Ashley Gilbert

Ashley Gilbert, originally from Paradise, Texas is an actor, stunt person, writer and producer currently living in Atlanta, GA. 

 

She has worked on shows across Texas, Louisiana, and Georgia, and her credits include the series Salem, Dallas, I Saw the Light, and more. She has also participated in projects for the Louisiana Film Prize Festival, numerous fan series, superhero projects, and an indy western. 

 

She is also a huge nerd and cosplayer, which helps fuel her love of acting. 

Lisa Ferrell

Lisa Ferrell is a seasoned production professional whose background encompasses television series and film development and production/post production for television, film and commercials.

 

She has worked in series and tele-film development for such companies as CBS, Lifetime Television/Hearst Entertainment, NBC and TBS. While at motion capture studio Giant Studios/Profile, she was involved in the post production of films that include New Line Cinema’s “Lord of the Rings” trilogy and Sony Imageworks animated holiday feature “Polar Express” directed by Robert Zemekis and starring Tom Hanks. She was also instrumental in creating the pilot episode for the long-running “Ripley’s Believe It or Not!” series for TBS.

 

Lisa has served as Executive Producer for several of Atlanta’s foremost post production, motion capture and VFX facilities, including the Toronto-based SPIN VFX, and has helped create creative for some of the foremost advertising agencies and brands in the world.

 

After starting Lisa Ferrell Productions in 2016, Lisa worked on numerous projects that for such clients as J Walter Thompson Inside New York, Hartsfield Jackson Airport, CARE USA, music videos, a number of short indie films and concept pitch projects. She is currently co-Producing a documentary on Advertising Pioneer Bill Sharp and the history of Blacks in Advertising along with co-Producer/Director filmmaker Bill VanDerKloot.

 

 Lisa currently serves on the Executive Board of the Georgia Production Partnership and is a member of Women in Film and Television Atlanta.

Adam Wagner

His love of cameras and the captured image started when he took his first photography class in high school, shooting with 35mm black and white film. After high school, Adam worked as an electrician, and then as a project manager for a construction company. Never losing his love for the camera, he started a photography company where he was able to refine his composition and technical skills. After years of his art being a secondary priority in his life, he decided to take the plunge and go back to school.

 

Adam graduated from Missouri State University with a BS in Electronic Arts and a minor in screen writing, and is currently in the last quarter of an MFA program at The Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta.

 

An almost 20-year veteran of the camera, he has had the opportunity to work for ABC, FOX, Universal and is presently working fulltime for Marvel Studios. He has won multiple awards for his short films and screenplays, has worked with both digital and 16mm film, directed the photograph of the feature length film Echo, and is looking forward to his next indie feature scheduled to film in 2018.

Charles Judson

An Atlanta native, Charles is a veteran film festival organizer and programmer with over a decade of experience. Currently, he's the programming and communications director for TERMINUS Conference + Festival, a film and gaming event for emerging creators. Previously, he was Artistic Director for the Atlanta Film Festival, where he was on staff for over seven years. In 2014, he created and launched Film Bar Mondays, a weekly event for filmmakers in Atlanta, now with sister events in Jacksonville and Tampa Bay. As a mostly lapsed film critic and journalist, he also co-manages CinemATL, an online site covering film in Atlanta since 2005.

Dustin Lewis

Dustin’s creative journey started at the age of 9 when his local community theatre started a summer theatre camp for kids. He was hooked. Flash forward over 3 decades and a professional career spanning over 20 years, Dustin is still in love with being a part of the entertainment industry. His professional journey has taken him all over the world working mostly in musical theatre as an actor, singer, dancer, choreographer, director and producer. Having worked for such stars as Dick Clark and Michael Jackson,  his  work has been seen on cruise ships to major international stages. Almost 3 years ago he decided to make the transition from stage to on camera. Is this short time, he has many film and television credits that include: TURN, FEUD, KILLING REAGAN, COME SUNDAY, HOUSE OF CARDS, THE ORIGINALS, NASHVILLE, ABC News WHAT WOULD YOU DO?, SWAMP MURDERS and as Paul Revere in the FOX series SLEEPY HOLLOW.  He also has found his creative home at Drama Inc. in Atlanta where he works as Office Coordinator, does coaching and audition taping and works with the studios Meisner program and On Camera classes. To connect with Dustin, visit his website at  www.DusitnLewis.org AND follow him on Instagram/Twitter/Facebook: @RealDustinLewis

Nicole "CoCo Made The Music" Hankerson

Nicole "CoCo Made The Music" Hankerson, originally from Aiken, SC; currently residing in Atlanta, GA, is a Sound Supervisor and Music Producer in the Film and Music Industry. She has over 10 years of experience in the entertainment industry with an incredible catalog of works. Since the age of 5 CoCo always knew she wanted to be involved in the Sound and Music industry. Her passion for Sound and Music led her to Atlanta, GA in 2008 where she would start her career in the TV and Film industry. CoCo can currently be found working as the Sound Supervisor on the WeTV Show Mama June From Not To Hot.

Scott Takeda

Scott Takeda is a TV/Film actor from Colorado. Although his driver’s license says he resides in the Mile High City, he actually spends most of his time on a jetliner, flying across the country to auditions and shoots. 

 

Scott is currently recurring on NBC’s “Days of Our Lives” and was most recently spotted on ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy.”  His film work includes the recent STX feature “The Space Between Us” with Gary Oldman, Paramount’s “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” as Tina Fey’s boss, as well as “Gone Girl” and “Dallas Buyers Club.”

 

When he’s not in front of the camera, you’ll find him behind it directing, where he’s won six regional Emmys. He’s a proud father of two corgi pups named Merlot and Pinot. And his lovely bride is his everything.  

Deborah Gonzalez

Deborah Gonzalez, Esq. is an attorney whose legal practice focuses on entertainment (including film, TV, music, digital and interactive, and art.) She is the Executive Director of Letterbox Legal, a new way of offering legal services to creative.  She obtained her JD from New York Law School and is licensed to practice in both New York and Georgia. Clients include filmmakers, producers, museums, galleries, artists and art professionals, animators, musicians and music professionals, authors, and various other creative professionals.

 

Deborah was a past-President of the Georgia Music Industry Association and a former board member of Women in Film & Television Atlanta.  She is also a member of the Georgia Production Partnership, Georgia Music Partners, Women in Animation, and the Entertainment & Sports Law section of the State Bar of Georgia. 

 

Her charitable work includes the Georgia Lawyers for the Arts, Art if King, and various creative non-profits.  She is a much-sought out speaker on legal issues and concerns for creatives of all genres in the US and around the world.

Sheri Mann Stewart

Sheri Mann Stewart (Moderator — Actors Panel, Participant — Writers Panel)

Sheri has been a professional in Film/TV/Theater for over 4 decades, living and working in LA, NYC, DC and ATL. She is Co-Writer/Producer of the current web series “Skin Deep the  Series” (skindeeptheseries.com), recently completing its first season with pre-, production, and post- completely in ATL. 

 

As a SAG-AFTRA/AEA actor, Sheri was mentored by the famed Stella Adler and holds degrees from The Catholic University of America and Antioch University. She has taught on the Tony-Award-Winning Alliance Theater faculty for 20 years and has served on the theater faculty of Emory University and the film faculty of the Art Institute with Fran Burst and teaches privately at her studio.  Sheri is most often recognized for her roles in the feature films “My Fellow Americans” (acting with Jack Lemmon and James Garner) and “Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married” 1 and 2  (acting with Janet Jackson and Dwayne Johnson) as well as numerous lead roles in award-winning short films that have screened at international festivals and have been televised on "Atlanta Shorts", GPB. She is currently featured as a voiceover actor in the powerful Italian feature, “Bullied to Death”. 

 

As a writer, besides "Skin Deep...",  Sheri won the Art of A Woman faculty/student competition at Emory University along with Scott Turner Schofield for their collaborative play, “Turn Me On”, receiving a Theater Emory grant and a workshop as part of Brave New Works. She is also a writer for the short films Heart Land (screened at 2016 Milledgeville Fest), Boy in the Box, and others. 

 

In almost everything that she does, Sheri attempts to address social justice issues through character and story. Previously, she was elected and served as a Delegate to the 2012 Democratic National Convention, as First Vice-Chair of Dekalb County Dems., and served as a Team Leader for both Obama campaigns. She volunteers with Angels Among Us and with Canine Cellmates, connecting shelter dogs with incarcerated men in Fulton County and using theater games and improv to explore creativity and the arts with the men and in the Senior Seminar she teaches at Emory’s Goizueta School of Business. She was the founder of the grassroots non-partisan Forward Georgia and the Co-Creator/Producer with Cindy Abel of the TV series, “All the Latest ATL”. 

 

Sheri is a member of Georgia Production Partnership, Women in Film and Television Atlanta and is a former Board member of SAG-AFTRA and ACLU. She is also proud of the work her teen sons, Tendal and Royce Mann, are doing artistically and in relation to social justice. She has served as a judge for Kenny Leon's True Colors Theater's August Wilson acting competition and for the Governor's Honors Program in Theater.

Christina Louviere

Christina is a producer specializing in docu-style television. After earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film Production from Chapman University in Orange County California, the road leading north to Los Angeles was short....and sweet! She immediately found herself immersed in Hollywood glamour, gossip and culture from Paramount Studios to E! Entertainment; writing, editing and producing sports figures like Cole Hamels, Pete Rose and legend Yogi Berra to interviewing Hollywood heavyweights Cameron Diaz, Christina Applegate and the Farrelly brothers for E! True Hollywood Story and traveling to Europe to unlock conspiracy theories for the History Channel Brad Meltzer’s Decoded.

With the industry explosion in Georgia, it was an easy decision to transition into reality television, working on Leave It to Stevie, Married to Medicine, and Don’t Be Tardy - raised in Atlanta, this expansion offered opportunities to come home. Christina is currently Senior Producer on the hit VH1 show T.I. and Tiny: The Family Hustle.

Tenaya Cleveland

Tenaya Cleveland is an actor, filmmaker & consultant, and is happily attending #MILLYFilmFest2017 in Fran Burst-Terrannella's “The Twelve Lives of Sissy Carlyle.” Other recent acting credits include TV shows, “The Detour,” “The Vampire Diaries” and last year's award-nominated short “Heart Land.” Tenaya comes from a background in theater & indie film in California, and has been a Georgia resident since moving to Atlanta in 2011. 

Cleveland is currently working on a slate of projects under her production company, Minerva's Madness Productions. Her film adventures have taken her to festivals including Sundance, Cannes, and her hometown favorite Atlanta Film Festival, where she's been an active participant since 2012.

After years of dabbling in consulting & career coaching for other actors & filmmakers, Tenaya recently took the helm of Atlanta-based consulting company Actors Consult. A proud member of the actor's union SAG-AFTRA, Cleveland serves on the SAG-AFTRA Atlanta Indie Outreach Committee. She dabbles in photography, loves animals, fervently believes in equal rights & eating local-grown produce.

Jessica Fox-Thigpen

As Owner of Fox Casting, Jessica Fox-Thigpen specializes in casting scripted projects for film, television, commercials, and corporate videos. Recent projects include 56 combined episodes of the hit TV series’ Swamp Murders, Your Worst Nightmare and Dead Silent for Investigation Discovery; and U.S. casting for the upcoming Bollywood drama film, Simran, directed by Hansal Mehta.

Jessica utilizes both Breakdown Services and Casting Networks to reach the widest pool of available talent. By nurturing relationships with more than 100 agencies across 15 states Jessica can bring the best principals and leads for any project.

Jessica honed her casting eye in the mid-1980’s with Mick Dowd Casting in Los Angeles, where she secured talent for commercial campaigns. Accounts included Oscar Meyer, Discover Card, Toyota, 7-Up, Miller Light, Bud Light, AT&T, Oil of Olay, Six Flags, Cheerios, Maybelline, Ford and Cheer. She also assisted with casting the Orion Pictures film Hoosiers starring Gene Hackman.

After spending the next 20 years as Co-Owner of Travis Fox, Inc., Jessica helped individuals foster a world-class mindset in their business and personal lives. She produced live entertainment and multi-media products, working with clients like Honda, Goldman Sachs, T-Mobile, Huddle House, Coca-Cola, Wells Fargo and Bell Atlantic. Jessica is a Certified Coach by the Institute for Social & Emotional Intelligence.

Travis Morgan

Post Production supervisor Travis Morgan is the Founder of RedHanded Films, LLC, an Atlanta based Production company. RedHanded Films boasts some of the most experienced producers, directors, writers, editors and cinematographers in the industry and develops and produces projects across a wide range of genres including commercials, reality shows, music videos, independent films, promotional videos, event coverage and more.  All production, creative editorial, motion graphics, creative treatments, talent casting and sound design are done in house by our talented and creative staff. 

Festival Speakers

José Acosta
Writer, Director, Cinematographer
Mark Ashworth
Actor
Amanda Avery
Actor, Director, Stunt Performer
April Billingsly
Actor
Fran Burst
Director, Producer
Stefanie Butler
Actor
Tom Choi
Actor
Tenaya Cleveland
Actor, Filmmaker, Consultant
Lee Cuthbert
Location Specialist
Deborah Riley Draper
Writer, Director
Lisa Ferrell
Producer
Jessica Fox-Thigpen
Casting Director
Ashley Gilbert
Actor, Stunt Person, Writer, Producer
Deborah Gonzalez
Entertainment Attorney
Nicole "CoCo Made The Music" Hankers
Sound Mixer
David Hartle
Production Executive/Producer
Scott Hartle
Producer
John Heinsen
Producer
Charles Judson
Writer, Film Critic, Film Festival Organizer
Gregg Katano
Producer
Dustin Lewis
Actor
Christina Louviere
Producer
Craig Miller
Executive Producer
Travis Morgan
Post-Production Supervisor
Rashad Mubarak
Writer, Producer
Rasheena Nash
Director, Writer, Producer
Hannah Pniewski
Actor, Producer
Suzan Satterfield
Writer, Producer, Story Producer
Drew Sawyer
Post Producer
Samantha Spatari
Actor
Sheri Mann Stewart
Actor, Writer, Director
Scott Takeda
Actor
Bill VanDerKloot
Writer, Director, Producer
Adam Wagner
Director of Photography
Sloane Warren
Actor
Brantly Watts
Writer, Director, Producer
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José Acosta

Writer/Director

Cinematographer

VFX supervisor

José is known for writing and directing the award-winning national TV special, Edgar Allan Poe's Mystery Theatre as well as lensing numerous commercial spots for top brands like Coca-Cola, Cartoon Network, CNN, Delta Air Lines, Dunkin' Donuts, Ford, Home Depot, Showtime, and the Weather Channel. His work has garnered Telly, Addy, and Emmy awards. José has a background in English Literature with a degree from the University of Maryland, with special attention to Shakespeare, Mary Shelley, and Poe, as well as creative writing and anthropology. José earned his Masters degree in Film and TV from Georgia State University. José appears at colleges, conventions, and film festivals, sharing his experiences in the indie film and TV industry. He resides in Marietta Georgia with his wife and three children.

Amanda Avery

Amanda Avery is an actor, director, stunt performer, converted New Yorker, and cat enthusiast. Her professional credits include American Horror Story, Halt and Catch Fire, and Sons of Anarchy, but her pride and joy is the all-female/genderqueer crew that came together to create Leaving Charlie, which recently premiered at the 2017 Atlanta Film Festival.

Fran Burst
Director, Producer

Fran Burst-Terranella is an EMMY-winning independent film and television Director and Producer. Her award-winning work spans four decades and totals more than 700 productions – from television shows, commercials, PSAs and documentaries to branded entertainment, corporate marketing and motivational projects and fundraising, identity and special event projects for non-profits.

                                                                                                                    

A multi-faceted Director with the ability to quickly build rapport with everyone who appears in front of her camera, Fran has just completed her first narrative feature film - "The 12 Lives of Sissy Carlyle."  In this darkly comic independent film, Sissy Carlyle - determined to experience a life less ordinary - creates fantastic, sometimes absurd, always exciting alternative lives for herself in her secret journals.

 

Fran’s documentaries have aired nationally on ABC, TBS and PBS and her narrative and documentary work has garnered more than 100 honors including Tellys, CINE Golden Eagles and recognition at film festivals from New York, Chicago, Houston, Atlanta and Los Angeles to Australia, Scotland, Spain and Canada.

 

A founding member of Atlanta Film Society and Women in Film and Television/Atlanta, and a former Board member of NATAS Southeast, Fran is a member of the Producers Guild of America and Women in Film/ Los Angeles.

 

Stefanie Butler

Actor 

Stefanie Butler is a film and television actress born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. Stefanie graduated from Pepperdine University in 2006, with a theater degree and began her film and television career shortly after graduating. 

 

Stefanie's most recent work includes independent films I Remember You, Car Dogs, Followed, and Zula the Infinite. She has guest starred on CSI:NY, Shark, Rizzoli & Isles and Frank Darabont's Mob City. Her commercial work includes national campaigns for companies such as Burger King, Jeep, Nutella, Pizza Hut and Toyota. In 2015, Stefanie was thrilled to join the cast of the much anticipated and now iconic Netflix series, Stranger Things, as Cynthia.

 

Stefanie can next be seen in the upcoming pilot, Nisei and the film Jonas, both period pieces, which is Stefanie's favorite genre. In addition to acting, Butler has been writing and creating her own content. She has written a number of short films, three features, and two pilots and is publishing a children's book, due out later this year. Stefanie completed her first full-length screenplay in 2014, The Silent Queen. It is a historical fiction depicting an Irish queen, kidnapped by Vikings and forced into a seemingly impossible decision. It is loosely based on actual events from her Icelandic heritage. 

Tom Choi

Actor 

Tom Choi is a Board Member for SAG/AFTRA Los Angeles Local and serves on the Asian Pacific American Committee, the National Diversity committee, Professional Representatives Committee, among other contract negotiation committees. He has been tapped to recur on Disney’s highly rated "Bizaardvark" as Frankie’s (Madison Hu) father. Choi, who is coming off his long-time role as Ken Yukimura on the teen fan favorite on MTV's Teen Wolf- which ends it’s six season run- will play Doctor Wong, a surgeon who struggles to fit spending time with his daughter into his schedule. Once he learns Frankie is missing him, his enthusiasm goes a little overboard.
 

Lee Cuthbert

Lee is a Location Specialist in the Georgia Film Office, which is a part of the state’s sales and marketing arm—the Georgia Department of Economic Development. In her job Lee sends custom packages of photos for projects based on script requirements, scouts with clients as needed, updates and helps maintain the private photo database, assists projects with finding crew and stages, and acts as a liaison with tourism to assist with film tourism projects. She joined the office in 2009 and is a graduate of Butler University in Indianapolis.

Deborah Riley Draper

Deborah Riley Draper is an award-winning and critically-acclaimed filmmaker and advertising agency veteran. Variety Magazine named Draper to their “2016 Top 10 Documakers to Watch“ list. Her 2016 documentary, Olympic Pride, American Prejudice, tells the untold story of 18 African Americans who defied Hitler and Jim Crow in 1936 and is a 2017 nominee for the NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Documentary Film and qualified the 2017 Oscars. The film world-premiered at the 2016 LA Film Festival and is an official selection at many festivals, including the Traverse City Film Festival, Chicago International Film Festival, St. Louis International Film Festival, Cambridge International Film Festival (UK), and the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival.

 

Her debut film, Versailles ’73: American Runway Revolution, opened New York Fashion Week and Toronto Fashion Week in 2012. Versailles ‘73 is the first intimate look at the infamous Palace of Versailles fashion show fundraiser, which catapulted the American ready-to-wear to global prominence. The film was theatrical released and premiered on Viacom’s Logo TV in September 2015. Director Tate Taylor (The Help, Girl on the Train) optioned Versailles ’73 and Draper will serve as executive producer of the upcoming feature film. 

 

Draper’s leadership in advertising can be seen in campaigns for Lamborghini, Coca-Cola classic, FedEx and adidas. She has earned two regional Emmys, a Gold Effie, and several Addy Awards.

John Heinsen

John Heinsen is an LA based producer whose passion lies at the convergence of media across all platforms. After a three-year run as Transmedia Producer for the Academy Awards (Oscar.com), John focuses on the development of TV, film, and emerging media projects in both the US and around the world. He is currently in pre-production on the WWI documentary film and transmedia experience, RETURN TO LE CATEAU, shooting in France this summer. Serving as a mentor and lecturer, John most recently participated in storytelling incubators at

the Bi-Fan Fantastic Film Festival (South Korea), Black Nights Film Festival (Tallinn, Estonia), and the Taipei Film Academy (Taiwan).

John is a veteran of the FOX Broadcasting Company, International Creative Management (ICM), and Castle Rock Entertainment. He sits on the Executive Committee of the Producers Peer Group of the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences as well as the Influencer Advisory

Board of Sparks & Honey (Omnicom). After recently completing a two-year term as Vice President, New Media for the Producers Guild of America (PGA), John is Co-Chair of the Guild’s VR Task Force and oversees Digital Strategy for the PGA Awards. Originally from

Chicago, he is a Graduate of the American Film Institute (AFI) Conservatory and the University of Arizona

David Hartle

Director of Production

Disney/ABC Digital Media Studio

As Director of Production for the Disney|ABC Digital Media Studio, David Hartle oversees production on digital original content produced for the ABC television network. He is responsible for the strategic direction and production of many of the network’s digital media initiatives. Previously, Mr. Hartle oversaw production at ProdCo, Inc. where he worked on several scripted one-hour dramas and half-hour comedies for Disney|ABC Television Group’s Freeform network, including “Switched At Birth,” “The Fosters,” “Baby Daddy,” and “Melissa and Joey.” Mr. Hartle is a member of the Producers Guild of America Producers Council, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Production Executives Peer Group, and is on the Directors Guild of America’s Multi-Camera Unit Production Manager Qualification List.

Gregg Katano

Gregg Katano is a media entrepreneur, solutions architect, and educator with over 20 years of experience in the areas of production, visual effects, stereoscopic 3D, and virtual reality. He is currently partner and chief business strategist of Unofficial Cardboard, the very first and leading Google-certified partner that produces Google’s ‘Cardboard’ virtual reality viewers, and VR Ambassador of MaiTai Global, a group of entrepreneurs, innovators, and athletes that fuels philanthropic activities around the world that works closely with Richard Branson, his Virgin Unite, and the OceanElders. He is also partner of the VR Arcade, a location-based entertainment company that brings curation and management of the leading virtual reality games and entertainment experiences to public venues. Gregg has become one of the leading evangelists in the VR community, speaking at virtual reality and technology conferences both domestically and internationally. In the area of education, Gregg is a member of the advisory council of the Cal State University Entertainment Alliance, a collaboration between the CSU and entertainment industry leaders that helps to prepare students to serve the entertainment business. He regularly speaks to students at various universities including Pepperdine and UCLA, and he is also a former senior instructor in digital media at Otis College of Art & Design in Los Angeles. He has been a member of the Producer’s Guild of America since 2010.

Rashad Mubarak

Rashad Mubarak is a Producer, Cultural Writer, and formerly homeless, Walmart elitist. A 2016 top 10% writer on Medium, with work featured in Jet Magazine, Kontrol Magazine, The Grey District, and others, he started his career by working with brands and celebrities including VH1, R & B singer Miguel, and Sony Pictures. While attending a press dinnerwith Meagan Good and Pooch Hall for Tristar Pictures’ "Jumping the Broom," he realized that it was time to follow his passion for filmmaking. Revolving a career around telling stories that highlight marginalized groups from uncovered perspectives, he successfully built a web series brand to over 3 million plays before it was acquired by OUTtv. Co-founding “Fame Beast Productions,” his most recent projects include “Welcome Home Hero,” and “BLOOM,” a short proof of concept about “an awkward teenager that enters a rap battle with ulterior motives”, starring Skylan Brooks from Netflix’s “The Get Down.” From story development to post production, Rashad Mubarak continues to build commercial ideas centered on humanity.

Hannah Pniewski 

Actor

Hannah Pniewski is an actor and producer based in Atlanta, Ga. She studied acting at both Georgia College & State University and the London Academy of Music & Dramatic Arts. Hannah's professional acting credits include the Emmy nominated Confirmation, Dead Silent, Hindsight, and more. Hannah's producing credits include Blue Dusk Production's "Haven's End", Boosterthon's "Castle Quest", Laser Pigeon Picture's "Max & The Monster", and more. 

Suzan Satterfield

Writer, Producer

Every production calls for special talents and skills. Suzan’s greatest strength is to find and transform a diverse group into a cohesive team that turns an idea into a riveting story.

 

The first television she created and produced was a branded entertainment series,

The Natural South. The Natural South became Turner South’s first fully sponsored entertainment series. Over three years and sixty-six documentary-style episodes, The Natural South garnered fifteen Telly awards and four Emmy nominations.

 

Her next adventure was as Executive Producer of HGTV’s Ground Breakers, a major landscaping makeover show in need of it’s own renovation. After a makeover in season 9,

Suzan and her business partners went on to produce 4 more seasons.

 

As the Executive Producer of five seasons of MEGA DENS, Suzan helmed production of these amazing five-day family room makeovers, becoming well versed in construction challenges, as well as online videos, blogs, communicating with fans, growing social media, and building the image of our designer/host.

 

Currently, Suzan’s team is producing their 2nd season of EcoSense for Living, an Emmy-winning doc-style series that promotes an earth-friendly, healthy life on PBS. Suzan has co-written both TV comedy and drama pilot scripts that are in development.

 

Prior to TV producing, Suzan was an ad agency producer in charge of radio, TV, and film for all accounts, and a contract writer/producer of live shows and films for corporate marketing, sales, and training programs. She has served on numerous industry boards, including as President of Women In Film & Television/Atlanta and is a founding member of the Producers Guild of America, Atlanta Chapter.  In 2000, Governor Roy Barnes appointed her to the Georgia Film & Video Advisory Board, on which she served for two years.

Samantha Spatari

Samantha is a Canadian actress whose passion for the Theatre ignited during her first ballet class. Since then, her quirky, adventurous, and creative inner child lead her to Randolph Academy and to New York City, where she attended the New York Conservatory for the Dramatic Arts. Samantha has filmed regularly with MAD Resilience Films, playing diverse characters from satirical comedy (The Heightened) to dark dramas (The Smell of Oak) where she portrays a conflicted woman having difficulty deciphering between a traumatic event and a fantasy. Feature film credits include Darts!, and On Again Off Again where Samantha had the honour of walking the red carpet at the Mosaic International South Asian Film Festival for the world premiere. Samantha's passion for film is not limited to being in front of the camera. She consistently works as an editor, producer, and cinematographer in independent short films. Samantha currently trains and resides in Vancouver.

Bill VanDerKloot

Bill VanDerKloot is a director and producer who has created hundreds of film and television projects, from commercials and shorts, to television programs, documentaries and theatrical features.   He has traveled the world to create films on a range of subjects from public sculpture to WWII history; from southern blues to environmental science.  He has won dozens of awards, including Emmy Awards and the George Foster Peabody Award. 

 

Based in Atlanta, VanDerKloot is the founder of children’s production company, Little Mammoth Media®, and he was the founder of Magick Lantern, a post-production house and television production studio.  He was the founding director of the Atlanta Film Festival and has served as past President and long-time board member of the Georgia Production Partnership (GPP).

Brantly Watts

Brantly Jackson Watts is an Atlanta writer, director and producer specializing in Southern Gothic narrative and documentary film. 

 

Brantly exhibited a flair writing at an early age. Growing up on a farm in the deep South in the 1980s forced her to use her imagination. With no television or video games in her small family cabin, she cherished her books, and the woods, and her strange little girl mind. The Southern Gothic world is a realm she knows well — the well-mannered South gone sour.

 

Years later, Brantly would discover film as a vessel for her writing when she partnered with her spouse, Jon Watts, on the documentary feature “AKA Blondie” — the story of the infamous geriatric exotic dancer of the Clermont Lounge. The wildness of Atlanta’s oldest strip club hearkened back to the days she spent on her family’s farm, drawing her into the possibilities of filmmaking and allowing her to express her love of words with a visual medium. 

 

As the various documentary projects and community programs grew, Brantly continued to return to the stories of her childhood, culminating in the development of several Southern Gothic narrative projects. She is currently working on her first narrative feature film, called “Copperhead”. 

Drew Sawyer

Drew Sawyer, Post Producer and Partner of Moonshine Post, Georgia's largest independently owned post house, began his professional life as a clam farmer – really, he farmed bivalves for a couple of seasons – before getting a German education, then returning to his Georgia roots and becoming a Post Producer. Whether he’s on the set of an indie Sundance horror film dressed only in a pair of bloody boxers, or working with a talented post-production team on an episodic television series, Drew loves telling stories. It’s why he started Moonshine Post in the first place.  With strong roots and origins in the Atlanta film and indie scene, while also servicing the majors and minors, Moonshine not only recognizes the importance in cultivating talent, but also in collaborating with new talent – which is why Sawyer started his business: better storytelling.

Mark Ashworth

Mark was born and raised in Manchester England. At the age of 16, Mark and his family relocated to Humboldt, TN where he worked as a bricklayer before moving to Atlanta in 1997. He's been working in and around the Georgia market for 12 years. His most recent credits are The Magnificent Seven, Mercy Street, Logan and Black Panther.

Sloane Warren

Sloane’s unconventional childhood was spent traveling to just about every continent in the world.  These experiences influenced a lifelong fascination with language and dialects, which helped lead her to a career as a voiceover artist and actor. Sloane has had the honor to sub in for interstitials on The Cartoon Network for Ben Ten, Powerpuff Girls, Dexter's Laboratory and the list goes on. Her voice has been heard on over a half dozen GA Lottery radio spots, and Last season’s Tyler Perry show The Have and The Have Nots. Later this year, Sloane will be playing Ms. Peck in the Netflix original animated movie, Max the Lion.  Sloane is honored to be the upcoming voice for nine separate characters in three episodes of a new animated series called Pandas alongside voiceover legends John DiMaggio, Pamela Adlon and Kari Walgren.

Sloane’s onscreen appearances include being recently seen  alongside Roger Bart, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Kal Penn and Janeane Garofalo in the teen flick Speech and Debate (as covered in the May issue of Oz magazine), harassing Cam on Starz Network’s hit show Survivor’s Remorse, and in an episode of Robert Kirkman’s Outcast on Fox. Perhaps most notably, Sloane will play a major supporting role in the upcoming psychological thriller Hangman opposite Al Pacino, Karl Urban, and Brittany Snow as crime pathologist Dr. Abbey Westlin.  In addition to performing, Sloane was honored with a Georgia Gala Entertainment award for “Best Independent Production” for producing her sketch comedy web series Bless Yer Heart TV (now seen on Peachflicks TV on Roku) with a modest budget for 13 episodes under $7000.00.  Sloane enjoys playing strong female characters that show a depth of vulnerability and optimistic hope despite their circumstances.  You can follow her journey on Instagram, twitter and IMDB @SloaneWarren.

Scott Hartle

Scott Hartle is the producer of the Freeform television series “Baby Daddy,” the 2017 People’s Choice Award winner for Favorite Cable TV Comedy. “Baby Daddy” is currently in its 6th season, airing Monday nights at 8:30P on Freeform, formerly ABC Family, and streaming on Netflix. 

 

Scott is a veteran of series television having worked in multiple formats including scripted episodic, reality, game shows, hidden camera and entertainment news.  Some of Scott’s past producer credits include Reba, Melissa & Joey, 10 Things I Hate About You, Comedy Central’s Battlebots,  which the New York Times declared at the time “the perfect television show,” Ben Stein’s eponymous talk show, Turn Ben Stein On, and the first US produced run of Whose Line Is It Anyway.

 

Scott is a member of the Producers Guild of America, Directors Guild of America and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.  

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
April Billingsley

A native of Duluth, Georgia, April Billingsley is an actress that you might know from the star studded cast of “Last Vegas” where she plays a supporting role opposite Kevin Kline, Morgan Freeman, Michael Douglas, Robert DeNiro and others, or from her recurring role as Barbara Langston in the ABC show, “Resurrection”. She has also appeared on hit shows like “The Walking Dead”, "The Mentalist", "The Vampire Diaries”, “Constantine”, “Satisfaction" and "Drop Dead Diva.” Recently, she filmed a supporting role in the yet to be released Doug Liman film, "American Made" alongside Tom Cruise. Currently, she is starring in independent film, “The Dark Red” directed by Dan Bush (The Signal). She is a graduate of the esteemed Florida State University's Film School, and is also one of the founding members of the Atlanta based non-profit, "Act for a Change".