Windrider Summit

An official partner of the Sundance Institute, the Windrider Summit explores independent film and encourages thoughtful conversation. The immersive Summit experience is inspiring the next generation of Christian leaders to join faithfully in cultural dialogue as it takes shape.


While the Windrider Summit is a year-round experience, every January, students and leaders from the global Windrider community gather in Park City, UT and virtually for the Sundance Film Festival. Against the backdrop of transformative films, Windrider hosts compelling conversations with Sundance filmmakers to honor their craft, listen to their stories, and uncover thoughtful, spiritual themes in their work.


Throughout the year, the Windrider Summit delivers short films, exploration guides, filmmaker conversations and other exclusive content available to participating institutions through co-branded, virtual channels. Institutions are resourced to bring engaging films and thought provoking conversations to classrooms, small group discussions, chapel programs, campus events and more.

Spirit of Windrider

Recognizing Commitment In Encouraging The Creative Spirit To Impact Culture Through Film, Media And The Arts

Each year, we honor an individual who embodies the heart of soul of Windrider. We are always excited to feature our accomplished and eclectic Spirit of Windrider Award Recipients. We take the time each year to go through a nomination, presentation and selection process, as we gather together to choose each year’s recipient.



Lee Isaac Chung

Writer and Director

The 2021 Spirit of Windrider Award recipient is writer and director, Lee Isaac Chung.


Lee Isaac Chung is a gifted and insightful storyteller. Chung’s first film, Munyurangabo, premiered at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival to great acclaim. Variety called the film “an astonishing and thoroughly masterful debut;” American critic Roger Ebert called it “a beautiful and powerful film – a masterpiece.” His second film, Lucky Life, was developed at the Cinéfondation at the Cannes Film Festival and premiered at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival and 2010 Torino Film Festival. His latest film, Minari, is touching hearts as it shows the undeniable resilience of family and what really makes a home.


“In January of 2018, I thought I might not have many chances to make films, because the industry is really difficult,” Chung said. “I decided I should try to make the film I’ve always wanted to make, so I started writing in February of that year.”

Minari is a deeply powerful and lovingly poetic film about what roots us. It follows a Korean-American family that moves to a small Arkansas farm in search of the American Dream. With the arrival of their witty, foul-mouthed but incredibly loving grandmother, the family dynamic shifts in a beautiful way.


Minari had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in 2020, winning both the U.S. Dramatic Grand Jury Prize and the U.S. Dramatic Audience Award. Minari was theatrically released on February 12, 2021, by A24.


The story in Minari is drawn from Chung’s own life experience as well as universal themes of hardship and hope. A son of Korean immigrants, Chung grew up on a small farm in rural Arkansas and then attended Yale University, studying biology. During his senior year, Chung dropped his plans for medical school and turned to filmmaking. He studied film at the University of Utah, earning his MFA in 2004. In 2007, he partnered with local filmmakers in Rwanda to create Almond Tree Films Rwanda, a successful film production company and academy in Rwanda.


Chung encompasses the spirit of Windrider fully, as he works to tell cross-cultural stories that draw empathy and connection amidst differences. From Munyurangabo to Minari, his unique worldview shines through in each of his projects.


We have been excited to honor the following individuals over the years…

Makoto Fujimura Windrider Spirit Award


Makoto Fujimura

Artist, Writer, Speaker

Makoto Fujimura is a leading contemporary artist whose process driven, refractive “slow art” has been described by David Brooks of New York Times as “a small rebellion against the quickening of time”. Fujimura’s art has been featured widely in galleries and museums around the world, and is collected by notable collections including The Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo, The Huntington Library as well as Tikotin Museum in Israel. His art is represented by Waterfall Mansion in New York City and Artrue International in Asia.


Fujimura is also an arts advocate, writer, and speaker who is recognized worldwide as a cultural influencer. A Presidential appointee to the National Council on the Arts from 2003-2009, Fujimura served as an international advocate for the arts, speaking with decision makers and advising governmental policies on the arts. His book “Refractions” (NavPress) and “Culture Care” (IVPress) reflects many of his thesis on arts advocacy written during that time and his new book, “Theology of Making” will be out this fall from Yale Press with a foreword by N.T. Wright.”Fujimura currently divides his time between Princeton, NJ and Pasadena, CA studios. A popular speaker, he has lectured at numerous conferences, universities and museums, including the Aspen Institute, Yale, Princeton and Oxford Universities, Sato Museum and the Phoenix Art Museum. He also serves on the Board of Trustees at his alma mater, Bucknell University. Fujimura founded the International Arts Movement in 1992, now IAMCultureCare, which oversees Fujimura Institute. In 2011 the Fujimura Institute was established and launched the Four Qu4rtets, a collaboration between Fujimura, painter Bruce Herman, Duke theologian/pianist Jeremy Begbie, and Yale composer Christopher Theofanidis, based on T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets. Bucknell University honored him with the Outstanding Alumni Award in 2012. He is a recipient of four Doctor of Arts Honorary Degrees; from Belhaven University in 2011, Biola University in 2012, Cairn University in 2014 and Roanoke College, in February 2015. For more visit:

Jacob Marshall - Windrider Spirit Award


Jacob Marshall

Multisensory Artist and Advisor

Jacob Marshall is an interdisciplinary creator and connector whose focus is on transcendent immersive artistic experiences in the tradition of Wassily Kandinsky, Alexander Scriabin, Thomas Wilfred, and Oscar Fischinger.


Jacob holds an Interdisciplinary Studies degree in Aesthetic Theory. In 2000, Jacob met Dave Elkins and they co-created the band MAE (Multisensory Aesthetic Experience). They have sold over 500,000 albums worldwide and performed over 1600 concerts on 5 continents.


Beginning in 2011, he worked to help launch and produce the first four Global Citizen Festivals which collectively brought 240,000 music fans to New York’s Central Park between 2012 & 2015. The Festivals combined have leveraged tens of billions of dollars in new commitments to help end extreme poverty and was the largest charity concert broadcast in history with a confirmed number of impressions surpassing 2 billion.


In 2016, Jacob conceived, produced and performed, with MAE & Tim Fain, the world’s first large scale collective virtual reality concert experience from inside Jerusalem’s 3000 year-old Tower of David to close the Forbes 30 Under 30 Summit.


He has presented or performed at the United Nations General Assembly 2017, Cannes Lions, multiple Forbes Under 30 Summits, multiple Future of Storytelling Summits & Festivals, New Museum’s NEWINC, Yale University, Nexus Global Youth Summit and many more.


Jacob serves on the advisory board for Future of Story Telling (FoST) where he helped to launch and serve as board member of the social impact initiative “FoST for Good” in partnership with HP and Facebook. He also serves as an artist mentor at the New Museum’s NEWINC.


Currently he is helping to build the Lab of Misfits with perceptual neuroscientist, Dr. Beau Lotto. Lab of Misfits is a neurodesign studio that combines art and science to yield unique insight into the human experiences of awe, wonder, openness and beauty.

Andrew Nemr - Windrider Spirit Award


Andrew Nemr

Master Tap Dancer, Ted Fellow, Pastor

Andrew Nemr is considered one of the most diverse tap dance artists today. An international performer, choreographer, educator and speaker, Andrew has played with Grammy Award winning musicians across multiple genres, founded the tap dance company Cats Paying Dues, directs the Tap Dance Freedom education platform, and co-founded the Tap Legacy™ Foundation, Inc., along with his mentor Gregory Hines.


An avid speaker, Nemr combines the story of his journey and the craft of tap dance to speak on ideas of identity, community, faith, and love. He has presented his unique combination on Fellow’s Stage at TED Global, and at numerous TEDx events around the world.


Most recently, Nemr performed his “one man” show in New York to rave reviews, aptly titled, Rising to the Tap, a dance concert mixed with autobiographical solo storytelling, the tap virtuoso candidly reveals a unique American journey. With musically explosive footwork, Nemr shares episodes from his immigrant history — his family’s departure from Lebanon in 1976, adapting to life in New Jersey, his eventual mentorship under legends Savion Glover and Gregory Hines — and his struggles with loneliness, bullying, and cultural identity.

Erwin McManus


Erwin McManus

Pastor, Author, Storyteller

Erwin Raphael McManus is an iconoclast known as a cultural pioneer for his integration of creativity and spirituality.


Erwin is a storyteller and observer of life. His writings are an exploration of the human spirit and search for what makes us uniquely human.


His newest book, The Artisan Soul, explores life as a work of art and is a Los Angeles Times and Publishers Weekly bestseller, and a Gold Medal winner for the Living Now Mind book awards and the Christian Living Illumination Book Awards. He is also the author of Soul Cravings, Chasing Daylight, and other leading books on spirituality and creativity.
Erwin, a native of El Salvador, now lives in Los Angeles, California.


He holds a BA in psychology from UNC Chapel Hill, a Masters of Divinity from Southwestern Theological Seminary, and a Doctorate of Humane Letters from Southeastern University.
Erwin is an artist, entrepreneur, cultural thought leader and the founder of MOSAIC, a community of faith in Los Angeles, California and has inspired the church across the world to new expressions of faith and spirituality. MOSAIC is known for its innovation, creativity, diversity, and social entrepreneurism and has been named one of the most influential and innovative churches in America.
Engaging such issues as culture, creativity, change, and leadership, Erwin is widely known as a thought-provoking communicator. His travels have taken him to over 50 countries and he has spoken to over a million people from a wide variety of audiences, including professional athletes, Wall Street investors, Universities, film studios, and conferences focused on leadership, creativity, culture, and living a wholistic life.


Erwin sees the imagination as the principle vehicle through which we create a better self, a better world, and a better future. He argues that creativity is both uniquely human and the essence of human uniqueness. Creativity, McManus contends, is a natural expression of our spirituality.


When we are most fully alive we create out of love all that is good and beautiful and true. In The Artisan Soul we are called to embrace our inherent creative genius and to embrace our role in the creation of a beautiful future. Visit him online at

Mike McHargue & Michael Gungor


Mike McHargue

Author, Podcaster, Speaker
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Michael Gungor

Worship Leader, Songwriter, Musician

Mike McHargue is an author, podcaster, and speaker focused on the science behind spiritual experiences. Mike lost his faith via atheism as an adult, but rediscovered God in cosmology and neuroscience–a journey that lead to his life’s mission: helping people reconcile their faith in an age of incredible scientific insight.

Mike cofounded The Liturgists with Michael Gungor of the award winning band Gungor. Michael is a worship leader, songwriter, and has received multiple Grammy nominations and is a Dove award-winning musician. Michael’s passion is to help people encounter God through worship. Michael and wife, Lisa, are curators of the Grammy-nominated musical collective simply known as Gungor and use their skills to tell honest musical reserves to blur genres and break expectations creating a unique magnetic expression.



Monika Moreno-Lapp

Former Director, Angelus Student Film Festival

Monika Moreno-Lapp has directed student film festivals since 1998. Her exceptional talent and considerable passion for storytelling in film made ANGELUS the #1 preferred student film festival globally and has resulted in five Oscar nominations among Angelus winners and a litany of other prestigious awards. Monika fields many invitations worldwide to speak to young filmmakers and screenwriters, including teaching a course on short film at the Universita del Santa Cuore in Milan, Italy and leading other seminars and panels worldwide. Monika regularly conducts filmmaker interviews with industry leaders in the international film festival circuit. She has extensive experience in film history, branding, copywriting and a background in screenwriting which resulted in several options and awards, including the Blue Cat Screenwriting Competition, Santa Catalina Film Festival, UCLA Diane Thomas Screenwriting Award, HBO Monage and Big Bear Film Festival, to name a few. She is currently producer/writer on the web series “Non-Prophets” in development.



Dr. Craig Detweiler

Filmmaker, Author, Educator

Dr. Craig Detweiler, Ph.D., is a filmmaker, author and cultural commentator. Craig is director of the Center for Entertainment, Media, and Culture at Pepperdine University in Malibu. He’s a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Davidson College and earned an M.F.A. from the University of Southern California’s acclaimed film school. His comedic documentary, Purple State of Mind, won Best Spiritual Film at the 2008 Breckenridge Festival of Film and the Audience Award at the 2009 Tallahassee Film Festival. Detweiler’s first book, co-written with Barry Taylor, was A Matrix of Meanings: Finding God in Pop Culture, dealing with relationships between advertising, movies, music, TV and the divine. Other Detweiler books include: Into the Dark: Seeing the Sacred in the Top Films of the 21st Century (2008), discussing contemporary film from a social, cultural, and theological perspective; A Purple State of Mind: Finding Middle Ground in a Divided Culture, a companion piece to his documentary film Purple State of Mind; iGods: How Technology Shapes our Spiritual and Social Lives (2013), a theology of technology, internet and social media. Craig has also edited a new book, Halos and Avatars, which connects the dots between video games and God. His cultural commentary has appeared on ABC’s Nightline, CNN, Fox News, NPR, and in The New York Times. He blogs as ‘Doc Hollywood’ at

T.C. Johnstone


T.C. Johnstone


It is probably not uncommon that most successful filmmakers begin their journey in a very unlikely way. That is certainly true of our 2013 Spirit of Windrider Award winner, T.C. Johnstone.


T.C. first explored the idea of becoming a filmmaker over 10 years ago when he took a class in Theology and Film at Fuller Theological Seminary in Colorado from Professor Craig Detweiler, one of co-founders of the Windrider Forum.   T.C. was a youth worker for Young Life living a charmed life in a resort community in Colorado.  Craig challenged T.C. to make the risky move to L.A. to get his feet wet and see if he couldn’t find a place in the industry.


After producing his first feature, an unlikely project with a group of high school students in Steamboat Springs, CO, he moved to Santa Monica, California, and began working as a Director of Photography and documentary director on a wide variety of projects ranging from national television (ABC, CBS, NBC, Discovery, CNN) to independent films.


He also landed a unique opportunity which eventually led him to Rwanda.  T.C. was asked to become the videographer for Pastor Rick Warren at Saddleback Community Church.  “T.C. has literally traveled the globe with me recording amazing stories of the church,” states Warren. “I consider him to be one of the finest young producers of his generation.  He has an ability to capture and interpret stories in a powerful and compelling way.”


It was during one of his trips with Warren to Rwanda that TC was first introduced to Jock Boyer and the Rwandan cycling team.  Rising From Ashes is the feature length documentary about two worlds colliding when cycling legend Jock Boyer moves to Rwanda to help a group of struggling genocide survivors pursue their dream of a national cycling team.  As they set out against impossible odds both Jock and the team find their journeys to be linked in surprising ways as they rise from the ashes of their past.


Work on the Rising From Ashes project spanned more than seven years, culminating with some final scenes from the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.  It has had a very successful festival run in the fall of 2012 taking home awards at a number of festivals.  And, the team of filmmakers often remind viewers that it is not just about the bike.  The bicycle became a tool that has changed a nation and launched a non-profit, Project Rwanda.


Rising From Ashes will be screened at the closing event for the 2013 WindriderForum at the Sundance Film Festival followed by a Q&A with T.C. and Producer, Greg Kwedar.  T.C. will also receive the Spirit of Windrider award at that event which is open to the public at no cost.  The Rising From Ashes screening will take place on Saturday, January 26th, 6:30-9:00pm, at the LDS Stake Center, 2300 Monitor Drive, in Park City, UT.  There is no cost for the event which is open to the public.


T.C. currently focuses on independent documentary feature films.  With a passion for transformative stories and world issues, T.C. began writing and directing films with redemptive themes. The vision was simple, allow audiences to dream. He believes a well told story can be the catalyst for change. T.C. is focused on five strategic areas: reconciliation, leadership, poverty, health care and education. He believes these issues affect us all and we are all part of the solution.

Destin Daniel Cretton


Destin Daniel Cretton


In 2008, the Windrider Forum brought Writer/Director, Destin Daniel Cretton, and his first film to the Sundance Film Festival, the Angelus award winning short, Deacon’s Mondays (created together with Lowell Frank).  In 2009, Destin returned to Sundance, this time with an official entry in the festival’s Shorts Competition, Short Term 12 (produced with Michelle Steffes).  Now, in 2012, Destin returns for the third time, along with his first feature length film, I Am Not a Hipster, a drama set in the indie music scene.


Destin will be honored on the opening night of the 8th annual Windrider Forum @ Sundance as the recipient of the 2012 Spirit of Windrider award.


His Sundance journey parallels Windrider’s surprising run at the festival.  Launched as an experiment in 2005, the Windrider Forum brought a group of students, faculty, and guests to the festival to have a conversation at the intersection of faith and film.  That “experiment” has now become the premiere immersive educational event at the festival.  And each year since 2005, Windrider has hosted a half dozen young award-winning filmmakers, including Angelus winners like Destin, to celebrate their work and allow them to network, learn, and dream at Sundance, about the ways that they can develop as artists, filmmakers, and storytellers.  Destin took full advantage of that opportunity since his first Windrider experience.  The Sundance Film Festival is all about discovering new talent, and Destin has emerged as one of the promising young talents in the film world.


Destin grew up in Maui with five siblings in a religious home that had concerns about the content of TV and movies, but with parents who encouraged his imagination and creativity.  He completed an undergraduate degree in mass communications at Point Loma Nazarene University, attended the Los Angeles Film Studies Center where he was mentored by Windrider co-founder, Craig Detweiler, and then completed a graduate degree in filmmaking at San Diego State University.  He launched a film company, Flagpop, together with his college buddy, Lowell Frank, and produced several short films including Deacon’s Mondays (2007),Drakmar: A Vassal’s Journey (2006), Bartholomew’s Song (2006), and Longbranch: A Suburban Parable(2002).


Destin’s thesis film at San Diego State University, Short Term 12, premiered at Sundance in 2009.  Each year more than 5000 short films are submitted by young filmmakers hoping to make it onto the dance floor.  From that list 96 are selected as entries in the competition.  Breaking through those daunting odds, Destin along with Short Term 12’s producer, Michelle Steffes (a graduate of Taylor Univesity, one of the participating schools at Windrider), who became friends one year earlier as guest filmmakers invited to participate in the Windrider Forum, decided to work together on the film and submit it as an entry to Sundance.   The concept for Short Term 12 emerged from Destin’s work at a residential treatment center as a young adult.  The film is a crazy, roller coaster, “typical”,day in the life, ride with the staff and kids at this treatment center.  It is honest, gritty, and painful, yet filled with compassion, empathy, and even humor.  It highlighted Destin’s skills as a storyteller to introduce us to characters who were so broken and yet so likeable.


Short Term 12 rose to the top of the long list of short film entries in 2009, taking home the award as the best of the best, the US Jury Prize.  Craig Detweiler in his Purple State of Mind article on the film interviewed one of the Sundance judges, celebrated indie actor, Lou Taylor Pucci (Thumbsucker, The Answer Man, and The Go Getter) who praised Cretton’s ability to create characters that were believable, troubled, and yet still empathetic in the brief span of his 22 minute film.  Said Pucci, “Many features don’t display the same level of depth.”


So, it is against the backdrop of those high expectations that Destin returns in 2012 to Sundance with I Am Not A Hipster, his first feature length film that promises not only an entertaining ride into the unique indie music scene but also another look at the complexity of the characters who inhabit this world.


I Am Not a Hipster is already garnering some of the pre-Sundance “buzz” that could make it one of this years’ break out successes.  The film’s look at one narrow slice of the  San Diego culture, resonates with local culture commentator, Nada Alic.  In her blog on the film she also identifies the universal appeal of the film, “Hipster explores the San Diego indie music scene in a raw and incredibly human way – the hipster walls come down, exposing vulnerable young adults struggling with lingering adolescent malaise and grappling with their dysfunctional relationships.  Real life stuff.”


Each year, we honor an individual who embodies the heart and soul of Windrider, individuals whose skills, creativity, and courage are shaping the cultural landscape.  The talented and unique collection of Spirit of Windrider recipients have included Heather Rae in 2009 (Director/Producer of Sundance Grand Jury Prize winning film, Frozen River), accomplished veteran Director/Producer, Ralph Winter in 2010 (whose vast body of work includes four movies in the XMen series, two Fantastic Four movies, and Tim Burton’s Planet of the Apes), and Jeff Sparks in 2011 (founder, president, and CEO of the Heartland Film Festival and Truly Moving Pictures).


We are honored to add to this impressive list the 2012 Spirit of Windrider award-winner, Destin Daniel Cretton, who returns to the Sundance Film Festival for a third charmed time.  We’ll let his new film help us to decide whether or not Destin qualifies as a true hipster, but his four year run at Sundance has demonstrated that he clearly embodies the spirit of the Windrider experience.

Jeff Sparks


Jeff Sparks

Former Director, Heartland Film Festival
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre from the University of Evansville
  • Master of Fine Arts in Directing from Florida State University
  • Assistant Professor of Theatre at St. Leo College, St. Leo, Florida 1978 – 80
    • Directed two plays each year
    • Designed and built two plays each year
    • Taught Introduction to Theatre, Acting, Directing, Theatre History, and Independent studies for Seniors – averaged 17 class hours per semester
  • Executive Director of the Indiana Children’s Christian Home from 1980 – 1990 – A residential treatment center for emotionally disturbed youth
    • Oversaw all financial and fund raising areas
    • Helped develop a total renovation of the treatment program to specialize in sexually abused children with the Director of Counseling and the treatment staff
    • Oversaw the development of an on grounds school including the design, construction, and the raising of the capital funds needed
  • Founding Board member and Executive Director of The New Harmony Project from 1987-1999 – A writer’s Laboratory developing new scripts for theatre and film
    • Helped develop the lab with writers and board members
    • Oversaw the running of the lab including staffing of artistic talent
    • In charge of meeting the annual fund raising needs
  • President/CEO and Founding Board Member of Heartland Truly Moving Pictures from 1991 to 2013
    • Developed the concept of a film festival and presented that idea to sponsors and funders which resulted in getting the festival started in 1992
    • Oversaw all aspects of the festival including artistic, business, and fund raising for the first ten years
    • In 2003, with underwriting from the Lilly Endowment, oversaw the development of a management team to help take the festival from a regional event to a national movement
    • Current responsibilities include:
      • Overseeing the management team
      • Responsibility for the Artistic Vision – including programming of the festival and developing relationships with filmmakers, studios, and distributors
    • Current responsibilities also include– with major involvement in the artistic vision and fund raising
  • Founder and President Emeritus, Heartland Truly Moving Pictures from 2013 to present
  • Senior Fellow, Sagamore Institute from 2014 to Present
    • Working on Community Development in the Southeast Neighborhoods of Indianapolis
    • Writing a book about the journey that became The New Harmony Project and the Heartland Film Festival
  • Personal – Married to Connie Kauffman Sparks in January 2015 with two children
    • Adam, married to Sarah with two children, Colton and Asher
    • Rachel, married to Nathan Graeser with a daughter, Adella

Ralph Winter


Ralph Winter

Executive Producer

Ralph has proven to be one of Hollywood’s most profitable assets, producing motion pictures and television. Winter produced the X-MEN Trilogy, Tim Burton’s PLANET OF THE APES, the FANTASTIC FOUR movies, and WOLVERINE: ORIGINS. In 2013 he Executive Produced THE GIVER, starring Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes, Alex Skarsgard, and Taylor Swift, directed by Phillip Noyce for The Weinstein Company and Walden Media. Then last year, CROUCHING TIGER HIDDEN DRAGON: THE GREEN DESTINY, just finished filming in New Zealand for release with Netflix and The Weinstein Company, starring Donnie Yen and Michelle Yeoh. And now in Spain, shooting THE PROMISE with Christian Bale and Oscar Issac, Terry George (HOTEL RWANDA) directing. An epic love story set against WWI.


A graduate of UC Berkeley, Ralph is active in community affairs and performing arts projects, speaks in the US, overseas at universities and film festivals, and serves on several film advisory boards. He is an active member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, the DGA, and the PGA.

Rick Stevenson


Rick Stevenson

Producer, Director, Writer

Rick Stevenson is a Seattle native known for his work in film and television in the United States, Canada and Great Britain. Stevenson’s production credits include PRIVILEGED (1983) starring Hugh Grant; RESTLESS NATIVES (1985) starring Ned Beatty, PROMISED LAND (1987) starring Meg Ryan and Kiefer Sutherland; SOME GIRLS (1989) starring Patrick Dempsey, Jennifer Connelly and Andre Gregory: and CROOKED HEARTS starring Jennifer Jason-Leigh, Noah Wylie, Juliette Lewis and Peter Coyote.


Stevenson made his feature film directorial debut in 1995 with MAGIC IN THE WATER, starring Mark Harmon and Joshua Jackson. His next, widely lauded, feature film was THE DINOSAUR HUNTER with Christopher Plummer (1999). This was followed by ANTHRAX (2001) starring Cameron Daddo, David Keith, William B. Davis, Ed Begley Jr. Most recently, Stevenson directed, co-wrote and produced EXPIRATION DATE(2006) starring Robert Guthrie, Dee Wallace Stone and David Keith. Stevenson has directed many programs for television including ED for NBC and his work as a director of television commercials has garnered a myriad of awards.


In 2004, Stevenson founded The Film School with Tom Skerritt and Stewart Stern. He is currently piloting OFFICIAL BEST OF FEST, an initiative to help bring the world’s best indie films to the public. He is also completing his first feature in THE 5000 DAYS PROJECT series. Rick holds a PhD from Oxford University, a master’s degree from the London School of Economics and a bachelor’s degree in history from Whitman College in Washington State.


Rick is married with four children.

Heather Rae


Heather Rae

Producer, “Frozen River”

Heather Rae is an American film producer, director, and actress of partly Cherokee descent. She produced Frozen River (2008), which won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival as well as two Academy Awards nominations and was acquired by Sony Pictures Classics.


One of her first films was a short documentary in 1990 called Birth Our Own.[2] Other directing filmography includes Trudell (2005).


Rae has also worked as an actress, in the movies Silent Tears (1998), Backroads (2000), Christmas in the Clouds (2001), Most Funniest (2005), Norman Waiting (2006), and Disappearance (2006).


Rae is married to screenwriter/director Russell Friedenberg and has three children. Her 12-year-old daughter, Johnny Sequoyah, starred as Bo Adams on the NBC television series Believe.


As of the spring of 2008, Rae was an adjunct professor of communications at Boise State University, teaching “Producing the Independent Film”.

Dick Staub


Dick Staub

Broadcaster, Writer, Commentator

Dick Staub is an award-winning broadcaster, writer and commentator whose work focuses on understanding faith and culture, then interpreting each to the other. Beginning in the 1960′s, he pioneered the chronicling of the vibrant conversation about “ideas that matter” and belief going on in popular culture through movies, books, theatre and music. As host of a Chicago-based, nationally syndicated radio talk show, he interviewed the shapers of American culture ~ authors, futurists, theologians, filmmakers, musicians, philosophers, business leaders, educators, politicians, trend-watchers and others, becoming one of the most experienced and thoughtful observers of belief in contemporary culture. Staub has written a bi-weekly nationally syndicated newspaper column, authored numerous articles and the books “About You Fully Human. Fully Alive” (Jossey-Bass 2010) “The Culturally Savvy Christian-A Manifesto for Deepening Faith and Enriching Popular Culture in an Age of Christianity-Lite (Jossey-Bass 2007),” “Christian Wisdom of the Jedi Masters” (Jossey-Bass 2005) and “Too Christian, Too Pagan” (Zondervan 2000) the thesis of which is that if you truly follow Jesus you will seem “too pagan for your Christian friends and too Christian for your pagan friends.” Staub graduated cum laude from Simpson University, magna cum laude from Gordon-Conwell Seminary and has done additional graduate level coursework at Harvard Divinity School and University of Washington. His academic concentrations include Philosophy, Communications, Religion and Cultural History. He is now happily retired and living on Orcas Island in Washington State.