Jeffrey James Hill

Writer / Director

Jeffrey James Hill (also known as J.J.) grew up in Pilot Rock and currently resides in Pendleton, Oregon. He graduated from Eastern Oregon University in 2009 with a degree in Theater Performance. In college and after, JJ did stand-up comedy, performed music, and improv in a number of different cities including Portland and New York. After JJ returned to Eastern Oregon in 2013, he worked as the recruitment coordinator for a local community college, where he wrote and voiced an award winning radio ad series.

Liberty O’Dell

Writer / Director

Liberty O’Dell was born in Baker City and raised in Halfway, Oregon. Liberty graduated Eastern Oregon University in 2011 with degrees in Business Admin. and Theater Performance and Scriptwriting.  He attended the prestigious Stella Adler Studio of Acting from 2012-15 in New York City, and graduated with honors. During his stay in New York, he co-founded the Secondhand Theater Company, which went on to win awards for both their film and stage work.


Director of Photography

Jeremiah Marshall, born and raised in Union County, is a graduate of Eastern Oregon University. He spent a few years in Los Angeles working in various positions in the Camera and Lighting Department for both film and television. His experience in reality, documentary, and narrative fiction, as well as feature length, short form, and episodic formats, will be invaluable in an ambitious project like this. He is excited to help capture the directors’ vision and the actors’ performances as well as the beauty of North East Oregon


Composer/Sound Design

Alan Arnson is a local veteran who has served 20 years in the Army National Guard and has had two tours in Iraq and one year in Afghanistan as a radio reconnaissance contractor. He is a graduate of Eastern Oregon University with a degree in acting and sound design. He has a passion and talent for music and you can find his work on Apple Music, Spotify, and Amazon Music. Alan hopes to use his lifetime of sound design experience to create an imaginative and immersive score for Out Of Character.


Costume Designer

Hayley Stavenger graduated from Eastern Oregon University in 2014 with a B.A. in Theatre and a double emphasis in Costume Design and Acting. After working in the Portland Film Industry for a few years, she and her family moved back to Eastern Oregon to raise their son in a small town surrounded by beautiful mountains. Hayley’s skill and impeccable craftsmanship, in addition to her creative design, bring an invaluable level of professionalism and artistry to this project.


Business Manager

Kaisa Hill has a background in education and business and currently works at a marketing and public relations firm. In addition to experience designing and implementing a variety of promotional strategies, she brings acute organizational skills and attention to detail to all projects. Through the project of Out of Character, she is able to gain more experience in the film industry with the continued development of marketing and distribution strategies.