Director: Liz Franke
Producers: Augustine Frizzell, Kelly Snowden
Writer: Liz Franke
Editor: Liz Franke
Production Designer: Cristen Haynes
Synopsis: After moving back into her childhood home to take care of her elderly father who suffers from dementia, an independent woman in her thirties finds herself reaching a breaking point as she tries to come to grips with her new reality.
LIZ CARDENAS FRANKE - Writer/Director/Editor/Producer/Actress Liz is an actress, writer and producer from Dallas, Texas, and TREADING WATER marks her first time directing. She has made six feature films with her husband through their production company, Hungry Bear, including the successful ADVENTURES OF BAILEY series of films, and most recently, SUMMER'S SHADOW, which premiered at the 2014 Sidewalk Film Festival and was released in the U.S. in June. She has also been a producer on a feature and two short films of fellow filmmakers. A graduate of Texas Christian University, she is a former reporter for "The Dallas Morning News" and the "Fort Worth Star-Telegram." As an actress and filmmaker, she is driven by the creative and collaborative aspects of bringing a story to life. And she is constantly educating herself on both the business and artistic side of filmmaking - from working in distribution to learning how to edit. A member of SAG-AFTRA and Women in Film, she is represented by Linda McAlister Talent in Dallas and Los Angeles.
AUGUSTINE FRIZZELL - Producer/Actress Augustine is an actress, writer, producer and director. She has appeared in several critically acclaimed feature and short films, including AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS, HELLION and DIG, all of which premiered at Sundance. As a filmmaker, her debut short ﬁlm, I WAS A TEENAGE GIRL, premiered at SXSW 2014 and was one of 5 ﬁlms chosen as an opening night short for the prestigious Maryland Film Festival. It was also an ofﬁcial selection of the Dallas International Film Festival, DeadCenter Film Festival and OUTFEST Los Angeles, among others. She has also worked as an editor, costume designer and set decorator for a number of ﬁlms and television programs. And she’s been a ﬁlm lover and cinephile since she was a young girl.
KELLY SNOWDEN - Producer/Assistant Director Kelly is a freelance producer, assistant director and editor in Dallas, Texas. After being in education for eight years teaching a variety of subjects including her true passion, video production, Kelly has a deep understanding of time management, working with limited means and budget restrictions. She loves the challenge of being a part of a team that can create beautiful, successful ﬁlms with minimal resources. She just recently worked as a producer and assistant director on THE PRICE, a feature ﬁlm starring Randy Travis, and THE OUTFIT, a short film by Yen Tan. She was also the assistant director on I WAS A TEENAGE GIRL. HUTCH - Director of Photography/Producer HutcH’s most recognizable achievement as a director of photography was for the award winning ﬁlm, PIT STOP, which premiered at Sundance 2013 and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. He was also the DP on I WAS A TEENAGE GIRL, which premiered at SXSW 2014, and SOME BEASTS, which he received a special jury award for Cinematography at the 2015 Dallas International Film Festival. He also works as a freelance producer and editor in Dallas, Texas.
JOHNNY MARSHALL - Sound Design & Score Johnny is an award-winning sound designer and re-recording mixer based in Dallas, Texas with more than three decades of industry experience in music and film and the owner of Marshall Sound Design, a full service audio editorial boutique. He has received multiple gold and platinum records, including two platinum and one quadruple platinum, and numerous awards from film festivals across the county. A recipient of the International Monitor Award, Johnny has provided sound design and mixing on Emmy nominated television shows and garnered a Special Jury Award for Sound Design at Sundance 2013 for the film UPSTREAM COLOR. He also did the sound design on THE GRIEF OF OTHERS and KRISHA, both of which played at Cannes 2015.
CRISTEN HAYNES - Production Designer TREADING WATER marks Cristen's first time as a production designer. However she has worked in the Art Department in both film and TV, including SUNNY IN THE DARK, which premiered at the 2015 Newport Beach Film Festival, OCCUPY TEXAS, starring Lorelei Linklater, Peri Gilpin and Janine Turner; and MORGANVILLE: THE SERIES, starring Amber Benson. She also has experience in special effects and as a 2nd assistant director.