PRODUCTION STAFF

Joshua Michael
Executive Producer / Director / Staff Writer
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Joshua Michael founder and CEO of Selway Studios was born in Southern California, the eldest of four brothers, and is now the father of four children. He is a 12 year military veteran who served as a combat medic in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom receiving an honorable discharge in 2005 due to injuries sustained during his service. . Growing up in an artistic and theater emboldened family it seemed inevitable Joshua Michael would develop a passion for film direction. Seeking to advance his knowledge and expertise in film he graduated from Evergreen college in 2012 with a BA degree in film production.  In 2010 he established Area 51 Productions a precursor to Selway Studios. Desiring to go beyond his undergraduate degree Joshua graduated from Fullsail University in 2015 with a Master’s Degree in Instructional Design and Technology.

Challenges have been welcomed by Joshua Michael. Later, in October of 2018, Joshua moved his family to Hamilton, Montana. There he opened a film production company and an academy to work and train veterans and students interested in learning film production. Then in 2020 he founded Selway Studios and is currently working on producing; music videos, short films, training videos, documentaries and a feature length film. 

Joshua Michael's Resume

RJ Gennari
Co-Director / Staff Writer

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Richard James Gennari, was born in New York City at the close of World War II. Growing up he had an insatiable love for music which lead him through years as a singer, songwriter, and musician. In the early 70’s he developed an affinity for musical theater which lead him to perform in various productions. RJ spent over two decades as an elementary school teacher, and with his wife developed a very successful musical theater program in Alaska directing students in theater craft and Reader’s Theater. He has been to London three times to study Reader’s Theater and has developed scripts in that genre and taught other educators the technique of creating Reader’s Theater scripts.

RJ is the father of four grown artistic and creative sons in diverse corners of our country and the world. He graduated from the University of California, Riverside with a BA in Social Relations and was awarded a Master’s Degree in Psychology with a specialty in Forensic Psychology from Walden University in Minnesota. Currently, RJ has been working on the development of a feature-length film for Selway Studios with the two original scriptwriters. 

Melanie Wendt
Co-Director / Staff Writer

 

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Melanie Rae (Edgar) Wendt was born on August 11, 1994 in Butte, MT.  She started acting when she was three, and was hooked ever since. 

Melanie found skill and training while in high school. She completed mezo-soprano training, had the lead female role in every production for four years,  and competed at the state level speech and drama competitions with a self written dramatic monologue. 

Much of her formative years were spent watching countless movies with her parents where they made up games like Name That Actor, What Else Have They Been In, and Name the Production Company By Their Logo.  She was disappointed in high school to find no one outside of her immediate family played these types of games.

Melanie has used her skills both in front of and behind the camera, functioning as everything from a production assistant to location scout, and most recently, writer and co-director.

Dennis Shackleford
Creative Director

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Dennis M Shackelford is a Creative Director, Ghost Writer, Lead Character Actor for Selway Studios LLC, recently starred in the Psychological thriller CheckMate as “Clint Miller” written and directed by Joshua Michael and R.J. Gennari. He has also performed in Slant Streets as “Vinnie” written by Davy Williams directed by David Flores, Drive! (short) as “Brian” written and directed by Dan Sullivan, Eye For Eye as “Judge Willard Peabody” Written and directed by L.J. Martin. His most recent project he plays “Clint Emmett” in a feature film called Blood Of My Tears. His main focus is becoming a fulltime actor and director.

Assistant Camera Operators
James Gennari                   Jaron Gennari
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Harry Lee

Stunt Coordinator

Harry is a former veteran of the fire department, prison security guard, and the owner of Bitterroot Warrior Arts based in Corvallis MT.  Harry is one of six Masters in the United States belonging to a very special select group of martial artists. Harry is also the Stunt and Fight Choreographer for Selway Studios LLC.

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