Filmmakers

DIANE BELL //  Writer/Director 

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Diane's second feature as writer/director, BLEEDING HEART, a feminist thriller starring Jessica Biel and Zosia Mamet premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, April 2015. Her first feature, OBSELIDIA, premiered in the US Dramatic Competition at the Sundance Film Festival 2010, where it won the Alfred P. Sloan Award and the award for Excellence in Cinematography.  It was nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards 2011, including one for Best First Screenplay.  It won acclaim at festivals around the world, including being named as Best of Fest at the Edinburgh Film Festival, Best Narrative Feature at Ashland Indpendent Film Festival, and winning the Youth Jury Prize for Best Film at the Valladolid Festival, Spain. 

Her screenplay, STEM, was selected for the Sundance Screenwriter's Lab in January 2011, where it was awarded the Sloan Fellowship.  She was selected for the inaugural Women in Film/Sundance Mentorship program in 2012. 

With her husband and producing partner, Chris Byrne, she recently launched the Rebel Heart Film Workshop, teaching 2 day intensives on how to make a stand out indie film.  She is passionate about sharing her experiences making films to empower other filmmakers and strengthen our indie film community.


MATTHEW MEDLIN  // Producer

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After producing OBSELIDIA, Matt has gone from one production to another working as a Line Producer, Unit Production Manager and Producer on movies as diverse as CALIFORNIA SOLO, THE SPECTACULAR NOW (dir. James Ponsoldt), SUNLIGHT JR. (dir. Laurie Collyer) THE D TRAIN, and many more.  Most recently he worked as UPM on the Netflix series WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER.  OF DUST AND BONES will be his second collaboration with Diane Bell Byrne.


CHRIS BYRNE // Producer

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Chris has clocked up decades of filmmaking experience as an actor (credits include Titanic and Mad City),  a stunt man, a military tech advisor (to John McTiernan, the director of Die Hard and Predator) and a Camera Assistant,  learning all the nuts and bolts of physical production on literally dozens of sets. He produced the Sundance award winning feature, OBSELIDIA, and was subsequently selected for the Film Independent Producer's Lab 2011 and as a participant in the Sundance Institute Producer's Summit 2012.  He has directed commercials, and produced and directed an acclaimed short film, THE TABLE, which played at festivals around the world. In 2014, together with Diane Bell, he launched the Rebel Heart Film Workshop, teaching step by step how to make a stand out indie film.


ALEXA AMMON // Producer 

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With extensive production experience in music, fashion, and photography, Alexa's interest in film production began when she became the subject of a documentary about she and her twin brothers' journey back to the Ukraine in search of their birth family. In 2014, she produced The Warren, a short film shot on location in the West Bank, about the tumultuous nature and longstanding conflict between the people of Israel, and the Palestinian territories. Now, she is thrilled to be working alongside the rest of the OF DUST AND BONES team. She is currently attending USC School of Cinematic Arts.


BONNIE CAO // Associate Producer 

Bonnie currently works in Sony Pictures Entertainment's Strategic Sourcing group. She is a graduate of Harvard University with a degree in Government and Computer Science, with a background in business analytics and management, having worked at McKinsey & Company, and will be heading back east to Harvard Business School in fall.  She has previously volunteered with the International Documentary Association and Tribeca Film Festival.  Bonnie has recently joined the OF DUST AND BONES team and is excited to break barriers in film distribution with the rest of the Rebel Heart Family.


TJ HELLMUTH // Cinematographer 

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TJ Hellmuth is a cinematographer based in Los Angeles working in feature films, short comedy, documentary, and commercials.  TJ first started his professional career in New York City, working his way up in several departments as a 1st AC, key grip, and gaffer.  He recently was the DP for Corbin Bernson’s 25 Hill  and The Human War.


JOHN-MICHAEL POWELL // Editor

Besides from John-Michael's two collaborations with Diane Bell on Obselidia and Bleeding Heart, he has worked as editor on The Brass Teapot, starring Michael Angarano and Juno Temple (TlFF 2012 Official Selection), purchased by Magnolia Pictures, and All the Wilderness (Official Selection SXSW 2014), starring Kodi Smit-McPhee, Danny DeVito and Virginia Madsen. Some of his documentary credits include In Organic We Trust, distributed by Warner Brothers and No Cameras Allowed starring Mumford & Sons, distributed by MTV. As a writer, John-Michael wrote the feature length southern thriller The Killing Kind, which garnered him literary representation. This led to him being approached by Starthrower Entertainment (Jamesy Boy) about writing the feature length thriller Through Darkness, a thriller chronicling a high profile kidnapping case in a small rural American town.


JULIA VAN VLIET // Production Designer

Julia was the production designer on Diane Bell Byrne's second film, Bleeding Heart, and they immediately struck up a deep creative rapport.  Julia has worked in films for years, both in the costume department, clocking up credits on THE NOTORIOUS BETTIE PAGE, EMPIRE FALLS, and RUSH HOUR 2, credits as costume designer on TABLOID (the TV series), THE STEAM ROOM and HEIST as well as many more and lately as production designer on LOADED, PLAYDATE, and MEMPHIS RISING.   


LIAM HOWE // Composer

Liam is an incredibly accomplished musician and music producer who created the score for both of Diane’s previous films.   “As young as 13 years old I knew I wanted to compose music for film. The question was - how would I get there? As it happened a degree in Fine Art and a surprisingly successful pop career (with Sneaker Pimps) paved the way for my aspirations. I now work as a producer and writer in the music industry (Lana Del Rey, Ellie Goulding, FKA Twigs) and when I am not penning hits I am scoring films. ‘Of Dust and Bones’ is my third score with Diane. I cannot enthuse enough about the way she makes her films and her passion for the sonic aspect of the art. This new script is simply bursting with compositional potential. We are already hatching plans: to record an old saloon piano in the desert, to manipulate the already spooky atmospherics of the locations, to explore the metaphysical sounds of the scripts’ dream sequences, and so on. In this rather predictable and restrained industry it is most unusual to be allowed to be so creative, and, quite radically, to be able to influence the creation of the film by writing music before and alongside the making of it. I can’t wait to begin the journey.”