Writer / Director
Jason Affolder was born in Vincennes, Indiana, the heart of the Midwest (if not the universe). After 18 years surrounded by cornfields, hog farms, and tornados, he finally fled out west to Los Angeles. His grandfather had taught him well how to make things up, and the film school at USC taught him to turn those lies into a reality. After 4 years of terrible traffic and perfect weather, he missed afternoon thunderstorms too much to remain in L.A. Jason soon found himself living down in New Orleans, where he began teaching at a public high school, but when students starting showing up with handguns, he decided battling blazes might be a safer gig. And so for over 10 years Jason has been a New Orleans Firefighter, all the while traveling the globe and creating shorts, music videos, and feature films… He also has a black belt in karaoke.
A QUIET STORM is Jason's second feature film.
Director of Photography
Originally from Gainesville, Florida, Jake Springfield is an award-winning Director of Photography currently based in New Orleans. His work includes documentaries, commercials, music videos and narratives. All Over But to Cry, a documentary which he shot and co-produced, won an Emmy, was honored as Louisiana Endowment for the Arts Documentary of the Year and was broadcast on the Documentary Channel. Other work has appeared on MTV, HBO, PBS, BBC, NBC, CNN, The Disney Channel and numerous other networks. A QUIET STORM is the first narrative feature that Jake has photographed.
Originally from Ohio, Tom McLaughlin is a composer and multi-instrumentalist based in Los Angeles with his musical roots in New Orleans and San Francisco.
Tom is proficient in a wide range of styles and moods, thanks to his years recording and performing jazz, rock, hip-hip, piano music, various ethnic styles – and more. Tom also studied composition with Alain Mayrand (orchestrator on Neill Bloomkamp's Elysium) and classical and jazz guitar with renowned guitar guru John Rankin.
As a bandleader for the New Orleans band Good Guys, his albums include "The Social Engagement" produced by Mike Napolitano (Squirrel Nut Zippers, Blind Melon, Ani DiFranco), and "Blue EP" among others. During this process he worked closely with, and wrote parts for, percussionist Mike Dillon (Les Claypool, Galactic, Ani DiFranco).
Tom has written for a number of film projects, including half a dozen with long-time collaborator Jason Affolder. In 2010, Tom created a multi-media art exhibition titled "Obituaries 1913". It was selected by, among others, Tulane University's Carroll Gallery in New Orleans, as well as galleries in Austin and San Francisco.