Master of Ceremonies: Brian McFayden
Brian, is an Omaha, Nebraska native who got his start as a disc jockey on WXRK 92.3 KROCK (home to Howard Stern) in New York and 93.7 "the edge" in Minneapolis. He has hosted a slew of network television shows including, “Cupid” on CBS with Simon Cowell and the CW's “Beauty and the Geek.” At MTV, Brian starred in many roles including the host of Total Request Live, VJ For a Day, Hotzone and MTV News. Most recently Brian hosted and produced for Al Gore's Current TV, NBC and the KTLA Morning Show in Los Angeles. You can currently watch him on the wildly entertaining daily show called 7 Wonders of the Wall for MSN and Berman/Braun. Brian's passion for philanthropy began the day he met Janne Kouri, a quadriplegic of 6 years and an outstanding crusader for the 6 million Americans living with paralysis. Brian and Janne met at a mutual friend's baby shower in Manhattan Beach. Yes, not many a man frequent baby showers, but these two did and the rest is philanthropic history. Janne is the founder of NextStep, a nationally recognized non-profit organization and nationwide movement dedicated to the idea that all people living with paralysis and other physical disabilities deserve the opportunity to live long, healthy and productive lives. Brian, spends a lot of his time working with Janne to help NextStep in its mission to build community based fitness, health, and wellness facilities for people with disabilities across the country. Recently, in an effort to raise funds and awareness, Brian experienced first hand the daily challenges of living with paralysis by participating in NextStep’s Wheelchair for a Day Challenge.
Anne Archer, Juror and FILManthropist of the Year 2010
ANNE ARCHER was nominated for an Academy Award®, a Golden Globe and the British (BAFTA) Academy Award for her role in Fatal Attraction. Archer is also well-known for her poignant Golden Globe-winning performance in the ensemble cast of Robert Altman¹s Short Cuts and her roles in Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger.
In 2006 she founded Artists for Human Rights (AFHR) with the purpose of bringing artists together with the common cause of raising awareness of human rights around the world. AFHR works inclusively with allied organizations to bring artistic expression to bear in the human rights arena. “As a united front, our intention is to enlighten and elevate the culture by raising our voices together thus bringing about increased sanity and tolerance in our troubled world”.
Miss Archer has tirelessly fought for human rights across the globe for nearly two decades. She has along with other artists, led protest marches in uneven streets, testified to Congress, addressed The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, met quietly and openly with State Department officials and Parliamentary leaders around the world, always bringing her creativity and passion to the fight.
Founder of Artists for Human Rights
A veteran of both stage and screen, is well known for his performances in over 50 films and television shows over the last 18 years. With titles like Scream, Without a Paddle and Scooby Doo 1 & 2, Lillard is associated with a number of Hollywood Box Office hits totaling over $600 million dollars in revenue worldwide. He received critical success with independent titles SLC Punk! and Ed Burn’s The Groomsmen and debuted three films at the acclaimed Sundance Film Festival.
A graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles and New York’s prestigious Circle in the Square, the award winning actor has been an Artistic Director of theatre companies in both Los Angeles and New York City. Lillard did the European premieres of Neil Labute and David Lindsay-Abaire work in BASH and FUDDY MEERS respectively in London.
He’s just completed directing his first feature film, Fat Kid Rules the World and can be seen in Alexander Payne’s recent film The Descendents, starring George Clooney. Lillard steals Clooney’s wife, it’s a wicked awesome part. Coming soon, you’ll see him opposite Clint Eastwood in Trouble With The Curve.
Richard Kraft is the co-owner of Kraft-Engel Management, one of the world’s leading agencies specializing in representing film and theatre composers.
Prior to starting his own company in 1991, Richard was an agent at ICM and started his career working with several of his musical heroes such as Jerry Goldsmith, Elmer Bernstein and Henry Mancini. Kraft once ran Varese-Sarabande Records where he executive produced over 150 soundtrack albums.
As a writer, Kraft wrote the unproduced screenplay to the animated musical PEPITA for Warner Bros.. He has also conceived and set up projects at Disney, Sony and MGM. His award-winning feature-length documentary, FINDING KRAFTLAND played at over 75 film festivals around the world. It tells the story of how, after the death of his brother, Kraft drags his son through an obsessive quest to recapture his own childhood through a globetrotting trek riding hundreds of roller coasters, collecting thousands of toys and transforming their home into “Kraftland,” a shrine to Disneyland and American Consumer Culture. A love story between father and son emerges via an almost maniacal pursuit of happiness.
With his partner, Laura Engel, Richard Kraft executive produced the historic DANNY ELFMAN & TIM BURTON 25th ANNIVERSARY MUSIC BOX which was nominated for a Grammy as Best Box Set.
Kraft is heavily involved in fundraising for Crohn’s Disease. He was the honoree of the annual CCFA Foundation of America.
CHARITY: CCFA Foundation of America
A native New Yorker, Mark Teschner has been a casting director for 30 years. He has been described by Rolling Stone magazine as “an actor’s casting director,” and TV Guide noted his “unparalleled track record for finding new talent.” For the past 22 years, Teschner has been the casting director for ABC’s General Hospital. For his work on the show he has received four Emmy Awards for Outstanding Achievement for a Casting Director for a Drama series, as well as an additional five nominations. Teschner is also a six-time recipient of the Artios Award for Outstanding Achievement in Daytime Drama Casting, given by the Casting Society of America, and has received 15 additional nominations. In addition to his work on General Hospital, he casts feature films – including the recently filmed “Elephant White” starring Kevin Bacon and the recently released “And They’re Off”.
Teschner has served 4 terms on the Board of Governors for the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and is a former vice president of the Casting Society of America.
Screen gem Elaine Hendrix’s hard work, diversity, creative prowess, and over 100 film, television and stage credits have “earned her her stripes,” according to legendary film critic Roger Ebert. Her greatest passion is working for the humane treatment of animals. For nearly a decade, Elaine has traveled North America to rescue, lobby, testify, protest, educate and build new habitats on their behalf.
Her proudest achievement is being a Founding Officer and Rescue Team member of Animal Rescue Corps, an international organization dedicated to ending the suffering of animals through direct and compassionate action.
Elaine received the prestigious “Guardian Award” at the National Animal Rights Conference and numerous other awards for both her humanitarian and acting work, including two Telly Awards (one for “Pets 90210”), two festival “Best Actress” awards, keys to the cities of Tarrent, Alabama and St. Louis, Missouri, and the “Founder’s Award” at the Secret City Film Festival. The Mayor of St. Louis proclaimed December 4th “Elaine Hendrix Day” in recognition of her animal welfare work.
She is also a published author, international speaker, a founding ensemble member of The Piece Project, a board member of Stray Rescue St. Louis, an advisory board member of The FILManthropy Society, and an active member of Women in Film. www.elainehendrix.com
A regular contributor to the Huffington Post, Julie also directs the popular Just Effing Entertain Me Screenwriting Competition, now in its 5th year.
Julie has read at production companies including: Walden Media (Narnia, Holes, Journey to the Center of the Earth), Red Wagon (Sony: Memoirs of a Geisha), Cinergi (Swim Fan, The Terminator), Bedford Falls (Blood Diamond, The Last Samurai) and Seed Productions (Hugh Jackman and John Palermo), Julie consults privately with a variety of writers all over the world and has taught at the Oxford Student Union at Oxford University, The West England University in Bristol and San Francisco University in Quito, Ecuador.
Julie teaches screenwriting classes at Warner Bros., The Great American Pitchfest, The Creative Screenwriting Expo and the Willamette Writer’s Conference in Portland, Oregon.
A volunteer at the Afghan Women’s Writing Project, Julie is committed to fostering the creative voices of students and women in the Middle East through the medium of film. She is currently working as a Media Mentor for Creativity for Peace, a non-profit organization that brings Palestinian, Israeli-Arab and Jewish young women together to build relationships and bridge communication gaps in Israel.
A resident of Tel Aviv, Israel, Julie’s ebook, Just Effing Entertain Me will be available at the Amazon Kindle Store in late spring, 2012. Her ebook I am Not Myself: A Year Grieving Suicide is currently available on Amazon.
Dr. Ali Sadrieh
Dr. Sadrieh has been practicing and providing his patients with the most advanced and modern cosmetic surgical procedures available for the foot. He has pioneered new techniques that allow patients to enjoy shorter recovery periods with minimal pain and an aesthetically pleasing result. His philosophy for his practice, evo | advanced foot surgery, has always been to correct the structural problem in a beautiful way. The appearance of your foot matters just as much as the correction of the problem. Redeﬁning modern foot surgery, evo is the evolution of private practice.
Dr. Sadrieh has served on the faculty of the Foot & Ankle Surgical Residency at Northridge Hospital Medical Center and continues to develop new procedures and stay on the leading edge of foot surgery by being an active member or surgical societies across the United States. Although his practice is his primary focus, he is active outside of medicine. Dr. Sadrieh started the world’s ﬁrst environmentally sensitive practice program called the Environmental Proactive Practice™. Evo is a completely paperless practice, and their computers are run off solar power. As a podiatrist, Dr. Sadrieh has merged his knowledge of the importance of healthy feet with his philanthropic efforts and launched the Global Shoe Drive, an ongoing effort for which American doctors collect new shoes in their office and send them to impoverished children in underdeveloped countries.
Recognizing that technology is the way of the future, Dr. Sadrieh has made it possible for his patients to have information at their ﬁngertips through his interactive website, app, and other resources. He has also ventured out into the world of production. He received a Telly Award in 2012 for his role as executive producer for the video featured on the evo website.
Dylan Kendall is the Founder and President of Dylan Kendall LLC. Formed in 2011, the company brings new vision to the design world by blending whimsical sensibilities with clean-lined minimalism, creating distinctive objects that bring playfulness and joy into the home. Dylan Kendall brings over seven years of design experience leading her own functional ceramics studio before going into public service. The Dylan Kendall company marks her return to design.
During her decade in the charity sector, Kendall led several initiatives that branded her a force in using the arts to create change in the lives of others. Her most recent organization, Hollywood Arts, grew in only 4 years to be one of the most innovative arts-based educational initiatives in the country and Kendall was nominated to receive the internationally-recognized Ashoka Fellowship for leaders in the non-governmental sector.
Kendall was recently included on the People to Watch list for Action Now Network, she is a Board Director of Pathways Community School in South Central Los Angeles and Children Mending Hearts. She is a volunteer speaker with Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), has been recognized for her advocacy as a foster mother, and is a contributor to the Huffington Post on play theory, education and aesthetics.