Persimmon

Dean Yamada

Director

A native of northern California, DEAN YAMADA is an Associate Professor at Biola University. Persimmon marks his fourth collaboration with students shooting overseas. More

ELLIE PAPPULEAS

Producer

Born and raised in Gig Harbor, Washington, ELLIE PAPPULEAS had no insight into the world of film making until working for the Biola Media Conference her freshman year at Biola University. More

RACHEL VAN DER MERWE

Producer

Born and raised in South Africa, RACHEL VAN DER MERWE first fell in love with the medium of film in high school after immigrating to Knoxville, TN. More

ZACK GLADWIN

Director of Photography

ZACK GLADWIN is the Director of Photography on Persimmon. This is his senior year studying film at Biola University. More

Nick Chavez

NICK CHAVEZ

Production Designer

Nick is from Castro Valley, California. Never complacent in his current situation, Nick has known there was something more inside of him. More

ALICIA GAYNOR

1st Assistant Director

Senior, ALICIA GAYNOR has worked on numerous films throughout her time at Biola University. More

JORDAN CRABTREE

Gaffer

JORDAN CRABTREE was raised in small town Chariton, Iowa and has always gravitated toward a good story and hearty group of people to work with. More

JORDAN KAPONO NAKAMURA

Key Grip

JORDAN KAPONO NAKAMURA is a junior from Honolulu, Hawaii and thus knows a thing or two about raw fish. More

JOEY KENNEDY

Camera Operator

JOEY KENNEDY is a Senior who came to Biola from Camas, WA. He loves working in film, video and live events doing anything from driving production trucks to being behind the camera. More

TREVOR SMITH

2nd Assistant Camera

TREVOR SMITH is the 1st Assistant Camera. He has a passion for capturing stories through the lens and helping others do the same. More

AARON KESSINGER

2nd Assistant Camera

AARON KESSINGER, a child of the wheat, grew up in the flat lands of Kansas where he first began making VHS "mini movies" in the 6th grade. More

BRIAN ULRICH

Production Sound

BRIAN ULRICH has lived all over the world, everywhere from Germany to California. He is currently a junior at Biola University, studying film production. More

ANGELA KWAN

Boom Operator

ANGELA KWAN is currently a third year film student at Biola University, with an emphasis in production and a passion for recreating sound. More

ANDREA COTTRELL

Script Supervisor

ANDREA COTTRELL, or Annie as both friends and enemies like to call her, was born in the Midwest, raised in Texas, lives in Arizona, and studied in England. More