Jana Brown, Screenwriter
Jana Brown is a Boston native and a graduate of Dartmouth College. She worked in the publishing, newspaper, and magazine industries, before finding a niche as a screenwriter. In 2015, Jana set out on her own as a freelance writer and editor, founding 930 Creative LLC, a freelance writing and editorial services company. The driving inspiration for the change in career path was the production of her first screenplay, The Divide, which she created in close collaboration with actor/director Perry King. Jana has earned a Best First Time Screenwriter Award from the Los Angeles Film Awards (2018) and a Silver Award for screenwriting from the International Independent Film Awards (2018). At the LA Film Awards, The Divide was a finalist for Best Picture and also earned Best Western honors. The film also earned Best Foreign Feature from the London Independent Film Awards (2018) and a Platinum Remi Award for Best Western at WorldFest-Houston (2018), garnered Best Dramatic Feature honors at the Arizona International Film Festival (2018), and won Best Feature Film at the Albuquerque Film & Music Experience (2018). Jana has recently completed her first novel.
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Russ Rayburn, Director of Photography
Russ Rayburn is a four-decade veteran of the production industry. He has worked as a cinematographer/filmmaker on commercials, documentaries, entertainment, sports, and news in both film and video, from locations as varied as Iceland to the Amazon. He’s also covered national and international news assignments for ABC, CBS, NBC, and CNN. More recently, he has produced travel/adventure programs for Speed, Outdoor Channel, and Wealth TV. His work includes 56 episodes (2005-10) of Ride to Adventure, a series through which he met Perry King. The two subsequently collaborated on a program for Zero Motorcycles. Based in Chicago, Russ is the owner of Winding Road Films. The Divide is his first feature film. So far in 2018, Russ has been the recipient of cinematography honors from the London Independent Film Awards, the European Cinematography Awards, the Los Angeles Film Awards, and the International Independent Film Awards.
Jo Haskin, Producer
Award-winning Producer Jo Haskin has produced over 100 hours of television, film and digital content for such networks as Animal Planet, National Geographic, Fox, History, USA, The Travel Channel, HGTV, The Cooking Channel, Hallmark, A&E, and DirecTV’s Audience Channel. She has produced in different capacities on such reality shows as “Duck Dynasty,” “Jep & Jessica, Growing the Dynasty,” “Treehouse Masters,” “Food Paradise,” and “Building Wild.”
Jo and her husband Kevin (KeJo Productions) have produced four feature films. The first, in 2008, "Sensored" starring Robert Picardo (Star Trek Voyager, Stargate Atlantis) and in 2009, "Rogue River" starring Bill Moseley (Devil’s Rejects, House of 1000 Corpses), which premiered at Grauman's Mann Chinese Theater during ScreamFest 2010. It was released in January 2012 in the U.K. and distributed in the U.S. through Lionsgate. KeJo Productions also produced two faith-based films, “I Was Broken” completed in 2012 and “In God We Trust” in 2015, which are available through PureFlix. Jo most recently produced the family drama "The Divide" directed by and starring Perry King.
Jo joined Ricky Schroder Productions (RSP) in 2011 and was the Co-Executive Producer/Co-Showrunner for 20 episodes of the U.S. Army reality series, “Starting Strong” and contributed to the second highest rated Hallmark film, “Our Wild Hearts" starring Ricky and his daughter Cambrie. Also at RSP, Jo was the Co-Executive Producer/Line Producer for the 6-part documentary series “My Fighting Season” and the 2-part documentary series “The Volunteers” which both aired on the Audience Channel.
Gillian L. Hutshing, Perry King