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Arika Yanaka (Director / Producer)

Arika Yanaka is originally from Tokyo, Japan. Arika graduated from Boston University in Massachusetts
with MFA in Film Production.  She has been working as a researcher, translator, editor, and coordinator
in both Japan and the US, and is now directing and producing a documentary film, "Pretty People."
Her credits include films, Wrinkle, Act your Age, Pope Dreams and a title sequence for a Japanese film,
“Departing Osaka 0:00.” For her upcoming film, Pretty People, she secured the fiscal sponsorship from a
renowned film organization in San Francisco, San Francisco Film Society 501(C)(3).
She currently lives in Los Angeles.



Mary Baker (Producer)

Mary Baker is a Boston-based filmmaker who has worked in both documentary and narrative production. 
She previously worked in Los Angeles, CA in television production at NBC Studios and 20th Century Fox
Television.   More recently, she has produced several short films in the Boston area. Her work has been
screened at the Los Angeles Short Film Festival, Newbury Film Series, and Boston Cinema Census.
Mary is currently an Assistant Professor in the Communications Media Department at Fitchburg State College,
in Fitchburg, MA.  She received her MFA in Film Production from Boston University.



Christopher Hlas (Principal Director of Photography)

Award-winning writer/director Christopher Hlas’s script HEY VENDOR won the 2009 Slamdance Short Screenplay
Contest and premiered at the 2010 Slamdance Film Festival.   His directing credits include the award-winning short film
INTERLUDE, which was distributed by Big Film Shorts, Image Union, and Comcast, and the documentary
SONG OF ACCEPTANCE, which was purchased and distributed by Current TV.   He has worked in television writing on
the show MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE, development at Baltimore Spring Creek Pictures, and editing on
MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 3.   Chris is the founder of CO Productions, a production company that specializes in creating films,
commercials, television shows, and documentaries with a unique musical spin.


© Arika Yanaka 2011