• A feature film

    HELLS CANYON

  • A guilt-stricken bartender returns to a canyon on the one-year anniversary

    of her young son's disappearance, and faces a terrifying journey of survival

    when she finds herself lost in the wilderness.

  • The Filmmakers

    Dawn Davis

    Producer / Actor

    Dawn Davis is an Actor and Producer based in Boston and Los Angeles. She recently appeared in short films Matriarch and If You Leave Me. On stage she is currently portraying Jean Tarrou in the North American premiere of Neil Bartlett's adaptation of The Plague.  Other recent Boston theater credits include Portia in Julius Caesar and Mary Jane in Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train (IRNE Award Nomination: Best Ensemble). Favorite L.A. credits include Goneril in King Lear opposite Apollo Dukakis, Agnes in The Shadow Box directed by Keith David and the title role in Saint Joan. Her stage and film productions have toured Boston and NYC and screened at the Brattle Cinema in Cambridge, MA.

     

    Dawn's short film, Harmony, which she produced and starred in, premiered at the 2014 HollyShorts Film Festival at the TCL Chinese Cinema in Hollywood. It co-starred Chris Kerson (True Detective) and was directed by Logan Kibens (Operator). The feminist publication, Agnes Films, released a double-feature on Dawn's process of funding and the making of Harmony:

     

    Late Bloomer: How I'm Learning to Survive and Thrive in the Film Industry Over the Age of 30

     

    Review of Logan Kiben's Harmony (This film can be viewed online at dawndavis.net.)

     

    Dawn is currently developing Hells Canyon - a feature film that explores her obsession with complex female characters, transcendent storytelling and wilderness survival. She is a Staff Writer for the feminist publication agnes films and is a member of SAG-AFTRA, Women in Film Los Angeles and Women in Film and Video New England. Her blog is found at mindlib.wordpress.com and you can find out more about her acting at dawndavis.net.

    Jo Hannah Afton

    Producer / Screenwriter

    Jo Hannah Afton is a Screenwriter who specializes in female driven narratives for film and television. She holds a BA in Theater from SUNY Plattsburgh where she graduated with honors and received the department’s award for holding the highest GPA.

     

    She has multiple optioned projects in development, including Ghosts in the Fire, Hells Canyon, About Chase, Night Nurse and Emma's War. Her work is often dark, exploring the inner world of her characters, their deepest fears, and most precious dreams. Otherworldly, supernatural and psychological themes appear frequently in her scripts, as do wilderness locations, fringe dwellers, and socio-political subjects.

     

    For more about Jo Hannah's work, please visit her website: www.johannahafton.com.

    Catriona McKenzie

    Director

    Catriona McKenzie recently served as a director's attachment on Ridley Scott's Alient: Covenant and just wrapped on the first season of ABC & Screen Australia's Kiki & Kitty.

     

    McKenzie graduated with Honors from the prestigious Australian Film, Television and Radio School (whose alumni include Jane Campion, Gillian Armstrong) in 2001. After studying screen writing at NYU, TISCH she interned at Ridley Scott's company Scott Free Productions.

     

    Since graduating she has directed a number of outstanding television series including the Emmy nominated Dance Academy, Logie and AFI award-winner My Place (series 1 and 2) for ABC TV, as well as Satisfaction for Showtime. McKenzie served as set-up director on award-winning series including The Circuit, RAN: (Remote Area Nurse), Fireflies (ABC), CAMP (NBC) for Berman Braun, the award-winning Redfern Now and The Gods of Wheat Street (ABC).

     

    McKenzie was Commissioning Editor of Drama at ABC Australia where she worked in collaboration with the internationally acclaimed creator Jimmy McGovern (The Street, Cracker, The Lakes).

     

    With critically acclaimed and award-winning short films including Box, The Third Note, Road and Redfern Beach, Catriona also wrote and directed the multi-award winning documentary Mr. Patterns (ABC TV) and directed the half hour drama Grange (ABC TV). In 2007, Catriona spent time as a director's attachment on the television series Prison Break (Fox).

     

    In 2006, her script for Satellite Boy was accepted into the coveted Aurora Script Development Program which had previously developed Animal Kingdom, The Black Balloon, Somersault and Little Fish. A highly experienced television drama director, Satellite Boy is Catriona McKenzie's first feature film which won two special jury mentions at the 2013 Berlinale - Generation Kplus Programme, and best feature film at the imagiNATIVE Media Arts Festival. Satellite Boy screened at Toronto International Film Festival 2012 as part of the Discovery Program.

     

    Dedicated to developing emerging filmmakers, McKenzie has mentored in various film education initiatives including the 2014 Sundance Native Lab. Additionally, she was honored to serve on the 2014 Berlinale KPlus jury.

     

    For more about Catriona's work, please visit her website: www.catrionamckenzie.com.

     

    Lisa Gabriel

    Producer

    Lisa is the Executive Partner of Reel Deal Productions, a production and distribution company with offices in Los Angeles, New York, and Berlin. She is an entertainment industry veteran with over twenty-five years experience in all areas of filmmaking from development through international distribution.

    Lisa is the former VP of Creative Development and VP of Postproduction and Worldwide Distribution for Saradan Media. She is also the former Head of Servicing for Pangea Media, having coordinated the restoration efforts of Pangea's collection of film libraries including those of ThinkFilm, Capitol Films, Franchise, UFO, Mobius, Intermedia, Shooting Gallery, and Largo, and Comerica, merging these into a serviceable library of over 1,000 feature film titles.

    Recruited by IFG to Bauer Martinez International in 2007, Lisa served as the Director of Postproduction and Worldwide Distribution, managing the postproduction efforts and film library servicing for Bauer Martinez Studios and Cinepro Pictures. Prior to her time with Bauer Martinez, she worked as a production manager, postproduction supervisor, and film delivery consultant, with such clients as Thunder Bay Pictures and Whitsett Hill Films where she worked on the features "Spinning Into Butter," starring Sarah Jessica Parker, "A West Texas Children's Story," starring Val Kilmer and Laura Flynn Boyle, and the documentary film "The Evolution of Stem Cell Research," narrated by the late Leonard Nimoy.

    Lisa Gabriel began her career as a theatrical actress in Oregon at the age of four, starring in numerous theatrical productions, including the role of Snow White for the 50th Anniversary production of the prestigious Missoula Children's Theater tour. After graduating high school, Lisa went on to perform in over 1200 live performances for the Emmy Award winning children’s production, Dr. Wilderness and Lisa in San Diego, and has appeared in several feature film and television productions.

    In addition to work in film and television, Lisa is an accomplished author and public speaker. She is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of California State University Northridge and holds degrees in Screenwriting, Producing, and Entertainment Business Law. Lisa is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA, IATSE, WIF, FIND, IDA, and numerous other industry and charitable organizations.

    Laurie Lockliear

    Product Placement

    "I am a sales/marketing/collaboration/ strategy & promotion machine and I couldn’t stop if I wanted to. I live to identify and solve problems and I believe that everything is measurable. From creating cross promotions and strategic partnerships for major corporations to finding just the right advertising mix to launch an international product campaign, I love the combination of creative and analytics it takes to develop a successful brand! With more than two decades in entertainment, media, and events marketing I've led product placement and sponsorship campaigns that have financed major music festivals and special events including college bowl games, music videos and fundraisers; developed major fundraising campaigns and partnerships for brands including Disney, Nokia, McDonalds, and Coca Cola."

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