NOESSA HIGA – DIRECTOR, PRODUCER, CINEMATOGRAPHER & EDITOR
Noessa began her career in feature development at Sony Pictures, and has worked in production on many films including Pixels, Click, The Longest Yard, The Benchwarmers, The Haunted Mansion, Anger Management, and Big Momma’s House. She was Consulting Producer on TLC’s critically acclaimed docu-series, All-American Muslim (nominated for a 2012 NAACP Image Award), and co-founded Spiritclips.com, which was acquired by Hallmark. Man in the Can is Noessa’s directorial debut, as well as her first time shooting and editing. She spent many months on the rodeo circuit as a one-woman production.
Noessa currently resides in Los Angeles, where she was born and raised. She received her B.A. in American Studies from Barnard College, Columbia University in New York, and has lived abroad in London, Sydney and Milan.
UYEN K. LE – CO-PRODUCER
Uyen K. Le is a transactional corporate and entertainment attorney and has practiced law in California for over ten years. Uyen received her B.A. with honors in English Literature from Brown University and her J.D. cum laude from the University of Georgia School of Law. Uyen currently represents independent filmmakers on their documentary and scripted projects during all aspects of development, financing, production and distribution.
In addition to loving all forms of story-telling and entertainment, Uyen is passionate about philanthropic endeavors and currently serves as an officer of Resources for Health Equity, a 501(c)(3) organization committed to improving access to quality health care for disadvantaged communities in Southeast Asia.
THE NEWTON BROTHERS – COMPOSERS
Film and television composers Andy Grush and Taylor Stewart have been making music since they were kids. They play piano, guitar, bass, clarinet, flute, accordion, sax, harmonica, percussion, organ, kazoo, cello and wine glasses. The Newton Brothers have scored and written songs for Elmore Leonard’s, Life of Crime, directed by Dan Schechter (starring Jennifer Aniston, Tim Robbins, Isla Fisher, Mos Def), Oculus, directed by Mike Flanagan, The Prince, Directed by Brian Miller (starring Bruce Willis, John Cusack and Jason Patric), and many more.