Born in Rio de Janeiro Vince O’Connell grew up on three continents. Studying mathematics and racing his bicycle in college, story telling was not on the horizon. While continuing to pursue elusive competitive success Vince met his partner Kathy Swanson in Vermont with whom he grew and ultimately sold two successful manufacturing businesses. Attending film school as a much older student in British Columbia and later at the Ohio University MFA film program ignited a passion for visual story telling in which he tries to bring his misanthropic but mildly sanguine humor to film. With Kathy he has produced, directed, filmed and edited over a dozen short films since 2009. “Farmer of the Year” is his first feature film.
“You’re Not Cindy”(2010), ”Staying on Track”(2011), “I Love Bagels”(2012), ”Being Billy”(2012), ”100 Mile Diet”(2013), “Milk Run”(2013), “Dog Heaven”(2013), “Gideon Blood”(2013), ”The Journey of Maggie Monroe”(2014), “Reservation for Hinkle”(2014), “Farmer of the Year”(2019)
Independent filmmaker Kathy Swanson has been telling stories since she was a little girl on the family farm in Minnesota enlisting willing and not so willing fellow 8 year olds for skits and spontaneous plays. Her life took another direction when she graduated from the University of Minnesota – Mankato and took a job fighting fires for the Forest Service. While on a winter hiatus learning traditional weaving in Vermont from master Scottish weaver Norman Kennedy she met her partner Vince O’Connell. Over the next 25 years they grew and ultimately sold two successful manufacturing businesses which allowed her to get back to story telling. As a much older student she attended film school in British Columbia and at Ohio University, which, along with her business skills and life experience prepared her for writing, producing and directing her first feature film “Farmer of the Year”. She has made eleven films as writer, producer or director since 2009.
“You’re Not Cindy”(2010), “Piece Of Cake“(2011), “I Love Bagels”(2012), “We’re Off”(2012), “Milk Run”(2013), “Gideon Blood”(2013), ”The Journey of Maggie Monroe”(2014), “Reservation for Hinkle”(2014), “Farmer of the Year”(2019)
director of photography
Rob shoots commercials, narrative films and documentaries. Commercial clients include Target, Macy’s, Garnier , Nexxus and Coke. He has shot documentaries for the Discovery and History networks. “Forensics you Decide” which aired on MSNBC won a Cine Golden Eagle. “The Artificial Leaf” won 2nd place in the Focus Forward Film Festival. “Requiem for the American Dream” and “Indian Point” premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. He just wrapped up on “Farmer of the Year”, a feature film staring Barry Corbin and Terry Kiser and produced by YellowHouse Films. Rob studied classics at Wesleyan University. When not on a shoot he can be found in Beacon New York with his wife and daughter: usually splitting wood for the winter or re-reading the poems of Catullus. His work can be seen at www.robfeatherstone.com
Will is an instrumentalist and vocalist, covering styles from contemporary to classical. His work has been heard for CBS, Mercedes-Benz, Heinz, and the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. His scores appear in films, Farmer of the Year, Bullet Point, Alp and The Long Long Story. Will has also lectured as a guest speaker on scoring and composing at the Minneapolis International Film Festival, The McNally Smith College of Music, and the
Minnesota Association of Songwriters.
He received a composition degree, later pursuing scoring studies with Sean McMahon (Spiderman 3, Ghost Rider, The Grudge). In Los Angeles, he spent
several months working directly under composer Jeff Rona (Gladiator, Black Hawk Down,Traffic).
Will lives in Minneapolis where he writes for film and commercial media.