The Team

Ward Serrill – Director
Ward Serrill - Director
Ward’s last feature documentary, The Heart of the Game, was released nationally by Miramax Films. It won best documentary at Portland
 and Maui International Film Festivals. The film won high praise across the country from the likes of Jay Leno, Ebert and Roeper (“an Oscar level piece of work”), People Magazine, USA Today, O Magazine and Rolling Stone.

Ward has written, directed or produced over 90 short films for progressive causes. He conceived and was Executive Producer for Wild America, narrated by Sissy Spacek. He co-directed and produced Building One House, narrated by Robert Redford, which was instrumental in the film’s central character winning Oprah Winfrey’s Use Your Life Award. Serrill’s film Esther Shea: The Bear Stands Up,about a leading Alaskan Tlingit elder, was broadcast nationally on PBS stations.

As president of Woody Creek Pictures, Ward is currently working on two other documentaries; Catching Fire about inventor Peter Scott and his quest to save lives and forests in Africa with a simple cook stove and Prison Mom’s for CNN. 

 Eric Frith – Editor
Eric Frith - Editor - small
Eric Frith (editor, producer, director, writer) creates films that have screened at top film festivals including Sundance, Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), South by Southwest (SXSW), Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) 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.

 Most recently, Eric served as editor on the documentary Finding Hillywood which premiered at SIFF in 2013, screened at over 20 other film festivals winning two best doc awards and one audience award. He edited director Megan Griffiths’ Eden (2012), which premiered at SXSW won the audience award there, along with 1st runner up for best film at SIFF, and then was distributed by Phase 4 Films. In 2011 Eric both produced and edited A Lot Like You, which premiered at SIFF, screened at festivals around the world winning 6 best Doc awards. Eric also edited The Heart of the Game (2005).

Betsy Chasse – Producer
Betsy Chasse - ProducerBetsy Chasse is an award winning filmmaker and author and was listed in Variety’s top 50 Independent Producers of 2004.                  

 Chasse was the Co-Director Co-Writer, and Producer of the award winning, acclaimed, What The Bleep Do We Know?! This ground-breaking film was a sleeper hit of 2004 grossing over $14 million dollars in the US box office and is now considered a cult classic and the most successful film about spirituality of all time.

In 2007 she produced the documentary Pregnant in America. which was released in 2008 by her company Intention Media and was screened nationally and endorsed by leading birth experts such as Lamaze International and Midwife Association of America.

She lives in Los Angeles with her two children and is currently developing the feature film Zentropy, about what happens when the least spiritual person on the planet gets hired to make a film about spirituality and is also developing an online network “Where science and spirituality meet and get it on” because learning, growth and life should be fun and funny.

Drew Christie – Animator
Drew Christie - AnimatorDrew Christie has been making films and animations since the age of 5 when his father granted him full access to the family camcorder. He studied film and animation at the Seattle Film Institute and The Evergreen State College, where he graduated from in 2007. His films and animations have screened in festivals all over the world including the Sundance Film Festival, Atlanta Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival and have received numerous awards. His work is featured regularly in the New York Times and has appeared on Vanity Fair, The Atlantic, The Huffington Post, and among many others. He tries to employ unique stylizations and visual humor to imbue his animations with a dynamic energy. He lives and works as an animator and illustrator in Seattle, Washington.

Sophie Jane Mortimer – Producer
Sophie Jane Mortimer
Sophie Jane Mortimer worked in the world of non-profit marketing and communications in the UK before joining Woody Creek Pictures as a Producer. She co-produced Something in the Water, a short film about the Seattle music scene which was aired nationally on PBS and Idea Man, for Vulcan Productions, a series of short films to promote Paul Allen’s memoir. She is currently producing Catching Fire, a documentary about fuel efficient cookstoves that are saving lives and forests in Africa and TreeStory, a documentary about humanity’s relationship to trees. Song of the New Earth is her first feature documentary.

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