The Crew

The Crew

The whole team 

(for Crew bios see below or view additional Crew photos)


Rene Smallwood


Rene studied English Literature at East Carolina University where she received her BA in 1996.

In 1997 she moved to New York City where she began working in the feature film industry. Rene has worked on several films including "Mickey Blue Eyes," "Runaway Bride" and "The Bone Collector." She is currently working on the re-make of "Shaft" with Samuel L. Jackson, directed by John Singleton.

This is the second short film that Rene has produced.


BRIAN FASS - Director of Photography

Brian Fass, director of photography of "Lynn’s Wake," was born, brought up and educated in New York City. He is a college graduate with a major in art history. At the age of 31 he has had a wealth of film experience. He was a faculty member at New York University’s School of Continuing Education and a prepatory technician at Panavision New York.


As a Local 600 IATSE camera assistant, he has worked on Woody Allen films, Sidney Lumet films, and numerous other feature film projects. During this time he honed his skills as a director of photography shooting numerous shorts and low budget feature films.


Brian Fass



Mac Smith (Sound Designer)

Mac is a sound designer from Omaha, Nebraska. He honed his skills by doing radio production for college and commercial radio while attending the University of Iowa. Mac recently moved to the East Bay area outside of San Francisco, with his fiancee, Ashley. He continues to enjoy watching movies and DJing. 

"Lynn's Wake" is Mac's first job as the Sound Designer on a film.


Michael Franano (Composer)

Michael Franano first came to prominence in the early nineties with the release of The Front on Columbia Records.  Next came Bakers Pink for Epic Records.  The Front's first single "Fire" co-produced with Andy Wallace, reached no. 29 on the Billboard charts and received heavy rotation on MTV.  During this period Michael toured the world with such legendary artists as Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, Lenny Kravitz, and events like the Monsters of Rock tour.  Michael recently released his first solo album Michael Moon for Mutiny/Sire Records.

Along with his solo career Michael has ventured into film and production.  Michael's Soundtrack credits include Woody Allen's Celebrity (where Michael and his band actually appear in the film performing Michael's composition "Chanel No. 5), Tanya Fenmore's The Sterling Chase for release Fall of 1999, Diana Howell's The Motorcycle Diaries, and most recently composing and conducting the score for Lynn's Wake.

Michael has written for television and commercial projects including Party of Five and the theme music for Paul Allen's Zowie Power product launch.

Michael is a staff writer and artist for Sony Music Publishing and currently working with artists and projects alike.


Eric Yellin

Eric Yellin (1st Assistant Director) 

Eric has worked as an additional assistant director on several films including "Three Kings" with George Clooney, "For the Love of the Game" with Kevin Costner and "Lost Souls." He was a 2nd 2nd Assistant Director on "Makeover" and the key 2nd Assistant Director on the 2nd Unit portion of "For the Love of the Game."

Eric is currently working on the new Jerry Bruckheimer movie, "Coyote Ugly" with John Goodman, as the 2nd 2nd Assistant Director.



Jeni MATSON (Editor) 

Jeni Matson moved to New York City in 1994 from Northern California to continue her studies in film. Graduating from The New School for Social Research in 1996, she went on to work as a freelance editor both on the west coast and in the New York area. In addition to film shorts and documentaries, Jeni also edited the feature film, "Max 13" directed by Abe Levy. She currently works as an assistant editor at Cabana, a Manhattan based commercial post-production facility but still finds time for film and other long format projects.


Jeni Matson


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