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2016 Elections


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My name is Tim Cissell. I am a composer and music producer, and have supported CFVA with my membership for two years. I’m writing to ask for your consideration and your vote for me to become a CFVA board member.

A musician all my life, I have been working in film and production since 1981 when I served for eight years at an ad agency, supervising an in-house music production facility and producing radio and television broadcast advertising and corporate videos, eventually rising to VP/ACD at the agency.

In 1989, I fouded Tim Cissell Music to focus on original music for film, advertising and corporate clients. My most widely seen work is as Music Director, Composer and Theme Songwriter for the Emmy and Peabody Award winning children’s series, WISHBONE (PBS).

Beginning in 2008, I taught Commercial Music for six years as full-time faculty at a community college in Dallas before being overwhelmed by my love of the Rocky Mountains and skiing. Amy and I moved here in August 2014 and love it!

Since moving, I am deeply impressed by the talent level in and commitment to our Colorado film community. If I can be helpful to the CFVA Board, I offer my time and my desire to serve, doing whatever I can to help raise the bar in terms of our reputation and capacity to provide highest-level work in Colorado.

I appreciate your consideration.




A Native Coloradan, Jared Petsche has worked in the film/media industry, state government and with the surrounding Denver communities’ many non-profits. From working on films, commercials and music videos to producing and directing live television, Jared has run the creative gamut in production here in Colorado. He has a passion for anything creative and loves to share it with the world.

-Current Vice President of CFVA

- Open Media Foundation Boardmember

- Ad Club Boardmember

- Denver Film Festival - Panel Manager




Johnny Johnson, also known as "JJ," was born in northern California and  grew up mostly in Colorado. Working at the world-renowned Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre for more than fifteen years, he switched gears and joined the film & television world with his spare time during the off-seasons.

Attending FULL SAIL UNIVERSITY, JJ received several awards and was the first studentto successfully broadcast native stereoscopic 3D during a live Hi-Def production. Actively taking part in several productions, both on and off campus, he worked up to being Director of a 16mm film and later was Director of Photography for a 35mm film when another opportunity for native 3D stereography arose within the University.

Interested in helping create a strong, professional film community in Denver, CO JJ returned to creating commercials for DAVE & BUSTERS, FILM ON THE ROCKS, and more, he pushed WhoKnowZ into making the production company motto; business comes first  so pleasure can last.

Understanding “setiquette” expected in such a tough industry, I always maintains safety as the highest priority while producing professional quality productions.  Proficient in all aspects of production, he places emphasis onpre-production while determining the exhibition.

Maintaining his stance for, “hiding in the shadows," JJ continually makes great effort to produce quality projects while allowing for client recognition. Always pushing technologyto the nextlevels, he strives for aiming beyond resolution to what’s next, having relationships with industry individuals and companies to help create astrong “Collywood.”


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Diego Rodriguez is an award-winning international filmmaker and actor who has worked with National Geographic, Discovery Channel, BMW, Pepsi, and Verizon Wireless. He has a passion for social change and individual empowerment.

His career began in Los Angeles in talent management, casting, and independent film financing. In addition, he has technical training in screenwriting, lighting, directing, video editing, and budgeting and scheduling feature films.

Diego now specializes in creating stellar motion-picture content. Based in Denver, he works on national commercials, television programming and acclaimed independent films.

He continues to freelance with production companies to create content for clients like: National Geographic, Discovery Channel, Spike TV, Travel Channel, Televisa Mexico, MundoFox; BMW, Hyundai, Pepsi, DeVita, Verizon Wireless, Miller Lite.




The Telluride Horror Show, one of the world's premier horror and genre film festivals. During his two-year tenure, the festival has more than doubled its attendance annually. Prior to the Telluride Horror Show, Volz served three years as the PR & marketing director for the Mile High Horror Film Festival. As a publicist, he has represented other film and entertainment entities, including the Denver Film Festival, actor Bill Pullman, Visionbox Studio, Telluride Blues & Blues Festival and Film on the Rocks, where he continues to serve as a VIP guest relations manager. He has secured media coverage (pitching and facilitating through story development and release) with numerous outlets including TIME, Entertainment Weekly, MTV, Indiewire, The Hollywood Reporter, Birth. Movies. Death., The Huffington Post, 5280 Magazine, The Denver Post, Colorado Public Radio and all major television network affiliates.

As art director at Denver-based Rocket House Pictures, Volz has helped produce a number of music videos, commercials and short films. He is currently writing narrative for a State of Colorado documentary regarding the State Capitol Senate and House Chambers restoration.




Brittany is currently a Grants and Foundations Manager at Rocky Mountain PBS, having previously worked behind the camera both in the studio and in the field on the station’s local productions, including Arts District, Colorado State of Mind, and the short-form web series Vintage Colorado. With a Bachelor’s degree in Film and Video Production from the University of Colorado Denver, Brittany was the sole recipient of the faculty-nominated Outstanding Graduate award in 2012 for achievements in Cinematography and Direction. While working primarily as a freelancer during this period, internships and volunteer opportunities at the Denver Film Society and Sheffield Doc Fest in the UK created global connections within the film festival world that led to a curiosity about what drives audiences to participate in and support these industries. Brittany’s interest in the fundraising aspects of film and television production led to her current role in Major Giving at RMPBS, where she is on the frontline of identifying and securing funding for the programs she previously helped to create. With a fresh perspective on public media and how it relates to the greater Colorado production scene, Brittany hopes to join the CFVA Events Committee to form vital connections between content and creator, with an aim to promote membership growth and engagement for a stronger, more vibrant community of media professionals. Working together towards this vital goal ensures the CFVA will remain the central force in guiding Colorado’s film industry towards a sustainable, growth-oriented future.  





My name is Keyra Jallah. In May of 2015, I graduated from Colorado State University with a BA in Liberal Arts with a minor in Media Studies. My interest in film began when I was young and has grown through participating in film events around the Denver/Boulder area. It has evolved into a passion that I am excited to share with the community whenever the opportunities that are available.


Through the last two years, I have contributed my time in volunteer recruitment for the Starz Denver Film Festival and mini festivals such as the Stanley Film Festival. I have also participated in large event management as the manager for the Artists Valley and Programming Manager at the Denver Comic Convention, the fundraising flagship for the Pop Culture Classroom.  Through an internship at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in their Marketing and Events Department, I have increased my skills in promotion and distribution of information for events and film series’. I used these skills to manage a film festival blog and to create a promotion plan for an independent horror film.


As a writer with an interest in communications I have constructed technical documents, provided artistic assistance in handbooks and recruitment information. As a writer for Get the Big Picture, I was a film journalist and reported on film news around the country. I am always looking for opportunities to use target marketing and social media knowledge to inform any community. In a short, I enjoy creating content and spreading the word.


If you would like to see samples of my work I can provide that at request. Thank you for your time.