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GRFF teams up with PechaKuchaGR to highlight 20X20 presentations from area filmmakers. Their talks highlight the transformative impact film had on their lives.  

PechaKucha 20x20 is a simple presentation format where a speakers shows 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically and you talk along to the images. Learn more about PechaKucha here

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$5 in advance, $7 at the door
$3 student/senior

Confirmed Speakers

Virginia Anzengruber is a filmmaker, podcaster, writer, and producer from Titusville, Florida. In 2012, she moved from Los Angeles to Grand Rapids to work as a producer for Gorilla Pictures. In December 2013 she and her husband (then boyfriend), filmmaker Stephen Pell, moved back to Los Angeles to pursue opportunities there. Virginia has worked on crews for television shows for Fox, MTV, VH1, BBC America, TruTV, OWN, and TVOne. She has worked as a Dailies and DI Production Coordinator on feature films like Captain America: Civil War; The Hateful Eight; Suicide Squad; and A Beautiful Planet. She was a background actor on shows like Mad Men; Masters of Sex; Speechless; The Middle; and Parks and Recreation. And she was also Bo Burnham’s assistant for the better part of a year in 2012.

Virginia's podcast, Super Hungry: Conversations with Not-So Starving Artists has featured interviews with R&B legend Brian McKnight; Parks and Recreation star Jim O’Heir; Tom Wilson of Back to the Future trilogy fame; and multi-platinum recording artist Aaron Carter. Last December she and her husband moved back to the Grand Rapids area to open up Snowball Studios, a full service marketing company that focuses on film and video, animation, virtual and augmented reality, motion capture, website creation and search engine optimization.

Virginia's directorial debut, the music video for the Matt Rose single, "Sick", is included in this year's Grand Rapids Film Festival as part of the Fashion & Music program in conjunction with Kendall College of Art and Design.

Lisa Enos, originally from Ludington, Michigan, has had a long and varied career as a writer, filmmaker & Photographer. After graduating from Michigan State University with a bachelor's degree in Business in 1994, she moved to Chicago where her work in film began as an illustrator at a children's film production company. Lisa quickly moved up the ranks and became a producing partner and learned all of the aspects of filmmaking through hands-on experience. Lisa has worked in many aspects of production, from shooting and editing for high end advertisers, writing and directing an award-winning children's educational series and Producing and directing documentaries and eventually feature films in LA & Europe.

Lisa Produced and penned "The Angel of Bergen Belsen," in 1996, which was the first digital film to air on A&E network/The History Channel. She then went on to direct "Copycat Crimes," an anti-censorship documentary about violence in cinema. This project took her to Los Angeles, where she ended up staying, and co-authored, produced and starred in the critically acclaimed, "ivansxtc" (Ivan's Ecstasy) with Danny Huston (Wonder Woman, X Men) and Peter Weller (Robocop). "Ivansxtc" was nominated for four Independent Spirit Awards, including a personal nomination for Enos. This success brought new opportunities which Lisa cashed in on as a screenwriter, writing for Fox Television, Phoenix Pictures, Grenada and Film Four. 

Enos then Produced and starred in the controversial horror satire, "Snuff-Movie," (Lionsgate UK) which made its debut at the Edinburgh Film Festival in 2004. Enos' other credits include "The Kreutzer Sonata," which she produced and co-wrote, starring Elisabeth Rohm and Danny Huston and "Mr. Nice," starring Rhys Ifans, David Thewlis, Crispin Glover and Chloe Sevigny.

Enos recently directed her first feature-length narrative film here in Grand Rapids. The film's working title is "The Gods Are at War" and it is currently in post production as of March 2017.

Shane Hagedorn

Shane Hagedorn

Shane Hagedorn is an actor and award winning producer of feature length films. He began acting in the late 90's by enrolling into a theatre program at a local community college. There he was cast in numerous plays, one earning him an Iren Ryan Acting Nomination. 

As a writer/director he has produced two features and a documentary: (2008) The Model Father, a film he wrote, directed, produced, and edited;  the documentary Craftsman Style (2009), and Ashes of Eden (2014). In ‘Ashes’ he served aswriter, director, producer, actor, and editor.

Hagedorn has collaborated on many other projects with award winning and nationally recognized Michigan production companies through his own company, New House Entertainment.  He is currently working on several films in various stages of production and development; a trilogy of biblical era films, a western in which he stars and co-produces, and a TV series.

He is married and still works full time as a Security Officer at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, MI; where he has been for over 17 years.

Sloan Inns

Sloan Inns

Sloan Inns is an ADDY award winning South African cinematographer | previs artist based in the U.S.

Michael McCallum

Michael McCallum

Michael McCallum is an award winning director/writer/actor/producer/editor who was born in Lansing, MI where he currently resides. He started acting in 1997 and started his film company, Rebel Pictures, in 1999. His first three feature films, Fairview St., Handlebar, Lucky, all screened at Celebration Cinema in Lansing, MI for week long runs to sell out crowds. All three films have played nationally and internationally garnering many awards.

Since 2008 he has released a string of 11 award-winning short films. McCallum was honored to receive the "Michigan Independent Filmmaker Of the Year Award 2012" by the Uptown Film Festival in Detroit. In 2015, McCallum and his Rebel Pictures team finished their fourth feature film, Buffalo! He was excited to work, again, with his talented Father, William C. McCallum, who plays the lead role in Buffalo. They also wrote the film together. It has won 21 awards and received 32 nominations in it's first 33 film festivals. It has also played in Italy, Amsterdam, Switzerland, Singapore, Los Angeles, Kansas City, Grand Rapids, The Caribbean, Lithuania, Greece, Amsterdam, Russia, Hong Kong, Portugal, Indonesia, Italy and Australia!

With the 16 films that Rebel Pictures has made they have won 92 major awards, been nominated for 156 other major awards and been accepted into 159 film festivals internationally!

In 2013 and 2014, he was invited to direct a short film for the Production Workshop for the Grand Rapids Film Festival (GRFF). Both films were finished by McCallum and one of his editors and have won awards nationally. He currently serves on GRFF's advisory board and leads the committee which produced the 36-Hour Challenge.

In addition to film, Michael is also an accomplished theater performer. He took on the iconic role of "Stanley Kowalski" in Lansing Community College's production of A Streetcar Named Desire! His films, trailers and writing can be seen and purchased at:

Lucas Miles is a sought-after film producer, writer, speaker, pastor, and entertainment adviser. As the principal and founder of Miles Media, Inc., Lucas is committed to making movies with a purpose. He commonly appears on television, in churches, at universities, and at conferences throughout the United States and abroad. Together, Lucas and Miles Media have a growing catalog of feature films under their belt, including Rodeo Girl (Kevin Sorbo and Sophie Bolen), Crowning Jules (Kevin Farley and Kristy Swanson), and The Penitent Thief (TBA, 2017). In addition, Miles Media is currently in development for several TV pilots and additional feature film projects with Lucas also at the helm. Beyond his work in film, Lucas is a pastor and writer and his new book, Good God: The One We Want to Believe In But Are Afraid to Embrace, released in 2016 in bookstores everywhere. Lucas has received endorsements from noteworthy figures, such as, Kevin Sorbo (Actor), Phil Cooke (Producer), Dr. Tim Storey (Celebrity Life Coach), Kristy Swanson (Actress), and Keith Hudson (Father of Pop sensation Katy Perry). He resides with his wife, Krissy, in Granger, Indiana.

Bret Miller

Bret Miller

Bret Miller was born and raised in Rochester Hills, a suburb of Detroit, Michigan. While completing his degree from Michigan State University, Bret began pre-production on his first feature film, Some Are Born.
After working for a production company for a few short years, he dove headfirst into independently directing fiction films and commercial content. This led him to Grand Rapids, a town he likes to refer to as “home base.” He directed the feature film Chasing The Star, a biblical time piece from Collective Development Incorporated, and he has released numerous short films and commercial spots for companies such as Eightfold Creative and Revel Marketing. His short film Red Skies has screened in Italy, and in Paris, France. 

Julian Newman

Julian Newman

Julian Newman is a husband, father, writer, artist, and storyteller. Julian says that he is just a “regular guy with an impossible dream.”

Born on a Marine Corps base near San Diego, California, he was a boy with a vivid imagination and a love for stories. Whether it was learning bible stories in Sunday-School, listening to his Dad’s Marine Corp narratives, or watching James Bond films on TV, an exciting tale always had Julian’s attention. But what he loved best was creating his own. So a group of Julian’s elementary school friends created their own comic book epics (above), penciling themselves in as the main characters.

Now over two and a half decades later, Julian doesn’t want to just tell a great story, but wants to live one and help others do the same. Using rare mix of truth/insight/humor/pop culture, and personal story a live session with Julian is something you won’t soon forget.

With 20+ years of wide ranging leadership experience inside the faith community as a pastor and teacher, and in the marketplace as a consultant, communicator, and creative, Julian has a unique knack for inspiring people to believe that they can become everything that they were destined to be. He has given unique talks(here & here) for various groups domestically and abroad, written for Relevant Magazine, danced at the Catalyst Conference, and starred in a Rocky-styled movie remake.

On October 12th, 2014  he was involved with a core team that launched an emerging Jesus community called Tribes Church. Julian has an uplifting take on life, leadership, and living a story that changes the world.

Tom Norton possesses extensive multi-camera production and post production planning for long and short form programming.  Extensive experience in writing documentaries and shorts.  Extensive experience in large scale project management from television station construction to purchase of full scale mobile units to detailed involvement in creating large scale television productions. Created The Eclipse Awards, a regional film, television awards in conjunction with other organizations which is now in its 6th successful year.

Founded a digital cinema program with area DP's and writers to foster the creation of locally based content utilizing cinema techniques with the newest cadre of digital cinema gear. Freelance producing, directing and writing for a wide variety of corporate clients from software to medical.  Producer Director of the short film, "7 Stones" now in distribution on Comcast xFinity and Amazon Prime. Developed the cooking entertainment program "Engine House Recipes" in conjunction with Engine House Concepts, LLC and MPT (Maryland Public Television); directing, editing and shooting pilot episodes and promotional spots.  Hired to write the independent feature "King of Kalamazoo."  Author of three additional screenplays.

Founder and chief editor at, a hyper-local news service the serves the communities and the region with resident citizen reporters.  Trained by a staff of managing editors, citizen reporters source, collaborate and produce daily content for the online hyper local news source  Starting in the Fall of 2016, the operation expands into a regular television/social media newscast.

John Otterbacher

John Otterbacher

After graduating with a Master of Science in Communications from Grand Valley State University in Michigan, John Otterbacher moved to Chicago where he splits his time between teaching and filmmaking. Otterbacher has mainly worked as a producer and cinematographer specializing in independent film/tv/new media and work for non-profit organizations. As a college instructor, Otterbacher has taught at a number of institutions and is currently coordinator for the Cinematography program at Tribeca Flashpoint College in Chicago. He is a board member and serves as Vice President for IFP Chicago and is a member of the Education Advisory Committee for Cinema/Chicago. More recently, John received his MFA in film from VCFA as part of the inaugural class. Officially Limited and Father Burke’s Boss Battle are John’s current film projects.

John Harper Philbin

John Harper Philbin

John Harper Philbin is a professor at Grand Valley State University and an award-winning filmmaker. In addition to directing many short films, Philbin has helmed three feature-length projects: the courtroom drama To Live and Die in Dixie (2008), and the higher ed satires, Lucky Jay (2015) and Lucky Jay 2 (2016).


Ella Swift

Ella Swift

A Michigan native, Ella Swift earned a masters in Irish literature with a specialty in dramatic literature, studying how folklore was used in early Irish theater. 

While living and working in the Pacific Northwest, Swift had her “Aha!” moment: The best way to get storytelling out to the most people is through film. She moved back to her home state and began immersing herself in the film ecosystem here, founding Burly Mermaid Productions. While Burly Mermaid carries the honor of being the first female-only production company in West Michigan, Swift said she doesn’t hire only women and is “totally open to anyone with talent and drive.” Swift, whose married name is Ella Swift Redding, has many credits, including cheerleading coordinator for Touchback, assistant to Jesse Eisenberg and Jason Segel for The End of The Tour, and more recently, unit production manager and co-producer for The Alchemist Cookbook (shot entirely in Allegan) and assistant to the director, Rob Reiner, for LBJ.

Earlier Event: February 3
36-Hour Challenge Screening and Awards
Later Event: April 7