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Director Biography – Ash Kreis (THE FANDOM)

Director: Ash Kreis is a trans filmmaker from Colorado Springs. She got her start working on indie features including The Creep Behind The Camera and The Frame. She also worked in the advertising industry while teaching cinematography at UCCS. The last feature film she worked on was Being Evel directed by Daniel Junge and Produced by Johnny Knoxville. Since transitioning she has been approaching film with a fresh eye focusing on the lives and experiences of members of the LGBT Community.

Co-Director: Eric “Ash” Risher is a filmmaker from the San Francisco Bay area. His prior editing work earned him a Heartland Regional Emmy. His experience from the Academy Award winning documentary American Factory was invaluable for the making of The Fandom. He was born in Ohio, where he worked on feature films Carol and Miles Ahead. He gravitated toward a career in editing and found himself at home in the world of documentary film. Eric’s directorial debut was a short doc called Furries which premiered at Frameline. His work has appeared in numerous other festivals, on the radio, and on TV. Eric’s passion for storytelling has led him to pursue films with a focus on identity and civil rights.

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