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Writer / Director

Jo Rochelle

Jo Rochelle is a Jamaican American TV writer and filmmaker, based in Los Angeles, originally from Minneapolis. Her work has screened at festivals including Dances with Films, Urbanworld, Sidewalk, and BlackStar, amongst others. She has developed a family drama pilot at Netflix was recently a Story Editor on Freeform’s Good Trouble. 

Director's Statement

I was raised in a church where my parents were very involved and my best friend was the pastor’s daughter. During our teen years, we were the theater nerds who wore black all the time—dark lipstick, chokers, black platform shoes. And we never saw Black girls like ourselves on TV. I used to pretend to be Ellie Nash from Degrassi, and while I adored her character, younger me would have loved to have seen a Black goth girl in a teen setting. 


WELCOME HOME pays homage to coming-of-age shows like MY SO-CALLED LIFE. It’s my personal interpretation of teen angst mixed in with my experiences of church and religion. 


Producer / "Cleo"

Regina Hoyles

Born and raised in the south suburbs of Chicago, IL, Regina Hoyles is a multi-faceted actor, writer and award-winning filmmaker who got her start in the entertainment industry as early as nine years old. She is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts where she received her BFA in Drama and minored in the Business of Entertainment. Regina created NAPS, an original web series which screened at festivals such as NYU’s Fusion Film Festival and NYC Webfest . Regina wrote, produced, directed, and starred in her first short film entitled ADULLAM which premiered as an official selection in the 2020 Bentonville Film Festival and is now airing on REVOLT TV’s anthology series, “Short and Fresh”. Adullam was awarded Best Black Lens Film at the Sidewalk Film Festival as well as Best Narrative Film in the Argo’s Untold Stories Short Film Awards. The film was also awarded for "Best Screenplay" at the 2022 inaugural Black Girls Rock! Film Fest. She is the Founder/Producer of her boutique production company RLH Productions, which serves as an umbrella to her own work as well as a resource to other emerging artists particularly amplifying Black voices and all their complexities across genres. She produced the short film TENDER (dir. Felicia Pride) which received the Lionsgate/STARZ Producer Award at the 2020 Blackstar Film Festival. As an actor, she can be seen featured on shows such as THE MARVELOUS MS. MAISEL (Amazon), THE CHI (Showtime), ALL RISE (OWN) and 9-1-1: LONE STAR (FOX). She is currently a writer for a new animated Disney series. In her free time, she enjoys lying down.


Joshua Dean

Joshua Dean serves as faculty for Antioch’s Post-MFA Certificate in the Teaching of Creative Writing. He is the founder and director of PocketMFA, a 12-week mentoring and workshopping program for creative writers. He was formerly the editorial director of the publishing collective for emerging authors, Discover New Art, where he founded and edited publications across multiple genres of writing. His chapbook of sonnets, Put One Hand Up, Lean Back, was published with Unsolicited Press. He and his wife live happily in Los Angeles, where they write and make films together. 

Cast & Crew


written and directed by 

Jo Rochelle



Joshua Dean 

Regina Hoyles


director of photography 

Anup Kulkarni



Aliza Brugger


Regina Hoyles

Zach Porter

Jeremy S. Walker

Geri-Nikole Love

Felipe Figueroa


Jordan-Amanda Hall

Zack Kozlow

Kimberlea Kressal

Parker Scott

Bree Scott

Branden Taylor

associate producer 

Branden Taylor


1st assistant director

Jac’leen Smith


1st assistant camera

Alan Dang


2nd assistant camera/DIT

Chip Rittenhouse


production sound mixer

Chad Miner


production design

Joshua Dean



Jaime Torres


key grip

Kyle Gill



Sankalp Dubley



Devin Patterson

script supervisor

Toni Adeyemi 


production assistant

Rogelio Salinas


cat wranglers

Amber & Dani Brown


bts photographer  

Avery Archie  



Anup Kulkarni



One Thousand Birds

Kira MacKnight

Torin Gellar



Regina Hoyles

special thanks

Atiya Prettyman

Chris Saccani

Mike Barry

Amber & Dani Brown

Nida Chowdhry

The Regis House

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