Director, City of San Antonio Film Commission (Texas) 2004 – July 2015
Managed and directed all aspects of City film commission office, supervised employees, and managed annual budget of approximately $375,000. Developed and secured $500,000 funding for Texas' first regional film incentive program. Managed and developed marketing program, oversaw grant programs for independent and student filmmakers, and worked directly with City Council, staff and City Department heads. Conducted hosted location scouts for independent and studio-based productions, provided liaison services for productions while in production in the City of San Antonio. Actively pursued desirable film and television productions from around the world. Worked directly with industry trade unions. Developed integrated contact management/film permitting system with City inter-deparmental support, and managed Visionnet and Reel Scout photo database/client delivery product. Maintained relationships with major Hollywood studios such as Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros., Dreamworks SKG, Universal, NBC, CBS, Disney, 20th Century Fox, and Latin American companies including Televisa, TVAzteca, Telemundo, Argos, and Larosa Productions.
• Created film commission credit-based internship program for high school and college Radio-TV-Film and Communications students.
• Worked directly with community-based groups on film festivals, film retrospectives, speakers series, and other film-related events that directly impacted the community. My expertise was has been utilized by City and County officials to advise and inform about film-related inquires for funding, government support and publicity of proposed film programs and programming.
• Serve on the San Antonio Community College RTF Advisory Committee approving annual curriculum for film, radio and television students.
• Serve on Northwest Vista College Digital Cinema Program advisory committee approving annual curriculum for cinema directing and cinematography students.
• Served as executive board member for Association of Film Commissions International (AFCI US501c3), the organization that represents the majority of film commissions worldwide. AFCI produces two signature events, Cineposium and Locations Show, annually. Served as Treasurer of the Association, in my third two-year term of service, following a two year term as Vice-President. As Treasurer, oversaw the Association's budget of approximately $1.4M.
• Only member of Texas Motion Picture Alliance (US501c6 Advocacy Organization) to serve in three separate executive board positions, President, Vice-President and Treasurer. Coordinator for Lobby
Day 2009 which successfully launched a fully funded Texas incentive program. With over 450 volunteers, met with every Representative (Texas House) and every Senator (Texas Senate) during the course of one day.
• Creative Director for film commission print and web advertising, as well as award-winning design for the “Student Film Project” poster, with accompanying website www.studentfilmproject.com
274 Wellesley Blvd, San Antonio, TX 78209
Marketing Director, 501Group (GEAR Rental, XOPIX, Pixel Perfect), Austin, Texas 1999 – 2004
Managed all aspects of state contract for video production with the State Comptroller of Public Accounts (internal television network, CTV), wrote, directed, and produced for a variety of corporate clients including The Nature Conservancy of Texas, Active Power, Milkshake Media, Cirrus Logic, and Christian- Hubble Communications. Produced and managed business theater events for a variety of clients. Experienced working in film (16mm, super16, 35mm) NTSC video, and High Definition video (1080i, 720p, 24p) with the following post production tools: Media 100i, Final Cut Pro, Cleaner 5, Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator.
Provided marketing services at GEAR Rental for production equipment including motion picture cameras, lighting and grip equipment, vehicle and generator rental and sales support for clothing and production accessories. Sold video and film production services on a commission basis, while also producing in- house productions.
Director of Sales and Marketing, CC Digital, Austin, Texas 1998 - 1999
Directed sales and marketing efforts for video production equipment distributor. Developed sales plan for reaching the education market. Coordinated all education marketing, trade shows, and sold video equipment, editing systems and digital cameras. Collaborated with manufacturers such as Canon and Sony on sales and promotional events.
Sales Executive, Allied Digital Technologies, Irving, Texas 1996 - 1998
Managed existing film accounts and pursued new business nationwide. Clients included Walt Disney Pictures and CBS Television. Represented company’s sponsorship at numerous film festivals and industry events. Developed a systematic and successful press release program, and leveraged relationships with industry publications, trade organizations and professional associations.
Deputy Director, Houston Film Commission, Houston, Texas 1993 - 1995
Managed film location department, developed and maintained computerized contact tracking system specific to film commissions, conducted location scouts for visiting producers, directors, writers and location managers, produced location breakdowns for submitted scripts. Designed and implemented computerized photo location library system, used by HFC until 2008. Served as liaison between filmmakers and businesses, individuals and civic organizations, and city, county, state and federal government agencies. Worked closely with hotels, Realtors® and property managers on project by project basis. Established student internship program. Projects assisted include JASONS LYRIC (Propaganda), GAMBLER V (CBS), POWDER (Walt Disney Pictures), LOLITA (Lolita Productions/Showtime), and THE CHASE (20th Century Fox).
Locations Coordinator, Texas Film Commission, Austin, Texas 1991 - 1993
Worked within a production department staff of four conducting hosted location scouts and acting as a liaison for filmmakers shooting in the state of Texas. Began development of file-based contact management software for film commission specific needs. Attended industry events, film festivals, and promotional activities. Projects assisted include SIMPLE MEN (Fineline Pictures), FLESH AND BONE (Paramount), SIDEKICKS (Gallery/Chuck Norris Productions), and WHATS EATING GILBERT GRAPE (Paramount).
Director of Marketing and Operations, Texas Bicycle Promotions, Austin, Texas 1987-1990
Produced the Tour of Texas, an international, televised, 10-day professional cycling stage race. Sponsors included American Airlines, Nike, Evian and the Williamson-Dickie Company. Had direct control over event budget of $500,000 and event staff of eighty-five. Supervising Producer of 1989 Emmy nominated event coverage on WTBS.
BS Radio-Television-Film, University of Texas at Austin
• Programmed the DIGITAL STORYTELLERS ALLIANCE monthly film and video-screening event in Austin 1996-1999.
• Created the YOUNG FILMMAKERS SHOWCASE industry screening in Los Angeles (1993), which continues under leadership of the Houston Film Commission as the Texas Filmmakers Showcase.
• Created “Filmmakers Across Borders” collaboration event with keynote and facilitation by Ted Hope, 2012. Mexican and US filmmakers participated in six industry panels, hosted by the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, San Antonio, Texas.
• Programmed “Industry Day” at 2013 Monterrey International Film Festival with anchor guest/facilitator filmmaker/producer/actor Alfonso Arau.
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS / ACTIVITIES
Association of Film Commissions International (former executive board member) San Antonio Advertising Federation (board member) Austin Advertising Federation (member) Jury Member, Alamo City Film Festival 2015
Jury Member, San Antonio Film Festival 2006 Jury Member, Monterrey International Film Festival 2013 (Mexican features award) Student Review Board, Northeast School of the Arts, 2009, 2013 Guest Lecturer, Texas State University (half semester) Guest Lecturer, New Braunfels ISD, University of the Incarnate Word, University of Texas at Austin,
Dallas Video Institute, New York University Digital Technology Panel Member, Sundance Film Festival Documentary filmmaking and new technology Panel moderator at SXSW Film Festival with Penelope
Spheeris and D.A. Pennebaker. Habitat for Humanity
Featured in Texas Monthly as one of the "25 Most Important People” in Texas Filmmaking (1998).
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