meet the people making it happen
Producer, Director, Lead Editor
Elora Griswold grew up in a family of women from whom she learned to be independent and opinionated, and this approach towards life developed into a passion for investigative journalism and film. Her primary interests include writing and producing documentary films on issues surrounding local politics, working class rights, and cases of gender-based discrimination. She is currently an undergraduate student at Southern Maine Community College who is majoring in Communications and New Media with plans to transfer to a four-year news media production program upon graduation. In addition to film pursuits, Elora edited the local politics section of The SMCC Beacon and plans to incorporate the foundations of strong written journalism into each media piece she produces, starting with The City of Servers as part of the SMCC Mayhem Film Festival in 2023.
Director of Photography
"I'm honored to join this project as its Director of Photography. I’ve been a working professional in the industry within Maine and the New England area for over five years now, working on many commercials, music videos and feature films. Helping to capture the visual look and aesthetic of our servers and their experiences, and collaborating with Elora and the team is something I'm really looking forward to. "
1st Camera Operator
Gabe is currently a student at Southern Maine Community College who has a deep passion for film and has worked on a variety of different projects--one of his recent pieces includes serving as 1st AC on the short Broken Petals and several other student films. Elora & Gabe have also collaborated to create documentaries together in the past.
SOKHEAN J OUK
2nd Camera Operator
"Sokhean is Director/ DP who moved back to Portland, ME but continues to work in academia in Boston. With an MFA in Cinematography from BU’s Cinema and Media Production program he’s taken his technical and visual storytelling knowledge to produce his own productions while pursuing his other goals in film and television. Having spent the last few years developing a workflow in Virtual Production using Unreal Engine, he now works as an Interim Manager for the Immersive Media Lab at a university in Boston where he hopes to leverage XR technologies in the use of storytelling."
Lead Gaffer & Set Photographer
Hi! My name is Travis Harden, and I'm a southern Maine based photographer and filmmaker. I'm very excited to help bring this project to life as it has such a meaningful message.
HANNAH PERRY SHEPHERD
Hannah Perry Shepherd is an actor, filmmaker and has also worked in different areas of art and design (hair, make up, props, etc.) for both theater and film. She is thrilled to be working on this project and to help achieve the artistic vision for this documentary, collaborating with this great team of individuals.
Assistant Editor & Sound Operator
Howdy! I'm Andi and I'm in my second year at SMCC as a film and graphics student. I've come to really enjoy video editing and I'm looking forward to helping with the fine tuning of The City of Servers.
Assistant Editor & Sound Operator
Gilon Backlund graduated from Oxford Hills Technical High School with completion of the Advanced Communications program. He has a comprehensive background in cinematography work, video editing, and live audio engineering. Additionally, he was a member of the non-profit Blunt Youth Radio from 2019-2021. During this time he wrote, hosted and engineered several radio pieces, which aired live.
Lead Production Assistant &
My name is Macie Beaudet, I’m a SMCC Communications And New Media major, I’ve directed multiple short films and I’ve just recently got into documentaries, when I heard about this documentary, I knew I wanted to be a part of it and hear more information on this subject. I’m so happy to be part of production.
Assistant Sound Operator
Hirruy Hagos is currently an undergraduate student at Southern Maine Community College. His primary focus is in pre-engineering, but Hirruy has also worked on a number of film sets including his own. Hirruy has a strong creative vision, experience with sound, and will be an appreciated addition to the team.
Sam Brilliant is a drone operator & cinematographer based out of South Portland, ME. He has filmed a variety of narratives and music videos in the greater New England area and owns S.B. Films--a Maine based production company.