Status In Progress
Director(s) Morgan Mathews
Writer(s) Morgan Mathews
Producer(s) Ezra Ezzard, Gene Finley, Ayanna Ziegler
Morgan Mathews is a filmmaker from Atlanta currently based in Oakland, California. His journey into filmmaking isn’t conventional – he didn’t go to film school and has spent most of his post-grad years working in corporate spaces. While working at a tech company in 2019, Morgan co-wrote and directed a half-hour dramedy series concept, Bit., which is currently in a packaging agreement. In 2020 Morgan was the first grant recipient of the Season’s NY Creative Artist Fund and was accepted as am artist-in-residence for the 2021 SFFILM’s FilmHouse residency for the film, Black Butterflies.
Ezra Ezzard is the Founder and CEO of Artification, the modern media company behind the distribution of the New York Times Critics Pick Documentary System K by Renaud Barret, and The State Against Mandela and the Others. He has held positions at BritBox and led the distribution for Michael Apted’s 63 Up. At BBC Studios, he worked across the acquisition and distribution of independent films including Academy Nominee Hubert Sauper’s We Come as Friends and the National Theatre’s London Road starring Academy Winner Tom Hardy, and Emmy Award Winner Olivia Colman.
Gene Finley IV is the the founder of Chocolate Chip Media, Co. Pulling from his experiences as a Tech Leader at several Bay Area and global companies, Gene was moved to start a company that revealed the untold stories of underrepresented populations. As the head of Chocolate Chip Media, Gene is exploring relevant cultural references with the purpose of inspiring audiences to dream big and do great things. Gene created and executive produced a half-hour dramedy series concept, Bit., which was nominated for Best Short runner-up at the 2020 BronzeLens Film Festival.
Ayanna Ziegler is a producer, writer, and director from Oakland, California. After graduating from the University of California, Riverside, with a B.A. in Media and Cultural Studies in 2016, Ayanna joined San Francisco’s indie film co-op, Scary Cow, where she began volunteering on short films. Since then, Ayanna dove deep into the freelance production world, and in 2019, she became the Creative Producer for the San Francisco nonprofit BAYCAT Studio. Ayanna is currently at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts MFA program for TV/Film Production.