Phree Swearingen


Jonathan "Phree" Swearingen began making films in High School. Phree enrolled in the New York Film Academy for a Master in Fine Arts of Filmmaking in 2010. A quadruple threat, Phree writes, directs, produces, and eats. He's been involved in a number of projects in addition to "The Learning Curve", including his recent opus an award winning short "What's Eating Pee Pee Wong?" Phree splits his time working in New York, Los Angeles, and Florida. He likes ice cream, is a Sagitarius, has 2 cats and 2 dogs, and many mutant powers.

Alycia Garcia


Alycia received her degree in Law from the University of Oregon so that she wouldn't have to do things like write bios or produce films.

"This movie was the hardest I've worked on since law school" she said "but infinitely more fun and rewarding." A long-time Sedaris fan she is proud to have this adaptation as the first of her produced credits.

Phil McCarty


Phil McCarty studied English Literature at the University of Virginia and Screenwriting at the University of Southern California. In addition, he’s studied under Judith Weston (“Directing Actors”). He’s worked as an assistant for both Academy Award winning producer Ed Feldman (“The Truman Show”) and Independent Spirit Award winning producer Mary Jane Skalski (“The Station Agent”). His work in the field of advertising won him several Addys, including Best in Show.

David Dong


David Dong is a zero-time Oscar Award winning writer hailing from Chicago, IL. Born overseas in Taiwan, David moved to America at the tender age of eight so he could experience an idealized childhood of scraped knees, summer trips to Disney, and trying to ride big dogs like horses. He has trained, performed, and written for iO Improv as well as the infamous Second City Chicago. His dream is to one day revisit this bio and edit the number in the opening sentence.

Quyen Tran


Quyen Tran received fine art and photography training at the University of Virginia and the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C., before receiving an MFA in Cinematography from UCLA’s Graduate Film School.

At UCLA, Quyen won the award for Best Cinematography three years in a row, she’s photographed nearly 40 shorts and features, many of which have screened at the Telluride, Los Angeles, Tribeca and Sundance Film Festivals.

Tahnee Gehm


Animation is magic-- therefore Tahnee is an animagician! She graduated with a BFA in Character Animation from CalArts in 2012. While not doodling, she loves to tinker with technology and play violin and piano.

Her thesis film "Can We Be Happy Now" was nominated for a Student Annie in 2012.
Executive Producers Phyllis McCarty
Blythe Hagaa
Heather Stuart Hagaa
Associate Producers Molly Franken
Jay Blake
Warren Moore
Director of Photography Quyen Tran
Production Designer Justin Michael Patterson
Costume Designer Serena Duffin
Composers Steve Damstra
Mads Heldtberg
Editor Jeff Hall
Animator Tahnee Ghem
Colorist Michael Howell
Casting Director Kendra Patterson
Unit Production Manager, 2nd AD,
Evan Wright
First Assistant Director Garrett Honea
Gaffer Stephane Gauger
1st AC Alex Cason
2nd AC/Electric Vanessa Ward
Boom Operator/Sound Eric Bautista
DIT George Mikhail
Key Grip / Electrician Thomas Hunt
Grips Brayton Austin
Lauren Miggins
Hair Morgan Fallon
Assistant Hair/Makeup Liana Mirzadeh
Makeup Nonomari Yanagid
Personal Angel Lauren Dombrova
Script Supervisor Judy Lang
Set Photographer Grant Lancaster
Set Photographer Chad Dombrova
Art Assistant Jessica Valentine
Key Production Assistant Saad Hameed
Production Assistants Shelly Long
Trish Macintosh
Raquel Rosensweig
Jay Lewis
Kandis Newman
Heather Benners
Location Scout Erik Heintz
Set Teacher Maxine Abarbra
Special Thanks Gabi Ilioiu
Keith Roberts
Susanna Roberts