Writer / Director
Djuna Wahlrab grew up in Dayton, Ohio, nurtured by artists throughout her life. At four she began formal instruction at the Dayton Art Institute, where she first got the inkling that creative work could be a life path. She attended Stivers School for the Arts, winning numerous local, statewide and national awards in visual arts, and several of her shorts were screened at the Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus). While Stivers did not yet have a film program, her teachers supported her passion for film through independent studies where she self-directed her learning, drawing on the mentoring of others in the wider community. She cut her teeth on the local film scene, helping Steve Bognar edit his short Gravel, which went on to premiere at Sundance.
Djuna studied at NYU and returned to Dayton to start the video program at Stivers, where her students taught her to animate. Eventually finding her way back to NYC, Djuna began freelancing as a visual effects artist for film and TV, and has worked on such HBO series as Treme and Mildred Pierce.
In 2006, she produced her first professional short, the stop-motion film Falling Up, at an award-winning animation studio in Brooklyn, Charged Studios. This film was selected and awarded at the Sarasota Film Festival and the Brooklyn Film Festival, where she received the Audience Award for Best Short Film. The film went on to play at her favorite art house, The Neon, in Dayton. Most recently she directed Phosphorescent’s music video Song For Zula, which premiered on NPR’s First Watch and was featured on Pitchfork, Spin, Stereogum, Paste, Filter and many other music publications, garnering over 4M views on YouTube.
While based in Brooklyn, Dayton has never been far from her. She shot the only live action segment of Falling Up in downtown Dayton and felt the love. She hopes to return the love with We’re Doing Fine, a film inspired by her own formative years in Dayton and the community that has supported her.
Andy Harmon began his career in Florida producing and technical directing news programming for Diplomat Elementary School at the age of eight. He earned a Bachelor of Sociology degree and moved to New York, where he has worked as a video editor and production manager for commercials and Internet videos. Some notable achievements include coordinating and editing for stop-motion productions at Brooklyn’s Charged Studios. Over the last five years, Andy has worked as a producer, editor, set dresser, wardrobe and prop stylist, and production assistant.
He hopes to use his jack-of-all-trades knowledge and experience to foster the collaborative attitude of this film’s production. Having worked with many of the crew on past projects, the communication and trust he has with the team is invaluable. We're Doing Fine is his first feature film production, the next step in his development as a producer of smart, artistic cinema.
Jane Renaud is a freelance writer, producer and filmmaker based in Brooklyn, NY. After graduating from the film program at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Jane produced segments about public education for PBS NewsHour. Her 12-part series about school reform in Washington, DC earned first prize in documentary reporting from the Education Writers Association. In January 2013, Frontline (PBS) aired The Education of Michelle Rhee, an hour-long film based on that series. Jane's first narrative film as director, Damn It, Andy, premiered at the Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival in Birmingham, AL. Her most recent project was Rebirth, a feature-length documentary about the charter schools movement in New Orleans, coming to Netflix this fall.
We're Doing Fine presents an opportunity to bring her documentary production experience--always with a tight budget, always with a tiny crew, always aiming to tell a nuanced story about people and place--to an independent feature. Jane’s goal is to ensure that the We're Doing Fine set is positive, efficient and economical, allowing Djuna to bring the intimacy and magic of her script to life.
Ellenmarie Cronin currently works in higher education as a curriculum and faculty developer and teaches writing courses. She was a lead designer and implementer of a bachelor degree in integrative studies at Miami University Regionals (Ohio), which has attracted more than 500 majors in its first three years. Ellenmarie has organized statewide conferences, is a reviewer for two juried national journals, and has extensive editing experience. Her publications include articles and a book chapter in the academic press as well as creative non-fiction in the popular press. In addition to her graduate studies in composition, rhetoric and humanities, she has studied accounting and has kept the books for several entities.
Ellenmarie likes to unravel knots, ask questions, and figure things out. She is most at home working in the intersection of creative and critical thinking and in making things, whether texts or fiber art or conceptual models. She is excited to bring her respect for detail and a sense of the whole to the medium of film in We're Doing Fine.
Director of Photography
Adam Miller was born in a small, unheard-of town in the cornfields of west central Ohio and slowly gained street cred in the (sometimes) grimy city of Dayton. He studied visual arts at Stivers School for the Arts, and sculpture and photography at Ohio Wesleyan University, where he earned a BFA. Djuna convinced him to move to NYC to help her create Falling Up, launching him into the world of indie and commercial media production. He has used his problem-solving smarts in various roles in visual production, working on projects for clients such as Moveon.org, Monster.com and the Ad Council. Most recently he was the DP for the feature film Jack, Jules, Esther, and Me.
In this film, the city of Dayton itself is a central character. As DP, Adam draws on his diverse experience and his unique perspective as a native Daytonian to bring Dayton to life, giving the city a voice in the conversation that is We’re Doing Fine. He looks forward to continuing his 15+ years of visual narrative collaboration with Djuna in We’re Doing Fine.
Cecile Dyer’s energy and commitment to creative collaboration has generated a body of work as varied as her collaborators. Since moving to New York City in 2006, she has worked in styling, and prop and art design for the Rachel Ray Magazine, Esquire, Better Homes and Gardens, Macy’s, and Moschino. She has also illustrated a set of nine children’s books.
With props and wardrobe, art and design, the goal for Cecile is always the same: to tell a story and make the most meaningful connections for the viewer. She looks forward to working closely with the creative team of We’re Doing Fine, translating the film’s story into clear and striking images that help audiences connect.
Eric Rothman is a film editor based in Brooklyn, NY. Inspired by the animated feature films of his youth and by the burgeoning film scene of the early Internet, Eric studied film and animation at the Rochester Institute of Technology in upstate New York. Since then he has worked on a number of short and feature films as an editor, animator and compositor, including Falling Up, Djuna Wahlrab's 2010 short. In between movies, Eric freelances as an animator and editor in the commercial world for such clients as Vice, Nintendo, Nickelodeon and UNICEF. He most recently edited and post-supervised Jack, Jules, Esther & Me, a feature-length independent film.
Eric thinks of the audience as a good friend. When we converse with someone in real life, we communicate ideas or feelings, or just tell stories about interesting things that have happened to us. It’s the same thing that happens when we make movies. Eric sees We’re Doing Fine as a conversation that will continue.
Mike Landry is an award-winning filmmaker whose latest film, The Lifeguard (starring Kristen Bell and Amy Madigan), premiered in the “US Competition” section of The Sundance Film Festival in 2013 and is being distributed by Focus World and Screen Media Films in August. Previous feature films, The Last International Playboy (2009) and Rosecrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead (2010), were released theatrically in the U.S. and abroad. Mike’s work has been featured at dozens of international film festivals including Slamdance, Tribeca, Cannes, Newport, Strasbourg, and Oxford, where he has won awards for comedy, art direction, acting and documentary filmmaking. Mike is also an actor who has appeared on several network television shows including Law & Order, SVU, Rescue Me, NYC 22, Damages and the award-winning Tribeca film Supporting Characters.