Kelly Ota is currently an MFA Production graduate student in the Radio-Television-Film department at UT Austin.  She earned her BA in Comparative Literature - Cinema Studies at the University of Washington in Seattle.  While in Seattle, she produced several short films, worked extensively on the zombie photographic novel series, “Night Zero,” and directed the short film, “Kampai,” which premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival in May 2011.  Kelly is currently working on the producing team for the thesis film, “Leaves on Trees,” as well as developing her own thesis film.

Madeline Packard is currently completing her second year as a Radio-Television-Film student.  She is interested in film studies and production.  Previously, she co-founded the Downtown Bryan Film Festival for her local community, and had several short films play in festivals around Texas.

Mogan Utzman
Katherine Wei

Maddy Bethard


Kat Candler's recent short films, Hellion in 2012 and Black Metal in 2013, both premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Her previous films have screened at the Los Angeles Film Festival, San Francisco International Film Festival, SXSW, and Slamdance and on PBS. She is a two-time IFP participant and was recently awarded the San Francisco Film Society/Kenneth Rainin Foundation filmmaking grant. Her latest feature film Hellion premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Candler is a lecturer on film at the University of Texas in Austin.