Smooth Feather Youth is a non-profit with the mission to support activities for youth in our community where participants can learn from one another, discover new possibilities for their lives, and use their individual and collective creativity to explore positive change.
SILAS HAGERTY - Founder & Director
Silas started Smooth Feather Youth in 2017 and since that point has been collaborating with many inspiring filmmakers, musicians and graphic artists & outdoor enthusiasts to create a wide variety of programming for youth. In 2012, Silas moved back to his home state of Maine and bought the old theater in Kezar Falls which has been a passion of his to restore. This 1880s theater is now a venue for all our youth programming and also a location for many events we host for the entire community.
TARA RICH - EXCURSIONS INSTRUCTOR
Tara is a registered Maine guide who has extensive experience in the outdoors. She is also an attorney and part of our board of directors. Tara is one of the founding instructors of our women’s excursions program.
RACHELLE AVERILL - EXcURSIONS INSTRUCTOR
Rachelle is one of the founding members of our women’s excursion program. She is also the co-creator for a progressive outdoor education program S.O.L.E. which is for middle school students at Sacopee Valley. Rachelle is also on our board of directors.
GREG AVERILL- EXCURSIONS INSTRUCTOR
Greg is a registered Maine guide and been teaching outdoor education for nearly two decades. His in-depth knowledge of plant identification, survival and first aid makes him an integral part of our excursions program.
Jason Mckay - FILM SCHOOL INSTRUCTOR
Jay is a film composer based out of NYC that has been working with youth to score our film school movies from the very beginning. Music is such a vital element in making films come alive, and Jay continues to inspire us with his gift for creating soundtracks.
David France - Film school INstructor
David France is a world class violinist, founder & director of the Roxbury Youth Orchestra and he has played Violin in many Smooth Feather soundtracks including “Dakota 38” and “Playing for Change”. David is also one of the founding head instructors at the Smooth Feather Film School.
ADAM MASTRELLI - FILM SCHOOL INSTRUCTOR & MEDIA OUTREACH
Adam initially joined Smooth Feather Productions to help setup some screenings of our short film "Lusaka Sunrise" in 2006. Adam then joined us in South Dakota and Minnesota for the production of "Dakota 38". Adam continues to help Smooth Feather Productions with their annual summer film school as an acting coach.
MYLES JEWELL- FILM SCHOOL INSTRUCTOR
Myles is a filmmaker and film studies professor based in NYC. We convinced Myles to be one of the instructors for the Smooth Feather film school and with a master’s degree in film studies, he brings such a depth to teaching which is amazing to watch. It’s an honor to have him part of the Smooth Feather Team and Myles has collaborated on many films with us over the years.