Heidi Elizabeth (Eli) Philipsen-Meissner, Executive Producer - Heidi Philipsen-Meissner is a p.g.a. official mark producer, writer, actress & director (Co-Director of THIS IS NOWHERE) with 20 years of professional experience in international film, television and communications, who has line-produced two features, production coordinated 11 features, including THE BETTER ANGELS (starring Jason Clarke, Diane Kruger, Wes Bentley and Brit Marling), production managed multiple projects, including two national commercials, worked with stunts in actions films such as SALT and THE OTHER GUYS, acted in several features, including THE BUSINESS TRIP (opposite Vince Vaugn, Tom Wilkinson & Dave Franco), and has produced the feature Darcy. Heidi's a member of the Producers Guild of America, SAG-AFTRA, AEA, the Motion Picture Institute’s Directors Alumni Club, NYWIFT, Founder & President Emeritus of UPWIFT, Chicago Women in Film & Television, and University of Michigan and Columbia University Alumni Groups.
David Hines, Jr., Producer – David Hines, Jr. is a Mechanical Engineer working in the automotive industry in Metro Detroit by day and an independent filmmaker by night. Raised in Marietta, GA, David moved up north to attend the University of Michigan and received his degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2011. After combining their forces to form their production company, Valiant Films, he and J.B. Armstrong have been shooting spec commercials and shorts around the Detroit area for the past several years. He currently resides in Royal Oak, MI with his wife, his baby boy, and their Labrador mutt. David’s primary goal in life is to fulfill God's purpose and help others experience true joy and faith through his films.
J.B. Armstrong, Co-Producer – J.B. Armstrong is a Detroit native and a graduate from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), where he obtained his Bachelors in Screen Arts, and Cultures with a sub major in screenwriting in May 2015. As the Creative Director of Valiant Films, J.B. has written and shot a handful of spec scripts and shorts, and commercials around the Metro Detroit area. He has also worked as an editor for Precision Productions + Post, with the Ann Arbor Film Festival as a media editor, and with VICE Media as an assistant editor on projects such as “King of the Road”, “Broadly: The Abortion Pill,” and “LiveNation” (featuring performances by One Direction, Carley Rae, and Walk The Moon). Now residing in Los Angeles, J.B. is always working to further his creative talents by continuing to write unique, elaborate and detailed stories that play with the human psyche, hoping to play a vital role within the film and television realm.
Heather Buchanan, Assistant Producer – Heather is a Detroit native. A graduate of Wayne State University and the University of Michigan-Dearborn, she is a four-time national fellow and recipient of a Proclamation from the City of Detroit. She taught as a Lecturer at UM-Dearborn and served on the CASL Alumni Affiliate Board of Governors. The owner of the nationally-acclaimed Aquarius Press, Heather is a business development consultant for Academic Rights Press of London. Upcoming projects include BLAZE: The Poetry Film and When the Swan Sings on Hastings with actor Thomas Galasso (Hoffa). A Managing Director for the media outlet Look At Brooklyn, she is also currently producing The Remembrance Project with New York’s Trotfilm.