About The Filmmakers


Erica K. Schisler now
Erica today…
Erica K. Schisler back in the day
and back in the day, with hat and guitar case.

Erica K. Schisler

Executive Producer, Co-Director, Director of Animation

Artist, filmmaker and founder of Forty Elephants production company. Prior to starting her own company, Erica Schisler was the Director of Advanced Product Development in Digital Video at Adobe Systems. She has 20 years experience as an accomplished software technologist and entrepreneur. She developed many new products, including the screenwriting software Adobe Story. She is the co-founder of The Handmade Happening, a Seattle based art and craft showcase. As a Member of the Board of Directors for the Photographic Center Northwest, she provides thought leadership and consultation supporting the center’s mission on the creation, dialog and experience of photography. She has a BA in filmmaking from The Evergreen State College and an Masters of Communications in Digital Media from the University of Washington. With a passion for storytelling in all media, she now focuses on printmaking, zines and experimental film.

David W. Halsell now
David now…
David W. Halsell back in the day
and then.

David W. Halsell

Editor, Co-Director

David’s artwork has been exhibited and screened internationally and nationally including the Madrid Abierto 2007, ETH Zürich, the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, the Spark Festival of Electronic Music and Art, and the Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano. David taught digital cinema production and stereoscopic video production at the Center for Digital Art and Experimental Media at the University of Washington. David received an MFA from Carnegie Mellon University, and a BFA in Sculpture from the University of Washington, graduating cum laude and as Mary Gates Scholar. This is his first feature-length film.

Jon Swanstrom now
Jon today.
Jon Swanstrom back then
Fresh mohawk, tour day one.

Jon Swanstrom

Director of Photography, Co-Director, Research Coordinator, Assistant Editor

Jon played punk rock in touring bands all over the country, and released over a dozen records with several different acts. Jon has produced, directed, and edited over 15 short films and music videos, as well as appearing in the title roles of Headjuice Productions’  What’s in the Barn?, Jack the Vomiter, and Last Supper.

Theresa Halsell now
Theresa now
Theresa Halsell back then
Theresa then

Theresa Halsell

Line Producer, Co-Director, Co-Editor

Theresa has many years of experience as professional staff at some of the top research universities in the country. She also has run several of her own businesses, including the first online fabric store, copy editing, and as a licensed massage practitioner. She brings these skills to her role as Line Producer for SpokAnarchy! When not wrangling fiduciaries for feisty filmmakers, she enjoys sewing, travel, bicycling, and good food.

Heather now.
Heather now.
Heather then.
Heather then.

Heather Swanstrom

Production Assistant, Co-Director, Co-Editor, Script Supervisor

Heather has played in an assortment of punk bands over the past twenty years, and traveled the country, many times, in smelly band vans. Heather has played lead roles in several independent films and professional, regional theater. She has designed and built sets for film and stage, and acted as production manager on two feature length films and numerous short movies, both film and digital. She does voice work for film and public service and has co-written/filmed/edited and produced over a dozen short films and band videos. Although recently retired from the Roller Derby in Spokane Washington, Heather still choreographs and performs her own stunts whenever possible and likes to box, run, rock climb, ride bikes, sing in a punk band, play with the grand kid.

Cory Wees

Cory Wees

Co-Director, Photography, Lighting/Grip

Cory Wees has worked as a producer in college radio and public television and as a features writer and music columnist for a weekly newspaper. Wees became interested in filmmaking while teaching English in Japan and moved to San Francisco to study and make films. Wees has worked on many local independent productions including an acting role in Rodeo Queens, a trashy John Waters-style film. Wees’ first film, Morphina, won first prize at the 1st Annual Good Vibrations Amateur Erotic Film Competition in 2006.