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Team Bios

Julia Louisa Smith

Director

Natalie Streander

Writer

Ross Marks

Executive Producer

Don Foster

Executive Producer

Tommy Tomlin

Associate Producer

Katya Wanzer

Associate Producer

Kip Wanzer

Associate Producer

Crew


Carlos Carlos Jr

Director of Photography

Sam Salas

First Assistant Director

Joshua Trinidad

Director of Photography

Paulina Lopez

Editor

Marco García

Sound Engineer

Special Thanks


Student Volunteers: Agbram Chavez (cinematography), Galen Ivy (cinematography), Irvin Sanchez (cinematography), Madeline Woodward (cinematography), Brett Cornwell (cinematography), Mirasol Kenny (sound engineer).


Team Details




Julia Louisa Smith, PhD

Julia Smith, Ph.D. is a filmmaker living in Southern New Mexico. She teaches film studies, gender studies, and cultural studies at New Mexico State University.



Natalie Streander

Natalie Streander is a writer and filmmaker in Las Cruces, NM. She is the co-owner of the video production company PsychDesert Productions and is currently pursuing her MFA in Creative Writing at New Mexico State University.



Ross Marks

Ross Marks graduated from New Mexico State University with a BA in 1990. He directed the award-winning short film Scrambled Love in 1990 and in 1994, he directed the award-wining film Showdown on Rio Road featuring Robby Benson. In 1995, Ross directed the full-length feature film, Homage, starring Blythe Danner, Bruce Davison, Sheryl Lee and Frank Whaley. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, where it received an award and went on to receive more awards at numerous film festivals. In 1997, he directed the film adaptation of the play The Twilight of the Golds. The film was produced by Showtime and Hallmark, and it featured Garry Marshall, Faye Dunaway, Brendan Fraser, Rosie O'Donnell, Jack Klugman, Jon Tenney, and Jennifer Beals. The film opened the Chicago Film Festival in 1998, played at Sundance, and received many awards. He also directed the award-winning short film Princess, in 2014. He completed his fourth feature film in 2017 called The Heart Outright written by Mark Medoff based on his stage play. Ross teaches at New Mexico State University's Creative Media Institute. He is the Executive Director of the Las Cruces International Film Festival.



Don Foster

Writer and Executive Producer, began his television career in 1990 as a staff writer on the television comedy “Roseanne.” After four years with the show, he became a writer/producer for the ABC comedy “Dharma & Greg” for its full five seasons. He began working on the CBS comedy “Two and a Half Men” with its pilot in 2003 and served as co-executive and executive producer over his seven years with the show. He went on to be an executive consultant for “The Big Bang Theory” beginning with its pilot in 2007 and served in that capacity for four seasons. He also served as an executive producer for the CBS comedy “Mike & Molly” for its first 3 seasons. For his work in television, Foster has received Golden Globe Awards, Emmy nominations, People’s Choice Awards, and a Peabody.



Tommy Tomlin

Tomlin was born and raised in Las Cruces. He graduated from New Mexico State University in 1967 with a BA in journalism. While working on his degree he was a student of Orville Wanzer's and worked on a number of projects under Wanzer. He served as president of the Las Cruces Home Builders Association and the Building Contractors Association of New Mexico. In 1984 he was elected to the Las Cruces City Council, where he served for 17 years. He was a Mayor from 1989 to 1991. From 1989 to 2011 he was employed by the Las Cruces Public Schools and taught at Mayfield High School. Fourteen of the years was spent teaching a course on the cultural impact of the settlement of the American West. He agreed with the noted author and historian Dee Brown that, "Americans know neither themselves nor their country unless they know the history of the American West". Tomlin retired in 2011 and still lives in Las Cruces.



Kip Wanzer

Born in Las Cruces, NM, Kip moved to Albuquerque at a very young age and to Seattle when he was 19, where he is currently living. He holds an associates degree in both Network Administration and Client/Server Programming at Highline College in Des Moines, WA, where he is currently employed. He went on to get his Bachelors of Science in Information Systems at City University in 2008. He is married to Anna Woods and they have a daughter, Claire Wanzer. He enjoys camping, hiking, snowboarding, eating out and travelling.



Carlos Carlos Jr

Carlos is a filmmaker and songwriter based in Austin/El Paso, TX. He utilizes music and film to explore religious, political, and cultural themes, specifically in the latinx community. His first short film, Does Your Heart Break was completed this year.



Sam Salas

Sam Salas was brought up in Mesquite, NM. She is studying filmmaking at NMSU. She wants to learn everything about storytelling. She has worked on a feature film and several student films, mostly in camera teams. She likes movies, books, basketball, and soda.



Joshua Trinidad

Born in El Paso TX, Josh has been making films since high school and currently holds an Associates in Communications and Television Broadcasting. He has participated in Radio Broadcasting, local television productions, short films, music videos and documentaries. He will be graduating from the Creative Media Institute at New Mexico State University with an emphasis on editing and cinematography.



Paulina J Lopez

Paulina J. Lopez is an editor and animator from El Paso, TX currently studying animation and visual arts at New Mexico State University. Paulina has edited various student short films, commercials, music videos, and documentaries, a few of which have been selected for screening in film festivals. Paulina is also pursuing 2D animation, motion graphics and digital illustration.



Marco García

Born in Las Cruces NM, Marco is a recent graduate of the CMI program at NMSU. He uses his sound design skills to breed life into motion pictures. He also enjoys learning filmmaking from the past and present, and plans to innovate and pioneer new ideas for the future.