Meet the GutterBliss Team!

August Umi Schaller

Founder and Director of GutterCast and CEO of GutterBliss Media. Working professionally as a video editor for Signal Fire Media. He has a passion for film only quenchable by overloading himself with projects. He is a life long hippie from Asheville, NC. He loves discovering hidden and eclectic artworks. He will play you anytime in a game of chess.

Drew Lauren Spenny

Operations Manager for GutterCast Film Festival. Drew is a graduate student at UNCW as well as multi instrumentalist. He is a composer from Minnesota with over 10 years of experience. His last two films have scored him nominations and awards at the festivals they’ve played. In his free time Drew likes to write music and play video games.

Caroline Daughtry

Head of Administration for Gutter Cast Film Festival. She started working with GutterBliss in March 2022 to make a Database of all film submissions. She is a girl with Cerebral Palsy who wants to break down barriers in the film industry. She is returning to UNCW to pursue a Master’s in Film Studies. She is a huge comic book and Disney nerd.

Cade Carroll

Art/Props Director and Floor Manager for the GutterCast Film Festival. They are from Cherokee, NC and are a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. They have most recently stage managed on the Opera NOW Wilmington production, The Magic Flute. Previously, Cade was the stage manager at the Sorrow Drowner, formally a theater bar in downtown Wilmington. In the near future, Cade will stage manage a local theatre production of Blood Privilege, written and directed by Don Fried. In their spare time Cade enjoys playing music, watching movies, and playing chess.

Cheyanne Hiott

Event Organizer/ Social Media Consultant for GutterCast Film Festival. They have worked on multiple local productions, the most recent one being, The Summer I Turned Pretty. They are a multimedia artist from Winston-Salem, NC. Cheyanne’s works have been featured in the Cameron Art Museum. Their love of film knows no bounds, and they strive to continue to work on set on films in the Wilmington area. In their free time they enjoy working on small productions, making art films, and working on sculptures.

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