Director, Writer, Executive Producer – Christian’s 35-year entertainment industry career spans stage, screen, and sound booth, as she has been talent, producer, director, casting director, and coach. Christian began her career in the entertainment industry interviewing Senators on Capitol Hill with the TV/Radio department of the Senate, The Senate Republican Conference. She received her BA in Theater and Broadcasting from The Catholic University while working in radio and TV on The Hill.
Director, Writer, Executive Producer – Award winning filmmaker and creative director, he has developed commercials, narratives and documentaries that focus on the human condition and emotive issues; the core of brand relationships. His career experience spans consumer, business, and government in translating brand objectives into human factors. His direction and production experience ranges from live action and animation to special effects.
Producer – Flo honed her producer skills as the Territorial Agent – Directorate of Public Procurement for the city of Cherbourg-en-Cotentin. As the daughter of Dany Patrix Boucherie, “The Girl Who Wore Freedom”, she is passionate about WWII Veterans and honoring them each year during the D-Day events. She works with officials, associations, museums and individuals in France to gain their support and cooperation.
Twenty-five years of friendship with Christian Taylor brought Nora to the project. With multiple family members having served during both World Wars and a great uncle (Dennis Donovan) buried at Naval Air Station Archdeacon in France, this project felt like a great way for her to honor her relatives and educate future generations. Nora brings strong business strategies, mastery of social media networking and a diverse skill set to the team.
Consultant Corey is an American character actor best known for his supporting roles in Saving Private Ryan, Band of Brothers, Hellboy, Kingsman: The Secret Service, Captain Philips, The Bourne Ultimatum, Kick-Ass, Ex Machina, the Spooks episode “The Special” and the Doctor Who episode “Dalek”.
Consultant Emmy award winning producer and published author with a widely diverse background in the film/television and commercial industries. Her combination of years of experience in feature film, international live events, field producing for news and documentary/interview formats along with producing international post production projects provides a unique perspective and brings valuable experience to our team.
Writer Emmy Award winner, he has been writing, developing, and producing new media, television and film for over twenty years. A seasoned SHOWRUNNER and member of the Producer’s Guild, he has experience managing productions all over the world and across the United States. He has written over 30 national broadcast scripts and interviewed hundreds of people including: politicians, celebrities, scientists, newsmakers, convicts, children and artists.
John Paul De Leonardis
He was a member of the Defiant Theatre Company and appeared in notable plays such as Hamlet, Romeo & Juliet, and Bullshot Crummond. He was one of the first American to ever perform at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London, England and received an After Dark Award for his performance in “The Skriker.” In 2000, John moved to Los Angeles and earned membership to the SAG/AFTRA Guild. He has appeared on numerous television shows and films, most notably Jericho, NCIS, Numb3rs, Criminal Minds, and Letters From Iwo Jima. A graduate of the University of Illinois, he holds a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts (Acting).
Unit Production Manager Bringing over 30 years of experience managing a construction company, Rick now manages creatives in the film industry. Trading in his skills from building structures to building memories through story, he is an expert in time and resource management. His kind demeanor is balanced with his assertiveness, which is a key element in leading a good crew dynamic.
Director of Photography Emmy nominated and a graduate of the rigorous University of Illinois School of Engineering, Corey made the shift to cinematography immediately after receiving his degree. A variety of successful narrative and documentary film projects confirmed his new path from day one. His work on a recent independent film, “The Grove,” won critical acclaim and awarded “Best Thriller of 2016” at the Los Angeles film festival.
Guillaume Le Mezo
Director of Photography – 2nd Unit, Editor A native of France, he now lives with his wife in the U.S. His passion for cinematography spans from narratives that touch the heart to documentaries that spark the mind. His unique eye for the medium is inspired by his rich experience of working internationally. His credits also include commercial work with companies such as Adidas, Caudalie, Allstate, Vitamin Water, Grammy Pro and British Polo Day.
Location & Post Audio Jason is a decorated United States Air Force Veteran. Upon completing his enlistment, he attended Full Sail University. He earned a bachelors of science in the recording arts and a masters of science in entertainment business. Jason is an audio engineer who’s worked on award wining independent films and advertisements.
Savannah is an Arkansas native, currently residing in Oxford, MS where she studies at The University of Mississippi. She is pursuing degrees in Integrated Marketing Communications and Journalism. She feels passionate about people and the power of storytelling. She credits two family members for playing a pivotal role in her interest in World War II. Her great-grandfather, John West, served in the United States Navy aboard the USS Strong, and her god father, Hugh Shell, served in the battles of Okinawa and Iwo Jima with the United States Marine Corp.
Anne Evans loves carbs and ice cream and America. She loves stories and their tellers and is passionate about telling good stories. She has three daughters and one husband, which is good because having more than one husband at a time can get weird.
Assistant Editor As a story teller and editor, he became passionate about World War II when his grandparents related stories of love, survival and triumph. Graduating from Columbia College Chicago with a concentration in post-production, he initially began his career writing short stories and poetry for online publications, but eventually learned to edit and breakdown scripts.
Angie Lindsay has been Christian Taylor’s personal assistant since 2015. She is a Graduate of Samford University and a former employee of Big Idea (Veggie Tales). Angie is an avid reader and has always been drawn to WW2 novels. Working on this film is a natural fit for Angie given her passion for this time period of history. Angie is a happily married, mother of three living in Wheaton, IL.
Jen is an avid theatre and film aficionado with a passion for history, particularly the 1940’s and 1950’s. A graduate of Los Angeles’s Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM), Jen holds two degrees in Fashion Design and has worked as a costume designer for theatre, local commercials and a PBS documentary. She’s also a cosmetology graduate with many years of professional and freelance experience as a hair and makeup artist. Jen just returned to the U.S. after living and serving for three years in Rome, Italy.
Raised in France by a Canadian father and an American mother, Michèle is an international teacher, writer and speaker. After teaching at an American school in Germany for 20 years, she launched her own work advocating for the children of missionaries. In her spare time, Michele writes novels, which have been published in the United States, Canada, Norway and Poland. “Tangled Ashes” was born of her fascination for WWII history and focuses on a little known Nazi program that was established in 1943 in the French village in which she grew up. This new opportunity to further explore this period of history is a dream come true.
Natalie Marcrum is from Atlanta, GA. She is a Junior at DePaul University, double majoring in Media & Cinema Studies and Public Relations and Advertising. She is currently studying abroad at Corvinus University of Budapest. Previously, she worked as an intern for Film Comment, Music Box Films, & Facets. She is interested in independent film marketing, distribution, acquisition.
Patti sharpened her skills by volunteering her time for 24 years, engaging in leadership and event coordination at her children’s schools as well as with community organizations. She redefined how to “get the job done.” Patti not only oversaw each project, but she improved every committee and event she chaired. Along with her talent for coordinating volunteers and fundraising events, she has a passion for photography and gardening. She received her BA in Visual Communication with a minor in Marketing from Southern Illinois University.
Sarah Murdock is an American who lived in Francophone Africa for 19 years and has served multiple times as an interpreter and translator during those years. Her father was a World War II veteran in the Pacific Theater, and her great uncle was chief of the labor branch of the OSS in London during the war.
Dual American and French citizen, she has always loved history and filmmaking. Her grandfather was part of the resistance that liberated the city of Pontarlier.