THE BOLDER STORY

 Chris and Matt at the production office for 1998's  Dioscuri

Chris and Matt at the production office for 1998's Dioscuri

Bolder Pictures started over twenty years ago as an independent motion picture partnership between Writer/Director Christopher Foley and Producer Matthew Cameron.  Their first film - an ultra low budget Civil War drama called Dioscuri - won the New York State Student Festival and actually found distribution overseas.  After moving to Los Angeles and working on a number of other projects, Matt and Chris went their separate ways.  Matt became the manager/producer for his wife, international pop star Tajci, while Chris kept Bolder going as a commercial and marketing video company. 

When Matt was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2017, the pair re-united and re-focused on scripted drama.  The result was the short film, Across, which Bolder is now flipping into a feature film.  When Matt passed away during post-production, Chris brought Producers Princella Smith and Tom McGraw on board to keep Bolder on track.  The team is committed to producing inspirational feature films, with a focus on faith-based true stories.

CHRISTOPHER FOLEY: DIRECTOR/PRODUCER

Chris has been working in video production for two decades.  He started in Television News in his hometown of Rochester, New York while earning his Masters in Film/Video.  Then, he spent a decade in Los Angeles, first wearing a number of hats on the set, before zeroing-in on editing and screenwriting.  After three years as an Editor at Country Music Television, Chris started his own production company, Bolder Pictures, where he continues to produce and direct video content for local and national clients.

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Chris’ credits include dozens of TV series, several motion pictures and hundreds of national commercials and infomercials.  Some of his recent clients include A&W Restaurants, Herzing University, the Milwaukee Brewers, Time Warner Media, Diamond Nexus, and Toro Lawnmowers.

 He has sold three feature scripts and has won numerous screenwriting awards, including first place at Worldfest and semi-finalist at the Academy’s Nicholl Fellowship.

Chris also teaches Screenwriting, Video Production, and Video Editing at a Tennessee State University.  He is married and loves traveling and playing volleyball and softball.

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PRINCELLA SMITH: PRODUCER

Princella is the award-winning writer/director of the Beauty For Ashes screenplay and short film.  Before her venture into filmmaking, she Executive Produced and hosted the political TV show, Engage the Nation, as well as its spinoff radio show. 

Princella had been involved in politics ever since high school, when she interned with the Arkansas Lt.Governor.  After earning her degree in Political Science, she worked as a staffer for Newt Gingrich's think tank and as a Communications Director on Capitol Hill.  She went on to become a political commentator at FOX, CNN, MSNBC and spoke at the Republican National Convention.  Princella also earned a Certificate of Cyber Terrorism Studies in Israel. 

She has found a surprising overlap in her political and entertainment work - two fields where the name of the game is bringing together groups of people from widely different backgrounds.

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THOMAS McGRAW: PRODUCER

Tom worked as an IT professional in the Washington, DC area for over a decade before turning to Film Production. As a Technical Writer, Project Manager, and eventually Operations Manager (with a PMP credential,) he has extensive experience with the intricacies of program management and software production.

Tom saw a very curious connection between his former career and his new role as a producer.  His unique role in IT - the go-between for geeks and clients - was the perfect training ground for being able to connect the artistic and business elements needed to get a feature off and running.  Additionally, prior to working in the field of Information Technology, he worked in public relations, fundraising, and marketing - all fields he is once again utilizing.

He holds a Master of Arts degree in History from George Mason University, and loves Bolder's emphasis on true stories.  When not working, Tom can be found coaching basketball or hanging out with his wife and SEVEN kids!