Crew Bios

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/ Producer, Cinematographer, Special Effects
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/ Associate Producer
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.

Troy Scott Burnette/ Cinematographer
Asheville native Troy Scott Burnette has an extensive background in feature film production and corporate video. Coming from a strong editing background with the experience of more than 100 edited programs, and the feature film “The Devils Courthouse,” Troy strives to bring beautiful images into the editing room. Last year he shot and directed “Surviving the Storm” for Deltec Homes, a thirty minute documentary that took him into the heart of hurricane savaged areas, as well as shooting and directing author interviews for Harlequin Enterprises. His company Tabula Rasa Studios has produced dozens of videos and worked as local liaison and producer for the History Channel & CBS Productions. He is post-production supervisor at SCI Consulting, a marketing and video production company based Hickory North Carolina. Besides free-lance production with his partners at A Viewpoint Productions, Troy does post-production work and DVD authoring at his studio in Asheville.

Robert Klein/ 3D, Special Effects
As the senior animator of Kleindigital, Robert combines his backgrounds in Art, Computer Science and Economics to create unique, engaging and ground breaking animated content. Past clients have included Bell & Howell, S.C. Johnson, Mahoe Sawmills of New Zealand, Caterpiller, Studvik of Sweden, Multiplas Portugal and many others. Robert’s understanding of a broad range of software along with his artist vision enable him to create some of the most groundbreaking computer graphics available in the southeast.

R. Brooke Priddy/ Costume Designer
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.

Kelledy Francis/ Costume Designer
Kelledy Francis is originally from Orlando, FL, where she realized that designing and sewing is in her blood. At 16 years old, she went to study with her grandmother, Fawn Zeller, who was a world renowned historical costumer. That experience intensified her interest in fabric and fashion, and she went on to receive a Bachelor of Fine Arts with honors from the Maryland Institute, College of Art, in the Fiber Arts. She works in Asheville, NC, where she designs costumes and custom garments under her label, “Kelledy, The Art of Sewing.” Kelledy is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts from Western Carolina University.

Elizabeth Lang/ Sound Designer, Composer
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/ Composer
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.

Jayro “Danger” Rockola /ADR, Foley, Sound Design
Jayro grew up in Portland, Oregon during the bourgeoning alternative/grunge rock scene of the early 1990’s. His love of recording sound and music began as early as fourteen when he aquired his first four track machine, documenting his and other local high school bands. After completing his undergraduate degree in music technology from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, Jayro went on to make his fortune in the Big Apple. While there he worked on projects for such prestigious artists as John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Yoko Ono and Kanye West. After tiring of the big city hustle and bustle, Jayro moved to Asheville where he opened Hi-Five Recording. Located in the heart of downtown, Hi-Five has become one of the premier facilities for local artists of every genre.

Patrick Kukucka/ ADR, Foley, Sound Design
Patrick Kukucka has been an active member of the music and recording scene in Asheville for seven years. Currently he is working at Hi Five Recording studio and practicing the venerable art of bookselling. He is excited at the opportunity to explore, kidnap and ruthlessly exploit the outdoor world of sound for this project.

David Connor Jones/ 1st Assistant Director
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.

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