PORTRAITS of a pueblo
Our host Mariana embarks on an exciting journey through Mexico’s Pueblos Mágicos to discover unique regional meals and culture that can only be found in Mexico. Each week, she will set out on an adventure to investigate mysterious cultural treasures specific to each magical city while stumbling upon interesting characters who show her the ins and outs of their city that supports the folklore and cultural foundation.
production company: valiant pictures
executive producers: matt damato and vincent lin
written and directed by: Austin Saya
produced and hosted by: mariana da silva
cinematography by: stewart yost
1st ac, b-cam operator and location sound by: hector patino la garza
editor and colorist: danny reams
sound design and original music by: morgan johnson
music introduction by: jake troth
city guide: edgar vargas
special thanks to: teco tv Mexico City & baticine Tepoztlan


Mariposa - SHORT FILM Teaser
A serial killer is on the loose when the life of a hospice care nurse and a Luchadora intertwine to reveal the most unusual suspect. Based on true events.
Cast (in order of appearance):
Mariana Da Silva as Mariposa
Nadia Cota as Caregiver 1
Nena Lomeli as Señora Gomez
Luz Nieto as Señora Lopez
Directed by: Austin Saya
Produced by: Tanya Gonzalez & Mariana Da Silva
Cinematography by: Laura Odermatt
Edited by: Danny Reams
Production Design by: Nadia Cota
Sound Design by: Roberto Solano
Sound Editor & Re-recording Mixer: Brad Beasley
1st Asst. Camera: Alex Plascencia
VFX by: Felipe Medina
Colorist: Danny Reams
Written by Elton Medeiros & Zé Keto
Performed by: Quarteto Em Cy
Copyright Forma/Universal Music Group © 1964
"Quando O Carnaval Chegar"
Written by: Chico Buarque De Hollanda
Performed by: Quarteto Em Cy
Copyright Odeon/Universal Music Group © 1972
Special Thanks:
Barking Owl Sound
Roberta Bárcena
Camera Support LA
Armia Cohen
Alana Johnston
Schmitt, a troubled Veteran LA homicide detective, likes to work alone.  But when Chief Green challenges him to find and keep a partner he has no choice but to wrangle his personal demons and try to open up.

Brandon Gardner - Detective Schmidt
Phil Augusta Jackson - Chief Greene
Mariana Da Silva - Detective Da Silva
Adrian Snow - Detective Snow
Antonio Hardy - Detective Hardy
Andrew Figueroa Chiang - Detective Chiang
Sunanda Sachatrakul - Detective Sachatrakul
Josue Jimenez - Detective Jimenez
Niles - Police Dog Niles
Directed & Edited By - Austin Saya
Written By - Brandon Gardner
Produced By - Mariela Rodriguez
Original Score By - Morgan Johnson
Sound Design By - Kai Paquin
Re-recording Mixer - Morgan Johnson
Location Sound By - Eric Stull
Title Design By - Rickey Y. Kim
VFX By - Spencer Seibert
Special Thanks:
Rick Floyd
Barking Owl Sound
Buddy barton & Niles the dog
The City of Los Angeles​​​​​​​
Directed by: Yotam Dor and Austin Saya
Written by: Yotam Dor
Produced by: Andre Danylevich and Tyler M. Reid 
Colden Raisher as Valerian
Tom Nowicki as Volodya  
Holly Hubble as Charlie 
Matt Krueger as Coach Franklin
Director of Photography: Zachary Graber
Edited by: Rodrigo Zozaya
Sound Designer: Drew Hudson
UPM: Charles Taylor Goubeaud
1st Assistant Director: Geoff Peel
2nd Assistant Director: Pat Maddox
Associate Producers:
Charlie Curran
Kyle Levy
Sean Bodden
Production Design: Sally Schnellinger
Art Direction: Britt Faulkner
Production Design Department:  
Yolande Thames
Miranda Frederick
Kate Carscallen
Noell Jean-Baptise
Costume Design: Ceilidh Sanders
1st Assistant Camera: TC Webb
2nd Assistant Camera: Nikita Carpenter
2nd Assistant Camera/Utility: Nick Leone
Steadicam Operator: Kyle T. Watson
Still Photography: 
David M. Davis
Corey Jenkins
Zulmarie Mojito
Script Supervisors: Sam Kelly and Kenny Prawat
Casting by: Andra Reeve Rabb and SCAD Casting Office
Digital Imaging Technician/asst. editor: 
Assistant Editor: Jennifer Sparkman
Gaffer: David M. Davis
Best Boy/Electric: Marie Morrell
Electrician: Thomas Doolittle
Key Grip: JC Greer
Best Boy: Nic Cullison
Dolly Grip: Kyle T. Watson
Grip: Alex Dickerson, Jamie Schirmer and Morgan Martini
Wardrobe: Lily Shepherd and Jordan Carper
Key Hair and Make Up: Jane't Booth
Hair and Make Up: Jennifer Bird and Aziz Oz Lalani
VFX Supervisor and Compositor: Nadav Kessous
Color Correction by: Zach Graber and Rodrigo Zozaya
Production Sound Mixer: T. J. Sandman
Boom Operator: Ben Farthing
Utility: Nicholas Gough
Re-recording Mixer:Drew Hudson and Steven M. Fortunato
Sound Editor: Alan Koda
Dialogue Editor: Sarah Fabiszak
ADR Mixer: Peter Seeba
Foley Mixer: Drew Donaldson
Foley Walker: Tom Dahlberg
Music Editor: Steven M. Fortunato
Music By: Tim Buie and Noah Woodburn
Recorded and Mixed by: Steven M. Fortunato
Arranged by Nicholas Cochrin
Courtesy of Tim Buie
Oliver Crane is youngest solo person to ever row across the Atlantic Ocean. He participated in the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge which consists of a 3000 nautical mile race. It took him 44 days, in open ocean, all alone.
Creative Director & Producer: Haleigh Wojo
Directed and Shot by: Austin Saya
Edited by Greg McKillop
Featuring: Oliver Crane
Special Thanks to the Crane family.
"The core of man's spirit comes from new experiences" - Christopher McCandless
Directed & Edited by Austin Saya
Cinematography by Stewart Yost
Music: Quarteto Em Cy
Featuring: Ryan Stell, Seth Snider, Heath Newton, Stewart Yost and Austin Saya
INTERVIEW WITH an artist no. 1 (summer shirts)
Directed and Edited by Austin Saya
Featuring Kan Ando of Ando Studio
Music By: Flight Facilities "Two Bodies " Feat. Emma Louise (HNNY Remix)
2010 was a pivotal year of gentrification and fast economic growth in downtown Los Angeles. With Skid Row only a
stones throw away, newfound residents ushered in a new era of community. Yet the renaissance did not go
without cost. The sense of anxiety from such rapid change reverberated and depression ran rampant. In an
expanse of several months, seven suicides were reported within a four block radius from ages ranging 22 to 74.
Victims included artists to transplants, ethnicities from white, Asian, Latino and black. Coincidentally archived
reports indicated a similar series of “death leaps” had took place fifty years prior in downtown Los Angeles in the
late 1950s during yet another time of economic growth. Birth of a city anew begat death of a city of old.
2010 was also the year when director Austin Saya and writer RYK met while living in downtown. Having personally
witnessed such tragedies firsthand, Saya and RYK forged an artistic friendship through filmmaking in establishing
CBCOM, a film art studio.
“To Die In Downtown” was written by RYK in recanting past memories with Los Angeles in the foreground, the city
acting as both environment and persona in this telling. Collaborating with Saya in the portrayal of this cityscape
was an act of genuine expression, revisiting familiar ground.
This short film is an homage to downtown Los Angeles and a tribute to lives lost.
Tobar, Hector. “Death and Life Downtown.” Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles Times, 17 Nov. 2009. Web. 12 Feb. 2016.
A backyard wedding just can't get started. Will Linda ever get married?
Starring: Alana Johnston, Holly Prazoff and Scott Rodgers
Cast: Allyson Phillips, Andy Lopez, Darius Smith, Jason Smith, Mitchell Winkie, Aaron Izek and Kevin Bartelt
Written & Produced by: Alana Johnston and Holly Prazoff
Directed & Edited by: Austin Saya
Music by: Bobby Wooten
Sound Design by: Morgan Johnson
Sound Editing by: Kai Paquin
Location Sound by: Eric Stull
First Assistant Camera: Eric Stull
Special Thanks:
Jessica Whitehead
Edge Grip & Lighting
Barking Owl Sound
A most casual man goes about his day. When confronted with a situation that resembles anything more than casual, Neal cannot deal...So he fakes his own death.
Directed and Edited By: Austin Saya
Produced By: Alana Johnston
Written By: Alana Johnston and Kristen Rozanski
Starring: Jake Troth
Alana Johnston
Kristen Rozanski
Scott Rodgers
Music Direction By: Jake Troth
Bass Performed By: Robert Wooten III
Sound Design: Morgan Johnson
VFX By: Spencer Seibert
Title Design By: RYK
Special Thanks: Mariana Da Silva
Matt Pittman
Christian Heuer
Will Cubbon
Shakey's Pizza
SINGLE MOM w/no kids - collection 1
written and performed by Alana Johnston
directed and edited by Austin Saya
featuring norm Sousa ​​​​​​​
single mom w/no kids - collection 2
written and performed by Alana Johnston
directed and edited by Austin Saya
featuring Holly Prazorf and Garrett Coffey
single mom w/no kids - collection 3
written and performed by Alana Johnston
directed and edited by Austin Saya 
featuring Natalie Palamides and Inessa Frantowski
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