Who we are
Maria ALLRED, Founder/Director
Writer, director, Producer, DP, Camera Operator, Art Director, Editor
Maria Allred is an award-winning independent filmmaker residing in Chicago, IL. In her debut feature film, The Texture of Falling, she took on an impressive number of roles including writer, director, producer, cinematographer, editor, and art-director, among others. The film premiered in Spain at the Marbella International Film Festival, where she was nominated Best Director, and then went on to have a theatrical release across four major U.S. cities. Prior to directing her feature, she had three short films with television premieres on OPB's Oregon Lens and one on Oregon Art Beat.
Since childhood, Maria has passionately studied painting, poetry, philosophy, creative non-fiction, and various forms of dance. In addition, she has for eight years participated in Jungian-based process groups with author Paul Levy. Not coincidentally, her filmmaking- strongly informed by visual art, music, philosophy, and movement-is poetic, symbolic, and visually driven. She received her BS in Liberal Studies, Film Focus, from Portland State University.
Allred is intrigued by pushing cinematic expression into new terrains, while also keeping the audience thoroughly entertained. She is currently in development for her second feature, The Watcher’s Game, and is shooting a short film, Little Nations, in North Chicago, summer of 2019.
PRODUCER, CAMERA OPERATOR, Script & editing consultant, ORIGINAL MUSIC, PHOTOGRAPHER
Damien Genardi heralds from an opera and photography background with highlights such as singing in the Portland Opera for 7 seasons and photographing for Rock and Folk Magazine (France). His photography subjects include Julian Casablancas and The Voidz; Albert Hammond Jr. of the Strokes; Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Glen Matlock of the Sex Pistols and Clem Burke of Blondie; opera singer Richard Troxell; and author Paul Levy. The prominent themes of his work include the human complexities of expression, passion, and vulnerability; the magnetism of personal sexuality; the resilience of the human spirit; and the drive for survival.
He made his debut as a film producer co-producing feature film The Texture of Falling (Allred Films), and has gone on since to produce music videos.
producer, assistant director, script & editing consultant, graphic artist