AJ DeSimone

AJ DeSimone is a cinematographer originally from Long Island, New York. At age 17 he moved to New York City to pursue his dream of becoming a Director of Photography. He attended the School of Visual Arts learning closely under ASC cinematographer Dejan Georgevich. Since then AJ has shot short films, commercials, documentaries, fashion spots, music videos, and tv shows. His passion for film has only grown as his dream keeps turning into a reality.

Director of Photography

Virginia Anzengruber

Virginia Anzengruber is a filmmaker, podcaster, writer, and producer from Titusville, Florida. Virginia has worked on crews for television shows for Fox, MTV, VH1, BBC America, TruTV, OWN, and TVOne. She has worked as a Dailies/DI Production Coordinator on feature films like Captain America: Civil War; The Hateful Eight; Suicide Squad; and A Beautiful Planet. Virginia's podcast, Super Hungry: Conversations with Not-So Starving Artists is currently in it's 2nd season and can be found wherever you get your podcasts." 


Elizabeth Merriman

Elizabeth Merriman is a multi-talented media maven and skilled coordinator of chaos who has over a decade of experience in the film industry in both producing and production management roles. In addition to being adept at addressing the needs of creative clients and commercial content creators, Elizabeth is passionate about working with college students and under-served youth through both teaching and volunteering. Elizabeth is great under pressure—literally. Before entering the creative industries, she trained to be an underwater welder.​


Nathan K. Robertson

Nathan has been a part of the Michigan filmmaking community for the better part of a decade. With a background in commercial work, features films and television, he has worked on projects ranging from local independents to studio tentpoles.

First Assistant Director

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Racheal Floyd
Filmmaker / Writer

Racheal Floyd has been working in the film and television industry for about seven years now. She’s a new member of the Directors Guild of America and has worked on such projects as Fast and Furious 8, FX’s Atlanta, and Being Mary Jane just to name a few. Independently she’s directed short films, music videos and social media commercials.


She studied film at the New York Film Academy and received her degree in television broadcasting at Tennessee State University.


She discovered her passion for storytelling at a very young age; always writing and roping her friends into very elaborate games that included very detailed story lines. This translated into a film where she found the joy of seeing her stories realized on screen.


She is extremely passionate about the arts, children, and being a woman of color and making sure that their stories are told. It is her hope that her body of work will provide a platform for stories that often get overlooked and are seldom told.

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