Vanessa Ionta Wright is a film director and producer based in the metro Atlanta, GA region. She is the co-owner of Above the Line Artistry as well as the co-founder and Festival Director of the Women in Horror Film Festival (www.wihff.com).

Vanessa recently collaborated with Mark Simon (One Missed Call), David Irwin (House of 1000 Corpses), Josh Oliver (Oculus) on her 2nd film with writer/producer Samantha Kolesnik, Rainy Season. I Baked Him a Cake is the pair's first film together.

Vanessa graduated from Ohio University with a degree in Video Production & Film. She is a lifelong fan of cinema, most especially the horror genre. She enjoys punctuality, scary movies, a quick wit, sandwiches, the music of Michael Jackson, Halloween & Bacon Jam. She does not enjoy bugs, clowns, perpetual lateness, mean people, oppression, laziness, running more than 3 miles or curved walls.

Samantha Kolesnik


Vanessa Ionta Wright


Samantha Kolesnik is a writer and filmmaker living in Pennsylvania. Samantha specializes in psychological horror and dark dramas. Her recent films, I Baked Him a Cake, Rainy Season, and The Price of Bones, are currently in the festival circuit worldwide. She is currently in pre-production on her newest work, Mama's Boy.

Samantha's screenplays have garnered attention from genre film festivals nationwide, and her prose has recently been published in The Bitter Oleander, The William and Mary Review, and Hypnos Magazine. In 2015, she founded the online literary magazine, Five on the Fifth, where she served as Editor-in-Chief for one year.

She also freelances in PR and social media management in the entertainment industry.

Vanessa and Samantha met at a film festival where both women were screenplay finalists and they went on to produce a couple of films together and launch the Women in Horror Film Festival.  Their goal with Above the Line is to showcase quality work and bring exceptional stories to life.  They are artists supporting artists.