Director / Producer
Robert Redford has received international acclaim for his work as a director, actor and producer, as well as for his efforts as a champion of independent film and as an environmentalist.
Redford won an Academy Award®, a Golden Globe Award and a Directors Guild of America Award, for his feature film directorial debut on the emotionally shattering family drama “Ordinary People (1980).” He went on to both direct and produce “The Milagro Beanfield War (1988)”; “A River Runs Through It (1992),” for which he garnered a Best Director Golden Globe nomination; “Quiz Show (1994),” earning dual Oscar® nominations for Best Picture and Best Director and another Golden Globe nomination for Best Director; and, most recently, “The Horse Whisperer (1998),” which brought him his fourth Golden Globe nod for Best Director. Also honored for his acting work, Redford received an Academy Award® nomination for Best Actor for his performance in “The Sting (1973).”
A strong advocate of independent filmmaking, Redford founded the Sundance Institute in 1980 as an organization “dedicated to the support and development of emerging screenwriters and directors of vision and to the national and international exhibition of new American independent cinema.” The Institute also sponsors the annual Sundance Film Festival, which is held every winter in Park City, Utah. From its modest beginnings, the Festival is now the most important venue for the presentation of independent film in the United States.
Producer, Director and Screenwriter
Edward Zwick has been honored with an Oscar, three Emmys, the Humanitas Prize, the Writer’s Guild of America Award, two Peabody Awards and a Director’s Guild of America Award and more. Edward first attracted critical acclaim at the American Film Institute for his short film Timothy and the Angel before he found himself directing and producing for television. Together with Marshall Herskovitz, Edward created thirtysomething, My So-Called Life and Once and Again. In 1986, he began directing feature films with About Last Night… and went on to direct Oscar winners Glory and Legends of the Fall. His other directing credits include Leaving Normal, Courage Under Fire, The Siege and The Last Samuri, and his producing credits include Traffic, Blood Diamond and Shakespeare in Love, for which he won an Academy Award.
President of Castle Rock Entertainment
In addition to supervising all aspects of production and development for Castle Rock Entertainment, Liz executive produced The Shawshank Redemption and Fracture. She most recently produced Dimension Films’ The Mist and Warner Brothers’ Music and Lyrics starring Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore. During her tenure as president of Castle Rock, the company has produced over 80 films, including When Harry Met Sally, Misery,Honeymoon in Vegas, In the Line of Fire, A Few Good Men, City Slickers, Best In Showand Polar Express. Prior to joining Castle Rock, Liz was an executive at Samuel Goldwyn Company, where she was involved in a number of projects, including the sleeper hitMystic Pizza. She is a graduate of Bennington College and holds an M.F.A. from the University of Southern California’s Peter Stark Program.
Executive Producer of ShadowCatcher Entertainment
As the owner and manager of ShadowCatcher Entertainment, David is responsible for the company’s strategic and financial planning, as well as the development, financing and production of the company’s film and stage projects. He has worked as an Executive Producer on Smoke Signals, The Book of Stars, Getting To Know You, Game Six,Outsourced and The American Pastime. David has served as the president and chairman of the Board of Trustees for A Contemporary Theatre, as well as the chairman of the Seattle Theatre Group. He is currently serving on the Board and chairing the development committee for the Seattle Chinese Garden Society, the largest horticultural project of its kind outside of China, which involves design teams from China and the United States.
Christopher McQuarrie is well known for his collaboration with Bryan Singer on The Usual Suspects, which won him both the Oscar and the BAFTA Award. Christopher followed up his success by contributing to the shooting script for Singer’s big-budget, effects-laden comic-book adventure, X-Men in 2000. That same year, he marked his own directorial debut with The Way of the Gun, another crime thriller starring usual suspect Benicio Del Toro and veteran actor James Caan. Christopher began his successful screenwriting career as co-writer of the screenplay for Public Access (1993), which was named co-winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 1993 Sundance Film Festival.
Principal of Girvin Design
Tim Girvin has been working as a brand strategist, designer, writer, photographer and illustrator for nearly forty years in the Pacific Northwest, nationally, as well as internationally at their offices. His focus is on storytelling — and seeking out the emotional link between the concept of enterprise, the branded form of commerce in community, and how engaging “telling” can be meaningfully orchestrated, resonantly reflected in an audience experience.
Girvin has been working as an theatrical advertising designer, in Hollywood and NYC since 1977 and has contributed messaging, graphics, identity treatments for hundreds of cinematic marketing projects for most of the major studios in LA.
Mary Allison has over twenty-five years of senior executive leadership and organizational development experience including financial management and strategic design expertise in the not for profit, private and public sectors. She is passionate about working with organizations that are experiencing the challenge of meeting their mission during times of economic, social and leadership change. Prior to becoming a consultant, Ms. Allison served for over twenty years in executive leadership for organizations such as Eddie Bauer, Garden Botanika and drugstore.com. Ms. Allison earned her MA degree from Seattle University in Organizational System Design and Renewal, and her BA in Communications from Washington State University (Go Cougs!).
Ellen manages a portfolio of client relationships including banking, credit, investment management and trust, financial planning, estate planning, and business succession planning. Over 15 years in financial services including Series 7, 66, and insurance licenses as a portfolio manager with Ragen MacKenzie, and 10 years in Private Banking with Wells Fargo Private Bank before coming to Key Bank.Prior to Wealth Management, Ellen was founder and President of The Singer Group Inc., an Interior Planning Corporation. The company was a seven person, full-service commercial design firm, completing projects from the schematic design phase through construction, installation and final move-in. Having experienced a business succession and sale first hand, it has been invaluable in consulting business owners who are preparing to sell their businesses.
Community Service: Current member Board of Trustees, VP and Chair of Board Development and past Allocations Chair, PONCHO, for 16 years; Board of Trustees for Christmas in April, Chair of Procurement; Fundraising Chair, Junior League of Seattle; ODYSSEY, Board of Trustees, and Gala co-chair; President PTSA, won the Golden Acorn award for service. Member of the Ranier Club in Seattle.
Patrice and her husband, Kevin, are strong supporters of Conservation International, a nonprofit global organization dedicated to preserving the world’s most environmentally diverse areas, especially in the Seattle region. Patrice is a board member at the Seattle Art Museum, the Seattle Symphony and the Pacific Northwest Ballet, and she also chairs the annual fund for Lakeside School. An ardent fundraiser for education, the arts, the environment and social services in the Seattle area, Patrice has chaired several successful local capital campaigns. She is currently creative director of Pascaulina, Inc. and is also a documentary filmmaker and producer whose most recent films include Expiration Date and Multiple Sarcasms.
Currently, Ms. Minkarah serves as Senior Vice President of Revenue & Business Development for Fisher Communications, Inc., where she has corporate responsibility for revenues at Fisher television, radio and internet properties and was accountable for developing and implementing its digital strategy. In this role, she has successfully identified and launched revenue streams and initiatives that have dramatically grown revenues, increased shareholder value, and consistently exceeded market share forecasts.
Since joining Fisher Communications in 2002, Ms. Minkarah has held a series of roles of increasing responsibility, including leading business and market development initiatives and serving as the General Sales Manager of KOMO 4.
Ms. Minkarah is an active and energetic member of multiple professional and community boards including. She is a regular contributor to broadcast and digital conference and panel discussions. She earned her BFA in Broadcasting from the University of Cincinnati.
Chris Ackerley | co-founder Ackerley Partners
Chris Ackerley is a co-founder of Ackerley Partners, LLC. Prior to founding Ackerley Partners in 2002, he was the President of The Ackerley Group, Inc. and was also a member of its board of directors. He spearheaded the launch of Ackerley Ventures, a division of the company that focused on core media and entertainment operations. Chris has served on the board of directors of two of Ackerley Ventures’ former investments, FastChannel Network and i5 Digital. He currently serves on the board of governors of the Business Alliance For Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, the World Trade Center of Seattle, Pacific Science Center, Downtown Seattle Association and The First Tee of Seattle. In addition, he is a member of the Northwest Chapter of the Young President’s Organization. In 2001, Chris was recognized by the Puget Sound Business Journal as one of the region’s most influential “40 Under 40″ business leaders.