Writer & Director
is a recent graduate from Southern Methodist University with a B.F.A in Film & Media Arts. Kelsey aims to create and share stories about strong and diverse characters to provide representation for people whose stories aren’t being told. She has directed many short films and also served as Director of Photography for many more. She has production experience for local independent films as well as professional television sets (Netflix’s Umbrella Academy.) She founded an SMU film club for female-filmmakers where she recruited the majority of her crew. Kelsey was selected as a 2020 Santa Barbra International Film Festival Film Studies Scholar. Upon graduating, Kelsey received the “Outstanding Creative Achievement in Screenwriting” Award from the SMU Division of Film and Media Arts. As a Black filmmaker, Kelsey continues to work towards a more diverse film industry through the stories told and the cast and crew involved, and she’s using Smile to do so.
Producer & Casting Director
is currently pursuing a B.F.A in Film & Media Arts as a President’s Scholar at Southern Methodist University. She has written and produced many short films that have won awards at film festivals such as the Colorful Colorado Film Festival for Youth and the North Texas Universities Film Festival. She’s also worked on the sets of many student films as Assistant Director, Producer, and even Sound Mixer. Additionally, Brittney has experience working as an advertising videographer for the company Outward Hound and many Denver-based nonprofits such as Remerg.com. She recently made her directorial debut with her short film “Break,” a prequel to Smile that she cowrote with Kelsey Hodge. As a filmmaker, Brittney finds it imperative that the film industry becomes more inclusive, and she is excited to work with Smile’s diverse cast and crew to tell this powerful and necessary story.
Producer & Locations Manager
is pursuing a B.F.A in Film & Media Arts and a B.A in Creative Advertising at Southern Methodist University. She is the 2019 Women in Film Suzanne Dooley College Scholar. Alexa hopes to use filmmaking to implement change for women’s rights and victims of domestic violence, which was one of the reasons that drew her to Smile. Her narratives and documentaries have won awards on international platforms such as DIFF, Best of Fests Dallas, and the Frame of Mind TV Program. Over the past four years, Alexa has worked as the Video Production Manager at the nonprofit Attitudes and Attire, served as the Development Director of the Pegasus Film Festival, and recently directed a documentary for the March of Dimes. Alexa also works as a freelance graphic artist and manages social medias for short films and creatives. Currently, she serves as a content creator for @smudallas and @studentsofsmu.
is pursuing a B.F.A in Drama and a B.S in Business at New York University. At a very young age, he was enthralled by the vast world of making and consuming motion pictures. He has produced a number of short films ("growing pains", "I See You", and more). Darnell is currently a Director/Producer at Hooked, a media company reaching 100 million Gen Z viewers worldwide. He has recently worked on "Dating app mishap", "Did you Tell", "Clown-O-Gram", and "Slaying Dragons" with Hooked. He was deeply gratified to be called onto this project. The story of Smile is a story that hasn't been shared yet, moreover it must be shared now more than ever. This is an explosive, colorful, and deep piece of art in which he can't help to create.