IFFF governance is directed by Executive and Advisory Boards.

The Executive Board administrates and oversees the organization’s day-to-day operations, while the Advisory Board serves the organization in an advisory capacity only.

 

IFFF Executive Board:

Chris Shoemaker

Executive Director

 

Patte Dee McKee

Secretary

 

Kim Turney 

Festival Operations

 

Lisa Guzman 

Director of Membership Services

 

Smith, Mandel & Associates CPA

Accounting Services

 

IFFF Advisory Board:

 

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Michael D. Antonovich

Los Angeles County Supervisor

5th District

Michael D. Antonovich, a native of Los Angeles County, has served the two million residents of the County’s Fifth Supervisorial District since 1980.

The Fifth District, over two thousand square miles in area, includes all or part of the San Gabriel, Pomona, San Fernando, Santa Clarita and Antelope Valleys.

As a government/history teacher for the Los Angeles Unified School District in 1966, Mike credits his fifth grade teacher for the inspiration to enter public life.

In 1969, he was elected to the Los Angeles Community College Board of Trustees.  In 1972, he was elected to serve in the California State Assembly.

Presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush appointed Mike to numerous presidential committees and commissions, including the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, the U.S.-Japan Advisory Committee, the Commission on Privatization, and the U.S. Delegation to the United Nations International Conference on Indo-Chinese Refugees.

In 1980, Mike was elected to serve the people of Los Angeles County as a member of the Board of Supervisors.

His 33 years as a County Supervisor have been characterized by his commitment to public safety, effective and responsive representation and support for small business, our County’s foster children, seniors and veterans.

The Supervisor also serves on the Board of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the South Coast Air Quality Management District.

Supervisor Antonovich resides in Glendale with his wife Christine Hu, their son, Michael Jr. and daughter, Mary Christine.

 

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Diane Baker

Executive Director, Motion Pictures &

Television and Acting School 

Academy of Art University

 Diane Baker studied acting and ballet in New York with Charles Conrad and Nina Fonaroff. She also studied acting in Los Angeles with Estelle Harman and years later with Stella Adler. While under contract with Twentieth Century Fox, she was introduced to director George Stevens Sr., who cast her in The Diary of Anne Frank. Diane performed in films Journey to the Center of the Earth, The Best of Everything, 300 Spartans, The Wizard of Baghdad, Nine Hours to Rama, directed by Mark Robson, and on loan-out starred with Susan Hayward in Stolen Hours in England. At Universal, she starred in Mirage with Gregory Peck, Marnie for director Alfred Hitchcock and The Prize, starring Paul Newman. She also appeared in The Joy Luck Club, The Net with Sandra Bullock, and The Cable Guy with Jim Carrey and Matthew Broderick and most recently, Harrison Montgomery with Martin Landau.

Diane has worked with Anthony Hopkins and director Jonathan Demme in Silence of the Lambs, and her most recent television credits include Law & Order: SVU, ER with Noah Wyle and five episodes of HBO’s Unscripted, directed by George Clooney. Other television credits include The Blue and the Grey, Inherit the Wind (for which she received an Emmy nomination), About Sarah, and CBS’ four-hour miniseries, Jackie O, in the role of Rose Kennedy.

Diane’s first effort as a producer came in the self-financed documentary, Ashiana, which dealt with the end of feudalism and the beginning of democracy in India. Several other award-winning documentaries followed, including HBO’s To Climb a Mountain and Emmy-nominated Miracles in the Making. She produced the film Never Never Land in London starring Petula Clark and Cathleen Nesbitt, which opened the door for a future project, the six-hour mini-series based on Barbara Taylor Bradford’s “A Woman of Substance,” which received an Emmy nomination for Best Mini-Series.

She has received numerous honors and awards, including multiple Emmy and Golden Globe nominations, an Honorary Doctorate in Law from the University of Irvine in Southern California, and Cinecom Career Award in 2005 given at the legendary Egyptian Theater in Hollywood. Ms. Baker has been a Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences voting member for forty years. Additionally, Diane studied Telecommunications and Political Science at the University of Southern California. She is also on the Advisory Board of the Documentary Channel as well as coordinating member of the Oakland Film Commission Arts Task Force.

In addition, Ms. Baker has been invited to serve on many film festival juries. In the late 70’s, she was the president of the jury for Northern Greece festival of Thessaloniki with Melina Mercouri, and subsequently on the jury at the International Film Festival in Bombay, India. In 1997, she was invited to the first International Film Festival in Shanghai, People’s Republic of China. She was also on the Palm Springs Film Festival jury in 2005.

Diane Baker was invited to the Academy of Art University to build an acting program for graduate and undergraduate students. She inaugurated the first sound stage at the university and its first black box theater, both of which are used by students in the Acting and Film programs to create their portfolios. She has recently been promoted to Executive Director of the Motion Pictures & Television and Acting School. Her future dream is to build a film center for serious filmmakers who want to make meaningful films that will inspire, educate and entertain.

 

 

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Lynda Carter

Actress

 

Born and raised in Phoenix, AZ,  Lynda Carter’s height caused considerable awkwardness in high school.  Friends encouraged her to become a performer and she began studying voice and by the time she graduated, she was named her school’s most talented student.   She briefly attended Arizona State University, but dropped out to become a professional singer and tour the country with several rock groups.

By 1972, Carter had returned home and entered a local beauty pageant. She won and went on to win the title of Miss World-USA.   After that, Carter studied acting in New York.   She started her career in television making guest appearances on such shows as Starsky and Hutch, but Carter did not become famous until winning the title role of Wonder Woman in 1975.

The Wonder Woman shows originally started out as specials on the ABC network, but by 1976 had been turned into a series.  The network canceled the show after one season and it was picked up by CBS and aired there for a few years.

During the late 1970s, she recorded an album, Portrait.   Carter is credited as a co-writer on several songs, and she made numerous guest appearances on variety television programs at the time in a musical capacity.   She also sang two of her songs in the 1979 Wonder Woman episode, “Amazon Hot Wax”.

In the early 1980s, Carter performed on the Las Vegas Strip and in Atlantic City, highlighting her musical talent.  Carter’s other credits include the title role in a biopic of Rita Hayworth, titled Rita Hayworth, Love Goddess (1983) and a variety of her own tv specials: Lynda Carter’s Special (1980), Encore! (1980), Celebration (1981), Street Life (1982), and Body And Soul (1984).   She starred in a few short-lived TV series, including Partners in Crime (1984) with Loni Anderson and Hawkeye (1994-95) with Lee Horsley.  During this time, she also became a celebrity promotional model for Maybelline cosmetics commercials.

Throughout the 1990s, Carter appeared in a string of tv movies that resulted in a resurgence in television appearances. Also, because of the re-syndication of Wonder Woman on such cable networks as FX and SyFy, Carter even participated in two scheduled on-line chat sessions with fans.  It was around this time that Carter created her own production company, Potomac Productions. Throughout the 1990s, she has also appeared in commercials for Lens Express (now 1-800 Contacts).

In 2001, Carter was cast in the independent comedy feature Super Troopers as “Vermont Governor Jessman”.   The writers and stars of the film, the comedy troupe Broken Lizard, with Jay Chandrasekhar directing, had specifically sought Carter for the role.   Inspired by the character detour from her usual roles, she agreed to play a washed-up former beauty queen in The Creature of the Sunny Side Up Trailer Park (2004), directed by Christopher Coppola.   Carter made her first appearance in a major feature film in a number of years in the big-screen remake of The Dukes of Hazzard (2005), also directed by Chandrasekhar.   She also appeared in the comedy Sky High (2005) as “Principal Powers”, the head of a school for superheroes.   The script allowed Carter to poke fun at her most famous character when she states:   “I can’t do anything more to help you. I’m not Wonder Woman, y’know.”   In 2006, she guest-starred in the made-for-cable vampire film Slayer.   The following year, Lynda returned to the DC Comics’ television world in the Smallville episode “Progeny” (2007) playing Chloe Sullivan’s Kryptonite-empowered mother.

Carter has also done voiceovers for video games, performing voices for the nord and orsimer (orc) females in two computer games of The Elder Scrolls series, The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind and The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.   These games were developed by Bethesda Softworks; her husband, businessman Robert A. Altman, is Chairman and CEO of Bethesda’s parent company, ZeniMax Media.

From September to November 2005, Carter played “Mama Morton” in the West End London production of Chicago. In 2006, her rendition of “When You’re Good to Mama” was officially released on the Chicago: 10th Anniversary Edition CD box set.   In May 2007, Carter began touring the U.S. with her one-woman musical cabaret show, “An Evening with Lynda Carter”.   She has played engagements at such venues as Feinstein’s At Loews Regency in New York, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. In June 2009, her second album, “At Last”, was released and reached #10 on Billboard’s Jazz Albums Chart.

 

 

 

Rachel DiPaola

Product Director, World of Cars

Disney Online Studios

 

With nearly fifteen years of video game development experience, Rachel DiPaola, Product Director for Disney Online Studios, is one of the most prolific female game developers in the industry. She is currently leading the development efforts for Disney Online’s virtual world, World of Cars Online, based on Disney Pixar’s animated movie, Cars.

DiPaola joined the virtual worlds team at Disney Online in 2008, after serving as an Executive Producer at Disney Interactive Studios. In that position, DiPaola was responsible for driving the development of multiple next generation console franchises, including the Chronicles of Narnia and Pirates of the Caribbean. She also led the development teams responsible for multi-platform games based on Disney’s feature films, Chicken Little and Meet the Robinsons, and Disney Channel’s High School Musical, Hannah Montana, Raven, Kim Possible, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody and others. In her early years at Disney in the late 90s, DiPaola worked as a Senior Producer bringing the Disney Princess franchises to the video game medium on multiple platforms.

From 2002 to 2004, DiPaola took a brief break from Disney and worked as a Product Manager for THQ, Inc. She was responsible for the development of multiple cross-platform game brands including Spongebob Squarepants, Fairly OddParents and original IP, Tak and the Power of Juju. DiPaola attended the University of California, Los Angeles and earned a BFA in theatre arts.

 

 

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Vanessa Domine, Ph.D.

Professor, Montclair State University
Board Member, National Association for Media Literacy Education


Dr. Vanessa Domine is an associate professor in the College of Education at Montclair State University, which houses one of the top ranked teacher education programs in the United States. She teaches and supervises courses in educational technology and curriculum and teaching while working shoulder to shoulder with teachers in a school-university partnership that spans across 26 school districts in New Jersey.

A native Californian, Domine was born and raised in Silicon Valley and earned BA and MA degrees in Communication Studies from San Jose State University where she taught courses in Public Speaking and won statewide honors for her research on Channel One television in schools. In 1995 she relocated to New York City to complete a doctoral degree in Media Ecology from New York University. Her affinity for all forms of media and technology led her to the Media Workshop New York (a project of the Bertelsmann Foundation and the Center for Children and Technology) as a media education consultant and technology professional developer working on a daily basis with teachers and principals across New York City. Her work in schools serves as the basis for her numerous published journal articles, book chapters and most recently Rethinking Technology in Schools (Peter Lang, 2009)

As an outgrowth of Domine’s scholarly interest in media literacy education she created Project Literacy Among Youth (kidsplay.org) to encapsulate the creative yet critical ways in which young people can and do use a variety of media technologies. Through this not-for-profit project, Dr. Domine helps educators in urban settings to renew education through media literacy, technology planning, curriculum integration and professional learning communities via social networking.

         In 2009 Domine was elected to the Board of Directors of the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) where she serves on the Communications Committee and as Program Chairperson for the NAMLE 2011 Conference in Philadelphia.

She is an avid mother of four and a wife to one—all of whom are media literate.

 

 

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Dr. Joel M. Fisher

Founder – LA Wine Fest


Joel M. Fisher, Ph.D. writes or has written for the Culinary Connection of the Chefs de Cuisine Association of California, for the Beverly Hills Courier, and since 2010 for the Underground Wine Letter. From 2007-2009 he taught at Cordon Bleu in Pasadena. Prior to that, he was the wine instructor for the Culinary Arts Department of the Art Institute of California-Los Angeles for seven years and is a founding partner of the educational Wine Vine and Dine, which conducts programs throughout Southern California and Wine Discoveries.net, a Sommelier for the Escoffier Association of Southern California. He is also a member of The Tasting Panel (formerly the Bon Appetit Tasting Panel) and is a Wine Host for CRN’s What’s Cooking Show.

Dr. Fisher is a member of the Society of Wine Educators, The Circle of Wine Writers (UK), and the International Federation of Wine and Spirits Writers. Awarded a Wine Enthusiast Media Scholarship for 2005 at the Culinary Institute of America, he is the author of the Wine Work Book, now in its 6th edition.

Dr. Fisher co-led a program for chefs and culinary students to the Culinary Olympics in Erfurt, Germany and to wineries in Burgundy and Champagne in 2005. In June 2006 he again led a program, “Wine and Cuisine of Iberia,” to Spain and Portugal.  Future programs to wine regions are in the works.

For more information on Dr. Fisher, including his wine picks and writings on wine, visit his web site at: http://joelmfisher.com/

 

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Shlomi Haziza

International Artist/H. Studios

 

 By the time Shlomi Haziza was fifteen years old, he was already an established artist. While other children were skipping sea stones, he was painting them, a hobby which launched his first venture, Rock Art. It wasn’t long before his whimsically painted Rocks were attracting international attention.

Acrylic is the most sophisticated material Haziza has mastered to date. It is unforgiving, but a naturally exciting and expressive medium, with light-refracting properties that give it a unique dynamic. Haziza has spent years finding new ways to use color, metal powders and sculpting techniques to bring out the inner fire of acrylic and breathe life and emotion into every piece he makes.

Today, Haziza’s work has grown to include sculptures, pedestals, furniture, lighting, waterfalls, rugs, jewelry, fashion and more. In his Los Angeles studio, new designs are constantly in development. Haziza has become a luxurious and innovative brand name that embodies color, energy and passion for life.

 

 

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Tippi Hedren

Actress

Tippi Hedren is a living legend in the world of acting and modeling. She ruled the glamour world for over six decades. This ever glowing actress was born on January 19, 1930 in Minnesota as Nathalie Kay Hedren. Her parents were Dorothea Henrietta and Bernard Carl. Her grandparents on her mothers side were from Sweden and grandparents on her fathers side where ancestor of Germany and Norway. Her father gave her the nick name “Tippi”.

Her family relocated to California when she was studying in high school.  At her teenage she participated in fashion shows. At the age of 18 she decided to pursue her career in modeling and for that purpose she shifted to New York where she had to struggle for one year and after that she made her first appearance in the film named “The Petty Girl” in 1950. But she signed first for the film named “The Birds” which was released lately in 1963 and got her Golden Globe awards for being the most promising newcomer.

For long 10 years (1950 to 1960) she rocked the modeling ramp and appeared in the cover pages of many world class magazines.

Initially when she was struggling, she did some commercial advertisements and there she came into notice of Hitchcock, a director, who then hired her and groomed her professionally for acting in his two films “The Birds” and “Marnie”.

Tippi is also known for her extraordinary intelligence in terms of remembering the dialogues, quickly molding herself in the character and starting acting exactly what director wanted almost instantly. She has never been afraid to perform any solid, dangerous stunt scenes by herself.

“Marnie”, a psychological thriller movie, was another milestone of her career and for this film.  Later she had some clashes with Hitchcock and she refused to do any further film with him and on the other side Hitchcock was adamant to ruin her career. The reason that Hedren highlighted was that Hitchcock didn’t want her to work for any other directors in the industry and Hedren was not ready to be controlled by one director. Her career got affected badly because of this issue for some time.

Later again she started getting offers and she acted in more 40 films in between 1967 and 2006 and also got almost 30 awards for her incredible contribution to the film industry.  The actor and producer Peter Griffith is her husband whom she married in 1952. They have a daughter named Melanie who was born on August 9, 1957.  In 1961 they both got separated and Tippi again got married after three years to Noel Marshall, another producer with whom she did three films. This time also she got divorced in 1982 and for the third time she got married to a businessman Luis Barrenechea in 1985. They were together for 10 long years after which they too got separated. Her present husband is veterinarian Martin Dinnes whom she married in 2002.

She has three grandchildren. Her daughter is also now an established actress in the industry.  She is also known as animal rescuer and she has a wildlife habitat, Shambala Preserve that she started in 1983.

 

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Charles Floyd Johnson

Producer

 

 

Charles Floyd Johnson is one of Hollywood’s most active and successful TV and film producers. He is also an accomplished writer and actor.

As an Executive Producer and Producer, he has helmed such highly rated and broadly popular television series as NCIS, JAG, Quantum Leap, Magnum P.I., The Rockford Files and others.

He served as Executive Producer for the Lucasfilm production Red Tails, a film about a group of young WWII pilots who overcome racism to form the Tuskegee Airmen, a distinguished group of fliers who broke the aviation color barrier to become the first group of African-American fighter pilots in U.S. military history. The story is by George Lucas and starred Terrence Howard, Cuba Gooding Jr., Tristan Wilds, Rick Otto and Bryan Cranston.

Charles has served on the IFFF Advisory Board since it’s inception.

 

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Marco Marenghi

Animation Supervisor, Sony Imageworks

 

 

Marco Marenghi currently serves as Animation Supervisor at Sony Pictures Imageworks.

His most recent animation credits include work on the productions of Roland Emmerich’s 2012, Zach Snyder’s Watchmen, Bryan Signer’s Valkyrie, Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland and The Green Lantern.

Marenghi joined Sony Pictures Imageworks in July of 2003 as an animator on The Polar Express where he was responsible for taking motion-capture data and using that information to assemble shots.

Originally from Rhondda Valley, South Wales, United Kingdom, Marenghi holds an HNC in Electronics from the University of Wales and an HND in Animation from the University of Glamorgan.

Marenghi was the Animation Supervisor on I am Legend. He was responsible for implementation of all animation notes regarding look and feel of the characters and creatures. He oversaw the entire modeling, character setup, motion capture and animation support processes for the movie, as well as being heavily involved in the setup of the new Massive front end pipeline. Notably, Marenghi was also instrumental in producing the animation tests and behavioral studies for the infected creatures which led Imageworks to create each one digitally for the movie – 890 shots in total, some containing hundreds of creatures.

Marenghi also animation supervised Ghost Rider, and was responsible for all CG elements in the film, as well as overseeing the pipeline, modeling, rigging, and animation departments. His work involved working closely with both the visual effects supervisor and the director to oversee all motion-related elements and the look-development of the film.

Prior to his work on Ghost Rider, Marenghi was a lead animator on Bewitched where he was responsible for all animation on the show. He also worked closely with the film’s director and visual effects supervisor to create pre-visualization, final shots and a camera data system for motion control rigs on the set.

Prior to joining Imageworks, Marenghi worked on Minority Report reporting directly to Director Steven Spielberg, as well as Evolution, Time Machine and the Emmy-winning series “Walking with Dinosaurs” in the UK. While at Framestore CFC, Marenghi was an animator on Lost in Space and Tomorrow Never Dies. Marenghi has also worked on numerous television commercials and video games including The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King and James Bond 007: Nightfire for Electronic Arts.

Marenghi was featured in a 2004 BBC documentary entitled “The Marco Marenghi Story” which followed his rise through the ranks from humble beginnings. Driven by a firm commitment to “give back,” Marco regularly teaches animation arts to young people at Acme, Animation Mentor and other animation institutions and schools.

He was the recipient of the UK’s Gold Award for Excellence in Industry in 2000. He received a nomination in 2008 for the VES Award (Visual Effects Society Awards) for Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Motion Picture for I am Legend.

In 2008 he was awarded “The Friz Freleng Lifetime Achievement in Animation” by the IFFF and in 2009, Marenghi was privileged to receive an Honorary Doctorate from his Alma Mater, The University of Glamorgan (UK).

 

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Brian Robinson

Senior VP Worldwide Marketing

Morgan Creek Productions

Brian Robinson is a sixteen-year veteran of Morgan Creek, and oversees the marketing efforts for all of Morgan Creek’s motion pictures.

Morgan Creek Productions stands as one of Hollywood’s most successful independent film production companies. To date, Morgan Creek has seen thirteen of its films debut in the #1 box office spot and has had its films honored by the New York and Los Angeles Film Critics Associations, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association in addition to receiving several Grammy Awards.

Utilizing the skills of some of the industry’s top filmmakers, MCP has invested almost one billion dollars in producing and marketing an exciting array of over forty motion pictures for release. The company has attracted such sought after creative director talents as Paul Mazursky, John Schlesinger, David Cronenberg, Roger Donaldson, Blake Edwards, Bruce Beresford, John Milius, Michael Mann, Tony Scott, John Badham, and Garry Marshall as well as today’s hottest stars including Jim Carrey, Kevin Costner, Sean Connery, Richard Dreyfuss, Harvey Keitel, Daniel Day-Lewis, Jeremy Irons, Anjelica Huston, Sharon Stone, Morgan Freeman, Sandra Bullock, William Hurt, Dennis Hopper, Christian Slater, Michael Keaton, Melanie Griffith, Al Pacino, Matthew McConaughey, Matt Damon, Angelina Jolie, Robert De Niro and Jane Fonda.

He graduated with a BS in Marketing from the University of Richmond.

 

Hope Freleng-Shaw

Producer

 

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Dee Wallace

Actress

 


Originally from Kansas City, Kansas, Dee Wallace has worked as an author, teacher, dancer and actress in film, television and the stage for over 30 years. With over 100 credits to her name, Ms. Wallace is a true tour de force in this industry, working with countless directors, producers and some of Hollywood’s biggest names including Steven Spielberg, Peter Jackson, Wes Craven, Joe Dante, Stephen King and Blake Edwards. Dee’s career began in New York where she studied with famous acting teacher Uta Hagen before moving to Los Angeles where she continued to hone her craft with her mentor Charles Conrad.

Her many feature film credits include such classics as The Hills Have Eyes, The Howling, Cujo, Secret Admirer, The Frighteners, 10, and most notably her starring role in one of America’s most celebrated films, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, directed by Academy Award winning director and film icon Steven Spielberg. She was recently featured in the exciting new remake of Rob Zombie’s Halloween.

Her countless television credits only add more cache to an already illustrious acting career, with starring roles in over twenty Movies of the Week and four hit television series including her most recent portrayal as the passive aggressive matriarch in a very dysfunctional family on the 2006/7 ABC comedy “Sons and Daughters”. Other most recent television credits include, “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Cold Case,” “Without a Trace,” “Ghost Whisperer,” and a recurring role on “My Name is Earl.”

 

As a much sought after celebrity and renowned actress, Dee has appeared on every major news and talk show and has been featured on E! True Hollywood Stories, Oprah and The O’Reilly Factor. Her speaking engagements include numerous national and international venues including the Love and Harmony Forum in Tokyo, Japan; the Dillion Lecture Series; Unity Temple; the Kansas Film Commission; Spiritworks; Energetic Healing seminars throughout England, and her own healing and teaching seminars throughout the United States. On a weekly basis, Dee conducts numerous private healing sessions at her office in Woodland Hills, California.

 

As an author, Dee has written a book devoted to the art of self-healing. She conducts monthly workshops to introduce people to the healing techniques outlined in her book, Conscious Creation.

 

In addition to her ongoing work with fellow actors as an acting teacher and mentor, Dee devotes all her extra time to her beautiful daughter Gabrielle.