2016 Film Grantee Bios

Davey Morrison Dillard for PUG & WOLF

Davey Morrison Dillard is an actor, writer, and director based in Provo, Utah. Previous credits include the Adam & Eve web series (www.adamandeveseries.com; writer, director, actor), “Eugenie” (BYUtv; writer, actor), and “The Nose” (The Center for Puppetry Arts; writer, director, actor). In 2013, Davey’s original feature-length screenplay, Ben and the Art of Regret, was selected as a semifinalist for the Academy Nicholl Fellowship. When he is not making movies or making theater, Davey enjoys watching Buster Keaton movies, playing the accordion, making art, and going on walks with his co-director and co-producer–and wife!–Bianca.  Davey graduated with a BA from the BYU film program.

Vika Evdokimenko for THE DOOR

Vika was born in the Soviet Union during the perestroika. But as her popstar mother and physicist father fled the country, she spent her early years as an immigrant in Northern Ireland. After graduating from Cambridge University she performed with a jazz orchestra and a drum and bass band, then travelled to Cuba where she studied screenwriting at the Escuela Internacional del Cine near Havana. Since starting to direct, her short doc RELATIVE MADNESS premiered at the Edinburgh International Film Festival and her first narrative short KATYA & THE SCARLET SAILS premiered at the Sarasota Film Festival and won the Special Jury Prize at the International Canada Film Festival and Best Short at Fargo Fantastic Film Festival. Her online spot FIND YOUR PEOPLE for Atsby Vermouth was a finalist in the 2014 AICP Award before being shortlisted for the Porsche International Student Advertising Film Awards. Her feature screenplay THE PLACE BEHIND HER EYES was the winner of Best Graduate Feature Screenplay at the 2015 Fusion Film Festival and a winner of the NYU Purple List 2015.  Vika attended the NYU Grad Film Program.

Laura Moss for FRY DAY

Born and raised in New York City, Laura has worked as a carpenter, an EMT and a special effects artist. Her favorite films combine a sense of horror with a sense of humor. Her directing debut, ‘Rising Up’, won Best Director at the Boston International Film Festival and streamed on Sony’s Crackle. Films have since screened at the Atlanta Horror Festival, Washington DC Horror Festival, Anthology Film Archives and the First Run Festival’. Her spec commercial Saran Wrap: Murder was honored with an AICP award in 2015. Her work as a production designer has been screened at Sundance, SXSW, and Telluride, and commercial designs have won two Porsche Awards. Her most recent design collaboration was with Petra Collins on Carly Rae Jepsen’s music video ‘Boy Problems’. Her first feature screenplay, ‘Gordon’, was selected by IFP for their Emerging Storyteller’s Program, as well as NYU’s Purple List. It is currently in development.  Laura recently completed her studies in NYU’s graduate film program.

Jackson K. Segars for KIMCHI

Born and raised in rural Mississippi, Jackson moved to New York to study filmmaking at New York University. His thesis film Evergreen screened at Indie Memphis and Oxford Film Festival, among others. Since graduating, he has continued to live and work in New York, making his wage by freelancing as an editor of commercials and creating online content. In his spare time, he watches lots of movies and makes them with his friends – some of which have even turned out pretty well.