It’s a hard question to answer, because it’s a topic people avoid. Yet, it’s one we all face. By exploring the ways people of all cultures grieve, The EMPTY CHAIR hopes to break through death’s taboo by walking into the vacancy that loved ones leave.

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THE TEAM

Summer Finley-Kelly

Summer Finley-Kelly

Fueld Films Owner and Executive Producer

Summer Finley is known for her infectious energy and strong work ethic, building the Fueld production business from $400,000/year into a mutli-million dollar company that has recently been added as one of the Fortune 5000s fastest growing small businesses. From feature films and indie docs to spots for Fortune 500 companies in both the US and the UK, Summer has contributed her unique skill set to all aspects of the film business.

Jon Wroblewski

Jon Wroblewski

Fueld Films Producer

Jon is the VP of Business Development and Feature Films at Fueld Films and is an Entrepreneur, Producer, and Financial Strategist. Most recently, he served as the Line Producer for the independent feature film ‘Friday’s Child.’ Other producers included Nicolas Gonda and Terrence Malick. Since 2014, Jon has led the structure of four different film funds including the Donsion Film Fund China, one of the first US-Sino Foreign Owned Joint Venture Film Funds in China. Building off that experience, he now serves as an ongoing representative for two of the funds.

Shane Kelly

Shane Kelly

Cinematographer, Co-Director

As a Director of Photography, Shane is known for his recent successes with features Tim’s Vermeer (2014 BAFTA, nominated best documentary), Boyhood  (2015 BAFTA, AFI and Golden Globes Best Motion Picture, six nominations by the 2015 Academy Awards), and Everybody Wants Some, the 2016 headliner at the SXSW Film Festival.
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A.J. Edwards

A.J. Edwards

Editor

In 2004, he was co-cinematographer on the documentary, The Making of the New World as well as co-editor of the Terrence Malick film, The New World. Edwards has since worked with Malick as 2nd unit director and co-editor on several other features, including Palme d’Or winner The Tree of Life, starring Brad Pitt and Sean Penn, To the Wonder starring Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams and Javier Bardem, and Knight of Cups starring Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett and Natalie Portman.
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Hanan Townshend

Hanan Townshend

Composer

Hanan is a New Zealand-born film composer based in Austin, Texas. He was a composer on Terrence Malick’s Palme d’Or winning film The Tree Of Life. He’s composed for numerous feature films, including Malick’s 2014 film To The Wonder and more recently, Knight Of Cups, starring Christian Bale, Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett and Imogen Poots.
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David Ortega

David Ortega

McKee Wallwork + Co, Co-Director

An alumnus of both Ogilvy & Mather and DraftFCB, Dave has a passion for creativity, especially when used in conjunction with technology. He recently won top national honors at both the American Advertising Federation and Ad Age, bringing home the Campaign of the Year award, among others. He is most proud of his work using a graffiti-artist robot to market a global paper brand.

Elizabeth Reed

Elizabeth Reed

McKee Wallwork + Co, Agency Producer/EP The EMPTY CHAIR

At MW+C for 17 years, Elizabeth grew up with the agency. She’s brought her production management skills to bear and had a hand in producing every award winning piece coming out of the agency. This foray into documentary production is an exciting new challenge.

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Contact

Elizabeth Reed / Executive Producer
The EMPTY CHAIR
505.980.5941
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