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Meet the Panelists for our FREE Filmmakers Panel, Saturday, Feb. 11 at 4pm

Join us for our FREE Filmmakers Panel on Saturday, February 11 at 4pm in the theater.  The following filmmakers will be talking about their experiences with their films and the industry.  The panel will be moderated by Matt West and there will be opportunity for the audience to ask questions.


David Holecheck, Director/Producer of “A Finger, Two Dots, Then Me” (Opening Night)

David Holechek has been working in the film industry for the last decade as a director, producer, editor and visual effects artist. His second directorial feature film effort, ‘305’ was released in 2008 as the follow-up to his dramatic 2006 release “Arizona.” “305” was called “potentially groundbreaking” by the LA times, was selected as a 2008 A&E Indi Film Spotlight Winner, screened at over 15 film festivals in the United States and the UK, and received worldwide distribution by Peace Arch Entertainment and Allumination Filmworks. Since then, he has completed work on two festival-touring short films, “Obedience” (2009) and “Moya” (2010, Best Short winner, Renderyard Film Festival 2010), completed production on a feature-length documentary, and served as lead editor for the anticipated return of the mock rock band Spinal Tap and their CD/DVD combo package, “Back From the Dead”.


Elisabeth Wilhelm, Publicist for “Carbon for Water” (Documentary)

A graduate of Pratt Institute with a major in Writing for Publication, Performance, and Media and a longtime New Yorker, Elisabeth currently works at Vestergaard Frandsen as New Media Specialist in the company’s communications department. She has worked on three separate film projects, all focused on Africa, health, and development, over the last two years, but is most excited about Carbon For Water. She was next door neighbors with Evan and Carmen, Carbon For Water’s filmmakers, for five weeks of the program’s launch in Western Province, Kenya in April and May of last year at the infamous Golf Hotel in Kakamega. She currently acts as the film’s publicist and returns to Kenya regularly to help with the program as it grows. The whole team behind Carbon For Water hopes that the film will spark important conversations about how to improve people’s health and the environment together in innovative ways.


Kevin James O’Neill, Director/Producer of “Captain Fin” (Drama)

Captain Fin is Kevin’s second film as writer and director. His directorial debut was with his short film Clark that is currently touring the festival circuit. Kevin has been a working actor for over thirty years working in Florida and Los Angeles in feature film, television and commercials. Kevin teaches a directing course at Full Sail University and has been teaching actors for over fifteen years. He has written several screenplays including a feature length version of Clark that he will direct in the near future. He has been writing the feature length version of Captain Fin and plans to direct another short he’s written titled “The Letter Carrier” sometime soon.


Ali Yasin Akarcesme, Director of “Departures” (Drama)

Ali Y. Akarcesme’s passion for cinematic storytelling began at an early age, making Handycam movies on the backstreets of his native Istanbul, Turkey. At home in the US since 1999, he received his Bachelor’s in Film and Media Arts from Temple University in 2004, and has produced heaps of socially conscious documentaries including one Emmy- nominated series. Most recently, Akarcesme completed a Master’s in Writing and Directing from New York’s School of Visual Arts. DEPARTURES is the first narrative film in his career.


Alex Broadwell, Cinematographer/DP of “I Was a Parade” (Florida Flavor)

Alex Broadwell is a 22 year-old filmmaker and photographer from Greenville, North Carolina. In 2007 he moved to South Florida where he studied motion pictures and art at the University of Miami. He currently works mostly with non-profit organizations but hopes to get back into narrative work soon.


Joops Fragale, Director, and Michael Long, Producer, of Date Night (Florida Flavor)

386 Films was formed in 2007, by Joops Fragale and Michael Long. Since that time the two along with their small dedicated crew have produced five short films; (Mama’s Boys [2007], Breaking Val [2007], Parting [2008], the award winning, Simone [2010], and their latest, Date Night [2011], which was chosen as a top 5 short film of the year by a national review site. 386 has also produced commercials, music videos, and various other lensed projects. The source material has been a mix of self-penned and optioned scripts. Their work has been seen in multiple festivals, broadcast TV, and was a featured selection of the London Film Society.

Joops studied illustration and advertising design eventually moving into film/television production. His design work has been honored with an Addy award for web site design. Joops also contributed to a national award winning commercial as a puppeteer. Lending his design services to Support Our Troops, he helped to design the nationally available license plate, which profits go to military families.

Mike, a Florida native, has been working on and off for the last 20 years on various short films, commercials and instructional videos. After a 10-year stint as a police officer, Mike traded in his service gun to continue in the field of film making and started Glideshot Industries, a manufacturer of camera jibs and dollies. His company has since catered to professional and indie filmmakers all over the world.