Show Low, Pinetop, Lakeside and the White Mountains of Arizona

In the lighting workshop, we will be talking about the emotion of

light and cover how different facial lighting patterns, color, quality and intensity of light, contrast ratios, background lighting schemes and other factors help set the mood in a scene. Live Demonstration

Social Media Magic is an opportunity for you to learn how to optimize your social media in relation to your work. Not only will you get to learn the inner workings of how some of the leaders in the industry utilize social media, you will also walk away feeling refreshed in knowing you don’t have to be glued to your phone all day! You will also have the opportunity to have your questions answered, so that you can apply specific strategies to your accounts.

Duy Beck




Why film in Arizona?

Jon Bonnell

What are Producers looking for?

Cupid Hayes


Casting Director

Missing Channel Media Group

Have you ever wondered what it takes to make a film that will sell in the marketplace? Did you know that many careers have been launched by features made between $5,000 to $30,000?  In this workshop Jeffrey Cooper analyzes these examples and demonstrate how YOU can exhibit your talent without breaking the bank while doing it.  In fact, by the end of this workshop, each participant will learn how to create an effective vision, designed for presentation to entertainment industry professionals. Also discussed in detail are film genres, which brings the most bang for your buck, and how buyers select films brought into the marketplace. Participants will also obtain a firm grasp of the business of film distribution- the definition of a sales agent,  distinctions between domestic and international distribution, knowing the distributor you're submitting to.  Also discussed will be: contracts, deal terms, what to know when negotiating a sales agent or distribution contract, and marketing tricks of the trade to have the widest audience

What are Producers looking for?

Roger Goff

Dalea is the Festival Co-Producer, Dalea will be the lead for all media, any concerns and be your all around go to gal at the event. She is the daughter of owner Martina Webster. The host of Media Magic Dalea Faulkner is Co-Creator and Co-Owner of The Moon Sisters™. When she's not working on creating a Sacred Space to help you Shine with their online membership, "The Sacred Circle", you can find her moving through life from a space of flow, and walking in alignment with her truth. Dalea is an accomplished Writer, Song Writer, Business Mentor, and Speaker. In addition to her business skills, she has also appeared in films and commercials.

Festival Staff, Co-Creator and Co-Owner of The Moon Sisters™, Business Mentor, and Speaker
Sarah will be assisting Dalea and Alan. She will also be a co-host on Media Magic

David Wharton Sr.


Dolphin Pictures

David was selected from current film


David was our selection of current entries as a speaker. We will do this every year.

David Wharton is an award-winning Filmmaker/Actor, and also co-owner, along with his wife, Barbara, of the Independent Film Production Company, Dolphin Pictures, where he also serves as writer, producer and director. David's interest in the Creative Arts began at the age of twelve in 1975 after seeing the movie, "Jaws". Joining a local theatre group at the age of seventeen, first as a stagehand,then moving on to leading roles, David eventually enrolled as a Dance and Theatre Major in College, and, after graduation, became a Principal Dancer of the Nassau Dance Company on Long Island, from 1985 to 1988.
David's main focus now is running Dolphin Pictures, but also acting on television series such as SHOWTIME's Billions, NBC's The Blacklist, and, more recently, HBO's Succession.

Thresa Richardson


Thresa was selected

from current film


Sarah Anderegg

The Moon Sisters Tribe

Successful Film Festival Expose

Duy Beck

Lighting you up!

David Wharton Sr

Stunts in film 

'Is My Movie Sellable' ?

Dr. Rebekah Louisa Smith​

Jason grew up riding BMX freestyle, and while working his way up the ranks to eventually compete as a regional pro,

he watched BMX videos incessantly.  Before long, he self-financed and produced his own full-length

action sports video featuring the Arizona BMX scene. Determined to make films full time, Jason began attending

the Film School at Scottsdale Community College.  While there he was mentored by 2-time MTV Video

Music Award Winner Ryan Smith for music video and commercial film production.  At school Jason

directed two music videos for country music artist Sarah Darling and wrote and directed
photography on a music video for the band Ember.  Jason's music video for Sarah Darling’s

“Whenever it Rains” reached #2 on CMT’s Hot 20 Music Video Countdown.  Jason's  films are distributed

in the US, Australia, New Zealand and Japan, and his work has aired on PBS, NBCSN, SPIKE, OLN,
FSN, CNBC, GAC, OXYGEN, FOOD, FUEL and  His clients include Atlantic Records,

VSR Music Group/EMI CMG Music Distribution, Black River Music Group, Rockshrimp Productions,

Lucid Potato, Comedian Jo Koy and Club Tattoo.  Jason was nominated for a Best Cinematography award
from the International Academy of Web Television in 2013 for his work on the web series Western X. 

 A few of the bands he has shot live include Queen+Adam Lambert, Barenaked Ladies, Train, Cee-Lo Green,

Tanya Tucker, Jordin Sparks, Junior Prom, Churchill and Vicci Martinez.  Jason is also an avid professional

still photographer, having applied his soulful lighting skills to shooting stills of live music, fashion, candids,
lifestyle and action sports.


Successful Film Festival Expose

Media Magic

Martina Webster




Evie's Christmas Gift

The Wind of Heaven

Hashtag Blessed

Justin Hayward Music Video

Why film in Arizona?

Entertainment Law & Music in Film

It's a crazy, mixed up world.  If you want to distribute your film in your home territory, you probably can.  It will cost you upfront costs and time, but you can.  You want the rest of the world to see the film?  Not as easy.  We'll cover some of the basics and will field as many questions as we can.  Jon will be here all weekend for acquisitions as well.
Jon Bonnell has worked in entertainment since the 80's.  After a few decades in software development he jumped back in to the deep end. He has worked in film and television distribution since 2008 and has been responsible for the distribution of  thousands of feature films and episodes of television, including such films as Henry's Crime (Keanu Reevers and James Caan), See You In September (Whoopee Goldberg, Estella Warren), Mayor Cupcake (Judd Nelson and Lea Thompson) and Leading Lady (Katie McGrath).  In addition, Jon is the Vice President of the Arizona Film and Media Coalition, the lobbying organization for the film and media industries in Arizona.

Foreign vs Domestic Distribution

Duy Beck

Matthew Earl Jones

Finalizing the following :

Moonsoon Studios,  Phoenix Film Commission

as well as more Producers on our panel

Entertainment Law & Music in Film

Producing Tips

Doctor Rebekah Louisa Smith began her film industry career in 2008, working as a producer on Wales’ most successful national horror film festival, the brilliantly-named Abertoir Horror Festival. And now, ten years on, she is having a stab at awards success herself. Her company The Film Festival Doctor, the name a nod to her academic past. Rebekah has a PhD in Film and Audience research, her thesis based on the work of her hero Quentin Tarantino. Fear not, The Doctor and her team will continue to pen prescriptions for success and are committed to transforming the lives of independent films through festivals. Their aim is to give these films and their makers visibility, awards, opportunities and recognition within the industry. Currently, the company- which has offices in London and Los Angeles- has helped win over 500 awards for their clients and her team have supported over 585 creatives across the world guiding them on their journeys to success.In 2018, Worcestershire-born  Rebekah worked extensively on the feature length documentary George Michael  Priorities for Successful Film Festival Exposure  Founder & CEO of The Film Festival Doctor, Dr. Rebekah Louisa Smith, will be hosting a workshop for filmmakers which will include: 
1. an introduction to film festivals and how your film can help film festival audiences discover new visionary talent and voices. 
2. how film festivals can help your career by offering an abundance of opportunities including useful networking, sales, marketing and PR. 

Roger Goff will be again presenting his amazing workshop . He is both a film producer and entertainment lawyer.  Roger represents producers, financiers and other entertainment companies and personnel in a variety of transactions and is personally involved in the development and production process; negotiating deals with representatives for writers, actors and directors, in addition to arranging financing and distribution. He also serves as a music supervisor, combining his background in music with his expertise in music law and film law. Prior to becoming an attorney, Roger worked in radio and television broadcasting, commercial production, advertising and as a studio musician. Roger has been an Executive Producer and Producer on several films, including Man Down, starring Shia Labeouf, Gary Oldman and Kate Mara, and Krystal, directed by William H. Macy and starring Rosario Dawson, Kathy Bates, Nick Robinson, Grant Gustin, William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman.  He has worked on financing and production for over a hundred films, including the Academy Award winning Dallas Buyers Club, Welcome to the Rileys (produced by Ridley Scott), Splinter, and American Gun.  Roger is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Film and Television at Loyola Marymount University, where he has taught Business and Legal Affairs. He is a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

Media Magic

Roger Goeff


Entertainment Lawyer

Jason Ryan

Psychicflyingmonkey Productions


Dalea Faulkner

The Moon Sisters Tribe

Jeffrey Cooper is President & Owner of CUT ENTERTAINMENT GROUP (CEG). Founded in 2003, CEG specializes in the production, distribution and sales representation of feature films and short films. For twenty-two years Mr. Cooper has worked in development, production, sales, and distribution for several motion picture companies including Roger Corman’s Concorde/New Horizon, Kopelson Entertainment, Universal Studios, and Ron Howard's Imagine Entertainment. At CEG Mr. Cooper has been responsible for nearly one-hundred thirty-five feature film sales and has Produced four features distributed by studios or mini-majors, including Universal, Warner Brothers, Lionsgate and Showtime. Recent titles include 'Back Fork', starring AJ Cook and Josh Stewart, 'The Middle of X', starring Nicky Whelan, Colin Egglesfield, Sammi Hanratty and Jason Gray-Stanford, 'Alpha Wolf', starring Casper Van Dien and Patrick Muldoon, 'The Hollow', starring Jeff Fahey, William Sadler, and William Forsythe, 'Roommate Wanted', starring Alexa Vega, as well as 'All Things to All Men', starring Gabriel Byrne, Rufus Sewell, Julian Sands and Toby Stephens. Other titles feature the talent of James Cromwell, Gary Oldman, Malcolm McDowell, Danny Trejo, Keith Carradine, Jane Seymour, Michael Imperioli, Rob Schneider, Rob Morrow, Janeane Garofalo, Natasha Lyonne, and Ethan Embry to name a few.  The inception of CEG came about as a result of Mr. Cooper's horror short CUT, which he wrote and directed upon graduating the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. CUT premiered in 2003 on Universal's Syfy Channel and USA Network where it aired on a special featuring ‘shocking short horror films’ hosted by horror legend Wes Craven. The short has since sold on DVD/Video in North America, the United Kingdom, Germany, Australia and The Netherlands. Thus CEG was born as it began producing and representing features.

Mr. Cooper is also an adjunct professor, having developed and taught graduate / undergraduate film distribution courses at Chapman University Dodge College of Film & Media Arts, Woodbury University School of Media, Culture & Design, New York Film Academy (Universal Studios), Academy of Art University (San Francisco) and Boston University. He has also guest-lectured for the Pasadena Art Center College of Design, Columbia College Hollywood, National University, and Art Institute of Portland. He served as a Workshop Lecturer and Jurist at the Prescott Film Festival, sponsored by Yavapai College, a Presenter and Panelist for a workshop at Lane Community College, a guest on ‘Studio A’- a 30 minute film colloquium television special at George Mason University (GMU), and an Intern Trainer where he supervises undergraduate student interns from the University of Arizona that participate in his production and distribution company.


Rebekah Smith


Film Festival Doctor

Foreign Vs Domestic Distribution

'Is My Movie Sellable' ?

A panel of producers, what are they looking for? Pick their brains, and who knows, maybe they will work on your next project 

Matthew Earl Jones is the Director of the Arizona Office of Film & Digital Media. He has worked on both sides of the camera in film, television and commercials, as well as in the music industry. Matthew has more than 33 years of production experience in the Japanese, New York, Los Angeles and Phoenix markets. Recent credits include : Line Producer on Indie Feature “Manifest Destiny Down” ( Los Angeles ), APOC (Arizona ) on “ Furious 7 ” , and Celebrity judge for Arizona Idol, FOX TV (Phoenix). He has also produced more than 50 national and international television commercials , including ones starring Queen Latifah, Leonardo DiCaprio and Ray Charles.Past clients include: Bandai America, Castrol, Chevrolet, Home Depot, Honda, Lipton, McDonald’s, Nissan, Nissin Foods, Nivea, PacBell Wireless, Porsche, Raytheon, Subaru, Suntory, Toyota, Yamaha, and Ziploc. Raised in New Canaan, Connecticut , Matthew graduated Dartmouth College and for the first years of his career worked in the fields of advertising for BBD&O advertising agency, and brand management for American Home Products Cor poration in New York City. Matthew is the son of pioneering actor Robert Earl Jones and half - brother of legendary actor James Earl Jones.


The importance of having stunt men and women and a stunt choreographer and coordinator

Beck is an actor, award winning stunt choreographer, producer, and writer 
who has been a part of over 100 media productions working with Universal, 
Warner Brother s, NBC /Universal, CBS, Disney, HBO, History & Discovery Channeletc , for over 20 year s. 
Beck structures private equity placements and syndicates senior, bridge, and 
mezzanine financing for feature films and network episodics for both franchise and independent films

Lighting you up!

Industry Workshops, Panels & Presentations

Producing Tips