No organization can function without strong leadership, and we’re no different. Thanks to these volunteers, we are able to offer resources that help the Colorado Film and Video Association keep you and your contemporaries carving a path to success.
Leslie Allen: President, Political Action Member
Leslie Allen is the owner and executive producer of Walk The Line Films, a production company that produces national & regional commercials, client direct, short documentaries, branded and internet content. She is the Co-Chair of the Denver Film Advisory Committee, member Creative Industries, member Denver Ad Club, and board member of The Colorado Film and Video Association. She has been a member of the Colorado film community for 20 years. Specifically, Leslie has worked as a production assistant, location assistant and manager, production coordinator, production manager as well as a line producer. Leslie Allen came up through the ranks and is determined to see our vibrant industry continue to evolve and grow. Leslie is passionate about film making in our community.
Greg Babcock: Colorado Production Guide Chairperson
Greg has been working in the film industry in Colorado and in different parts of the country since for quite some time. He is currently a board member of the CFVA and has been active with the organization for many years. He is a member of the Directors Guild of America (DGA) as a UPM/AD. He’s also a member of the Location Managers Guild of America (LMGA). His experience over the years has included still photography shoots, documentaries, music videos, commercials, television series, independent films and major motion pictures. He jokes, the only “real job” (9 to 5) he’s had during that time, was when he worked for the Colorado Film Commission as their Locations Specialist. Having been part of many types of production and having seen the industry change over the years, he hopes to share his insight and experience to help elevate CFVA and our community to a national recognition of film professionals.
Lore Bamberg: Treasurer
As a producer and twenty-year veteran of film and television, Lore got her start in Denver working in the days of Celluloid, Telemation and during the launches of Starz and Hallmark Int’l. Since then she has worked for such notables as E! Entertainment, Sony Pictures, Showtime, and ABC Television; in production and post-production; for features, cable and ad agencies; both in Los Angeles and Denver. But Colorado is home and she is committed to growing the community here, proud to serve on the board of the CFVA.
Tom Botelho: Secretary, Marketing Chairperson, Com Com Member
Tom Botelho is the Executive Director of the Denver Film Society which presents the Starz Denver Film Festival, Film on the Rocks, and operates the Sie FilmCenter 365 days a year on East Colfax Avenue. Tom started his career in the advertising agency business and was involved for over 20 years, his last position as Partner/VP Account Services at Thomas & Perkins Advertising. Tom also worked for 11 years as SVP of Marketing at The Denver Post and then the Denver Newspaper Agency when it merged in 2001.
Michael Burns: Events Vice Chair Person, Marketing Member
I am a well-rounded entertainment executive with 20+ years of practical experience in the entertainment industry, specializing in; corporate & city event development, financial planning & analysis, event design, direction, production, equipment, arena operations and live entertainment. From Professional Theatre, Television and Film to Live Concerts, Trade Shows and Exhibits, with some large scale Festivals and Events mixed in. I've Designed, Produced, Marketed and Managed, most every aspect of Entertainment. I am passionate about the business of entertainment and hope I can be a positive addition to the Colorado market and the CFVA board.
Bob Carmichael: Member Benefits Chairperson
Director Cameraman/still photographer Bob Carmichael has both an Academy Award nomination and an Emmy Award to his credit. Bob works through Carmichael Productions, Inc. in Boulder, CO. Bob is a member of local 600 and is a DP in the Union. He is also a member of the Directors Guild as a Director. Bob is a CFVA board member. Bob is a veteran director/cameraman who has extensive documentary, national commercial and feature 2nd unit directing experience. Carmichael and his company are experts in capturing action and creating dynamic images in either motion or still capture. A recent online spot for the Made Movement Agency launching a new skin product line by 7th Generation, PSAs for the Colorado Department of Public Health, and Boulder's drive to municipalize it's energy grid, are recent projects that underscore Carmichael's ability to create arresting imagery and direct dialogue. Carmichael Productions, Inc. is headed by Executive Producer, Doug Millington. Carmichael Productions, Inc. has an insert stage in Boulder. Please visit Carmichael Producitons, Inc @ bobcarmichael.com
Julie Crane: Membership Vice Chairperson, Political Action Member
Julie Crane is the Executive Director for the SAG-AFTRA Colorado Local where she promotes the interests of the union and its members through local contract negotiations, and her daily interaction with agents, producers, casting directors, film schools and industry organizations.
Julie comes to the Colorado film community with a strong background in the entertainment industry, having spent many years in production, development and management. At DMB&B, a global advertising agency, she served as Story Editor for a division that developed a number of TV movies and mini-series for Proctor & Gamble's Golden Showcase.
Following that, Julie spent more than a decade with the talented writing-producing-directing team of Nancy Meyers and Charles Shyer and their Disney-based production company. During that period she served first as a Creative Executive, then Associate Producer on a number of feature films, including Parent Trap, Father of the Bride I and II and I Love Trouble.
Prior to returning to Colorado, Julie authored several screenplays and was a partner in Isn't It Ironic Productions, an independent film development company.
Julie currently serves on the advisory boards for the Colorado Film School and CINEMA; and is a participant in the Creative Industries Key Network Steering Committee.
Chaz Grundy: Events Member
Chaz has appeared on stage, in various TV shows, and films such as “Of Mice and Men” ,“Crash”, and “Swing Vote”; respectively. He has also appeared in several commercials for products like Adelphia and Dental Smiles. He studied Marketing at Southern Illinois University before transferring to the University of Colorado and receiving a BA in Communication & Theatre. He was awarded the Vic’y for “Best Supporting Actor” for his portrayal of Inspector Bernard in the stage production of “Harold and Maude.”
Chaz started performing as a dancer in Chicago. He studied with the Southern Illinois Repertory Dance Theatre, the Joel Hall Dance Company, and the Gus Giordano Dance Company. Chaz was also a member and performed with the Industrial Arts Theatre Company, the Second Stage Theatre Company, and the Highlands Ranch Community Chorus.
Chaz currently is the Colorado SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists) President. He serves on a handful of local and national committees including the Denver AEA (Actors’ Equity Association) Liaison Committee.
Kristy King: Events Chairperson
Biography Kristy King has years of experience as a special events manager, operations manager and theater manager. She specializes in high profile, non-profit media and cultural arts related events. Kristy’s current position is the Events and Volunteer Coordinator for Groundwork Denver. Groundwork is an environmentally focused non-profit, specializing in improvement of the physical environment and promotion of health and well-being through community-based partnerships and action.
Prior to her current position, Kristy held leadership positions with the Denver Film Society. Kristy began in 2006 as the Operations Manager for the Starz FilmCenter and was responsible for coordination and execution of all events including film screenings and receptions at the film center. Kristy’s career in event management grew as the Denver Film Society expanded into a new home, the Denver FilmCenter/Colfax. She was promoted to the Special Events Manager and was responsible for a variety of events including patron parties for Film on the Rocks, Oscar Night America (annual gala celebration) and all receptions for the Starz Denver Film Festival, as well as numerous mini-festivals held throughout the year.
Kristy’s long career and passion for event management began in college at the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point where she studied Arts Management. While in college she ran the fine arts programming of the Student Activities Board. Upon moving to Denver she was enrolled in film production at the Colorado Film School. She also held the events position for the Rocky Mountain Rollergirls from 2007-08, where she produced monthly roller derby games.
Henry McComas: Communications Committee Chairperson, Marketing Member, Colorado Production Guide Member
Colorado video producer, Henry Darrow McComas is currently producing commercials at Portico by Exclusive Resorts in Denver, Colorado. He is on the Board of Directors of CFVA and serves as the Communications Committee Chairperson. Before moving to Denver in July of 2011 he was a Video Editor and Producer at The Amazing Society in Seattle, WA. He is also the founder and owner of Crooked Lake Productions, a Colorado video production company which he started in 2006. Crooked Lake Productions allows Henry to continue his creative, award-winning filmmaking work as a writer, director and producer. His most famous production called Emerald City won a total of eight awards internationally and has lit the fire for future shorts. Henry started his film education in his home state of Alaska and continued his education at the acclaimed New York Film Academy, the Art Institute of Seattle and most recently at the University of Washington. His work includes the production of numerous short films, commercials, viral marketing campaigns, non-profit charity spots and video game trailers.
Find Henry McComas in the Colorado Production Guide.
Kim McKee: Political Action Vice Chairperson
Kim has worked in the film and television industry for three years. In this short amount of time she has produced the critically acclaimed documentary “High Ground” (http://www.highgroundmovie.com/index.htm) with Disney producer Don Hahn, and the inspirational short documentary “Out Living It” http://www.seracfilms.com/outlivingit/), with celebrated outdoor adventure cinematographer and director Michael Brown. Along with documentaries, Kim has produced television segments for the Travel Channel, Outside TV, the BBC and US national broadcasters; and web content for numerous groups including National Geographic, Sierra Club, No Barriers and Novartis. Kim has a diverse background of interests and has always been known to follow her dreams. This has allowed her to travel the world as a marine mammal trainer, Executive Chef, Household Manager, Wildland Firefighter, and professional football player, just to name a few.
Jared Petsche: Political Action Committee Chairperson, Com Com Member
A Native Coloradan, Jared Petsche has worked in the film/media industry, state government and with the surrounding Denver communities’ many non-profits. From PA work on films, commercials and music videos to producing and directing live television, Jared has run the creative gamut in production. He has a passion for anything creative and loves to share it with the world.
Steve Replin: Vice President
Steve Replin's education includes a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting; a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from NYU with distinction; a Juris Doctor(JD) degree from the University of Denver College of Law; and an LL.M (master of laws) from the NYU School of Law, in Taxation. Additionally, he holds a Certified Public Accountants certificate (CPA) issued in the State of Colorado.
He has had experience in the areas of intellectual property law, business and commercial finance, early stage business planning and development, fashion design and retailing, entertainment, finance, and other affiliated areas though out his career. His practice includes the representation of film makers, writers, musicians, studios, museums, those in the fashion industry, and all others in the creative arts. Defining creative arts broadly he enjoys dealing with creative clients building careers in a broad variety of endeavors. In addition, he focuses on new and small business issues, contract preparation, negotiation, and other transactional matters.
Dustin Schmitt: Membership Chairperson
Cutting over 100 hours of programming for TLC, Discovery, Food Network, and the Travel Channel, Dustin Schmitt has made his mark as an Editor in the entertainment business here in Colorado.
With the ability to have a heavy hand in the creative department and an understanding and respect for scheduling and budget, these dual talents make for a very necessary asset to any team he’s involved with.
As a CFVA Board Member,Dustin’s talents are vital to building a stronger, more sustainable industry Here in this beautiful state.