The Team

Collectively the producing team has produced documentaries for PBS Independent Lens, HBO, Sundance Channel, National Geographic and the History Channel.

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James Payne (Director/Producer) From stories about Americana, to music, to the environment, Payne has produced a weird and wonderful array of documentary films. It began with the cult classic Okie Noodling about fishing for monster catfish with nothing but bare hands (PBS, Discovery Europe).  Payne co-directed The Creek Runs Red, a sweetly dytopian story of a toxic American town (PBS- Independent Lens).  Payne then produced Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo set within the walls of Oklahoma’s oldest maximum-security prison (HBO Documentary Films). His films have been accepted to major festivals including SXSW, Toronto, Los Angeles, Hot Docs, Rotterdam, Berlin, and Sheffeld.   Other documentaries include The Flaming Lips, U.F.O.s at the Zoo (Warner Bros.) Winnebago Man (Kino International) and Currents of Belize (Costa Films) and Mad Adore (post-production).  His T.V. producing credits include Mudcats (History Channel), Shipping Wars (A&E) and Ultimate Survival Alaska (National Geographic).   

David McMurry (Cinematographer) is based in Marin County, California.  His documentary subjects range from rock 'n roll heroes to hummingbirds, and he thinks some of the most interesting stories are found in the hinterlands of the country, where he spent his childhood being raised on an elixir of god, guns and football.  David has been a long-time collaborator with Payne on a number of documentary films, including The Flaming Lips, U.F.O.'s at the Zoo (Warner Bros.), Okie Noodling II (American Public Television), and Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo (HBO Documentary Films).  His television work has been seen on MTV and PBS, and his commercial clients include VISA, Hewlett-Packard, Peet's Coffee, and Nike.  His first film, Atomic City, is currently in post-production.

Matt Leach (Producer) is a producer/director/editor who has spent the past decade sharing the strange and wonderful stories of Oklahoma.  His early claim to fame was directing the music video Midnight Vignette, voted one of the top-ten indie videos of 2008 by MTV.  He transitioned into commercial editing, working on high profile political campaigns and national commercials and XBOX titles.  His work in documentary began co-directing and co-producing This Land a thought provoking and delicately crafted television series on life in Middle America with pieces featured on PBS.  He produced and edited his first feature film This May Be The Last Time (AMC / Sundance International) that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival 2014 and screened at MoMA.