Sara Vladic: Writer, Director & Producer
Sara Vladic, an acclaimed documentary filmmaker and New York Times best-selling author, is one of the world’s leading experts on USS Indianapolis, having become obsessed with the story at the age of thirteen. Over the next two decades, Vladic met and interviewed 107 of the ship’s survivors, and in 2016 she released an award-winning documentary film on the disaster, USS Indianapolis: The Legacy. She has published new research on Indianapolis in Proceedings, the official journal of the US Navy, and appeared as an expert commentator on PBS’s USS Indianapolis: Live from the Deep, which explored the ship’s wreckage.
Prior to taking on directing feature films and writing non-fiction historical narratives, Sara spent 16 years working in various departments on set. She filled roles such as: Production Office Coordinator, Production Manager, Editor & Post Supervisor, Writer & Director for Commercials and Live News, Talent Coordinator, Live Event Producer, and even Stunt Woman. Having hands on experience in all these areas helps her understand the dynamics of filmmaking, and what it takes to run a crew. Sara is a member of the Producer’s Guild of America, and her directing and producing credits include: Live Justice Awards Writer & Co-Executive Producer, the Kid's Choice Awards International Director/Producer, Fight or Flight Music Video Co-Producer, Good Morning America Director/Producer, Live News 6 (Los Angeles) Director, Agent Orange Short Film Director, among others. And, she treats her PAs well.
Lynn Vincent is the #1 New York Times best-selling writer of eleven nonfiction books with more than 16 million copies in print. Her best-known titles are Same Kind of Different as Me (with Ron Hall and Denver Moore) and Heaven is for Real (with Todd Burpo.)
Heaven has spent more than 200 consecutive weeks on the NYT bestseller list, with 77 weeks at #1. In 2014, the book became a Sony major motion picture directed by Randall Wallace (Braveheart, Secretariat), and grossed $91 million in the U.S. alone. The book has sold more than 12 million copies, and in 2015 became one of the top 20 bestselling books in Amazon.com’s 20-year history.
Same Kind of Different as Me spent three years on the NYT list, reaching as high as #10, with more than 1 million copies sold. In October 2017, Paramount released the major motion picture, starring Greg Kinnear (Heaven is for Real, As Good As It Gets), Oscar winner Renee Zellweger, Djimon Hounsou (Blood Diamond, Gladiator) and Oscar winner Jon Voight.
Lynn Vincent: Writer
Melanie Capacia Johnson: Producer
Melanie Capacia Johnson Known for producing on major television award shows such as the annual MTV Video Music Awards, MTV Movie Awards and the Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Awards, Melanie Capacia Johnson provides Tiny Horse the ability to quickly scale and manage productions of all types from broadcast, film or digital. Prior to joining Tiny Horse, Melanie produced several indie films, episodics and livestream broadcasts for MTV, Nickelodeon, VH1, NBC, and more. An alumna of San Diego State University’s program for Television, Film and New Media Production. Along with her husband Greg, son Joshua Kai, daughter Sophia Blake and their dog Chewy, the family enjoys weekend Disneyland adventures.