Director, Producer, Cinematographer, Editor
Richard assistant-edited Academy Award-nominated LIFE, ANIMATED, as well as ART AND CRAFT (Tribeca 2014, Academy Award shortlist). He was the lead editor for the recent feature documentary THE SURROUNDING GAME. He received his B.A. in Art from Yale University, where he won the Howard Lamar Prize, Yale’s top film award. Richard was the Director of Programming for the Environmental Film Festival at Yale for two years, and has a background in animal rights. He received the Marcie Bloom Fellowship in Film, and was a fellow in the 2016 IFP Documentary Labs.
Cindy Meehl founded Cedar Creek Productions in 2008. She is the director of the highly acclaimed documentary BUCK (2011 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award, Academy Award 2011 shortlist, Full Frame Audience Award, Cinema Eye Honors Audience Choice Award, Zurich International Film Festival Best International Documentary, and many more). Meehl is also Executive Producer on TRAPPED (Sundance Special Jury Award 2016), UNBRANDED (Audience Award, HotDocs Film Festival, Telluride Mountainfilm Audience Award) and DOGS ON THE INSIDE (Audience Choice Award at Rhode Island International Film Festival 2014). In 2012 she directed an educational series called 7 Clinics with Buck Brannaman and a music video with Templeton Thompson and Sam Gay for their song “When I Get That Pony Rode.” Meehl is currently directing a new film on dogs and cats and integrative medicine.
Brian Reed is the host and co-creator of the groundbreaking podcast S-TOWN, which is a production of SERIAL and the public radio show THIS AMERICAN LIFE. S-TOWN was downloaded 40 million times in its first month, setting a new record in podcasting. As senior producer of THIS AMERICAN LIFE, Reed oversees the editorial direction of the program with host and executive producer Ira Glass. Reed has received the Dart Award for Reporting on Trauma, the Overseas Press Club Award, and two Peabody Awards.
Jeffrey has been working with Richard on FOR THE BIRDS since the early shoots in 2011. Along the way, he has worked on other feature documentaries: as Assistant Director and Archival Producer for PUMP (directed by Sundance Audience Award-winner Josh Tickell), Associate Producer for VOYAGERS WITHOUT TRACE (Audience Award, Ashland Independent Film Festival), and Associate Producer for BOONE (SXSW, 2016). He earned his B.A. in Literature from Yale, and is a 2017 Impact Partners Documentary Producing Fellow. Elsewhere in the film industry, he has also worked as a Production Assistant on BROTHER NATURE (produced by Lorne Michaels) and NBC’s GRIMM, and taught video production to middle school and high school students in Portland, OR and New Haven, CT.
Holly began her film career in publicity at Sony Pictures Classics in 2011 and then transitioned to film development to work for feature director Tanya Wexler (HYSTERIA). In 2014, Holly began working at Salty Features under director/producer Yael Melamede and is a Co-Producer on Melamede's documentary feature (DIS)HONESTY: THE TRUTH ABOUT LIES. Holly ran a successful $137,000.00 Kickstarter campaign for the film, which then premiered at the Hot Docs and Full Frame Film Festivals in 2015. Holly recently launched her own production company, Lunamax Films, and is currently producing a feature documentary, JACINTA, which participated in the Hot Docs Forum, Points North Forum, and TFI/A&E Indie Films Story Labs in 2017. Holly is also producing a fiction feature, IN REALITY, which is slated for release in 2018.
Andrew Johnson graduated magna cum laude from Yale in 2006 with a B.A. in music composition. After a stint as a Yale admissions officer, he moved to Los Angeles where he began writing additional music for television at Oscar winner Hans Zimmer's studio. His music has been heard on over one thousand episodes of television, including GLEE, AMERICAN HORROR STORY, MAJOR CRIMES, THE BLACKLIST, IT'S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA, KEY & PEELE, AMERICA'S GOT TALENT, and countless others. FOR THE BIRDS marks his tenth feature film as a composer.
Mark most recently co-directed and edited ART AND CRAFT (Academy Award Shortlist, 2015). He produced, directed, and edited the Independent Spirit-nominated documentary ROMANTICO (Sundance, 2005) and directed and edited the Emmy-nominated PRESSURE COOKER. He has edited several other documentaries including LOST BOYS OF SUDAN and CIRCO.