Karla is the creator of the Memorial Crane Project, founder of the nonprofit organization Memorial Crane Project, Inc. and owner of Matter Studio Gallery in Los Angeles, CA
MíChele was born in Los Angeles, CA and grew up in the same neighborhood that Matter Studio Gallery calls home, Mid City. A self-proclaimed ‘multifaceted being’ MíChele is a published writer and Certified Yoga Instructor, with a background in Ashtanga Yoga, receiving her certification from Caroline Klebel’s Source of Yoga Teacher Training in 2014. She began working as Matter Studio Gallery’s Communications and Social Media Director in February 2020. Along with working closely with the Executive Director she handles all media and communicative tasks for both the Memorial Crane Project and Matter Studio Gallery and oversees the social media platforms. Additionally, she manages a self-love and self-care focused online business and teaches private yoga to students of all levels and backgrounds. In her free time, MíChele enjoys reading, writing, watercolors, spending time in nature and with her loved ones. She currently lives in Northeast Los Angeles with her boyfriend and dog, Aloe.
I am a creative executive with business acumen. While Vice President of Original Scripted Series at the ABC Family Channel I worked with writers and producers to develop series and oversee production through delivery. I also created a musical Public Service Announcement series entitled "Check Yourself" which modeled healthy Emotional Intelligence choices that aired for years on Fox Kids Network.
In the late '80s I was a founding member of Oasis Studio/Boston where I curated screenings of young filmmakers' work and shows of new architects' concepts and drawings alongside my photography.
Most recently I have been working with my husband Paul Redford to develop television series such as "Hellraisers" about Thurgood Marshall and his staff of extraordinary attorneys working to topple legal segregation.
I am also a trained chef, a yoga & meditation teacher, serial class parent at St. James Episcopal school, and food pantry volunteer at St. James Episcopal Church.
My husband, daughter, son, two aging poodles and I call the Windsor Square neighborhood of Los Angeles home.
Chris is a longtime member of the Directors Guild of America, working in film and TV as an Assistant Director, Production Manager and Producer. He was co-editor and contributing writer for the nationally recognized Being Alive Newsletter and for The Living Desert’s publication Foxpaws. He currently teaches English Literature at Palm Valley School in Rancho Mirage, CA.
Claudia Gold is a Casting Director in Los Angeles. Previously, she worked as a Host, Actress, and voice-over artist.
She has volunteered with Aids Project Los Angeles, and Project Angel Food for over 20 years. Claudia spent 13 years leading committees, organizing, and fundraising for her daughter’s school, Campbell Hall, culminating in receiving the Volunteer of the Year honor in 2019.
Claudia’s extensive mindfulness practice is the guide to her work as a volunteer, and her relationships with others.
She is drawn to The Memorial Crane Project, because of her lifelong experience dealing with grief and loss, and the internal peace she receives from helping others to heal.
Chris "Rocket" Descartes
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