Director / Writer
Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Asher Jelinsky is a Los Angeles based director and writer. Asher recently earned their MFA in Directing at the American Film Institute Conservatory and holds BA degrees with honors in Media Studies and Public Health from Pitzer College. Asher enjoys telling poetic, character-driven stories that often explore nuanced relationships, intimacy and queerness within the context of larger narratives. Their involvement in the LGBTQ community spans directing documentary videos for transgender health organizations to premiering short films at the San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival. In addition to narrative filmmaking, Asher has produced and directed photo and video content for Fortune 500 companies including Google, Charles Schwab, and Oracle.
Originally from Bucks County Pennsylvania, Kate is an LA based producer, writer-director and actor. Her recent producing work includes AFI thesis films MILLER & SON and IF THIS IS WRONG. She produced the AFI Directing Workshop for Women short, UNSPEAKABLE, which was recently named an official selection of SXSW 2018. She is the creator and director of the comedic web series BREAKFAST IN BED that premiered at SideWalk Film Festival. Kate’s upcoming projects include directing the short film, A SARI FOR PALLAVI, which is based off a top ten finalist play from the Samuel French OOB festival. As well as developing the feature film adaptation of Danielle Sepulveres’s memoir LOSING IT…THE SEMI-SCANDALOUS STORY OF AN EX VIRGIN, that Kate is writing and will direct.
Robert Nachman is a father, artist and cinematographer. He was born and bred in Pennsylvania and spent his formative years chasing girls on his bicycle, catching fireflies in mason jars, and inventing new and imaginative ways to get into trouble. Robert is a mediocre rock climber and is currently renovating a cabin in the Mojave Desert. He received his BFA in Photography from Metropolitan State College of Denver. His video art and installation has been exhibited nationally, and he has spent the last 5 years shooting narrative, documentary and music video works in Los Angeles, California. He is a graduate of the MFA Cinematography program at the American Film Institute and co-owner of the boutique production company Spin The Dial.
Robert Aguirre is a recent graduate of the MFA Production Design program at the American Film Institute and received his BS in Television, Film and New Media Production from San Diego State University. While at SDSU, he emphasized in Production Design and worked as a scene shop teaching assistant for the film program. He has gained success in the commercial and editorial realms, working with many notable companies such as Disney, Matchbox, Chick-fil-A, Mattel, Nintendo, Qualcomm, Sony, Vanity Fair and Wired Magazine. He also worked as an art department assistant for the NBC show THE GOOD PLACE.
SELINDA TIAN JZ ZHOU
Tian (Selinda) Zhou graduated with a BA in Culture and Expression and a diploma in Digital Media Arts in Canada. She is the editor-in-chief of International Famous Magazine. She has directed and edited short films, including documentaries, music videos and concerts. In 2014, she appeared in the movie TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION. She also performed her new single on TRANSFORMERS Gala Appreciation Night; and as bilingual MC, she hosted the movie premiere. In 2015, she was a finalist on CHINA’S GOT TALENT, which aired on China Central TV. After the show, she held her first solo concert in North America. Selinda’s background in music helps inform her sense of rhythm, pacing, and sound design as an editor.