Director & Writer - Cartter Evans

Cartter Evans is a director, actor and modern-day Priestess making her directorial debut with WAKE. Evans directed, wrote and stars in the short film. When Evans set out to write WAKE, her creative process was driven by merging her intuitive practices as a Priestess and the visual medium that she’s worked in for the past decade. Prior to WAKE, Evans produced RUNAWAY, which premiered at the Palm Springs ShortFest, and her resume includes work in short films, TV and music videos. Evans is based in Los Angeles, California where she is currently developing her feature film.


Cinematographer - Van Nessa Manlunas

Van Nessa Manlunas graduated with an Associates Degree in Video Production from The Art Institute of California, Los Angeles and received Best Cinematographer in her graduating class. She has since gone on to work on narrative films LAY IT ON ME, COWBOYS GIRL, KING OF NORWAY, RUNAWAY, and WAKE. She believes that one of the strongest ways to change a culture is to change how it dreams, and what better way to do that than film?


Editor - Sylvia Saether

Sylvia Saether is an award-winning filmmaker and activist based in Venice Beach, CA. In addition to writing and directing, she freelances as an editor and photographer. Sylvia’s short films have screened at festivals worldwide, winning "Best Narrative Short" for KING OF NORWAY at the Napa Valley Film Festival. She is currently in pre-production on the KING OF NORWAY feature. Recently, Sylvia was selected for Ryan Murphy’s HALF Foundation and was mentored by Nelson Cragg on American Crime Story: Versace.