VANISHING ANGLE TEAM
Matt Miller is the owner of the critically-acclaimed production company Vanishing Angle, based in Los Angeles. His feature producing credits include A BREAD FACTORY (Spirit Award nominee), THUNDER ROAD (Spirit Award nominee), WE THE COYOTES (Cannes Film Festival), GRIEF OF OTHERS (Cannes Film Festival), TOO LATE (starring John Hawkes and Crystal Reed), AMERICAN FOLK (Best Feature, Cleveland International Film Festival), AMIRA & SAM (Jury Award, Napa Valley Film Festival), THE DRAMATICS, and BEAST BEAST (coming soon). His series and short producing credits include STARGATE ORIGINS (MGM), MATPAT’S GAME LAB (Streamy Award), THE ROBBERY (Sundance Film Festival), KRISTA (Vimeo Staff Picks Award, SXSW), among numerous others.
VP OF DEVELOPMENT AND PRODUCTION
Natalie Metzger is an award-winning producer whose credits include THE WEREWOLF, GREENER GRASS (Sundance Film Festival, SXSW), THUNDER ROAD (Grand Jury Award at SXSW; Spirit Award Nominee), THE ROBBERY (Sundance Film Festival), MATPAT’S GAME LAB (Streamy Award), Lil Dicky’s FREAKY FRIDAY (over 433 million views), HYDRANGEA (Vimeo Staff Pick), THE ARRIVAL (Jury Award, Napa Valley Film Festival), THE STOP (Vimeo Staff Pick), TOPLESS WOMEN TALK NFL (Aurora Award), and the virtual reality miniseries GLOBAL GAMER, among numerous others.
Metzger’s directing credits include AT&T original documentary ALONE IN THE GAME (AFI Docs, Frameline, Outfest); SPECIAL BLOOD (Dolores Huerta Award for Best Director at Long Beach Indie Festival, Best Feature Documentary at California Women’s Film Festival); public service announcement TOPLESS WOMEN TALK NFL (Aurora Award; Telly Award; featured in Washington Post, Huffington Post, Vice), CAMP KESEM (Aurora Award, Telly Award), and VERDI CHORUS (Aurora Award); and short films BARELY (Best Director - L-Dub Film Festival); ARENA (Best Experimental Film, California Women’s Film Festival; Best Music Video, Silent River Film Festival); FOR WATER (Best Short and Best Experimental Film nominations, Female Eye Film Festival), amongst others. Also an accomplished writer, Metzger won the Gold Prize at the Page International Screenwriting Awards for her sci-fi script IMMORTAL.
Metzger holds a Master of Fine Arts from California Institute of the Arts and a Bachelor of Arts from Emory University, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude and received the Sudler Award in the Arts and the Pioneer Award. www.nataliemetz.com
VP OF CREATIVE INITIATIVES
Jim Cummings is an independent filmmaker, writer, and director that is working to find new ways to connect to audiences. Jim has proven to be an action oriented thought leader, mentoring with Sundance Institute’s Collab and founding the Short to Feature Lab. He has been giving speeches at places like SXSW since 2014 and doing articles with Filmmaker Magazine and Ted Hope’s Hope For Film about the state of independent cinema, and what comes next. He is also known for ranting on Twitter and trying to convert filmmakers at film festival happy hours.
VP OF SALES & ACQUISITIONS
Benjamin Wiessner is a producer and distributor based in Durham, North Carolina. He was named to Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Indie Film in 2012 as part of ornana films, where he began producing and self-distributing shorts and features with broadcast partners across the world, including Canal+ and PBS. He has produced over a dozen short films in both hand-drawn animation and live action, with awards at festivals including SxSw and Sundance. He has also worked on ten features, including producing THUNDER ROAD (SxSw 2018 Grand Jury Prize). He consults, mentors, and consoles numerous early career filmmakers. Raised by educators, he frequently speaks about distribution and film marketing at film schools, festivals, and conferences such as The Southern Producer’s Lab, Sundance Institute’s Self-Distribution Workshop, as well as many others. In 2019, he co-founded the Short to Feature Filmmaking Lab.
Bryan Casserly was born in Houston, TX on August 24th 1987 and grew up in Spring where he attended Klein High School and graduated in 2006. Bryan went on to study acting at the Academy of Art in San Francisco ran by long time actress Diane Baker. After some time in the Bay Area he had landed roles on the hit reenactment shows, I ALMOST GOT AWAY WITH IT and MURDER BOOK.
Bryan's credits continue to grow, working on multiple short films, as well as features such as KRISHA (directed by Trey Edward Shults) and THUNDER ROAD (Directed by Jim Cummings). He's most notably known for his role as Logan in the Indie hit KRISHA, which took home the Grand Jury Award, audience award and best ensemble cast at the 2015 SxSw Film Festival in Austin Texas. KRISHA also screened during critics week at Cannes film festival in 2015. In 2018, THUNDER ROAD also snagged the Grand Jury Award at SxSw and went on to play at Cannes.
Bryan worked at Ridley Scott's company, Scott Free from 2016-2019 and is making his directorial debut short film, SMOKEY JOE later this summer.