MJ ISAKSON, M.S.
Producer, Director, Writer
MJ spent nearly a decade researching the topic of this film--a journey that took her from Santa Ynez Valley, California to the south of Spain. Her love of horses, history and the cow horse community inspired her to work on Down The Fence. She is from Washington state.
Grant is an award-winning composer and has worked extensively as a collaborator with numerous directors. He has been a composing fellow for Film Independent & ASCAP’s Project Involve, a internationally selected semi-finalist in the Transatlantyk Instant Composer Competition, and a distinguished presenter at NYU’s Music and the Moving Image Conference. Grant is also a graduate of the prestigious Scoring for Motion Picture and Television Program (SMPTV) at the University of Southern California.
Leah is a graduate of the Seattle Film Institute. She works with Eric Frith at Byrd Productions as an assistant editor. She has helped on multiple documentary projects for Byrd Productions. Leah started her own business, Reel Quick Productions in 2014. She has filmed at music festivals and venues in the Northwest.
Executive Producer, DP
Lori is a lifelong horse lover. She's been commercial photographer for 30 years, shooting for clients such as National Geographic, The New York Times, Sports Illustrated, and Newsweek. Her photography and production company began shooting film in response to client requests and she instantly fell in love with the process and storytelling.
Second Unit DP
Fernando is a still and motion photographer located in Salt Lake City, Utah. Fernando's work covering the motor sports industry for clients such as Yamaha and Honda motorcycles, made him uniquely suited for filming fast action performance horses.
Denise spent much of her childhood in Oklahoma and Texas, riding horses in 4-H parades, coveting her brother's FFA ribbons, and dreaming of someday becoming either a professional barrel racer or a real life cowgirl who herds cattle by day and sings campfire songs under the stars at night (yes, she may have watched a few too many TV westerns in her youth). Although fate ultimately chose another path for her, leading her instead into the world of film music and a two-decade stint as head of music clearance and licensing at Paramount Pictures, her inner cowgirl is alive and well and still dreaming of a life out on the range.
Eric films have screened at top film festivals including Sundance, Toronto International Film Festival, South by Southwest, Seattle International Film Festival, and dozens of other festivals around the world. These projects have received numerous awards and been acquired for distribution, both nationally and internationally, by Miramax, Dream Entertainment, Cinema Management Group, Off the Fence, Independent Lens, American Masters PBS, and Phase 4 Films.
Drone Pilot, Key Grip, Digital Wrangler
Ben is the digital technology mastermind that keeps our production equipment state-of-the-art and humming, our media organized, cameras ready, and technical and special camera angle issues resolved. He has over 20 years of experience working with commercial photography and videography studios.
Christina is a cowgirl and horse trainer from Indian Valley, Idaho. She has an amazing aptitude for making sure everyone is in the right place at the right time. She managed event interview scheduling as well as special projects. In addition, since the integrity of this documentary is a number one priority for us and we are not looking to make what the cowboys call, “A Hollywood horse movie,” Christina has become a volunteer research consultant.
Ted Levine is an American actor whose films include JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM (2018), DIG TWO GRAVES (2014), SHUTTER ISLAND (2010), AMERICAN GANGSTER (2007), THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD (2007), MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA (2006), and THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (1991), and TV series that include THE BRIDGE (2014), LUCK (2012) HELL ON WHEELS (2011), AND MONK (2002-2009). Ted is also an avid horseman and performance horse competitor with first-hand knowledge of the reined cow horse world.
Production Sound Mixer
Patrick is a graduate of the University of Utah with a degree in Film and Media Arts. He has worked on several short documentaries, commercial projects, and narrative projects as an editor and cinematographer and in the audio, gaff, grip, and effects departments.
Chris has been expertly documenting the subjects and production of the film in beautiful stills. He has years of experience as an editorial and commercial photographer and has worked with Lori Adamski-Peek, traveling all over the world for clients such as Athleta, Degree, and New Balance.
Production Assistant, Marketing
Jaclynn graduated at the top of her class with a degree in advertising. She's a copywriting wonder woman and a savvy graphic designer. She helps with marketing strategy, graphic design concepts, social media, and event planning. When we're away shooting, she keeps the online posts posting and the tweets a tweeting.
Executive Producers: Lori Adamksi-Peek & MJ Isakson
Producer: MJ Isakson
Director: MJ Isakson
Director of Photography: Lori Adamski-Peek
Writers: MJ Isakson & Eric Frith
Narrator: Ted Levine
Editor: Eric Frith
Composer: Grant Fonda
Sound Design: Bad Animals
Production Sound Mixer: Patrick Thompson
Key Grip: Ben Fonnesbeck
Assistant Editors: Leah Andrews & Patrick Thompson
Music Clearances by Denise Carver
Production Assistants: Christina Allen & Jaclynn Parizek
Photography: Chris Jameson & Lori Adamski Peek
Second Unit Director of Photography: Fernando Venegas
Camera: Guillermo Fernández
Camera: Mikon Haaksman
Production Sound Mixer: Alonso Velasco
Production Sound Mixer: Chad Chance