IAN SHORR

Ian Shorr is a graduate of the USC screenwriting program. His produced feature credits include SPLINTER (Magnolia, 2008) , FIGHT NIGHT (Peace Arch, 2008) and  ALWAYS WATCHING (Mosaic, 2015.) His previous sales include the spec thrillers SUBSTITUTION (Alcon),…

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Julie Crane

Julie Crane is Director of Locals Administration for SAG-AFTRA and serves as staff liaison for the New Mexico, Colorado and Nevada Locals. Prior to the SAG-AFTRA merger she was the executive director for Colorado and New Mexico. She was responsible for…

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LISA ZAMBETTI

Panelist Lisa Zambetti, CSA – Lisa currently casts for the long running CBS procedural “Criminal Minds”.  Prior to joining that show, she worked on several comedies for NBC as well as dramas for ABC and USA networks.  In film she…

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CATHY REPOLA

Special Guest, Panelist Western Executive Director – Motion Picture Editors Guild Cathy Repola grew up in an entertainment industry family. While her siblings pursued career paths in creative post production capacities, she followed in her father’s footsteps and…

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RENE HAYNES – CSA

Honoree and Panelist RENE HAYNES – Casting Director, is a two-time Emmy Nominee for the TNT/DreamWorks mini-series “Into the West” and the HBO feature “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee”, for which she also received the Artios Award…

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TERRY BORST

Panelist Moderator Terry Borst is a professional screenwriter, Writers Guild of America member, and professor of screenwriting at Santa Fe University of Art and Design. His screen credits include many episodes of the long-running BBC series BUGS; MIDNIGHT…

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BRUCE MCKENNA

Panelist Bruce C. McKenna is an award winning screenwriter and producer. He wrote on four of the ten episodes of HBO’s Emmy Award-winning mini-series Band of Brothers, for which he garnered a WGA Award, a Christopher Award and was a finalist…

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HUNT BALDWIN

Special Guest, Panelist Executive Producer/Co-Creator/Showrunner Hunt Baldwin grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. He attended Yale university, graduating in 1991, then returned to Chicago where he applied his hard won bachelor’s degree to his work playing guitar in a…

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MATTHEW LESSALL-CSA

Special Guest, Panelist An active member of BAFTA and Vice-President of the Casting Society of America, Matthew Lessall’s credits include Sundance Film Festival standouts, Rocket Science, Mean Creek, as well as the NetFlix Find Your Voice winner Almost Kings. He has also…

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MELINDA SNODGRASS

Panelist Melinda Snodgrass studied opera at the Conservatory of Vienna in Austria, graduated from U.N.M. with a degree in history, and went on to Law School.  She practiced for three years, and discovered that while she loved the…

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GRACE SANTOS

Diversity Panelist, Odessa film Producer Grace Santos is currently the Director of Business Affairs for Our Alchemy LLC, the largest independent distribution company of film and television content in North America.  Her primary duty at the company is…

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Kirk Ellis

Panelist Kirk Ellis  won two Emmys, a WGA Award, a Peabody and the Humanitas Prize for his work as writer and co-executive producer on the HBO miniseries “John Adams.” The miniseries won a record breaking 13 Emmys in…

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Hampton Sides

Panelist HAMPTON SIDES, 53, is the author of Ghost Soldiers, Blood and Thunder, Hellhound On His Trail, In the Kingdom of Ice, and other bestselling works of narrative history and literary non-fiction. He is editor-at-large for Outside magazine and a regular contributor…

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Saneh Boothe

Diversity Panelist – Saneh Boothe On her participation in the Santa Fe Film Festival: “I am so thrilled to be a part of the [Diversity Panel]… I was in Iran during the revolution, and those who were interested in movies and media…

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Linda McDill

Diversity Pandel Moderator President of New Mexico Women In Film 2011-2015. Linda serves the NM Film Industry with Music Supervision and Music Licensing for independent films. She produces Cinema Scope on KSFR, a weekly radio program concerning all…

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Mukul Gadde

Diversity Panelist Mukul Gadde is a Filmmaker, Photographer and Aerospace Electronics Engineer. He was born in a small town in India and split his childhood between the middle-east and India. Picking up a camera about 15 years ago…

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Belle Allen

Diversity Panelist Before entering the world of filmmaking, Belle enjoyed a long tenure as an IT Project Manager for a global newspaper corporation, where she managed project deployments for both domestic and international clientele. After moving to New…

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