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Rex Ranch can become a Southwest mecca for creative leaders and innovative artists.  Dedicated to supporting arts and sciences through fellowships, residencies and labs -- offering provocateurs the inspiring landscape to pursue their ideas. Their work will give back to the people of Santa Cruz County by engaging them thru classes, screenings, galleries and labs at the Ranch.

 

JOSEPH BEYER, VOLUNTEER DIRECTOR   Currently works as Director of Digital Initiatives for Sundance Institute, where he managed the development team and launch of the Sundance Institute #ArtistServices Initiative under the direction of Executive Director Keri Putnam and the Board of Trustees. #ArtistServices provides exclusive creative funding, distribution, marketing and theatrical support to 6,000+ Sundance Institute alumni artists. Filmmakers are eligible for innovative universal and pre-negotiated deals to self-distribute their work to top digital retailers - all while retaining and controlling their creative rights and release plans.   Beyer led the team that developed the first-ever collaboration with crowd funding leader Kickstarter.com to provide Institute alumni exclusive training and promotional support in creative funding. 200+ projects totaling over $6 million dollars have been successfully raised through the partnership since launching in January 2011. He has been employed with Sundance Institute for 11 years.

JOSEPH BEYER, VOLUNTEER DIRECTOR

 

Currently works as Director of Digital Initiatives for Sundance Institute, where he managed the development team and launch of the Sundance Institute #ArtistServices Initiative under the direction of Executive Director Keri Putnam and the Board of Trustees. #ArtistServices provides exclusive creative funding, distribution, marketing and theatrical support to 6,000+ Sundance Institute alumni artists. Filmmakers are eligible for innovative universal and pre-negotiated deals to self-distribute their work to top digital retailers - all while retaining and controlling their creative rights and release plans.

 

Beyer led the team that developed the first-ever collaboration with crowd funding leader Kickstarter.com to provide Institute alumni exclusive training and promotional support in creative funding. 200+ projects totaling over $6 million dollars have been successfully raised through the partnership since launching in January 2011. He has been employed with Sundance Institute for 11 years.

SUSANNAH CASTRO | BOARD OF DIRECTORS Susannah Castro was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. She moved with her family to Tucson in 1973, and has lived in Southern Arizona ever since. She has worked for the Tubac Center of the Arts and the Santa Cruz Community Foundation.   Susannah received her Bachelors Degree in Painting from The University of Arizona with a Minor in Media Arts. Her work is in private collections throughout the country, including Texas, Arizona, Iowa, California, Michigan, Florida, and Minnesota. Susannah currently lives in the hills overlooking Tubac, Arizona with her husband and two children.

SUSANNAH CASTRO | BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Susannah Castro was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. She moved with her family to Tucson in 1973, and has lived in Southern Arizona ever since. She has worked for the Tubac Center of the Arts and the Santa Cruz Community Foundation.

 

Susannah received her Bachelors Degree in Painting from The University of Arizona with a Minor in Media Arts. Her work is in private collections throughout the country, including Texas, Arizona, Iowa, California, Michigan, Florida, and Minnesota. Susannah currently lives in the hills overlooking Tubac, Arizona with her husband and two children.

CORKY POSTER | ADVISOR   Corky is a Registered Architect, a Certified Planner and the Qualifying Party for a General Contractors license (the Madrugada Group, Inc.). Mr. Poster’s education includes a Bachelor of Arts degree (Magna cum laude) from Harvard College (1969) and a Master of Architecture degree from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (1973). He has practiced architecture, planning and urban design, with a focus on housing and community development, in Tucson since 1973. He is one of three principals at Poster Frost Mirto,  the architect for the restoration of the nearby Pima-County-owned historic Canoa Ranch. After 28 years as a faculty member at The University of Arizona, Mr. Poster is now a Distinguished Professor Emeritus.

CORKY POSTER | ADVISOR

 

Corky is a Registered Architect, a Certified Planner and the Qualifying Party for a General Contractors license (the Madrugada Group, Inc.). Mr. Poster’s education includes a Bachelor of Arts degree (Magna cum laude) from Harvard College (1969) and a Master of Architecture degree from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (1973). He has practiced architecture, planning and urban design, with a focus on housing and community development, in Tucson since 1973.

He is one of three principals at Poster Frost Mirto,  the architect for the restoration of the nearby Pima-County-owned historic Canoa Ranch. After 28 years as a faculty member at The University of Arizona, Mr. Poster is now a Distinguished Professor Emeritus.

DAVID YUBETA | ADVISOR   David Yubeta grew up in an adobe house in South Tucson probably never realizing that those walls would shape an unexpected career. In 1985, after serving in the military, and working as a miner, Mr. Yubeta became a seasonal laborer at Tumacacori National Historic Park. Many, many seasons later, he has recently retired as a Preservation Specialist and nationally certified adobe expert. During those 26 years, Mr. Yubeta has protected the park’s Spanish colonial mission architecture, helped to re-establish the historic orchard, assisted with exhibits, and with interpretation. He has developed a preservation program that uses traditional methods and materials to give historic buildings a future, and has applied that program to the historic secular, military, and religious structures protected by—among others -- the National Park Service, the United States Forest Service, and the Bureau of Land Management across the Southwest. He was part of the original leadership team of Vanishing Treasures, a national program that puts preservation specialists in parks across the country. And, he has developed international partnerships that include work at Cocospera, Magdelena, and the borderlands of Mexico.  If the day job wasn’t enough, Mr Yubeta has assisted the Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation, and serves, or has served, on the boards of the Southwest Mission Research Center, the Empire Ranch Foundation, the Vail Preservation Society, on the Ft. Lowell Restoration Advisory committee. He was presented the 2011 Alene Dunlap Smith and Paul Smith Award by the Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation.   The enduring structures are just one part of Mr. Yubeta’s legacy. He is an educator who makes people care about historic buildings. In demonstrations and in classrooms he teaches people with hands-on training. As they help to maintain the structures in their own neighborhoods, they begin to understand the need to preserve and manage the places that give the region its unique character.  He has taught children at the Fort Lowell park, boy scouts and community members in Vail, college students in Utah, Tucson and Pima County Parks and Recreation staff, and has trained two generations of employees to become skilled masons.  His storytelling and sense of humor, his leadership, and passion for his mission inspire his colleagues, students, and communities throughout the region.

DAVID YUBETA | ADVISOR

 

David Yubeta grew up in an adobe house in South Tucson probably never realizing that those walls would shape an unexpected career. In 1985, after serving in the military, and working as a miner, Mr. Yubeta became a seasonal laborer at Tumacacori National Historic Park. Many, many seasons later, he has recently retired as a Preservation Specialist and nationally certified adobe expert. During those 26 years, Mr. Yubeta has protected the park’s Spanish colonial mission architecture, helped to re-establish the historic orchard, assisted with exhibits, and with interpretation. He has developed a preservation program that uses traditional methods and materials to give historic buildings a future, and has applied that program to the historic secular, military, and religious structures protected by—among others -- the National Park Service, the United States Forest Service, and the Bureau of Land Management across the Southwest. He was part of the original leadership team of Vanishing Treasures, a national program that puts preservation specialists in parks across the country. And, he has developed international partnerships that include work at Cocospera, Magdelena, and the borderlands of Mexico.  If the day job wasn’t enough, Mr Yubeta has assisted the Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation, and serves, or has served, on the boards of the Southwest Mission Research Center, the Empire Ranch Foundation, the Vail Preservation Society, on the Ft. Lowell Restoration Advisory committee. He was presented the 2011 Alene Dunlap Smith and Paul Smith Award by the Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation.

 

The enduring structures are just one part of Mr. Yubeta’s legacy. He is an educator who makes people care about historic buildings. In demonstrations and in classrooms he teaches people with hands-on training. As they help to maintain the structures in their own neighborhoods, they begin to understand the need to preserve and manage the places that give the region its unique character.  He has taught children at the Fort Lowell park, boy scouts and community members in Vail, college students in Utah, Tucson and Pima County Parks and Recreation staff, and has trained two generations of employees to become skilled masons.  His storytelling and sense of humor, his leadership, and passion for his mission inspire his colleagues, students, and communities throughout the region.

JOHN HAWKES | ADVISOR   Is an acclaimed American film and television actor. He is known for his portrayal of the merchant Sol Star on the HBO series Deadwood, Dustin Powers on Eastbound & Down, Academy Award-nominated performance as the menacing backwoods meth addict Teardrop in Winter's Bone and his Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award nominated portrayal of Mark O'Brien in The Sessions. (TO BE CONFIRMED - JOHNNIE, DOUGIE IS TRYING TO CONNECT US, YOU'LL DIG THIS, GUISEPE)

JOHN HAWKES | ADVISOR

 

Is an acclaimed American film and television actor. He is known for his portrayal of the merchant Sol Star on the HBO series DeadwoodDustin Powers on Eastbound & DownAcademy Award-nominated performance as the menacing backwoods meth addict Teardrop in Winter's Bone and his Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award nominated portrayal of Mark O'Brien in The Sessions. (TO BE CONFIRMED - JOHNNIE, DOUGIE IS TRYING TO CONNECT US, YOU'LL DIG THIS, GUISEPE)

 BOB MOCZYDLOWSKY | ADVISOR   Has dedicated his career to removing obstacles between artists and fans. He’s managed bands and events and created artist web sites. In 1996, he created one of the web’s first licensed streaming music sites. Prior to Topspin, Bob worked at Yahoo! Music, founded the media agency Closed System, and worked closely with the Sundance Institute and the N.E.A. to help musicians, filmmakers and educators. He is the brand-new Head of Music at Twitter.com   Bob holds degrees from The University of Kansas and Carnegie Mellon Universtity, and teaches in CMU’s Master of Entertainment Industry Management program. He is the former head of product development and marketing at Topspin Media.

 BOB MOCZYDLOWSKY | ADVISOR

 

Has dedicated his career to removing obstacles between artists and fans. He’s managed bands and events and created artist web sites. In 1996, he created one of the web’s first licensed streaming music sites. Prior to Topspin, Bob worked at Yahoo! Music, founded the media agency Closed System, and worked closely with the Sundance Institute and the N.E.A. to help musicians, filmmakers and educators. He is the brand-new Head of Music at Twitter.com

 

Bob holds degrees from The University of Kansas and Carnegie Mellon Universtity, and teaches in CMU’s Master of Entertainment Industry Management program. He is the former head of product development and marketing at Topspin Media.

 KATIE MUNGER | BOARD OF DIRECTORS   Is a Yoga Instructor and Acupuncturist and is the closest neighbor to the Rex Ranch. "My affair with yoga started in 2000, the year I also started acupuncture school. The rapture has only intensified with time. My husband lovingly refers to yoga as “my boyfriend.” Doing yoga has deepened my experience of life in wonderful and wild ways. It is a joy that I love sharing with others. The wisdom I offer comes largely from my brilliant teacher, Kathy Edds, and from faithful practice and observation on the mat. I am a licensed acupuncturist and have a practice in Tubac called Cowgirl Zen. Beyond yoga, I love to hang out with my kids, hula-hoop and hike in this beautiful country.

 KATIE MUNGER | BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

Is a Yoga Instructor and Acupuncturist and is the closest neighbor to the Rex Ranch. "My affair with yoga started in 2000, the year I also started acupuncture school. The rapture has only intensified with time. My husband lovingly refers to yoga as “my boyfriend.” Doing yoga has deepened my experience of life in wonderful and wild ways. It is a joy that I love sharing with others. The wisdom I offer comes largely from my brilliant teacher, Kathy Edds, and from faithful practice and observation on the mat. I am a licensed acupuncturist and have a practice in Tubac called Cowgirl Zen. Beyond yoga, I love to hang out with my kids, hula-hoop and hike in this beautiful country.

ADAM MORDECAI | ADVISOR   Dad, Founding Curator and Editor-at-Large at Upworthy. Writer, Movie and TV Junkie.

ADAM MORDECAI | ADVISOR

 

Dad, Founding Curator and Editor-at-Large at Upworthy. Writer, Movie and TV Junkie.

TIN DIRDAMAL | ADVISOR    Was born in Mexico and studied to be an engineer. When he was 23 he quit school and made his first documentary “DeNadie” (2006 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award Winner). His second film, "Rivers of Men", took 7 years to complete.   He has been a juror to the Mexico City International Contemporary Film Festival (FICCO) and the International Documentary Film Festival in Caracas, Venezuela. He has given talks and hosted workshops in various universities, including NYU and UCLA and taught film classes in Bolivia.   He received a Rockefeller Media Arts Fellowship and grants from Sundance Institute.

TIN DIRDAMAL | ADVISOR 

 

Was born in Mexico and studied to be an engineer. When he was 23 he quit school and made his first documentary “DeNadie” (2006 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award Winner). His second film, "Rivers of Men", took 7 years to complete.

 

He has been a juror to the Mexico City International Contemporary Film Festival (FICCO) and the International Documentary Film Festival in Caracas, Venezuela. He has given talks and hosted workshops in various universities, including NYU and UCLA and taught film classes in Bolivia.

 

He received a Rockefeller Media Arts Fellowship and grants from Sundance Institute.

CRAIG KESTEL | ADVISOR   Craig Kestel was raised in Long Island, New York and attended St. John’s University in Queens. In his early twenties, Craig was an intern at The Shooting Gallery and Good Machine, which led him to a period of work at Lion’s Gate Films’ New York office.   In 2000, Craig moved to Los Angeles and began work as an agent trainee at the William Morris Agency. After spending two and a half years assisting SVP and William Morris Independent Co-Head Cassian Elwes, he was promoted to Agent in the Motion Picture Department. He is currently an agent at WME Entertainment with over 10 years agency experience.   Craig balances his focus between the independent and studio worlds, working with clients which include Mike Cahill, Xavier Dolan, Michael Dougherty, Dito Montiel, Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden, Cary Fukunaga, Joshua Marston, Oren Moverman, Peter Sollett, Dee Rees, Jonas Carpignano, Sophie Barthes, Chase Palmer, David Lowery, Pamela Romanowsky, Sarah Colangelo and Ryan Coogler.  

CRAIG KESTEL | ADVISOR

 

Craig Kestel was raised in Long Island, New York and attended St. John’s University in Queens. In his early twenties, Craig was an intern at The Shooting Gallery and Good Machine, which led him to a period of work at Lion’s Gate Films’ New York office.

 

In 2000, Craig moved to Los Angeles and began work as an agent trainee at the William Morris Agency. After spending two and a half years assisting SVP and William Morris Independent Co-Head Cassian Elwes, he was promoted to Agent in the Motion Picture Department. He is currently an agent at WME Entertainment with over 10 years agency experience.

 

Craig balances his focus between the independent and studio worlds, working with clients which include Mike Cahill, Xavier Dolan, Michael Dougherty, Dito Montiel, Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden, Cary Fukunaga, Joshua Marston, Oren Moverman, Peter Sollett, Dee Rees, Jonas Carpignano, Sophie Barthes, Chase Palmer, David Lowery, Pamela Romanowsky, Sarah Colangelo and Ryan Coogler.

 

CALVIN CASE | BOARD OF DIRECTORS Case works for Tierra Antigua Realty, a broad based real estate company specializing in marketing and selling properties, buyer representation, real estate investment strategies for long term and short term returns and real estate consulting and referrals.  With over 25 years experience in marketing, sales and real estate, they have sold hundreds of properties and made millions of dollars for their investors.

CALVIN CASE | BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Case works for Tierra Antigua Realty, a broad based real estate company specializing in marketing and selling properties, buyer representation, real estate investment strategies for long term and short term returns and real estate consulting and referrals. 

With over 25 years experience in marketing, sales and real estate, they have sold hundreds of properties and made millions of dollars for their investors.

MARIANNA PALKA | ADVISOR   Marianna wrote, directed and stars alongside Jason Ritter, Mark Webber, Charles Durning and Tom Arnold in the award winning love story, “Good Dick”. The film screened in one of only 16 competition slots at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and went on to be screened at numerous film festivals across the globe.   Marianna was honored with the New Director’s Award by Sean Connery at the Edinburgh Film Festival and was a Sloan Juror with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.   Other films include Nick Towne’s film “Day of the Dead” which premiered at The New York International Independent Film Festival, Bryce Dallas Howard’s directorial debut “Orchids” with Katherine Waterston and Alfred Molina and “Came,” directed by conceptual artist Brock Enright.   She studied at David Mamet and William H. Macy’s Atlantic Theater Company, and is of Polish decent, born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland. Palka is currently directing a music video for Moby, which will be shot in Los Angeles, where she lives and works.

MARIANNA PALKA | ADVISOR

 

Marianna wrote, directed and stars alongside Jason Ritter, Mark Webber, Charles Durning and Tom Arnold in the award winning love story, “Good Dick”. The film screened in one of only 16 competition slots at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and went on to be screened at numerous film festivals across the globe.

 

Marianna was honored with the New Director’s Award by Sean Connery at the Edinburgh Film Festival and was a Sloan Juror with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.

 

Other films include Nick Towne’s film “Day of the Dead” which premiered at The New York International Independent Film Festival, Bryce Dallas Howard’s directorial debut “Orchids” with Katherine Waterston and Alfred Molina and “Came,” directed by conceptual artist Brock Enright.

 

She studied at David Mamet and William H. Macy’s Atlantic Theater Company, and is of Polish decent, born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland. Palka is currently directing a music video for Moby, which will be shot in Los Angeles, where she lives and works.

TALMADGE LOWE | ADVISOR   Talmadge Lowe, founder and drinkist, has been formulating new cocktails and redefining the classics from New York to Los Angeles for 15 years. He is available for private events, small or large, as well as mixology workshops, cocktail programs, and lectures on the craft.   He can often be found in his kitchen making tinctures and shrubs.

TALMADGE LOWE | ADVISOR

 

Talmadge Lowe, founder and drinkist, has been formulating new cocktails and redefining the classics from New York to Los Angeles for 15 years. He is available for private events, small or large, as well as mixology workshops, cocktail programs, and lectures on the craft.

 

He can often be found in his kitchen making tinctures and shrubs.

AMY MCGEE | ADVISOR   Amy is the Senior Director of Marketing & Publicity at ZEFR (Movieclips.com), the leading technology solution for professional rights holders and brands on YouTube located in Venice, CA.  Previously, Amy oversaw the Artist Alumni Program for the Sundance Institute, and managed public relations for the Institute and Sundance Film Festival for more than 7 years. Prior, Amy worked in public relations in Chicago for the Adler Planetarium, and PR agencies Weber Shandwick, Edelman and Golin Harris on clients like M&M’S, Got Milk?, P&G, and the Hard Rock Hotel. Since 2010, she has also worked as the Director of Programming for the American Pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival programming a series of daily industry and film panels. She produced the 2011 short film Saving Alice Bell directed by Nathan Parker (screenwriter, Moon). Previously she served on the Associate Boards of the Chicago Film Festival and Chicago Documentary Film Festival.

AMY MCGEE | ADVISOR

 

Amy is the Senior Director of Marketing & Publicity at ZEFR (Movieclips.com), the leading technology solution for professional rights holders and brands on YouTube located in Venice, CA.  Previously, Amy oversaw the Artist Alumni Program for the Sundance Institute, and managed public relations for the Institute and Sundance Film Festival for more than 7 years. Prior, Amy worked in public relations in Chicago for the Adler Planetarium, and PR agencies Weber Shandwick, Edelman and Golin Harris on clients like M&M’S, Got Milk?, P&G, and the Hard Rock Hotel. Since 2010, she has also worked as the Director of Programming for the American Pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival programming a series of daily industry and film panels. She produced the 2011 short film Saving Alice Bell directed by Nathan Parker (screenwriter, Moon). Previously she served on the Associate Boards of the Chicago Film Festival and Chicago Documentary Film Festival.

CHRISTINE DAVILA | ADVISOR   Screens hundreds of U.S. Latino and Spanish language films throughout the year as a freelance programmer for film festivals like Sundance, Morelia, Los Angeles Film Festival, San Antonio’s CineFestival, among others. To her vexing concern, far too many deserving  multi-cultural voices are kept under the radar and not given a chance to meet their audience or gain exposure in the festival and other distribution platforms. So she started a blog about it.

CHRISTINE DAVILA | ADVISOR

 

Screens hundreds of U.S. Latino and Spanish language films throughout the year as a freelance programmer for film festivals like Sundance, Morelia, Los Angeles Film Festival, San Antonio’s CineFestival, among others. To her vexing concern, far too many deserving  multi-cultural voices are kept under the radar and not given a chance to meet their audience or gain exposure in the festival and other distribution platforms. So she started a blog about it.

CARLOS GARZA | ADVISOR   Originally from Monterrey, Mexico, Carlos graduated with honors from the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Texas at Austin, where he also worked as International Competition Director of the Cinematexas Film Festival. In Mexico City, he was a Founding Member and Programmer of the Morelia International Film Festival from 2003 to 2011.   In the intervening years he has also been World Cinema Competition Coordinator at the Sundance Film Festival and publicist for independent films with David Magdael and Associates in Los Angeles. He is currently completing his master's degree in Producing at the American Film Institute Conservatory.

CARLOS GARZA | ADVISOR

 

Originally from Monterrey, Mexico, Carlos graduated with honors from the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Texas at Austin, where he also worked as International Competition Director of the Cinematexas Film Festival. In Mexico City, he was a Founding Member and Programmer of the Morelia International Film Festival from 2003 to 2011.

 

In the intervening years he has also been World Cinema Competition Coordinator at the Sundance Film Festival and publicist for independent films with David Magdael and Associates in Los Angeles. He is currently completing his master's degree in Producing at the American Film Institute Conservatory.

COREY BRILL | ADVISOR   Corey Brill is an actor and musician based in Los Angeles.  After graduating with an MFA in Acting from the University of California, San Diego, Corey has worked consistently in theatre and television. Broadway: Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo and Gore Vidal's The Best Man.  Regionally he's performed at The Kennedy Center, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Hartford Stage, The Old Globe, South Coast Rep, Seattle Rep, La Jolla Playhouse, Wiliamstown Theatre Festival  among others. Television credits include "Perception" and "CSI: Miami." For 5 years, Corey was the coordinator for the film music program at Sundance Institute. He also keeps hives of bees in downtown LA.

COREY BRILL | ADVISOR

 

Corey Brill is an actor and musician based in Los Angeles.  After graduating with an MFA in Acting from the University of California, San Diego, Corey has worked consistently in theatre and television. Broadway: Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo and Gore Vidal's The Best Man.  Regionally he's performed at The Kennedy Center, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Hartford Stage, The Old Globe, South Coast Rep, Seattle Rep, La Jolla Playhouse, Wiliamstown Theatre Festival  among others. Television credits include "Perception" and "CSI: Miami." For 5 years, Corey was the coordinator for the film music program at Sundance Institute. He also keeps hives of bees in downtown LA.

LEE ANNE SAVAGE | ADVISOR   Savage performs throughout the U.S. and Canada, garnering enthusiastic reviews for her country-rock pop-vocal style. Her strong narrative lyricism, catchy melodies and energetic stage presence compliment the direct simplicity and sophisticated complexity of her songwriting. Arizona's "Sassiest Songstress" planned on landing in Los Angeles at first. However, after an extended stay in Arizona, she’s made Tucson home.   She’s been the recipient of multiple TAMMIES (Tucson Area Music Awards) over the last 15 years and is well known as a staple in Tucson's growing music community. In 2012, Savage was nominated for five TAMMIES and won all five – including Entertainer of the Year, CD of the Year for "To The N9nes", Songwriter of the Year, Country Band of the Year and Best Female Vocalist.   Savage is passionately entrenched in her Southern Arizona community and actively works with many local charitable causes; most notably is her work with animal advocacy. In 2012, she partnered with PACC (Pima Animal Care Center) as part of the national "Just One Day" campaign in which she organized a high profile three-day adoption event. Over 130 dogs and cats were adopted during her campaign. She also works with Pima Paws For Life, an organization dedicated to developing a No Kill rescue and adoption facility.

LEE ANNE SAVAGE | ADVISOR

 

Savage performs throughout the U.S. and Canada, garnering enthusiastic reviews for her country-rock pop-vocal style. Her strong narrative lyricism, catchy melodies and energetic stage presence compliment the direct simplicity and sophisticated complexity of her songwriting. Arizona's "Sassiest Songstress" planned on landing in Los Angeles at first. However, after an extended stay in Arizona, she’s made Tucson home.

 

She’s been the recipient of multiple TAMMIES (Tucson Area Music Awards) over the last 15 years and is well known as a staple in Tucson's growing music community. In 2012, Savage was nominated for five TAMMIES and won all five – including Entertainer of the Year, CD of the Year for "To The N9nes", Songwriter of the Year, Country Band of the Year and Best Female Vocalist.

 

Savage is passionately entrenched in her Southern Arizona community and actively works with many local charitable causes; most notably is her work with animal advocacy. In 2012, she partnered with PACC (Pima Animal Care Center) as part of the national "Just One Day" campaign in which she organized a high profile three-day adoption event. Over 130 dogs and cats were adopted during her campaign. She also works with Pima Paws For Life, an organization dedicated to developing a No Kill rescue and adoption facility.

DANIELA ALATORRE | ADVISOR   Daniela Alatorre is currently a documentary programmer and a strategic planning consultant for the Morelia International Film Festival, which she has produced for the last ten years.   Her first film as a producer was the 2009 Sundance-award-winning documentary and festival hitEl General, a visually complex portrait of Mexico’s last 100 years of history directed by Natalia Almada.   She also produced De Panzazo (2012), the second most seen documentary in the history of Mexico, directed by Juan Carlos Rulfo and Carlos Loret de Mola; and El Ingeniero (2012), directed by Alejandro Lubezki, which won Best Documentary at the Mexican Film Festival of the Americas in 2012.   While working on El General, she was part of the Sundance Editing and Music Lab and in 2009 was a fellow of the first Creative Producers Lab at Sundance. She was a Flaherty Film Seminar fellow in 2010 and a participant in 2011, 2012 and 2013.   She recently served as an advisor for the Mexican Institute of Cinematography (IMCINE) revising documentary projects for funding and is currently living in New York working towards an MFA in documentary filmmaking. 

DANIELA ALATORRE | ADVISOR

 

Daniela Alatorre is currently a documentary programmer and a strategic planning consultant for the Morelia International Film Festival, which she has produced for the last ten years.

 

Her first film as a producer was the 2009 Sundance-award-winning documentary and festival hitEl General, a visually complex portrait of Mexico’s last 100 years of history directed by Natalia Almada.

 

She also produced De Panzazo (2012), the second most seen documentary in the history of Mexico, directed by Juan Carlos Rulfo and Carlos Loret de Mola; and El Ingeniero (2012), directed by Alejandro Lubezki, which won Best Documentary at the Mexican Film Festival of the Americas in 2012.

 

While working on El General, she was part of the Sundance Editing and Music Lab and in 2009 was a fellow of the first Creative Producers Lab at Sundance. She was a Flaherty Film Seminar fellow in 2010 and a participant in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

 

She recently served as an advisor for the Mexican Institute of Cinematography (IMCINE) revising documentary projects for funding and is currently living in New York working towards an MFA in documentary filmmaking

DAVID VEGH | ADVISOR   David Vegh is an actor, director and educator. He made his feature film debut with a supporting role in Steven Spielberg's "Saving Private Ryan" and has made numerous guest appearances on television, including "Dexter", "House", "Gray's Anatomy" and "Mad About You".   On stage, he has appeared at South Coast Repertory Theatre, California Repertory and most recently, with the Chautauqua Theatre Company in Tennessee Williams' "Cat On a Hot Tin Roof".   He teaches acting and theatre at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, in addition to directing two productions annually.

DAVID VEGH | ADVISOR

 

David Vegh is an actor, director and educator. He made his feature film debut with a supporting role in Steven Spielberg's "Saving Private Ryan" and has made numerous guest appearances on television, including "Dexter", "House", "Gray's Anatomy" and "Mad About You".

 

On stage, he has appeared at South Coast Repertory Theatre, California Repertory and most recently, with the Chautauqua Theatre Company in Tennessee Williams' "Cat On a Hot Tin Roof".

 

He teaches acting and theatre at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, in addition to directing two productions annually.

STEVEN G. CHEEK | ADVISOR   Steven Cheek is currently the Director and Artist in Residence at the Mary Anderson Center for the Arts, located on the 400 acres of Mt. St. Francis, Indiana and Adjunct Professor at the University of Louisville. Steven received his MFA in ceramics from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and a BFA from the University of Evansville.   Prior to moving to Louisville, Kentucky he was a professor at Georgia State University School of Art and Design, and the University of Tennessee Chattanooga and an Artist in Residence at Odyssey Center for the Ceramic Arts in Asheville, North Carolina.   Some of his exhibitions include “The New Aesthetics of Ceramics Invitational”, “International Cup”, the San Angelo National Ceramics Competition and “Cup: The Intimate Object III – IX.”   He has received several awards and recognitions and is included in many private and public collections. 

STEVEN G. CHEEK | ADVISOR

 

Steven Cheek is currently the Director and Artist in Residence at the Mary Anderson Center for the Arts, located on the 400 acres of Mt. St. Francis, Indiana and Adjunct Professor at the University of Louisville. Steven received his MFA in ceramics from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and a BFA from the University of Evansville.

 

Prior to moving to Louisville, Kentucky he was a professor at Georgia State University School of Art and Design, and the University of Tennessee Chattanooga and an Artist in Residence at Odyssey Center for the Ceramic Arts in Asheville, North Carolina.

 

Some of his exhibitions include “The New Aesthetics of Ceramics Invitational”, “International Cup”, the San Angelo National Ceramics Competition and “Cup: The Intimate Object III – IX.”

 

He has received several awards and recognitions and is included in many private and public collections. 

YOU. YEAH, YOU!   We want you to become a part of this project. Are you interested in volunteering? Wanna apply to stay at Rex Ranch and work of a project of your own? Awesome, send us your ideas here. In order to make Rex Ranch a reality, we must first raise $725,000 to buy the property. You can donate to the cause here, any dollar amount at all will help us and you become a part of something new and special with us. If you have another idea, let us know – we’d be super excited to hear from you.

YOU. YEAH, YOU!

 

We want you to become a part of this project. Are you interested in volunteering? Wanna apply to stay at Rex Ranch and work of a project of your own? Awesome, send us your ideas here. In order to make Rex Ranch a reality, we must first raise $725,000 to buy the property. You can donate to the cause here, any dollar amount at all will help us and you become a part of something new and special with us. If you have another idea, let us know – we’d be super excited to hear from you.

ONDI TIMONER | ADVISOR   Ondi Timoner has the rare distinction of winning the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival twice. Her 2004 doc, DIG!, explores the collision of art and commerce through the star-crossed rivalry of the Dandy Warhols and the Brian Jonestown Massacre, while her 2009 top prize-winner, WE LIVE IN PUBLIC, examines how willingly we will trade our privacy in the virtual age through the social experiments of Internet visionary, Josh Harris. Both were acquired by the Museum of Modern Art in New York for their permanent collection.   Her other award-winning features include The Nature of the Beast (1994), Join Us (2007), and COOL IT (2010).  Alongside directing and producing A TOTAL DISRUPTION - which releases bi-weekly short docs from the mothership hub of innovation - she produces and hosts the weekly talk show BYOD (Bring Your Own Doc) for thelip.tv.  BYOD is the only talk show in the world focused solely on documentaries, over 100 episodes in, for which Ondi interviews top doc filmmakers about their work. 

ONDI TIMONER | ADVISOR

 

Ondi Timoner has the rare distinction of winning the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival twice. Her 2004 doc, DIG!, explores the collision of art and commerce through the star-crossed rivalry of the Dandy Warhols and the Brian Jonestown Massacre, while her 2009 top prize-winner, WE LIVE IN PUBLIC, examines how willingly we will trade our privacy in the virtual age through the social experiments of Internet visionary, Josh Harris. Both were acquired by the Museum of Modern Art in New York for their permanent collection.

 

Her other award-winning features include The Nature of the Beast (1994), Join Us (2007), and COOL IT (2010).  Alongside directing and producing A TOTAL DISRUPTION - which releases bi-weekly short docs from the mothership hub of innovation - she produces and hosts the weekly talk show BYOD (Bring Your Own Doc) for thelip.tv.  BYOD is the only talk show in the world focused solely on documentaries, over 100 episodes in, for which Ondi interviews top doc filmmakers about their work. 

JENNIFER KAYS | ADVISOR   Is a Los Angeles based actress, painter and the Literary Director for Circle X Theatre Co. since 2005. She has over 20 years experience working in live theatre.   She is a self-taught artist who lives and works in Los Angeles. Since 2005, her scenic painting has been seen in numerous productions with Circle X Theatre Co. (including a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle and a Garland Award Winner). Her canvases in acrylic and oil can be seen in private collections and in her blog. Known for raising an eyebrow in verbal articulation, her work stems from the desire to express the snapshot of her internal emotional images of a moment.

JENNIFER KAYS | ADVISOR

 

Is a Los Angeles based actress, painter and the Literary Director for Circle X Theatre Co. since 2005. She has over 20 years experience working in live theatre.

 

She is a self-taught artist who lives and works in Los Angeles. Since 2005, her scenic painting has been seen in numerous productions with Circle X Theatre Co. (including a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle and a Garland Award Winner). Her canvases in acrylic and oil can be seen in private collections and in her blog. Known for raising an eyebrow in verbal articulation, her work stems from the desire to express the snapshot of her internal emotional images of a moment.

VIRGINIA PEARCE | ADVISOR   As the Director of Marketing & Community Programs at Spy Hop, a nonprofit youth media organization, Virginia Pearce oversees all external relations and programming for an organization whose mission is to help young people find their voice and tell their stories through the digital arts. She works with school districts as well as organizations such as the Division of Youth Services and Decker Lake Youth Center to develop offsite programs and manages all public relations, social media, print and digital marketing campaigns.  She joined Spy Hop in 2010 after serving as the Assoc. Director of Artist Relations at Sundance Institute since 1998.  While there, she managed relationships with the Institute’s film, music and theatre artists, and created an Alumni program, engaging over 2000 Sundance alumni.  Virginia got her start as a commercial photographer and worked in Seattle, Maine, Boston and Paris.

VIRGINIA PEARCE | ADVISOR

 

As the Director of Marketing & Community Programs at Spy Hop, a nonprofit youth media organization, Virginia Pearce oversees all external relations and programming for an organization whose mission is to help young people find their voice and tell their stories through the digital arts. She works with school districts as well as organizations such as the Division of Youth Services and Decker Lake Youth Center to develop offsite programs and manages all public relations, social media, print and digital marketing campaigns.  She joined Spy Hop in 2010 after serving as the Assoc. Director of Artist Relations at Sundance Institute since 1998.  While there, she managed relationships with the Institute’s film, music and theatre artists, and created an Alumni program, engaging over 2000 Sundance alumni.  Virginia got her start as a commercial photographer and worked in Seattle, Maine, Boston and Paris.

JASON SODA | ADVISOR   Jason Soda is a Los Angeles based guitarist and producer.  After growing up in the deserts of the Coachella Valley, J. Soda made Los Angeles his home in 1995.   He has been making records in his intimate studio at the base of Mount Washington ever since.  A dedicated lover of music from the time when records were made on tape, J. Soda blends modern technologies with traditional methods.   A seasoned Engineer and Producer, J.Soda has recorded and made records with and for: Jakob Dylan, The Watson Twins, Everest, Slydell, Michael Gladis, Beth Behrs, The Whispering Pines as well as local LA bands and songwriters.  When not making records, J. Soda has shared the stage with Neil Young, Everest, Jakob Dylan, The Watson Twins, My Morning Jacket, Wilco, Matt Costa, Spain, Alana Amram, The Shore and others.  With the help of vintage guitars, real pianos, tape machines and innovative ideas, J. Soda is on a mission to conjure up the same feelings you got from playing your parents' records.

JASON SODA | ADVISOR

 

Jason Soda is a Los Angeles based guitarist and producer.  After growing up in the deserts of the Coachella Valley, J. Soda made Los Angeles his home in 1995.   He has been making records in his intimate studio at the base of Mount Washington ever since.  A dedicated lover of music from the time when records were made on tape, J. Soda blends modern technologies with traditional methods.

 

A seasoned Engineer and Producer, J.Soda has recorded and made records with and for: Jakob Dylan, The Watson Twins, Everest, Slydell, Michael Gladis, Beth Behrs, The Whispering Pines as well as local LA bands and songwriters.  When not making records, J. Soda has shared the stage with Neil Young, Everest, Jakob Dylan, The Watson Twins, My Morning Jacket, Wilco, Matt Costa, Spain, Alana Amram, The Shore and others.  With the help of vintage guitars, real pianos, tape machines and innovative ideas, J. Soda is on a mission to conjure up the same feelings you got from playing your parents' records.

PEGGY JOHNSON | ADVISOR   Peggy Johnson is a founder and executive director of the nonprofit Loft Cinema.  As Executive Director, Peggy has been the driving force behind the successful effort to save The Loft, Tucson’s art house since 1972, and to transition The Loft from a privately-owned theatre to a nonprofit cultural center that features foreign, independent and classic films, along with community and educational events with film industry professionals, scholars, experts and activists.   The Loft is a member of the Sundance Art House Project and a host cinema for Sundance USA. The cinema has more than 3,500 members and is one of the leading arts organizations in Arizona.   Peggy was a broadcast journalist, first in radio and then on Public Television, where she worked for 24 years.  Peggy was a film critic on NPR 89.1 for 2 years before assuming her position at The Loft. She holds a Master's Degree from the UA Department of Media Arts.

PEGGY JOHNSON | ADVISOR

 

Peggy Johnson is a founder and executive director of the nonprofit Loft Cinema.  As Executive Director, Peggy has been the driving force behind the successful effort to save The Loft, Tucson’s art house since 1972, and to transition The Loft from a privately-owned theatre to a nonprofit cultural center that features foreign, independent and classic films, along with community and educational events with film industry professionals, scholars, experts and activists.

 

The Loft is a member of the Sundance Art House Project and a host cinema for Sundance USA. The cinema has more than 3,500 members and is one of the leading arts organizations in Arizona.

 

Peggy was a broadcast journalist, first in radio and then on Public Television, where she worked for 24 years.  Peggy was a film critic on NPR 89.1 for 2 years before assuming her position at The Loft. She holds a Master's Degree from the UA Department of Media Arts.

JOY OSMANSKI | ADVISOR   Joy Osmanski grew up in Olympia, WA and now resides in Los Angeles. As an actor, selected TV credits include "Save Me," "Legit," "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," "Grey's Anatomy," and "The Loop," and on film she can be seen in "Wedding Palace," "White on Rice" and "Surrogate Valentine." Theatre remains close to her heart, and regionally, Joy has worked at the Mark Taper, A Noise Within, San José Rep and La Jolla Playhouse. Joy has shared her love of acting with a wide variety of students–children of all ages, at-risk youth, men and women in jail, teachers, college students, beginning and advanced actors. Joy is a proud graduate of the MFA Acting Program at the University of California, San Diego.

JOY OSMANSKI | ADVISOR

 

Joy Osmanski grew up in Olympia, WA and now resides in Los Angeles. As an actor, selected TV credits include "Save Me," "Legit," "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," "Grey's Anatomy," and "The Loop," and on film she can be seen in "Wedding Palace," "White on Rice" and "Surrogate Valentine." Theatre remains close to her heart, and regionally, Joy has worked at the Mark Taper, A Noise Within, San José Rep and La Jolla Playhouse. Joy has shared her love of acting with a wide variety of students–children of all ages, at-risk youth, men and women in jail, teachers, college students, beginning and advanced actors. Joy is a proud graduate of the MFA Acting Program at the University of California, San Diego.

JACK McBRAYER | ADVISOR   Jack McBrayer is an American comedic actor who gained national exposure for his characters on Late Night with Conan O'Brien. He is best known for portraying Kenneth Parcell on the television series 30 Rock, a role for which he received an Emmy nomination in 2009 at the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards.   He began his career in Chicago with The Second City and IO Theater, an experience that introduced him to 30 Rock creator Tina Fey.   McBrayer appeared in over 80 sketches on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, often lampooning his own Southern upbringing (he was born in Macon, Georgia). Jack has lent his voice to the animated films Wreck-It Ralph and Despicable Me, as well as appearing in the movies Talladega Nights, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, and Forgetting Sarah Marshall among many others. His television credits also include appearances on Arrested Development, The Colbert Report, Yo Gabba Gabba! and The Simpsons.

JACK McBRAYER | ADVISOR

 

Jack McBrayer is an American comedic actor who gained national exposure for his characters on Late Night with Conan O'Brien. He is best known for portraying Kenneth Parcell on the television series 30 Rock, a role for which he received an Emmy nomination in 2009 at the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards.

 

He began his career in Chicago with The Second City and IO Theater, an experience that introduced him to 30 Rock creator Tina Fey.

 

McBrayer appeared in over 80 sketches on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, often lampooning his own Southern upbringing (he was born in Macon, Georgia). Jack has lent his voice to the animated films Wreck-It Ralph and Despicable Me, as well as appearing in the movies Talladega Nights, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, and Forgetting Sarah Marshall among many others. His television credits also include appearances on Arrested Development, The Colbert Report, Yo Gabba Gabba! and The Simpsons.

MICHAEL MOHAN | ADVISOR   Michael Mohan's SAVE THE DATE premiered in dramatic competition at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. The film, starring Lizzy Caplan & Alison Brie, was co-written by graphic novelist Jeffrey Brown & Egan Reich, and released by IFC Films.   In 2011, his short film EX-SEX premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and played several other festivals around the world including SXSW and AFI Fest. The film was featured on the Viewfinders list as one of the 10 best short films of the year.   His first feature film, the microbudget ONE TOO MANY MORNINGS, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2010. It was self-released, with theatrical engagements all across the country, including a sold out showing at the Cinefamily in Los Angeles. In between films, Michael has directed numerous music videos, working with such bands as FITZ AND THE TANTRUMS, MINUS THE BEAR, and SEA WOLF among others.   His work is stylish, restrained, heartfelt, and friendly. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife Kelly in the same apartment where Robert Towne wrote Chinatown. Outside of filmmaking, Mohan's interests include percussion, wine tasting, and German board games.

MICHAEL MOHAN | ADVISOR

 

Michael Mohan's SAVE THE DATE premiered in dramatic competition at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. The film, starring Lizzy Caplan & Alison Brie, was co-written by graphic novelist Jeffrey Brown & Egan Reich, and released by IFC Films.

 

In 2011, his short film EX-SEX premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and played several other festivals around the world including SXSW and AFI Fest. The film was featured on the Viewfinders list as one of the 10 best short films of the year.

 

His first feature film, the microbudget ONE TOO MANY MORNINGS, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2010. It was self-released, with theatrical engagements all across the country, including a sold out showing at the Cinefamily in Los Angeles.

In between films, Michael has directed numerous music videos, working with such bands as FITZ AND THE TANTRUMS, MINUS THE BEAR, and SEA WOLF among others.

 

His work is stylish, restrained, heartfelt, and friendly. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife Kelly in the same apartment where Robert Towne wrote Chinatown. Outside of filmmaking, Mohan's interests include percussion, wine tasting, and German board games.

 ROGER TINCH | ADVISOR   Roger served as the Art and Online Director for the CineVegas Film Festival from 2005 – 2009. Once the Festival went on hiatus he continued to pursue his two loves—the cinema and the web—by becoming a consultant for MUBI, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Sundance Film Festival, Fantastic Fest, and ActionFest. He has resided in Las Vegas, NV since 1991, but does not have a gambling problem nor has had his hands broken by a hot headed casino boss for counting cards. Although not for a lack of trying. You can see his web and design work at tinch.co and he curates an online gallery of film posters at reelizer.com.

 ROGER TINCH | ADVISOR

 

Roger served as the Art and Online Director for the CineVegas Film Festival from 2005 – 2009. Once the Festival went on hiatus he continued to pursue his two loves—the cinema and the web—by becoming a consultant for MUBI, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Sundance Film Festival, Fantastic Fest, and ActionFest. He has resided in Las Vegas, NV since 1991, but does not have a gambling problem nor has had his hands broken by a hot headed casino boss for counting cards. Although not for a lack of trying. You can see his web and design work at tinch.co and he curates an online gallery of film posters at reelizer.com.

 N. BIRD RUNNINGWATER | ADVISOR   Born of the Cheyenne and Mescalero Apache peoples, Runningwater was reared on the Mescalero Apache Reservation in New Mexico. He has overseen the Native Lab of the Institute which has launched projects such asFour Sheets to the Wind, Sikumi, Miss Navajo, Drunktown's Finest.   Runningwater has also established filmmaker Labs in New Zealand and Australia, which have spawned such projects asThe Strength Of Water (New Zealand), Samson And Delilah (Australia), andBran Nue Dae  (Australia).   Before joining Sundance Institute, Runningwater served as executive director of the Fund of the Four Directions, the private philanthropy organization of a Rockefeller family member. He served as program associate in the Ford Foundation’s Media, Arts, and Culture Program, where he built and managed domestic and global funding initiatives. Runningwater currently serves as a patron to the imagineNative Indigenous Film Festival in Toronto.   Currently based in Los Angeles, he is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with degrees in Journalism and Native American Studies, and he received his Master of Public Affairs degree from the University of Texas at Austin’s Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs.

 N. BIRD RUNNINGWATER | ADVISOR

 

Born of the Cheyenne and Mescalero Apache peoples, Runningwater was reared on the Mescalero Apache Reservation in New Mexico. He has overseen the Native Lab of the Institute which has launched projects such asFour Sheets to the Wind, Sikumi, Miss Navajo, Drunktown's Finest.

 

Runningwater has also established filmmaker Labs in New Zealand and Australia, which have spawned such projects asThe Strength Of Water (New Zealand), Samson And Delilah (Australia), andBran Nue Dae  (Australia).

 

Before joining Sundance Institute, Runningwater served as executive director of the Fund of the Four Directions, the private philanthropy organization of a Rockefeller family member. He served as program associate in the Ford Foundation’s Media, Arts, and Culture Program, where he built and managed domestic and global funding initiatives. Runningwater currently serves as a patron to the imagineNative Indigenous Film Festival in Toronto.

 

Currently based in Los Angeles, he is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with degrees in Journalism and Native American Studies, and he received his Master of Public Affairs degree from the University of Texas at Austin’s Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs.

ANTHONY LANEY | ADVISOR   Anthony is an LA-based architect who is devoted to bringing out the best in creative teams but most importantly, Anthony is a proud husband and father.   He began his career with the renowned design-build firm Marmol-Radziner, working for clients as distinguished as Tom Ford and Tadao Ando. Graduating at the top of his class from the USC School of Architecture, he received numerous recognitions including the Studio Design Award. Most recently, Anthony became the youngest project manager at Rockefeller Partners Architects, helping this respected firm achieve greater exposure and a more robust digital workflow.   Anthony has worked with a wide range clients including restaurant owners, high rise developers, city planners, cultural foundations, educational institutions and NGOs. As a multi-disciplinary designer, his work encompasses architecture, interior design, graphic design, branding, and social leadership. He is a strong believer in design authorship, embracing the parallel development of content and form.

ANTHONY LANEY | ADVISOR

 

Anthony is an LA-based architect who is devoted to bringing out the best in creative teams but most importantly, Anthony is a proud husband and father.

 

He began his career with the renowned design-build firm Marmol-Radziner, working for clients as distinguished as Tom Ford and Tadao Ando. Graduating at the top of his class from the USC School of Architecture, he received numerous recognitions including the Studio Design Award. Most recently, Anthony became the youngest project manager at Rockefeller Partners Architects, helping this respected firm achieve greater exposure and a more robust digital workflow.

 

Anthony has worked with a wide range clients including restaurant owners, high rise developers, city planners, cultural foundations, educational institutions and NGOs. As a multi-disciplinary designer, his work encompasses architecture, interior design, graphic design, branding, and social leadership. He is a strong believer in design authorship, embracing the parallel development of content and form.

JENNIFER COCHIS | ADVISOR   Jennifer Cochis has been a producer for almost 4 years; in fall 2009 she co-produced the feature film Douchebag directed by Drake Doremus (Like Crazy, Breathe In).  Douchebag went on to have its world premiere in Dramatic Competition at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and was theatrically released later that year.     Chosen by the Sundance Institute Feature Film Program as one of five producers for the Creative Producing Lab in 2010, Jennifer attended both the Creative Producing Lab and Summit as well as Sundance Film Festival 2011 with the feature film project The West Memphis Three written and directed by Sundance alumnus Lee Toland Kreiger (Celeste and Jesse Forever, The Vicious Kind). Sundance also awarded Jennifer the Sheila C. Johnson Fellowship.  By invitation, Jennifer and Lee attended Film Independent's No Borders at Independent Film Week 2010 with The West Memphis Three.   In 2012, Jennifer had two films in competition at Sundance, Smashed in Dramatic Competition and The Other Dream Team in Documentary Competition. Smashed sold to Sony Pictures Classics and also became an official selection of Toronto, Deauville, and many premiere film festivals around the world, and garnered a Spirit Award nomination. The Other Dream Team sold to Film Arcade  and was theatrically released via Lionsgate in October 2012, and earned a PGA nomination. Most recently, Jennifer was at SXSW 2013 with the film Los Wild Ones in Documentary Competition, directed by Elise Salomon (prod: Paper Heart). Currently, Jennifer is collaborating with several filmmakers on multi-genre feature film projects, she has another feature beginning production early next year.

JENNIFER COCHIS | ADVISOR

 

Jennifer Cochis has been a producer for almost 4 years; in fall 2009 she co-produced the feature film Douchebag directed by Drake Doremus (Like Crazy, Breathe In).  Douchebag went on to have its world premiere in Dramatic Competition at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and was theatrically released later that year.  

 

Chosen by the Sundance Institute Feature Film Program as one of five producers for the Creative Producing Lab in 2010, Jennifer attended both the Creative Producing Lab and Summit as well as Sundance Film Festival 2011 with the feature film project The West Memphis Three written and directed by Sundance alumnus Lee Toland Kreiger (Celeste and Jesse Forever, The Vicious Kind). Sundance also awarded Jennifer the Sheila C. Johnson Fellowship.  By invitation, Jennifer and Lee attended Film Independent's No Borders at Independent Film Week 2010 with The West Memphis Three.

 

In 2012, Jennifer had two films in competition at Sundance, Smashed in Dramatic Competition and The Other Dream Team in Documentary Competition. Smashed sold to Sony Pictures Classics and also became an official selection of Toronto, Deauville, and many premiere film festivals around the world, and garnered a Spirit Award nomination. The Other Dream Team sold to Film Arcade  and was theatrically released via Lionsgate in October 2012, and earned a PGA nomination.

Most recently, Jennifer was at SXSW 2013 with the film Los Wild Ones in Documentary Competition, directed by Elise Salomon (prod: Paper Heart). Currently, Jennifer is collaborating with several filmmakers on multi-genre feature film projects, she has another feature beginning production early next year.

JOE WARSON | ADVISOR   Joe Warson has 22 years experience in feature films, music, videos and commercials as a production designer. Mentored by the award winning designer Kalina Ivanov, Joe’s career went on to include projects with Mark Pellington, Marcus Nispel, Samuel Bayer, Tony Kaye, Diane Martel, Mark Romanek, and Phil Joanou.   Since 2000 Joe has been working with Jason Blumenthal at Sony Escape Artists, writing several screenplays “in house”. In 2004 Joe directed the documentary short “The Last Days of Jonathan Perlo” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

JOE WARSON | ADVISOR

 

Joe Warson has 22 years experience in feature films, music, videos and commercials as a production designer. Mentored by the award winning designer Kalina Ivanov, Joe’s career went on to include projects with Mark Pellington, Marcus Nispel, Samuel Bayer, Tony Kaye, Diane Martel, Mark Romanek, and Phil Joanou.

 

Since 2000 Joe has been working with Jason Blumenthal at Sony Escape Artists, writing several screenplays “in house”. In 2004 Joe directed the documentary short “The Last Days of Jonathan Perlo” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

LINDA GOLDSTEIN KNOWLTON | ADVISOR   Linda Goldstein Knowlton co-directed and co-produced the feature-length documentary, THE WORLD ACCORDING TO SESAME STREET. The film examines Sesame Street's international co-productions, made primarily in some of the world's political hotspots, including Kosovo, Bangladesh, and South Africa. The film made its World Premiere in competition at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival as an Official Selection in the U.S. Documentary category. The film was selected and screened at the Hot Docs Film Festival in Toronto, the Seattle Film Festival, and other festivals including Boston, Dubrovnik, New Zealand, Melbourne, and Zurich. Previously, Goldstein Knowlton produced the New Zealand film WHALE RIDER (2002), directed by Niki Caro, which was the winner of the Audience Awards at Toronto, Sundance, Rotterdam, Seattle, San Francisco, and Maui film festivals. Goldstein Knowlton became involved with WHALE RIDER in 1992, a decade before its theatrical release, after reading the novella upon which the film is based. Prior to that, she initiated the development of THE SHIPPING NEWS after reading the novel in galley form in 1993, and then produced the 2001-released film, directed by Lasse Hallstrom. She made her feature-film producing debut in 1999 with both MUMFORD, written and directed by Lawrence Kasdan, and CRAZY IN ALABAMA, directed by Antonio Banderas. She is currently developing both fiction and documentary films.   Born and raised in Chicago, Goldstein Knowlton studied neuroscience at Brown University. Following college, she remained in Providence to serve the governor of Rhode Island in the Office of Intergovernmental Relations. She subsequently worked raising funds for film preservation at The American Film Institute, in Washington, D.C., and, later, in Los Angeles. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter.

LINDA GOLDSTEIN KNOWLTON | ADVISOR

 

Linda Goldstein Knowlton co-directed and co-produced the feature-length documentary, THE WORLD ACCORDING TO SESAME STREET. The film examines Sesame Street's international co-productions, made primarily in some of the world's political hotspots, including Kosovo, Bangladesh, and South Africa. The film made its World Premiere in competition at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival as an Official Selection in the U.S. Documentary category. The film was selected and screened at the Hot Docs Film Festival in Toronto, the Seattle Film Festival, and other festivals including Boston, Dubrovnik, New Zealand, Melbourne, and Zurich. Previously, Goldstein Knowlton produced the New Zealand film WHALE RIDER (2002), directed by Niki Caro, which was the winner of the Audience Awards at Toronto, Sundance, Rotterdam, Seattle, San Francisco, and Maui film festivals. Goldstein Knowlton became involved with WHALE RIDER in 1992, a decade before its theatrical release, after reading the novella upon which the film is based. Prior to that, she initiated the development of THE SHIPPING NEWS after reading the novel in galley form in 1993, and then produced the 2001-released film, directed by Lasse Hallstrom. She made her feature-film producing debut in 1999 with both MUMFORD, written and directed by Lawrence Kasdan, and CRAZY IN ALABAMA, directed by Antonio Banderas. She is currently developing both fiction and documentary films.

 

Born and raised in Chicago, Goldstein Knowlton studied neuroscience at Brown University. Following college, she remained in Providence to serve the governor of Rhode Island in the Office of Intergovernmental Relations. She subsequently worked raising funds for film preservation at The American Film Institute, in Washington, D.C., and, later, in Los Angeles. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter.

MIRANDA ROMERO | ADVISOR   Born in Mexico City, she is a cultural affairs entrepreneur, filmmaker and writer, with more than 10 years experience at Film Festivals, in particular at Morelia International Film Festival.    Feeling dismayed at the negative press her country gets abroad, she started working to put together a festival that gives voice to Mexican emerging talents around the world, with the mission to showcase a fresh and positive image of Mexico through creative industries. The result of this effort is MexFest, the first two editions have been held in London, UK. She is it’s Artistic Director and is working on replicating the model on other countries.   She is also currently trying to put together a learning music program for children with disabilities or low income and finishing a long overdue novel.

MIRANDA ROMERO | ADVISOR

 

Born in Mexico City, she is a cultural affairs entrepreneur, filmmaker and writer, with more than 10 years experience at Film Festivals, in particular at Morelia International Film Festival. 

 

Feeling dismayed at the negative press her country gets abroad, she started working to put together a festival that gives voice to Mexican emerging talents around the world, with the mission to showcase a fresh and positive image of Mexico through creative industries. The result of this effort is MexFest, the first two editions have been held in London, UK. She is it’s Artistic Director and is working on replicating the model on other countries.

 

She is also currently trying to put together a learning music program for children with disabilities or low income and finishing a long overdue novel.

LILI De BARBIERI  |  ADVISOR   Lili DeBarbieri is a travel writer, historical non-fiction author and librarian. Lili's notable, best-selling debut book A Guide to Southern Arizona’s Historic Farms and Ranches: Rustic Southwest Retreats was recently named a New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards Finalist for Best Travel Book and Best History Book: Arizona Subject. Lili is a local stringer for Agence France-Presse, an international news agency and has served as contributing editor of Ethical Traveler; she has contributed to a diverse range of publications over the years including Fine Books and Collections, the Los Angeles Times, E/ The Environmental Magazine and conservation book The Utah Prairie Dog (University of Utah Press 2014). She regularly presents at historical societies, non-profit organizations, businesses and libraries on travel, film history, and the heritage of the Southwest and has been interviewed on numerous television and radio programs. Lili holds a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Southern Mississippi and is very active in Arizona’s library community as the Co-chair of the Horner Fellowship Committee, former Chair of the Arizona Library Association’s International Interest Group and on the Grand Canyon Reader Award Selection Committee. She is currently at work on a second book Location Filming in Arizona: The Screen Legacy of the Grand Canyon State forthcoming from The History Press in spring 2014. Lili has since partnered with the Western National Parks Association and Tucson Film Office to develop and lead tours inspired by the locations and subject matter of her books. A Philadelphia native, she lives in Tucson, Arizona.

LILI De BARBIERI  |  ADVISOR

 

Lili DeBarbieri is a travel writer, historical non-fiction author and librarian. Lili's notable, best-selling debut book A Guide to Southern Arizona’s Historic Farms and Ranches: Rustic Southwest Retreats was recently named a New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards Finalist for Best Travel Book and Best History Book: Arizona Subject. Lili is a local stringer for Agence France-Presse, an international news agency and has served as contributing editor of Ethical Traveler; she has contributed to a diverse range of publications over the years including Fine Books and Collections, the Los Angeles Times, E/ The Environmental Magazine and conservation book The Utah Prairie Dog (University of Utah Press 2014). She regularly presents at historical societies, non-profit organizations, businesses and libraries on travel, film history, and the heritage of the Southwest and has been interviewed on numerous television and radio programs.

Lili holds a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Southern Mississippi and is very active in Arizona’s library community as the Co-chair of the Horner Fellowship Committee, former Chair of the Arizona Library Association’s International Interest Group and on the Grand Canyon Reader Award Selection Committee. She is currently at work on a second book Location Filming in Arizona: The Screen Legacy of the Grand Canyon State forthcoming from The History Press in spring 2014.

Lili has since partnered with the Western National Parks Association and Tucson Film Office to develop and lead tours inspired by the locations and subject matter of her books. A Philadelphia native, she lives in Tucson, Arizona.

LESLIE MOODY CASTRO   Leslie Moody Castro lives between Mexico City and Austin, Texas. Moody Castro earned a Master’s degree in 2010 at the University of Texas at Austin in Museum Education and Museum Studies. During her time in Austin she co-found Co-Lab projects, curated independently at spaces such as Women and Their Work and Mexic-Arte Museum, and worked at the Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art, Lora Reynolds Gallery, and Artpace San Antonio. Her most recent independent curatorial projects have been collaborative and international in scope, linking the vibrant visual arts world between Mexico City and Texas, and continually attempting to provide an incubation space for both artists and visitors to find common ground. Moody Castro remains committed to expanding the visual arts world in Texas by creating moments of international connections and conversations, and has dedicated her professional career to opening the doors between Mexico and Texas. Throughout the next year Moody Castro has commited to projects and exhibitions at Co-Lab Projects, Texas State University, CentralTrak Dallas, and The Visual Arts Center at the University of Texas at Austin.

LESLIE MOODY CASTRO

 

Leslie Moody Castro lives between Mexico City and Austin, Texas. Moody Castro earned a Master’s degree in 2010 at the University of Texas at Austin in Museum Education and Museum Studies. During her time in Austin she co-found Co-Lab projects, curated independently at spaces such as Women and Their Work and Mexic-Arte Museum, and worked at the Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art, Lora Reynolds Gallery, and Artpace San Antonio. Her most recent independent curatorial projects have been collaborative and international in scope, linking the vibrant visual arts world between Mexico City and Texas, and continually attempting to provide an incubation space for both artists and visitors to find common ground. Moody Castro remains committed to expanding the visual arts world in Texas by creating moments of international connections and conversations, and has dedicated her professional career to opening the doors between Mexico and Texas. Throughout the next year Moody Castro has commited to projects and exhibitions at Co-Lab Projects, Texas State University, CentralTrak Dallas, and The Visual Arts Center at the University of Texas at Austin.

JON PROUDSTAR | ADVISOR   Native Tucsonian and filmmaking veteran of 28 years, Jon Proudstar has acted in over 35 Motion pictures and television shows. In 1998 Jon was one of 10 Native Americans chosen for the Sundance Institute’s Writers Lab and was also invited to the prestigious Director’s Lab where he participated as an actor. In 2005 Jon won the Tribecca Film Festival Screenwriter Competition for Up the River (co-written by Andre Cox). Jon has appeared in independent films that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival among other events. In 1996 the cult hit Bodies Rest and Motion, 2006 Goodnight Irene, 2008 Four Sheets to the Wind and Barking Water in 2009. In 1996 Jon would create the comic book TRIBAL FORCE. It would be hailed as the First all Indian Super Hero Comic book in the history of the United States. In 2009 Tribal Force was inducted into the Smithsonian Institute's Natives In Pop Culture collection.  Tribal Force is currently in development with Publisher Rising Sun Comics. With a career spanning over 30 years working with Survivors of Child Molestation and Violent Youth Offenders Jon’s dedication and commitment to the Youth of Tucson, The Pascua Yaqui Tribe and The Tohono O’odaham Nation can only be described as a labor of love. In 2008 Jon mentored Tohono O’odaham Youth to film the First Tohono O’odaham Zombie Short Film TOXIC TERROR. In 2009 two of Jon’s students were chosen to attend THE SUPERFLY FILMMAKING EVENT in Seattle Washington.

JON PROUDSTAR | ADVISOR

 

Native Tucsonian and filmmaking veteran of 28 years, Jon Proudstar has acted in over 35 Motion pictures and television shows. In 1998 Jon was one of 10 Native Americans chosen for the Sundance Institute’s Writers Lab and was also invited to the prestigious Director’s Lab where he participated as an actor. In 2005 Jon won the Tribecca Film Festival Screenwriter Competition for Up the River (co-written by Andre Cox).

Jon has appeared in independent films that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival among other events. In 1996 the cult hit Bodies Rest and Motion, 2006 Goodnight Irene, 2008 Four Sheets to the Wind and Barking Water in 2009.

In 1996 Jon would create the comic book TRIBAL FORCE. It would be hailed as the First all Indian Super Hero Comic book in the history of the United States. In 2009 Tribal Force was inducted into the Smithsonian Institute's Natives In Pop Culture collection.  Tribal Force is currently in development with Publisher Rising Sun Comics.

With a career spanning over 30 years working with Survivors of Child Molestation and Violent Youth Offenders Jon’s dedication and commitment to the Youth of Tucson, The Pascua Yaqui Tribe and The Tohono O’odaham Nation can only be described as a labor of love. In 2008 Jon mentored Tohono O’odaham Youth to film the First Tohono O’odaham Zombie Short Film TOXIC TERROR. In 2009 two of Jon’s students were chosen to attend THE SUPERFLY FILMMAKING EVENT in Seattle Washington.

PHOTOS BY SARAH LEE