Karla Mason

Producer. Writer. Creative Director. Actress.

Professional writer, producer, and critically acclaimed actress Karla Mason has enjoyed a varied professional career that has taken her from stage to film—from the West Coast to East Coast and back again over the past twenty years.

As an actress, her film and TV credits include As the World TurnsAmerica’s Most Wanted, PBS’s American Masters: None without Sin, and the independent feature films UnrememberedTornado States and soon to be released Lie Detector—along with countless commercials and industrials.

Her prolific stage credits include leading roles at such regional theatres as Charlotte Repertory Theatre, NC; Hippodrome State Theatre, FL; Virginia Stage Co.; New Jersey Shakespeare Festival; Profile Theatre, Portland, OR … and more. New York credits include leading appearances at the Mint Theatre, Grove Street Playhouse, and One Dream, among others.

Karla has had the pleasure of working with some outstanding names in the industry, including having been directed by Dylan Baker and Tony Award winning directors Bart Sher and John Rando. She has toured nationally, and taught and directed under the auspices of the California Theatre Centre.

Karla has appeared in the FBF movies Wrong Room and Portland Dom.



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Greg Kerr

Writer. Director. Business Manager.

Award-winning writer, director and producer of the multiple award-winning independent feature Unremembered (2009), Greg Kerr has been writing and directing films since he was 11 years old, having premiered his first 3-minute film extravaganza (from an 8mm reel) in his living room.

And he’s not just creative. Greg also brings business management, budgeting and marketing skills to the Full Brain team.

A native Oregonian, Greg has lived in Portland for the last 10 years. He has a Master’s degree in writing and marketing from Portland State University and a Bachelor’s degree in history with an emphasis in ancient civilizations from Northern Arizona University. By day (and evenings … and weekends), Greg teaches script writing and Web design classes at Portland Community College, reserving the summers for filmmaking.



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Nan Avant

Music Director and Composer.

Award winning composer Nan Avant hails from the Pacific Northwest. Her work has appeared in festivals throughout the United States and internationally. She has received several awards for her original scores in short films and recently at the Park City Film Music Festival 2010, Nan received a Director’s Choice Silver Medal For Excellence Award for her score in the sci-fi feature film Unremembered.

“I have always had a passion for film music and I have had the opportunity to collaborate with many talented filmmakers. Watching a film, discussing characters, motives and ideas behind the script with the director and then incorporating these elements into my music is a creative and rewarding experience. It is inspiring when all of these pieces come together and a score is formed.” 

Nan Avant holds a BFA degree from California Institute of the Arts in Piano Performance and is a graduate of the Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program under the direction of Emmy award winning composer, Hummie Mann. She is a contributing editor for ScoreCast Online, an online film music composer’s forum. Nan is a member of ASCAP and a member of the board of the Seattle Composers Alliance.



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Kevin Forrest

Director of Photography and Cinematographer.

Kevin Forrest was born in New Orleans and then moved to Scotland when he was 10, where he first learned to edit using two VCRs and a makeshift sound board. Kevin moved to Portland where he received his certificate in Video Production and Multimedia.

Kevin is a freelance videographer, independent filmmaker and assists with the Video Production classes at Portland Community College. Kevin has shot several music videos, the Discovery Channel and has had his short experimental film “Endommage” in several film festivals.

Kevin’s editing system has been upgraded from two VCR’s and a makeshift sound board to Final Cut Pro on a MacBook.



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Wendy Peyton

Assistant Director. Production Manager.

Illinois native Wendy Peyton knows how to crack the whip. She’s likely to do it while cracking a few jokes, but rest assured the job will get done with finesse. Packing an enterprising attitude and tenacious attention to detail, Wendy consistently hits her mark.

Growing up in a town surrounded by fields of genetically modified corn and soybeans, Wendy dreamt of photographing exotic people doing foreign things in faraway places. Now grown, she keeps that dream alive while her perspective has evolved over the years.

Wanderlust drove her to Portland in 1993 where she found a deep-rooted music scene. Several guitar players and cameras later, Wendy had developed a keen eye for concert photography. She’s worked with a list of national performers including Beck, The Black Keys, Bo Diddley, Eels, and M. Ward.

Her dream of exotic people, foreign things, and faraway places now manifests itself in film production. A devoted photographer, cinephile and accomplished project manager, Wendy now brings her arsenal of talents to Full Brain Films as assistant director and production manager.



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