The Filmmakers


Ash Grove Film, LLC

Based out of Los Angeles, California, Ash Grove Film LLC is producing this documentary with the cooperation of Ash Grove Music, Inc., a non-profit foundation whose mission is to continue the legacy of the original Ash Grove club through concerts, lectures, community performances, support for young artists and other initiatives that support roots and folk music and related arts in the Los Angeles area. You can find out more about their activities at   


Executive Producer / Director : Fred Aronow

A veteran filmmaker who has worked in Los Angeles for the last 40 years, he started in New York working with Shoshoni Productions working on the groundbreaking PBS series Vanishing Wilderness (1971). As part of the Wintersoldier Collective he worked on the production and international release of the feature documentary Winter Soldier (1972). He followed that up with work on the PBS Special Black Coal, Red Powerthe made-for-PBS feature A Secret Space, and the independent Guyanese feature Aggro, Seizeman, before moving to the west Coast. His work since that time has continued his focus on issues of justice, human dignity, ecology, access to healthcare and the many issues that negatively and positively affect the daily lives of people around the world. 

Initiating Executive Producer : Jerry Kay

A former Ash Grove employee, who video-recorded a series of interviews back stage at the Ash Grove, all lost in the fires. Inspired by Ash Grove performances of Luis Valdez's El Teatro Campesino, Kay spent six years as a full-time organizer for Cesar Chavez's United Farm Worker's Union. For five years, he co-produced and hosted a live folk jazz and gospel music radio show on Santa Cruz, California's NPR station, KUSP. Kay co-produced a recording of Hawaiian songs, The Tau Moe Family with Bob Brozman, designated an outstanding folk recording by the Library of Congress' American Folklife Center.

Producer / Editor : Spencer Showalter

Spencer is a recent graduate of the prestigious Florida State University College of Motion Picture Arts. Moving to Los Angeles, he became lead photographer and videographer for the LA Music Blog, making him an integral part of the LA music scene. His Artist Promos have been featured on attracting thousands of views from around the world He recently directed the debut music video for Ben Taylor’s album, Clouds in the Dirt. Spencer is also currently producing and developing marketing videos for such companies as Red Bull Business Insights

Initiating Director / Coproducer : Aiyanna Elliott

Aiyana Elliott is an award winning filmmaker, selected by Variety as one of the top ten Digital Video directors to watch. Her feature film, The Ballad of Ramblin’ Jack was awarded The Special Jury Prize for Artistic Achievement at the Sundance Film Festival and she was awarded the IFP Anthony Radziwill Documentary Achievement Award