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Crew Announcement October 2014

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Sarah Beagle joins The Rift Team as First Assistant Director. After graduating from Montana State University – Bozeman with a Bachelor of Arts in Film and Photography (Highest Honors btw), Sarah headed out to LA to pursue her career in Assistant Directing. She brings an intense level of focus, positive energy, and an extensive knowledge of set production to any and all projects.

Sarah has worked as a Producer, Stage Manager, Production Assistant and Production Designer. She has experience with short films, reality TV, commercials, and independent features such as “Dust of War” by Caseopia Pictures. Currently, she is working on the reality television show THE BACHELOR and works as a freelance assistant director.


Artist Jen LaVita studied Graphic Design at Syracuse University before serving as an Officer in the Army. After four years of adventure, living in Utah & Oklahoma, and jumping out of lots of “perfectly good airplanes,” Jen followed her dreams to California. Now a freelance designer and painter, Jen enjoys the sun and beauty of southern California. She also started Jaylalas, an Etsy shop of hand-painted items inspired by the ocean, and blogs about her new LA life as an artist.

 'Whales' by Jen LaVita

'Whales' by Jen LaVita


Concept Artist Sarah Schowengerdt is an aspiring illustrator and freelancer, passionate about any medium that combines her love of story and craft. She studied Performing Arts and Graphic Design at McPherson College, where she was an active paricipant in theatre productions as an actress and designer. She hopes to pursue more education and opportunities in the area of concept art for film and animation.

  Illustrations by  Sarah Schowengerdt  for novel  Prairie Courage by Alice B. Martin.  

 Illustrations by Sarah Schowengerdt for novel Prairie Courage by Alice B. Martin.