Ashley Maynor is an award-winning filmmaker, producer, and librarian. She produced the critically-acclaimed feature film Something, Anything (2015 New York Times Critics’ Pick) and the ITVS co-production Quick Feet, Soft Hands, starring Greta Gerwig, both written and directed by Paul Harrill. She also produced writer/director Cameron Nelson’s 2015 debut feature, Some Beasts (2013 US-in-Progress selection; 2014 IFP Narrative Lab). Her work as director includes the acclaimed documentary For Memories’ Sake and the web documentary The Story of the Stuff, which investigates the temporary memorials found at Sandy Hook, Virginia Tech and other sites of tragedy.

Ashley is a past recipient of the Sundance Institute’s Sheila C. Johnson Creative Producing Fellowship and the American Library Association’s Justin Winsor Prize. Her work has been supported by the Sundance Institute, the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP), the Austin Film Society, the Southern Humanities Media Fund and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


S. Cagney Gentry and Thomas Southerland are the directors of Fort Maria. S. Cagney Gentry’s debut feature, Harvest (2015), was an exploration of aging and solitude deep in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The film played several festivals across the country and was awarded one of the top prizes at the Athens International Film + Video Festival. Thomas Southerland's first narrative feature, Proud Citizen won the Jury Prize at the New Orleans Film Festival in 2014 and eight other Jury and Audience awards at festivals around the country and is streaming on Fandor.


Cameron Bruce Nelson was a 2014 IFP Narrative Lab Fellow who has written and directed several short films that have screened widely on the U.S. festival circuit. Some Beasts, his first feature, was one of five features selected for U.S. in Progress-Wroclaw and was a recipient of an Austin Film Society post-production grant.