The Benefits of Gusbandry

One woman, one man, a LOT of weed, a little crying,
and absolutely NO sexual attraction whatsoever.

The Benefits of Gusbandry - a comedic web series created by Alicia J. Rose, co-written by Courtenay Hameister.



Alicia J. Rose - Creator/Showrunner/Director/Co-Writer/Music Supervisor:

Known for imbuing riveting story structures and a compelling visual aesthetic into her body of work, Alicia has created popular music videos for national artists like First Aid KitCake, Blitzen Trapper and Bob Mould as well as playing a key role in branding NW bands like The Decemberists, Menomena and Laura Gibson. Rose has directed many short-form commercial/corporate videos, over 24 music videos and released her first narrative short “The Gift of Gravity” in 2014. She is an award-winning still photographer who spent 20 years in the music business doing marketing and sales before turning her eye to filmmaking in 2008. The Benefits of Gusbandry is her debut foray into digital episodic storytelling and has received wide acclaim from press outlets like The New York TimesA/V ClubPASTE - even landing on the "Must List" of Entertainment Weekly.  


Courtenay Hameister - Co-Writer:

Courtenay is a columnist, playwright, filmmaker and the head writer and co-producer of Live Wire, a radio variety show out of Portland, Oregon that airs on over 60 public radio stations around the country. She wrote and directed the award-winning short Stella's Flight, and was co-writer on six prize-winning shorts with the film collective Cinema Syndicate. She also co-wrote the highly successful stage parodies Roadhouse: The Play! and Lost Boys: Live with Shelley McLendon. Her writing can also be found on McSweeney's and in Portland Monthly and Oregon Humanities Magazine.  Her first novel "Okay, Fine, Whatever" will be published by Little Brown in 2017.


Brooke Totman, Lead Actress - Jackie:

Actress Brooke Totman (Jackie) earned a degree in Theater Arts from the University of Oregon.  After college, she moved to Los Angeles where she studied improv and sketch comedy with The Groundlings, eventually becoming a member of their Sunday Company.  Totman was a featured cast member on MadTV and has guest starred in several sitcoms including Less than Perfect and King of Queens.  She is currently writing and performing sketch comedy with numerous funny people in Portland Oregon.


Kurt Conroyd, Lead Actor - River:

Actor Kurt Conroyd (River) was featured in Fox Searchlight's Wild and Reverie Films Birds of Neptune (Official Slamdance feature 2015). He also worked with Olive Entertainment in Life and Death of... and Wild Blue. He studied at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre company and loves funny people.


 Bradley Sellers – Director of Photography:

For over 2 decades Bradley has been putting a romantic lens on the world. He has DP’d over a dozen feature films as well as a long list of scripted comedy and drama including Curb Your Enthusiasm, Mr. Show, Def Comedy Jam, Carnivale, Top Chef and many others. He has previously collaborated with Alicia on multiple music video projects (First Aid Kit, MC Frontalot, Bob Mould).


Lara Cuddy - Producer:

With over 20 years of experience in concept development, marketing strategy, and project management, Lara Cuddy works as a producer and designer in a broad range of media including film & video, broadcast, print, and interactive. Her skill-set includes producing, line producing, and production management as well as post-production, promotion, and marketing coordination on independent short and feature film projects, commercials, music videos, and television. Recent projects include the feature films Deep Dark (official selection Fantaspoa Film Festival 2015), and Birds of Neptune (official selection Slamdance Film Festival 2015, Winner Best Narrative Feature Arizona Int’l Film Festival 2015), and most recently, Tuff TV's first original scripted series, Combat Report, a WWII drama first aired on cable television in January 2015.


Laura Roe - Key Editor: With 10 years of post-production experience, Laura has worked as an editor and data manager for television, web videos, and commercials, as well as countless independent projects and labors of love.



Additional Credits are available at the end of each episode.





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