We are a group of artists, entrepreneurs, small business owners and lovers of the independent spirit
After graduating from the prestigious boarding school, Deerfield Academy, Lisa moved to New York where she attended Columbia University. Always an artist at heart, Lisa’s practical side gave way to her independent spirit, and she enrolled in the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and The School for Film and Television. While working in the fashion industry, she started her career as an actor in the off-Broadway theater scene of New York City. However, she soon learned that her passion (and strength) was in writing and directing.
Tracy Michele Tabb
Tracy Michele Tabb has been in and around the industry for over 40 years. Yes, she started when she was 2! She is a multi-media guru and a graphic artist/designer for more than 25 years. She has also taken on consulting, marketing, and advertising. Although directing films was her primary passion, she has worked in multiple facets of the filming industry including, but not limited to, graphics, editing, being an AD, still photography, and being a prop master on film sets. Tracy has even created marketing campaign commercials for multi million-dollar companies.
Kathy has been in the Financial Banking Industry for over 24 years. Throughout that time, she has helped many people purchase their first home, send their children to college, or buy their first car. It has been an extremely fulfilling career. However, her biggest bragging rights come from being a single mom and raising two beautiful daughters. They are definitely my best work. She became an Event Planner in 2009 by "accident" and moved into Logistical Event Planning from there working on several music festivals in Arizona.
Jeff is a retired US Army, military intelligence, communication specialist who says the most intelligent thing he ever did was to marry his wife. After the Army he answered an ad in the newspaper for background actors for the movie "Rocky III". In 1989, he pursued his dream - to become a Hollywood Stuntman and to date, has been chased, beaten, and shot at by the best. Today he is a Director, Producer and performs with the USO. After being a lifelong Californian, Jeff recently moved to Tennessee where he is now bringing his style of entertainment to a whole new audience.
Michele Arrieh Nassif is a local writer who started her career as a news journalist and editor/contributor for a publishing company. A Wisconsin native, Michele studied English Literature/Writing and Humanistic Studies at St. Mary’s College-University of Notre Dame. She recently received a degree in Filmmaking from College of the Canyons and completed a Certificate in Screenwriting at UCLA. She is passionate about empowering women artists and bringing a film festival to Santa Clarita. She also works as the Associate Producer for MySCV.Life, SCIFF's community web series supporting local artists, non-profits, and businesses.
With over 20 years’ experience making movies, Kevin Roy started in the film industry as a 1st Assistant Director in the Houston independent film scene while still attending college. Upon graduation, he moved to Los Angeles to continue his education in a professional role. Through work ethic, drive, and being able to stay calm under pressure, it didn't take Kevin long to integrate into a network of filmmakers on the rise. Working in Production Teams alongside Directors such as Tony & Ridley Scott, Steven Spielberg, Christopher Nolan, and David Fincher, Kevin climbed the ranks of responsibility and was eventually invited to join the Director's Guild of America.
Andres L. Porras
Born in the quiet colonial town of Popayán, Colombia, Andres displayed a love for photography at an early age. Encouraged by his father who bought him his first still camera Andres soon found that he was a natural. His father, a photographer himself, soon taught an eager Andres about composition and lighting. By age 14, when the family had relocated to New York City, Andres became immersed in the art. This new landscape and all it had to offer fanned the flame and so Andres attended film school as soon as he could enroll. At film school he learned about motion pictures, and it was a natural evolution that as a young man he graduated from taking still pictures to making moving ones.
Shawn's career as an independent filmmaker began by honing his skills as a video editor for Buzzfeed, MGM, Riot games, and more. During that time, he also worked as a trainer for Apple until moving to Frame.io, where he is currently an instructional media specialist in the marketing organization who teaches technical filmmaking skills and post-production workflows to industry professionals. Still possessing a passion for directing, he produced a proof-of-concept web series, My Death Co., with the hope of having it picked up by a major streaming platform.
Line’ Donnelly is a Southern California native who started her career in music publicity in the early 90’s. An aficionado of virtually all types of music, she has had a wide variety of PR experience ranging from music to film and visual effects. She started her career representing hip-hop and rap music at independent PR firm Cathcart Public Relations working with groups such as Wu-Tang Clan, Mobb Deep and Raekwon. She also worked on a few independent urban short films, such as “One Red Rose” featuring Victoria Rowell and Hill Harper and also “Lowriders” The Movie.
Gregory Bazile, originally from Louisiana is a director, writer, producer, businessman who studied filmmaking in New York City. Gregory Bazile, worked on numerous film projects and off Broadway plays in New York, where he got the opportunity to direct his first independent film. Gregory Bazile, having a love for the arts and a love of business, got an opportunity to study real estate. Gregory Bazile, after years of training he became a licensed general contractor and built residential homes scaling from 1400 square-foot homes to 16,000 square-foot homes.
Corrie Sommers is a Realtor® licensed in CA & MA. Corrie is in the top 1% Nationally. Corrie is fiercely committed to and protective of her clients. Past and current clientele includes; Celebrities and professionals in TV / Film / Radio, professional Athletes, CEO's of Fortune 500 companies, Attorneys, multitude of varying facets of production in TV / Film, Entrepreneurs, Music Execs and more. Prior to selling real estate, while working in finance, for over 20 years Corrie also worked in the music industry. First with an internship at EMD Distribution (Capital, EMI and Virgin Records), journalism, to later running her own artist management/marketing firm.
Elaine Ballace is a Native CALIFORNIAN! She became a Professional Ice Skater at age 8, when there was a BIG difference between Amature and Pro. Along with her Professional Ice Skating, she began acting in Commercials by age 9. She loved both and did both for many years. However, her passion for acting soon won out and she never looked back! While she has been in countless projects and productions, her more recent credits include: Just completed her 4th Season, as FERN on the EMMY Nominated, 2 Time ISA AWARD-WINNING Comedy "The RICH and The RUTHLESS," now seen on BET+.
Freshmen Producer & Content Marketing Analyst, Kawika is changing the way indie films do business by challenging the norms that have maintained the status quo of Hollywood. His goal is to educate and push indie filmmakers to keep ownership of their films, self distribute, and connect with audiences personally on their own terms. He is currently launching Manawa Kau, A Hawaiian Motion Picture Company intent on getting Hawaiians both on the islands and mainland, back to work. You can follow him on FB/Instagram/Twitter/LinkedIn: Kawika Hoke
Quynn has been involved in the music industry since they were 15 years old, attending shows at venues, backyards, or under freeway overpasses. In 2019, Quynn threw the first JUNK! punk show, which quickly grew into a show promotion business, an online and print magazine, and overall, a community. Quynn’s overall goal is to provide a place for local artists and musicians to share their talents and grow.