Andrew James (co-director) was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. While completing his B.A. in English literature at Brigham Young University, James wrote and directed his first feature film, the 78-minute award-winning drama, Una Vida Mejor (2008). The film was the recipient of the Special Jury Award for artistic vision at the 2008 Cinequest Film Festival. Shortly after Cinequest, Una Vida Mejor was selected for "A Look Apart" at the Flanders International Film Festival - a selection of films designed to feature "new directors, who dare to try experimental techniques, to shun the conservative doctrines and dogmas that blockbuster hits are made of." James has also directed several short films and commercials. Pre-production has begun on his next feature-length documentary, Street Fighting Man, which tells the incredible true story of a retired cop in a struggling Detroit neighborhood who is forced to take the law into his own hands after local police abandon his community. Cleanflix is Andrew's first feature length documentary.
Joshua Ligairi, (co-director) of Fijian descent, was raised throughout the western United States. Active in Utah's film community since high school, he has participated in the Sundance Filmmakers Lab and the LDS Film Festival and, in his art-department day job, has served as a department head on over a dozen feature films. While in college, Ligairi became involved in filming the controversial speaking engagements of Sean Hannity and Michael Moore at Utah Valley University. His efforts became part of the 88-minute documentary, This Divided State, which, among other honors, was selected by the Center for American Progress for a 22-college-campus tour across the United States. In 2006, Ligairi directed If Tomorrow Doesn't Change, a documentary for Maverick Records Broke City about the recording of their major-label debut with drummer-turned-producer Branden Steineckert (Rancid, The Used). The film premiered on pay-per-view in 2007. Ligairi has also directed several commercials, EPK documentaries, short films, and music videos. He is currently in production on his next documentary project, Skeleton Picnic, which deals with controversial issues within the Native American community. Cleanflix marks Ligairi's first feature-length documentary for theatrical release.
Amber Bollinger (producer) was born and raised in Glendale, California. After graduating from Brigham Young University in Utah, she returned to California to work full-time in film production on both Hollywood and independent films. Bollinger has worked in many capacities on set, including Assistant Director, Unit Production Manager, and Camera Operator preparing her well for her current role as Producer. As a camera operator, she has filmed and worked with many top directors and actors such as Tom Cruise, Michael Mann, and Clint Eastwood. Bollinger has spent much of her time traveling and living abroad. She is fluent in German and has also Production Managed films with predominately German crew. Most recently, Bollinger has produced a children's series and currently has several projects in development.
Chris Ohran (composer) has been a staple of the local underground music scene in Utah for over a decade. His self-taught mastery of guitar, bass, percussion, and keyboards as well as his talent for song writing, music editing, recording, and midi software has given him the reputation of wunderkind in the Utah music scene and has led to his touring and collaboration with such national acts as The Used and My Chemical Romance. Ohran has performed a variety of musical styles in a number of bands, but his current new-wave/electro project Mr. Fusion and the Flux Capacitor is most similar to the musical score and soundtrack that he created for Cleanflix. Along with writing, engineering, and producing the music for the film, Ohran also performed much of it himself. A musician for 15 years and a music producer for 10 years, Cleanflix marks his first work for a feature film project.
Jason Connell is the president and founder of Connell Creations, a Los Angeles based film and television production company since 2004. The company was formed in Connell's hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1999 where the focus was on creating short films, commercials and corporate videos. The relocation was an opportunity to tell bigger stories to wider audiences and it didn't take long to manifest. In 2007 Connell produced and directed his first feature length film, Strictly Background, a heart-warming documentary about professional background actors trying to make it in Hollywood. The film won numerous US & International Awards and was released on DVD in August 2008. The Rock-afire Explosion, a touching fan favorite documentary about a small-town disc jockey, a struggling inventor, and an animatronic rock band, was released in 2009. In 2011, Connell produced I Do, I Don't, an insightful look into how one young Christian couple's struggling marriage clashes with their traditional Christian beliefs and Gabi on the Roof in July, an independent feature which won multiple awards on the festival circuit. More films are were released in 2012, including Holy Rollers: The True Story of Card Counting Christians, an inside look at a team of professional blackjack players made up entirely of churchgoing Christians, and Cleanflix, which examines the controversial companies who sanitize Hollywood films for Mormon audiences. GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, takes a behind the scenes look at the rise and fall of the first all-female wrestling show. In 2013, Connell produced Sadermania, the true story about Hulk Hogan and his number one fan, as well as Tough Ain’t Enough: Conversations with Albert S. Ruddy, a bio documentary about the legendary film producer. Connell has even more films in development as he continues to fulfill his mission statement. Connell is also the founder and director of the United Film Festivals which started in Tulsa in 2002 and then spread to Los Angeles & New York in 2007 and next to San Francisco, Chicago & London in 2009. The festivals have a rich tradition of screening exceptional independent films and have gained a respectable reputation in only a few years time. Connell's distribution division, the appropriately named United Films, has grown rapidly and now represents an impressive and constantly expanding library of independent films.