Monica West is a writer, producer and actor based in the San Francisco Bay Area and is the creator of Best Thing You’ll Ever Do. For Best Thing, West won the 2016 Emerging Voices Award (Brooklyn Web Fest), a Silver Screenwriting Award (DC Web Fest), Audience Choice Award (Seattle Web Fest) and six Indie Series Awards nominations including Best Writing and Best Web Series. She took home the 2017 Indie Series Award for Best Leading Actress. Monica's comedic music videos with MVPleez have been featured by New York Magazine, Huffington Post, Official Comedy and Above Average. She has played roles on Chicago Fire (NBC), Underemployed (MTV), Law & Order (NBC) and stars in Catherine Fordham's Consommé, now streaming on AMC's shudder.tv, Blue Fever and Vimeo. Monica is a member of Bay Area Women in Film, Cinefemme and a team member of Top Salt Studio in New York City. She is currently developing a television series about a West Virginia coal miner in Silicon Valley.
Catherine Fordham is a New York-based director, producer and writer. After writing and producing Trapped Girl (2014), a short film that screened at festivals in the U.S and Canada, Catherine made her directorial debut with Consommé (2015), a thriller/horror short. Consommé is now streaming on Shudder.com, AMC's horror site and was featured in the Huffington Post. Following Consommé, Catherine directed and co-produced the first four episodes of a mini series, Best Thing You'll Ever Do, shot in NYC and the Bay Area in July 2016. Now streaming on Vimeo, Best Thing took home the Emerging Voices Award at the Brooklyn Web Fest in 2016 and is nominated for 6 awards at Series Fest, including Best Director. In 2016 Catherine attended Werner Herzog's Rogue Film School in Munich, Germany. She is currently developing Wild Cry Ha, a thriller feature film. Catherine created Top Salt Studio to produce her own work, and that of her talented friends.
Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Lance Kaplan has shot six features. His most recent, RangiTaranga, a mystery thriller made in India, screened worldwide and was shortlisted for the 2016 Oscars.
Tiffany is a New York-based musician/composer. Her original music for Best Thing You'll Ever Do won her the Outstanding Original Score Award at LAWebFest 2017 and a 2017 Indie Series Awards nomination. She most recently released an instrumental EP entitled “Strangest Little Creature,” as well as a single written for Best Thing You’ll Ever do entitled “Land, Wander” (available on Bandcamp). Together, she and producer J57 form electropop duo Goldie Haunt, and she also contributes to folk band Youth in a Roman Field.
Jenn Harper is a San Francisco based editor and musician. Music really drives her editing style in terms of how she approaches her work. Jenn enjoys perfecting the art of tech troubleshooting, singing and playing guitar and taking on ambitious knitting projects.
Minos Papas hails from sunny Cyprus and is an independent filmmaker in New York City. His films have been screened and awarded at multiple film festivals all over the world. His most recent show film Tango on the Balcony is in the festival circuit (tangoonthebalcony.com) Minos is a member of the Director's Guild of Cyprus and the founder of production company Cyprian Films, New York. Minos is into Kubrick, Tarkovsky, soccer, death metal and kittens.
Anna has worked as a freelance editor for Discovery, 30th Century Records, NRG, Bare Escentuals, Tile, Shafer Wines, Glass&Marker, Noise13, and more. She completed her Bachelor's degree in Cinema at San Francisco State University in just three years, and is now freelance video editing in the beautiful Bay Area. She is an exceptional editor, well-versed in commercial and advertising content, music videos, documentaries, narratives, motion graphics, VFX, and just about anything else. Anna was raised in the East County corner of San Diego on a steady diet of classic Hollywood and '80s New Wave.
Erin Nelson is a producer based in New York City. Originally from Texas, she moved to New York to share her artistic voice and fell in love with producing. Her projects are almost exclusively led by female directors, which is a trend she hopes continues.
Liza is a cinematographer based in New York City. She is also one of three gingers on the team of Best Thing! Her three favorite things are cameras, boats and horses. Obviously, good things come in threes. gipsova.com