19 time Emmy Award winning filmmaker Nathan Thompson has filmed all walks of life, from short films, music videos, and corporate commercials, to humanitarian efforts in Africa and the war in Afghanistan. In 2012 Nathan was named National Videographer of the Year by the National Press Photographer’s Association.
Steve Hoover is the winner of the Sundance Grand Jury Award and the Sundance Audience Award for his documentary “Blood Brother”, which he directed, wrote, edited, and executive produced. His latest film “Almost Holy” opens on May 20th and is executive produced by Oscar nominated Terrence Malick and Nicolas Gonda.
Independent film producer Franco Sama has an extensive history in public speaking, public relations and a decade of independent film development, production and financing. Franco has executive produced an impressive array of over twenty independent films including "Guns, Girls and Gambling" starring Oscar nominated Gary Oldman, Golden Globe winner Christian Slater and Dane Cook. Other films Franco has produced include "Black Limousine" starring David Arquette, Vivica A. Fox and Bijou Phillips, and "Tooth and Nail" starring Michael Madsen and Vinnie Jones. Franco also served as executive producer on the film festival darling "Petunia" starring Golden Globe nominated Thora Birch, Brittany Snow, and Oscar winner Christine Lahti.
Peter Kurland is a 4 time Oscar nominated sound mixer best known for his work on Oscar winning “No Country For Old Men”, Oscar winning “Fargo”, and Oscar winning “Men in Black” amongst many others. He is also a BAFTA winner and Grammy Award winner.
Bobbie O’Steen is a writer and film historian, dedicated to sharing the editor’s invisible art with film students, professionals and the movie-going public. She is an Emmy-nominated editor and author of two acclaimed books about editing. Her book “Cut to the Chase” is based on interviews with her late husband and colleague, Oscar nominated editor Sam O’Steen who edited legendary Oscar winning films such as “Chinatown”, “The Graduate” and “Rosemary’s Baby”. Her second book, “The Invisible Cut”, deconstructs classic movie scenes through a cut-by-cut analysis. Bobbie has taught graduate school workshops at NYU and contributes commentary and interviews about the art of editing for The Criterion Collection releases. She has moderated numerous panels honoring master editors at EditFest as well as at Emerson College, UCLA and 92Y Tribeca. She is now partnered with Manhattan Edit Workshop to regularly host an evening event series called “Inside the Cutting Room.” And she has written for such publications as CinemaEditor Magazine, which recently named her “Film Editing’s Greatest Champion.” Bobbie’s next project is an authoritative, media-rich eBook called "Making the Cut at Pixar" about the editor's pioneering role in computer animation.
Harold Cronk is the director of box office hit “God’s Not Dead” and “God’s Not Dead 2”. Other movies of his include “Jerusalem Countdown”, “Silver Bells”, and “The Adventures of Mickey Matson and the Copperhead Treasure”. Harold is also the founder of 10 West Studios, a large studio facility located in Northwest Michigan.
Robert Grant is a writer and script consultant. He sits on the jury of the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Science Fiction Literature and is part of the team behind The London International Festival of Science Fiction and Fantastic Film. He’s also the author of “Writing The Science Fiction Film.”
Author and script consultant Michele Wallerstein works with writers to get their work into shape so that it sells. Michele is the author of the best selling book “Mind Your Business: A Hollywood Literary Agent’s Guide To Your Writing Career”. Michele recently taught at UCLA on “The Business of Your Writing Career”, and has also taught at USC, U.C. Davis, and the Northwest Screenwriters Guild, amongst others.
Prior to becoming a consultant, Michele was a Hollywood literary agent, during which time she sold $1 million spec scripts. She has served as the Executive Vice-President of Women In Film, on the Agents Advisory Board of Creative Screenwriting Magazine, and as a columnist for Script Magazine.
Emmy nominated Lisa Lieberman Doctor has been working with writers for the past thirty-eight years, during which time she has guided nominees and winners of the National Book Award, the Pen Award, the Pulitzer Prize, the Carnegie, the Tony, the Emmy, and the Academy Award. Lisa’s first industry position was as story editor for Sylvester Stallone, shortly after the release of “Rocky”. She then went on to become Creative Executive at Universal Pictures, Vice President at Kings Road Productions at Warner Brothers, Vice President at Nelvana Entertainment and ITC Entertainment, Head of Production and Development at Jerry Weintraub Entertainment, and Vice President of Robin Williams’ company, Blue Wolf Productions, where she oversaw the Oscar winning Mrs. Doubtfire. In 1995 Lisa switched gears to become a staff writer on ABC’s “General Hospital” and its spin-off, “Port Charles”, for which she was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award and Writers Guild Award. Lisa currently leads weekly writing workshops in Los Angeles, including classes at the UCLA Extension Writers Program and the non-profit organization, Television Writers Fund For the Future.