Who we are
Maria ALLRED, Founder/Director
Writer, director, Producer, DP, Camera Operator, Art Director, Editor
Maria Allred is an independent filmmaker residing in Portland, OR and Chicago, IL. In her award-winning debut feature-film, The Texture of Falling, she pulled off the ambitious (and possibly insane) feat of acting as writer, director, DP, producer, actor, and editor, among other roles. Prior to directing her feature, she had three short films with television premieres on OPB's Oregon Lens and one on Oregon Art Beat.
Film critic, Maggie Stacu, states in regards to Allred, "To say that she is talented is an understatement. What she has created is, simply put, one of a kind. Not only that, but it's poignant to our time."
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 and artist Paul Levy. Not coincidentally, her filmmaking- strongly informed by visual art, music, philosophy, and movement-is poetic, symbolic, visually driven, and multi-dimensional. Allred is less interested in cinematic conventions and more intrigued by pushing cinematic expression into new terrains, while also keeping the audience thoroughly entertained.
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