Stanley Brode (Director, Executive Producer) is a Co-founder of Assemblage of Nouns Productions. He recently wrote and directed “You There?” a dark, comedic short film loosely based on Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac. After a successful festival run it has had a second life online, having been featured on Short of the Week among other publications. Stanley has also directed plays and short films on both coasts, worked in a Broadway producer’s office, and in the Literary Department at the La Jolla Playhouse.
Stanley has a BA in Theatre from the University of California, San Diego and received the departments’ highest honor upon graduation. He also trained at A.C.T. in San Francisco and the British American Drama Academy in London.
Jessalyn Maguire (Writer, Actor, Executive Producer) is the other half of Assemblage of Nouns Productions. Jessalyn produced, designed and starred in Assemblage of Nouns’ first short: “You There?” that went on to premiere at LA Comedy Shorts Film Festival. Jessalyn works for Accenture, the global consulting firm, as video production lead for the Health industry. There she writes, produces, and edits short, issues focused videos. This year her Patient Navigation Documentary won Telly Awards in both the Documentary and Social Consciousness categories. As an actor, Jessalyn has appeared in several films and pilots as well as plays in New York City, up and down the East Coast, and in London. While in London she worked at the Royal National Theatre for the Artistic Director, Nicholas Hytner, and in the National’s Literary Department.
Jessalyn graduated cum laude from Wellesley College with a BA in English and Theatre. She also trained at The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and The British American Drama Academy. Jessalyn won the Wellesley Playwriting Competition, The Isabella Eastman Frisk Performance Prize for Acting, and was the recipient of the 2006 National Endowment for the Arts Short Play Award.
Kyle I. Kelley (Cinematographer) is a Brooklyn based DP, producer, editor and director. With his colleagues at BullMoose Pictures, he has worked on many fiction and non-fiction pieces including the award winning shorts “Worlds We Created,” and “Former Things,” as well as the JASH comedy series: “The Perfect Week.” Kyle’s credits also include several PBS shows including The American Experience and CONSTITUTION USA with Peter Sagal. Kyle is currently directing the feature documentary Jeff Golub: Train Keeps A Rolling.
Sarah Brennan Kolb (Producer) is an award-winning producer and production manager. Her work has screened around the world including “Skunk,” which won the grand prize in the Cinéfondation at the 2014 Festival de Cannes. Currently, Sarah is directing her debut documentary feature: Good ‘Ol Girl. Sarah was born and raised in Texas and received her Bachelor of Science in Radio-Television-Film from the University of Texas at Austin.
Gary Gunn (Composer) is an acclaimed composer & music producer/curator noted for his genre-defying musical aesthetic & forward-thinking application of sound. In 2016, Oprah personally selected him for her inaugural Super Soul 100 list, honoring “the world’s biggest trailblazers, innovators, & visionaries.”
Gunn has collaborated on cutting-edge, interactive (including virtual & augmented reality) installations at TED, SXSW, Moogfest, & Palais de Tokyo. He has also composed original soundtracks for a host of critically heralded art installations in Paris, Beijing, Moscow, Los Angeles, & Jakarta, including Hope & Glory (then touted one of the largest in Hong Kong’s history). As a result, he’s been tapped by brands such as Sonos, Nike, Puma, Google, & Dell for his singular sonic vision & was commissioned to design the sound for the 2015 NBC/Universal Upfronts.
Gunn has a budding & enviable resume scoring award-winning films—including official selections at Sundance, Tribeca, & Cannes film festivals—and has created original music for TV series, including Showtime’s Emmy-nominated Sleeper Cell & AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead. He is also a pioneering music curator, as profiled in The Wall Street Journal’s The Search For The Perfect Playlist, having provided soundtracks to millions through various outlets including Songza, RISD Museum, Google Play, & Darden Group.
Arguably his most signature & anticipated works are his musical portraits—compositions that sonically interpret the essence of hand-picked subjects. He’s currently working on an ongoing audio/visual series, which he’ll release regularly starting 2017. Gunn also serves as the chief composer for the 150K sq. ft. LA-based exhibition, The 14th Factory, having scored & sound designed the entire walk-through of the space.