Meet The Spirit Farm
Alexandra Byer is a producer living and working in Brooklyn, New York. She most recently produced Matt Porterfield's fourth movie, SOLLERS POINT, which is currently in post-production. Byer produced Tim Sutton’s DARK NIGHT, which had its world premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and international premiere at the 2016 Venice Film Festival, winning the Magic Lantern Award. She was accepted to and participated in Cannes’ Marche du Film Producers Workshop (2016) and the Berlin Film Festival’s Berlinale Talents (2015). Byer co-produced Sutton's MEMPHIS, which was showcased at the 2013 Venice Film Festival with the support of the Biennale-College of Cinema and Gucci. MEMPHIS premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. She also co-produced STAND CLEAR OF THE CLOSING DOORS (dir. Sam Fleischner), which won the Special Jury Mention at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival and was distributed by Oscilloscope Laboratories.
Byer has produced several short films and frequently works in production on commercials, branded content, and music videos. Clients she has worked with include Anheuser Busch, Ben & Jerry's, Carhartt Vineyard, Dunkin' Donuts, NetJets, and Twitter.
email: ALEXANDRA.BYER at GMAIL
Eric Cho exists only in short doses. He is a shrouded clown, a methodical machine, and a musician at heart.
Joshua Gleason is a filmmaker and writer originally from northern New Jersey. As a founding member of The Spirit Farm, Josh has written, directed, and shot several short films and performance pieces that explore the gray area of 'humanness' between the animal and emotional. His films have screened at festivals worldwide including his graduate thesis film (A Place of Our Own) which premiered at Indie Memphis Film Festival in 2014 and is currently being distributed internationally by Gonella Productions (FR).
Aside from his own work, he has collaborated below-the-line on films like Matt Porterfield's Putty Hill (Berlin, SXSW '10) and I Used to Be Darker (Sundance, Berlin '13) and Andrew Ahn's Spa Night (Sundance '16).
He received a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University and holds his M.F.A. in Film Directing from the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts).
Josh is in the process of developing his first feature film.
email: JOSHUA.GLEASON at GMAIL
Jay Hoffmann is a New York based sound designer and web content developer. Originally from Long Island, he moved to Baltimore in 2006 where he met The Spirit Farm crew.
Armed with a laptop rig and some ingenuity, he tries to blend the natural world with the cerebral in any type of design context.
Jay has produced work for Sesame Workshop and Penguin Random House. He also founded Tiny Repo, a site specializing in WordPress plugins.
email: JHOFFM34 at GMAIL
Matthew Kaiser is a writer, illustrator, web designer and filmmaker from Long Island, NY who has returned to NYC by way of North Carolina. While his undergraduate experiences tend to the study of romanticism, contemporary American fiction and Journalism, he considers his education to have originally stemmed from a borderline-unhealthy childhood fascination with horror, grindhouse and fantasy.
As his tastes matured, he obsessed with broadening his experience with film and media, finding there a consistent escape from the apathy of mundane, day-to-day existence. The restlessness of his writing style is mirrored in the broad scope of interests he indulges in, as well as his general approach to the world.
email: MJKAISER10 at GMAIL
Diana Peralta is an experimental filmmaker, film programmer, and digital strategist. Her short films have been featured in several festivals and theatrical productions across the US. Her work as producer on the short documentary LA FERIA CONCRETA was screened as part of the Dominican Republic's first pavilion installation at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale.
She graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 2011 with a B.A. in Film & Media Studies and currently works as a digital strategist and creative content producer with Red Antler where she specializes in developing and producing web content with a focus on developing brand identity for startups.
When she's not making or watching movies, she plays Capoeira and relaxes in the Dominican Republic with her family.
email: D.PERFEL at GMAIL
Originally from Los Angeles, Clare Richardson currently works as Programming Coordinator at BBC America Previously, she has worked for companies such as Sony Pictures Classics, IFC Films, Creative Capital, and most recently Independent Filmmaker Project in New York City.
In 2015, Clare completed her Masters in Film Studies at Columbia University. Her thesis, "Director's Directors Directing Director's Directors", juxtaposed star theory and auteur theory by examining the roles of auteur directors acting in other auteur director's films.
She is in New York by way of Baltimore, where she completed her undergraduate studies at Johns Hopkins and received her B.A. in both Film & Media Studies and Writing Seminars.
She's also a Sundance vet with ten plus years under her belt.
email: CLARECRICH at GMAIL
Carlos Valdes-Lora is a NYC-based freelancer from Miami, FL who has a B.A. in Film & Media Studies from The Johns Hopkins University. Carlos has worked in the Camera and G&E Departments on films like BLUE RUIN (Cannes 2013), VALEDICTORIAN (Rotterdam 2015), Putty Hill (Berlinale 2010).
As a cinematographer, Carlos has worked on several short films and web series including ANIMAL WORK. He is interested in gestures, optics, memory, and natural light.
email: CVALDESLORA at GMAIL