Film Team

Cheryl Bookout, director/producer of Inside the Beauty Bubble. Bookout is the Executive Director/Co-Founder of The Chimaera Project, a nonprofit organization that advocates for female filmmakers. She has produced two award-winning short films; Gloria’s Call and I Am Be.  Bookout is currently directing a short documentary film  Inside the Beauty Bubble  and  co-producing the short sci-fi film PURE and a feature-length documentary, Acting Like Women: Performance Art and the Woman’s Building. She is prepping to shoot a proof of concept for her sci-fi episodic screenplay, Women of Steel: Gracie’s Story


Photo by Lauren Desberg

Cheri Gaulke , director/producer of Inside the Beauty Bubble(photo by Lauren Desberg). Gaulke’s art and life were profoundly changed in 1975, when she moved from the Midwest to Los Angeles to join the Feminist Studio Workshop at the Woman’s Building. She worked primarily in performance art from 1974-1992, addressing themes such as the body, religion, sexual identity, and the environment. In addition to her solo work, she co-founded collaborative performance groups Feminist Art Workers (1976-81) and Sisters Of Survival (1981-85). Gaulke’s art continues to be a vehicle for social commentary, and as a way to tell the stories of individuals and groups under-represented in society. Her public art includes a Metro station and a Filipino WWII Veterans Memorial; her artists’ books are in university and museum collections nationwide and her videos have been screened in film festivals internationally. As an educator, Gaulke has mentored hundreds of award-winning youth videos as Visual Arts Department Chair at Harvard-Westlake School, Director of Harvard-Westlake Summer Film, and Artistic Director of The Righteous Conversations Project.


Jeff Hafler, producer and subject of Inside the Beauty Bubble. Hafler is a beautician, yogi, artist, musician and the Founder & Owner of the Beauty Bubble Salon and Museum.

“Along a desert highway is a temple to the world of hairdressing, packed with items dating back more than half a century-and they also offer retro cuts and colour.”The Guardian 2016


Nick Lieberman, cinematographer for Inside the Beauty Bubble. Nick is a director and editor, known for Theater Camp (2020), Ben Platt: Temporary Love (2019) and Ben Platt: Older (2019).


America Young (producer) is currently working in Film, TV and Video Games, as an award winning Director and Stunt Coordinator. She uses her love and extensive knowledge of action, genre and comedy to tell important stories hidden under the guise of entertainment. America directed the feature film, The Concessionaires Must Die, Executive Produced by Stan Lee, premiered to sold out crowds at the Palm Springs Film Festival and received distribution. America is a voice actress known for voicing 33 characters including Batgirl/Barbara Gorden and Barbie. The season of the animated Barbie series for Mattel that she directed was featured on VICE, lauded for being “woke” and a refreshing, inspiring new take on the character. With a magical surrealistic feature in post, a series in development and attached to three features, America’s passion for storytelling keeps her constantly creating. After completing the 2019 Warner Bros. Directors’ Workshop, she directed an episode of Blindspot and is slated to direct an episode of Legacies (CW). America is the Co-Founder of The Chimaera Project, a nonprofit that advocates for female filmmakers. She was awarded the 2020 Humanitarian award by UCSD for her work promoting women in the film industry.


Mohawk Sculpture by Jeff Hafler