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Lee David Zlotoff

Anna Darrah

Luc Walpoth

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​​Luc Walpoth is an award winning Swiss director working both in Europe and the USA.

His short films and commercials have been nominated and awarded in some of the most important festivals around the world (Clermont-Ferrand, Palm Springs, Locarno, Sitges, among others) and broadcasted by international networks.

Over the years, Luc has developed projects supported by renowned institutions like Tribeca Institute, Torino FilmLab, NisiMasa, Swissfilms and UCLA TFT school.

His latest short movie REPLIKA, is a sci-fi drama, which won fifteen awards, as well as the institutional recognition of Best Short of the State of Bern, Switzerland. The film is still in distribution and has over 35 selections. The feature version is currently in development and has the attention of major players in the US industry.

Currently, Luc is in pre-production on the feature films THE ROMANIAN JOB and develops the social drama PERIPHERIC LOVE, produced by the leading Swiss company Dschoint Ventschr.

Anna Darrah is an experienced film buyer, negotiating with and licensing over 800 films in her 12 years working for Gaiam and Spiritual Cinema Circle. She has been an active player on the festival circuit and currently advises filmmakers on custom distribution strategies. Anna is also a filmmaker; two of the documentaries she produced aired on The Sundance Channel, and her short film THE MATTER OF MAGIC is currently playing on Pay TV. She has produced and directed 2 episodes for the ZILLOW.COM series, HOMEMAKERS, and is currently planning the release of MEOW WOLF: ORIGIN STORY, which is premiering at SXSW in Austin. Anna has enjoyed jurying and participating in film festival panels and workshops here and abroad and teaches a two-day Film Distribution Workshop with Jilann Spitzmiller. Anna authored a chapter in Swimming Upstream: A Lifesaving Guide to Short Film Distribution.

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Jocelyn is a filmmaker and screenwriter in Santa Fe whose first film, Baby Monitor, is a New Visions/New Mexico Award winner and winner of the New Mexico Filmmakers Showcase. Her second film, Lobster, won the Women in Film and Television International Showcase and toured theaters worldwide. Her films have screened at the Taos Shortz, Santa Fe, Albuquerque, and Santa Fe Independent Film Festivals. In Los Angeles, Jocelyn was associate producer for Sundance hit, Chuck & Buck, and directed reality television for E! and Essential Entertainment. Her screenplay, Wolf, is a winner of the George RR Martin Screenwriter Award and in 2017, was performed as a staged reading at Mr. Martin’s theater, the Jean Cocteau, starring Forrest Goodluck, Khaliya Kimberlie, and Dino Kelly. Jocelyn plans to direct Wolf as a feature film in New Mexico through her production company, Tree Swing Films. She taught film production for the New Mexico Filmmakers Intensive (NMFI) at the College of Santa Fe and at Santa Fe School for the Arts and Sciences. Jocelyn is the founder and director of New Mexico Girls Make Movies, a non-profit program under the New Mexico Film Foundation that provides education and opportunity in the film industry to young women ages 12-25. She is a graduate of Brown University, the University of Bologna, Italy, and a Fulbright Scholar to Latvia, where she is a citizen. Please visit her website at www.jocelynjansons.com

Eric served the administration of New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson as Deputy Chief of Staff; Director of Legislative/Political Affairs; and Director of Media Industries Development from 2003 – 2010. 

During his term, he guided the growth of the film and television industry in New Mexico from $8 million in 2002 to over $4 billion by 2010. In addition to expanding production, he also oversaw the establishment of statewide crew training programs, educational and business development, and community outreach efforts -- programs which subsequently have become global standard practices.  

Prior to public service, Eric worked in Los Angeles as a film and television executive in production & corporate finance for a number of entities including Dino De Laurentiis Communications, as well as in sales, distribution and ancillary product development.  He was also one of the co-founders of Asylum Entertainment, a leading-edge developer of multi-platform entertainment properties.  Since returning to the private sector in 2011 he has worked with state and national governments, major studios and independent production houses regarding film/television production, sporting events and related incentive programs.

Jocelyn Jansons

Eric Witt

Lee Zlotoff is an award-winning writer, producer and director of film and television with over a hundred primetime credits to his name.  Among his more notable creations is the MacGyver TV series, which became a global phenomenon, and is now back as a new series on CBS and a big-budget feature film by Lionsgate Studios.  Lee is also the author of the best-selling book, “The MacGyver Secret: Connect to Your Inner MacGyver & Solve Anything”. He is also the recipient of the coveted Audience Award from the Sundance Film Festival for his film ‘The Spitfire Grill’ which he wrote and directed.  Lee is a graduate of St. John’s College where he served on the board of directors for over a decade and is now a member of The President’s Council. Lee is also involved in helping to launch the new Santa Fe TV Network.