President - Nancy McBride
Rebecca Hodges - Vice President
Producer/Director/Editor at IDEAS Orlando
Rebecca Hodges was born and raised in Massachusetts. After graduating high school, e ventured out to the University of Massachusetts at Amherst on a scholarship as an undecided undergrad. It was there that she discovered her love for cinema and made the choice to move to Orlando, Florida, where she enrolled in the Film Program at Full Sail University.
Rebecca co-directed her 35mm thesis short film as well as an independent short with several of her peers. After graduating with a Bachelors of Science degree in Film and moving both award winning shorts through the festival circuit, she began an internship at IDEAS in Orlando, which later evolved into a full time job as the Assistant Editor. Eager to develop her productions skills, Rebecca spent a month working as an AC at the 2013 Sundance Institute Directors Lab. While at Sundance she was able to gain valuable insight into the world of directing, work with award winning industry professionals, and harness her own creativity for future projects.
Rebecca is now a Producer/Director/Editor at IDEAS and is striving to write and direct her first feature film. In her free time she continues to explore her artistry through photography, painting, drawing, singing and dancing.
Treasurer - Dave Cole, CPA
Art Smith Jr.
Principal, No Budget Movie Company
Owner, Maverick Audio, LLC
Miami/South Florida Branch
Vice President Entertainment @ Hub International /Entertainment Industry Solutions
Entertainment Attorney, Law Offices of Lawrence Haber
Lindsey Fuller Sandrin
Miami/South Florida Branch
Producer / Production Manager
Jennelle has been working in the entertainment industry for over 12 years, producing 244 episodes of the critically acclaimed television series Forensic Files. Having worked many years in the true crime genre, her passions lie in interacting with and interviewing real people, bringing their stories to life. Across 7 seasons Jennelle brought production quality of the show to a level unprecedented for the genre, reaching an audience in over 142 countries worldwide. As a result of these advancements, Forensic Files is now one of the longest running and most successful true crime series to date.
She also has extensive experience in the commercial genre, working with clients ranging from Fortune 500, to non-profits, helping to evolve and grow both their business and brand. She's led diverse projects from brand redesign and development, to internal corporate communications and commercials, to experience design and event production.
Working on a wide range of projects, from television, commercials, corporate, music, and web videos, to production and on-site management of live events, Jennelle's talents lie in organization and planning, getting to know the intricacies of each different production and personnel she works with. Her goal is to create visually and emotionally compelling content with as seamless a pre-production and production process as possible. It is that organization that ensures projects come in on time and under budget, exceeding client expectations. Her problem-solving skills excel both in the production office and on set, with an ability to creatively execute both quickly and effectively.
Starrshots Studios, Inc.
Orlando Event Photographers/EnVogue Publishing/Orlando Actors Headshots
Mr. Smith is an accomplished, award winning industry veteran whose career spans more than fifty years as a Executive Producer, Creative Director, Industry Consultant, Commercial Photographer, and Fine Artist.
Mr. Smith is CEO StarrShots Studios, Inc. and its subsidiaries, founded in 1937, studio provides Media Production Services to the Film, Television & Print Industries. Past and current company clients include the International and National levels of Advertising, Motion Picture, Television and Publishing Industries, Government Agencies at the national, State and local levels. Clients have included Fashion Houses, Beauty/Cosmetic product manufacturers, Calendar Publishers, Fashion Merchandisers and Magazine Publishers.
As a Director/Master Photographer, Mr. Smith has provided specialized services to Hollywood Studios, Stars, Clio nominees and award winning talents of Stage, Screen, Television and Recording industries. They have utilized his talents and expertise to enhance their image development and career marketing campaigns.
Mr. Smith is a graduate of the George Washington University, Corcoran College of Art & Design, Washington DC majoring in Photography and Graphic Design.
Miami/South Florida Branch
President of Treves Network/ European Film & TV Representatives, Inc
Vivian Treves, President of The Treves Network/ European Film & TV Representatives, Inc. is a native New Yorker of Italian background. She attended Pembroke college(Brown University from 1968-1970) and then transferred to Sarah Lawrence college where she received her BA in 1972. In 1974 she received an MBA in Arts Administration from UCLA.
Ms. Treves began her career as an associate producer for RAI where she made a number of documentaries on politics, medicine, history, music, and the entertainment field. She refined her skills in business as Vice President of several family-owned companies, as well as serving for two years as the New York Office Coordinator for the Dino De Laurentiis Corporation.
In the early 1980's she directed her expertise to the corporate world. Her projects included work for American Express, GTE, and AT&T.
In the 1990's Ms. Treves came down with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome also known as ME. Her work activities stopped due to the illness. Ms. Treves devoted her time to further understanding of the illness by serving as a national spokesperson in the U.S and abroad. As she recovered she continued her consulting work.
Ms. Treves has lived and worked both in Europe and in the United States, and has filmed in South America, Asia, and Australia. As an artist liaison/interpreter, Ms. Treves has served as special assistant, international liaison involved in meetings, screenings, promotional tours, scripts and interviews in office, in the studio, and on location in the U.S. and in Europe. In the past, clients included Columbia Pictures, Focus Features, Paramount Communications, Warner Bros., MK 2 Productions, RAI, Canale 5, Samuel Goldwyn Company, Dino De Laurentiis Corp., Film Society of Lincoln Center.
Ms. Treves has acted in many capacities in film. As an interpreter she worked on seven US features with Maestro Ennio Morricone, including “The Untouchables” and ‘Bugsy”. She co-produced a commercial for Chef Boyardee directed by Giuseppe Tornatore. She acted as Coordinator and Representative for Giancarlo Giannini inventor/actor for his musical jacket used in “Toys”. Ms. Treves was co-translator for the Italian subtitles of “21 Grams”, “Brokeback Mountain”, and “Romance and Cigarettes” for the Venice Film Festival.
As a writer, Ms. Treves has written about culture and the arts for several European magazines. She has also published a book of poems about CFS/ME, entitled “In the Shadow of the Eclipse”. She is co-author of “Allegra’s Apple Tree”, one of a series of children’s books about diversity called Alphabet Kids.
Vivian Treves joined NYWIFT in 1980 and served on its board from 1993-1996. Some of her best jobs and friends came out of her association with the organization. She is delighted to join WIFT Florida and to continue her association with the best networking group there is.
Vivian lives in West Palm Beach with her beloved 16 year old daughter, Allegra.
Rose Rosen, CSA
Tampa Bay Branch
Casting Director/Casting by Rose Rosen
Rose Rosen CSA, consistently rated among Florida's most distinguished casting directors, provides talent for reality TV shows, movies, commercials and print campaigns nationwide. Ms. Rosen's 25-year track record earned her membership in the prestigious Casting Society of America and the respect of countless aspiring actors for furthering their careers. Ms. Rosen herself credits her work casting Edward Scissorhands for advancing her own industry credentials. Beyond the Tim Burton classic, additional credits include Cowboy U, Bridezillas and numerous other television commercials for clients such as Century 21, Canon, Nationwide Insurance, Publisher’s Clearing House and Corona Beer, to name a few
Known as having a keen eye for culling talent from varied sources, Ms. Rosen is also noted for using customized software enabling her to showcase candidates from multiple agents in a single, high tech transmission to clients from Los Angeles to New York and throughout Florida. Ms. Rosen takes great pride in her tireless work ethic, vast personal connections and remarkable ability to manifest client's needs into human form.
Daytona Beach Branch
Owner, Harbordashery Productions, LLC
Alexa Sheehan is a recent transplant to Florida after almost 20 years in Los Angeles working in the industry and its myriad media content. A member of the Director’s Guild of America, SAG-AFTRA, and a board member of both Women in Film and Television- Florida and Film Florida, she hopes to parlay her experience in Hollywood filmmaking to create and to bring big projects to Florida and shake up the industry here.
She and her husband, an Union Assistant Property Master, created HarborDashery Productions which is a local production company in New Smyrna Beach filming commercial and other media projects for local businesses and schools. She was a judge in the last year’s 48 Hour Film Festival in Orlando, this year’s Hub on Canal Student Film Festival, and has sat on numerous panels to help educate the new regime of filmmakers, and to share stories of her experience.