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ADVISORY COMMITTEE
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The Utah Film Commission Advisory Committee assists the office in achieving its strategic initiatives by providing feedback and advocating others in the community.

Committee members meet quarterly to help set goals, monitor progress, and give feedback on potential projects when needed.

BLAKE ANDERSEN

Blake has worked in movie theatres for most of his adult life and is currently President of the Larry H Miller Megaplex theatre chain, a position he has held for ten years. He was named Operational Manager of the Year by AMC theatres and the Larry H. Miller Kaizen Award in 2009 and 2015 for the most improved operations. In addition to his interest in movies, Blake likes to snow ski and travel and enjoys spending time with his family.

JACQUELINE CERVA

Jacquelyn Cerva is the co-founder of what is now Utah Film Center’s Artist Foundry. She has produced a number of short films, with four new films currently in production. A Utah native, she is committed to seeing the independent film community grow locally. She is currently getting her MBA at Westminster College and hopes to continue combining her love for business and passion for filmmaking.

MATTHEW CRANDALL

Matthew is a partner at Utah Film Studios, Utah’s largest purpose-built motion picture and television production facility, which has been home to various independent films and television series such as Hereditary and Paramount Network’s hit TV series Yellowstone.

JON DEAN

A games industry veteran, Jon has been making digital entertainment for more than twenty-five years. He served as a Vice-President at Electronic Arts (EA) and was also a General Manager of two EA studios, including opening their Salt Lake City location. He later co-founded the non-profit trade association, Utah Digital Entertainment Network (UDEN). Today Jon runs a digital consulting business and recently co-founded Spark XR, a startup technology company specializing in the next generation of location-based entertainment.

BOB FRANKENBERG

Bob is the owner of NetVentures, a management consulting and investment firm focused on the high tech industry. Frankenberg was the Chairman/CEO of Novell from 1994-96 and successfully led Novell through a major strategy change to focus on the network software business. Frankenberg began his career at Hewlett-Packard as a manufacturing technician, later became a design engineer, software designer, project manager, and general manager. Frankenberg currently serves on the Sundance Institute board where he has been involved since 1994.

MARGO JACOBS

Margo ran worldwide public relations and global marketing for Oracle Corporation from June 1993 to June 2000. After leaving, she formed a marketing and public relations consulting practice and worked with Silver Lake Partners (SLP), a recognized leader in US-based private equity, leveraged buyout and growth capital investments. Margo is currently serving on the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development Board (GOED).

CAROLYN LEONE

Carolyn is an experienced Costume Designer for film and television with over 100 credits, including TWIN PEAKS, SILK STALKINGS, EVERWOOD, GRANITE FLATS, and DWIGHT IN SHINING ARMOR. Her film credits include DADDY DAY CAMP, BEING CHARLIE, and THE HAPPY WORKER. Carolyn loves the state of Utah and is a great believer in the film industry as an economic driver for the state. Carolyn is the President of the Motion Picture Association of Utah, a board member for Spy Hop Productions, and a faculty member of The University of Utah.

ARTHUR VAN WAGENEN

Arthur pursued law in the entertainment industry and worked for New Line Cinema while the studio produced The Lord of the Rings trilogy. He practiced entertainment and intellectual property law for four years and was a partner with a small documentary film company (MirrorLake Films) until he accepted a position with Excel Entertainment, a division of Deseret Book Company as Product Director for Film.

MEREDITH LAVITT

Meredith has over 25 years of experience working in independent film. She is currently the director of Sundance Institute’s Ignite program, which cultivates a new generation of filmmakers. Lavitt was also the director of the Film Forward Initiative, an international touring program designed to enhance cultural understanding by connecting filmmakers and audiences. During Lavitt’s long career with Sundance Institute, she helped establish the Documentary Film Program, created the Institute’s youth programs including Reel Stories, in collaboration with the nationally recognized Utah-based Spy Hop Productions.

Meredith produced the documentary Home Front, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and on Showtime, and The Grand Rescue, which aired on PBS in 2016.

JEFF MILLER

Director of Production at Vineyard Productions, Jeff has been in the film and television industry for over 20 years. His projects include feature-length films, national commercial campaigns, television series, and IMAX films and have taken him to nearly every region of the US as well as many foreign countries.

NAJA LOCKWOOD

Naja has worked in the arts and media world since 1997. She is passionate about film and the power of media startups, when combined with social entrepreneurism, can create transformative change. She believes in film as a means to affect social change. She is the founder of RYSE Media, a media company dedicated to stories that inspire and compels social change and diversity. She is an investor in Impact Partners, which funds independent documentaries. Naja currently serves on the Board of CAAM in San Francisco (Center for Asian American Media).

RICHARD SCOTT

Richard is the Dean of the School of Arts, Communications Media at Salt Lake Community College’s South City campus. Richard has worked as an actor, director, producer and instructor in the Utah theatre community for more than 35 years. He has worked with Pioneer Theatre Company, Grand Theatre, Park City’s Egyptian Theatre, Utah Opera and Salt Lake Acting Company. He was the Producing Artistic Director for Park City’s Egyptian Theatre for more than a decade and the Executive/ Artistic Director of the Grand Theatre for 12 years.

LORENA RIFFO-JENSON

Lorena is the Director of Government Affairs, Community Relations and Member Communication for Molina Healthcare of Utah and Idaho. She began her career in Utah government, managing business development programs for the state, and the 2002 Olympic Winter Games hosting program. Lorena spent more than 15 years as the founder and president of VOX Creative, a marketing communications firm based in Salt Lake City, is a past chairman of the Utah Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and currently serves on the Governor’s Board on Economic Development, and Zions Bank’s Diversity board, among others. Lorena is passionate about her community and committed to building a stronger Utah for all.

KELLY STOWELL

Kelly is the Executive Director of the Center for Education, Business, and the Arts and the Kane County Film Commission in Kanab, where he is responsible for advancing economic development initiatives in Kane County. Stowell helps dozens of film projects every year and has seen firsthand the economic benefits of the industry. Stowell served two terms as the Kanab Area Chamber of Commerce President-Elect and serves on boards including Western States Arts Federation, Kane County Republican Party, State of Utah Arts, Culture, and Business Alliance and Utah Film Commission Advisory Committee. Stowell grew up on a ranch in Parowan, Utah and is a constant adventure seeker and avid outdoorsman.

JENNY MACKENZIE

Jenny is an award-winning documentary filmmaker who produces films that promote social change. Her films; KICK LIKE A GIRL, WHERE’S HERBIE? SUGAR BABIES, LEAD WITH LOVE; DYING IN VAIN, THE OPIATE GENERATION, and the 2018 Sundance Film Festival QUIET HEROES have aired on HBO, HULU, PBS, and Amazon and have received grant support from Chicken Egg Films, The Sorenson Legacy Foundation, Fledgling Fund, Artemis Rising, The Larry H. Miller Foundation & The Eccles Foundation. She has been an adjunct faculty member at the University of Utah and works regularly with SPY HOP and the UTAH FILM CENTER to help mentor students.

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