Bess O’Brien is the director/producer of the documentary films The Hungry Heart, about prescription drug abuse in Vermont, and Ask Us Who We Are, a powerful documentary about foster care in Vermont. She is also the director/producer of the highly acclaimed feature film Shout it Out based on the lives of Vermont teens and the original Voices Project live musical. O’Brien has also produced and directed a number of award-winning documentary films including Journey into Courage about women in the Northern part of Vermont who survived domestic violence and sexual abuse, Where is Stephanie? about the murder of a young girl in Rutland, VT, and Here Today about Vermont families struggling with heroin in their lives. Bess O’Brien co-founded Kingdom County Productions with her husband Jay Craven in 1990. O’Brien co-produced the feature films Where the Rivers Flow North starring Rip Torn, Tantoo Cardinal and Michael J. Fox, and A Stranger in the Kingdom starring Ernie Hudson and Martin Sheen. O’Brien has also been the producer/director of KCP’s Fledgling Films and The Vermont Arts Institute, a three week intensive camp for teens from across the country to learn about film and theatre.
Creative Director Gary Lee Miller learned to tell stories in his tiny home town of Eldred, Pennsylvania and at Vermont College of Fine Arts, where he earned his MFA. His short story collection Museum of the Americas was published by Fomite Press in 2014. He works as a copywriter, book editor, and writing teacher. Gary also sings and plays guitar in The Trailerblazers, a strictly hillbilly outfit. For more information about Gary and his work, or to contact him about leading a workshop, please visit garyleemiller.com.