The Crew

Mary Ratliff Writer/Director

Mary is a third year MFA student at American University in Washington D.C. and is expecting to graduate in 2011.  She earned her bachelor’s degree in Film from Hollins University in 2002.   She was part of the team that created Cookies, winner of the 2009 TIVA-DC Peer Gold Award for Student Narrative Short.

Mary has also worked on two feature films, serving as set costumer on Below the Beltway and assistant script supervisor on The Dead Ones, both in 2009.  She wore many hats during the production of the web series Stage Fright, serving as a writer, editor, production designer, and script supervisor.    Most recently, she directed Extraction, a short film starring Katie Foster and Maya Jackson.

John Malis Cinematographer

From his former life as a newspaper photojournalist to his work on feature films, cinematographer Jon Malis has accumulated over 10 years of combined experience in photography, lighting, cinematography and color grading.

Based in Washington, DC, he has served as Director of Photography on projects ranging from local/indie narrative shorts to international documentary features, with recent projects ranging from mental healthcare in America to a multinational Brazilian drum band and a narrative homage to the mechanical Bolex 16mm movie camera.

When not capturing the world at 24 fps, Malis is also known as an artist, concentrating in the abstract representation of memory through photography and everyday imagery.

His cinematographic work can be viewed at, and his personal work at

Other crew members include:

Jason Fraley First Assistant Director

Cody Gallo Second Assistant Director

Jan Sanders Script Supervisor

Autumn Moran First Assistant Camera, Car Unit Camera Operator

Katie Neff Second Assistant Camera

Vanessa Bradchulis Casting Director

Anne Coburn Production Manager

Drew Louis Gaffer

Silvio Carillo Best Boy

Colin Foster Best Boy

Jeremiah Horan Grip

Matthew Pickett G&E Production Assistant

Daniel Lerch Sound Mixer/Boom Operator

Kelley W. Coleman Makeup and Hair

Jason Wicksell Art Director and Production Designer

James Dunson Production Assistant/Smoke Effects

Cindi Weatherington Craft Services/Production Assistant

John Goad Driver


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