Workshop Panelists & Presenters

9am - On Collaboration

ERIC DAVIS 

Eric is the Director and Founder of Veto Studio, a Vancouver-based film and impact production company. As an award-winning filmmaker, commercial director and well-traveled creative director for marketing firms, Eric has spent his entire life perfecting his craft as a visual and audio storyteller. He created Veto with the goal of becoming Canada’s most charitable agency, seeking to use it’s resources to give a voice to people without one. Veto partners with Ally Global Foundation to help them provide safety, education and work opportunities to women and children affected by abuse or exploitation around the world.

RANDY WATSON

Randy is the Executive Director and Founder of Ally Global Foundation, a Vancouver-based charity that provides safe housing, education and restorative care for survivors of human trafficking in Asia and Canada. In his role, he oversees the vision and direction of the charity, focused on empowering national leaders in the countries where Ally works. An accomplished entrepreneur, Randy has founded multiple businesses and projects in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors over the last decade. Alongside fundraising teams, Randy has raised millions for development projects in Haiti, Iraq, Uganda, Nepal and India, and he’s led over 30 international volunteer teams in 14 countries.

JORGE R. CANEDO ESTRADA

Originally from Bolivia, Jorge Rolando Canedo Estrada, also known as Jr.canest, is a Vancouver based animator & creative director. He won a scholarship to attend VFS, after which he became an animator at Buck in Los Angeles. Later, he joined the talented team at Giant Ant as an animator and eventually as an associate creative director. After freelancing for a little while, he started Ordinary Folk, where he is currently the creative director. He loves detailed-oriented keyframing with a strong connection to audio. He also created the carefully curated Wine after Coffee channel, and Blend fest, a festival for the motion design community.

JONATHAN COLLINS

Jon was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest and is proud to call Portland home. He has been married for 11 years and has two boys.

Jon received a BA in Bible and Theology at Multnomah University. After working overseas in Christian ministry and then serving for a year as a pastor, Jon stepped into the marketplace to explore digital communication. He started two digital communication companies and worked with clients ranging from Google and P&G to Silicon Valley start-ups and nonprofits. In 2009, Jon’s first company, Epipheo, introduced the business world to “explainer videos.” Jon has a long history of creating shareable videos that spread messages organically on the internet.


9am - Film Making in Global Context

SANG-CHEOL KIM (김상철)

Sang-cheol Kim is a South Korean pastor and film director. He has cared for addicts by providing them with pastoral care and addiction counselling for more than 18 years. As a film director, he first became known to audiences with his directorial debut documentary film, THE FORGOTTEN BAG (2010) dealing with English Christian missionaries Helen Roseveare and Isa Arthur. Since then, he has directed bold, compelling Christian documentary films which display the authenticity of the Gospel and its power to change lives: DISCIPLE, JOHH OAK (2014), MARTYRDOM (2015), ADDICTION (2019), and STIGMA (2020). He is the recipient of the Korean Christian Filmmaker Award granted by the 14th Seoul International Agape Film Festival, and is now one of the most influential Christian film directors in South Korea. Currently Kim works as the co-Chair of the Korea Christian Film Festival, the Director of Pioneer 21 Institute, and the Head of Bethel Recovery Community.

MARIE LAVIS

Belgian-French born filmmaker Marie Lavis graduated from HEAD-Geneva in 2018, with a Bachelor in Visual Communication. Now a freelance animator and illustrator working on very diverse projects, Marie particularly connects to the music and cultural field (video clips, festival posters, editorial illustrations, children books, visual identity, murals), because it is her biggest passion and source of inspiration in which she can feel and find a lot of freedom. A very curious person (can't help it), Marie loves being open-minded, keeping an open heart, and exploring new and various projects involving new people, unknown fields, collaborations, challenges, contexts and feelings. Marie finds happiness when she can bring a little something new into any field. She tries to be as honest and free as she can (in work and life).

DAVID FERREIRA

David is a producer, VFX generalist, and an emerging director, driven by artistic expression and a passion for creating meaningful and impactful films. With over 10 years of experience, he's worked on feature films, TV series, commercials, and documentaries, and created visuals for studios, agencies, and brands such as Warner Bros., Netflix, Sony, BBC, Starz, the Disney Channel, and others. Evade is his directorial debut.


2pm - Holy Laughter?!

EMILY REACH WHITE

Award-winning filmmaker Emily Reach White has an extensive and varied career writing and producing films, both short and feature-length. From the Southern Gothic comedy anthology UNBECOMING, to the personal dramedy based on her father’s terminal disease GET BETTER, to the farcical movie business exploits of CINEMA PURGATORIO, White has continually showcased her diverse talents and creativity. 

White produced the coming-of-age music-comedy ELECTRIC JESUS, which explores the world of a fictional 80’s Christian hair metal band. The band’s journey from playing Bible camp talent shows to head-banging rock venues is an amusing look at youth culture during the time when heavy metal music was bathed in controversy. ELECTRIC JESUS was awarded Best Picture at the 2020 Orlando Film Festival. It was also selected as Best Narrative Feature the Fayetteville Film Festival and Rome (Georgia) International Film Festival, and was screened at over a dozen festivals in 2020. Worldwide distribution will follow in 2021.

White has an M.A in English Literature from Miami University. She lives in Greenville, South Carolina and is married to director/producer/screenwriter Chris White.

CHRIS WHITE

Chris White is an award-winning filmmaker who has spent over a decade writing, directing, and producing a variety of feature length and short films. His most recent project is the coming-of-age music-comedy ELECTRIC JESUS, which explores the world of a fictional 80’s Christian hair metal band. 

In addition to writing and directing ELECTRIC JESUS, White also co-wrote original songs for the film, collaborating with indie rock legend Daniel Smith. The raucous soundtrack ELECTRIC JESUS: Music From and Inspired By The Motion Picture is scheduled for worldwide release by Joyful Noise Recordings early 2021. White won Best Director at the 2020 Orlando Film Festival where ELECTRIC JESUS was selected as Best Picture. 

White graduated from Furman University and lives in Greenville, South Carolina. He is married to executive producer/producer/screenwriter Emily Reach White.

VINCENT MASCIALE

Vincent Masciale is a director, producer, and co-founder of Lone Suspect, a production company based in Los Angeles. He has directed two feature films, television pilots, a digital series and comedy sketches for Funny or Die, and spent 10 years as an editor for companies like TMZ, National Geographic, Discovery, Fox, VH1, and MTV. Masciale has directed and worked with some amazingly talented actors over the years; Jason Alexander, Patton Oswalt, Jane Lynch, Daniel Stern, Tony Hale, Jon Heder, and Gary Cole, to name a few.

His latest comedic feature, Faith Based, starring Alexander, Margaret Cho, David Koechner, and Lance Reddick was released earlier this year. Masciale's first feature Fear, Inc, a horror-comedy starring Abigail Breslin, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2016.


2pm - Generative Christian Witness in Exile

MARK JOSEPH

Mark Joseph is an award-winning music and film producer, author, columnist, commentator and founder of MJM Entertainment Group. From 2000-2005, he worked in development and marketing as special assistant to the Presidents of Walden Media and Crusader Entertainment, both part of the Anschutz Entertainment Group. Mark has worked in the development and/or marketing of 53 films including Ray, Holes, I Am David, The Chronicles of Narnia, Because of Winn-Dixie, The Passion of The Christ, Little Boy, Son of God and others.

In 2004, he co-produced two short films, Cupid and The Bridge with producer Ralph Winter and in 2010 produced the film Doonby. He has served as a producer on films such as The Vessel starring Martin Sheen, Max Rose featuring Jerry Lewis, Frank vs. God, America, The Unknowns, Silence Patton and Japan: Searching For The Dream. He is currently producing the films Absolute Surrender and Reagan. He was co-founder and currently servers as president of the Damah Film Festival.

STEVE GARBER

Dr. Garber completed his PhD in the Philosophy of Learning at Pennsylvania State University, focusing on the connection between belief and behaviour. His dissertation led to the publication of his first book, The Fabric of Faithfulness: Weaving Together Belief and Behaviour. He served for many years on the faculty of the American Studies Program in Washington, D.C., and his contribution to the book Faith Goes to Work: Reflections from the Marketplace was born of that institution’s unique learning-and-living vision for the moral meaning of higher education. More recently, Dr. Garber drew on his work at the Washington Institute and years of thinking about the nature of calling and career to author Visions of Vocation: Common Grace for the Common Good.

Dr. Garber’s conviction that faith must be held together with every part of life has led him to engage deeply in a variety of contexts. His long commitment to the conviction that culture is upstream from politics led him to participate in the founding of Wedgwood Circle.

MIKE WILDT

Mike Wildt is a film producer and former supervising producer at NBCUniversal Television. In 2012, Mike founded Fiction Pictures and would go on to produce the independent feature, "Billy Boy," (2017) starring Blake Jenner and Melissa Benoist, and was also a lead producer on "Emanuel," the story of the 2015 Charleston Church massacre, which was Executive Produced by Academy Award Winner Viola Davis, Stephen Curry, and Emmy Award Winner Mariska Hargitay. Mike is currently in development of a slate of projects, most notably the feature documentary, "Tell Me I'm Beautiful," a raw inside look at identity and mental health in modern America.