HOSTS of 2021
The goal of the festival is to cultivate an audience experience that is 2nd to none. That is why we have hosts for each screening who will guide the festival goers through an enjoyable experience and one they can remember
Opening Night Host
Fritz Coleman is NBC4's weathercaster on the weekday editions of "Channel 4 News," airing at 5 and 11 p.m. A Southern California broadcasting icon, he is well known for his sense of humor and extensive knowledge of weather. He joined NBC4 in 1982 as the weekend weathercaster and moved to weekdays in 1984. Coleman has been part of the longest-running evening news team with legendary journalists Chuck Henry and Colleen Williams and Sports Anchor Fred Roggin.
Ray Schillaci is a professed film enthusiast whose wife thinks he’s downright obsessive. She insists he loves film more than her, their kids and dog. Not true, he loves that dog!
He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and has over 25 years’ experience in the motion picture and television industry. The last five years he shared duties running one of the major unions in Hollywood and was a director on the Motion Picture and Television Fund.
Scott R. Ervin
Scott Ervin has been a CPA for over 35 years and a resident of Santa Clarita for most of that time. He is a co-founder and CFO of feedSCV, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to work to provide everyone in the Santa Clarita Valley with the knowledge and resources to have a delicious and healthy meal at home every day and to make eating fresh, local and sustainable every day within everyone’s reach.
Scott’s proud to say that, although he has no specific film or entertainment experience himself, he DID go to high school with Tim Burton. He’s honored to have been asked to host the Inaugural Santa Clarita International Film Festival.
His comedy/acting career has been a busy one. He appeared on Comic View on BET, Comedy Central, Showtime, the Boston Comedy Festival, the Sundance and Cannes Film Festivals, the Sunscreen & AOF Film Festivals. Jay performs regularly in Los Angeles at the Irvine and Brea Improv, the Ice House and El Camino Real Playhouse. He headlines regularly in Los Angeles at the Irvine Improv, the Brea Improv as well as clubs and colleges across the country, yet still makes time to entertain the troops on tour with Armed Forces Entertainment.
Loren Kling hosts and produces interviews and in-depth conversations with interesting people from inside and outside the entertainment business. As a teaching artist, he helps organizations and people of all ages tell their stories with care, kindness & humor.
MAX MITCHELL is a comedian, award-winning filmmaker and writer living in Southern California. He has performed stand-up comedy in top clubs across the United States and his native Canada. Currently, Max hosts "Last Laugh Wednesday" at Oscar's Palm Springs presenting stand-up comedy headliners the last Wednesday of every month.
Max started out as an actor, singer before writing many screenplays, stage plays and novels.
Frazer Smith is a LA Radio and Comedy legend. On his recent Sunday Night Comedy-Music Show on KLOS he interviewed some of Hollywood’s hottest stars like Tiffany Haddish. Alice Cooper, George Lopez, Tim Allen; etc. He frequently appears at all the top LA Comedy Clubs such as The Improv, Laugh Factory, and Comedy Store. Fraze also appears at many of the major hotels in Las Vegas. He began his radio career at upstart KROQ and his blend of off-beat comedy and music helped shoot the station to the #1 spot in local radio while launching the careers of bands like Van Halen, The Cars, and Blondie.
Chris Spinelli began Acting in plays during Middle School and was a Media Performance Major at Chapman University. He’s been a professional Actor and Standup Comedian for over 25 years appearing in Movies, Television including “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”, and Commercials. Chris is currently VP, Sales / Production with CineRidge Entertainment and is in several features they have made. One of his favorite activities in the industry is attending Film Festivals because you can network and view other filmmaker’s creativity. Chris appreciates being a part of The Santa Clarita International Film Festival.
Johnny (John) has been on screen, stage or in front of an audience from the age of “3 ½ ” and now at “61” hasn’t stopped yet. At 14 years old, Johnny Whitaker as a teen heartthrob, had a successful clothesline named after him, was the associate producer and star of his own television series, produced an album along with the series “Sigmund and the Sea Monsters” and making the equivalent of about $500,000 a year in today’s money. A t 14 , he had recently starred in the classic feature film, “Tom Sawyer” the musical, wherein he gave the then 10-year-old and future double Academy Award-winning actress, Jodie Foster, her first on-screen kiss. He had completed four Walt Disney films and was the male half of the television twin’s sensation “Buffy & Jody” who had become world-wide super stars from the CBS series, "Family Affair". During all of its' 5-year run. the show always aired in the Neilson's top 10 in the U.S. from 1966-1971. It was well received all over the world especially in Germany, France, Israel, and in Italy American-Looking boys were given the nickname “That’s a Jody!!”
Todd R. Wilson
Todd R. Wilson is CEO and co-founder of feedSCV, a Santa Clarita Valley based charity focused on making sure local residents have the knowledge, skills and resources to have a homemade meal, every day. Todd was born and raised in Southern California and spent his childhood in the background of countless productions in his hometown of Burbank and uses his production experience to create content with feedSCV. A resident of Santa Clarita since 2006, Todd lives in Plum Canyon with his wife and two children and will never refuse an invitation for sushi.