The Filmmakers


Melissa Boratyn

Stage 4 cancer thriver Melissa Boratyn makes her directorial debut with Ginger. She brings an honest portrayal of her experience as a young woman with breast caner to the big screen. Ginger is the third feature film Melissa has edited, following Carmilla and The Giggles. Carmilla has won several awards, including a best feature nomination at Cinema Soup Film Festival and official selection from CIMM Fest, the Indie Gathering International Film Festival. Melissa was nominated for the best editing award from the London International Filmmaker Festival for World Cinema for her work on The Giggles. She has a BA in International Film and Media Production from Loyola University Chicago and an MFA in Film from DePaul University.

Jimmy Boratyn

Jimmy Boratyn’s directorial debut, The Giggles, was a semi-finalist at the Swedish International Film Festival and an official selection at the Hudson Valley Comedy Festival, the Indie Film Gathering Film Festival, and the Laugh or Die Comedy Festival. The Giggles was also a Best Feature, Best Story, and Best Editing nominee at the International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema in London. In 2011, Jimmy founded Shot Time Productions Inc., a multimedia company specializing in videography and photography.



Ryan Grundtisch
Screenwriter, Producer

Ryan is a screenwriter, producer, editor and Director of Photography who has written, produced and executed all phases of production on documentaries, promotional videos and original narrative films. Based in Chicago, Ryan received his MS in Cinema Production from DePaul University. Recent works include the documentary feature An Unfair Burden, where he serves as Producer and contributing Director of Photography, and the indie feature Carmilla Vive as 2nd Unit director and Camera Operator.


Johnny Woj
Producer, Production Designer

Johnny Woj is a Chicago-based actor, writer, and production freelancer. Initially drawn to acting, Johnny discovered a similar joy behind the scenes working as a Production Assistant (PA), 2nd Assistant Director (2nd AD) and eventually as a Producer. Recent credits include Steve McQueen’s Widows (PA), Rupert Wyatt’s Captive State (PA), Fox’s Empire S4 (PA), Showtime’s Shameless S8 (PA), and Stephen Cone’s Princess Cyd (2nd AD).


Jeff Harder
Director of Photography

Jeff Harder is an Associate Professor with the School of Communication at Loyola University Chicago, where he has taught film production and film studies for over 25 years. Jeff has worked as cinematographer on fictional narratives, feature length films, and experimental dance and performance projects. Recently he was producer, director and cinematographer for the feature film Carmilla, which has been nominated for Best Feature Film at Cinema Soup Film Festival.


Full Crew

Directed by
Melissa and Jimmy Boratyn

Written by
Ryan Grundtisch
Melissa Boratyn

Additional Written Material
What’s My Stage Again - Robin Browne

Story Editor
Johnny Woj
Jimmy Boratyn

Jimmy Boratyn
Ryan Grundtisch
Johnny Woj

Johnny Woj

1st AD
Erin Moreland

Director of Photography
Jeff Harder

Production Designer
Johnny Woj

Art Director
Thirza Pearl

Melissa Boratyn

Associate Producers
Melissa Sherwin
James F. Boratyn

Costume Designer
Jerica Hucke

Casting Director
Johnny Woj

Casting Associate
Morgan Laurel Cohen

1st Assistant Camera Operator
Jackson Grischeau

2nd Assistant Camera Operator
Justin Howe

Davis Bergstrom

Harsha Gullapalli

Location Sound Recordist
Kelli Tynan

Boom Operator
Thomas Clune
Harsha Gullapalli

Script Supervisor
Jackie Boratyn

Ryan Grundtisch

Key Make Up
Rae Allina

Makeup Artist
Martha Contreras
Joanna Brzezina

Hair Colorist
Jessica Nelson

Hair Assistant
Alyssa Pietrzyk

On-Set Costumer
Kelsey Hagen

Production Assistant
Gregory Madden
Zanah Thirus
Cassandra Stewart
Helen Diep
Janel Leon
Katherine Childress

John Garcia

Justin Howe

Post Production Services Provided by Periscope Post & Audio

Post Productions Supervisor
Michael Nehs

Post Production Coordinator
Samantha Wong

Re-Recording Mixer
Jason Neumann

Supervising Sound Editor
Jason Neumann

Sound Designer
John Wong

Assistant Sound Designer
Brett Rossiter

Dialogue Editor
Jason Neumann

Sound Editor
Matt Gubernick

Foley Artist
Jeremy Zussman

Foley Editor
Jeremy Zussman


Susan Gordon
Thank You

Rachel Baum
Cold Front

Alison Kuk

Craft Services
Jackie Boratyn
Thirza Pearl

Title and Logo Designer
Sarah Becan
Gregg Tomlinson
Tonya Tomlinson
fathead design