Film and writing have always been an interest to him but he never really pursued it in earnest until after being diagnosed with bone cancer at the age of nineteen. During the year that he spent in in treatment, he used writing as an outlet through which he dealt with his sickness.
After returning from a year of studying abroad in Japan, Stephen founded Maboroshi Productions and began work on his first film Endless Journey and quickly followed it up with an autobiographical short titled Touboku Shinsei. In 2010 his minimalist experimental film Kenosis won several awards.
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.
Temo currently lives in Kelowna, British Columbia Canada.