STRATEGIC ADVISORS

We have established a strong network of artists and media makers who are telling stories that need to be told about problems that need to be solved. These Creative Activists don’t have access to all the resources in the areas that they need to succeed. Our Strategic Advisor Program is organized around granting access to the expertise and creativity of industry leaders and influencers.

 

Through a skilled volunteer and pro bono model our Strategic Advisors contribute their expertise and collaborate with Creative Visions staff. They help grantees develop and accelerate strategies that enhance productivity and impact.

 

Advisors are encouraged to take advantage of a number of networking events throughout the year at our LA, New York and Atlanta hubs and are invited to join in consultations with pre-vetted Creative Activist projects seeking specific guidance in the areas of:

 

• Development/Fundraising

• Production

• Post-Production

• Distribution

• Outreach/Engagement

  

Strategic Advisors commit to a minimum of one hour per month of pro-bono services through emails, phone calls, or in-person meetings.

Our Strategic Advisors

Femi Abodunde

Brand/Business Development & Strategy, iflix

Debbie Adler

Digital Strategy

Julie Bartleson

b*evolved Creative Agency

Rick Benzel

Publishing Consultant

Windy Borman

DVA Productions

Diana Castle

Acting Teacher/Coach, The Imagined Life Theatre

Jamie Chvotkin

Film Distribution, Film Bureau LLC

Sam Citron

Producer

Karen Criswell

Koncept Films

Joy Donnell

Do It In Public

Lynn Elliot

Attorney at Law, Law Offices of Lynn Elliot

Danielle Gano

elle communications

Ed Gutentag

Filmmaker

Jon Fitzgerald

CineCause

Lisa Hennessy

Executive Producer

Aleksandra Hilvert

Lowe Law

Dennis Hu

Fundly

Patty Ishimoto

BarleyCove

Jacob Jonas

Michael Kass

Story Impact

Laurel Kaufer

Kaufer Mediation Services

Eli Kaufman

Director of Communications, River LA

Maggie Langrick

LifeTree Media

Bill Marmor

Rex Edit

Andrew Markus

4 Score and 7 Music

Sam Mazzeo

Wilkinson Mazzeo

Andrew McGregor

The Tiziano Project

Stephen Nemeth

Rhino Films

Aniruddh Pandit

Filmmaker

Viviana Pendrill

Cris Popenoe

Dawn Productions

Dominik Rausch

Luminary Daily

Jon Reiss

Think Outside the Box Office: The Ultimate Guide to Film Distribution

Carolyn Sams

Co-Founder

Strawberry Saroyan

Writer, Editorial Consultant

Yosi Sergant

Taskforce PR

Claire Scanlon

Writer, Producer & Emmy-nominated Editor

Randall Scerbo

Co-Founder, RANDIAN

David Serota

Dokument Films

Dean Shull

Catchphrase Entertainment

Jamie Thalman

Graphic & Web Design

Gary Tomchuck

Consultant, Transformational Media

Charles Tsai

Social Creatives

Jeremy Tucker

Innovation Protocol

Emily Wilkinson

Managing Partner, Wilkinson Mazzeo

Anthony Testa

Choreographer

Andrew Krause

CEO, eecosphere

Mike Bonifer

Storyteller, bigSTORY

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Femi Abodunde

Brand/Business Development & Strategy, iflix

Mr. Abodunde is a media & technology driven professional who gained valuable experience with Fortune® 500 companies in the United States where he was directly responsible for P/L's anchored on up to $200 million in annual revenues. His expertise includes leading multi-site, multi-channel and cross functional teams, during high growth, transformation and/or ambiguous periods.

He has continued his career on the African subcontinent, where he has led important entrepreneurial initiatives, both as an advisor, and in executive management with some of the subcontinent's most recognizable brand names and business people. Mr. Abodunde has also been recognized as a best in class professional by Marcus Buckingham, a New York Times best selling author and the Gallup Organization.

He is currently leading start up activities for iflix in Nigeria.

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Debbie Adler

Digital Strategy

Debbie Adler is a digital strategist who specializes in working with non-profits and pro social causes. Previously, Debbie was a Client Manager at Blue State Digital, an online strategy, design and technology agency. She has worked on the strategy and execution for fundraising campaigns, list acquisition and website launches with clients such as GODIVA, Autism Speaks, The Rockefeller Foundation, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Film Society of Lincoln Center and more. Prior to Blue State, Debbie was the Director of Online Marketing for WNET, the PBS affiliate station in New York City. And before moving to New York for business school, she worked in Los Angeles at the NPR affiliate radio station, KCRW, where she oversaw the company’s music publicity and promotions. She earned her bachelor's degree at Brandeis University, where she is now on the board of the Women's and Gender Studies Department, and received her MBA from New York University's Leonard N. Stern School of Business.

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Julie Bartleson

b*evolved Creative Agency

California born and raised, Julie has over 15 years, extensive experience working with teams of leaders who lead and manage teams in business and personal development. As a Consultant of Independent Living Skills and Life Management for both businesses and individuals, uniquely combined with an environmental and human Ecology background, Julie provides visionary thinking and the innovative and drive that is crucial for successful entrepreneurship. Her forte is elevating the level of communication and listening within teams, clients and their projects. Julie has worked on projects with clients such as Tetra Tech, a global environmental firm and Humanitarian Filmmaker, Hubert Sauper, Academy Award nominee.

b*evolved creative is a boutique branding and interactive agency with the talent to communicate brands from a holistic perspective. They work with you to translate your vision into an extraordinary digital experience for an effective brand communication while always using the latest technology that works across digital platforms and devices. They deliver stunning and effective visual communications of your brand, honoring the company mission and vision with the utmost integrity. The result - a powerful brand offering that speaks to, and engages your target market.

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Rick Benzel

Publishing Consultant

Rick Benzel is a professional writer, editor, and publishing consultant in Los Angeles. His career spans several decades of work with major American publishing companies as well as working independently with leading edge authors and thinkers. He has been the editor of hundreds of books, including the bestselling creativity book, The Artist’s Way, and ghost written numerous books about business, leadership, and social change. He is a strong advocate for projects about how to build a better world. He is passionate about mentoring creative activists who want assistance in strategically developing their ideas for publication, or support in their writing about issues with the power to transform people’s thinking. Rick is honored to be a Mentor in the Creative Activists program because his entire career based on working with creative people to foster their ideas and develop books and online materials that can help humanity create a better world. He is fascinated by new ideas and finding ways to transmit knowledge and creative thinking that can improve lives and provide greater hope and prosperity for humankind. The Creative Activists program is a potential goldmine for just such creative people who will contribute to our social transformation.

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Windy Borman

DVA Productions

Windy is the founder and CEO of DVA Productions. DVA Productions stands for Digital Video Aesthetics and that is precisely our goal. We are a socially conscious, transmedia entertainment company founded in 2006 to produce feature film and digital content that inspires global change.

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Diana Castle

Acting Teacher/Coach, The Imagined Life Theatre

Diana Castle’s THE IMAGINED LIFE™- Acting As The Art of The Empathetic Imagination- is a creative philosophy and practical application of our natural empathetic imagination to the art of acting. Diana created THE IMAGINED LIFE™ Theatre in the Miracle Mile district of Los Angeles and for the past 25 years, she has worked with actors, singers, writers and directors of diverse backgrounds from all over the world in an effort to illuminate an experience of alternative perspectives, facilitate catharsis and create community through her creative philosophy and the empathetic imagined life experience. She is a recipient of The Maverick Award from The Los Angeles Women’s Theatre festival for “self styled creativity” and her “maverick” contributions to the creative community. She believes, as the playwright Henrik Ibsen wrote, that- “The only revolution that counts is a revolution of the human spirit.” Diana is very excited to participate in the CVF mentoring program.

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Jamie Chvotkin

Film Distribution, Film Bureau LLC

Jamie Chvotkin attended the University of Hartford and graduated with a BA in Cinema. The day after graduation, he accepted a job with Shooting Gallery, the premiere independent film studio known for releasing the films Sling Blade, Croupier and Henry Fool. For three years, he worked in the marketing department, overseeing the implementation of marketing campaigns for over 30 releases and the Shooting Gallery Film Series @Lowes Cineplex. The past 8 years were spent working for CD Baby and Film Baby, with the last three years as COO of the company, helping 350,000 musicians and filmmakers sell their works worldwide.

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Sam Citron

Producer

Sam has story produced, written, and edited several short documentaries for explore.org, a philanthropic arm of the Annenberg Foundation whose mission is to champion the selfless acts of others and inspire lifelong learning. Included among these films are Raindrops Over Rwanda, examining the Rwandan genocide of 1994, and Traveling with Jihad, an inspiring journey through the Middle East that uncovers the deep connections between Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. Both Raindrops Over Rwanda and Traveling with Jihad were screened at the SXSW Film Festival as well as the venerable Italian documentary film festival, Festival dei Popoli, where Traveling with Jihad played closing night. In the coming months, Traveling with Jihad will be presented as part of a college tour focusing on understanding Islam. Harvard, MIT, Princeton, and Georgetown are among the universities who have requested a screening. Currently, Sam is story producing, writing, and editing a new documentary for explore.org about Detroit and the inspirational renaissance that is taking place in one of America’s most troubled cities.

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Karen Criswell

Koncept Films

Karen comes from a background steeped in social and political theater having started her professional career performing with the Cherokee Nation's outdoor drama, The Trail Of Tears, and with the Bay Area's leftist political group, the San Francisco Mime Troupe. During her tenure at Dreamworks Studios she also produced/directed several projects including the feature film, Only The Brave, on the Japanese-American unit that fought for the U.S. during WWII. Currently, she is developing several documentary projects, and an online artist collective. In January 2014, Karen left her position as Vice-President of Operations at Dreamworks Studios to pursue her own production work, full time. Her company, KONCEPT FILMS, is an independent film production company working off of a mixed media and social issues model. Projects center around topics relevant in contemporary society; supported by art, music, poetry, language, and a multi-layered visual approach. The experience of the projects created should be one of emotional, intellectual, and philosophical connection with an intent to promote awareness and conversation. Partnerships and affiliations with artists, and organizations that are striving to produce quality work, push artistic boundaries, and stretch the borders of creative expression, is all part of the network that Koncept Films is striving to achieve. KONCEPT FILMS is a KonceptualArt.com affiliate.

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Joy Donnell

Do It In Public

Joy build brands. She helps develop conscious brand construction by devising key messaging, multi-platform content strategy and thought leadership without compromising core principles. Her goal is to help projects/creative activists identify and grow a loyal audience, get consistent media attention and learn how to leverage their voice through content strategy.
Joy has a wide background in women's rights and fighting to end violence against women and young girls, youth education, labor issues within the fashion industry and the topic of responsible luxury, and projects that help protect the creative spirit through art/culture/storytelling.

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Lynn Elliot

Attorney at Law, Law Offices of Lynn Elliot

LYNN ELLIOT has been in the practice of entertainment law since 2006. She practices
law in the areas of film, television, music, publishing, gaming, advertising, art, internet,
technology and digital media. Lynn is experienced in structuring, negotiating and drafting
a wide variety of entertainment related agreements.
Lynn’s clients include motion picture and television producers and production companies,
writers, directors, actors, musicians, songwriters, film composers, music managers, live
event promoters, artists, art galleries, photographers, corporations, limited liability
companies, talent management companies, record labels, publishing companies,
recording artists, Internet companies, Web producers, performing artists and creators of
new media content.
Lynn provides production legal services, counseling producers and production companies
on their feature and short films, documentaries and television projects, including Alive
Inside (winner of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award winner for US
Documentary), Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire, Day of Reckoning, The
Rachel Zoe Project, VH1 Soul Stage and Miami Ink.
She was previously an associate at Gray Krauss Stratford Des Rochers, LLP, providing
music, film and television legal services, and production legal services on various motion
pictures and television series. Lynn also worked as an associate at The Princeton Review
in the General Counsel’s Office in New York, NY, and as a legal clerk at Equal Rights
Advocates in San Francisco, CA.
Outside of her law career, Lynn has worn many hats in the entertainment industry, as a
screenwriter, producer, actress and various positions in the film and television production.
Lynn graduated from Ithaca College Film School and worked in film/TV production and
development with producers Jonathan Demme, Ron Bozman, Carl Mazzocone, Aaron
Russo and Bill Carraro, and on various productions including Bonfire of the Vanities,
Delirious and Law and Order.
Lynn is admitted to practice law in California and New York, and is pending bar admission
in Tennessee. She is a member of Los Angeles County Bar Association, New York City
Bar Association, Women in Film, Women in Music, Volunteer Lawyers & Professionals
for the Arts in Nashville, California Lawyer for the Arts and Business and Legal Affairs
Society.

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Danielle Gano

elle communications

Danielle is the founder of Elle Communications. Elle Communications is a public relations with offices in Los Angeles and New York that is focused on working with impact projects. Our clients include non-profit organizations, social enterprise, CSR and others whose businesses are about more than a bottom line.

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Ed Gutentag

Filmmaker

Ed has moved through the ranks from Film Loader to Cinematographer, having worked every position in between. Ed has worked on more than 100 feature films and hundreds of commercials and music videos. He has been fortunate to work with some of the most talented and Oscar winning above and below the line talent in the industry; Steven Spielberg (War of the Worlds), James Cameron (True Lies and Titanic), Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump) and Michael Mann (Collateral and Heat). In addition to working in mainstream Hollywood, Ed has also done many documentaries. You can see Ed’s IMDB page here. Ed has several reasons he wants to be a Mentor for Creative Visions. For one, he is usually the first person to raise his hand when someone asks for his help. If he can make someone’s journey easier, he is there. Years ago, someone said to Ed, “You can’t keep it, unless you give it away.” He feels that he could add to that statement; “You can’t keep it or learn more, unless you give it away.”

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Jon Fitzgerald

CineCause

With over 20 years as a filmmaker, author and festival director Jon’s vast experience grants him a sound understanding of the core values of CineCause. He directed his first film in 1994, and co-founded the Slamdance Film Festival the following year before serving as Festival Director for AFI, Santa Barbara and Abu Dabi. His first book, Filmmaking for Change: Make Films that Transform the World, was published in 2012.

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Lisa Hennessy

Executive Producer

Lisa Hennessy is an Emmy nominated Executive Producer specializing in large-scale network competition reality series.

For twelve years, Hennessy served as one of the driving forces behind Mark Burnett Productions (MBP). As an original member of the company, Hennessy played an integral role in the development and production of MBP television programs. Over the course of her tenure, Hennessy helped propel MBP from its status as a small production house to one of the most successful companies in the reality television genre.

Hennessy served as the Co-Executive Producer on Eco-Challenge from 1995 to 2002. Hennessy produced Eco-Challenge in Utah, New England, British Columbia, Australia, Morocco, Argentina, Malaysian Borneo, Alaska, New Zealand and Fiji. In 2001, she was recognized for her work on Eco- Challenge: Borneo with a Primetime Emmy Award nomination.

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Aleksandra Hilvert

Lowe Law

Lawyers are generally not considered the most artistic of people. However, Aleksandra Hilvert is out to prove the universe wrong. When she is not litigating entertainment and business law cases, Aleksandra is found writing children's books, screenplays, knitting and painting. She credits her creativeness to her mother, who is a always encouraged Aleksandra to pursue her hobbies despite the crayon-filled walls in their family home. In December of 2008, Aleksandra was admitted to the California Bar and began practicing complex civil litigation with an emphasis on contract disputes. She also worked in house for a entertainment, media and production company. Aleksandra currently works as an associate at Lowe & Associates where she handles both entertainment transactional and litigation. She represents screenwriters, actors, producers, directors, musicians, production companies, and publishers. Volunteering and community involvement are also a very important part of Aleksandra's repertoire. She is an active member of the Beverly Hills Bar Association’s Entertainment Law Executive Committee. In 2012, she founded the Social Media Sub Committee and began volunteering as a liaison between the Entertainment Law Committee and the Legislation Committee. Aleksandra also volunteers with various animal rights organizations and has been a law student mentor through the Chapman University Career Services department since graduating.

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Dennis Hu

Fundly

Experienced Leader in the Web/Software Industry with successful delivery of multiple customer facing, Internet and Enterprise applications in fast paced and dynamic environments

Domain expert in content management and user generated content for large scale deployments on the web. Led a core team for delivery of new Yahoo! News site (beta.news.yahoo.com) which is now the live production news.yahoo.com site. The core CMS engine and project now hosts over 100+ Yahoo! sites across the globe, including finance.yahoo.com, sports.yahoo.com and movies.yahoo.com.

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Patty Ishimoto

BarleyCove

Patty Ishimoto is a programming industry leader who is working with creative talent to develop and produce some of the most intriguing original stories never told on television. Her mission and that of her company, BarleyCove, is to create thought-provoking viewing alternatives for an intelligent audience. BarleyCove brings meaningful and impactful stories to life – stories that inform and entertain. Some stories true, some narrative, some unscripted, but all impart knowledge, learning and insight and perhaps "change" perspectives. Teams are formed, strategies devised and plans executed to enable the financing, production and distribution of projects.

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Jacob Jonas

Jacob Jonas is a Los Angeles based choreographer, photographer, and filmmaker. He was first introduced to the art of dance at the age of thirteen when he saw The Calypso Tumblers, a street-performing group on the Venice Beach boardwalk. Inspired, Jacob eventually joined the group and, within a year, was touring internationally to multiple busker festivals. Jacob then continued his training and decided to study other forms of dance – concert, commercial, and street – that led him to his true passion – choreography.

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Michael Kass

Story Impact

Michael Kass is a writer, storyteller, actor and nonprofiteer based in Los Angeles. After receiving a BA in English and Art History from Rice University, he went on to get an MA in Theater from Northwestern University. He then lived in Chicago for six years toiling away as an actor on the city's stages small and large, working with everyone from Tony Award winner Mary Zimmerman to at-risk youth trying their hand at Shakespeare. As he pursued his acting career, he also began building a career in nonprofit management, helping Lookingglass Theater Company raise $8 million for a new theater on Chicago's Magnificent Mile and leading fundraising workshops for Chicago area artists. After moving to Los Angeles, he continued to work in the nonprofit sector, partnering with organizations including Pasadena Playhouse, The Saban Free Clinic and My Friend's Place, a resource center for homeless youth in Hollywood. He also worked as a consultant for Nonprofit Finance Fund, traveling throughout California to facilitate nonprofit financial management workshops and lead consulting engagements to help organizations uncover their financial story and plan for greater stability. As a storyteller, he has appeared all over Los Angeles, winning multiple Moth StorySlams and popping up on various podcasts. And his writing has appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times as well as blogs including the very hip (so he's told) Thought Catalog.

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Laurel Kaufer

Kaufer Mediation Services

Laurel has been a mediator for two decades, a Mediation trainer (UC Santa Barbara, Prison of Peace and others), an Adjunct Professor of Law (Pepperdine) and Peacemaking trainer. Her mission is to share the principles of appropriate conflict resolution with anyone who wants to learn, with a focus on bringing essential problem solving and conflict management skills to disaffected and disenfranchised people and communities.
She is an expert at all aspects of Conflict Resolution and love creating new uses for an old process, particularly with people who have no expectation for peaceful resolution. She has practiced extensively as a Mediator and Arbitrator in Southern California. She teaches both skills and implementation, and leads projects from creation through to sustainability.

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Eli Kaufman

Director of Communications, River LA

The Los Angeles River captured Eli's imagination the first time he laid eyes on it...eight long years after moving to LA. His zeal to share the story and the possibility of the 51 miles is motivated by how integral it is to the health, prosperity and culture of the region he now calls home. Eli is thrilled to do his part to help LA become a more walkable, bikeable and people-centric city.
As Director of Communications, Eli builds brand awareness, advocacy and engagement for River LA. He works across the organization and with external partners to implement communication strategies that resonate with existing audiences, while also finding meaningful ways to engage new audiences with the river.
Prior to joining River LA, Eli was a Creative Strategist at A Hundred Years, a creative consultancy that leverages design and technology to create long-term impact. While at A Hundred Years he developed the narrative logic and facilitated workshops around the digital experiences he co-created for partners including The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, TED-Ed, The Rockefeller Foundation, ONE.org and Disney Imagineering among others. Between 2011-2013, Eli served as the Head of Video Production at GOOD Magazine where he developed, produced and/or directed video campaigns for brands including The GAP, Starbucks, Ben & Jerry’s, FedEx, Apollo, IBM, and The Tiger Woods Foundation. His GOOD work has screened at numerous film festivals as well as LACMA, TEDx, and has been featured on the front pages of YouTube, UpWorthy and Soul Pancake. From 2008-2011, Eli was the Senior Content Producer for Film Independent’s diverse educational programs as well as the Spirit Awards on IFC and The Los Angeles Film Festival at LA Live. While at Film Independent, Eli was fortunate to interview many of his Indie-Film heroes and continues to draw inspiration from the insights they shared.
Eli earned his MFA at UCLA’s School of Film, Television and Digital Media with a concentration in Directing and has a B.A from Oberlin College in English and History where he played four years Varsity Lacrosse. He is a founding parent of the IKAR Early Childhood Center Garden, serves as a mentor for Creative Visions Foundation and is a committed bicycle commuter and Metro rider. 
His ideal weekend in Los Angeles involves having adventures around town with his son and a few hours gardening in his raised bed with their pit bull Nala.

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Maggie Langrick

LifeTree Media

Maggie Langrick is a writer, editor and book publisher with a deep interest in the arts and a personal passion for ideas that elevate the human condition. In her fifteen-year career as a magazine and newspaper editor in the UK and Canada, Maggie developed a keen ear for compelling and timely stories that resonate with readers and media. In 2013 she left her role as arts and lifestyle editor at the Vancouver Sun newspaper to found LifeTree Media, a hybrid book publishing company specializing in non-fiction books that help, heal and inspire. An intuitive editor and empathic writing coach, Maggie has collaborated with hundreds of writers at all skill levels. Her greatest joy is in working with first-time authors to help them discover their personal writing voice and shape complex ideas into a smart, market-savvy book concept. Writing a book is a life changing experience, especially when it is fueled by passion for a cause. Maggie delights in making this daunting task more accessible even to “non-writers” by nurturing their creative process, recommending appropriate editorial devices, and offering strategic publishing advice. She is thrilled to lend her support to the Creative Visions Foundation and its members.

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Bill Marmor

Rex Edit

Bill Marmor cut his teeth at Red Car Editorial working with industry icons like Joe Pytka and Tony Kaye. He earned a reputation as an editor with a keen eye for elevating the creative, working fast and instilling confidence in both directors and agency clients alike. This reputation led to Superbowl campaigns for Pepsi directed by Joe Pytka and editorial opportunities with W+K, Nike, Subaru, Coca-Cola, and Mastercard. During this tenure, Bill won Clio Awards, New York Festival, and LIAA’s. In 2001, he opened Rex Edit and continued to nurture relationships with comedy directors, Kevin Smith, Craig Gillespie, Dave Merhar, and Bryan Buckley as well as working with many agencies across the country like Cramer Kressalt, Leo Burnett Chicago, David & Goliath. Marmor known for his speed and adeptness in the craft, continues to edit all styles of commercials, short and long form. He edited a documentary, “Sign Painters”, now on iTunes.

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Andrew Markus

4 Score and 7 Music

4 Score and 7 Music has won 17 awards and honors for our music in television, film and content. With over 150 projects to their credit, they know how when and why music and sound can maximize viewer attention and retention. They call this Audio Kinetic Branding. They love to help film makers and content creators tell their stories with maximum impact and impeccable sound.

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Sam Mazzeo

Wilkinson Mazzeo

Sam’s experience spans from serving as the In-House Legal Counsel at the Invisible Children headquarters in San Diego to working with the environmental lobbyist organization Oceana in Santiago, Chile. His experience is in copyright, patent, and trademark application and enforcement, as well as business formation, litigation, and dissolution. He commemorates his travels with tattoos but offsets any preconceived tough guy notions by crying every time he watches Milo & Otis.

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Andrew McGregor

The Tiziano Project

Andrew McGregor is an inventor, filmmaker, writer, comic publisher, chessboxing champion, entrepreneur, frequent TEDx speaker, mentor, creator of TEDxPacificPalisades, photojournalist, and founder of The Tiziano Project, a not-for-profit that teaches journalism to people living in conflict zones and neglected parts of the world with an emphasis on creating jobs through media training. The organization has worked in places such as Rwanda, Somalia, DR Congo, Iraq, Kenyan slums, a California youth prison, Israel, Palestine, and South Central LA. He has been featured in “Wired”, “Newsweek”, the Sports Section of “The New York Times”, and many other publications.

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Stephen Nemeth

Rhino Films

Stephen Nemeth formed and heads up Rhino Films, the independent film company that originated as a division of iconoclastic record label Rhino Records. He has produced and executive produced dozens of films. His producer credits include The Sessions, starring John Hawkes, Helen Hunt and Wlliam H. Macy (Sundance 2012 Audience Award, 2013 Academy Award nomination for Helen Hunt), C.O.G., the first David Sedaris adaptation (Sundance 2013), Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Why Do Fools Fall in Love, Dogtown and Z Boys, and Radio Free Albemuth, the last Philip K. Dick novel. Nemeth's documentary credits include War/Dance (2008 Academy Award nomination), Fuel (Sundance 2008 Audience Award), Flow (Sundance 2008), Pick Up The Mic (Toronto 2005), Climate Refugees (Sundance 2010), Robert Williams Mr. Bitchin' , Ride with Larry, Under the Boardwalk: The Monopoly Story, Patriocracy and is in post-production on A Nuclear Family. and State of Control. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and on the board of numerous non-profit organizations including Friends of the Earth, Children Uniting Nations and the International Documentary Association and is on the dean's board of the UC Santa Cruz's School for the Arts.

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Aniruddh Pandit

Filmmaker

Ani graduated with honors from New York University, where he studied film production and mathematics. He wrote, directed and produced a feature film while still a student. The film, ‘Buffalo Dreams,’ premiered at the Woodstock Film Festival. He worked in film sales and finance at Cinetic Media, helping to launch premiere independent films including ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ and ‘I’m Not There.’ He was also an early expert on state tax incentives for film production and consulted producers on integrating incentives into their financing structures. He then joined Google Inc. where he worked first in advertising and new media, before transitioning to product development, facilitating collaboration between the Google engineering organization and the largest media agencies globally. He is currently a filmmaker based in Los Angeles. "I am excited about helping passionate people realize their creative aspirations. I’m also very interesting in finding ways to help others by methodically aiding their spirit and outlook."

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Viviana Pendrill

Pioneer in the US. Hispanic advertising industry, with 28 years of experience in multicultural marketing. Expertise in developing cutting edge creative campaigns in support of brand building strategies for new and established products in a broad variety of categories.

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Cris Popenoe

Dawn Productions

Cris is renowned for her impressive breadth of business relationships in the media and entertainment world, and among marketers, technologists, and entrepreneurs. Her goal is to create real value in people’s lives - and burnish the brands she serves with an afterglow. She’s been a digital media maven for as long as there’s been digital media. Cris is on the Board of the New Media Council of the Producers Guild of America. She has produced numerous award-winning digital media projects including videos, mobile and online apps, games, and web sites.

Her professional and personal passions include the body-mind-spirit realm, wellness, and East Asian culture. If you asked many people what word comes to mind when they think of Cris, it may be her energy or passion, but it is likely to be her ability as a connector and her desire to use these connections to make the world a better place, and our lives more authentic and honorable. That’s what she values above all in herself and in others. She’s connected. She’s effective. She cares.

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Dominik Rausch

Luminary Daily

Luminary Daily is an Online Magazine and Media Channel designed to provide content with a positive view on news, facts and stories from all around the world for audiences who seek to be informed in an uplifting, meaningful, and deeper sense while avoiding a constant barrage of bad news and negative gossip. Our ultimate vision is: "Bringing balance into the world one positive news story at a time. Wherever you are, wherever you go."

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Jon Reiss

Think Outside the Box Office: The Ultimate Guide to Film Distribution

JON REISS Named one of “10 Digital Directors to Watch” by Daily Variety, Jon Reiss is a critically acclaimed filmmaker whose experience releasing his documentary feature, Bomb It with a hybrid strategy was the inspiration for writing Think Outside the Box Office: The Ultimate Guide to Film Distribution in the Digital Era, the first step-by-step guide for filmmakers to distribute and market their films. He recently co-wrote Selling Your Film Without Selling Your Soul. Reiss is also a media strategist who helps filmmakers and companies navigate the new distribution and marketing landscape. He has worked with and consulted for IFP, Paramount Studios, the Sundance Institute, Screen Australia, Film Independent, Creative Scotland, The South Australian Film Corporation and numerous film schools and festivals to devise ways to educate and help independent filmmakers in the new economic landscape. He has conducted his TOTBO Master Classes over four continents and is the year-round distribution and marketing lab leader at the IFP Filmmaker Labs and the Director of the IFP PMD Labs he co-created with the IFP. He also teaches at the Film Directing Program at Cal Arts.

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Carolyn Sams

Co-Founder

Carolyn is the co-founder of The First Seating. The First Seating helps nonprofits and businesses work through strategic conversations and decisions in a setting that is creative and thoughtful. We combine the best in social impact strategy with the best in experience design to unleash better ways of tackling an organization’s biggest challenges together. Our process often takes shape through strategic workshops, team retreats or coalition events, and oftentimes we cook and eat together family style.

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Strawberry Saroyan

Writer, Editorial Consultant

She is a writer in many different genres - journalism, essays, poetry, stories, and memoir - with a passion for cultural comment, inspirational stories, and Creative Visions!

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Yosi Sergant

Taskforce PR

Yosi Sergant (born 1976) is an American publicist He is known for his commissioning and management of the"Hope" poster created during the 2008 presidential election by Shepard Fairey. Sergant holds a degree in World Arts and Culture from UCLA. Early in his career he worked for Yitzhak Rabin and Larry Clark. After the 2008 campaign, Sergant joined the White House's Office of Public Liaison and on May 11, 2009, Sergant was appointed Director of Communications for the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Claire Scanlon

Writer, Producer & Emmy-nominated Editor

Claire Scanlon is currently an editor on the NBC sitcom, The Office. She is also a writer, editor, and producer on documentary films such as the award winning documentary feature, The Wrecking Crew. Emmy nominated three times for best editing, Claire also has cut The Apprentice, Top Chef, Monster Garage, Deadliest Catch, American Masters: Cary Grant, Carol Burnett and Bob Newhart. Comedy is a repeating theme throughout her work, and Claire was the supervising producer and supervising editor on the series Last Comic Standing. Writing and directing Monster House, a Discovery channel series, Claire approaches all her projects – diverse as they are – with great enthusiasm. Her first passion is documentaries, and she is editing a documentary on Kurt Vonnegut with director Bob Weide, which will hopefully be completed in 2012. Claire attributes her success largely to the help of her own mentors. In her own words, “All the help and feedback I got from the people in my field was invaluable – I would not be where I am today without it.” Once a Teacher’s Assistant at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, Claire always welcomes interested students into her bay to see how a TV show comes to fruition – how storytelling continues throughout the editing process. Having learned most of what she does through watching others, Claire wants to pass it on, and she wants to pass on her craft to Creative Activists.

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Randall Scerbo

Co-Founder, RANDIAN

Randall Scerbo has a strong and diverse background in entertainment and media industry as a documentarian, producer for television and producer of international live events.

As a documentarian, Randall directed and produced the first film shot inside Afghanistan, pre-and-post 911, exposing conditions within the country and the efforts to change it. The acclaimed piece, “Diary of and Afghan Woman”, was acquired by Oprah Winfrey’s company and aired extensively on Oxygen. Randall also directed documentary short “An Underage Overachiever”, profiling a 12-year-old wunderkind who had raised millions of dollars for charity since the age of 5. Randall’s extensive television work includes producing for EXTRA, developing a television pilot for Spelling and on-air hosting for E Entertainment and EXTRA. Her live event producing includes the Miss USA pageant in Las Vegas and Miss Universe Pageant in Vietnam. Currently Randall is developing documentaries and mentoring documentary filmmakers. She is on the board for Artists for Human Rights and Future Brilliance | Afghanistan Organization (FB|AO)

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David Serota

Dokument Films

David Serota is a documentary film director and owner of Dokument Films, a production company that specializes in telling real stories about real people. They’ve produced compelling content in some of the world’s toughest environments including Northern Thailand, Congo, Haiti, and 270 Park in New York City. All of Dokument’s work shares certain aesthetic elements; well-crafted vignettes, shot in a cinema vérité style, naturalistic movements that make the cutting more seamless, vintage lenses on high-end digital cameras, ‘dirty frames’, and focus pulls. “I think that if you can capture the most important visual details of a story then the viewer will turn the narrative into a much more personal experience, as if it’s their own.” David has been a contributor to the Huffington Post and is also a board member for several non-profits, underscoring his involvement and passion for the human experience. His strength lies in finding the universal appeal – and the heart – in the world he observes. As he’s said, “I have a pair of flip flops I cannot throw away because I am pretty sure they have feelings.” Dokument’s client list includes: American Express, Levi’s, Participant Media, Ning, International Medical Corps, Chevron, Nature Conservancy, JP Morgan Chase, Starbucks And Patagonia.

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Dean Shull

Catchphrase Entertainment

After film school, Mr. Shull was dining in a TGI Fridays restaurant when his waiter handed him a comedy set in the world of chain restaurants. Dean took the script to Hollywood and co-produced his first feature with Chris Moore (Good Will Hunting, American Pie), the film was called "Waiting..." (Ryan Reynolds, 2005) and it became Lions Gate Film's most profitable main stream comedy of the day. Since then Mr. Shull founded Catchphrase Entertainment and has worked on several projects for film and television. He most recently directed the documentary, "California, 90420" which received a theatrical release in 2012, Dean is currently producing a film entitled "Why I'm Not on Facebook" set for release in 2014. He would be happy to share with anyone my knowledge of development, cinematography, production, post, finishing, basic vfx, grading, music and video licensing, fair use, delivery and distribution.

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Jamie Thalman

Graphic & Web Design

Jamie Thalman spent summers as a kid working on an Amish farm, designing and building a Space Shuttle Simulator for a space camp and fiddling with his mom’s Nikon F3 camera. He went on to study economics and international relations, with particular focus on international political economy and econometric analysis. Jamie has since turned to design and content creation as a way of defining and solving social and environmental problems. He uses multidisciplinary applications of research, analytics, abroad experiences, behavioral economics and arts to development, produce, and strategically position multimedia and design projects. Economic and entrepreneurial education melded with creative experiences define his approach to purposeful creation. Jamie’s most recent work has taken the form of: Documentary Films and International Feature Film Co-Productions, Still Image + Graphic Design, Web Design + Digital Strategy, Interior Design + Construction. Jaime is a founding member of the Los Angeles Hub.

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Gary Tomchuck

Consultant, Transformational Media

Gary is Founder/CEO of Aware Cinema, a marketing and distribution platform for films for social change. He is also co-founder of Producer Foundry, an accelerator for independent film bringing Silicon Valley practices to the film world. As CEO of Ethical Markets Media he launched the first national weekly TV series on socially responsible business to over 44 million homes. He was cofounder of BroadcastHealth.com and served as COO of Passionate Living Media a television, print, radio and internet transmedia company. Gary served as COO for the launch of PlayItFWD digital distribution platform, and the Harmony Channel on Comcast VOD. He also worked with in key roles with Healthy.com, Deepak Chopra’s MyPotential.com, Whole Life Expos and Media, and Inspired Media.

He has organized, produced, and promoted major events such as the Healthy Living Expo, and worked with many notable leaders. He was Executive Director of the Association of Transformational Media Artists, Media, Entertainment, Technology, Arts (META) and the Global Alliance for Transformational Entertainment (GATE), and a Director on the Board of several organizations and companies. He is a mentor for Creative Visions Foundation, and has been an advisor to the Social Change Film Festival and the SF Green Film Festival.

He is a proven leader who drives results, achieving several awards (including an Inc 500), raising over $8 million, the acquisition of several companies, and an upcoming public offering.

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Charles Tsai

Social Creatives

Charles Tsai is a social innovator and educator of young changemakers. He mentors young social entrepreneurs and helps universities build campus cultures to support changemaking. Charles is the creator of the viral video, "If students designed their own schools…," about the self-directed learning program, Independent Project. He's the founder of Social Creatives, a Vancouver-based charity, and works for Ashoka Canada as Director of Learning Networks. Charles speaks internationally on social innovation and facilitates workshops on leadership, changemaking, and storytelling. He started his career reporting and and producing for CNN at the network's headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Jeremy Tucker

Innovation Protocol

Born and raised in San Diego, California, Jeremy has spent most of his life underappreciating the consistency of admirable climate. Jeremy has traveled the world from deep Mexico to the Swiss Alps, learning about human behavior and "Why We Do What We Do." Jeremy received an undergraduate degree in Psychology and Biology, with side studies in Philosophy, to help set a foundation for understanding basic consumer behavior. Five years were spent applying behavioral science backgrounds at a small start up firm in San Diego dedicated to helping organizations develop from the inside out. Primarily as a product designer, with auxiliary roles teaching, programming, designing, forecasting and building strategic implementation roadmaps, Jeremy worked closely with a variety of organizations helping institute systems and programs centered around leadership, communication and innovation. Jeremy also received his MBA from UC Irvine, concentrating on Marketing and Business Strategy, particularly focused on the inherent connection between brand and business. Today Jeremy uses his experiences in Psychology, Organizational Development, Business Strategy and Marketing Strategy to help institutions strategically develop and communicate their unique "Brand Stories" in ways that best drive business growth. Organizations from large multi-national institutions to small technology start-ups keep Jeremy engaged, but his interest and joy for helping non-profit organizations bent on changing the world keeps him enriched. Jeremy is a teacher, a speaker, a brand strategist and a storyteller. And, to satisfy an incessant need for exposure to the arts, Jeremy continues to help San Diego and Los Angeles based musicians develop and produce their art. So if you write, and sing, and want to make sounds, please let him know.

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Emily Wilkinson

Managing Partner, Wilkinson Mazzeo

Emily Wilkinson serves as Managing Partner of Wilkinson Mazzeo, providing affordable, approachable, holistic legal support for small businesses, nonprofits, and artists.

Her most recent gig as the General Counsel & Corporate Secretary at Invisible Children makes Emily a connoisseur of nonprofit legal affairs and Board-building. She managed and protected their legal rights when they released the most viral video in history (cc: KONY 2012), and before that, she punched multitasking in the face by building the organization’s legal and development departments. And before that, she graduated law school in the top of her class while directing a documentary in Cambodia that aired on PBS. She’s been balancing her love of law with her love of storytelling and filmmaking ever since. Other loves include serving on the board of Creative Mornings San Diego, mentoring youth, writing music, not dressing like a lawyer, working on her car (a ‘71 VW Karmann Ghia named Tigerlily), and hanging with her twin sister (named Rose). Being the incredibly fair and impartial lawyer that she is, she loves all of the above equally (with liberty and justice for all).

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Anthony Testa

Choreographer

Since moving to LA in 2005, Testa has choreographed for JANET JACKSON, KYLIE MINOGUE, ARIANA GRANDE, BRITNEY SPEARS, DEMI LOVATO, NIKKI MINAJ, VERSACE, SKECHERS, TOYOTA, SYTYCD, DANCING WITH THE STARS, AMERICAS GOT TALENT, XFACTOR, DISNEY, NICKELODEON, FRANCO DRAGONE's 'HAN SHOW', JENNIFER LOPEZ's VEGAS RESIDENCY,& with MJ on his final project, THIS IS IT.

As an Artistic Director, he's worked with ONE DIRECTION on SNL, THE VOICE UK (season 1), NICKI MINAJ & D. GUETTA for the AMA's, KYLIE MINOGUE's "APHRODITE: Les Folies" World Tour, & Kpop's EXO, (2014 World Tour). He is also directing, choreographing, & consulting exclusively for S.M. ENT in S. Korea while directing his own experimental theatre work in LA.

Aside from the pop industry, Tony is now exploring activism & social awareness through his work. He's currently shooting a documentary for MOVE THE WORLD: DANCE ACTIVISM, & mentors for both CREATIVE VISIONS & CREATIVITY HEALS. His talks at the LACMA MUSEUM & TEDx were both for the sole purpose of raising awareness about the effects of over-fishing.

Tony Testa started dancing at 8 years old, studying tap, ballet, jazz, contemporary, break-dance, & hip-hop in his hometown of Fort Collins, CO.

****Currently, Testa is in pre-production for PHILIPP KIRKOROV's 2016 Soviet Union Tour (Dir. Franco Dragone), & the 2016 movie remake of the ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (Dir. Kenny Ortega).

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Andrew Krause

CEO, eecosphere

Andrew is the CEO of eecosphere, which connects people with actionable opportunities to build a more sustainable lifestyle. He oversees the vision and manages the early growth strategy with partners. Prior to eecosphere Andrew studied collective behavior change and sustainability science at the Global Institute of Sustainability at ASU. He holds a BA and MS from Arizona State University.

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Mike Bonifer

Storyteller, bigSTORY

Mike Bonifer is a co-founder of bigSTORY, which helps organizations all over the world apply a model called quantum storytelling to produce breakthrough performances in the areas of revenue growth, employee engagement and customer advocacy. Bonifer has long pioneered storytelling practices and platforms for companies such as Disney, Pixar, and Skype. He has authored books and articles on subjects ranging from the motion picture Tron to the uses of improvisation in business. He served as Chief Storyteller for 2007’s Live Earth Concerts for the environment, and more recently, in 2014, headlined the first International Storytelling Festival in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. He helped launch the Latino environmental group, Sachamama, and coached L.A.’s ‘gangsta gardener,’ Ron Finley, on the TED talk that established Finley as a leader in the global food justice and urban gardening movements. He is on the faculty for Notre Dame’s Executive Education program, and has conducted workshops at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, the USC Keck Medical School, and NYU’s Stern School of Business. With bigSTORY, Bonifer has helped define way for us to shape the future through the stories we create together. A way of realizing the possibilities that await us when your story and my story become our story.

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