Welcome To Our Den
Sean Herman is a father, tattooer, writer and creator. Born moving, he was involved in all kind of movements from missionary work in youth, to punk rock to anarchism, these elements are what shaped him to be who he is today, all completely different, and all the same. The one thing that was always a constant was positivity and the art of creation. Learn more at www.seanherman.com
Southern writer and creator. Vegan recipe experimentalist. Discoverer. Adventurer. Wife and mom to the hyper focused and wildly creative. I've been referred to by the Smithsonian as an Amazonian Gladiator. Proud supporter of PMA and big hair. By the time I've reached my golden years, I would like at least one person to be able to say, "That old bat may be crazy as a loon, but she can tell a damn good story".
vernon T. HIGHTOWER
A Thanksgiving baby, conceived during Carnival season, born under a Satsuma tree and raised on the Delta, Vernon T. Hightower has traveled the globe and every inch of these United States with his sometimes-band, The Pine Hill Haints. Finally settling in the Bayou Country of the Deepest South to make his living as a 3rd Generation railroader, he seeks out the swampy soul of the Gulf Coast, peering through Spanish moss and plastic beads to get at the eldritch truths that may be buried there.
JD Wilkes is an American musician, visual artist, author, filmmaker and self-proclaimed "southern surrealist". He is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, Being compared to inconoclasts like david byrne, iggy pop, or jerry lee lewis, and with his small, wiry frame and intense, incandescent performances, it's not hard to see why. but while he plays the carnival barker onstage, he's a dedicated lifelong student of true southern culture. wilkes is also a published writer, having recently authored the book barn dances and jamborees across kentucky, an explorations of his state's social music and dance history based on extensive fieldwork and research. a true southern renaissance man, wilkes is an accomplished visual artist as well as a documentary filmmaker. More at Jdwilkes.com
GIDEON C. KENNEDY WRITER/DIRECTOR
GIDEON HAS DIED IN URBAN LEGEND, BEEN WORSHIPED BY A FRATERNAL ORGANIZATION OF WHICH HE WAS NOT A PART AND HAD A SINGLE-BARREL SCOTCH THAT HE CAN’T AFFORD NAMED AFTER HIM. INTERESTED IN EXPLORING OTHER SUCH FACTUAL FICTIONS, HE WRITES AND CO-DIRECTS WITH CO-DIRECTOR AND EDITOR MARCUS ROSENTRATER AND THEIR INDEPENDENT PRODUCTION COMPANY, CLIMENOLE LLC. BESIDES OPENING AND/OR OPERATING SEVERAL ART-HOUSE THEATRES IN ATLANTA, GA AND MOBILE, AL, HE HAS BEEN THE PROGRAMMING DIRECTOR FOR THE SOAL FILM FESTIVAL SINCE ITS INCEPTION IN 2009, CURATING FILM EVENTS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR THAT CULMINATE IN A THREE-DAY FESTIVAL EACH NOVEMBER. ADDITIONALLY, GIDEON HAS BEEN A GRANT REVIEW PANELIST FOR THE ALABAMA STATE COUNCIL ON THE ARTS AND HAS SERVED ON NUMEROUS JURIES AND FILM SELECTION COMMITTEES, INCLUDING THE SLAMDANCE FILM FESTIVAL IN PARK CITY, UT AND THE SOUTHERN CIRCUIT TOUR OF INDEPENDENT FILMMAKERS.
MARCUS ROSENTRATER EDITOR/DIRECTOR
MARCUS IS A COMMERCIAL ANIMATOR, INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER AND COMMUNITY-BASED CURATOR IN ATLANTA, GA. AS LEAD ANIMATOR AT FLOYD COUNTY PRODUCTIONS, MARCUS PERFORMS CHARACTER ANIMATION AND SPECIAL EFFECTS COMPOSITING FOR FX NETWORKS' HIT SHOW “ARCHER”. PARTNERED WITH GIDEON C. KENNEDY IN THEIR INDEPENDENT PRODUCTION COMPANY, CLIMENOLE LLC, HE HAS CO-DIRECTED AND EDITED NUMEROUS DOCUMENTARY SHORTS, SCREENING IN OVER 50 CITIES INTERNATIONALLY AND WINNING SEVERAL AWARDS. IN ADDITION TO MAKING FILMS, MARCUS ALSO SERVES ON THE SELECTION COMMITTEE FOR THE ATLANTA FILM FESTIVAL AND CURATES AND EXHIBITS RARE, EXPERIMENTAL, NON-FICTION AND ESSAY FILMS THROUGH HIS YEAR-ROUND SERIES, CONTRABAND CINEMA.
emma is a writer, poet, and photographer studying at the University of Alabama. "Been going through 'that rebellious stage' for three years now. Writer and photographer. Talker to trees. Watcher of bad reality television. Uses the word “rad” too much. Currently not taking questions about my future. I know a little about a lot of things, but I do know I want to travel, do cool yoga poses and eat good food."