The Creative Team - Coming Home
Director and Producer
MATIA KARRELL has a long and extensive career in film and television. She wrote, directed, and produced the Academy Award Nominated short film, Cadillac Dreams. She directed, co-wrote and produced her first feature length film, Behind The Red Door, starring Kiefer Sutherland, Kyra Sedgwick, and Stockard Channing. The film took first prize for Best Feature Film Screenplay at the Rhode Island International Film Festival and was a finalist in the PEN Center USA Literary Awards. She collaborated as a writer/producer with Mike Newell at Dogstar Films on developing The Story of V. She directed Once Upon A Wedding, The Tub, and the short Lilly and James. Her most recent projects include Executive Producer on the short film Safety, as well as Production Supervisor on the Golden Globe and Emmy nominated HBO film The Tale.
Karrell's television credits include Doogie Howser, M.D., The Wonder Years, Parenthood, American Heiress, The West Wing, and Army Wives.
She has received a number of prestigious fellowships including the Fulbright, John Wells Directing Fellowship, American Film Institute (AFI) Women Director's Fellowship, and the Disney-ABC Directing Fellowship. She is a member of the Directors Guild of America, Writers Guild of America, Women in Film and Television International, American Film Institute, and the Alliance of Women Directors. She is a Graduate Film Instructor at Art CenterCollege of Design, Pasadena. Currently she is in post-production on her WWII feature length documentary, Coming Home.
HILARY PRENTICE is currently producing Matia Karrell's documentary Coming Home, about our first female military aviators, the Women Airforce Service Pilots, as well as Karrell's dramatic television series about the WASP, FlyGirls. Prentice recently assisted Karrell on both the Emmy-nominated HBO film, The Tale, and award-winning animation director Fabrice Joubert's film Safety. Prentice is also producing Karrell's feature film The Boy On The Bus, and Emmy-winning writer Chuck Sklar's first feature Caught Stealing with Chris Rock. Prentice has been in production for over 15 years, assisting the producers of Go before producing writer/director Jim MacDonald’s first film, Heavy Lifting which garnered multiple awards across the festival circuit. Prentice has also written, directed and produced numerous educational shorts for nonprofits and corporations including the award-winning start up MagicLinks. Her web series Janeslist about human trafficking in the United States is in post-production. An Academic All-American graduating with honors from Dartmouth College, Prentice was also the recipient of Dartmouth’s prestigious Louis Morton History prize and a Sloane-Dicky fellow.
Molly Merryman, Ph.D.
Molly Merryman, Ph.D.
MOLLY MERRYMAN, Ph.D. is the Historical Research Producer on Coming Home and the author of Clipped Wings: The Rise and Fall of the Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II, first published in 1997 and in 2020 re-released in the New York University Press “Classics” collection.
Dr. Merryman is an associate professor in Kent State University’s School of Peace and Conflict Studies and is the founding director of the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality. Merryman is a documentary/ethnographic filmmaker, oral historian and cultural historian whose scholarship explores societal marginalization, with a particular focus on gender, gender identity, sexual orientation and race. She has directed and produced nine documentaries that have been broadcast in the United States and United Kingdom and which have screened at academic meetings, museums, galleries and universities around the world, including the MOMA PS1 and the Library of Congress in the US, and the Salisbury Arts Centre in the UK.
Dr. Merryman is the research director for Queer Britain, the UK’s national LGBT+ museum, for whom she is currently the lead researcher of the Queer Pandemic project, which is collecting remote video interviews with LGBTQ+ people from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. She serves as visiting professor and member of the advisory board of the Queer History Centre at Goldsmiths, University of London. She is the vice president of the International Visual Sociology Association and serves on review boards of the Paris Ethnografilm Festival, the IVSA flagship journal Visual Studies and the Journal of Video Ethnography.
Charissa Threat, Ph.D.
Charissa Threat, Ph.D.
CHARISSA THREAT, Ph.D. is a Consulting Producer on Coming Home and the author of Nursing Civil Rights: Gender and Race in the Army Nurse Corps (University of Illinois Press, 2015), won the 2017 Lavinia L. Dock Book Award from the American Association for the History of Nursing for outstanding research and writing on the history of nursing. Charissa Threat is an Associate Professor of History at Chapman University where she teaches courses in United States and African American history. She is also the author of several book chapters, most recently, “Patriotism is Neither Masculine or Feminine”: Gender and the Work of War” in the Routledge History of Gender, War and the US Military, Kara D. Vuic, ed. (Routledge Press, 2017). She is currently at work on her second book, "Sweethearts and Pin-Ups". It is a history that examines home-front activities, wartime participation, and investigates intimate relations among African American women and men in the context of the Second World War.
JOHN KAFKA has been in animation for years as an animator, producer, and director. He has animated TV commercials for sugar-coated breakfast cereals of many flavors and on forgotten TV shows. He has directed various TV series, among them Ninja Turtles, a DVD with a Disney Princess, and a CG film starring kids and dinosaurs. As a producer he brought you music videos and TV series such as Spawn and others with assorted action heroes. He has worked in various capacities and in various countries on shows including Curious George, Rugrats, Land Before Time, Puppy Dog Pals, Amazing Stories, and in VFX and for a theme park development company.
Shilin Sun is a producer and cinematographer based in Los Angeles. After finishing his Bachelor’s degree in Physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Shilin started as assistant editor on the PBS Documentary-series Veterans Coming Home. Shilin shot and co-produced the MTV documentary Finding Yingying, an official selection for 22 major festivals including DOC NYC and winner for the Special Jury Award at 2020 SXSW Film Festival. Most recently, he is also producing a documentary about workers at the frontline of Covid-19 with Emmy winning director Lixin Fan.
A longtime documentary filmmaker, Sharon Wood served as writer on Oscar®-nominees
Tell the Truth and Run: George Seldes and the American Press; and Super Chief:
The Life and Legacy of Earl Warren; along with the Peabody and Columbia-Dupont
award-winning The Celluloid Closet and Paragraph 175. Between 2003-11, she was
producer/writer for Lucasfilm’s documentary department, making 18 films on subjects
from the Russian Revolution to John Ford to the Ottoman Empire, as well as Manifest
Destiny, a series on U.S. foreign policy, which aired on public television. Recent
producing and/or writing credits include Ai Weiwei: Yours Truly, And the Oscar Goes
To… for Turner Classic Movies and The Battle of amfAR for HBO. The Art of
Nonfiction Movie Making, which she co-authored with Oscar® winners Jeffrey Friedman
and Rob Epstein, was published by Praeger-ABC Clio in 2012.
Tara L. Craig
Tara L. Craig
Craig is the founder and president of The Squid Farm, which launched in 2017. Under The Squid Farm banner, Craig recently produced the feature comedy Guest House and the sci-fi thriller 3022. In 2018, Craig also served as Executive Producer on the comedy feature Friendsgiving, produced by Ben Stiller’s Red Hour Productions. She also recently produced commercials for the National Basketball Association and Goodyear. Craig produced the 2013 Tribeca film Trust Me, Balls to the Wall and April Fool’s Day.
Craig graduated cum laude at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and completed a screenwriting program at University of London. She is a member of the Directors Guild of America. Craig is also an adjunct professor at the Art Center College of Design and has guest lectured at UCLA and USC.