Patrick Hackett: President
I’m Patrick Hackett and I am proud to call myself a Colorado Filmmaker. With more than a decade in the trenches, I know all too well the difficulties involved in working in this industry between the coasts. As the Director at Skytheory, I use digital storytelling techniques to produce successful commercial projects and independent works. I have written and directed numerous films, with Slave to the Grind and Raising Republic garnering coveted festival acceptances. I am also a Production Manager; being entrusted with meager indie budgets to multi-million dollar budgets, most notably on such titles as Courting Condi, Seclusion, and An American Terror. In my free time, I'm either back at the movie theater gaining inspiration, or at a local music venue listening to live music. I also play the drums.
Jared Petsche: Vice President, Politcal Action Chair
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.
Julie Crane: Secretary, Political Action Vice Chair
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.
Jim Brennan: Treasurer, Communications Committee Chair
My name is Jim Brennan and I am interested in running for the Board of the CFVA. I am a current member of the CFVA and an active participant in both the indie film and commercial worlds in Colorado.
I am a member of IATSE 7 as a boom operator, working for the past few years on national and local spots including Honda, Kia, American Express, Village Inn, Papa John’s, Wal Mart and ANGA.
In the indie world I am a producer, having helped produce three feature films in the past five years, the most recent of which is the award winning An American Terror. I am currently working in an active partnership with Los Angeles based producers as well as the Colorado Office of Film Television and Media to bring moderate sized productions to Colorado.
I am also a working screenwriter and partner in the Rumblepack Commercial Creative Group.
Outside the production world, I have served on numerous boards and committees on both the state and local level, including the Colorado Interagency Coordinating Council, the Board of Directors for Adam’s Camp, the Family Support Council for Developmental Pathways, and the Colorado Department of Education Challenge Grant Committee.
I believe that my industry experience in both above the line and below the line positions, as well as my knowledge of collaborative environment provided in a board atmosphere, makes me an excellent candidate for the board of the CFVA.
Jonathan Fulton: Communication Committee Vice Chair
Jonathan Fulton grew up in North Idaho, fostered a love of the outdoors and simple living until 2001 and a radical change of scenery to Denver. Since a teacher's recommendation sent him to CFS in 2008, he's been involved in the Colorado film industry in a wide variety of roles, mostly settling in with the Grip department, though only Hair and Makeup remained untouched on the list of possible roles (thus far). From zero-budget passion projects to nationally-airing ads and reality shows, local indie features and a host of CFS films, he's accumulated an...interesting portfolio of credits.
Ultimately, the community that surrounds this industry is what will determine the success or failure of our attempts to bring film back to Colorado, and if I can be a part of that here in the beginning, I can be proud to call myself a Colorado Filmmaker.
Kristy King: Events Chairperson
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.
Eileen O'Brien: Membership Committee Chair
I was previously a CFVA Board member from 2007 – 2011. At that time, I had just accepted my current position as Director of Membership and Volunteers for the Denver Film Society. Prior to working for festival organizations, all my previous professional experience was in television and film production. I was a production freelancer for most of my 20 year career. Therefore, I understood how important it is to have a strong association that represents the production community and helps to grow and support production. At that time, I wanted to be involved with the CFVA to help Colorado address the need for a film commission and to create more production in Colorado. I am excited that many of the goals we had for the CFVA at that time, to a large degree, have been met. At this time, I feel the next important goal for the CFVA is to improve and consolidate the benefits of membership. I would like to be elected to the board in order to be a part of the Membership Committee and assist with this goal. I would bring my years of experience and passion for film and television production along with expertise in membership, to this organization. Please consider voting for me so I can be a part of the future growth of the CFVA and production in Colorado.
Tammy Brislin: Membership Committee Vice Chair
Tammy Brislin is the Co-founder of the Women+Film Festival| VOICES (VOICES) which is produced annually with the Denver Film Society. Previously, Tammy worked for the networks Starz Entertainment and HDNet as an On-Air Producer in the Promotions Department. During her tenure as a Producer, she promoted a diverse range of topics such as film, news, sports, music and reality shows. She interviewed 100’s of filmmakers and celebrities, went behind the scene on movie sets and music videos. She traveled nationally and internationally to Red Carpet events, Press Junkets and Film Festivals. Thru all this her passion for film festivals was born.
Since 2006 she has worked as a PR/Media Manager for the Starz Denver Film Festival and in 2010 and 2011 worked as the PR/Media Manager for Film on the Rocks. In 2011, inspired by her love of film, her work with the non profit organization CARE and the book Half the Sky by Nicholas Kristoff and Sheryl Wu Dunn, she Co-founded the VOICES Film Festival with the Denver Film Society and philanthropist Barbara Bridges, founder of Women+Film. Reading Half the Sky brought to light the disheartening fact that women and girls around the world are marginalized the very minute some of them enter the world. Believing that film is the best medium to educate and inspire people to action, she came up with the tag line “Use Your Voice for Change”. The festival has grown from screening 11 films the first year to screening 22 films at VOICES 2014. The audience has grown steadily from 16,000 tickets sold in 2011 to 20,000 sold in 2014. Tammy is committed to growing and developing VOICES to be one of Denver’s premiere community events. She also has a life long desire to produce at least one documentary. She lives in Golden with her husband Mike, their 2 dogs, 2 horses and 5 chickens. When Tammy is not working she enjoys horse back riding, outdoor activities, travel and developing her skills as a tequila connoisseur.
I respectfully ask for the opportunity to run for the open position on the CFVA Board. I have been involved in the film/production business in a variety of positions since 1997. Since starting work in the business as a PA and now as a festival producer, I have always had a sense of pride for the people I have met and worked with. I feel strongly that Colorado has some of the best talent around. In my experience, the productions crews in Colorado are always, professional, hard working, resourceful, fun, friendly, helpful and easy to get along with. I think it is important to keep our community, engaged, educated and positive! I hope that my skills from the last 18 years will contribute to helping keep our community strong and thriving.
Cassie Carter: Events Committee Vice Chair
A mass communications graduate from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. I began my career as a production assistant at Barlow Productions in St. Louis working on numerous projects with Anheuser Busch, Energizer and several informative videos for local companies while I was finishing up my senior year. After graduation I moved to Chicago to be closer to my family. In Chicago I became a part of the talk show world starting off as a production assistant at The Jerry Springer Show and quickly worked my way up to coordinating producer handling a majority of the themed event shows as well as shows taped specifically for sweeps. I was with the show for a little over 6 years and even moved to Connecticut when the show was transferred there. I moved to Colorado in spring 2013 and worked several freelance jobs for “The X-Factor” and MTV’s “MADE” where I assisted in everything from casting to taping auditions. Since October 2014 I have been working as the director of the on-camera roster at Wilhelmina Models, the division better known as W-Talent. In my current position I manage all of our on-camera talent, assist in them developing their skills and book them for numerous projects in Colorado. I also spend time taping our local talent for pilots and film projects all of the country.
Kerry Gleason: Marketing Committee Chair
My background consists of award-winning work as a journalist, public relations professional and as a brand architect for major corporations, small businesses, services and not-for-profits. I was an integral part of the team that made Wendy's “Where's the Beef?” campaign a global phenomenon, and supervised strategic communications that took Johnson & Johnson's disposable contact lens from zero revenue to the world's best-selling lens in less than two years. In 1994, I started an entrepreneurship aimed at providing marketing expertise to more than 150 small businesses and associations, and over the next 15 years,wrote and directed more than 200 television commercials I am a social media master and networking expert. People enjoy working with me, and I am the consummate team player.
My feature-length screenplay NORTH STAR: THE LIFE OF FREDERICK DOUGLASS won BestScreenplay honors at the 2009 Buffalo-Niagara Film Festival. An option was purchased on the script inDecember. A techno-thriller I co-authored, Heaven Ride: Sojourn of Souls, was #1 on Amazon.com's new release list in that category for three weeks in 2014. I also have various film and screenwriting projects underway in Colorado.
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.
I’m incredibly interested in becoming apart of the board of directors for CFVA. I’m aColorado native with 10 years of experience working the film/video industry in the state. I’m education and have feature film, commercial, reality television, and sports broadcasting experience. I helped produce a feature film in 2012, The Creep Behind the Camera, and in development for several more films to more to be done in the state over the next few years. I work for the Colorado Rockies, Colorado Avalanche, Denver Nuggets, and Colorado Mammoth as apart of the in-game entertainment production teams. I have also created and own an upcoming production company, Camera Speeds Inc., which focuses on telling creative stories for businesses and commercials. The company has grown exponentially since its conception in 2012.I’m patient, understanding, and observant of our growing industry. I strongly feel that I have a finger on the pulse of our market in Colorado, and confident I would be an impactful member and asset to the committee.