Speakers

Who Will You See at The Virtual Storytellers Event?

JAMES ALFORD

Director / Author / Pastor
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JAMES ALFORD is a film director, an author, and the brains behind Saltflix, a family-friendly and faith-driven streaming platform launched in September 2020. In 2007 James was ordained as a Minister of the Gospel, and in 2009 he started an evangelistic ministry that reached around the world. Following God’s direct call to obedience, he launched RMI Church in 2012. His books include The Jesus Equation (2013) and Free from Captivity (2015). In 2018 he wrote and directed the short film, Final Decision. His second movie, The Light And The Darkness (2019), is a documentary dealing with spiritual warfare and the sleeping church.

CAMERON ARNETT

Actor / Producer / Director
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CAMERON ARNETT is an award-winning actor in television, film, and theater hailing from Port-Au-Prince Haiti. He is also an author, speaker, film director, and producer. Cameron has appeared on just about every major network. He has appeared in twenty films in the last seven years alone and recently made his directorial debut with Mattie: The Discovery. Cameron was awarded Actor of the Year by the International Christian Film and Music Festival for 2020 and is currently the CEO of Camy Arnett Production Studios.

LUKAS AUGUSTIN

Director / Producer
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LUKAS AUGUSTIN is an award winning creative director and producer focused on developing and strategizing storytelling and pushing the envelope in the field of documentary and journalism with a focus on digital media. Based in Berlin, Germany Lukas and his team have made films, documentaries, and photos that have been published on national German television NDR /ARD/ZDF and in magazines like Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin, and internationally at film festivals and TIME magazine. Their short videos went viral on numerous online platforms. EMMY Award (nomination), Grimme Preis (nomination), CNN Journalist Award 2013, CNN Journalist Award 2015, Al Jazeera Intl. Documentary Film festival 2015 (Human Rights Award), Forbes 30 under 30.

BILL BIDDLE

GM Crossroad Distributors Australia
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BILL BIDDLE has been the General Manager of Crossroad Distributors Australia since 2005.  Crossroad is a music and film distributor who represents every major Christian music label and has had the privilege of directly distributing many of the major faith-based film releases.  These include Overcomer, War Room, I Can Only Imagine and The Case for Christ.  They work in the areas of theatrical release, VOD, DVD & TV.

LINDA BLAZY

Distributor
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LINDA BLAZY joined Pure Flix in 2018 and brings extensive experience in marketing, managing, acquiring and licensing content on multiple digital platforms. As PureFlix.com’s Executive Vice President Licensing, Blazy is tasked with working with various movie studios, independent filmmakers and TV studios to bring quality, faith and family content to Pure Flix’s digital platform.

PAT BOONE

Everything
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PAT BOONE Google Pat Boone - be warned, more than 1.9 million results show up! - and a word picture of an astonishing, long lasting, still thriving career in music and entertainment emerges. Singer, actor, TV host, producer, songwriter, author, motivational speaker, TV pitchman, radio personality, record company head, TV station owner, sports team owner, family man, humanitarian, a man unafraid to air his views. Boone has five decades of recording history behind him and a busy future ahead.

STACEY BRADSHAW

Actor / Writer
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STACEY BRADSHAW - Inspired by classic films from the 1940's and '50's, writer and award-winning actress Stacey Bradshaw discovered her love for storytelling at a young age. Her acting career has kept her busy with 50 films in the past 8 years, but her long-standing love for writing has recently been promoted from a hobby to a profession. During quarantine, Stacey wrote and produced her own short film (Pilgrim), which went on to win several awards at the Quarantine Film Festival. She co-wrote a family friendly murder mystery (Mount Hideaway) a full length feature currently being filmed in Virginia. Along with this, she is also pursuing her childhood dream of writing and producing a western series (Sunset Trail). Writing brings her so much joy, and she is honored and excited to join the screenwriter's panel for ICVM.

YVONNE CARLSON

CEO Design Thinkers
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YVONNE CARLSON recently launched her consulting firm, Design Thinkers, after serving the Moody Radio leadership team as director of digital strategy and user experience. She is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and serves as Director of FaithTech Chicago. Yvonne's work experience includes technology leadership positions in multiple industries, including broadcasting, advertising, and higher education. Prior to coming to Moody Radio, she was the director of special projects for First Baptist in Dallas, Texas, overseeing technology, broadcasting, and media projects including their online campus.

KEN CARPENTER

Producer
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KEN CARPENTER recently produced "Finding You" in Ireland, a young adult romance/drama that will be released theatrically by Roadside Attractions in 2021. He also produced "A Welcome Home Christmas" in 2020, a Lifetime Original television movie that airs in November. He also produced "Roll With It" for Endeavor Content/Third Coast Content, which will release in 2021. He recently produced indie features "Run the Race" (Roadside Attractions) and "The World We Make" (Netflix/Universal Pictures Home Entertainment).

CATHERINE CLINCH

Writer
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CATHERINE CLINCH began her career writing 18 produced episodes of network television, including HUNTER, JAKE & THE FATMAN, KNIGHT RIDER, LOVE BOAT, HART TO HART. But that was just her day-job. At night, she did standup comedy. Catherine has been awarded three US Patents for inventing a mobile entertainment platform for professionally created content. Pursuant to her desire to keep stretching her skills set, Catherine recently wrote a comic book for Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment.

JEREMY COWART

Photographer / Artist / Entrepreneur
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JEREMY COWART was named “Most Influential Photographer on the Internet” by Huffington Post, Forbes and Yahoo in 2014. He is an award-winning photographer, artist, and entrepreneur whose mission in life is to "explore the intersection of creativity and empathy." Jeremy has published four books and is a sought-after speaker, having presented at TEDx and the United Nations. His latest book came out this year, “I’m Possible: Jumping into Fear and Discovering a Life of Purpose.”

RICHARD DANIEL

Director CV Asia Pacific
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RICHARD DANIEL has working in the Media for over 35 years. From Radio station Management to owning several Media Outlets in Australia Richard has seen a lot of changes. Although working in Radio, his love of video content has always been strong. For the last 20 years he has worked for a Ministry called Christian Vision who predominantly do Digital Evangelism with stories. Richard is a Director of CV Asia Pacific and has helped open up many markets in Asia to share the gospel with videos. He is always on the look-out for new content and stories.

DANIEL DIETRICH

Musician
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DANIEL DIETRICH is a singer-songwriter based in South Bend, Indiana. His honest, breathtaking, yet hopeful songwriting finds a home in massive Americana anthems, catchy indie rock hooks, as well as intimate acoustic confessionals. Daniel's viral song Hymn for the 81% is featured in the documentary, Postcards From Babylon, which is  screening this weekend. "This song might ruffle some feathers, but maybe some feathers need to be ruffled. Maybe some tables need to be turned over. Hear me on this, though; It is because I was taught to take the words of Jesus and the prophets seriously that I cannot stay silent. Above all, my hope and prayer is the refrain of this song: May love overcome and justice roll down."

MICHELLE DUFFIE

CEO D3 Entertainment Group
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MICHELLE DUFFIE is CEO of D3 Entertainment Group and is considered the premiere liaison, deal-maker, and marketing strategist between the African American faith and family consumer and the corporate, entertainment, and sports world. 2015: Her marketing strategies generated $1.3 Billion in revenue - Sony Pictures #1 Movie, WAR ROOM, God's Not Dead, Will Smith's Concussion, Barber Shop 3, Paramount Picture's Ben Hur, The Shack, Chrysler 200 and 300, and many others. 2016 - 2017: successful marketing campaigns with The Shack, $96M worldwide and The Star, $62M worldwide. 2018: Michelle is Producer and Co-Executive Producer on an upcoming docu-reality show on OWN and feature film, Beautifully Broken, releasing nationally on Aug. 24th.

BOB ELDER

President & CEO Collide Media Group
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BOB ELDER is an industry leader in Faith-Based Entertainment who has been navigating the transformative media marketplace for the last 32 years; the experience applied from his arduous career continues to strengthen his impact on the landscape of Christian media today.  Bob founded Collide Media Group in 2016 with a mission to “elevate media that inspires a deeper relationship with Christ.”  Collide continues to grow by recently adding distribution, marketing services and church exhibition to the group; thus creating the opportunity for Bob to serve using his marketplace aptitude for missional impact on our culture.

ERIK ESTRADA

Actor
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ERIK ESTRADA's first real acting break came when he was selected to star as a streetwise character opposite Pat Boone in the true story, "The Cross and the Switchblade". Erik has captured the hearts of millions of fans world-wide as a result of his six year run starring as highway patrol officer Frank Poncherello in the highly successful television series, "CHiP's". Also appearing in many, many numerous other television and motion picture roles. In 2000, Erik was named the international 'Face' of D.A.R.E. He is devoted to helping children stay away from drugs. Erik is as busy as ever. Now you can watch Erik on ARMED & FAMOUS, a new reality series that turns celebrities into crime fighters, following five brave stars through the Police Academy and onto patrol.

DERRAL EVES

Producer / CEO Creatus
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DERRAL EVES is the founder and executive producer of The Chosen, the highest grossing crowdfunded movie or television project of all time. The Chosen series is a non-denominational, non-Hollywood portrayal of the life of Jesus Christ and the people who encountered Him. Derral has worked on countless video projects for two decades—but when he came across The Chosen, he felt like everything he had done in his career and personal life had been leading to this project. Derral is CEO of Creatus, a video marketing strategy company, and the founder of VidSummit.

MARK FINCANNON

Casting Director
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MARK FINCANNON a veteran casting director of 35 years, casting over 200 feature films, 100 television movies, 15 mini-series and thousands of hours of television series, including MAC GYVER, NASHVILLE, THE CASE FOR CHRIST, MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN, THE BLINDSIDE and END OF THE SPEAR. Mark is also President of Luminarium Pictures, with several films in development.

JARED GEESEY

Marketer / Distributor / ICVM Executive Director
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JARED GEESEY is a technologist, a digital marketer, a film distributor, an entrepreneur and a leader. His experience includes building and launching the first TVOD and EST Christian digital streaming platform at ChristianCinema.com. He's led the development of app ecosystems spanning from mobile to OTT streaming devices, to powering major online retail / ecommerce, as well as SVOD. He helped pioneer social TV premieres on Facebook Live, reaching over 14 million people for a non-profit. In 2020, he launched The Geesey Group/trellis, to develop digital distribution strategies.

FELIX GOVERS

Filmmaker / Entrepreneur
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FELIX GOVERS is the youngest speaker at ICVM. This 26-year old Dutchman is a passionate filmmaker and entrepreneur working in modern media. In keeping with his vision to reveal the work God is doing amongst the nations, he has produced faith-based documentaries all over the world. Felix also founded a media company that supports more than 90 Christian organizations with video & social media to improve their online representation, and he also started one of the biggest Christian brands on social media in the Netherlands that reaches young people who have lost their faith.

ADAM GREGORY

Producer / Cinematographer
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ADAM GREGORY is a visionary producer and cinematographer from Grand Rapids, Michigan. He has filmed in over 10 countries around the world. Adam has worked on a variety of projects from feature films, an original SVOD series, corporate branding videos, documentaries and award winning short films.He enjoys watching meaningful stories with his wife and two daughters with a big bowl of buttery popcorn.

JOHN HAMMOND

Broadcaster / Producer / Distributor
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JOHN HAMMOND is a broadcaster, producer, and distributor with over 25 years of experience in the TV industry. He has been responsible for the launch of eight linear channels in Europe and has produced and directed hundreds of Christian, secular and cross-over TV programs. He is currently involved in the launch of PAX TV, a global evangelical OTT channel and developing its flagship program series, PAX REGNUM, a unique Biblical historical drama series.

ISAAC HERNANDEZ

Producer / Distributor
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ISAAC HERNANDEZ is VP of Programming and Syndication and General Manager of Parables TV. Isaac has over 40 years of experience in the Christian Television industry, directing and producing hundreds of TV shows for the Trinity Broadcasting Network. As VP of Acquisitions at Olympusat and General Manager of Parables TV, he finds and acquires programing for multiple networks: Parables TV and Upliftv as well as all overseeing all operations of Parables TV. Isaac is also the host of his own show, “Faith On Film”.

BEVERLY HOLLOWAY

Casting Director
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BEVERLY HOLLOWAY has been an independent Casting Director for TV and feature film for over 25 years and is proud to be a member of The Casting Society of America. Beverly has had the opportunity to work with some of the best actors in the industry across multiple genres of film including drama, comedy, family/faith, action/adventure, rom-com, thriller, sci-fi, horror, and animation. Recent credits include I STILL BELIEVE (KJ Apa, Gary Sinise, Britt Robertson, Shania Twain) I CAN ONLY IMAGINE (Dennis Quaid, Cloris Leachman, Trace Adkins), and the most successful crowdfunded media project to date, THE CHOSEN.

NEIL HOLSTEEN

President Lighthouse Arab World
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NEIL HOLSTEEN is a digital technologist with a passion for communicating God’s love through media and training others to grow in media and mission in their context. After nearly 25 years in financial services corporate information technology roles and 20 years serving in international media ministry board director roles, Neil chose to devote his career to serving as a co-founder and President in a Christian media company reaching the Arabic speaking world, primarily the Middle East and North Africa. As President of Lighthouse Arab World, Neil is responsible for strategy, partnerships and technology. Prior to joining Lighthouse Arab World, Neil was the Vice President of Digital Delivery for Empower Retirement, responsible for all client facing web applications and mobile applications for plan sponsors and participants.

ROD HOPPING

Heritage Films Australia / International
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ROD HOPPING With a passion for the film industry on a local and international level, Rod has been the driving force behind both Heritage Films Australia and Heritage Films International since first birthing the business in 2004. The company’s work has spanned across all functions of the distribution business, from leading marketing campaigns for studio cinema releases, producing television content for international broadcasters, releasing Heritage’s films content on all platforms domestically and overseeing the sales and distribution of a vast catalogue of feature film and television content to an international marketplace.

JOHN KIM

Distributor
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JOHN KIM is Founder of Deep C Digital and has 25+ years of sales and marketing experience. John has sold over 3000 independent and major studio movies and TV shows to all the major digital, cable, and retail platforms. He was the VP of Digital Distribution at Paramount and, prior to that, spent 10 years at Paramount and Disney managing a $1 Billion+ dollar DVD/BlueRay catalog business. Recently, John co-founded Voices Film Foundation (VFF), a non-profit corporation that unites and promotes people of color in the entertainment industry.

ANA LEVET

PR Agent
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ANA LEVET is a Mexico City native who has been involved in the film industry for 15 years. She started working for Walt Disney Studios Mexico being responsible for trade marketing and also helped in the logistics of red-carpet events and junkets with national and international celebrities. She is currently working as a PR agent developing strategic PR film releasing campaigns, coordinating media tours, red carpets, junkets, phoners, using every tool at hand generating great media values.  Her track record includes being an executive accountant for HBO, Imagem Films Mexico, Diamond Films, Messenger Films, MGM Studios, and Casa Club TV.

GEOFF LUDLOW

President Full Sail Ministries
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GEOFF LUDLOW is President of Full Sail Ministries with a mission to “display God’s heart through the arts”. Over the past 40 years he has led and trained teams for outreaches to 50 countries, has been involved in the production of several feature films such as Mercy Streets (producer), Time Changer (co-producer), SIX (co-producer), Frank Peretti’s The Visitation (co-producer), and was Executive Producer of Karen Kingsbury’s Like Dandelion Dust. A gifted storyteller, he conveys his own experience with the deep love of God. Originally from Newfoundland, Canada he now lives in Visalia, California with his wife Jill. They have four adult children.

CALEB MARTIN

Actor
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CALEB MARTIN began acting on stage in 2014. He started booking small film roles after his AMTC SHINE graduation in 2015, while also working behind the scenes on crew. Fast forward to 2020, Caleb is passionate about his acting career, is now SAG-AFTRA Eligible, and has 26 film credits to date (including The Chickasaw Rancher, Don’t Say My Name, and To Be a Soldier).

KATIE MARTIN

A. Larry Ross Communications (ALRC)
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KATIE MARTIN serves as digital account manager for A. Larry Ross Communications (ALRC), an award-winning, full-service public relations firm serving faith-based and humanitarian organizations since 1994. After starting her career in earned media at ALRC, Katie moved into digital communications, leading the agency’s digital media branch to assist clients with social media campaigns, digital advertising, website content, and more. The ALRC team has been honored to serve clients such as The Return, Empowered21, Gordon College, LifeWay Films, and Pensmore Films.

REINALDO MENDES

Director of Graça Filmes
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REINALDO MENDES is the Director of Graça Filmes, the biggest distributor of Christian content in Brazil. He manages all day to day operations, international sales and acquisitions, contract negotiations, distribution planning, box office estimates and forecasting, movie release strategies, and maintaining good relationships with producers and international distributors. The fun parts, however, are movie screenings and evaluations. In addition to being involved with the film industry, Mendes is also a musician, but what he loves the most is traveling. His goal is to visit all seven continents. So far, he has checked five off his list.

DR. MICHAEL MOL

CEO TruthTV / Founder Hello Doctor
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DR. MICHAEL MOL is South Africa’s TV Doctor. Dr. Michael Mol is a medical doctor, global speaker, executive producer, TV presenter, Social entrepreneur, founder of Hello Doctor, CEO of TruthTV and a Dad. Mol resides in Cape Town, South Africa. He has been married to his wife, Jacqui Mol, since 1994 and has three children, Joshua, Rachael and Naethan.

SCOTT MILLS

CEO Engage Media Partners
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SCOTT MILLS is the Owner of Engage Media Partners. Mills has been engaging media with redeeming values and Christ Honoring entertainment for more than 25 years. During Mills career, his work has included the launch of new Bible study brands, Chart topping songs, and Box Office marvels such as “War Room”, “God’s Not Dead”, and “I Can Only Imagine.” Since 2010, Mills has been part of 100+ movie marketing teams with a combined box office over $800 Million.

JUSTIN MURFF

Producer / Founder The Virtual Church
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JUSTIN MURFF is the founder of The Virtual Church Fellowship; an association of Virtual Church leaders, Pastors, and theologians who are committed to using technology to advance the great commission throughout North Africa, the Middle East, Turkey, and Pakistan. For 20 years, Justin Murff has worked as a development and media executive. He has executive-produced hundreds of live national TV/radio simulcast productions. At age 26, Justin became one of the youngest network television executives in the country when he co-launched the nation's first free-to-air business and entrepreneurship TV channel, Biz TV, now available in more than 65 million households.

DON MURRAY

Actor
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DON MURRAY, 91, has had a long, successful career in film. In his first acting role he starred alongside Marilyn Monroe as Beauregard "Beau" Decker in Bus Stop (1956). His acting career was interrupted by the Korean War. Because he was a member of the Brethren Church, Murray registered as a conscientious objector and was assigned to alternative service in Europe, helping orphans and war casualties. His career resumed and he starred in many, many films and tv productions, especially westerns; From Hell to Texas and These Thousand Hills The Outcasts, to name a couple.  He is perhaps best known for playing Governor Breck in the science fiction film "Conquest of the Planet of the Apes" (1972). And he also played the major role of Sid Fairgate in the soap opera "Knots Landing" (1979-1993).

SHERMAN NG

CEO Salt Media & Entertainment
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SHERMAN NG has almost 2 decades of experience in finance as well as building businesses. Aside from consulting and mentoring roles in deep tech and sustainability, Sherman is also founder and CEO of Salt Media & Entertainment which distributes faith-based and life-affirming content. It runs a cinema in the middle of the financial district of Singapore and has recently soft launched SMIX, it's streaming service. Sherman is Executive Producer for films like Storm Boy (Geoffrey Rush, Jai Courtney), Bottom of the Ninth (Sofia Vergara, Joe Manganiello), The Very Excellent Mr. Dundee (Paul Hogan, Chevy Chase, John Cleese, Mel Gibson etc). Sherman is also an ordained minister of the gospel, and sits on the board of Gatekeepers Singapore.

HEINZ OLDEWAGE

CV Global Director
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HEINZ OLDEWAGE joined CV Global from a background in media and theology. Having started his career in traditional publishing, an early pivot to digital media culminated in a number of roles in media tech, including serving as product manager on a portfolio of leading apps and web properties. Heinz completed his PhD in Theology in 2014. In his free time, he serves as Ext. Lecturer in Theology at North West University’s Institute for Reformational Theology, and on the advisory board of South Africa-based Women at Work Ministries.

DAVID PETERS

Filmmaker / Director
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DAVID PETERS a career filmmaker, David earned Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Cinema Communications. He has created award-winning films that tell stories of people from all over the world with an authentic, journalistic approach. His work has appeared on Netflix, PBS, Amazon, and international television. David is the director of the film Postcards From Babylon, screening this weekend at ICVM.

KATHI PETERS

Producer
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KATHI PETERS As co-producer at Global Story Films, Kathi films, edits, creates scripts, narrates, and facilitates interviews. Kathi's work has been recognized by several international film festivals. She is a utility-player in both the production and post-production phases of her work. Maintaining a documentary film business in the midst of a pandemic is no easy feat, but Kathi understands that story is power. She's passionate about the privilege of telling stories, so together with David, they've adapted in order to bring those stories alive in the hearts and homes of those who view their films. Kathi is the producer of the film Postcards From Babylon, screening this weekend at ICVM.

WENDY PHODIANSA (Phodi)

Manager CV Global
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WENDY PHODIANSA (Phodi) is the South East Asia Manager of Christian Vision (CV) Global, a ministry with a vision to “Touch-A-Billion”. He believes there are three things changing the world: the Gospel, media, and tech. With these, Phodi leads his region to reach the “unreached” and mobilizes believers to live a life on-mission; particularly in Indonesia, Philippines, Myanmar, and partnering churches in Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. Phodi is also a digital consultant for brands and churches. He was  previously a video producer.

BRANDON PIETY

CEO Yippee TV
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BRANDON PIETY is the Head of Yippee, a new streaming platform for kids aged 2-10. Brandon has always had passion for kids content. He has led kids and family campaigns for Chick-fil-A, executive producing global, kid-focused marketing content for Disney, Samsung, and Nike. He was also COO of Thirst Project, the world’s largest youth water charity, and the Co-Founder of PartnersHub, a tech platform that worked with Hollywood studios including Walt Disney, Warner Bros, Universal and Participant Media, there crafting hundreds of international/domestic digital campaigns for film and TV: The Hobbit, Harry Potter, Yogi Bear, Winnie the Pooh and Tangled.

KYLE PROHASKA

Producer / Marketer / Distributor
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KYLE PROHASKA is the Founder and CEO of Prohaska Studios, formerly known as Praise Pictures. From large and small theatricals to DVD and Digital releases, Kyle has spent his time and talents over the last 12 years on over 200 titles in areas of production, post-production, digital marketing, and distribution.

LUIS QUINELLI

CEO Sion / Vitae
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LUIS QUINELLI is an Argentinian businessman with vast experience in the administration of organizations in the Latin American market, mainly companies related to the internet, music, and technology, as well as the production of audiovisual content. Quinelli is the founder of Sion, a Telecom and public company in the stock exchange of Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is also the founder and president of Vitae, an organization with the mission to communicate Biblical values ​​through mass media, the arts, and the entertainment industry.

VIVIAN REINOSO

FOUNDER J2911 Media
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VIVIAN REINOSO has served for over fifteen years as Content Distribution Specialist in companies such as Echo Bridge Entertainment, Alliance Atlantis (co-producers of CSI), and HBO Enterprises. Through these companies Reinoso supervised distribution in the territories of Latin America, APAC and MENA, USA, Spain, and Portugal. Vivian is the founder of J2911 Media, (The name was taken from Jeremiah 29:11.), an independent worldwide acquisition and distribution company, which was established in 2014 with the specific goal of providing positive content to viewers.

JEFF ROMAN

President EPIC Agency
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JEFF ROMAN brings integrated marketing, social media, full stack web development and donor marketing leadership to the table including executive-level experience in all areas of operations. Jeff served as CEO of two publicly traded companies and has decades of experience in operational management, business development and a heart for improving the business side of ministry efforts. Jeff serves as President and Founder of EPIC Agency, a full-service marketing and public relations firm focused on developing innovative ways to reach the coveted family and faith-based consumer demographic. Jeff leads all of the agency's digital efforts and heads up the creative team.

BOB SAENZ

Screenwriter / Actor
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BOB SAENZ is a screenwriter and actor, his dozen plus written and produced works includeHallmark’s Help for the Holidays, Sweet Surrender, Sound of Christmas, The Right Girl, and his newest Lifetime Christmas film in 2020, The Christmas Yule Blog. Watch for The Farmer and the Belle (Nov. 2020) and Church People with Stephen Baldwin, releasing in 2021. Bob also wrote the popular screenwriting book, “That’s not the Way it Works: A no-nonsense guide to the craft and business of screenwriting.” Bob does rewrites, book adaptations, and script polishes for hire and teaches at writer’s conferences and film festivals around the country.

JÖRG SCHWEHN

Gerth Media
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JÖRG SCHWEHN Originally a music person (journalist, event hosting, radio host, artist manager) he has set up a music distribution from zero 10 years ago in his company Gerth Media. Since then he has marketed and distributed almost all top Christian movies in partnership with several movie labels, incl. Sony, Fox, Universal, and several others. Gerth Media is part of the SCM Publishing Group which is the biggest Christian book, movie, music, magazines and gifts company in Germany/Austria/Switzerland. 350 people working there.

PAUL SIRMONS

Producer / ICVM President
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PAUL SIRMONS is an indie filmmaker and Florida’s former State Film Commissioner. He has worked 40 years in Film and TV, starting as an assistant director on classic series like The Waltons, Quantum Leap and Falcon Crest before moving into producing and directing. Sirmons has produced seven movies, most recently two Native American dramas, The Chickasaw Rancher and Te Ata. He directed and produced the award-winning family movie The First of May, starring Julie Harris, Mickey Rooney, and Joe DiMaggio, and has line-produced three faith-based features, Letters to God, Home Run and To Write Love on Her Arms. He is the current president of ICVM.

ANDREW TERAVSKIS

Producer / Director
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ANDREW TERAVSKIS is a producer and director in Northern California. He has produced a wide variety of content including original SVOD series, documentaries, short films, music videos, and industrials.He loves watching classic cinema (Casablanca 14 times and counting!), telling stories, and studying the teachings of Christ.

RYN TOMLINSON

Distributor
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RYN TOMLINSON is a leader, a writer, a strategist, and a hard worker. She works in ministry at Giving Company as the Digital Operations Manager for Christian Cinema, FamilyChristian.com, and iDisciple.org. Her experience includes ten years in wireless and pharmaceutical sales and over three years of faith-based nonprofit digital support. She is also the producer of The Culture Making Podcast where she makes appearances from time to time. Ryn is a resident of Atlanta, Georgia, the oldest of five girls, and is passionate about seeing people come to know the Lover and Healer of their souls.

LORI TWICHELL

Screenwriter
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LORI TWICHELL is a screenwriter, a wife and a mother of three. She is also the owner of Beyond The Buzz Marketing, Radiant Lit, and Fiction Addict. She works extensively in the entertainment industry with television, film and books. With over 20 years writing in all mediums and doing publicity and marketing, she brings a wealth of experience, creativity and passion to every project. Lori has crafted her company on the concept that we do not need to think outside some weird box. There is no box.

PAUL VAN DER NIET

CCO NEEMA
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PAUL VAN DER NIET is one of the founders and Chief Creative Officer of Dutch media company NEEMA. NEEMA specializes in creating and distributing content with an inspirational message, based on Christian faith and values. In 2015 Paul created the groundbreaking general market magazine Jesus!. In 2017 he shot a feature film in the UK with Brad Mix, Larry Thiessen and Andrew Walkington called Birches. Before starting NEEMA in 2009 Paul studied theology and film and worked for Dutch public broadcasting (EO) as film buyer and co-producer. Paul is married to Odette and has two daughters and a son.

PHIL VISCHER

Phil Vischer Enterprises
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PHIL VISHER By age fourteen Phil was convinced he would be a filmmaker when he grew up. In 1991 he was a newly married 25-year-old with no financial backing and no idea how his vegetables would ever see the light of day. Today, more than 60 million VeggieTales videos have been purchased and Phil’s faith-filled stories can be found in 1/3 of all American homes with young children.  Although Phil’s original company, Big Idea Productions, collapsed in bankruptcy in 2003, he continues some involvement with VeggieTales, while developing new ways to integrate faith and storytelling through his new company, Jellyfish Labs, including What’s in the Bible?

JENNIFER WILLINGHAM

CEO EPIC Agency
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JENNIFER WILLINGHAM An expert in marketing to the faith-based audience, Jennifer has 26 years of experience leading PR and marketing efforts for major brands, publishers, and films. Formerly Associate the Publisher/Vice President for the faith division of Simon & Schuster and VP of Marketing/Publicity for Thomas Nelson, Jennifer has served dozens of films including I CAN ONLY IMAGINE, WAR ROOM, OVERCOMER, GOD’S NOT DEAD, and I STILL BELIEVE among others. Jennifer now serves as the CEO of EPIC Agency, a full-service marketing and public relations firm focused on developing innovative ways to reach the coveted family and faith-based consumer demographic.

BRIAN ZAHND

Pastor World of Life Church
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BRIAN ZAHND is founder and lead pastor of Word of Life Church, a non-denominational Christian congregation in St Joseph, MO. Brian and his wife, Peri, founded the church in 1981. Brian is also the author of several books, including, Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God, Water to Wine, Farewell to Mars, Beauty Will Save the World, and Postcards From Babylon. Although he doesn't refer to himself as "evangelical", he is emerging as a clear prophetic voice to the white evangelical church as it's members wrestle with living out the way of Jesus while citizens of an empire. "Whatever it means for the world to be saved, God does not do it through the worldly means of involving politics, weapons, and war..."

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