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David Delaney Mayer  |  Producer/Director

David Delaney Mayer is an Irish-German, American-born director/producer. Mayer grew up in North Carolina as a basketball player. He played under Mike Krzyzewski for one year at Duke University before he left the team to make films and write poetry. He has a twin brother, Michael, who he credits for teaching him how to find ecstatic joy in poetic moments.  

As a director/producer, Mayer is the recipient of the Durham Arts Council's Emerging Artist Award, Duke University's Benenson Award in the Arts, and the Center for Documentary Studies' Julia Harper Day Award. Mayer has produced numerous award-winning documentary shorts. Mayer also has produced/co-directed short films alongside two Emmy award-winning filmmakers. Mayer is currently working on a documentary feature film about a sculptor's lifelong obsession: a Ruthenian style castle. 


Matt Brondoli  |  Producer / Cinematographer

Matt Brondoli is a filmmaker from Durham, NC. As a producer, editor, and camera operator, he has worked with David Mayer on many short form documentary projects, including most recently SENIOR NIGHT and FOOD TOWN. He was B-camera for a short, fiction film, THE ACCIDENTAL MAN, directed by Emmy-award winning screenwriter Gary Hawkins. He has also worked alongside Cynthia Hill and her team as an assistant editor for ROAD TO RACE DAY and as a production assistant on A CHEF’S LIFE where he gained an in-depth knowledge of the shooting and editing techniques required to produce high-quality independent films. He studied Anthropology at Brandeis University.


Taylor Peterson | Producer

Taylor Peterson is a rising filmmaker from Durham, NC with training from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, the New York Film Academy, and Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies. She has directed, shot, and edited numerous short films and music videos, including a camera operating role on David Mayer’s SENIOR NIGHT.

Ashley Manigo | PRODUCER

Ashley Manigo is a poet & filmmaker from Fayetteville North Carolina. Her poetry challenges readers with a combination of radical intimacy and an embrace of moral complexity. Her rich imagery and poignant observations weave together surprisingly fresh perspectives on individualism, sexuality, coming-of-age and womanhood.

A graduate of Duke University, Ashley studied Visual Media Studies and Creative Writing. She was the Director of Outreach for the art organization DuArts and was an executive committee member for the poetry journal Cantos. She was awarded the Benenson Award in the Arts for her work while at Duke.

Gary Hawkins | WRITER

Gary Hawkins is a writer and filmmaker whose work traverses many genres, fiction and nonfiction, experimental and traditional, finding its expression in a variety of forms – essay, prose, installation and cinema. He wrote the screenplay for JOE (2013), directed by David Gordon Green, starring Nicolas Cage and Tye Sheridan. Hawkins has contributed essays to the Oxford AmericanGarden and Gun, and Paris Review. His experimental short, ZERO IRONY premiered at IFFR, Edinburgh and Poetry International in 2015, and his jazz documentary, IN MY MIND, featuring pianist, Jason Moran, screened at the National Gallery of Art, also in 2015. In 2016 his experimental short, ME & YOUpremiered at the Alchemy Festival in Hawick, Scotland. Hawkins is a Sundance Fellow, a winner of the Emmy Award and a professor of screenwriting and non-fiction cinema at Duke University.


Lana Garland has worked as a Creative Director, Director, and Writer/Producer in television and film in the US and Europe. Her work has included content for HBO, BET, and ESPN in America, and TV2 in Denmark. In documentary film, she has worked on films such as Bowling For ColumbineStolen Moments: Red Hot + Cool, and Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives. Her short films include Rapture and AfterLife, starring Tamara Tunie. Lana is an NATPE Fellow, a NAMIC ELDP Fellow, a Gordon Parks IFP screenwriting finalist, a Worldfest Houston finalist, and a Telly Award winner. She is the recipient of the Ella Fountain Pratt Emerging Artists Award and a Filmmaking Grant from the Southern Documentary Fund for her project on African American washerwomen. Her company, Insibah Media, is based in Durham, North Carolina and creates documentaries, webseries, and marketing videos for the Internet and broadcast/cable TV.