2019 ICVM/CAN SPEAKERS
Distribution, Creative, and Production, and Writing Seminars covered:
- The challenging and ever-changing world of media distribution- including digital, theatrical and television.
- Screenwriting insights and practical applications and acting workshops.
- Hands-on production discussions covering from the basics all the way to professional filming.
This year you will enjoy hearing from these inspiring and talented people!
Meredith Andrews, a Word Worship Music recording artist, is passionate about writing and leading songs that keep people’s hearts and minds set on Jesus. Over the course of her four Word Worship albums, the Dove Award-winning artist was on staff at Harvest Bible Chapel in Chicago and leads worship at her home church in Nashville. Andrews has toured with Matt Maher, Natalie Grant, Big Daddy Weave, Vertical Church, Phil Wickham, and Michael W. Smith.
Angela Breidenbach writes bestselling romance, is a media personality, and president of the Christian Authors Network. She received the NSDAR Outstanding Broadcasting Award for producing and hosting the documentary, DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION: A PATRIOTIC EDUCATION at Montana state, Pacific NW Regional, and National levels. 5×5 Productions manages Angela’s screenwriting while Tamela Hancock Murray represents Angela’s books.
Anita Brooks motivates people to dynamic break-throughs as an inspirational business/life coach, international speaker, certified personality trainer, and award-winning author. From the page and the stage, and as host of the Tending Your Dreams podcast, Anita educates, inspires, and encourages today‘s influencers to make their difference.
Jeremy Cowart was named “Most Influential Photographer on the Internet” by Huffington Post, Forbes and Yahoo in 2014. He is an award-winning photographer, artist, and entrepreneur whose mission in life is to “explore the intersection of creativity and empathy.” Jeremy has published four books and is a sought-after speaker, having presented at TEDx and the United Nations. His latest book came out this year, “I’m Possible: Jumping into Fear and Discovering a Life of Purpose.”
Catherine Clinch began her career writing 18 produced episodes of network television, including HUNTER, JAKE & THE FATMAN, KNIGHT RIDER, LOVE BOAT, HART TO HART. But that was just her day-job. At night, she did standup comedy. Catherine has been awarded three US Patents for inventing a mobile entertainment platform for professionally created content. Pursuant to her desire to keep stretching her skills set, Catherine recently wrote a comic book for Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment.
Aneesh Daniels is a 30-year veteran of the film industry. He is a Writer and Director by profession and a Poet by nature. He began his career under the tutelage of maestros of Indian films in Bombay before emerging as a Director. He was awarded the CBN International President’s Award for Integrity and Honesty. He produced a live-action TV series based on the radio program Adventures in Odyssey. Most recently, he produced and directed the feature film, THE LEAST OF THESE.
Kevin Downes career in producing, acting, directing and writing spans over 20 years. Kevin has produced three films with the Erwin Brothers, MOM’S NIGHT OUT, WOODLAWN and I CAN ONLY IMAGINE. He produced the critically acclaimed LIKE DANDELION DUST from best-selling author Karen Kingsbury. Recently Kevin partnered with the Erwin Brothers and Tony Young to launch Kingdom Studios, a new entertainment company in partnership with Lionsgate.
Janet Perez Eckles has been teaching thousands to see the best of life. She lost her sight at 31 and endured the murder of her son along with the acquittal of the man responsible. Her message showcases God’s power to turn the deepest pain to a life of triumphs. Without sight, but with insight, her inspiration fills the pages of her four books and SEE WHAT’S COOKING videos.
Bob Elder is an industry leader in Faith & Family Entertainment, navigating the transformative media marketplace for the last 30 years. Bob held executive positions at Family Christian, Word Entertainment, Big Idea Productions, and Propeller, where he marketed hundreds of faith-based projects, including the GOD’S NOT DEAD, SOULSURFER, FACING THE GIANTS, HEAVEN IS FOR REAL, and THE SHACK. Bob serves as Chief Impact Officer at Collide Media Group.
Mark Fincannon is a veteran casting director of 35 years, casting over 200 feature films,100 television movies, 15 mini-series and thousands of hours of television series, including MACGYVER, NASHVILLE, THE CASE FOR CHRIST, MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN, THE BLINDSIDE and END OF THE SPEAR. Mark is also President of Luminarium Pictures, with several films in development.
Linda Goldfarb is an award-winning author and personality consultant; Linda Goldfarb is known for her bold and transparent speaking style. Her books include Loving the ME God Sees and the LINKED Quick Guide to Personalities series. Linda is on the board of the Advanced Writers & Speakers Association and she’s the Christian Authors Network’s National Marketing Group Coordinator.
Beverly Holloway has been a casting director for over 20 years, casting Jim Caviezel, Abigail Breslin, Dermot Mulroney, Patricia Heaton, Sean Astin, Brian Dennehy and Malcolm McDowell. Focusing on independent film and television with themes of faith and inspiration, Beverly’s credits include I STILL BELIEVE, THE CHOSEN, I CAN ONLY IMAGINE, MOMS’ NIGHT OUT, THE ULTIMATE GIFT, TRADE OF INNOCENTS, BEYOND THE MASK, and TE ATA.
Kathy Ide is the author of Proofreading Secrets of Best-Selling Authors and the Capitalization Dictionary and editor/compiler of the Fiction Lover’s Devotional series. She’s worked with Christian authors of all genres at all levels. She is the owner of the Christian Editor Network LLC, parent company to The Christian PEN: Proofreaders and Editors Network, Christian Editor Connection, PENCON, and The PEN Institute, which she founded.
Michael Joiner Since his break out starring role as ‘Mac McDonald’ in Sony Pictures “The Grace Card” where he received outstanding reviews in both “The Hollywood Reporter” and “Variety”, Michael Joiner has starred in no less than a dozen films and is known as one of the worlds funniest clean comedians. His comedy career spans twenty-five years, headlining major “A” clubs like LA’s Improv and The Ice House, as well as New York City’s HA Comedy Cafe. Recently Michael signed with Larry The Cable Guy’s “GIT R DONE” records. Michael worked and studied acting in LA for ten years with some of Hollywood’s most highly acclaimed acting coaches before moving back home to Kansas City where he now lives with his wife and three children.
Linda Kozar, Christian Authors Network’s publicity director, is an author of traditional and indie-published fiction and nonfiction books, novellas and short stories, Linda is also a speaker, and podcaster (Along Came A Writer Network: Chat Noir Mystery and Suspense). The recipient of the American Christian Fiction Writer’s 2007 Mentor of the Year, she also founded The ACFW Woodlands, Texas Chapter.
Jason Kindberg is an award-winning director, producer. As a film editor in Hollywood, his feature editorial credits include the Marvel animated film IRON MAN & HULK: HEROES UNITED, HBO Sports documentary TAPIA, and the documentary GIVE US THIS DAY. Jacob directed and produced the award-winning feature documentary SING OVER ME, chronicling the life of Dennis Jernigan. He is currently the lead editor for The Huckabee Show on TBN.
Travis Mann is a producer and president of Cobalt Pictures, an international sales and production company specializing in “positively inspiring” entertainment. Over the past 25 years, he’s served in a variety of business, legal and creative roles for Disney, Warner Bros., MGM, New Regency, Inferno, Mission Pictures, and Infinity Media. In addition to being an award-winning screenwriter, he developed and executive produced I CAN ONLY IMAGINE.
Dan Rupple has over 40 years of media experience as a respected producer, writer, and speaker. He serves as CEO of Mastermedia International, a respected voice of faith with media executives and influencers. In his ten years as a supervisor at CBS Television, he oversaw shows including The Price Is Right and The Late Show with David Letterman. Dan is co-founder of the Christian Comedy Association and a contributing partner of the Windrider Film Forum at the Sundance Film Festival.
Bob Saenz is a screenwriter and actor. His produced works include HELP FOR THE HOLIDAYS, the number-one-rated Hallmark film for 2012, RESCUING MADISON, SWEET SURRENDER, ON THE 12TH DAY OF CHRISTMAS, PERFECT ON PAPER, SOUND OF CHRISTMAS, THE RIGHT GIRL, EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES, and YOUTH GROUP, a faith-based comedy. He does rewrites and polishes on film and TV projects for production companies, including nine optioned original scripts.
Russ Taff Hailed by Billboard as “the single most electrifying voice in Christian music,” Russ Taff has earned six GRAMMY® Awards and 18 Dove Awards, and is a member of the GMA Hall of Fame and Arkansas Walk of Fame. In addition to his tenure with The Imperials and the Gaither Vocal Band, Taff’s solo career featured the classic singles “We Will Stand” and “I’m Not Alone.”
Wouter Van Der Torn is Art Director of Jesus.net, a global network of 85 Christian ministries engaged in online evangelism and discipleship, headquartered in the Netherlands. After a decade as a radiotherapist treating cancer patients, he became a pastor. After burnout six years later, he left the church disappointed and in doubt. As a well-known Christian blogger, Wouter wrote about his journey, challenging his faith and the state of the Church. Meeting an Eastern Orthodox monk became a turning point.
Karen Whiting is the marketing columnist for The Christian Communicator and marketing blogger for The Write Conversation Blog Spot, an award-winning blog for writers. She is the author of twenty-five books, hundreds of articles, an international speaker, and past host of Miami’s education television show Puppets on Parade.