BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Off set, she is a member of Bay Area Women in Film + Media and is the Program Manager of the SF Web Fest. Serena also coaches creative writing with 826 Valencia and with the Young Storytellers Foundation’s inaugural screenwriting program in San Francisco. The Young Storytellers program culminates with the Big Show, a staging of the fifth graders’ scripts, performed by local Bay Area actors and improv comedians.
Stuart Thomas studied theater at Glasgow University and screenwriting at the Academy of Art University. An award-winning playwright, he has written over 50 plays that have successfully toured his native United Kingdom to great acclaim, the most recent being the hugely successful ‘The Real Hoosewives Fae Glasgow’ for the Pavilion Theater. He has also written for television (including a stint with the BBC) and is the author of several graphic novels. His short films include ‘Raymond’ (directed by fellow MPT alumni Mark V. Reyes) which played at film festivals internationally in 2012, and ‘The Cause’ (directed by Marco De Luca) which was part of the Cannes Film Festival, 2014. His debut feature, ‘Bar America’ (co-written with fellow AAU instructor, Matthew Jacobs, who also directed) has been selected for several festivals this year, and will be released in 2015. He has various film projects in development with several companies including Singer Films and Galeforce Films, and his new play ‘Eat Pray Love Handles’ will tour in 2015..
Michael D. Jones was born and raised in the Bay Area. In 1991 moved to Los Angeles where he was hired as Location Manager, 2nd AD, Production Coordinator, and eventually as the Host Live Producer for the hit television series “Unsolved Mysteries”. Since then he has been involved with such projects as “Behind the Mask”, “Spiral”, “Bigger than the Sky”, “Management”, “Harvest of Fear” and the award winning film “Elephant”, directed by Gus VanSant. Michael started a production company and Silver Heart’s second production, a short film entitled, “Fantasy Unlimited” won four awards including Best Film for the 48hour Film Project 2005 – Portland, and was officially screened at the 2006 Cinequest Film Festival. In 2010 and after working the final two seasons of Extreme Makeover:Home Edition, Michael moved back to the Bay Area where he continues to work freelance as a Line Producer/UPM, he is a board member of the SF DGA. Michael most recently Line Produced the Indie darling, SISTER, INTRUDER, and the reboot of CABIN FEVER.
Carolyn Eidson is the chief filmmaker at Splashy Films based in San Francisco. She began her filmmaking experience through the creation of a web series Fifi & Fanny Friday Films, written and Co-starring Carolyn as Fifi. She was appraoched to direct and edit a music video of the Sony Motion Pictures, Ben E. King song “Stand by Me” sung by the Singers of the Street, a homeless choir in San Francisco. The Music video premiered at the Royal Opera House for the 2012 London Olympics. Carolyn features excerpts of the video on her Best Documentary award winning film about the choir called S.O.S. Currently Carolyn is working on motion graphic designs and special effects for Travel and Discovery Channel’s television content producer of Indigo Films. In addition to freelancing, Carolyn and Splashy Films produces short films both personal and commercial and enjoys collaborating with Sixty-Six Films in the annual SF 48 hour film festival. Carolyn also still performs live musical comedy with Fifi & Fanny and has just finished writing a walking guidebook for San Francisco.
Maya is a transmedia producer and emerging technology aficionado who applies the power of transmedia to world-changing ideas. She brings a wealth of experience from different media silos: visual effects, film, production, gaming, startups, product management and brand narrative. She has worked with big feature films and on game cinematics such as “Ghostbusters” and “Star-Trek online” for companies such as Ubisoft, EA, Vivendi and Activision. She has also worked in product development for companies such as the Chopra Center, Harpo Productions and Salesforce.com. Current projects include: Transmedia SF – An agency and a movement. She is a co-founder of the agency and the transmedia producer for their first interactive documentary Madame Mars – woman and the quest for other worlds. MYTHAPHI – a media production and distribution platform for the socially conscious human looking for emerging culture and technology. Keyframe-Entertainment – where she is creating a thriving media and business ecosystem for the whole Transformational culture. Dark Prophet – A sci-fi franchise telling the story of a math genius and DJ who finds hidden messages in music.