As a collaborative team of veteran business and entertainment professionals, talented artists and visionary authors, Know Wonder Creations has developed specific projects through which to deliver progressive ideas and ageless wisdom via the medium of high-quality entertainment.
Through the skillful utilization of artistry, talent and commercial savvy, each of Know Wonder’s projects is uniquely designed for success in multiple markets, representing diverse cultures and age groups, both domestic and overseas.
ANGELA RUSSELL: Founder, Creative Director & Author/Writer
As Founder and Creative Director of Know Wonder Creations, Angela Russell has devoted her life to the creation of visionary media and motion picture projects designed to entertain, educate and inspire. As a writer, filmmaker and artist, she has developed an independent body of work, which reflects her lifelong passion for the accelerated evolution of humanity into its greater potential.
Angela was born in Hollywood, California, into a family with roots in the entertainment industry. Her mother Autumn, an aspiring actress under contract at Paramount Studios, was cast on many mainstream television commercials and worked in films. Her father Carl, began his career at the age of three as a child actor and dancer. Under contract at MGM, he performed in many of the MGM musicals along with notables such as Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney, then went on to sing with Mel Torme and work in radio on the Bob Hope Show. Jock O’Mahoney (who became Angela’s step-father at the age eleven), was a legendary stuntman and actor. ‘Jocko’ starred in 2 successful television series (‘Range Rider’ & ‘Yancy Derringer’), as well as dozens of western movies. In 1962, he was cast as the 13th Tarzan in feature films, ‘TARZAN GOES TO INDIA’ & ‘TARZAN’S THREE CHALLENGES’.
Angela then grew up, primarily, in the Hawaiian Islands, where her family relocated when she was twelve years old. After discovering her passion for the arts & sciences, she began developing skills in writing, art, music and filmmaking. At age 18, Angela taught guitar, Polynesian dance and Yoga.
After attending the University of Hawaii, she moved to Los Angeles in 1979, where she became Assitant Manager of Maidenspace, one of L..A.’s finest Commercial Stage/Film & Television Production facilities. From 1985 to 1986, while developing her own film and television projects, Angela worked in sales administration for Andreozzi/Toback, a national, commercial production company.
She then moved into Talent Management and Public Relations as a liaison between artists and promotors for a series of personal appearance tours & rock concerts in Rome, Finland and Egypt.
From 2000 to 2002, Angela worked as an Assistant Producer for Digital Kitchen, one of the nation’s top, design-driven production companies. It was there that she became compelled to start Know Wonder Creations, which would provide a platform for the development of high-quality, visionary entertainment properties.
Angela returned to the Big Island in 2002 where she began developing projects for KnowWonder Entertainment with her sons, Kainoa and Dylan. In 2006, she was invited by Matthew Gilbert (Editor in Chief of prestigious SHIFT MAGAZINE), to speak about Know Wonder’s vision at The Institute Of Noetic Sciences (IONS), in Petaluma, California. (See Transcript) Applauded by Edgar Mitchel (Astronaut & IONS Founder) and IONS core members, Angela was invited back to be interviewed for the resulting SHIFT magazine article “Movies On A Mission”. (Download Article)
Shortly thereafter, Angela has the privilege of attending a private dinner for His Holiness the Dalai Lama in San Francisco, where she was honored to receive the Dalai Lama’s blessing and encouragement for Know Wonder’s visionary mission. After publishing Know Wonder’s award-winning debut project, THE LAND OF SMAERD, a beautifully illustrated children’s book, Angela wrote and hosted THE KNOW WONDER SHOW on the World Puja Network, broadcasting worldwide to 139 countries.
As a tribute to the immense talent of today’s younger generation of artists…in recognition of the beautiful, insightful and powerfully transformative works of art and music that are being produced by these new Cultural Creatives…and as an advocate for change, Angela is currently dedicating herself to the creation and development of Know Wonder’s exciting projects!
TED M. MATHER: Executive Producer & Entertainment Business Consultant
Theodore Mather served as President and a Director of V Entertainment, Ltd. from July 2002 through 2005 developing production and licensing methodology for the high resolution netcasts of live concert events direct to HD theaters, nationwide via dedicated fiber distribution. Mr. Mather has also served as President and a Director of On-line Entertainment Network, Inc. (OEN). In this capacity, he produced the first pay-per-view/listen netcast on the Internet, live from Douglas Corner in Nashville, TN, on October 27th, 1997. He also served as Executive Vice President and a Director of Global Net Systems, Ltd. (a public company), from April 1996 to July 2002. From 1986 to 1993 he served as the President of Platinum Productions, Ltd. In addition to his corporate duties listed above, he served as Writer Director Producer for OEN and Platinum, while overseeing the operation of Platinum’s music publishing efforts.
Mr. Mather has written and directed three feature films since 1987, and directed numerous major national award winning television documentaries and music events, such as Farm Aid II for MTV’s VH-1, and “Bring On The Summer” for Syndicast. As a feature film director, he has directed artists such as Adrian Paul (who now appears as the “Highlander”), Garret Morris. (of “Saturday Night Live”), Carlos Gomez, (now appearing in “Shark” with James Woods), Amy Dolenz, Patricia Berry, and segments of feature films starring Orson Welles.
Mr. Mather was selected by Orson Welles to direct and produce Mr. Welles’ segments of “Magic of the Stars,” for NBC starring Orson Welles and Lynn Redgrave. Over the next four years, until Mr. Welles’ death, Mr. Mather produced and directed Mr. Welles in, “Great Movies with Orson Welles,” and other film and television projects. Mr. Welles also recorded the opening for the film “Childbirth Naturally,” distributed by Universal Pictures, which was produced by Mr. Mather and included performances by Peter Strauss, Lorenzo Lamas, Kenny Rogers, Jane Seymour, Cindy Williams and others.
In his documentary/television work, Mr. Mather has written, produced and directed award-winning performances by artists such as Christopher Reeve and he has produced and directed numerous award winning medical dramas. On the soundtracks of many of these feature films and television productions, Mr. Mather also worked as a music writer or co-writer and soundtrack record producer, or co-producer. He produced such artists as Randy Meisner, (the Eagles), Daryl Phinnessee, the artist and performer of the music theme from the hit show “Fraser,” and Mike Love, of the Beachboys, amongst others. Mr. Mather also co-produced the last live album the Beachboys ever released with the original founding group. The album, now a major collector’s item, contained performances by The Beachboys, The Oak Ridge Boys, America, The Bellamy Brothers, The Four Tops, Julio Iglesias, Ringo Starr and a solo performance by Mike Love on a song, “Happy Birthday America,” that was co-written and co-produced by Mr. Mather.
Some of the artists who have appeared in major music specials and live soundtrack albums produced or directed by Mr. Mather include Jimmy Page, Christopher Cross, The Four Tops, Kris Kristofferson, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, The Fifth Dimension and Alabama. Mr. Mather has directed and produced more than 40 music videos and served as producer on many more. He produced and directed the widely distributed television special “Bring On The Summer” with the Beachboys and directed segments included in the home video release of “The Beachboys, An American Band.”
From 1973 to 1980, Mr. Mather was signed as an exclusive music writer and recording artist for Acuff Rose Publishing and Hickory Records (now part of Opryland Music) in Nashville. As a songwriter, he has written over 250 songs, many of which are included in numerous film soundtracks and recordings worldwide. Mr. Mather, along with his co-writers and co-music producers, was awarded a double gold album for the soundtrack of the his feature film “Dance Academy” and a gold videos for his producing and directing of Shirley Ceasar’s television special titled “Hold My Mule” and “Touch The Sky,” starring Christopher Reeve. He was also nominated for a Dove Award for his production and Direction of “Hold My Mule.” In 1971, Mr. Mather received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the University of Hartford.
NEVADA BROWN: Executive Producer
Melva ‘Nevada’ Brown is a humanitarian and entrepreneur who has spent most of her life investing in visionaries whose dreams have the potential of affecting global change.
Nevada first experienced the exhilarating feeling of seeing a dream come to life at the age of 12, when she started her first business, a dance studio which years later turned into a performing arts school. At 18, yet another first, she became a stock holder and a member of the Board for the family business, which her father started in the early 70’s.
In college, Nevada studies were in Healthcare and business; and she continued to pursue her love for the performing arts as well as volunteer with The American Red Cross.
After earning a Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree of Science, Nevada’s career path was to be a pioneer as a licensed Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner, trained to manage and operate family practice clinics under the protocols of a physician. She developed and operated clinics, often in rural areas that were underserved, first in Kansas City, Missouri, then Birmingham, Alabama…and later, in Naples, Florida. Nevada was responsible for the clinic’s budget, staffing and operations.
In addition to her full time job, she volunteered as a Nurse at The Red Cross Chapter and at age 21, was designated the Director of Nursing for the ARC Chapter in Kansas City, MO. In 1978, she was selected by the National Red Cross to receive extensive training in managing and directing the nursing services of a National Red Cross Disaster and became part of the Red Cross (immediate-response) Team to National Disasters. Put in charge of millions of reimbursement dollars for victim’s medical supplies, Nevada managed hundreds of health care volunteer workers for weeks at a time (floods, hurricanes, tornados, fires, ice storms, and nuclear plant shut-down’s). In 1980, Nevada moved to Birmingham to teach Nursing at The University of Alabama and took the position as Director of Nursing for their ARC Chapter, stepping down from the Kansas City Chapter.
In her 30’s, Nevada’s interest in investing in new business development peaked, so she created a volunteer mentoring position with a large accounting firm in the midwest to review start-up business concepts for possible venture capital fund raising. It was during that time that she learned about projections, financial statements, Private Placement Memorandums, and Venture Capital. Some of her early investments were directly related to the opening of a metaphysical gift and bookstore, a mail order steak company, an individual’s business consulting company, an author who published several books, and multiple bridge loans, mostly for real estate transactions.
In 2000, Real Estate caught Nevada’s eye and she left the healthcare field and attained her Realtor’s license. She built up her own portfolio by buying and selling residential properties in Naples, FL, Victoria, British Columbia and Las Vegas, where she resides today.
Today, her interest in Know Wonder Creations began with “my fortunate meeting of Angela Russell while attending retreat in Washington. Angela had a powerful dream to produce movies that would raise the consciousness of humanity”. Two years later, Nevada invested in Angela and her long-standing dream, “and it is now my full time passion and commitment to help her create what I know will not only change my consciousness, but that of the world!”
MARK V. JORDAN: Legal Counsel
Founder of the Invicta Law Group PLLC, Mark’s practice is in the areas of commercial and corporate law with an emphasis on intellectual property, entertainment and international business transactions. Mr. Jordan ‘s commercial practice includes licensing, foreign and domestic distribution, joint ventures, sale of artistic rights, publishing, motion picture sales and multimedia transactions. He also has extensive experience in trademark registration, prosecution and litigation.
His corporate practice includes incorporation of new businesses, asset/stock purchases, reorganizations and financing. He has tried, arbitrated, and mediated many commercial cases representing both plaintiffs and defendants.
DYLAN CLISSOLD: Production Manager
In a true spirit of entrepreneurship, Dylan Clissold has been an indispensable member of the Know Wonder organization since 2007. Having participated in building the company from its inception, Dylan’s technical expertise and talent in photography, graphic design, music and editing, along with his underlying commitment to excellence, has played a major role in developing all of Know Wonder’s film and book projects.
In addition to his involvement with Know Wonder Creations, Dylan is a collector of exotic gems and crystals from all over the world. He became sole proprietor of a jewelry business in 2010, designing and creating unusual, wearable works of art. Although jewelry-making began as an accidental romance, Dylan’s one-of-a-kind designs now adorn the wardrobes of people around the world.
Utilizing his remarkable talents and artistic sensibilities, Dylan continues his jewelry-gemstone career, as well as his work with Know Wonder Creations. His passion, business acumen and devotion to the creative exploration of human consciousness continue to prove an invaluable asset to the realization of Know Wonder Creation’s success.
DR. EDWARD FRODEL, PhD: Educator, Humanist, Holistic Healer
As a young graduate from the University of Washington with a degree in Political Science and Education, Ed spent three years traveling the world, discovering how much humanity is alike, while observing an inability for our species to accept our cultural differences.
Ed taught school in Germany, Iran, Guam and Washington State. Ed received his MA and PhD from the University of Colorado, Boulder, focusing on revolutionary elites as agents of change in Eastern Europe and the Middle East. He taught Russian History, Middle East history and World Civilization at the University of Colorado-Denver, and at Pacific Lutheran University-Tacoma.
After moving to Poulsbo, Washington, Ed taught in the local high school where he became involved with restructuring public education. His experiences traveling to various conferences across the country, collecting learning models and researching educational theory, convinced him that expression in art opened pathways to the intuitive and to the creative self.
Through Ed’s experience as an educator, he observed that when well-established ‘closed-loop’ educational systems merely reinforce already learned social values or are limited to the regurgitation of information, creativity and intuitive awareness can become greatly stifled, resulting in cultural stasis.
Determined to launch a learning model in which the arts and academics received equal value, Ed collaborated with Reverend Dr. Gordon Parke. Together, they founded West Sound Academy, an International Baccalaureate college preparatory secondary school that promotes experiential learning in which the student accepts ownership for his/her educational outcome.
Having followed avenues that offer progressive knowledge and deeper understanding of life itself, Ed has dedicated his life to serving humanity and nature. As a Reiki Practitioner and Hypnotherapist, he is an advocate of alternative healing practices.
He states, “After my first exposure to the contemporary music and compelling narratives set to the visionary art of Know Wonder’s ALCHEMISTAS project, I was compelled to read and investigate all of Angela Russell’s work. Infused with an awakening current of numinous energy, as well as influential voices and perspectives that are shaping today’s collective consciousness, each one of Know Wonder’s projects becomes a recipe for cultural change.
How exciting to be part of media designed to promote a healthier planet and a more evolved humanity through collaborative endeavors that include some of the most progressive minds in the world! Having been an educator for nearly 40 years, I recognize in Know Wonder’s work an interdisciplinary hybrid model of multi-cultural art forms that have the potential to benefit humanity now and for generations to come.”
HALEY ESPINOSA: Art Director
As an aspiring young writer and humanitarian, Haley’s desire to be a part of global change drew her attention to the inherent power of ‘conscious’ mass-media projects and their capacity to impact the world.
In 2012, she was discovered by Know Wonder Creations, and it was mutual love at first sight! Haley was invited to join Know Wonder’s team as an Art Director. Thrilled to participate in a mission to “activate, revitalize and mobilize greater human potential”, Haley became successful in bringing visionary artists and musicians on-board to participate in Know Wonder’s ALCHEMISTAS project. Demonstrating pro-active ability in project management (as a liaison between creatives and producers), her passion began to shine. Through her devoted attention to detail, Haley’s own creative sensibilities were unleashed, and became an indelible signature on every facet of the creative process, as well as each final project.
She then discovered her passion for the phenomenal world of holistic healing and decided to devote her life to the study and practice of a vocation that would allow her to contribute to individual health and well-being. After completing her study at the prestigious Alexandar School of Natural Therapeutics in Tacoma, Washington, Haley relocated to the Kitsap Penninsula where she now provides specialized bodywork as an ‘in-house’ Massage Therapist at Know Wonder Creation’s facility, as well as working as a Certified Zen Bodytherapy Practitioner and Structural Integration Therapist in Bainbridge Island, WA.