White River Tales - An AFI Thesis Film
Small town. Big stories.


Meet the Filmmakers


Writer/director - Stephen Ohl 

Before AFI, Stephen graduated from Boston University in 2011 with a Bachelors Degree in Film and Television. During his time there, his short film, QUÉ?, won third place in the Redstone Film Festival. He also did a semester of internships in Los Angeles, interning for director Louis Leterrier (THE TRANSPORTER, NOW YOU SEE ME) and producer Richard Gladstein (PULP FICTION, FINDING NEVERLAND).  After graduation, Stephen helped run a production company in New Jersey with his brother where they produced a feature film. Also an actor, Stephen has studied Meisner Technique and been in a number of film and TV projects. He's directed a number or short films that have played in festivals around the world. Most of his work can be seen at his website, www.stephenohl.com

Producer - Joachim Gautier

Joachim graduated from Normandy Business School in France with a Master's degree in Cross Cultural Marketing & Negotiation. His Master thesis was about public film financing in France, a "cultural exception" in the world. He had an exchange year in Amsterdam while earning his Bachelor's degree. He had his first professional experience in the U.S. at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, New York, in the film department. Before that, he worked in several audiovisual companies in Paris and Amsterdam, Pathé, TF1 and the National Center Cinema. Prior to AFI, he worked at Imovision, film distributor in São Paulo.

Cinematographer - Scott T. Summers

Scott holds a Bachelor's degree from Columbia College Chicago in Film and Video, where he concentrated in Cinematography. After graduating, he continued to shoot short films while collaborating with Columbia's graduate students. This work led to his first feature film, HUNTER, also shot in Chicago. Outside of being a cinematographer, Scott has professionally executed every position in the camera, grip and electric departments. Some highlights include camera operating for a variety of projects, gaffing indy films and gripping on network television shows.

Production Designer - Alex Dixon

Alex graduated from the Art Institute with a BS in Digital Film and Video Production. Her love affairs with German expressionism, contemporary art and vintage ephemera influenced her approach to production design. Alex is fascinated by stylized spaces that reveal character psychology. Originally from Seattle, Alex now calls LA home.

Editor - Shaun Lavery

Originally from Chicago, Shaun spent the past ten years working in post-production in Los Angeles. His credits range from working on television shows to editing new media content with companies like ABC and Fine Brothers Entertainment. He has also edited numerous independent short films, music videos and web series.

In 2015, he entered the Editing program at AFI to harness his focus to the narrative medium.

While studying, Shaun acted as the finishing editor on the documentary team that produced FRANCA: CHAOS AND CREATION which had its premiere at the 2016 Venice Film Festival before playing the 2016 AFI Fest and other notable film festivals.