Produced by…Kaitlyn Busbee & Maria Vorhis

Co-Produced by…Kimberly Busbee, John Busbee, & David VanCleave

Associate-Produced by…Brennan Ayres & Jean Breitenbucher

Casting Director…Kimberly Busbee

Production & Locations Manager…John Busbee

Co-Directors of Photography…John Hennessey Baker & Bruce James Bales

1st AD…Jacob Holland

Gaffer…Jason “Moppy” Reed

Audio…Kent Abbott

Costumes & Makeup…Kimberly Busbee

Concept Artist…Ben Mackey

Art Director…Taylor Yocom

Edited by…Kaitlyn Busbee

Music by…Steven Gutheinz

Animation by…Mark Heggen

Sound Mix by…Brian Johnson & Red Noise 6

Color Correction by…Bruce James Bales & Kaitlyn Busbee


Fiona Franzen…Maria Vorhis
Narrator…Eric Forsythe
Tom…Ryan Henzi
Fiance…Jake Coffman
Mr. Kraby…Micheal Davenport
Mrs. Valcone…Krsity Hartsgrove Mooers
Gym Teacher…Jim Brockhohn
Advisor…Etta Berkowitz
Elderly Cat…Harry

Our Team

Kaitlyn Busbee

Director/ Producer/ Editor/ 
Adaptation to Screen

Kaitlyn is a video producer at the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital, as well as directing, producing and shooting projects as a freelance filmmaker and photographer. She was selected as one of 50 students worldwide for the renowned Telluride Film Festival Student Symposium, where she studied with Alexander Payne, Wim Wenders, Werner Herzog, Ken Burns, Joshua Marston, Lynne Ramsay, and Tilda Swinton. New York City's 30 Under 30 Film Festival selected her as one the next wave of gifted young filmmakers for her feature, “These Hopeless Savages." This film, which she shot, edited and co-directed with Sean Lewis, has now played in over 30 film festivals around the world: including the Twin Cities Film Festival, Snowdance Film Festival, Anchorage International Film Festival, Orlando Film Festival, Indianapolis International Film Festival, Julien Dubuque International Film Festival, Wild Rose Independent Film Festival, and it's premiere festival, Mission Creek. “Savages” has garnered numerous nominations and awards, including Kaitlyn’s recent nomination for Best Director from the Universal Film Festival. "These Hopeless Savages" has been acquired by Fandependent Films to premiere and stream through their services starting on May 20, 2016. In additional personal projects, Kaitlyn has directed, shot and produced a wide range of dance videos including (“mirrors are just water specified”, “Introspect”), music artist videos (Caroline Smith, Ha Ha Tonka, Tilly and the Wall), and narrative short films (“Sad Dad”, “Laundromat”). Kaitlyn was Producer and Locations Manager for Bluebox Limited’s MTV Pilot “Spread”. She also was hired as a Director of Photography and Editor for the internationally distributed film “Molly’s Girl”, available on Netflix. Her most recent film, "The Legend in My Heart", she shot in Guangzhou, China with the University of Iowa International Writing Program. This feature-length documentary follows four renowned American artists—two writers, a choreographer, and a composer—as they travel to Guangzhou, China, to engage disabled and non-disabled populations by collaborating and creating together.

Maria Vorhis

Fiona Franzen/ Writer /Producer/ Adaptation to Screen

Maria is a writer/performer, teaching artist, and filmmaker based in Chicago. She has toured her solo show, “Are You There, George?” to fourteen venues in six cities, including Iowa City, Des Moines, Minneapolis, and Chicago, and was awarded “#1 Newbie of MN Fringe” by She is a former Artistic Associate with Working Group Theatre and Pictures, where she toured an anti-bullying youth show, “Out of Bounds,” across the Midwest. Film credits include web series, “Sad Dad” and feature film, “These Hopeless Savages,” for which she was awarded Best Supporting Actress by The Wild Rose Film Festival. Maria currently tours a one-woman farm show, “Map of My Kingdom,” across the U.S. and works as a Certified TimeSlips Facilitator teaching improvisational storytelling to seniors with memory loss. An active member of the Chicago live literature scene, Maria teaches storytelling workshops and hosts a monthly open-mic event in Lincoln Square.

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