writer forSplice Today and Heat Street. Her blog, Release the Clackum, runs the gamut of insightful and entertaining topics. She is the author ofLetters from Arthur, which features historical perspectives alongside the transcribed war letters of her great uncle who served in the Pacific in WWII. Projects in development include a play based on Arthur's letters and two books. In addition to writing, she promotes independent film & television projects. 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.