Stephen began making films after returning from a year of study in Japan in 2001. Film and writing has always been an interest but he never really pursued it until he was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 19. During the year he spent in treatment he began writing seriously and planning an adolescent cancer documentary to be called Between the Raindrops. With the belief that an interesting documentary couldn't be made unless he knew how to tell a story visually, he made his first short film Endless Journey (2001) which was accepted into a number of regional film festivals. He quickly followed it up with an autobiographical experiment called Touboku Shinsei (2001) based on his experience with cancer. Over the course of nine years he has written and directed a number of commercials and short films. His most recent film Kenosis (2010) has gone on to win awards on the film festival circuit. Currently he is in pre-production with an experimental short called Ningyo and he is also developing The Silence, a feature length film.
Stephen currently lives in Olympia, Washington USA
Shawn Kelly - Sound Designer/Composer
Shawn has been making music since the age of 12 when his father brought home a Casio. He taught himself to play and was drawn to the electronic bands of the 80's and 90's. But upon experiencing the film music of Danny Elfman and Phillip Glass he saw and heard the powerful role music can play in film. Still, he didn't abandon his roots and in 2004 joined with a long time collaborator Mike Ostrander whose lo-fi industrial project, 64K was getting noticed in the Seattle and Tacoma area. Shawn also founded The Broken Toy Brigade in 2007 and completed his first solo album, Walking the Shadow shortly after the birth of his son Emmett that same year. His second album Ghosts in the Basement should be released soon. Shawn scored his first film, Only a Week with Maboroshi Productions in 2003 which began an award winning collaboration with writer/director Stephen Riehl. Mostly interested in the subtleties music can bring to film, Shawn takes an experimental approach to finding the true musical nature of the sequence and from there he paints the tonal picture. Currently he is active in the preparation of new Maboroshi productions and is also working on his own music projects.
Shawn currently lives in Tacoma, Washington USA
Bryce Dorey - Production Manager
Bryce has been involved with Maboroshi Productions from the very beginning, helping Stephen Riehl to set up the company in 2001. During the production of Only a Week (2003) he first took on the role of Production Manager and helped to keep the production running smoothly. He was also co-founder and owner of Headswell Consulting, a web hosting and design firm. With a degree in Manufacturing Engineering he has been invaluable in helping to design and build custom camera rigs.
Bryce currently lives in Olympia, Washington USA
Temo Bardzimashvili - Director of Photography
Temo has mostly a technical and scientific background with a Bachelors degree in Physics and a Masters degree in Industrial Mathematics.Four years ago he became interested in photography and began working professionally after two years with Caucasus Environment, a regional environmental magazine. He then took a course in photojournalism which led him to enroll in the English Masters Degree Program in Journalism and Media Management at the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs. In 2008, during the Russo-Georgian conflict, he worked as a reporter and photographer for The Washington Post and EurasiaNet online magazine. He currently works as a freelance photographer for EurasiaNet online magazine and Georgian weekly magazine Liberali he has also contributed to The Washington Post, Bloomberg News, The Financial Times, and The National (UAE).
It was his photo essay about Father Maxim titled "Georgian Monk Builds Stairway to Heaven" for EurasiaNet that planted the seed for The Stylite.