Chris Bower/ Writer, Director, Producer
Chris Bower is a producer, writer, DP and director. His body of work includes the science fiction film Moon Europa, which was workshopped at the IFP’s Narrative Rough Cut Lab and won the Daniel DeLaVergne Media Arts Advantage Fund Award. Bower’s experimental film Brother Cellophane won the Most Revolutionary Film award at the Eye of the Beholder Film Festival. He is currently in production with We Won’t Bow Down, a feature length documentary film about the Black Indians of inner city New Orleans.
In addition to his film work, Bower creates unique commercial content including Goodnight with Happy George, a series of short children’s films promoting the Penguin/Viking book Sock Monkey Dreams and music videos for avant rockers Aleuchatistas and Atlantic records rapper BG.
G. Craig Hobbs is a producer, cinematographer, and programmer working in film, video, sound, and software design. Hobbs is a researcher at the University of California, Santa Cruz where his work explores the use of metadata tagging, infrared computer vision, and open-source software in the creation of live a/v performance and installation environments.
Mr. Hobbs specializes in large-scale projection design, content development, and live performance. As a projection designer and VJ he has worked alongside artists including Thomas Dolby, LTJ Bukem, Deep Sky, Robot, Sound Tribe Sector 9, Afromotive, Ahleuchatistas, River Guerguerian, Kat Williams, Johnny DeKam, and Terpsicorps Theater of Dance.
His film work includes Moon Europa and Solatrium (producer, technical director), We Won’t Bow Down (producer and cinematographer), Discos and UFO’s (shot and edited), and a myriad of live cinema and cross-genre video mashups.
Decay grew up on the Virginia coast where he spent his time surfing and skating. Heavily involved in the local punk scene of the mid 80’s, he published Grinded Griptape and Chronic Effort Fanzines.Decay has spent extensive time going ‘Abo’, learning to live gently in the wilderness. His lifelong love and respect for canines led him to establish a successful private training practice. Upon relocating to Asheville he met Director and friend Chris Bower. The film project, Moon Europa, was in need of a canine actor. As a result of intensive preparation for the dog attack scene, Decay realized he had found a creative home in Moon Europa as cast, crew, and now associate producer for this epic science fiction motion picture.
Approaching each design as a singular sculpture, R. Brooke Priddy creates one of a kind garments without the use of patterns. Ms. Priddy studied sculpture and drawing at the San Francisco Art Institute, then continued developing her methods in New york City where she founded her own clothing design label – Ship to Shore. In January of 2005, Ship to Shore opened a private design studio and custom dressmaker’s shop in West Asheville where Ms. Priddy, her fabrics and machines now reside.
Educated in voice and piano, broadcast technology and audio synthesis, Liz created her Secret Orange Star sound and music studio in Asheville, North Carolina. As Auracene, she bends exotic and chant-like vocals, cello, sampling techniques, and boutique software into songs that range from dark and amorphous, to scintillating and angular. She catalyzes her works with an ability to invoke new feelings and experiences for her listeners. Her pieces have been described as “elegant and edgy”. She has composed film scores, directed and designed sound for indie productions. Recently, one of her collaborative music efforts was listed in the Billboard Top 25 New Age Albums and stayed on the chart for several months. Another collaboration featuring a live public radio performance in Seattle was just released out of Poland. She has several other concoctions slated for release on vinyl on two German labels. Liz is employed by Moog Music, Inc.
John Brinker is an Asheville-based composer and performer of electronic music. Drawing on backgrounds in rock, African music, and free improvisation, John turned to software in 2000 to explore more personal worlds of sound. As Noschool, John has released an album of error-ridden soundfields (I’mpersonal, 2002). As Lifestyle Interiors, he has created stripped-down melodic techno, performed at Subtonic and Openair in NYC, and released an EP on Volt Records (Nyquist, 2003). John also performs in the improvising unit Tigers in the Sack, who explore the boundaries of rock, jazz, and noise.
David Connor Jones received a BA in Religious Studies and English Literature at Guilford College before eventually studying filmmaking for a year at NCSA. Soon dissatisfied with the clap trap of film school, Dave dropped out of NCSA and moved to Asheville in 1999 to pursue a career as a documentary filmmaker.
Sara Legatski/ Production Support & Props
Sara Legatski was raised with a strong theater background, honing stage skills that include acting, lights, costume, set design, and group dynamics. She has produced several independent film events including Eye of the Beholder Film Festival – Asheville’s first and only independent film festival. Sara is thrilled to join the Moon Europa team as a production support member and prop technician.