ABOUT

STRYDER SIMMS

Stryder is a 2008 graduate of New Mexico Filmmaker’s Intensive where he assisted in various capacities in the making of the seven short films that were produced in 2008. In addition to this he worked in the Locations and Camera departments of half a dozen professionally produced short films made in 2009. Stryder has gone on to write and direct five short films of his own including a “Best Picture” award-winner in 2009.
For over 15 years Stryder made his living as a award winning jewelry designer. Prior to this Stryder worked for Grassroots Television where he wrote and produced local programming and assisted in directing daily operations. A lifelong painter and draftsman, Stryder has also been a committed writer for over 20 years having penned nine screenplays, three novels, numerous short stories, countless poems, journals and essays. He is a world traveler, a nature-lover, an avid student of art history, literature and the cinema.
“I ask myself, if I have to opportunity to reach out to millions or even billions of people in my lifetime what should I do? I’ll tell them stories.”

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PHOENIX SIMMS

Phoenix began her professional life as Interior Architect which she practiced for 12 years in San Francisco. In the 1990’s she moved to Colorado to become a partner in a full-service video production studio. Later she founded a fashion accessories business which kept her busy designing and traveling for over 15 years, winning many awards for her designs.
Phoenix moved to New Mexico to begin a new chapter and encountered a thriving motion picture industry. She attended the 2008 New Mexico Filmmaker’s Intensive for a post-graduate certificate in Motion Picture Production. Her award-winning first film, “Milagros,” (24 min.) was shot on location in Galisteo, NM. Phoenix has since produced 7 more short films in 2009 including an additional award-winner.
Off the set Phoenix is into home and garden, physical fitness, painting, voice and dance. She is also a pet lover, and community volunteer.