• Team

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    Kiara Barnes - Director & Producer

    Kiara Barnes, a native of Atlanta, Georgia, cultivated her passion for storytelling against the backdrop of the South's vibrant culture. After earning a B.S. in Sport Management with a Minor in Business from Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida, she embarked on a dynamic career journey.


    During her undergraduate years, Kiara immersed herself in the world of sports, collaborating with esteemed organizations like the NFL, NBA, and MLB. However, her heart always yearned for the silver screen.


    Driven by an unwavering dedication to her craft, Kiara made the bold leap from sports management to filmmaking, following her lifelong calling with tenacity and vision.


    Now, as a Director in Atlanta and Los Angeles, Kiara infuses her projects with a unique blend of Southern charm and cinematic flair. In every frame she directs, Kiara captures the essence of human emotion and the intricacies of the human experience, leaving an indelible mark on audiences and reaffirming her commitment to the transformative power of storytelling.

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    Celeste Banks - Writer & Producer

    Celeste graduated from Agnes Scott College with a BA in English Literature-Creative Writing. After graduating from Agnes Scott, she entered the Atlanta Film Industry as an associate producer on several indie projects. She continues to work extensively as a producer and crowdfunding consultant on several indie projects.


    While she works as a producer, Celeste, to her core, is just a writer. Her work primarily demonstrates magical realism, horror and other fantasy aspects. Several of her scripts made it into festivals like the Atlanta Film Festival, Women in Horror Film Festival, and Urban MediaMakers Film Festival. She is also a prize-winning writers for her prose work.


    She intends to expand "Black Girls & Fairytales" into a feature film. She is also writing her debut novel about werewolves in the South.

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    Ava Davis - Producer

    Ava Davis, Sundance Fellow and known also as the Duchess of Grant Park, is an actress, producer/filmmaker, and writer based in Atlanta, Georgia.


    She has had notable performances in New York City's Pride50, as well as Atlanta productions such as Alice in Wonderland, Skye Passmore’s original play Peril, The Odd Couple, and Burning Bone’s Malicious Compliance, an adaptation of Trojan Women. Davis is a fervent advocate for trans and queer representation, particularly emphasizing the importance of inclusion for black, brown, and beige minorities. In pursuit of this vision, she founded Studio Vosges in 2019, a production company dedicated to amplifying underrepresented voices.


    Ava's commitment to fostering visibility extends to her role as the host of The Ava Davis Show, where she engages in insightful conversations on various topics. Her influence in the film industry is evident through her involvement in numerous short films, including Feast, The Decision, and the experimental horror short, Torn Together.

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    Abijeet Achar - DP, Producer, Editor

    Born and raised in Durban, South Africa, Abijeet Achar is an Emmy Award winning director and cinematographer of Indian and Mauritian descent. In 2012, Abijeet earned his B.A. in Film Studies from the University of Georgia, before completing his M.F.A. in Media Art at Emerson College in 2016.


    His latest film, MYSORE MAGIC, is an official selection at the 2023 Palm Springs ShortFest, Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, Beverly Hills Film Festival, and San Luis Obispo Film Festival.

    His thesis film, MY INDIAN RHAPSODY, had its world premiere at the 2017 Atlanta Film Festival and went on to become a semi-finalist in the 44th Student Academy Awards.


    Since writing and directing this breakout film, Abijeet has produced and been the Cinematographer for acclaimed independent films like PAGEANT MATERIAL (Feature), WATER HORSE (short), THORNS (short), FORGIVE US (short), and MABROOK (short).


    Currently, Abijeet is developing MYSORE MAGIC into a feature length film.

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    Alex Woodruff - Producer

    Born and raised in Atlanta, Alex Woodruff is a multi-disciplined artist, merging work in music, film, and technology.

    After sharing the stage with high-profile acts like Kendrick Lamar (2013) and Big Sean (2011), he founded Pineapple Cut Pictures with the purpose of creating films that reflect authentic black, brown, and LGBTQ stories.


    Since then he has produced 12 short films, including THORNS (2020) and FORGIVE US (2021) before producing and co-writing 2022's MYSORE MAGIC.


    After a successful festival run for MYSORE MAGIC (HollyShorts, Palm Springs Shortfest), Alex dove headfirst into Writer/Director roles, helming the upcoming short psychodrama THOMASVILLE (2023) and short thriller WOODWORK (2023).


    Today, he is in development for "94," a surrealist episodic pilot based on his upbringing in "The City too Busy to Hate."

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    Crystal J. Kim - Production Designer

    Crystal Jin Kim is an artist and award-winning independent filmmaker from Atlanta, Georgia. She is a 2023-2025 Filmmaker in Residence with the Atlanta Film Society and a 2020-2022 alumnus of The Creatives Project’s Artist-in-Studio residency program. She received Asian Cultural Empowerment's inaugural Grant Award in 2021, is a 2023 Hambidge Center Fellow, and was nominated for the 2023 United States Artists Fellowship award in filmmaking.


    Crystal graduated from Northwestern University in 2014 with two Bachelor of Arts degrees, one in Radio/Television/Film and the other in Art Theory and Practice.


    Her short films have screened at numerous film festivals in the U.S. and abroad. These include the Atlanta Film Festival, Seoul International Youth Film Festival, and CAAMFest.


    Her films often feature characters who struggle to love the people they love most. Crystal's arts practice also includes cut mother-of-pearl, photography, drawing, and painting.

  • Crew

    Khaliah Daniels

    Associate Producer

    Rafia Ansari

    Associate Producer

    Taya McCants

    Producer's Assistant

    Clare Stuber

    First Assistant Director

    Alice Adams

    Script Supervisor

    Sage Kim Gray

    Art Director

    Shelby Rabideaux

    Art PA

    Kudo Jang

    Art PA

    Amecia Matlock

    Art PA and Wardrobe PA

    Marcus Kyle

    First Assistant Camera

    Chelsea Alan

    Second Assistant Camera

    Summer Wilcox


    Matt Kleinman

    Key Grip

    Ronen Schechter


    Beverly Hegmon


    Daniel Summerour

    Media Manager

    Jason Wu


    Jackie Owen


    Bailey Herrington

    Location Sound Mixer and Boom Op

    Alberto Garcia

    Boom Operator

    Alex Bonacci

    Motion Graphics Compositor

    Victoria Banks


    Jeff Spott


    Spencer Poole

    Sound Designer

    Alexander Rodriguez


    Jim Bowhall

    Title Credits