For the last four years, Ahbra Perry and Taylor Higgins have journeyed around the world to various pearl farms. Some of the most remote and untouched regions on the planet, these immaculate habitats possess an indescribable beauty that must be seen to be believed. The relationships they have built while making this movie have allowed them access into some of the most guarded and protected corners of the earth to capture these landscapes for the first time on film. The filmmakers use a combination of underwater, aerial, slow-motion, and vérité footage to transport the viewer into a real-life 90-120 minute fantasy. Their intention is to craft a film that speaks to and excites audiences universally without loosing the delicacy of this intimate story of courage, passion and power of community.
AHBRA PERRY- Director
At a young age, Ahbra vowed to travel the world, discover new lands, explore uncharted territories, unearth buried treasure, and reveal world truths. After an unnerving first few days of geography class in elementary school, her goals changed slightly. Nowadays, resigned to the fact that people already inhabit the majority of our great lands, she has decided to traverse the world to seek out great stories and spread some of her own. She produced her first film while at Idyllwild Arts Academy and had a short film in Cannes by the age of 16. She got her BFA From the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and headed down to Hollywood soon after. As an ambitious writer/director, it wasn’t long until she had started up her own production company. In 2011, Ahbra and her partner, Taylor, were supervising an editing retreat on a ranch in the Texas canyons when they decided to begin work on Power of Pearl. This will be Ahbra’s first feature film and she has poured her heart and soul into this project.
TAYLOR HIGGINS- Cinematographer
Just because he was born in Jackson, Mississippi, doesn’t mean he wasn’t raised a full Texas boy. Growing up in West Texas, the norm was to be an athlete, most likely a football player, but Taylor had his heart in the arts. In 2005, he set his sights west and headed to California, where he studied film at Idyllwild Arts Academy. Upon graduating, he moved to LA to pursue a career in acting but found himself drawn to the other side of the lens. He produced commercials and short films before forming On The Reel Productions with Ahbra in 2010. He was whisked away to foreign lands and found that he also had the heart for great adventure.
KALYANEE MAM- Producer
Award-winning filmmaker, lawyer, and born storyteller, Kalyanee Mam is committed to combining her passion for art and advocacy with that for telling compelling and universal stories. Born in Battambang, Cambodia during the Khmer Rouge Regime, she and her family fled the refugee camps at the Thai-Cambodian border and eventually emigrated to the United States in 1981. Even to this day, her mother recounts stories of their flight through jungles laden with land mines.
Most recently, Kalyanee has directed, produced and shot A River Changes Course, winner of the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Documentary at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, which charts the radical changes in Cambodia today that are transforming not only the country’s landscape, but also the dreams of its people. Kalyanee has also worked on the 2011 Oscar-winning documentary, Inside Job (Cinematographer, Associate Producer, and Researcher), which chronicled the global financial crisis; and the documentary short Between Earth & Sky (Director, Producer, Cinematographer), about three young Iraqi refugee artists living in Syria, Jordan, and Egypt. A graduate of Yale University and UCLA Law School, Kalyanee has also worked as a legal consultant in Mozambique and Iraq.
ZACH MARTIN- Sound
Zach began working as the Machine Room Operator and Mix Tech at American Zoetrope, Francis Ford Coppola’s production company. He moved on to Skywalker Sound in 2007, and his past projects include “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” “The Master,” “Mission: Impossible-Ghost Protocol,” “War Horse,” and “How to Train Your Dragon,” to name a few. This year, he has four films in Sundance and one with an Academy Award nomination.
Zachary has traveled to over 60 countries and has grown adept at planning complex daily logistics in foreign languages and underdeveloped environments. In years previous, he worked on Hollywood projects such as Constantine, and LOST before expanding his creative inspirations to more independent ventures. He recently won a Juror’s Award for Timeless, a half-hour short on which he served as producer. Along with his duties on Power of Pearl, Zachary lives in Los Angeles and continues to work on various projects as a Line Producer and Unit Production Manager.