about her hope haven

Her Hope Haven is based on the poignant real-life stories of women who have lived experiences in residential recovery facilities as they work to get back their dignity, avoid jail, and stay alive. Series co-creator Tijah Bumgarner seeks to show a broad audience the pain the drug crisis has wrought in Appalachia through the humorous and joyful moments that are part of the recovery process.

Filmed in June 2021, Episode 1 features a cast of non-professional actors from West Virginia in recovery from substance use disorders.

The ongoing drug crisis has affected families across our region and even touched this project: Series co-creator Ashley Ellis died in November2021 at the age of 34. The stories in Her Hope Haven were based on Ellis’s time spent in treatment facilities in Kentucky and West Virginia.

Angela Lopez
Hair & Makeup | Wardrobe
Make up Artist
Anthony Greene
1st Assistant Camera
Film lover, slightly above average book reader, wanna-be home cook.
Ashley Ellis
Casting | Co-creator
This project would not exist without Ashley and I am forever thankful to her and grateful for knowing her. Please consider making a donation to The Healing Place in Louisville, KY in honor of Ashley Ellis. www.thehealingplace.org
Braylie Smolder
Production Assistant
Dylan Smith
Film Director and owner of Good Trouble Video
Emilee Pyrtle
Assistant Director
Emilee, a Production Assistant, based in Orlando, has 3 Production Assistant credits and 1 Assistant Director credit, and has been a member since 2021.
Jena Seiler
Jena Seiler is an interdisciplinary artist and scholar.
Mahaley Brown
Production Assistant
Max Ross
Sound Mixer
Max Ross is an audio visual technician with over 8 years of experience working in the field. He specializes in event production and commercial installations.
Molly Born
Script Supervisor | Media Liaison | Casting
Journalist based in Appalachia
Noel Seiler
2nd Assistant Camera
Noel worked on Her Hope Haven as 2nd Assistant Camera.
Saja Montague
Production Design | Props
WV Artist, Appalachian Photographer, Capturing mundane magic.
Shane Pierce
Production Design | Props
Taylor Napier
Director of Photography - Editor - Colorist
Taylor Napier has over a decade of film & photography experience under her belt. She is originally from West Virginia and has made her way back home to tell the stories of Appalachia.
Tijah Bumgarner
Director | Producer | Creator |
Tijah Bumgarner is a filmmaker and professor. She teaches narrative and documentary video production at Marshall University. Bumgarner holds a BFA in film/video from the California Institute of the Arts and an MA in Media Studies from West Virginia State University.

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