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Anne Chapman, CSA, is a Casting Director with a Theatre & Film degree from the University of Kansas. She is an Adjunct Professor/Casting Director for VCUarts Cinema, casting 70+ films since 2008, including their current feature MACBETH. She recently joined the VFO as their Workforce Development Liaison and served 3 years as President of the VPA. Her casting experience started with Childsplay, the original “CHUCKY” movie and Uncle Buck. Anne has contributed to the casting of countless projects, serving as Casting Director or Virginia Casting Director on Big Stone Gap, Point of Honor, Killing Lincoln, The Abolitionists, Lincoln and now Shooting the Prodigal. Anne never tires of searching for and mentoring emerging actors, and she enjoys giving them opportunities to help them rise to the challenge.
At 24, Jim Ed directed, produced, and edited his first feature film, Shadow Games, which lead to an opportunity to study under Rexford Metz, Johnny Jensen, and William Carruth at Florida State University Film School. Since graduating with his Masters in Film Production, Jim Ed went to work on Lincoln in his home town of Richmond, VA where he continues to work as an electrician for studio productions and editor for independent productions.
Originally from Costa Rica, Central America, Gloriana Fonseca Wills began her career as a television producer, editor and director. After achieving her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and Audiovisual Production, she worked in different television and video projects broadcasted in Costa Rica and the US. In 2009, she received a Fulbright scholarship and traveled to the US to get her MFA in Film Production at Florida State University. Her thesis film Historias went on to participate in film festivals in New York, Houston, Chicago and California. Wills is currently living in Northern Virginia, working as a director, editor and first assistant director for documentary and feature films.
Richard Blankenship is a legendary designer who has built sets and designed for more than 50 motion pictures as a construction coordinator, art director, and production designer. His work can be seen in Lincoln, Ithaca, Mercy Street, Killing Lincoln, Turn: Washington’s Spies, Captain Phillips, Killing Kennedy, War of the Worlds, Hannibal, The New World, The Box, Hannah Montana: The Movie, Mickey, and many other projects.
Heather Waters has worked in the entertainment industry for over 25 years. She started her career as an actress and singer, and in 2000 turned to producing, directing, and entrepreneurial ventures. In 2007, Heather created Creative World Awards, a screenwriting development company and international competition. After earning her Masters degree from Georgia State University (GSU), Heather relocated to Richmond, Virginia where she founded the Richmond International Film Festival (RIFF) and the Media Industry Xchange (The MIX), an online development platform where creatives come together to develop and package projects. As a writer, producer, and film director, Heather’s latest projects include The People v. God; Sleep to Dream; Stillwater Lake; Trading Ages; Strive; and The Youth Roundtable Project. Heather also serves as President of the Executive Board for the Virginia Production Alliance (VPA), the leading advocacy organization responsible for bolstering film and developing talent across the state of Virginia.
A retired USAF Lieutenant Colonel, whose last duty station was the Pentagon, and a graduate of Washington and Lee University, with a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska, for the last 17 years Ken has been exercising his military experience and business training in the film industry. In 1998 he founded the Central Virginia Film Office, headquartered in Petersburg, VA, and in 2004 made the transition into producing films. Since 2004 he has been the producing partner and the primary Producer for all projects originating from Tim Reid’s New Millennium Studios. Ken has worked on projects such as Killing Kennedy, Selma, Madam Secretary, and more. As a producer, his latest projects include Keepers of the Flame; Troop 491: Adventures of the Muddy Lions; and The Life and Times of Elizabeth Keckly, a documentary on the life of Mary Todd Lincoln’s dressmaker.