July Rising

sunday, September 29th, 2019 at 4:15pm

Program #21

When 16-year-old Andy loses her grandfather and inherits the family orchard, she also becomes the ward of her estranged aunt from the city and must navigate the path to her future from a small town where independence for young women has never been an option.

Meet the filmmakers

WRITER - Chauncey Crail

DIRECTOR - Chauncey Crail

PRODUCER - Lucy Houlihan, Robert Mahaffie


EDITOR - Meredith Mantik



Chauncey Crail - Writer, Director

Chauncey Crail studied film at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts and has a BA in Film and New Media Studies from Colorado College. As a multimedia artist and entrepreneur he’s worked for more than a decade producing short films. His resumé includes development, production and post production positions on both documentary and narrative features. Crail’s focus in film, photography and design reflects his passion for storytelling and emotional resonance. He attributes his fascination with perspective to his diverse work experience: Crail has worked in agriculture, government, marketing, retail, theater and real estate development.

Alexa Yeames - Lead, Producer

Following classical training at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Alexa Yeames has played roles as divergent as live Shakespearean theater and shows on The CW network. Much of her education has been hands-on as she worked alongside JuliePlec, Michael Landon Jr. and Sean McNamara. She is seen in Ryuhei Kitamura’s film, Downrange, which premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival. Based in Los Angeles, Yeames has also worked in a recurring role on The CW’s The Originalsand the theatrically released feature Field of Lost Shoes.

Lucy Houlihan - Producer

Lucy Houlihan has been pursuing theater and film since she was young. She has produced, directed and assistant directed a number of feature and short film projects and has worked on countless stage productions, as a director, stage manager and actor. Most recently she produced and designed costumes for what we find in the seaa short film and stage managed A Kid Like Jake,a production by IAMA Theatre Company. Before moving to LA she received an undergrad degree from Colorado College’s Theatre and Dance Program, where she wrote and directed an original play for her thesis, directed Yellow Face (2017), Rabbit Hole (2016), and X (2016) and starred in numerous department productions including Top Girls.She is a multi-faceted film and theatre artist whose work focuses on presenting diverse, issue-based perspectives.

Meredith Mantik - Editor

Meredith Mantik is originally from Southern California, Meredith holds a BA in English, Film, and Philosophy from Colorado College, and studied Creative Writing at Idyllwild Arts Academy. Upon graduating with distinction from the prestrigious National Film and Television School’s Editing MA course, she received an AVID Excellence in Editing Award for her work on SWEET MADDIE STONE, directed by Brady Hood. She has recently worked on multiple APS productions including HUNTING LANDS, SPADES, and GOOD MORNING. She has worked as an editor, junior editor, assistant editor, filmmaking professor, screenwriting teacher, freelance filmmaker and photographer, and production assistant throughout California, Colorado, England, and France.

Tom Crandall - Cinematographer

Tom Crandall, a director, cinematographer and editor working in Denver and the larger Front Range Area of Colorado, brings a quiet intensity to his filmmaking. His films have enjoyed both film festival success and national broadcast including on PBS. As a cinematographer, Tom has worked on numerous short and feature narrative, documentary and commercial projects including the award-winning narrative feature July Rising. His boutique production house, Nightwatch Media, provides full-service production and post to the Denver and Colorado Front Range areas.

Robert Mahaffie - Production Designer

Robert Mahaffie, an accomplished filmmaker and theater designer, lives and works in Los Angeles. He studied Film & Media and Performance Design at Colorado College and has worked extensively in both filmmaking and theater production for the last 10 years, designing shows for community, college and professional theater productions and working in countless roles on film sets. His recent credits include producing and serving as production designer for a number of short and feature films including, July Risingwhich premiered and won the Best Indie Feature award at the Sonoma International Film Festivalin 2019 and Black Flagwhich recently premiered at the National Black Theatre Festival. He also recently served as a stage manager for IAMA Theatre Company’s Canyon(2019), and returned to his alma mater, Colorado College as a visiting professor of filmmaking. His award-winning short documentary On Trackaired on Rocky Mountain PBS in 2016.