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CFVA Board Nominees

 

We have 5 seats open and 10 people running for the board. See who is running and check out a bit about them.

 

Kristy King
Stephen Felt
Mike Burns
Jared Petche
Dustin Schmitt
Midian Crosby
Kim McKee
Chaz Grundy
Alicia Garcia
Rodney Wilson

Meet them in person on Wednesday night when we vote for our new board members. You must be present to cast your ballots. Voting closes at 8pm and we will announce the new board as soon as we count the ballots.

WHEN: Wednesday, February 20th 6-9pm 
WHERE: Breckenridge Brewery - 2220 Blake Street, Denver

HOW MUCH: Free to members, $10 to non-members 

 


Kristy King


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.  In this position, she is responsible for all events and volunteer management year-round for this robust non-profit.  She produces 40 events per year, with a major fundraising event in the fall.  All events include an educational outreach component along with hospitality, food and beverage and entertainment elements.

Prior to her current position with Groundwork, Kristy held numerous leadership positions with the Denver Film Society (DFS).  It is here that she started a long career directly working in and with the film and media industries.  Kristy began in 2006 as the Operations Manager for the Starz FilmCenter and was responsible for coordination and execution of all in-house events including all film screenings and receptions at the film center.   As the Denver Film Society expanded into a new home, the Denver FilmCenter/Colfax, so did Kristy’s role.  She was promoted to the Special Events Manager, the first person to have this position at DFS.  In this new role Kristy built the Specials Events program for DFS and her responsibilities expanded to all off-site events.  These additional special events included patron parties for Film on the Rocks (11 parties in 3 months), Oscar Night America (annual gala celebration) and all receptions for the Starz Denver Film Festival (40 parties in 11 days), 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 for 2 years.  She was responsible for producing events including music, theater and dance productions as well as fine art exhibitions.  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 from start to finish.

Intent for Running

With a life long passion for film and events along with years of experience in these fields, it is with great excitement that Kristy King is putting her “hat in the ring” for a board position at the Colorado Film and Video Association.  She believes that her experience in events and production would be an excellent addition to the vast and varied talents and duties of the current board.  She understands the power of volunteering, first-hand, and would like to offer her time and talents to this worthy organization, in the hopes that both she and the organization can grow and succeed together in a common mission -  To strive to strengthen Colorado’s media production efforts through educational programs, special events, digital media, and social networking opportunities.


Stephen Felt

Stephen Felt grew up in Cherry Hill, NJ and graduated from Eastern High School in 1986 then went on to obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree from Elon College (now University) in 1993. While in college he was the President of both Kappa Alpha Order and the Inter-fraternity Council and served in the US Navy Reserve from 1988-1992. Mr. Felt’s working life began with a business venture he and his brother started in 1982, named J&S Lawnman. The lawn service and landscaping business helped him pay for college and after selling his half to his brother he moved to Aspen, CO and launched Rocky Mountain Luxury Limousine in 1996. Mr. Felt purchased Silver City Limo and grew the business from one stretch limousine to three in only a year whilst also creating a sub-contracted limousine force of 18 other vehicles in the Aspen, CO area. In 1999 Mr. Felt took the opportunity to sell the business and launched Felt Financial Group, a residential mortgage brokerage in Denver, CO. In 2006 Mr. Felt changed the direction of the company as well as the name to reflect the commercial finance side of the industry. Creative Business Finance, LLC was started in Maple Shade, NJ and is still in operation today offering assistance to small business owners that have been declined for commercial mortgages, equipment loans, and working capital.

In 2009 he started acting in movies, commercials and industrial projects while living in Philadelphia, PA. He also began producing and directing films, commercials, and special events under the name Powder Day Productions, LLC. Mr. Felt saw the need to organize a networking group for people in the entertainment industry and created the Philadelphia Entertainment Network in late 2009 on Facebook and currently has over 1200 members with events planned for every quarter where industry experts are brought in from LA and NYC to teach attendees about different aspects of the industry. Speakers have included Casting Directors, Producers, Directors, a Software Development company, Payroll services company, a Line Producer, and an Entertainment Attorney. He also assisted the New York Television Festival launch in Philadelphia with an annual marketing event.



Mike Burns

VER Branch Manager - Denver
https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=29711451

I see a lot of potential with the group and the community in general. I think this is a turn around year for Colorado and the CFVA should be at the center of it. I feel I can be helpful in working with everyone to get it there. I would like to see that effort continued forward, and feel I have the right work ethic, experience and position to continue the momentum the previous board has started.

Jared Petche

A Native Coloradan, Jared Petsche has worked in the film/media industry, state government and with the surrounding Denver communities’ many non-profits. From lowly PA work on films, commercials and music videos to producing and directing live television, Jared has run the creative gamete on production.  Most recently, after a two year stint in Colorado's legislature, Jared has been involved in many creative endeavors including the Colorado Film Incentive Bill , the launching of Colorado Creates, a bragging website of the Colorado Creative Industries, and helping the Santa Fe Arts District by highlighting local creative's and  their positive cultural and economic impact in the Denver Metro Area though Open Media Foundation and public access. Jared also currently volunteers on the Communication Committee at the CFVA and sits on two committees at Open Media Foundation, Public Relations and Grant Writing.
His passion for public service and his fresh approach to problem solving, make him an excellent candidate for the board at the Colorado Film and Video Association. Also experiential knowledge in the Office of Economic Development and the Legislature give him a firm understanding of how Government works and how best to serve the CFVA community, giving them a voice and holding politicians accountable.

Regards,
Jared Petsche


Dustin Schmitt

Colorado is home.

It brings me great satisfaction that I can work in an industry that I love, and live in the state that I love even more.  In my professional career as an Editor I’ve spent the last ten years working with companies like High Noon Entertainment, Citizen Pictures, & a number of independent Producers developing award winning documentaries and highly rated shows for Discovery, National Geographic, and TLC. These opportunities have not only allowed me to work towards my professional goals, they’ve allowed me to remain close to my loved ones.  I believe it is important for all of us to have the ability to live where we want to live and pursue our dreams with out sacrificing this beautiful place we choose to call home. I have a motivational passion for this business and my goal as a board member of the CFVA is to reach further into our industry pulling out as much information as possible and distributing it to our community to inform, educate, and build networks that will only lead to a stronger more sustainable industry here in Colorado.

Success is the name of the game.

Dustin Schmitt

Midian Crosby

Midian Crosby has been working in film and media for over a decade, including 13 feature films with several others in production this year. Some films include R.L. Stein's The Haunting Hour and Blair Underwood's The Bridge To Nowhere. She is the founder of Monster Makeup FX, an award winning practical special effects and makeup company with a studio located in The Art District on Santa Fe in Denver. She knows her way around the entire art department on set, having experience in Art Design, Props, Costuming, hair styling, HD beauty makeup and of course on-camera special effects and special effects makeup and continuity. Midian is a native of Boulder, CO and learned her craft in Pittsburgh, PA earning an Industrial Design Degree in Special Effects. Moved by the local support to bring more film to Colorado within the last couple of years, Midian opted to expand her studio and capabilities here in Denver Oct 2012 rather than a market with more film production to help support her home state and the community. Midian also teaches special effects makeup at The Denver Entertainment Art and Design Academy.

Midian would like to join the CFVA board to bring in a voice from the Art Department to the group. Being both an artist and a business owner she understands the delicate balance nearly all films have to work with between artistic vision and sustainability (profit). She would like to be involved and represent the makeup artists, effects technicians, designers and builders of our community. She is a hard worker with a serious passion for film who loves Colorado and wants to keep things moving along.

Kim McKee

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.html) 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 Outside TV, the BBC and US national broadcasters; and web content for numerous groups including National Geographic, Sierra Club, No Barriers and Novartis.

She has worked in all aspects of production from PA to producer and helped to run Serac Adventure Films in Boulder. During her time with Serac, she ran the office, produced segments and series, pitched projects, fixed locations, managed crews and talent for shoots, and picked up a camera and microphone when needed.

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, professional football player. All of these passions have culminated in valuable skills and have honed the creativity that Kim brings to all of her production rolls.

Dear Board:

I was recently made aware of the open board position with the CFVA. This is of great interest to me, as I have long wanted to become more actively involved in a leadership role within our industry.

My experience and diverse background would bring unique organizational and creative skill sets to share. Of particular interest to me is the economic growth of our industry in Colorado and promoting Colorado as a film destination. I also recognize the importance of legislative activities and how laws and regulations impact projects in Colorado.

I have always had a service heart and I thrive on taking care of others, this has honed my expertise in event logistics and organization. I am sure I can benefit the board with its various commitments.

I respectfully ask for the opportunity to run for this open position on the CFVA board. I look forward to bringing a new perspective and working toward our mutual goals together.

Sincerely,
Kim McKeeKim


Chaz Grundy

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 sits on a handful of local and national committees including the Denver AEA (Actors’ Equity Association) Liaison Committee and the AEA Western Regional Developing Theatre Committee.  And it would be his honor to join the CFVA Board to help lead and support the film and media industry in Colorado.  The film incentives for Colorado have increased, but there is still much work to be done.  There is still unfinished business.  Therefore he throws his hat into the ring and officially declares his candidacy for a Board seat with the CFVA.

Alicia Garcia

I have had a decorated past in the film industry-- from the frontline of Camera Department to the Jedi-mind trickery and fire fighting of Production. Cinema is in my blood-- I simply can’t deny it. My parents were independent filmmakers who spent every penny they made on their last film into making their next film... ad infinitum. I made my first pinhole camera when I was five. And my first short film at thirteen. I knew from a young age that I wanted to be in film. I was fascinated by the magic of celluloid and its ability to freeze time... and I still am. I left Los Angeles for college to study under the great Stan Brakhage, and earned a BFA in Film Production from the University of Colorado at Boulder. During my studies I managed the equipment rental department, was recipient of the Grillo and Goldfarb awards, and was selected to attend the Telluride Film Festival Student Symposium. Many people questioned why I left Los Angeles to pursue film... I gained the best education in cinema I could have ever hoped for, and there was no better place to nurture my early filmmaking than Colorado. After college, I returned to Los Angeles to pursue my interest in Camera. I began my career under the tutelage of ASC Cinematographer Affonso Beato (The Queen) and eventually joined the International Cinematographer’s Guild as a Camera Assistant. From music videos to commercials, feature films to television series, I have been exposed to the full gamut of production.

In 2009 I decided to venture into production as a freelance producer and eventually teamed up with Smokewood Entertainment. I worked alongside the Environmental Media Association in creating guidelines for green productions, and
was an EMA Green Seal Recipient in 2011 for JUDY MOODY and the NOT BUMMER SUMMER. Having recently returned to The Rockies from Los Angeles, I am excited to share my skills and experience with the film community of Colorado.

The CFVA has made progressive strides in the last couple of years to make Colorado a production state. I see this as the beginning of an illustrious pattern of growth. I believe in Colorado. We have an amazing pool of talent. We have more sunny days than LA. We have an unparalleled sensibility of community and collaboration. The ingredients are all here. It’s just a matter of fueling the fire of Colorado’s industry and allowing it to spread. Once productions discover the talent and locations we have to offer, we will be on the map as one of the top production states. We are an industry of Dreamers. We make the seemingly impossible, possible. We make dreams a reality. I am eager to spearhead these efforts as a member of the CFVA Board of Directors.


Rodney Wilson

Last year, producer, screenwriter and Boulderite Rodney Wilson returned home to Colorado after twelve years in LA.  Wilson started in the film industry after many years as a fashion photographer.  Combining his visual acumen with an innate sense for entertainment and storytelling, he directed and produced his first union feature in 1998.  He quickly moved into development with a knack for optioning life-rights and developing true stories working with a laundry-list of Hollywood heavy-hitters.  

 The multi-talented (and always busy) Wilson also co-owned a casting studio in Beverly Hills, and has landed parts as an actor in television shows and several national commercials.  As a writer, he’s had three screenplays optioned and currently has two in the financing stage of development.

He says one of the most impactful moments of his career came after acquiring the life rights to INXS front-man Michael Hutchence.  During conversations with Heath Ledger’s representation to play fellow Australian Hutchence, Heath tragically and eerily died on Michael Hutchence’s birthday.

Most recently, Wilson continues in his work behind the scenes, acquiring a Red Scarlet and shooting pilots, short films and commercials, one of which was broadcast nationally.  He has properties consisting of seven feature films, four comic books and over 20 scripted and non-scripted television shows that he is developing.  An investor recently pledged $2 million in financing for one of his feature scripts.

Wilson founded and runs a full-service production company, Pretty Monkeys.  He is happy to be back in Colorado and serve this community through developing, writing, producing and directing.