Jordan Ledy – Writer, Director & Producer
Born and raised in New York City, Jordan Ledy has performed in all aspects of filmmaking. During his studies at Columbia University, where he earned a BA in English Literature and Jazz Studies, Jordan studied in Florence, Italy, where he lived with an Italian family and fell in love with the Italian language and culture. Upon graduation, Jordan began working at Ghost Robot, where he assisted independent producer Joshua Zeman and post-coordinated two feature films: the narrative film Against the Current (Sundance 2008) and the documentary film Cropsey (TriBeCa Film Fest 2008). He has gone on to direct several international documentary films, including Beyond Shepherd’s Field, the story of two Chinese orphans living in an orphan village near Beijing, and What is Ya-Ka-May?, a short film on the eclectic music scene of New Orleans, which garnered over 170,000 hits on YouTube. Most recently he edited the feature film Don Quixote: The Ingenious Gentleman of La Mancha, which was produced by James Franco, and Actor Martinez, directed by Mike Ott and Nathan Silver. He also edited the USC thesis doc Cyberbullied and produced The Red Woman, which won the 2010 Bel-Air Film Festival’s Best Audience Student Feature award. Jordan is a current MFA student at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, and hopes that his films instill a passion for fine arts and foreign cultures in their audiences.
Magee Clegg – Producer
Magee Clegg is a director/producer pursuing an MFA at The USC School of Cinematic Arts. He began his career as a filmmaker when he traveled to India to direct a documentary about urban migration titled A Box with a View. Shortly after India, Magee became a Fulbright Scholar in the Philippines where he spent one year directing Filipino Rice Policy, a documentary which explores the corrupt politics surrounding rice importation in the Philippines. While living in Manila, Magee also directed music videos for Filipino rock groups as well as an HIV Awareness PSA that aired nationally on MTV ASIA. Magee has screened his work in India, Philippines, Macau, and at many festivals throughout the United States including the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival. Most recently Magee directed and produced the branded web series Bite Night for Subway Sandwiches that screened at SXSW. He loves to tell stories about coming of age, family, and young love.
Brian Frager – Cinematographer
Brian Frager is completing his MFA with a focus on cinematography and writing at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, where he enjoys penning everything except personal bios. He studied English and Creative Writing at UCLA as a Regents Academic Scholar. He shoots for commercial house REP Interactive, and produces and directs campaigns for JumpSport Fitness. Spearheading the half-hour comedy pilot Off Campus remains his most formative filmmaking experience, fueling aspirations of showrunning in television.
Ben Stillerman – Editor
Ben Stillerman is a South African born director/editor, currently pursuing an MFA at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, with a focus on writing, directing and editing documentary films. His undergraduate in literature and philosophy from the University of Cape Town has given him an eclectic and analytical interest in films and their subjects. He has particular interest in making films which explore the absurdity of society without blatant agenda or judgement. His first films were made in 2010 as part of a media project at Equal Education, a South African NGO, and since then, he has made documentary films in South Africa, Los Angeles, and Beijing, China. His most recent completed project documented the lives of construction workers in Los Angeles, and he is currently editing a film about the performers on the Santa Monica pier. His next big project after It’s Better in Italian will be a feature documentary about his father’s retail business in South Africa.
He loves pasta, when it is cooked right.
Chris Thomas – Composer
Chris Thomas is an award-winning film composer who recently scored the animated film, Cadaver, starring Kathy Bates and Christopher Lloyd. In 2013, his score for Grow Up, Tony Phillips was voted best soundtrack at SXSW film and music festivals. In 2010, Chris wrote music for the documentary, Woman Rebel. The film was short-listed for an Academy Award and nominated for an Emmy Award. In 2011, Chris won Best Film & TV Music at the eWorld Music Awards in Hollywood, and the Gold Medal Prize from the Park City Film Music Festival. In 2007, Chris was nominated for Best Orchestrator at the Academy of Film & TV Music Awards in Hollywood. He also orchestrated for the Sundance-winning foreign film, Captain Abu Raed. Recently, Chris has been in demand in the theme park industry, and has composed original soundtracks for the Los Angeles Haunted Hayride, Ghost Ship, Killers NYC, Manormortis (UK), & Chambers of the Mausoleum.
Ginge Cox – Supervising Sound Editor & Mixer
Ginge Cox is a sound designer and mixer, and co-owner of White Light Audio, a production and post sound company. She was a touring sound engineer for ten years and worked for Norwegian Cruise lines for the Second City. She has also served as project manager and assistant sound designer for the LA Zoo’s most recent reptile exhibit funded by Betty White and Slayer. She has a Bachelors from UCSD in Interdisciplinary Computer Science and Electrical Engineering and is currently completing her MFA from USC in production sound.
Clark Harris – Sound Mixer
Clark Harris graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in economics. After graduation, he worked as an analyst at an economic consulting firm before transitioning into production work. He later worked at the post-production department of a major video game publisher. He has helped create numerous television commercials and industrial videos. He recently edited the award-winning documentary Altina. He is currently pursuing an MFA in Film Production at USC.