Victoria Greene, Producer/Director/Writer: After producing and directing several short films, Forgotten Bayou is Victoria's first feature film. An award winning filmmaker, her short documentary, "Monster in the Bayou" won the 2016 Women in Film & Television International (WIFTI) Short Film Showcase, documentary category in 2016. Victoria had a successful marketing/sales career before forming her production company, Greene Bayou Films in 2013 and continues producing both narratives and documentaries. While working with LPB (Louisiana Public Broadcasting) for over twenty years as an on-air host and anchor during pledge drives, Victoria interviewed many documentary filmmakers and fell in love with this type of storytelling. A graduate of Louisiana State University, Victoria is a member of Women in Film & Television (WIFT) and New Orleans Video & Access Center (NOVAC). Living in New Orleans with her two rescued min-pins, Reggie and Lena, Victoria is an avid LSU and Saints fan.
John Darling Haynes, Producer:
In addition to launching The Gumbo Gang, a transmedia experience aimed at fighting childhood obesity, John, an award winning producer and director produced with his wife Joanna several documentary, television and motion picture projects. The team founded Wish Picture Shows and Planet Pigskin Worldwide while also partnering in a fine art career showing John's work in galleries around the country. John's documentary credits include The Dance, produced by Academy Award winner Nicolas Cage and narrated by Trace Adkins and "In Search of a Coonass and Found a People," winner of best short documentary by a top 5 film festival. Other documentaries include Ole War Skule, narrated by John Goodman and Washing Away, winner of the Edward R. Murrow award. John and Joanna reside in St. Gabriel, Louisiana with their two boys Blue and Jackson, pet chickens and four canine kids Clementine, Gumbo, Sugar and Beignet. Website: http://www.wishpictureshows.com
Paul E. LeDoux, Editor/Director of Photography/Producer: In addition to producing and editing, Paul has worked in many areas during his twenty-year career in the film industry, from shooting to scripting documentaries, narratives and commercials. However, his forte is his unique ability to create the story in the editing phase; he is an amazing storyteller! Paul often collaborates with John Darling Haynes and worked on many award-winning documentaries including Ole War Skule and ‘In Search of Coonass and Found a People’. Also a musician, Paul attended Louisiana State University and calls Baton Rouge home along with his wife Kate, daughters and four legged family.
Benjamin Tomson, Co-Director: As a former ecologist, Benjamin began his career shooting field documentaries throughout the US and central Mexico. His film career gained momentum after relocating to New Orleans followed by a brief stay in Gainesville Florida, where he founded the 1412 Film Collective, an organization dedicated to fostering the growth of budding filmmakers. Benjamin currently lives in Portland, Oregon with plans to continue growing the 1412 Film Collective, while also directing and producing narrative films. Website: www.bhtfilms.com
Bradley Greer, Color Grader: As founder of Kyotocolor, Bradley is an award winning content producer and post-production specialist. From production to post, Bradley’s twenty-four year career has spanned multiple disciplines allowing him to cultivate a holistic perspective of both the technical and artistic process of making movies. Recent notable credits include ‘12 Years A Slave’ (2014 Best Picture Oscar winner), Spike Lee’s ‘Old Boy’, Lee Daniel’s ‘The Butler’, ‘The Iceman’, Paperboy, G.I. Joe 2, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, and ‘Looper’. Bradley is currently working on a multitude of projects and resides in New Orleans. Website: kyotocolor.com
Mike Esneault, Composer/Arranger: Mike is an Emmy award winning acclaimed composer, pianist and arranger and has recorded with such artists as Kurt Elling, Wynton Marsalis, Pete Fountain and many more. In addition to performing at the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center and around the word, he has scored over 30 PBS documentaries and won his Emmy for scoring the PBS documentary, Atchafalaya Houseboat. Mike continues to write numerous scores for television and film often working with film composer Terence Blanchard. Mike plays his music throughout southern Louisiana and along with his family lives in Baton Rouge. Website: http://www.clearcreeksound.com
Gabrielle Gatto, Associate Producer: Gabrielle is a recent graduate of Loyola University and simply loves Louisiana. An award winning filmmaker, her documentary "Following Jefferson," premiered at the 2015 Loyola Student Film Festival and received rave reviews. Gabrielle is a fixture within the film community having worked with the New Orleans Film Society for the past five years, most recently as Volunteer Cordinator. Besides filmmaking Gabrielle has a passion for writing and story telling. She is thrilled to be welcomed into the professional world by such an amazing team with such an important story to tell. Her work can be found at awordihaventfoundyet.com.
Dustin Foret, Intern:
Dustin Foret is pursuing his bachelor's degree at the University of New Orleans, majoring in Film & Theatre. Raised in and around New Orleans since early childhood, he always has been fascinated by exploring the environment around him--whether it be the city, the suburbs, or the wild. He aspires to make way into the film world and is very grateful for the opportunity to work on such an important project. His most recent film, "Peter Hoffpauir" screened at the UNO Film Festival.
Diana C. Zollicoffer, Consulting Producer:
is an independent filmmaker. She is a writer, director and producer. Diana has produced plays in Los Angeles, New York and Washington DC. Currently she is focused on producing films/television projects that promote diversity and interesting storytelling. Diana formed Cazadora Entertainment to develop and produce strong female-driven projects featuring: dynamic characters and original, emotional stories in a variety of genres. The company has several projects in different stages of development. She also partners with other independent filmmakers/production companies on various projects. Her current producing partners are: Feeding the Monkey Productions, Endless Media, Sleeping Tiger Films, Spate Films and Stripe Films. She's been a member of FilmINDEPENDENT for over ten years. http://pro.imdb.com/name/nm1070707/