Drew Boylan is a Directing Fellow at the American Film Institute. During his undergraduate studies, he worked with the Royal Film Commission in Amman, assisting in the development of the Jordanian film industry. After acquiring his degree from Boston College in 2011, he made the trek to Los Angeles where he initially worked as an assistant director on varied projects including an independent feature film directed by Sundance alum Everett Lewis. Subsequently, he ventured into the world of digital web content, in which he directed, produced, and edited numerous pieces for clients such as MTV, Sony, and Fuse. His short film, BROPOCALYPSE NOW, premiered at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
Stephanie Nilles is a Producing Fellow at the American Film Institute. She received a business degree from Queen’s University in eastern Canada. She also studied abroad for a year in England and Denmark, and taught for several summers at the Gulf Islands Film & Television School near Vancouver, B.C. After graduation, she was a marketing manager at Capital One. Stephanie has worked on several TV sitcoms and was a producer’s assistant at Thunderbird Films for the TV show SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED. In 2014, she produced a documentary on labor conditions in the U.S. and was a producer’s assistant on the feature film THE BIRDWATCHER. This past summer, she produced an AFI Directing Workshop for Women short film.
Carol Faw is originally from Wilkesboro, North Carolina and is a 2015 graduate of University of North Carolina Wilmington with a BA in Film Studies. Through UNCW, she studied film abroad in London, England and traveled through Europe. Since coming to AFI she has story edited numerous shorts but is looking forward to pushing herself and collaborating on this thesis.
Patrick Ouziel graduated from Yale University, where he studied political science and international development. While there, he was the cinematographer on several short films, including a senior thesis film. He was also a camera operator for varsity sports broadcasts and shot promos for local nonprofits. Once in Los Angeles, Patrick interned at Prehistoric Digital, a DI facility in Santa Monica, and worked in camera and G&E departments on features and music videos. Recently, he has served as the cinematographer on short films, music videos, and web promos. He is currently a 2nd year Cinematography Fellow at the American Film Institute Conservatory.
Xi Yang is a multitalented artist from Harbin, China, focusing on production design. She has designed and art-directed multiple short films as well as a feature film. Her distinct visual style has been showcased in books and magazines, and in film festivals around the world. She has a BFA in Digital Media Art, an MFA in Filmmaking and is currently working on her second MFA in Production Design at AFI. She recently received an award for the film Pressure-Man at the 2016 American Movie Awards in the category of "Production Design / Art Direction”.
As a kid, Nick Lane grew up making stop-motion Lego movies in his small home in Northwest Arkansas. He is a graduate of Hampshire College, with a BA in Film and Theatre. Nick’s play, Church Street, won the 2009 5-College Denis Johnston Playwriting Award. He has traveled as an arts educator to thousands of students across the country, and has taught basic filmmaking courses to high schoolers. Currently, Nick is earning his MFA in Film Editing at the American Film Institute.