2014 JURY

Adam Schomer – Director / Producer & President of i2i Productions

Is the president of i2i Productions and is known for going to extreme places and lengths to follow amazing stories. He bring insights into our selves and awareness to important issues. 2014 sees the completion of two feature documentary films that Adam directed and produced, ONE LITTLE PILL and THE POLYGON. Building on the success of his theatrically released feature documentary THE HIGHEST PASS (2012), Adam recently went back to the Himalayas, this time for a five part documentary series for television THE FOUR SACRED PEAKS OF FREEDOM, which is in post production. He is also currently developing a feature documentary that follows the emerging media markets in Africa and the educational impact it can have for diseases like HIV as well as developing several documentary series for television. A Graduate of Cornell University and now located in Santa Monica California, Adam’s intention is to Unite Through Wisdom and Entertainment.

Is the president of i2i Productions and is known for going to extreme places and lengths to follow amazing stories. He bring insights into our selves and awareness to important issues.

2014 sees the completion of two feature documentary films that Adam directed and produced, ONE LITTLE PILL and THE POLYGON. Building on the success of his theatrically released feature documentary THE HIGHEST PASS (2012), Adam recently went back to the Himalayas, this time for a five part documentary series for television THE FOUR SACRED PEAKS OF FREEDOM, which is in post production. He is also currently developing a feature documentary that follows the emerging media markets in Africa and the educational impact it can have for diseases like HIV as well as developing several documentary series for television.

A Graduate of Cornell University and now located in Santa Monica California, Adam’s intention is to Unite Through Wisdom and Entertainment.

Amber Rasberry – Director of Development, 34th St Films, a subsidiary of Tyler Perry Studios
Arlene, Klasky – animator, graphic designer, television producer and co-founder of Klasky-Csupo
Barry Rubinow – Film Executive and Editor. Formerly SVP The Doc Channel
Ben Odell – Head of Production for Pantelion Films, the joint venture between Lionsgate and Grupo Televison
Carey Williams
Gale Hansen – VP/Creative Affairs Relativity Media
Cheryl Bedford – NYFA Diversity Chair, Producing Professor, Filmmaker

Chuchie Hill – Spanish/British Director, Creative Director, and Producer, numerous awards including Creativity-Cannes Lions and Streamys

Chuchie Hill is a Spanish/British Director, Creative Director, and Producer born on the Island of Mallorca where she redirected her competitive sailing life passion to film and advertising. She obtained a Bachelors degree in Film Directing and has since won a One Show Entertainment Award for directing the campaign that introduced Jambox to the Brazilian market featuring Snoop Dogg, shortlisted at the International Festival of Creativity-Cannes Lions, won a Human Interest Award in Monaco, a Streamy Award for Best Branded Entertainment Web Series for Lexus awarded by Ogilvy, and a nomination at the Los Angeles Women’s International Film Festival and Miami Film Festival. She’s also known for her BBC commissioned video art installation ¨Laughing Portraits Pursuit of Happiness¨. Chuchie’s festival world began with her short film ¨Hola to the World¨, starring Jena Malone and Hugh Bonneville. Influenced by her studies at MASSANA Design & Art School in Barcelona, she launched TrickorTreat Visual Factory, a web design studio that has shaped the visual identity and branding of clients for ten years. Chuchie´s documentary ¨In the Sea You´ll Find Me¨, about young Mexican surf champion Walter Caloca, led to her acceptance into the Ocean Artist Society and board of directors for UAPO while also launching a non profit corporation under the name of In The Sea Productions. One of Chuchie´s latest directorial pursuits marked the first time in television history where viewers participated in a real-time commercial experience via Facebook.

Chuchie Hill is a Spanish/British Director, Creative Director, and Producer born on the Island of Mallorca where she redirected her competitive sailing life passion to film and advertising. She obtained a Bachelors degree in Film Directing and has since won a One Show Entertainment Award for directing the campaign that introduced Jambox to the Brazilian market featuring Snoop Dogg, shortlisted at the International Festival of Creativity-Cannes Lions, won a Human Interest Award in Monaco, a Streamy Award for Best Branded Entertainment Web Series for Lexus awarded by Ogilvy, and a nomination at the Los Angeles Women’s International Film Festival and Miami Film Festival. She’s also known for her BBC commissioned video art installation ¨Laughing Portraits Pursuit of Happiness¨. Chuchie’s festival world began with her short film ¨Hola to the World¨, starring Jena Malone and Hugh Bonneville.

Influenced by her studies at MASSANA Design & Art School in Barcelona, she launched TrickorTreat Visual Factory, a web design studio that has shaped the visual identity and branding of clients for ten years.

Chuchie´s documentary ¨In the Sea You´ll Find Me¨, about young Mexican surf champion Walter Caloca, led to her acceptance into the Ocean Artist Society and board of directors for UAPO while also launching a non profit corporation under the name of In The Sea Productions.

One of Chuchie´s latest directorial pursuits marked the first time in television history where viewers participated in a real-time commercial experience via Facebook.

Dave Hussey – Colorist | Founding Member – Company 3

Company 3 Dave Hussey is one of the founding members of Company 3. His artistry as a colorist has earned him a large client base that spans the globe. He has worked on some of the most iconic music videos ever made, which include Michael Jackson’s “Black or White,” Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance,” Rihanna’s “We Found Love” and Katy Perry’s “The One That Got Away.” It has been said that his work as a colorist is probably the most viewed worked ever on the internet due to the billions of hits these thousands of music videos have received over the years. Some of his feature work includes Francis Lawrence’s Constantine and Marc Webb’s breakout hit 500 Days of Summer to name a few. His career in color grading, which spans over 25 years, has earned him 6 MVPA awards, 2 Master Colorist Awards and an HPA Award for best Color Grading. His current commercial projects include work for Toyota, Playstation, Chevrolet, Taco Bell, Porsche, and The Cosmopolitan Hotel. Dave started his career in Toronto in 1983. He moved to LA in 1990 to work at the Post Group in Hollywood and then helped found Company 3 in 1997.

Company 3

Dave Hussey is one of the founding members of Company 3. His artistry as a colorist has earned him a large client base that spans the globe. He has worked on some of the most iconic music videos ever made, which include Michael Jackson’s “Black or White,” Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance,” Rihanna’s “We Found Love” and Katy Perry’s “The One That Got Away.” It has been said that his work as a colorist is probably the most viewed worked ever on the internet due to the billions of hits these thousands of music videos have received over the years.

Some of his feature work includes Francis Lawrence’s Constantine and Marc Webb’s breakout hit 500 Days of Summer to name a few. His career in color grading, which spans over 25 years, has earned him 6 MVPA awards, 2 Master Colorist Awards and an HPA Award for best Color Grading.

His current commercial projects include work for Toyota, Playstation, Chevrolet, Taco Bell, Porsche, and The Cosmopolitan Hotel. Dave started his career in Toronto in 1983. He moved to LA in 1990 to work at the Post Group in Hollywood and then helped found Company 3 in 1997.

David Dastamlchian – actor, writer, director, producer (Dark Knight and  Marvel film Ant-Man)
David Magdael
Derek Waters
Dan Glass – Chief Creative Officer, Method Studios (Cloud Atlas, The Master, Speed Racer, The Tree of Life, Batman Begins, The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions
Dave Feldman – Director of Feature Sales (The Wolf of  Wall Street,12 Year A Slave, Blue Jasmine, Drive, The Mechanic, Bad Boys II)
Don Rossi Nuccio – President, Latino Art Beat

Eli Roth – The Crypt, App
Elliott Owen – Staff Writer at DreamWorks Animation’s  King Julien of Madagascar, credits include Wendell & Vinnie,  Bucket and Skinner’s Epic Adventures.
Elissa Federoff – VP of Theatrical Distribution for RADiUS

Elissa Federoff has worked in film for several years. She’s held positions at Lionsgate, Oscilloscope, The Weinstein Company and is currently VP of Theatrical Distribution for RADiUS, the boutique label of TWC specializing in multi-platform releases. She lives in NYC and has magically avoided LA her whole film career.

Elissa Federoff has worked in film for several years. She’s held positions at Lionsgate, Oscilloscope, The Weinstein Company and is currently VP of Theatrical Distribution for RADiUS, the boutique label of TWC specializing in multi-platform releases. She lives in NYC and has magically avoided LA her whole film career.

Eric Conner – Dean of Students New York Film Academy
Erick Salomon – Development & Acquisitions Executive (Formerly at FEARnet, Comcast Entertainment Group

Erin Darling – TV & web producer/ host

Erin Darling is a TV & web producer/host with an unhealthy obsession for pop & geek culture. She has a natural ability to establish an instant connection with just about anyone and knows exactly which questions to ask to get all the juicy details. With experience behind the camera and a degree in Broadcast Journalism from USC, Erin has a unique ability to get her hands dirty when needed and contributes to the creative process from initial conceptualization all the way to post-production. Erin has worked with FUEL TV, TMZ, CBS, FOX, DirecTV, Movies On Demand, and has created and executive produced original shows for DailyFill, and THEPOPFIX. Currently you can watch Erin on AMC’s daily movie news show, AMC Movie Talk, hosting movie themed panel show It’s A Wrap on Clevver Movies, talking all things pop culture on THEPOPFIX.com, and all things nerd culture as a correspondent for Stan Lee at POW! Entertainment & TheRealStanLee.com. Gary Anthony Williams – actor, comedian, co-founder LA Comedy Shorts Festival Gary recently appeared in the films The Internship with Vince Vaughn and The Factory along with John Cusack.  You can catch him in new episodes of Whose Line is it Anyway, Mike and Molly, Men at Work and Baby Daddy.  He has recurred on The Soul Man, Raising Hope, Malcolm in the Middle, and Weeds. He was a series regular on Boston Legal as well as Blue Collar Comedy.  Other film work includes Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, Undercover Brother and Soul Plane. In animation, he plays Uncle Ruckus in Aaron McGruder’s The Boondocks, Riff Tamson in George Lucas’ Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and both Mongul and Mongal in Batman: The Brave and Bold.  Catch him in new episodes of Rick and Morty and American Dad.  Gary appears in several Disney shows including series regular characters on Doc McStuffins, and Sheriff Callie’s Wild West.  Gary is very pretty. Oh yeah, he’s also the co- founder and artistic director of the largest short comedy film festival in the world (for reals), LA Comedy Shorts Film Festival. He’s proud to be a member of the all-black, ass-kicking improv show, The Black Version and its podcast sister, Blackout Television.

Erin Darling is a TV & web producer/host with an unhealthy obsession for pop & geek culture. She has a natural ability to establish an instant connection with just about anyone and knows exactly which questions to ask to get all the juicy details. With experience behind the camera and a degree in Broadcast Journalism from USC, Erin has a unique ability to get her hands dirty when needed and contributes to the creative process from initial conceptualization all the way to post-production.

Erin has worked with FUEL TV, TMZ, CBS, FOX, DirecTV, Movies On Demand, and has created and executive produced original shows for DailyFill, and THEPOPFIX. Currently you can watch Erin on AMC’s daily movie news show, AMC Movie Talk, hosting movie themed panel show It’s A Wrap on Clevver Movies, talking all things pop culture on THEPOPFIX.com, and all things nerd culture as a correspondent for Stan Lee at POW! Entertainment & TheRealStanLee.com.

Gary Anthony Williams – actor, comedian, co-founder LA Comedy Shorts Festival
Gary recently appeared in the films The Internship with Vince Vaughn and The Factory along with John Cusack.  You can catch him in new episodes of Whose Line is it Anyway, Mike and Molly, Men at Work and Baby Daddy.  He has recurred on The Soul Man, Raising Hope, Malcolm in the Middle, and Weeds. He was a series regular on Boston Legal as well as Blue Collar Comedy.  Other film work includes Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, Undercover Brother and Soul Plane.

In animation, he plays Uncle Ruckus in Aaron McGruder’s The Boondocks, Riff Tamson in George Lucas’ Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and both Mongul and Mongal in Batman: The Brave and Bold.  Catch him in new episodes of Rick and Morty and American Dad.  Gary appears in several Disney shows including series regular characters on Doc McStuffins, and Sheriff Callie’s Wild West.  Gary is very pretty. Oh yeah, he’s also the co- founder and artistic director of the largest short comedy film festival in the world (for reals), LA Comedy Shorts Film Festival. He’s proud to be a member of the all-black, ass-kicking improv show, The Black Version and its podcast sister, Blackout Television.

Greg Pedicin – Gersh Agent

Jackie Lee – VP Feature Services – Company 3

Vice President, Feature Services, Company 3  As Vice President of Feature Services, Lee works closely with motion picture studios, independent producers and other Deluxe Entertainment Services Group clients to provide post production services that best meet their projects’ creative, technical, budgetary and delivery requirements. Lee joined Company 3 in 2004 as Executive Producer for Digital Intermediate (DI) Services and within a year was promoted to VP of Feature Services. She has facilitated post production on countless features, ranging from studio blockbusters to independents and documentaries and she has played a major role in developing cutting-edge workflows, services and efficiencies to serve the rapidly-changing technology available to filmmakers. Lee has taken a lead role in ensuring that Company 3 is always ahead of the technological curve and she has been proactive in educating the filmmaking community about approaches and workflows that maximize the benefits of these developments and avoid potential problems. A native of Australia, Lee attended Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, before beginning her career with Digital Pictures. She worked in sales and marketing and later served as Executive Producer. Her early credits include Travelers and Magicians and Thunderstruck, which were the first features to be posted in Australia via the DI process.

Vice President, Feature Services, Company 3  As Vice President of Feature Services, Lee works closely with motion picture studios, independent producers and other Deluxe Entertainment Services Group clients to provide post production services that best meet their projects’ creative, technical, budgetary and delivery requirements.

Lee joined Company 3 in 2004 as Executive Producer for Digital Intermediate (DI) Services and within a year was promoted to VP of Feature Services. She has facilitated post production on countless features, ranging from studio blockbusters to independents and documentaries and she has played a major role in developing cutting-edge workflows, services and efficiencies to serve the rapidly-changing technology available to filmmakers. Lee has taken a lead role in ensuring that Company 3 is always ahead of the technological curve and she has been proactive in educating the filmmaking community about approaches and workflows that maximize the benefits of these developments and avoid potential problems.

A native of Australia, Lee attended Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, before beginning her career with Digital Pictures. She worked in sales and marketing and later served as Executive Producer. Her early credits include Travelers and Magicians and Thunderstruck, which were the first features to be posted in Australia via the DI process.

Jake Pushinsky – Editor – Feature Films

Jake was born and raised in San Francisco. Son of critically acclaimed photographer Ted Pushinsky, Jake always knew he’d make his living in the arts. And soon after college, he got his start in the film business as an assistant music editor on such studio films as Against the Ropes, The Rookie, and Uprising. Early on in his career, Jake met film director Dito Montiel, and the two found themselves immersed in the idea of telling the autobiographical account of Dito’s childhood in Astoria, NY in the 1980′s, with Dito to direct and Jake to edit. This visceral and beautifully crafted film, A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (starring Shia Labeouf, Robert Downey Jr., Channing Tatum and Rosario Dawson), became the award winning Sundance hit of 2006, garnering both the ‘Best Director’ and ‘Best Ensemble Cast’ awards. Jake then went on to cut the hit Jazz documentary Chops, which premiered at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival. Jake and Dito teamed up again for Universal Focus’ action thriller Fighting, starring Terrance Howard. Then Jake landed the much-anticipated James Franco biopic Howl, about the life and art of controversial poet Allen Ginsburg, which was chosen out of hundreds of films to be the opening night film at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. 2011 brought more accolades for Jake, including having a film in each of the two most sought after film festivals. The first was another Montiel directed film called The Son of No One, starring Al Pacino, Channing Tatum, Ray Liotta and Katie Holmes, and it was chosen as the closing night film at Sundance. The other was director Jamie Linden’s 10 Years, starring Channing Tatum, Justin Long, Rosario Dawson and Ron Livingston, which premiered at Toronto just a few months later. More recently, Jake finished yet another Montiel project, Empire State, starring Dwayne Johnson, Liam Hemsworth and Emma Roberts. The two are currently on their fifth collaboration together for Montiel’s upcoming feature Boulevard, starring Robin Williams, Kathy Baker and Bob Odenkirk.

Jake was born and raised in San Francisco. Son of critically acclaimed photographer Ted Pushinsky, Jake always knew he’d make his living in the arts. And soon after college, he got his start in the film business as an assistant music editor on such studio films as Against the Ropes, The Rookie, and Uprising.
Early on in his career, Jake met film director Dito Montiel, and the two found themselves immersed in the idea of telling the autobiographical account of Dito’s childhood in Astoria, NY in the 1980′s, with Dito to direct and Jake to edit. This visceral and beautifully crafted film, A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (starring Shia Labeouf, Robert Downey Jr., Channing Tatum and Rosario Dawson), became the award winning Sundance hit of 2006, garnering both the ‘Best Director’ and ‘Best Ensemble Cast’ awards. Jake then went on to cut the hit Jazz documentary Chops, which premiered at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival. Jake and Dito teamed up again for Universal Focus’ action thriller Fighting, starring Terrance Howard. Then Jake landed the much-anticipated James Franco biopic Howl, about the life and art of controversial poet Allen Ginsburg, which was chosen out of hundreds of films to be the opening night film at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.
2011 brought more accolades for Jake, including having a film in each of the two most sought after film festivals. The first was another Montiel directed film called The Son of No One, starring Al Pacino, Channing Tatum, Ray Liotta and Katie Holmes, and it was chosen as the closing night film at Sundance. The other was director Jamie Linden’s 10 Years, starring Channing Tatum, Justin Long, Rosario Dawson and Ron Livingston, which premiered at Toronto just a few months later.
More recently, Jake finished yet another Montiel project, Empire State, starring Dwayne Johnson, Liam Hemsworth and Emma Roberts. The two are currently on their fifth collaboration together for Montiel’s upcoming feature Boulevard, starring Robin Williams, Kathy Baker and Bob Odenkirk.

Jamie Linden – writer, director, producer (10 Year, We Are Marshall, Dear John)
James Brown- Founder, Head Writer – DeadDogTanner Entertainment

Jim has been in the entertainment/media business for three decades. He began his career working production on east coast based independent films, but soon tired of waking up at 4:00AM to drive to Brooklyn for the opportunity to clean out washrooms soiled by people suffering from explosive bowel syndrome or trying to procure illicit narcotics for Sally Kirkland. Jim moved on to work in post-production for several Columbia TriStar features, such as Sleepless in Seattle, It Could Happen to You, Wolf, I Like It Like That and the universally ignored and reviled Mixed Nuts. Since then, Jim has been paying the bills working for such illustrious companies as Hallmark Entertainment, MTV Networks, World Wrestling Entertainment, and BBC Worldwide. In his off-time, Jim is currently workshopping an improve-verite version of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf with his wife in the role of Martha. Neighbors and authorities alike have praised the show, calling it “Disturbing the peace!” and “Aggravated battery”. The production is currently being underwritten by Moscone’s Bail Bonds and the Westchester County Department of Social Services. Most recently Jim founded the avant-garde theater group Theatre in the Buff which consists mostly of him monologuing while prancing around naked in his bedroom. The show is still in previews.

Jim has been in the entertainment/media business for three decades. He began his career working production on east coast based independent films, but soon tired of waking up at 4:00AM to drive to Brooklyn for the opportunity to clean out washrooms soiled by people suffering from explosive bowel syndrome or trying to procure illicit narcotics for Sally Kirkland.

Jim moved on to work in post-production for several Columbia TriStar features, such as Sleepless in Seattle, It Could Happen to You, Wolf, I Like It Like That and the universally ignored and reviled Mixed Nuts.

Since then, Jim has been paying the bills working for such illustrious companies as Hallmark Entertainment, MTV Networks, World Wrestling Entertainment, and BBC Worldwide.

In his off-time, Jim is currently workshopping an improve-verite version of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf with his wife in the role of Martha. Neighbors and authorities alike have praised the show, calling it “Disturbing the peace!” and “Aggravated battery”. The production is currently being underwritten by Moscone’s Bail Bonds and the Westchester County Department of Social Services.

Most recently Jim founded the avant-garde theater group Theatre in the Buff which consists mostly of him monologuing while prancing around naked in his bedroom. The show is still in previews.

Jeannie Roshar – writer, actress, co-founder LA Comedy Shorts Festival
Jeannie is a co-founder of the L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival and has been the festival director since the first fest six years ago.  As a writer, Jeannie recently sold the feature script “I Own You” to Lionsgate with her writing partner Gary Anthony Williams. Her comedy feature script StarLaunch was optioned with Neil Patrick Harris and Fred Willard attached to star, and her dramatic feature script Decades was optioned and developed by the producers of Napoleon Dynamite.  She’s recently written, produced and directed 4 music videos for TheDisney Channel and directed 26 episodes of host wraps for Disney’s Just Kidding. Jeannie’s also half of the music video writing/directing team that brought you the now infamous preggo rap “Bun in the Oven”, as well as “Slow Hand” starring Missi Pyle, and the series ”Interview in a Bra” on the web. 

Jeff Kalligheri – Producer / Co-Founder – Waterstone Entertainmnet

Waterstone Entertainment is a production, consulting and financing company formed by producer Jeff Kalligheri and leading Texas real estate developer and producer Stephen Bowen. The company’s goal is to develop, produce and finance a slate of high quality feature films that have a global appeal. Waterstone Entertainment’s first film which recently wrapped production is “The Letter” a psychological thriller starring James Franco and Wynona Ryder. Waterstone’s projects also include:  the independent comedy “Mantivities” co-written by Chris Pine, who is also attached to star and produce, and the #1 selling self-help book of all time “The Greatest Salesman In the World”with Dave Blanchard, CEO of The Og Group, Inc. In addition, Waterstone Entertainment has teamed up with the Qatari based multimedia company Innovation Films to create a ground-breaking new partnership to develop and produce film and television projects together to shoot in Qatar. Waterstone Entertainment is represented by the Gersh agency.

Waterstone Entertainment is a production, consulting and financing company formed by producer Jeff Kalligheri and leading Texas real estate developer and producer Stephen Bowen. The company’s goal is to develop, produce and finance a slate of high quality feature films that have a global appeal. Waterstone Entertainment’s first film which recently wrapped production is “The Letter” a psychological thriller starring James Franco and Wynona Ryder. Waterstone’s projects also include:  the independent comedy “Mantivities” co-written by Chris Pine, who is also attached to star and produce, and the #1 selling self-help book of all time “The Greatest Salesman In the World”with Dave Blanchard, CEO of The Og Group, Inc. In addition, Waterstone Entertainment has teamed up with the Qatari based multimedia company Innovation Films to create a ground-breaking new partnership to develop and produce film and television projects together to shoot in Qatar. Waterstone Entertainment is represented by the Gersh agency.

Jelani Johnson – Talent Manager – Generate
Jelani Johnson is a talent manager at the Beverly Hills based management company Generate. After briefly working at the Creative Artists Agency, Johnson transitioned to management in 2010. His client list includes actors, comedians, writers and directors. Prior to working in Entertainment Johnson worked as a business consultant in Glasgow, Scotland & New York City, NY. He also has has extensive experience in both broadcast & print journalism; having hosted programming for WKCR 89.9FM NY and written for multiple print publications.

In addition to his work in entertainment, Johnson also serves on the Board of Directors for The HERO Institute Foundation. This non-profit organization provides research, data and analysis to organizations whose actions affect African American youth ages 12-25. Their mission is to cultivate social inclusion, leadership development and high quality intergenerational connections.  Johnson is a graduate of Columbia University where he double-majored in History and Anthropology.

Jeno Hodi – Founder and Managing Director of the Budapest Film Academy, Jeno Hodi, is an American-Hungarian, multiple award-winning director, writer and producer


Joan Gratz – Oscar Winning Animator

JT Mollner – Writer / Director – Pacific Palisades, CA

JT Mollner Writer/ Director: Mollner’s credits include the dramatic thriller, THE RED ROOM(2008), the western, HENRY JOHN & THE LITTLE BUG (2009), and the hard hitting SUGARTOWN (2011); all 3 award winning shorts that played the festival circuit and have now been acquired by Shorts International for worldwide distribution — a rarity in the world of short form cinema. JT has directed numerous commercials and music videos, most noteworthy being a spot for Lincoln MKS that aired during the Grammy Awards in 2011. His debut feature, “Outlaws and Angels” is currently scheduled to shoot in 2014. Mollner is committed to injecting original and sometimes controversial stories into a market that seems to be saturated with remakes and safe, formula fare. He resides in Pacific Palisades, CA.

JT Mollner Writer/ Director: Mollner’s credits include the dramatic thriller, THE RED ROOM(2008), the western, HENRY JOHN & THE LITTLE BUG (2009), and the hard hitting SUGARTOWN (2011); all 3 award winning shorts that played the festival circuit and have now been acquired by Shorts International for worldwide distribution — a rarity in the world of short form cinema. JT has directed numerous commercials and music videos, most noteworthy being a spot for Lincoln MKS that aired during the Grammy Awards in 2011. His debut feature, “Outlaws and Angels” is currently scheduled to shoot in 2014. Mollner is committed to injecting original and sometimes controversial stories into a market that seems to be saturated with remakes and safe, formula fare. He resides in Pacific Palisades, CA.

Juliet Berman
Katherine Cunningham-Eves (Kat Coiro) –
Director, Writer and Producer, films have played at festivals worldwide (Tribeca, The Los Angeles Film Festival and Cannes)

Kenneth Kokin – Director
Kenneth Kokin started making films at 15 on a spring powered 16mm Bolex at his Los Angeles high school. He continued to study at CU Boulder and graduated USC where he graduated with a degree in cinema production. He went on to produce the now classic, The Usual Suspects that won two Oscars. Between his directing and producing of narrative and documentary films his work has received well over 70 awards from organizations and festivals around the world including 2 top prizes from Sundance. He is currently in post production on a feature film he directed written by the Academy Award Nominee Nicholas Kazan, staring Battlestar Galactica’s James Callis.

Kimberly L. Ogletree – Producer, produced hundreds of music videos of superstars LL Cool J, Stevie Wonder, Boyz II Men, previously served as Supervising Producer for BET Family
Kyle Alvarez
Larry Hankin

Lauren Avinoam – Owner and Managing Operator of LA Publicity

Lauren Avinoam is the owner and managing operator of LA Publicity, a company specializing in festival strategy for high quality short films, feature documentaries and independent narratives. Lauren began her career managing festival strategy for dozens of clients at Oscar Winning short film distributor, Ouat Media. Lauren’s clients have screened at top tier and regional festivals alike, including: TIFF, Clermont, Tribeca and more. Lauren is also known as an independent feature film producer, working in Los Angeles. Her recent Producer credits include: Ask Me Anything, directed by Allison Burnett (Underworld: Awakening, Untraceable) and starring: Britt Robertson, Justin Long, Christian Slater & Martin Sheen. The film will be released theatrically and on VOD platforms in early September through Phase 4 Films. She’s also working on a marathon documentary, From Fat To Finish Line (Directed by Angela Lee & Jennifer Roe, Media Meld Studios, 2015). This summer she also went into production on a 3rd feature, Fourth Man Out directed by Andrew Nackman in Upstate NY.

Lauren Avinoam is the owner and managing operator of LA Publicity, a company specializing in festival strategy for high quality short films, feature documentaries and independent narratives. Lauren began her career managing festival strategy for dozens of clients at Oscar Winning short film distributor, Ouat Media. Lauren’s clients have screened at top tier and regional festivals alike, including: TIFF, Clermont, Tribeca and more. Lauren is also known as an independent feature film producer, working in Los Angeles.

Her recent Producer credits include: Ask Me Anything, directed by Allison Burnett (Underworld: Awakening, Untraceable) and starring: Britt Robertson, Justin Long, Christian Slater & Martin Sheen. The film will be released theatrically and on VOD platforms in early September through Phase 4 Films. She’s also working on a marathon documentary, From Fat To Finish Line (Directed by Angela Lee & Jennifer Roe, Media Meld Studios, 2015). This summer she also went into production on a 3rd feature, Fourth Man Out directed by Andrew Nackman in Upstate NY.

Lauren Freeman – Acquisitions & Co-Productions – LIONSGATE

As Lionsgate’s Manager of Acquisitions and Co-Productions, Lauren Freeman plays an active role in the tracking and acquisition of theatrical films for Lionsgate as well as projects that are pre-buys in development, production and post-production. Lauren has been involved in the acquisition of numerous critical and commercial successes for Lionsgate ranging from the Saw franchise to Precious to Cabin in the Woods to each installment of the Expendables. Prior to Acquisitions, Lauren worked directly with Lionsgate’s Vice Chairman, Michael Burns and was also a member of the Theatrical Publicity team where she assisted on the Academy Awards campaign for the Best Picture Winner Crash. She has been with Lionsgate for nine years. Before joining Lionsgate, she began her career in the Feature Casting Department at Twentieth Century Fox. Lauren received her B.S. in Film with a Concentration in English Literature from Boston University where she graduated with honors and also received the Undergraduate Excellence in Screenwriting Award.

As Lionsgate’s Manager of Acquisitions and Co-Productions, Lauren Freeman plays an active role in the tracking and acquisition of theatrical films for Lionsgate as well as projects that are pre-buys in development, production and post-production. Lauren has been involved in the acquisition of numerous critical and commercial successes for Lionsgate ranging from the Saw franchise to Precious to Cabin in the Woods to each installment of the Expendables.

Prior to Acquisitions, Lauren worked directly with Lionsgate’s Vice Chairman, Michael Burns and was also a member of the Theatrical Publicity team where she assisted on the Academy Awards campaign for the Best Picture Winner Crash. She has been with Lionsgate for nine years. Before joining Lionsgate, she began her career in the Feature Casting Department at Twentieth Century Fox.

Lauren received her B.S. in Film with a Concentration in English Literature from Boston University where she graduated with honors and also received the Undergraduate Excellence in Screenwriting Award.

Matthew Irving – Award winning Director of Photography (Waitress, Waiting)
Malcolm Clarke – Director, Producer, 2013 Oscar Winning Documentary 2013 film The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life

Mary Pat Bentel – Indie Producer – Los Angeles, CA

Mary Pat Bentel is an indie producer based in LA. Her most recent film, THE LIE, based on TC Boyle’s short story of the same name, premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and sold for theatrical distribution.  Next up is Allison Anders’ THE AMOROUS HUMPHREY PLUGG, starring Gabriel Bryne. Prior to these flicks, she produced BOLD NATIVE, a politically charged thriller set in the world of animal liberation, which played across the U.S. last year, including at a special screening at HollyShorts; and a rom com starring Danny DeVito, Justin Long and Jonah Hill titled JUST ADD WATER (Sony). Bentel has also shepherded several documentaries into the world, including THE ROCK STAR, THE ACTIVIST AND MR. ROVE, a film that followed Sheryl Crow and Laurie David (An Inconvenient Truth) on their quest to stop global warming, and ROCK THE BELLS, which chronicled the Wu-Tang Clan’s final concert with Old Dirty Bastard. In addition to long form work, she’s produced a slew of music videos for well known bands, including Fitz & The Tantrums, Morcheeba, Noah & The Whale, and Fanny Lu; as well as commercials and web series, and shorts for directors she believes in.

Mary Pat Bentel is an indie producer based in LA. Her most recent film, THE LIE, based on TC Boyle’s short story of the same name, premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and sold for theatrical distribution.  Next up is Allison Anders’ THE AMOROUS HUMPHREY PLUGG, starring Gabriel Bryne.

Prior to these flicks, she produced BOLD NATIVE, a politically charged thriller set in the world of animal liberation, which played across the U.S. last year, including at a special screening at HollyShorts; and a rom com starring Danny DeVito, Justin Long and Jonah Hill titled JUST ADD WATER (Sony).

Bentel has also shepherded several documentaries into the world, including THE ROCK STAR, THE ACTIVIST AND MR. ROVE, a film that followed Sheryl Crow and Laurie David (An Inconvenient Truth) on their quest to stop global warming, and ROCK THE BELLS, which chronicled the Wu-Tang Clan’s final concert with Old Dirty Bastard.

In addition to long form work, she’s produced a slew of music videos for well known bands, including Fitz & The Tantrums, Morcheeba, Noah & The Whale, and Fanny Lu; as well as commercials and web series, and shorts for directors she believes in.

Mike DeLorenzo – Specialty Film Buyer

 Mike DeLorenzo is the Specialty Film Buyer for a major theatre chain and a Projectionist at a Major Motion Picture Archive. He has been effectively employed as a movie watcher since the age of 18 and is a subscriber to the “watch everything” dogma. His taste spans genres, decades, and the entirety of the Tomatometer. He is also an advocate of theater preservation and showmanship.

 Mike DeLorenzo is the Specialty Film Buyer for a major theatre chain and a Projectionist at a Major Motion Picture Archive. He has been effectively employed as a movie watcher since the age of 18 and is a subscriber to the “watch everything” dogma. His taste spans genres, decades, and the entirety of the Tomatometer. He is also an advocate of theater preservation and showmanship.

Mikhail Nayfeld – Manager & Producer, Heroes & Villains Entertainment
Neal Dodson – Producer, Before The Door Pictures (Margin Call, All is Lost, and J.C. Chandor’s third film (A MOST VIOLENT YEAR)

Neal Fischer – US Representative – Davis Films

Neal is the United States representative of Davis Films and world-renowned producer Samuel Hadida, whose work includes the Resident Evil and Silent Hill films, Domino, Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, Solomon Kane, Brotherhood of the Wolf and True Romance. As Samuel’s right hand in the United States, Neal has been involved with every Davis Films project over the last 7 years and is currently in the midst of developing Castle Wolfenstein for the big screen. Neal’s role in film & TV development includes new projects as well as those coming from the extensive Davis Films library, including Vampire Hunter D, House of Night and Golgo 13, just name a few of its amazing list of titles. Neal also works closely with Davis Films distribution office in Paris, Metropolitan Filmexport. Prior to Davis Films, Neal worked for Japan’s largest film distributor (Gaga), at its American Branch in Los Angeles, where he played a role in developing their film production unit. He also worked with acclaimed Japanese actor/writer/director Takeshi Kitano on the film Brother. While living in Japan, Neal wrote, directed, produced and hosted a cable TV series documenting his travels and experiences throughout Japan and South-east Asia. In addition to his work at Davis Films, Neal produced the genre-bending feature Sushi Girl and Neal’s production company, Assembly Line, has been featured in both Variety and The Hollywood Reporter with news on some of its upcoming projects, including veteran actor Tony Todd’s directorial debut Catalytic, and a development slate of four films with legendary martial arts master Sonny Chiba. Neal is also separately developing and producing Sonny’s next film, The Father, which will unite Chiba with fellow legend, Jackie Chan. At the opening of 2012, Neal formed a post-production and VFX company called SYNAPTIC with Ken Gust and brothers Shant and Shahen Jordan. Neal has also recently joined a team that will bring The Last Unicorn back to the big screen in a 40-city promotional tour with acclaimed writer Peter S. Beagle, then renovating and re- mastering the original animated film, with plans to then make a live-action version of the beloved novel. Sparked by award-wining game designer/writer John Wick’s short form table-top RPG, Neal created, developed and will executive produce the zombie survivor television series Shotgun Diaries. Neal also has three feature films in development based upon scripts he wrote about the shadowy underworld of the Japanese mafia (Yakuza), and is slated to direct the first project, which was inspired by his true-life events. Most recently, Neal teamed up with Neil D’Monte & Neo Edmund to make his first graphic novel, The Clan Of The Vein, with aspirations of it turning into an ongoing comic series that may one day find its way onto the silver screen.

Neal is the United States representative of Davis Films and world-renowned producer Samuel Hadida, whose work includes the Resident Evil and Silent Hill films, Domino, Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, Solomon Kane, Brotherhood of the Wolf and True Romance. As Samuel’s right hand in the United States, Neal has been involved with every Davis Films project over the last 7 years and is currently in the midst of developing Castle Wolfenstein for the big screen. Neal’s role in film & TV development includes new projects as well as those coming from the extensive Davis Films library, including Vampire Hunter D, House of Night and Golgo 13, just name a few of its amazing list of titles. Neal also works closely with Davis Films distribution office in Paris, Metropolitan Filmexport.
Prior to Davis Films, Neal worked for Japan’s largest film distributor (Gaga), at its American Branch in Los Angeles, where he played a role in developing their film production unit. He also worked with acclaimed Japanese actor/writer/director Takeshi Kitano on the film Brother. While living in Japan, Neal wrote, directed, produced and hosted a cable TV series documenting his travels and experiences throughout Japan and South-east Asia.

In addition to his work at Davis Films, Neal produced the genre-bending feature Sushi Girl and Neal’s production company, Assembly Line, has been featured in both Variety and The Hollywood Reporter with news on some of its upcoming projects, including veteran actor Tony Todd’s directorial debut Catalytic, and a development slate of four films with legendary martial arts master Sonny Chiba. Neal is also separately developing and producing Sonny’s next film, The Father, which will unite Chiba with fellow legend, Jackie Chan.

At the opening of 2012, Neal formed a post-production and VFX company called SYNAPTIC with Ken Gust and brothers Shant and Shahen Jordan. Neal has also recently joined a team that will bring The Last Unicorn back to the big screen in a 40-city promotional tour with acclaimed writer Peter S. Beagle, then renovating and re- mastering the original animated film, with plans to then make a live-action version of the beloved novel.

Sparked by award-wining game designer/writer John Wick’s short form table-top RPG, Neal created, developed and will executive produce the zombie survivor television series Shotgun Diaries. Neal also has three feature films in development based upon scripts he wrote about the shadowy underworld of the Japanese mafia (Yakuza), and is slated to direct the first project, which was inspired by his true-life events.

Most recently, Neal teamed up with Neil D’Monte & Neo Edmund to make his first graphic novel, The Clan Of The Vein, with aspirations of it turning into an ongoing comic series that may one day find its way onto the silver screen.

Peter Cornwell – Director, Writer, Producer  (Haunting in Connecticut)
Peter Russell

Rudy Scalese – Producer

Rudy Scalese is an independent producer in Los Angeles. Prior to producing an upcoming slate of Horror films in development, Scalese recently served as Vice President of Production and Development for NALA Films where he oversaw the development, production and distribution of the company’s slate which included Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring and In The Valley of Elah directed by Academy Award winner Paul Haggis. Scalese also served as producer on Casa De Mi Padre starring Will Ferrell, Ceremony starring Uma Thurman, Michael Angarano & Lee Pace, and the Supernatural Thriller 6 Souls starring Julianne Moore and Jonathan Rhys Meyers. Scalese also produced the critically acclaimed documentary “Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film” for Starz/Encore based upon the book of the same title by author Adam Rockoff. This film is a look back at the Slasher genre movement of the 1970′s and 1980′s with film such as Halloween, Friday the 13th and A Nightmare On Elm Street and how those low budget, independently produced Horror films, changed the landscape of American cinema forever. Prior to producing the documentary, Scalese helped run an LA Horror Film Festival alongside “genre great” Stan Winston & was a Literary Manager at D-No Entertainment.  Rudy started his career as a PA on Wes Craven’s “New Nightmare”.

Rudy Scalese is an independent producer in Los Angeles. Prior to producing an upcoming slate of Horror films in development, Scalese recently served as Vice President of Production and Development for NALA Films where he oversaw the development, production and distribution of the company’s slate which included Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring and In The Valley of Elah directed by Academy Award winner Paul Haggis.

Scalese also served as producer on Casa De Mi Padre starring Will Ferrell, Ceremony starring Uma Thurman, Michael Angarano & Lee Pace, and the Supernatural Thriller 6 Souls starring Julianne Moore and Jonathan Rhys Meyers.

Scalese also produced the critically acclaimed documentary “Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film” for Starz/Encore based upon the book of the same title by author Adam Rockoff. This film is a look back at the Slasher genre movement of the 1970′s and 1980′s with film such as Halloween, Friday the 13th and A Nightmare On Elm Street and how those low budget, independently produced Horror films, changed the landscape of American cinema forever. Prior to producing the documentary, Scalese helped run an LA Horror Film Festival alongside “genre great” Stan Winston & was a Literary Manager at D-No Entertainment.  Rudy started his career as a PA on Wes Craven’s “New Nightmare”.

Rick Sorkin – Business Development Executive, CAA
Ryan Black – Acquisitions Grindstone

Sarah Pearlman Bremner – Head of Development – Sunny Field Entertainment

As Head of Development for Sunny Field Entertainment, an LA-based feature film production company, Sarah runs creative development and production on projects set up at studios such as Paramount and Lionsgate, as well as independent features and TV pursuits.  Projects in development include PATROL, a contained action / sci-fi film prioritized at Paramount Insurge, UNT PUZZLER PROJECT, a 70′s inspired paranoid thriller to which Anne Hathaway is attached, BRASS MONKEY, an innovatively stylized action film which Nicolai Fuglsig will direct, and DEAD ISLAND, the adaptation of the well-known videogame, among others. In addition to creative, Sarah also handles business development and strategic initiatives for the company as well as overseeing the creative consideration of any potential post-equity investments. Prior to Sunny Field, Sarah worked at Paramount Pictures where she was a part of PARANORMAL ACTIVITY’s early life as a franchise.  Sarah started her career in Film at Color Force under Nina Jacobson, after graduating from Brown University. Sunny Field is a feature film production company based in Santa Monica, CA. A portal for filmmakers in the commercial/music video space making the leap into features, we offer a non-traditional, full-service approach to moviemaking; along with the resources of a traditional production company, Sunny Field provides high-level and state-of-the-art post production services. With post production playing a large role in the filmmaking process today, Sunny Field’s uncommon combination of development expertise, marketing experience, new media savvy and end-to-end post production services offer an alternative to traditional filmmaking that better addresses the multi-platform world of today.

As Head of Development for Sunny Field Entertainment, an LA-based feature film production company, Sarah runs creative development and production on projects set up at studios such as Paramount and Lionsgate, as well as independent features and TV pursuits.  Projects in development include PATROL, a contained action / sci-fi film prioritized at Paramount Insurge, UNT PUZZLER PROJECT, a 70′s inspired paranoid thriller to which Anne Hathaway is attached, BRASS MONKEY, an innovatively stylized action film which Nicolai Fuglsig will direct, and DEAD ISLAND, the adaptation of the well-known videogame, among others.

In addition to creative, Sarah also handles business development and strategic initiatives for the company as well as overseeing the creative consideration of any potential post-equity investments. Prior to Sunny Field, Sarah worked at Paramount Pictures where she was a part of PARANORMAL ACTIVITY’s early life as a franchise.  Sarah started her career in Film at Color Force under Nina Jacobson, after graduating from Brown University. Sunny Field is a feature film production company based in Santa Monica, CA. A portal for filmmakers in the commercial/music video space making the leap into features, we offer a non-traditional, full-service approach to moviemaking; along with the resources of a traditional production company, Sunny Field provides high-level and state-of-the-art post production services. With post production playing a large role in the filmmaking process today, Sunny Field’s uncommon combination of development expertise, marketing experience, new media savvy and end-to-end post production services offer an alternative to traditional filmmaking that better addresses the multi-platform world of today.

Sean Coleman – Senior Colorist, Company 3 (An impressive array of credits in commercials, music videos and feature films)
Sharon Lawrence – actress

Siggy Ferstl – Colorist – Company 3

Australian colorist Siggy Ferstl has been working with Company 3 LA Features since 2004. He has nearly 30 years of coloring experience with an award winning talent that’s internationally recognized. Since landing in LA, he has shown his creative and technical skills by making his mark in the feature film DI market. Ferstl was a pioneer of the feature film digital intermediate workflow and colored the first 2 Digital Intermediates ever done in Australia. His feature credits include House of Flying Daggers, Live Free or Die Hard, Ugly Truth, Fame and Underworld Evolution, which won Ferstl the Master Colorist of the Year for his second year running. Recently he helped develop Company 3′s 3D Stereoscopic pipeline and provided technical assistance on various 3D projects Prior to arriving in LA Ferstl served as Director of Telecine and Film Services at Digital Pictures in Sydney for eight years and had similar roles in Asia and London.

Australian colorist Siggy Ferstl has been working with Company 3 LA Features since 2004. He has nearly 30 years of coloring experience with an award winning talent that’s internationally recognized. Since landing in LA, he has shown his creative and technical skills by making his mark in the feature film DI market.

Ferstl was a pioneer of the feature film digital intermediate workflow and colored the first 2 Digital Intermediates ever done in Australia. His feature credits include House of Flying Daggers, Live Free or Die Hard, Ugly Truth, Fame and Underworld Evolution, which won Ferstl the Master Colorist of the Year for his second year running. Recently he helped develop Company 3′s 3D Stereoscopic pipeline and provided technical assistance on various 3D projects

Prior to arriving in LA Ferstl served as Director of Telecine and Film Services at Digital Pictures in Sydney for eight years and had similar roles in Asia and London.

Steven Reich – 2-time Emmy nominated writer, producer and entertainment executive, Co-Executive Producer for City Walk on KCET/Link

As Vice President Creative Affairs for the indie film pioneer IRS Media, he oversaw the development and production of over a dozen features including the critically acclaimed One False Move, written by and starring Billy Bob Thornton, directed by Carl Franklin; Cannes Film Festival selection, The Music of Chance, based on the novel by Paul Auster, directed by Philip Haas; and Shakes the Clown, written and directed by Bobcat Goldthwait, aptly described as “the Citizen Kane of alcoholic clown movies.” Steven produced the sci-fi cult films Circuitry Man and Plughead Rewired as well as indie features Amnesia and Small Time – winner of the Audience Choice Award at the Santa Barbara Film Festival. He then joined the award winning team at Wild Films where he developed, wrote and produced the daily pre-school series The Fox Cubhouse for Fox Kids Network. He worked for several years at National Geographic Television as a writer, researcher and associate producer where he was nominated for an Emmy for his work on the NBC special – Avalanche: The White Death! His non-fiction writing and producing credits include: Finding the Next Earth, Wolves: A Legend Returns to Yellowstone and the Emmy-nominated Alien Earths for National Geographic, Valley of the T-Rex for Discovery, Alive From Pop!Tech for American Public Television, George and Martha Washington: A 40 Year Romance for George Washington’s Mt. Vernon Estate and The Liberty Bell which screens every day at Independence Hall in Philadelphia. His work for NOVA on PBS includes: Killer Subs in Pearl Harbor, Secrets Beneath the Ice, a documentary about the fate of Antarctica in a warming world and What Will the Future Be Like? for NOVA ScienceNOW. Steven is a Communications Award Finalist of the Keck Futures Initiative sponsored by the National Academy of Sciences, Best Writing Finalist at the Jackson Hole Science Media Award, winner of the Chris Award and the National Educational Award for the Advancement of Learning Through Broadcasting. Steven is a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and serves on the Board of Directors of Ocean View Farms Community Garden.

As Vice President Creative Affairs for the indie film pioneer IRS Media, he oversaw the development and production of over a dozen features including the critically acclaimed One False Move, written by and starring Billy Bob Thornton, directed by Carl Franklin; Cannes Film Festival selection, The Music of Chance, based on the novel by Paul Auster, directed by Philip Haas; and Shakes the Clown, written and directed by Bobcat Goldthwait, aptly described as “the Citizen Kane of alcoholic clown movies.”

Steven produced the sci-fi cult films Circuitry Man and Plughead Rewired as well as indie features Amnesia and Small Time – winner of the Audience Choice Award at the Santa Barbara Film Festival. He then joined the award winning team at Wild Films where he developed, wrote and produced the daily pre-school series The Fox Cubhouse for Fox Kids Network.

He worked for several years at National Geographic Television as a writer, researcher and associate producer where he was nominated for an Emmy for his work on the NBC special – Avalanche: The White Death!

His non-fiction writing and producing credits include: Finding the Next Earth, Wolves: A Legend Returns to Yellowstone and the Emmy-nominated Alien Earths for National Geographic, Valley of the T-Rex for Discovery, Alive From Pop!Tech for American Public Television, George and Martha Washington: A 40 Year Romance for George Washington’s Mt. Vernon Estate and The Liberty Bell which screens every day at Independence Hall in Philadelphia.

His work for NOVA on PBS includes: Killer Subs in Pearl Harbor, Secrets Beneath the Ice, a documentary about the fate of Antarctica in a warming world and What Will the Future Be Like? for NOVA ScienceNOW.

Steven is a Communications Award Finalist of the Keck Futures Initiative sponsored by the National Academy of Sciences, Best Writing Finalist at the Jackson Hole Science Media Award, winner of the Chris Award and the National Educational Award for the Advancement of Learning Through Broadcasting.

Steven is a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and serves on the Board of Directors of Ocean View Farms Community Garden.

Tom Green – actor, writer, producer, director, TV Host.
Linda O. Olszewski – Short Film Expert: MOVIES THAT MATTER, Associate Producer of The Oscar Shorts Releases, Acquisitions & Programming Consultant: ShortsHD – The Short Movie Channel.

Valerie Petrusson – Chief Operating Officer – Beast

Valerie Petrusson has spent many years running Post-Production companies. Her strengths focus on integrating business and creative strategies specifically for the commercial industry.  A graduate of the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, Petrusson first moved to Los Angeles after being selected for the prestigious commercial internship at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Petrusson made her initial foray into the commercial industry at 2POP Editorial. Starting as the receptionist, she worked her way up the ranks to Producer, garnering valuable experience in a myriad of roles. In 1992, Petrusson joined LA’s FilmCore as Executive Producer to launch and grow the company’s San Francisco office. As part of her significant role at FilmCore, she brought Paul Norling to the company and was responsible for successfully establishing Filmcore in the San Francisco community. In 1997, Petrusson joined Igor Kovalik to help launch Inside/Out. She built this company from the ground up and diligently established Inside/Out as a fresh choice for creative editorial. Following her success at Inside/Out, Petrusson decided to start her own professional consultancy. She was hired by creative editorial company Crew Cuts in June of 1999 and then Red Car in 2003. In both cases she was brought in to help shore up the companies. She recruited talent, and helped devise advertising, marketing strategies, and worked with management to make the companies more efficient and profitable. In January 2006, Petrusson re-teamed with Kovalik to launch Beast. With partners Adam Schwartz, Paul Kelly, Sam Selis and Paul Norling, Beast established offices in NY, LA and Austin. Success followed quickly and Beast racked up an impressive array of work, including recent Cannes winner “Butcher” for AT&T, as well as projects for Reebok, Cingular, Toyota, BMW, Norwegian Cruise Lines, USAF, and Linkin Park to name a few. In June 2009, Beast partnered with Ascent Media and acquired offices in San Francisco, Detroit and Chicago. Petrusson was named the COO of Beast which now has a truly national footprint. By bringing the best of Filmcore and Mad River Post talent into the company, Beast now offers the advertising community an editorial roster that it truly exceptional. Ever forward looking, Petrusson and Kovalik are working hard to manage a solution based business that addresses the ever changing needs of the industry; technically, creatively and economically.

Valerie Petrusson has spent many years running Post-Production companies. Her strengths focus on integrating business and creative strategies specifically for the commercial industry.  A graduate of the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, Petrusson first moved to Los Angeles after being selected for the prestigious commercial internship at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Petrusson made her initial foray into the commercial industry at 2POP Editorial. Starting as the receptionist, she worked her way up the ranks to Producer, garnering valuable experience in a myriad of roles.

In 1992, Petrusson joined LA’s FilmCore as Executive Producer to launch and grow the company’s San Francisco office. As part of her significant role at FilmCore, she brought Paul Norling to the company and was responsible for successfully establishing Filmcore in the San Francisco community. In 1997, Petrusson joined Igor Kovalik to help launch Inside/Out. She built this company from the ground up and diligently established Inside/Out as a fresh choice for creative editorial. Following her success at Inside/Out, Petrusson decided to start her own professional consultancy. She was hired by creative editorial company Crew Cuts in June of 1999 and then Red Car in 2003. In both cases she was brought in to help shore up the companies. She recruited talent, and helped devise advertising, marketing strategies, and worked with management to make the companies more efficient and profitable. In January 2006, Petrusson re-teamed with Kovalik to launch Beast. With partners Adam Schwartz, Paul Kelly, Sam Selis and Paul Norling, Beast established offices in NY, LA and Austin. Success followed quickly and Beast racked up an impressive array of work, including recent Cannes winner “Butcher” for AT&T, as well as projects for Reebok, Cingular, Toyota, BMW, Norwegian Cruise Lines, USAF, and Linkin Park to name a few.

In June 2009, Beast partnered with Ascent Media and acquired offices in San Francisco, Detroit and Chicago. Petrusson was named the COO of Beast which now has a truly national footprint. By bringing the best of Filmcore and Mad River Post talent into the company, Beast now offers the advertising community an editorial roster that it truly exceptional. Ever forward looking, Petrusson and Kovalik are working hard to manage a solution based business that addresses the ever changing needs of the industry; technically, creatively and economically.

Walter Clark –  Owner – Ampersand Entertainment

Originally from Saint Petersburg, Florida, Walter Clark relocated to Los Angeles in 2009 to pursue a career in literary management. He launched his company, AMPERSAND ENTERTAINMENT in late 2011 and has amassed an impressive roster of eclectic writers and filmmakers.

Originally from Saint Petersburg, Florida, Walter Clark relocated to Los Angeles in 2009 to pursue a career in literary management. He launched his company, AMPERSAND ENTERTAINMENT in late 2011 and has amassed an impressive roster of eclectic writers and filmmakers.

Warren Etheredge – Hosts The High Bar

Warren Etheredge has conducted over 2,500 interviews. He hosts The High Bar (thehighbar.tv), his Emmy®-nominated television series devoted to “raising the bar,” and the fourth season of Reel NW (kcts9.org/reel-nw) on KCTS.  He is the founder of The Warren Report (www.thewarrenreport.com) and one of the founding faculty of TheFilmSchool (www.thefilmschool.com) and The Red Badge Project (http://theredbadgeproject.org/). He is a published author, staged playwright, successful producer, veteran festival curator and much sought-after public speaker.

Warren Etheredge has conducted over 2,500 interviews. He hosts The High Bar (thehighbar.tv), his Emmy®-nominated television series devoted to “raising the bar,” and the fourth season of Reel NW (kcts9.org/reel-nw) on KCTS.  He is the founder of The Warren Report (www.thewarrenreport.com) and one of the founding faculty of TheFilmSchool (www.thefilmschool.com) and The Red Badge Project (http://theredbadgeproject.org/). He is a published author, staged playwright, successful producer, veteran festival curator and much sought-after public speaker.

Yuka Kobayashi – Director of New Media and Alternative Content at POW! Entertainment