Meet the Crew

Kelly Urig- Director and Producer

Kelly Urig is a rising filmmaker. She leverages her passion for storytelling to develop projects as a writer, producer, and director. As a teacher and student, Kelly delivers her unique drive and perspective into the DNA of her films.

Kelly has successfully completed six films as writer, director, and producer. Her films have been selected into top film festivals including the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival, The Castle Rock Film Festival, DocUtah, Cine Las Americas, Santa Fe Film Festival, New York and Chicago Food Film Festival where she won Best Short Film and was awarded NATAS Pacific Southwest Student Emmy for “The Chile Film” in April 2013.

In addition to her own projects, Kelly has meaningfully contributed to the works of others. In 2011, Kelly produced several shorts that have been selected for top film festivals around the nation. She has also created promotional film material to publicize for various organizations, including independent film festivals. In the future, Kelly intends to leverage her talents as a producer to help better deliver the creative visions of others into commercially viable projects.

Kelly earned her Bachelors of Arts from the University of Denver and received her Masters of Arts in Television, Film and New Media studies from San Diego State University in 2012. Kelly is a native of Santa Fe, New Mexico and credits the unique culture and people of the State for her storytelling perspective.


John Grace- Cinematographer

John Grace is a successful business owner, entrepreneur and private investor. Over the years, he has owned numerous businesses including two restaurants, five retail stores, a screen-printing operation and a motel. He currently owns a grip and electric equipment rental business catering to the motion picture industry.

Grace is a veteran film and television producer, director, DP, and cameraman with over 30 years of experience in the industry. He has worked on scores of theatrical features and national TV shows and on literally hundreds of industrials and commercials. While co-owner of Albuquerque-based New West Productions, the company received numerous Emmy, Addy and Telly awards including a total of 13 Tellys in only four years, an achievement unmatched by any other production company in the region.

Grace’s independent films have garnered over 30 state and national awards. In recent years, he has worked on projects for ABC, NBC, CBS, ESPN, TNN, PBS, CMT, The Speed Channel, TruTV, The Food Network, Discovery, The Learning Channel, Lifetime, and Walt Disney Studios.

He helped found the nationally recognized filmmaking festival known as Flicks on 66 and coordinated the annual boot camp to train volunteers. As a board member of the Digital Filmmaking Institute, he creates curricula and teaches film classes through the Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) and at the University of New Mexico.

Grace currently teaches film and television full-time at the Digital Arts and Technology Academy, an Albuquerque charter high school. He continues to free-lance as a Director of Photography, camera operator, and gaffer on film and television projects and currently serves as a vice-president of I.A.T.S.E. Local 480, the union representing New Mexico film technicians.


Doug Gerash- Cinematographer

After graduating with a B.A. in Film, cum laude from San Francisco State University, Doug
worked in Los Angeles working on features, going through the ranks to settle on cinematography
as a speciality.

On a visit to home one summer, he produced a series about Holocaust Survivors in the Denver area
that aired on DCTV, and was offered a job with the staff. Technology was changing rapidly and he soon
found himself on the frontiers of broadcast news production working at first in Ft. Collins, then Wyoming and finally, Texas
for NBC. He now lives in Santa Fe and enjoys editing and shooting with file-based technology.

He has several awards for his work in both news and documentary work. He likes working with animal-rescue groups and
owns several shelter cats and dogs.


Seth Iliff – Camera Operator  

Is a filmmaker: independent, creative, driven, weathered and a professional based in Los Angeles, California and Santa Fe, New Mexico.

he has served the interests of some pretty spectacular clients, here and abroad, and has a profound interest in the world around him. There is no job he wouldn’t take if he is asked to express creativity in the process of its creation.

He is a combat veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan). During the tour he rode alongside Engineers who conducted route clearance in search of the number one killer of Military members, the IED. He shot their story with a video camera, and captured footage that is unlike anything you’ll ever see in documentary form. It was a harrowing, memorable, troubling, and painful experience, but its served to make him into the person that he is today. He is thankful for that.


Martín Montaño-Pilch- Camera Operator

He has a myriad of experiences in the film industry, including camera operatoring on the syndicated television show “The After After Party”, and directing the photography of several short films. He has also worked as a lighting electrician on the feature film “The Boys of Abu Ghraib”. He currently attends the University of New Mexico and is enrolled in the Interdisciplinary Film and Digital Media Program.


Harrison Sim- Camera Operator

Harrison is an electrician,camera operator, and student at the Interdisciplinary Film and Digital Media program at the University of New Mexico. His electric work includes the feature film The Boys of Abu Ghraib, the short films Vicious Joe and The Truth is in Here, the TV series Extreme Justice, the music videos for the songs “Wonderfully” and “My Story (I’m A Champion),” and various other projects. He has worked as a cameraman on Julia Needs a Change, a RoswellInternational SciFi Film Festival entree, a documentary about the Albuquerque restaurant Tim’s Place, the short documentary The True Face of Homelessness, and is presently a camera operator on The After After Party.


Jarod Larance- Sound

Is both a Student and a Mentor for the film program at SFCC (Santa Fe Community College)
He has been working with Sound for a long time, dealing mostly with live audio & recording before getting into film sound. He has worked on several local projects (Vicious Joe, The Collector, The Deception, Furry Nation) as well as several SFCC productions. He has also directed one award winning short film (“Possession”, winner – Best Cinematography, 2010 SFCC Winter Festival) and been an Assistant Director on an award winning 48 hr. film project (2010 – “Drop Dead Gorgeous”, No Strings)

Aside from film work, he is a Dj (Dj Hentai) and he also builds custom cars & trucks.


Jessica Sims - Assistant Producer

Jessica Sims studied art, illustration, and animation most of her life.  Recently she became very interested in filmmaking, and has a soft spot for educational documentaries.

Jessica graduated from Manzano High School in May 2009 as Artist of the Year, and is currently attending Montclair State University in New Jersey, working towards her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Filmmaking with a possible concentration in Illustration.

This is her first time working for a feature length film, but she has crewed on several student films and directed three of her own.

She is quoted as saying: “My goals are very steep, I hope to write and direct both live action and animated films one day.  For now, I’m going to work very hard on “The Red (and Green) Blood of New Mexico” because I love the idea, and I hope to learn what it’s really like out there in the world making movies.”



Patricia Smith- Production Assistant

graduated Emerson College in 1975.  After raising a family, she returns to the arts.  She has co-produced and co-written “Drop Dead Gorgeous” (won in the “Best of Category” in the Albquerque 48 Hour Film Project 2010), “Furry Nation” (won Audience Award Albuquerque 48 Hour Film Project 2011).  She has produced and co-written film shorts “Fetching”, “Baring Elena’s Sole”, and “Connections.” She works in other capacities to learn as much as she can in the digital age.