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.
Dr Rachel Ballon is an international script consultant, licensed psychotherapist and career coach, who specializes in writers’ personal and professional issues such as how to overcome self-defeating behaviors, writing blocks, and procrastination; whilst increasing creativity, confidence, and productivity. A former adjunct professor in screenwriting at USC School of Cinema and Television, she is the author of five widely acclaimed writing books, the latest two of which are “Breathing Life Into Your Characters” and “The Writers Portable Therapist”. Dr Ballon has worked as a psychological advisor and consultant reviewing hundreds of scripts at United Paramount Network, Saban Entertainment, Fox Family Worldwide and Fox Kids. A master teacher at UCLA’s Writer’s Program, she is a screenwriter with produced credits on ABC-TV, and a member of the Writer’s Guild of America.
Bruce Logan is a VFX Director, DP, and Supervisor, as well as a director, producer and writer. His work as a DP includes films such as the Oscar nominated “Tron” and “Jamie Foxx: Straight From the Foxxhole”. He directed Madonna’s video for “Borderline” as well as working on music videos for Prince, R. Kelly, Rod Stewart, and Aerosmith. His commercial work includes Pepsi, Fed-Ex, Chevrolet, Ford, Toyota, Hyundai, and Nissan. And his work in VFX includes the Oscar winning “2001: A Space Odyssey”, Oscar winning “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope”, and “Batman Forever”.
Scott Winn is a director and producer best known for his YouTube work, which has amassed more than 59 million views. Recently Scott partnered with YouTube superstar Lily Singh to document her world tour for a film called "A Trip to Unicorn Island," an ambitious 27 city world tour during which she delivered an inspirational message to her 7 million fans. The movie was recently released by YouTube Red as their first ever original documentary.
Adam Hastings is the Vice President of Theatrical Marketing at Pure Flix Entertainment, where he’s managed campaigns for theatrical releases including the box office hit “God’s Not Dead” and the upcoming “God’s Not Dead 2”. He’s also the associate producer of films such as “Do You Believe?” starring Oscar winner Mira Sorvino and Golden Globe winner Cybill Shepherd, “This Is Our Time” starring Oscar nominated Eric Roberts, and “The Book of Esther”.
Derrick Williams is the Senior Vice President of TDJ Enterprises, where he works closely with Bishop TD Jakes. He is also the co-producer of “Sparkle” and the executive producer of films such as “Miracles from Heaven”, “Heaven is for Real”, “Black Nativity”, and “Woman Thou Art Loosed”. Over the last 20 years, through his company Favor International, Derrick has offered services in five major areas: live events; film and television; business development; marketing; and artist management. He has orchestrated the production of numerous events ranging from fundraisers, award shows, stage plays, live recordings, screenings, seminars, concerts, tours, conferences and corporate events. For the past 17 years Derrick has facilitated all aspects of Bishop TD Jakes' entertainment division, including producing feature films, television productions, and stadium conferences. Derrick has worked closely with organizations such as the Congressional Black Caucus, Universal Studios, FOX Entertainment Group, Clear Channel Entertainment and Sony Pictures Entertainment, as well as smaller, community-based organizations. Derrick is internationally recognized as a marketing guru, evidenced by the success of movies such as “Jumping the Broom”, “The Pursuit of Happyness”, “Not Easily Broken”, and the remake of “The Karate Kid”.
Charles Baker has starred in shows such as Golden Globe winning “Breaking Bad”, “Colony”, and “The Blacklist”, and movies such as Oscar nominated “Wild”, Golden Globe winning “Temple Grandin”, "To the Wonder" by Oscar nominated Terrence Malick, and the upcoming "The Neon Demon" by Cannes film Festival winner Nicolas Winding Refn.
Kim Hudson is the author of “The Virgin’s Promise”, a groundbreaking new theory on archetypal screenplay structure endorsed by legendary screenwriting expert Chris Vogler. She is a graduate of Vancouver Film School and the International School of Analytical Psychology Zurich. She teaches extensively on the theory of the Virgin’s archetypal structure.
Emmy award winning FX make-up artist Ben Rittenhouse has worked on movies such as Oscar winning “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe”, Oscar Winning “Ray”, Golden Globe nominated “Kill Bill Volume 1”, and Golden Globe nominated “Kill Bill Volume 2”, as well as “Men in Black 2”, “Blade 2”, “The Hills Have Eyes”, “The Hills Have Eyes 2”, “Sin City”, “Ray”, “Planet of the Apes”, “Austin Power in Goldmember”, “Serenity”, “Employee of the Month”, and “The Hulk”, amongst many others. He is also an instructor at the Academy of Makeup Arts in Nashville, Tennessee.
Pamela Jaye Smith is a mythologist, author, international consultant and speaker, and award-winning writer-producer-director with over thirty years experience in features, TV, music videos, commercials, documentaries, corporate and military films – in Hollywood and around the world. Her co-authored script “The Cuban Circuit” was a winner at the 2015 Bahamas International Film Festival's first Writers Residency Program. Pamela is the author of “The Power of the Dark Side”, “Inner Drives”, “Symbols.Images.Codes”, “Beyond the Hero's Journey”, “Show Me the Love”, and “Romantic Comedies”. Pamela is the founder of Mythworks and co-founder of Mythic Challenges and the Alpha Babe Academy. Clients and credits include Fox, Microsoft, Paramount, Disney, Universal, RAI-TV Rome, National Film School of Denmark, LA and Marseille WebFests, and many more. Pamela is a frequent jurist and panelist for script contests and film festivals. She is the myth expert for the Special Features on Fox's “Ice Age: Continental Drift” movie.
Golden Globe nominated Carlo Siliotto has composed music for over 70 films, including titles such as “Miracles from Heaven”, “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny”, “The Punisher” and “Fluke”.
Matthew Margeson is a composer for movies such as Oscar nominated “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”, Oscar nominated “Wreck-It Ralph”, Oscar nominated “Captain Phillips”, “Kick-Ass 2”, “This is the End”, “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter”, “X-Men: First Class”, “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”, “The Expendables”, and “Eddie the Eagle” which is currently in theaters nationwide.
Oscar nominated and Emmy Award winning John Debney is considered one of the most prolific and successful composers in Hollywood. His unique ability to create memorable work across a variety of genres, as well as his reputation for being remarkably collaborative, have made him the first choice of many top level producers and directors. His work as a composer includes films like “Iron Man 2”, “The Stoning of Soraya M”, “Bruce Almighty”, “Evan Almighty”, “Sin City”, “The Passion of the Christ”, “Elf”, “Spy Kids”, “The Emperor’s New Groove” and the upcoming film “The Young Messiah”.
Forest Conner is the in-house data scientist for digital distribution company VHX, where he analyzes both filmmaker and audience behavior to create insights into effective models of distribution for independent films. VHX is a digital distribution platform that empowers independent artists and distributors to sell video content and connect directly with their audience. Forest graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2006 with a dual-degree in Computer Science and Psychology, specializing in Artificial Intelligence Research. He subsequently worked in the tech world until his entry into the dual MBA/MFA program at NYU Tisch School of the Arts and Stern School of Business. Through this dual-degree program, he focused his study on independent film production and entrepreneurship in the film industry while also producing numerous award-winning short films and web series. In addition, he is a 2014 fellow of NYU’s Cinema Research Institute where he explored the connections between film and audience through a system of creating common personality types. Titles that have used VHX for online distribution include Golden Globe nominated Aziz Ansari’s standup show “Dangerously Delicious”, Sundance Film Festival winner “Indie Game: The Movie”, Oscar winner Kevin Spacey’s documentary “NOW: In The Wings on a World Stage”, and Golden Globe nominated Zach Braff’s “Wish I Was Here”. VHX is backed by, amongst others, Chris Sacca and William Morris Endeavor.
For the past ten years, award-winning Lyle Workman has been Judd Apatow's go-to composer for virtually all his films, including “The 40-Year Old Virgin”, “Superbad”, “Forgetting Sarah Marshall”, and “Get Him to the Greek”. His latest release with Judd Apatow is the Netflix Original Series “Love”, which is now available for viewing.
Barry Landis is the President and CEO of Ribbow Media Group, a digital film marketing agency that has executed amongst others the online campaigns of “Risen”, “Woodlawn”, “Captive”, “God’s Not Dead”, “The Giver”, “Little Boy”, “Son of God”, “Earth to Echo” and the number one box office hit “War Room”. Prior to Ribbow Barry was a partner at the Working Title Agency, overseeing the theatrical release of box office hit “God’s Not Dead”. And he has also held the title of Vice President of Howard Books/Simon & Schuster during which time he oversaw the releases of publications by best selling authors Karen Kingsbury, Dave Ramsey, and Duck Dynasty. Barry’s illustrious entertainment career also includes roles as President of the Word Label Group at Warner Bros Records, and Vice President & General Manager of Atlantic Records Christian division, during which time millions of units were sold.
Ali Faulkner has starred in movies such as “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn”, “Butcher Boys” and “Bad Kids Go to Hell”. She’s also starred as the lead in “The Song”, which was nationally theatrically released in 2014 by Samuel Goldwyn Films and Sony Affirm.
Bobby Downes has produced more than a dozen feature films for the faith market. Beginning in 1999, Bobby produced his first independent feature film “The Moment After” and its sequel “The Moment After 2: The Awakening”, both of which were acquired by Sony Pictures. Bobby then produced “Mercy Streets” starring Oscar nominated Eric Roberts and again worked with Roberts in “Six: The Mark Unleashed”, which also starred Stephen Baldwin and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Both films were acquired for distribution by Sony Pictures. He subsequently executive produced for Ralph Winter on the adaptation of Frank Peretti's best-selling novel “The Visitation” distributed by 20th Century Fox. And he has also produced “The Lost Medallion”, “The Redemption of Henry Myers”, and “Hoovey”.
Bobby’s most notable film was based on the novel by New York Times best-selling author Karen Kingsbury: “Like Dandelion Dust”, which starred Oscar winner Mira Sorvino and Emmy award winner Barry Pepper, and was released by Twentieth Century Fox after winning more than 30 international film festival awards.
In 1999, Bobby founded ChristianCinema.com, which is now the largest selection of faith-affirming and family-approved movies online, and the largest independent retailer of faith-based movies in the U.S.
Richard Ramsey is the director and writer of “The Song” which was theatrically distributed in 2014 by Samuel Goldwyn Films. He is also the artistic director of City on a Hill Productions, a faith-based multimedia company known for “Not a Fan”, which to date has sold over 1 million units.