Carey Williams is a director bringing a unique and visually striking cinematic eye to the exploration of the human condition. Williams aspires to evoke thought, reflection and positive change with his work by creating character centric art that explores social and class structure. A child of a hard-working single mother, Williams formative years were spent between two worlds - that of a middle to lower class environment and the world of the movies where anything was possible. Seduced by the power of film to disturb or delight and determined to bring his POV to the artform, he moved to California in his pursuits. In 2012, Williams directed Cherry Waves, which won Best Short film awards from HBO, NBC Shortcuts, San Diego Film Festival, as well as Best Narrative from Hollyshorts Film Festival. He honed his craft in the narrative television world taking an apprenticeship with Emmy-winning director Greg Yaitanes on the critically acclaimed television show Banshee, where he directed an episode of the companion series Banshee: Origins. Williams received further tutelage as a mentee with Ryan Murphy’s Half Foundation, and was a directing fellow with the 2017 Film Independent Project Involve class. The short film he directed in the program, Emergency, has won numerous awards including Harness Social Impact Award at the 2017 NBC Shortcuts, Best Narrative Short at 2018 SXSW Film Festival, and is the first film in the 25 year history of Project Involve to be an official selection of the Sundance Film Festival, where it also garnered a Special Jury Award.
Originally from Central Florida, Joenique C. Rose moved to Los Angeles in 2008 to attend USC. She has since earned a Master of Education from USC and a Master of Fine Arts in Producing from the AFI Conservatory. She has produced shorts, line produced digital series and has worked on numerous sets in various capacities. She is a Film Independent 2017 Project Involve Fellow, a Writer and freelance Producer.
K.D. Dávila is the writer of “EMERGENCY.” Upon graduating with a degree in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University, she had to decide between joining the CIA or taking her chances at becoming a screenwriter. She chose Hollywood, not realizing that the safer option probably would have been to join the CIA. She earned her MFA in Screenwriting at USC, and went on to be a 2016 Universal Pictures Writing Fellow, 2017 Film Independent Project Involve Fellow, and 2017 Film Independent Episodic Lab fellow. She is currently a writer on the television show Salvation.
Jomo Fray is an award-winning cinematographer whose work has been screened worldwide, including such festivals as Cannes, Rotterdam, Sundance, and Tribeca. By utilizing a strong background in cinematography, philosophy, and photography his aim is to create innovative and evocative visual stories. He seeks to build upon a long tradition of experiential storytelling--films that strive to have the viewer not only see the story, but feel it as well. In working towards these goals, Fray was awarded the 2016 Kodak Vision Award, the 2017 Volker Bahnemann Award in Outstanding Cinematography from ARRI, as well as the Roger and Chaz Ebert Foundation Fellowship at the 2017 Independent Spirit Awards. Along with these honors, he was invited to participate as a cinematography fellow in the Project Involve program with Film Independent. He attended Brown University for his undergraduate education and is currently an MFA candidate at the Tisch School of the Arts.