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About The Team
Ash Kreis | Director/DP
Ash Kreis is a transgender documentary filmmaker in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She got her start working on indie features including The Creep Behind The Camera and The Frame. She also worked in the advertising industry while teaching cinematography at UCCS and worked on feature films such as Being Evel directed by Daniel Junge and Produced by Johnny Knoxville. Since transitioning she has been approaching film with a fresh eye focusing on the lives and experiences of members of the LGBT Community.
Ash made her directorial debut in 2020 with The Fandom which has won multiple festival awards including Best Picture in the LGBTQ+ Los Angeles film festival and achieved international distribution in 2020.
Eric (Ash) Risher | Editor
Eric 'Ash' Risher is a queer filmmaker from the San Francisco Bay area. Their prior editing work earned them a Heartland Regional Emmy. Their experience from the Academy Award winning documentary American Factory was invaluable for the making of The Fandom. They was born in Ohio, where they worked on feature films Carol and Miles Ahead. Ash gravitated toward a career in editing and found themselves at home in the world of documentary film. Ash’s directorial debut was a short doc called Furries which premiered at Frameline. Their work has appeared in numerous other festivals, on the radio, and on TV. Ash’s passion for storytelling has led them to pursue films with a focus on identity and civil rights.
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