Alison Mason, Narrative Feature Genre
Alison wrote, produced and directed the critically acclaimed drama, Finding Jenua, which can be found on Amazon and most digital outlets.
In addition, she has written, produced and directed shorts that found distribution by HBO Latin, Comcast VOD and Big Film Shorts. She also produced and directed content for Current TV.
Alison currently has several projects in development through her production company, Then What Films in Los Angeles.
When she’s not working, she’s either riding her Harley with her husband, hiking or meditating somewhere.
Janice Kennedy, Narrative Shorts Genre
Janice Kennedy is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter whose script for the dark comedy Man.Woman.Blackbird. won “Best Screenplay” at the Fifteen Minutes of Fame Festival of Shorts in competition with films from around the world. Janice's other awards include “Best Screenplay” from the Dixie Film Festival for the action-comedy Martial Artiste. Her original television script, Crossroads, won "Best Pilot" at the Cinema City International Film Festival and was a top five finalist in Toronto's WILDsound Film and Television Writing Competition.
Janice is the organizational liaison for the Broad Humor Film Festival (BHFF), an annual event in Venice Beach that screens comedies written and/or directed by women. Now in its 11th year, the BHFF was named in 2013 one of the top five "coolest" women's film festivals in the world by MovieMaker magazine. Broad Humor was started by Susan diRende, who wrote and directed Three Dead Husbands, the comedy short that was a hit at the first Borrego Springs Film Festival.
Janice is married to Rick Koppes, an artist, and divides her time between Los Angeles and Borrego Springs.
Martha Velarde, Latin Genre
Martha Velarde is a plug-in electric vehicle program manager with the Clean Transportation and Advance Technology Integration Department for San Diego Gas &Electric (SDG&E) in San Diego, CA. She is responsible for preparing customer communications and developing education outreach strategies for clean transportation initiatives within the San Diego region.
Her past volunteer work with the Media Arts Center of San Diego (MACSD) fostered her enthusiasm for nurturing independent, documentary and foreign film makers through film festivals and other social media technology. The MACSD promotes access to film and video as tools for community self-expression and social change and supports the professional development of media arts. They are the sponsors of the San Diego Latino Film Festival and will host its 23rd annual event in March, 2016. In 2014 Martha joined the San Diego East County Women In Leadership Nominations Committee, a part of the El Cajon Chamber of Commerce.
In Martha’s leisure time, she enjoys golfing, hiking, traveling, movies, music, museums and volunteering with charitable groups.
Michael R. Johnson, Documentary Genre
Michael R. Johnson is a multiple Emmy Award®-winning producer with more than 25 years of experience in various forms of media production.
With a Bachelor's in Film and Television Production and Master's work in Educational Technology, Michael has focused much of his career in the realm of new media.
Specifically, Michael has overseen the design, development, and production of numerous award-winning interactive programs that fuse education and entertainment into one seamless experience. Michael's client list includes everything from small, local businesses and non-profit groups to large international and Fortune 500 companies such as Ford, General Motors, Sony, Lucent Technologies, Qualcomm, Honda, Raytheon, Volkswagen, Daimler-
Chrysler, IBM, Toyota, Fiat, Steelcase, Acura, Audi, Penske, The Human Performance Institute, and Johnson & Johnson.
Michael's work in television also includes various award-winning documentaries, special programming, PSAs, and commercials. One of Michael’s works is a two-hour special entitled “Reclaiming Your American Dream” that aired for more than a year on PBS, cable, and broadcast outlets, and garnered 3 Emmy Awards (& 5 nominations). Another
program, the pilot episode of "The Purple Couch," won 3 Emmy Awards and another in the new Advanced Media category for its website. His documentary “First People - Kumeyaay” won the People’s Choice Award at the inaugural Borrego Springs Film Festival.
Stephanie Striegel, Animation Genre
Stephanie Striegel is a 20-year veteran in film and television development and production. Stephanie has a deep understanding of story development across multiple platforms and is currently working with Nena Media to support quality assurance and international casting for the Barbie projects.
Stephanie began her career working on the first wave of reality shows in the 1990’s (what was the name of Peter’s show.) She moved into film production at Tim Burton's production company during the filming of ED WOOD and THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS. In (date?) Stephanie joined TriStar Pictures, where she served as executive assistant to Stacey Snider (now CEO of DreamWorks). Projects included JERRY MAGUIRE, MY BEST FRIEND'S WEDDING, JUMANJI and LEGENDS OF THE FALL. A year later she was offered a position at New Line Cinema working in Development for Lynn Harris, under Michael De Luca and later Toby Emmerich. She worked on BOOGIE NIGHTS, LIVING OUT LOUD, BLOW, and BLADE. While Story Editor, she also served as Executive Producer on the award-winning boxing film PRICE OF GLORY, starring Jimmy Smits.
After six years at New Line, Stephanie joined Spyglass Entertainment as Vice President Of Production. She immediately went into production on Universal Studios' CONNIE AND CARLA, starring Nia Vardalos, Toni Collette, and David Duchovny. In addition, she oversaw projects that included FERRARI, with producers Sydney Pollack and Michael Mann; THE INVISIBLE, a remake of the Swedish supernatural film directed by David Goyer; UNDERDOG, a live-action movie version of the classic cartoon directed by Frederik Du Chau; and 27 DRESSES, starring Katherine Heigl.
Stephanie began independently producing and joined You're Faded Films, veteran actor Dennis Farina's (GET SHORTY, MIDNIGHT RUN,SNATCH) production company. She brought in and produced the Chicago-based feature THE LAST RITES OF JOE MAY, which premiered to critical acclaim at the Tribeca Film Festival and was bought by Tribeca Films. She also sold the television series DIVISION 19 to E1 Entertainment.