Meet the Filmmakers

Director & Cinematographer

Tom Dyer

Tom Dyer is a director and cinematographer living in Nashville, Tennessee. He has 11 years experience directing films for brands and nonprofits, traveling around the world to create television commercials, short films, online content, fundraising stories and more.

With an audio engineering background and passion for emotive storytelling, Tom brings a diverse skill set and a careful balance of technical expertise and artful choices to every project. He is currently a director for a video production agency in Nashville, where his work has received numerous awards.

Director & Producer

Amanda Dyer

Amanda Dyer runs a digital marketing agency in Nashville, Tennessee. She has 11 years experience driving the strategy and creative execution of marketing initiatives that include video, animation, websites, social media and more.

Amanda has led marketing and creative teams in a variety of corporate and nonprofit settings. An entrepreneur at heart, she co-founded her company in 2012, where she currently serves as president and creative director.


Erik SharpnAck

Erik Sharpnack is an editor and filmmaker in Nashville, Tennessee.


Andrew Piland

With over 15 years of experience working in the music industry, Andrew is well versed in a number of genres. With his primary focus on creating music for TV and film, his works have led to placements with TNT, HGTV, and Fox Sports. He has worked with several independent artists around the country. Working as a composer and producer in his Nashville home studio, he is constantly creating new music and educating himself in the latest music trends.

Associate Producer

Jess Ronne

Jess Ronne is an author, teacher, nonprofit CEO, special needs advocate and mother of eight, including one child with profound special needs. She lives outside of Nashville, Tennessee.

Through a thriving blog, social media presence and published memoir, Jess has an extensive network of caregivers and supporters who follow her personal journey and look to her for an honest, unapologetic portrayal of life as a special needs caregiver.

Jess is founder and CEO of The Lucas Project, a nonprofit that funds respite days for caregivers. She travels the country speaking about her experience, and hosts a podcast where she gives other caregivers a place to share their story.

Our Partners & Sponsors


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The Lucas Project

Our Fiscal Sponsor - The Lucas Project is a nonprofit organization that provides recognition and respite to parent caregivers. The Lucas Project is serving as our fiscal sponsor for this project. Learn more....

Tax-Deductible Donations - Your donation to fund this documentary is tax-deductible when made through The Lucas Project. Donate now...


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Banu Ahmed
James Batek
Jamie Berra
Heidi Binko
Lorin & Debra Bossenbroek
Jesse Bowman
Kara Bufalino
Millie Calabrese
Julia Coorey
Ashleigh & Grant Cote
Erica Cronin
Victoria Curtis
Diedra Darst
Cindy Decker
Keith & Lindsay DeYoung
Karie Dillinger
Tricia Dimmitt
Sharon & Andy Dyer
Lisa Dzialo
Mr. & Mrs. Christopher Escher
Jan Gaines

Stephanie Gerster
Franca Gioia
Lisa Graham-Garza
Steve Grcevich
Sarah Hess
Denise Hunter
Priya Iyer
Carol Johnson
Alyce Kaplan
Andrew Khouw
Christina Kiefer
Thomas & Rachel Kirk
James Kole
Dave & Nichole Kooistra
Mary Jo Lamont
Pat & Joe LeCount
Lisa Lombardi
Denise Lombardi
Melissa Long
Karin Lunsford

Kinerette Martin
Brenda Martinez
Fred Marvel
Kate McCalla
Ben & Amanda McCreary
Kelli McIntosh
Katie & Tim Miller
David Morgan
The Moseley Family
Carrie Moses
Ivett O’Quinn
Evelyn Owens
Constance Page
Jackie Parambil
Amanda Pelar
Lisa Pena
Lucinda Peterson
Janice & Bill Queen
Liz & Matthew Queen
Rebecca Queen-Johnson
Tammy Ramirez

Liz Redd
Angela Reichert
John & Deena Reid
Lori Reinke
Stephen & Lydia Roberts
Adam & Mary Rosenbaum
Tamar Rothstein
Mike & Tara Sherd
Stacey Skrocki
Jordan Smith
Lindsay Spitler
Marlan St. Criox
Caitlin & Jareth Swanson
Chris Tuttle
Kara Van Roten
Gord & Holly Van Vuren
Jennifer Vanden Burgt
Kelly & Levi Watson
Shawn Weston
Aimee Wisyanski
Sarah Zalan