Kayla (pictured with GMM Executive Producer, Robert Barnhart) studied musical theater at the University of North Texas for two years. Shortly after, she moved to Austin, TX to study Radio-TV-Film at Austin Community College. She received certificates in both Production Management, and Technology. While enrolled, she interned for the hit PBS show, The Daytripper where she met long-time collaborator and friend, Nate Locklear. After graduating, Kayla co-created and starred in the award winning web series, Once You Leave for which she achieved a Best Actor award and several nominations. Besides filmmaking, Kayla continues her acting studies with multiple coaches around town. And has worked on a number of short films, commercials and in many roles such as Assistant Director, Production Manager and Editor.
Kayla originally wrote God Made Man as a short film back in 2009. Over the years she worked on transforming the script, first into a feature length film, then into a web series, then back into a film. In 2015 she handed the script over to co-writer, Nate Locklear who took the script and re-wrote it while trying to stay true to Kayla’s original intention, overall story and core characters. She also handed the direction and cinematography over to Nate, knowing and trusting his style. She felt she could better serve in a Producer function.
After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin with his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Radio-TV-Film, Nate went on to create several award-winning projects. Nate won two Emmys® for his work as Producer, Cinematographer, and Editor on the first two seasons of the hit PBS show The Daytripper. Then, he went into production on the four-hour web series and transmedia story, Once You Leave. The series won multiple awards in editing, cinematography, drama, acting and People’s Choice, among others. It was also an official selection for the Polari- aGLIFF Film Festival, the LA WEBFEST, and the HollyWeb Festival. Nate is the co-owner of Missing Hill Productions LLC, and has several projects in various stages of development, including a new documentary-like TV show titled, Media Mavericks™. He is also the owner of For Now Productions with several projects gearing up for production. Besides filmmaking Nate also teaches film/video editing at Austin Community College.
Nate was thrilled to step into such a creative role for God Made Man. Taking on so many hats can be stressful but Nate has been doing it for years. He knew he had something special with Kayla’s original story and wanted to dig deeper to get the intense story out into the world.
Robert (pictured with GMM Creator, Kayla Olson) has a BA in comparative religion from Emory University in Atlanta, GA. He has been a strong advocate for the study of psychoactive materials in spiritual and nontraditional healing practices for many years.
He sits on the board of both the Heffter Research Institute and The Multi-Disciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies. He further sits on the board of COSM, supporting the visionary art work of Alex Grey. Mr. Barnhart is active in caring for the well being of our planet’s environmental ecosystem.
He has been a producer of the award-winning film Sushi: The Global Catch. His latest film, A New Understanding: The Science of Psilocybin has been very well received, and he is involved in producing several more films. His producer credits include: From Shock to Awe, Huxley’s Exit, Time is Art, Mantra – Sounds into Silence, MDMA: The Movie, God Made Man, Changing of the Gods and Imaginatrix: The Terence McKenna Experience.
He lives in Austin, Texas where he enjoys being a father to his eleven year old daughter.
– IMDb Mini Biography By: Michele Ziller
Kayla Olson met Robert while she was doing some transcribing work on his documentary, A New Understanding: The Science of Psilocybin. Then, when it came time to run the crowd funding campaign to get production funds for God Made Man, Kayla asked if Robert would be interested in donating. Luckily, he agreed and decided to contribute a hefty amount therefore becoming an Executive Producer and having a role in the film. He had a blast on set.
Gregg (pictured with GMM actor, Lee Dawn Hershey) went back to college in his forties to pursue his first love, FILM! Two of his films, Speed Dating and the documentary, Challenger Street Newspaper, were shown at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival as well as the 2015 Hill Country Film Festival. He recently finished post production for two other documentary shorts and has several projects in development. He also is the owner of Gregg Baethge Films production company.
James (pictured with GMM Script Supervisor, Jessica Halsell) earned his Master’s of Fine Arts degree in Film and Television production from the University of Texas at Austin and graduated with an honors degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Chicago. He has studied filmmaking at New York University and screenwriting in the Writer’s Program at the University of California, Los Angeles. James has made several short films, and his musical film Step Fast was selected for the new filmmakers’ showcase at the Director’s Guild of America. Professionally, James has worked as a music video director for Warner Brothers and Elecktra Records as well as independent labels; and as an editor for Austin’s CBS news affiliate. He currently is the co-owner of Missing Hill Productions LLC and has several projects in various stages of development, including a new documentary-like TV show titled, Media Mavericks™. He just completed producing, directing, co-writing and co-editing the short, Braver Than You Believe. The short is making the festival rounds and will officially premiere in 2016. James also teaches as a Professor at Austin Community College in the Radio-TV-Film department.
Eva was an Assistant with Promotions, Foley and Sound Asst. on the hit web series, Once You Leave. She is helping with Pre-production Research, and serving as a Development Assistant, and Creative Consultant to the project, Media Mavericks™. Most recently she worked as a business researcher for God Made Man, with other duties including prop design, wardrobe, and catering service.
Eva has a dual degree in English and Communication from Concordia University. On her free time she also creates collage art.
Currently enrolled at Austin Community College, Jessica is working towards her Associate of Arts Degree in Radio-TV-Film. She spent the summer of 2014 in Hancock, New York working in the film department at French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts, where she taught children of various ages how to create short films. The summer of 2015 she worked on the short film, Braver Than You Believe, directed by James Froeschle, as Script Supervisor. Since then, Jessica has continually worked on several films in many different positions, including writing and directing the short, Chalk which screened at the SXSW 2015 film festival. Currently, she is also working at Austin Community College as a Teacher’s Assistant in the RTF department.
John (aka Jb) is currently a student pursuing an Associates of Applied Science at Austin Community College in film, and a veteran Teaching Assistant in the Radio-TV-Film department. He has worked as ADR Operator and Location Mixer/Recordist for Speed Dating (short) and Challenger Street Newspaper (documentary) both screened in the 2015 SXSW Film Festival. Soon after, he went to work as Location Mixer/Recordist for the short Braver Than You Believe and Assistant Camera & Audio Lead on Austin Community College’s public broadcast series Picture Up!
Recently, besides creating a slew of projects including a documentary on love, he has also started Newhouse Aperture, a media production company helping to edit, film, write and share unique and creative stories with the world.
Born and raised in Austin, Texas, Claire considers herself a product of the “weird” city, growing up surrounded by live music, art, and a fantastic film culture. From as far back as she can remember she has always had a deep love for film – finding inspiration from movies such as Fritz Lang’s Metropolis and the work of Tim Burton, at an early age. She is currently finishing up an Associate of the Arts Degree in Radio, Television and Film at Austin Community College. She is also a Teaching Assistant within the RTF department. When not in class, Claire loves being part of a film crew and contributing to the thriving cinematic community.
Kirby was born in Texas but grew up along the west coast. Upon moving to Austin she began her career in the film industry working as a grip, gaffer, and assistant camera. She has worked on various indie features, shorts, and commercials such as Slash (2015), Three Point Dynamics (2015), and Easement (2015).