What Lies West

One Summer. Two Girls. A Real Adventure.

The Team

Jessica Ellis

JESSICA ELLIS is an award-winning screenwriter from Santa Rosa, CA. Before taking off for the bright lights of Hollywood, Jessica was an actress and playwright, performing and working shows at the Santa Rosa Junior College, SRT, and the 6th Street Playhouse. She received a Bachelor's Degree from UCLA in playwriting, and an MFA in screenwriting from the American Film Institute. Her writing has been recognized with grants from the Alfred P Sloan Foundation and Women In Film. Jessica's scripts have won the Creative World Award twice, placed at the California Film Awards, and were the AFI selection for the Angell Fellowship from the Humanitas Foundation. With her writing partner, Nick Sinnott, she has also been a semi-finalist for the Nickelodeon Writing Program.


Sean Carroll

SEAN CARROLL is a cinematographer originally from Pittsburgh, PA. With a Bachelor's degree in cinema and digital arts from Point Park University as well as an MFA in cinematography from the American Film Institute, Sean has worked extensively in television and commercials as a Cinematographer, camera operator, and and DIT. His past work includes SONS OF ANARCHY and Lifetime's original movie HIGH SCHOOL HOLIDAY REUNION, as well as commercials for many clients including Nike. While not a native of Sonoma County, Sean has made up for it over the last 9 years by eating approximately one loaf of Basque sourdough bread per day on visits to the area.


WHISKEY is a dog who likes to escape yards and visit as much of Sonoma County as possible while unsupervised. While essentially useless, he nevertheless embodies the spirit of the film, and is an expert cheese eater.