PANELISTS

IAN SHORR

Ian Shorr is a graduate of the USC screenwriting program. His produced feature credits include SPLINTER (Magnolia, 2008) , FIGHT…

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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.…

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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…

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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.…

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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”…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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