Regional filmmakers share the story of how film transformed their lives.
This event is an opportunity for the filmmaking community to get to know each other more deeply.
Tickets are $5 in advance and $10 at the door.
Advance purchase ticket to filmmaker impact Story night at the Knickerbocker New Holland Brewing on April 15 from 5 to 8 PM.
The capacity is 160, and we don't want to over sell the room, so it's important to RSVP even if you have a VIP or Festival Pass lanyard. If your name is not on the guest list, seating cannot be guaranteed.
Gabriel Del Castillo, Season of Rage
Gabriel Del Castillo was born in Guadalajara, México, and moved to Los Angeles, CA in his late teens, where he worked-field of carpentry. Through his work, he had the privilege to be introduced to several well-known film directors, actors, writers and field professionals. Shortly after these encounters, Gabriel discovered his life’s passion of working in the industry of film and entertainment. In 2011, he and his wife, Jennifer, relocated from Santa Barbara to Grand Rapids, MI, where he joined the board of directors of the West Michigan Video Film Alliance in the beginning of 2012. In 2013, Gabriel combined his passion, life and work experiences, and his knowledge of business and film, creating Illusive Films Network, LLC. Illusive Films Network is a company engaging in multiple aspects of entertainment, including full-scale films and factual entertainment. Their movie project, Season of Rage, is currently in pre-production and is filming in Grand Rapids in 2018.
Dan Falicki, Handyman Dan
Katie Fox-Webb, Total Apocalypse of the Heart
Originally from rural Ohio, Katie received her Bachelor of Arts in Film Production and Intercultural Studies at Cornerstone University. She has gone on to work on feature films, music videos, and commercial productions locally and internationally over the last six years. She has produced over 100 commercial projects. With a love for preproduction, she balances detail-oriented management and creative vision. Katie is passionate about coordinating chaos, good story-telling, and always having candy on hand. She lives on the Westside (the best side) of Grand Rapids, Michigan with her husband, Josh.
Angela Peavey, Baby Bulldog
Emmy winner Angela Peavey work has been on the Fox Morning Show, ABC, Lifetime, PBS, HBO, and seen in The New York Times, WebProNews, Wired, and numerous other news programs, publications, and distribution in connection with her work. In the last year Angela has directed actors such as Dean Cain, Kristy Swanson, and Tara Reid. Angela has won over 20 film and video awards in just the last 3 years ranging from industry to film festivals. Angela's passion is producing and marketing films. Her biggest success financially and in distribution was a documentary called "Our Beautiful Secret." The film has been seen in over 40 countries, translated into various languages, and had world-wide theatrical releases. Angela marketed the film, raised money for charities who's mission matched the story, and was called in to be the keynote speaker at many events to speak on her successes.
Angela would like to encourage other filmmakers to create their own magic and to remember that we don't compete with each other we complete one another. So don't be afraid to share, mentor, and collaborate with others.
Hamoody Jaafar, Detroit Diamond
Hamoody Jaafar is known for his obsession with immersing himself and his crew into the worlds that they are attempting to recreate. Having a method acting background, his films display a unique authenticity of the visual language. An honest and genuine approach is something that he takes great pride in executing on. The oldest son of Lebanese immigrants, his father is a retired assembly line worker from Ford Motor Company, which is where Hamoody attributes his hard work ethic. As a minority that grew up in a diverse environment outside of Detroit, his upbringing helped shape his well rounded views on the world which are evident in his work.
An advocate of Middle Eastern & Detroit filmmakers, Hamoody hopes to give inspiration to those in his community that might feel like the odds are stacked against them. Hamoody intends to continue making films that offer a "slice of life" of contemporary social issues & help shed light on people rather than stereotypes.
Brad Porter, Cornerstone University
Brad Porter was trained as a cinematographer at Chapman University where he earned his MFA in 2012. He spent the last two years teaching filmmaking at Coventry University in England and is currently instructing at Cornerstone University having just recently finished post-production on his directorial debut feature film When Icarus Fell.
Scott Magie, Four-Ninety
A self-proclaimed sucker for true stories, Magie is best-known for his award-winning film When Cotton Blossoms, a bio-doc about the inspiring founder of the Piney Woods School in Mississippi (Best in Show: Imago Film Festival; Best Doc: Tupelo Film Festival; Best Doc: East Lansing Film Festival).
The owner of Flipbook Moving Pictures in mid-Michigan, Magie has an attention to detail and a passion for thoughtful storytelling, whether he's writing screenplays, creating promotional videos, or training young filmmakers to create "Pictures that move."
Shane McSauby, Mino Bimaadiziwin
Shane McSauby is a citizen of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians. He was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan where he currently resides. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in filmmaking at Grand Valley State University in December of 2015.
In 2016, Shane became the first Sundance Institute & Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Fellow for his script Mino Bimaadiziwin which included participating in the Sundance Institute's Native Filmmakers Lab in Santa Fe, NM. Shane completed his short film Mino Bimaadiziwin in October of 2017.
Shane spends his downtime writing, staying active in the Native community, learning traditional stories and life-ways and advocating for Native rights. He is interested in passing his knowledge of filmmaking down to tribal youth through interactive workshops.
Sam Smartt, Calvin College and A Name that I Admire
Sam Smartt is a documentary filmmaker based out of Grand Rapids, MI. His previous films have received awards and been broadcast internationally. His short documentary, Wagonmasters (2013) was acquired by PBS. Smartt also teaches Film and Media at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI.
David Tappan, Chocolate and Cigarettes
David Tappan is a Michigan-based, California-born filmmaker and film lover. He is a graduate of UC Santa Barbara and now writes, directs, and produces documentaries, commercials, and music videos for Woodward Original, a Detroit production company. He recently finished Chocolate and Cigarettes, a short film which he wrote and directed, and is developing several other passion projects for production in 2018.