An award-winning filmmaker as well as an actor and writer. Some of his early gonzo video journalism has been called "amazing" by the Stranger's Eli Sanders. His film, Jagger Gravning Syndrome: the Greatest Documentary of Our Time won the grand jury prize at Seattle's 2010 Independent Film Festival. His writing has appeared in several notable publications including the Atlantic, Vice and Gawker media. TIME Magazine named one of his articles #1 on their list of "the days most fascinating news on the web." Gravning serves on the board of SAG-AFTRA's Seattle branch. He has personal connections to the events on which Wallflower is based.
John W. Comerford
John is President of Paradigm Studio and served on the board of The Seattle International Film Festival, now at the Northwest Film Forum. He graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder studying with experimental filmmaker Stan Brakhage, credentialing in Psychology and Film Studies. His work, includes the award-winning feature Around the Fire. His latest work consists of the critically acclaimed series, Icons Among Us: jazz in present tense and the awad-winning conservation documentary The Breach. His work has been distributed and exhibited by Showtime, Netflix, Public Television, iTunes, Amazon AFI, SIFF, SXSW and the Cannes Film Market.
Named one of Variety's "10 Directors To Watch", Devor made his feature film directorial debut with THE WOMAN CHASER. Debuting at The New York Film Festival and then at Sundance, the film received critical high marks throughout its US theatrical run ("Wicked and Brilliant", The New Yorker; "A Masterpiece", MovieMaker Magazine).
Devor recently received a Genius Award for his work as a film director, an annual grant presented by the Stranger, an alternative weekly in Seattle, Washington – his current home. A native New Yorker, Devor received his BFA in film at Southern Methodist University. He has also trained and volunteered as a suicide counselor in Los Angeles.
Director of Photography
Michael Solidum is an award-winning MFA graduate and Fellow of the American Film Institute. In addition to his four features films in post-production he has a resumé that covers his career path which spanned both UCLA and USC. He joined us via an outstanding recommendation by lead actress Atsuko Okatsuka who worked with him on series Futurestates.
Wallflower marks William’s third film collaboration with producer John W. Comerford. Under John’s supervision Paradigm executed post production for William’s documentary of Oakland’s F.I.R.S.T. drug diversion program. The film was used as a training film in establishing Drug Courts nationwide. Around the Fire, Comerford’s award-winning independently produced narrative film, tapped William as Transportation Captain/Coordinator where he wrangled specialized picture vehicles.
Nearly a decade long tenure at Juxtapoz magazine, considered the bible of the underground art scene, provided William the opportunity to forge relationships between Fortune 500 companies and underground artists; protecting the artists’ vision and integrity while producing innovative unique content stimulating authentic & meaningful audience engagement. Galvanizing cultural conversation, the lynchpin of William’s personal and professional journey, makes Wallflower the perfect vehicle to enhance understanding of the cultural divides currently dominating our national dialogue with context and compassion.
Brian has experience producing and directing in film & television. In 2010 he helped produced an original 8 part mini-series for the Discovery Science Channel. His own work has won multiple awards at film festivals across the country.
His first feature documentary, Find Your Way: a Busker's Documentary, was called one of Indiewire's "top 11 films to watch" in 2014.
Jim Charleston's first big break was as an Assistant Director on the hit television series, Hill Street Blues. Following Hill Street, Jim assisted on the television series Northern Exposure. He went on to direct over 80 hours of network television including The X-Files, Northern Exposure, and Nash Bridges.
In 2007, Jim moved back to Seattle where he has continued to work in independent film and television. He recently crewed for David Lynch on the Twin Peaks revival.
Theresa’s work as a stylist has been featured in a variety of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ ongoing concert tours and music videos including the recent 120,000,000+ viewed DOWNTOWN. She is a principal at Seattle’s now legendary Luck Vintage boutiques and rocks wardrobe and makeup non-stop in her spare time.
Richard S. Adler MD
Trained at Harvard Medical School and the University of Washington, Dr. Adler has a national reputation in high-profile criminal cases (including the recent case of the "Barefoot Bandit",Colton Harris-Moore). He is currently writing a book about the events upon which Wallflower is based and provided technical consultation to the production.