Leanna Borsellino Swingler (Executive Producer) Daughter of a sex trafficking survivor and our main subject, Leanna has an acute understanding of the difficult journey to freedom. Her love of film led her to attend Oral Roberts University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Drama/Television/Film, and was honored with the award for Most Outstanding Senior in the Communication Arts Department in 2007. Leanna was also accepted into the Los Angeles Film Studies Center, a capstone program dedicated to immersing its students in real world application. She began interning at The Robert Evans Company (known for The Godfather I & II, Chinatown, Baby and others), which led to a job as the assistant of the company’s two top producers. Leanna has most recently worked in production at Digital Domain (Titanic, Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Tron, etc…), an Academy Award-winning digital effects company. After two years in the commercials division, the death of her grandmother inspired her to move home to Austin, TX to be near family. It is here that she is finally merging her passion for filmmaking with one of the issues closest to her heart.
James Headrick (Director) is a director/producer/editor with more than nine years of working in professional production. James has a natural love for story telling which influenced his desire to create innovative films. His passion for storytelling led him to study Communications and Production at Concordia University in Austin, TX. His most recent works include producing and directing Rising from the Ashes(2012), working as consulting-producer and editor for Hourly America (2015), and director of Photography for Hotel Rendezvous (2014). In addition to film projects, he has directed commercial projects for clients including Northland Cable, Concordia University, Texas State Technical College, RedBull, and NBC Sports.
Lyndsey Rae (Executive Producer) has worked as a writer, director, actor, singer/songwriter, and producer in film for the last 7 years. She has written and directed multiple Episodics for children’s series, The Superkids, as well as many segments of their corresponding curriculum. She also wrote, directed, and co-produced the full length feature, Superkid Academy: the Mission, working with Ron “Neffu” Feemster (producer of Michael Jackson’s last album) to create songs for the soundtrack. She has produced and directed many films, shorts, and music videos. Recently, she produced the short, Happily Ever After, which starred Angela Sprinkle and was directed by Carsten Kurpaneck, editor of Earth to Echo. She is also a member of the Strand of Pearls whose albums, Light in the Land and Strand of Pearls sold over 80,000 units. She is currently working on a solo album. As an actress, she has starred live on stage in Love and Other Strangers as well playing the role of “Sarah” in film The Rally.
Bob Niemack (Writer) is a multi-award winning producer-director-writer-editor with extensive experience in series producing, budgeting, location and studio production, host shoots, and postproduction supervision. He began in television as an editor, and cut the Oscar and Emmy winning “SCARED STRAIGHT!” He has written, directed and produced hundreds of hours of reality and verite television for network and cable, receiving many honors including seven Emmy awards, two ACE awards and a Peabody. He also loves to play softball.
Sue Hoskins (Editor) apprenticed and was subsequently hired by Dave Bell Associates, a Los Angeles area documentary film production company that produced many of the early America Undercover documentary series for Home Box Office, including Victims Fight Back, Sex and the American Teenager, and Missing Persons Four True Stories, which was picked up as a pilot for NBC. That show grew into what would become the long-running network television series Unsolved Mysteries, where Sue was promoted to editor, and remained for the full twelve year run. During that time she worked as an editor and sound recordist on several ethnographic documentaries funded by science and education grants. Since then, she edited many non-fiction programs and series for most of the broadcast television networks including Discovery Networks, NBC, CBS, KCET, Lifetime, UPN, HGTV, PAX and TLC. Sue has also worked on several independent projects, including the California State Park documentaries and the Claremont art and architecture documentaries.
Lauren Ranzino (Producer) has worked in unscripted television for the past 8 1/2 years for such networks as Bravo, MTV, TLC, Oxygen amongst others. Her career spans through development, casting and field production, but has primarily been spent in post production Story Producing top rated shows.
Before working in television Lauren worked largely in the non-profit world, most recently for the human rights non profit The Love Alliance which she founded with her husband David in 2007 and ran for 6 years. It was there that Lauren began actively working to combat human trafficking. Honeychild affords Lauren the unique opportunity to combine her extensive experience in post production with her background fighting injustice.
Dave Matyis (Co-Producer) has thirty years of full-time experience in the broadcast industry. He has worked with Viacom, CBS Radio, PBS, ESPN, NPR affiliated TV & Radio stations, Capstar Broadcasting, & Entercom.
For ten years, Dave has owned Fourth Man Productions, which specializes in custom video and audio productions for broadcast and the web. Current major TV projects include the Majesty Outdoors TV Show on Versus, which was the recipient of two Telly Awards, and next year’s NBC Sports.
With over 200 TV show productions under his belt, Dave continues to exercise his passion for storytelling.