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2015 CFVA Board Member Candidates

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.

Jim Brennen:

Jim BrennenMy 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.


Tammy Brislin:

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.  Thanks for your consideration!

Cassie Carter

Cassie Carter

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.

I feel that I would be a great asset and bring a diverse background to the board. I appreciate you consideration.

Tim Cissell:

Tim Cissell

Born into a musical family in St. Louis, Tim began training on piano at the age ofive. Of course, between the ages of eleven and seventeen he focused on the music of Lennon and McCartney because his guitar was easier to carry to parties.

He received his bachelor's degree at the University of Oklahoma before earning music degree from Webster University in St. Louis. He pursued graduate studies in music theory and composition at the University of Texas at Denton.

For over 30 years, Tim has worked as a professional musician, composer and music producer. During the 1980s he spent eight years supervising an ad agency recording studio and contributing to award-winning agency creative output as composer, performer, writer and producer.

In 1989 he founded Tim Cissell Music to produce music for advertising, film and television clients..

His most widely seen work is as music director, composer and theme-song writer for the Peabody and Emmy award winning children's television show WISHBONE, which began running on PBS in 1994 and continues to be shown in the US and all over the world.

Julie Crane:

Julie Crane


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.

Kerry Gleason:

Please consider me a candidate as a board member.

I believe you will find my unique skills, experience and enthusiasm will be an asset to the Colorado Filmand Video Association in its mission to further film industry development and the livelihoods of Coloradoprofessionals. More and more film projects are leaving traditional production sites for fresh venues inthe U.S. and abroad, with many opportunities exist to bolster Colorado's growing economic stake in the industry.

As part of my personal decision to devote my talents to screenwriting and filmmaking, I moved to theDenver area in 2010. A major consideration for that move from New York was that Colorado supportsmore than 60 film festivals statewide. Since my arrival, I've discovered a vast supply of fertile creative minds, writers and professionals in the visual arts. The state's commitment to provide greater taxincentives for video productions is a great first step in building upon the framework of a prospering filmcommunity, and I look forward to contributing my time and energy for that growth.

My background consists of award-winning work as a journalist, public relations professional and as abrand architect for major corporations, small businesses, services and not-for-profits. I was an integralpart 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 theworld'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's new release list in that category for three weeks in 2014. I also have various film and screenwriting projectsunderway in Colorado.

Please consider that combination of passion, drive, marketing communications expertise and industryknowledge as you decide on new CFVA board candidates. I am flattered to be invited, and excited aboutthe prospects of serving your board, the Colorado film and video professionals and, ultimately, the viewing public as a CFVA board member,

Keyra Jallah


Eileen O'Brien:

I was previously a CFVA Board member from 2007 – 2011.  At that time, I had just accepted my currentposition as Director of Membership and Volunteers for the Denver Film Society.  Prior to working forfestival organizations, all my previous professional experience was in television and film production.  Iwas 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 hadfor 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 andtelevision 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.

Thank you for your consideration.

Steve Replin

Steve Replin


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.

Kyle Woodiel:

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 overthe 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 animpactful member and asset to the committee.

Please consider me when decision time comes February 25, 2015.