Set in the cities of Akron, Atlanta, Boston and Los Angeles Unlikely follows the journey of five individuals in pursuit of a post-secondary degree. They are parents, opportunity youth, full-time employees, immigrants, and first in their families to go to college. Meet the faces of the 21st century student.

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Jaye & Adam Fenderson


Husband & wife filmmaking team, Adam and Jaye are the founders of Three Frame Media and producers of the award-winning documentary film First Generation. With a combined 25 years of film and television experience and credits spanning acclaimed shows for NBC, MTV, Lifetime, Discovery, ABC Family, E!, CNBC, and Spike, the Fendersons are passionate about harnessing the power of media to advocate for issues of social justice and mobilize audiences to effect change.


Christopher Gebhardt

Executive Producer

Christopher Gebhardt is the CEO of Stir Strategy and Story, a social impact/innovation strategy and storytelling firm whose clients are corporations, foundations, NGOs, and philanthropists. Prior to founding Stir, Christopher was an executive vice president at Participant Media where he created digital arm TakePart and the impact agency TAG. Before Participant, Gebhardt ran his own startup media and marketing strategy firm with clients such as Ogilvy & Mather, Gap, Cisco, Mattel, Conservation International, LeBron James, Live Earth, and Voce, and was also head of emerging technology and innovation for Ogilvy North America and ran Ogilvy’s Digital Brands Group. He was also a brand manager at Pepsi and a consulting associate at Coopers & Lybrand.


John Gardiner

Director Of Photography

With over a decade of experience in theatre, film and television, John started his career in Hawaii as a writer/performer for a local television show on Oceanic Cable 16. John earned his BA in Film and Minor in Theatrical Arts at Emerson College in Boston. Moving to Los Angeles John worked with the non-profit organization Film Independent for several years, aiding in the production of the Los Angeles Film Festival and Independent Spirit Awards. As a full time freelancer John has shot music videos, narrative films, commercials, and documentaries and his work has appeared on NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX, ESPN, NFL and Dreamworks.


Edgar Burcksen, A.C.E.


An Emmy-award winning editor, Edgar moved to California in 1985 after a successful career in The Netherlands as a feature film editor. He was the visual effects editor on The Hunt for Red October, Die Hard 2 and his collaboration with George Lucas on Young Indiana Jones and the Curse of the Jackal earned him an Emmy for best editing. He was editor and post production supervisor on 500 Nations an 8-hour documentary miniseries about Native Americans hosted and produced by Kevin Costner as well as the Oscar-nominated feature length documentary Colors Straight Up. Burcksen was nominated for an A.C.E. Eddie Award for his work on Darfur Now. Edgar Burcksen is a member of A.C.E., the editors Guild and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. In 2001 he became the editor of CinemaEditor, the official magazine of A.C.E.


Nathan Matthew David

Original Score

Nathan's eclectic background began in the classical world at a young age and quickly expanded to indie bands and electronic music. He’s studied composition and attended the prestigious ‘Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television’ graduate program at USC. Currently, he is the composer for the critically acclaimed Angie Tribeca on TBS. He previously scored both seasons of the Universal Television show ‘Satisfaction’ on the USA network. Recent feature work has included the SXSW indie hit, Addicted to Fresno, as well as composing additional music for the Warner Bros. film The Intern. His most recent feature film The Last Word starring Shirley MacLaine premiered at the 2017 Sundance Festival.


Katherine LeBlond


Having originally started in the business as a set decorator, Katherine is a producer with an artistic aesthetic. LeBlond has worked with a broad list of award-winning and talented directors and producers, including Tony and Ridley Scott, Paul Reiser and Barbara Hall. She most recently produced several projects along with Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Amy Berg including Prophet’s Prey the story of Warren Jeffs which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and Janis: Little Girl Blue about the singer/songwriter Janis Joplin.


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