MEET THE FILMMAKERS
Sofia Åström // Director & Co-Writer
Sofia is a Swedish director with a BFA in Animation from the Institute of Art Design and Technology in Ireland. Her short films have screened at festivals around the world and for her second year at the MFA program in Directing at the American Film Institute Conservatory, Astrom was awarded with a prestigious scholarship from Women In Film and Tiffany & Co as an encouragement for her continuous directorial work.
Annick Jaëgy // Producer
Annick was born in Germany, has a dual French and Swiss citizenship, and has worked on projects in over 65 countries. She holds a Master's degree in Management from SKEMA Business School in France, and started her career at Twentieth Century Fox in Germany, working on marketing campaigns for TITANIC to STAR WARS – EPISODE 1, among others. She has also worked as an international reporter, and spearheaded the Africa events division for Euromoney Institutional Investor, while consulting for media companies. In 2014, Annick decided to return to her main passion: film. She packed again and moved to Los Angeles, where she is currently pursuing an MFA in Producing at AFI.
Daisygreen Stenhouse // Writer
Daisygreen hails from New York City's Greenwich Village, where she lived with two utterly insane cats, and her box turtle, Lucille. She is currently pursuing an MFA in Screenwriting from the American Film Institute, and previously received her BA in English from Duke University. Daisygreen started writing at a very young age with her mother, a poet, but really discovered her passion for writing through theater and film. She's incredibly excited to work on Mackenzie with this killer team. Thanks for your support!
Jory Anast // Writer
Jory is a BFA graduate from Queensland University of Technology, Australia. She is a published poet, playwright, fiction writer and columnist, her individual work studied in high schools across New South Wales and Victoria, and her plays still touring the nation with her co-run theatre company, The Violent Romantics. Now creating movies, Jory has returned to home-state California in order to complete her MFA in Screenwriting at AFI, and take road trips with these cool kids.
William Christensen // Cinematographer
William started his career as a photographer's assistant in NYC. It wasn't until the video DSLR revolution in 2010 that he discovered the role of cinematographer. With a newfound passion for storytelling, William embarked on a four-year journey studying cinematography at Columbia College in Chicago and partaking in the facilitation of the visual language that has defined the films he's worked on. Now a cinematography fellow at AFI, William remains incredibly devoted to the craft of storytelling and using the medium of cinematography to bring to life the vivid worlds and characters rooted in the script.
Dana Maddox // Editor
Dana began her journey as a professional choreographer/dancer in New York City, traveling the globe in such musicals as Annie Get Your Gun and The Music Man. She has collaborated with musicians, writers and vagabonds on music videos, book trailers, and short films, editing her way to AFI. Her work has taken her to every state in the US except Hawaii and Alaska. She hopes to change that very soon.
Doriane Desfaugeres // production designer
Doriane is an honors graduate from the University of California Davis with degrees in psychology and art studio. After her post baccalaureate art studies at Columbia University, she began exploring filmmaking opportunities. She found that production design was the perfect fit for her as it marries her passion for art, film, architecture, history, and psychology into one career. Doriane loves watching her concepts come to life, and portraying the character’s psychology through design.