Brian Young 

Emmy nominated director. 

Brian is an Emmy-nominated, award-winning, writer/director with a background in photography, fine art, history and theatre production. Brian started creating films at the age of fifteen and had his narrative feature film theatrical directorial debut in 1999 with “COUNTING DAYS”.

Brian’s recent film projects include the epic scaled, Telly award-winning “CHAPEL HILL” an American Civil War drama which incorporated hundreds of actors, stunts and battle scenes. He recently garnered multiple awards including “Best of Festival” for his short film “IN THE GARDEN GROWING”

He taught “Advanced Feature Film Production Techniques” at the Northwest Film School and is frequently invited to speak at schools and universities. He was honored to be Master of Ceremonies and moderator at the “Native Experience in Film Festival.”

His lastest feature, “THE MOUNTAIN RUNNERS,” included the talents of William B. Davis (X-Files "Smoking Man") and Kevin Tighe (LOST, What's Eating Gilbert Grape) and has been covered in national publications and won multiple awards on the international film festival circuit from Innsbruck, Austria to Eugene, Oregon. The film has screened on three continents as well as theaters across the US. “The Mountain Runners” television broadcast debut was in May 2013.


Chris Donaldson

Award winning writer.

Chris has spent the last four years of his career at Hand Crank Films helping people tell powerful stories through film. As Executive Producer, Chris works to develop new ways to grow brands, audiences and distribution channels to maximize communication and sales - and his writing has won numerous ADDY's, Telly's and the $10,000 grand prize for the script 'Fuel' at the Pipeline Into Motion Pictures. 

Before Hand Crank Films, Chris worked as the Marketing Director for two independent film distributors promoting DVD and digital properties like The Avengers, Little House on the Prairie, Daniel Boone and many more. He also co-founded the streaming media company RadicalMail, which raised $30 million in venture capital and was named one of the ‘Top 40′ innovations of 2001′ by AdWeek.