Jen Beck

Jen Beck is the founder of EvalArts, a consulting practice that specializes in evaluation and grant planning for the arts and culture, independent media, informal education, nonprofit, and philanthropic communities. Since 2001, Jen has designed and managed more than 25 evaluations for a broad array of clients and programs, including a multi-media literacy project, a children’s television program, museum education programs, and community outreach initiatives.

Lila Carl

Lila Carl spent 25 years as director of non-profit organizations, higher education teaching, and community volunteer. Over her career, she raised millions of dollars through federal, state, local and foundations. She has received numerous awards for her work, including United Way’s executive director of the year in 1998, runner up in Ernst and Young’s Social Entrepreneur of the Year in 2005, and the Lone Star Council Girl Scout’s 2005 Women of Distinction award.

Kathleen Carroll

Kathleen Carroll is the former chief film critic of the New York Daily News. In that job she covered numerous film festivals and co-produced the ITV documentary, Diary of the Cannes Film Festival. She has served on the juries of the Berlin, Montreal and Santa Barbara Film Festivals and is a featured programmer (along with Roger Ebert and Richard Corliss) of the Floating Film Festival. A three time chairperson of the New York Film Critics Circle, she has taught film at New York University and St. John's University. She has also written for numerous publications, including Premiere magazine.

Jay Craven

Artistic Director of Kingdom County Productions- has made award-winning feature films, including Where the Rivers Flow North (with Rip Torn, Tantoo Carninal, Michael J. Fox); A Stranger in the Kingdom (with David Landsbury, Ernie Hudson, Martin Sheen) and The Year that Trembled (with Marin Hinkle, Jonathan Brandis, Fred Willard, Martin Mull, Henry Gibson). Craven also directs KCP's Fledgling Films Program for teen filmmakers; and is the recipient of awards including The Producers Guild of America's 1995 NOVA Award for Most Promising New Producer of the Year.

Mike Curtis

Mike Curtis presently runs HD For Indies, a consultancy and informational website (blog) updated most every day with the latest news, analysis, workflows and commentary relevant to the independent moviemaker looking to make the best product possible with whatever budget is available. Mike started HD for Indies after a 15 year career in digital media production making content for everything from cell phones to movie screens for clients such as Ford, IBM, Dell, etc. Mike has consulted on projects with budgets from zero to 7 digits for films showing at SXSW and other festivals.

Kelly De Vine

Kelly De Vine acquires shorts and independent features for the Independent Film Channel bringing the best of independent film to viewers uncut and uncensored 24 hours a day. With the channel for almost six years, she has worked in acquisitions for nearly five and had worked previously with the film production division.

Jonathan Estrin

Jonathan Estrin was selected as President of CRF in April 2008. Estrin had run a consulting practice in education, entertainment, and newmedia opportunities for non-profit organizations. He was formerly Executive Vice-President of the American Film Institute, where he supervised its K-12 Teacher Education program, its renowned Conservatory of Filmmaking, and film exhibition and new technologies. Prior to that, he was the Dean of the College of Media Arts & Design at Drexel University.

Juan Garcia

Juan Garcia is an independent filmmaker and producer based in Austin, Texas. At 28 he is the Executive Producer and creator of the “SFS TV” video podcast, the first podcast devoted to showcasing international student films as well as giving university students worldwide the opportunity to be the creative voice behind the production. Correspondingly, he serves as Video Producer for the Faculty Innovation Center at the University of Texas where he has designed and implemented a series of educational podcasts.

Ruth Glendinning

Ruth Glendinning is a Business Marketer to Cultural Strategist. She creates profit in both public and private spaces. Ruth speaks, teaches and consults internationally with a mission to inspire her clients to live their best lives through identifying connections for them that bring them into the realm of success, satisfaction, and point them towards the path to achieve their full potential.

Gill Holland

Gill Holland is a producer whose credits include the Fox sit-com Greg the Bunny, Morgan J. Freeman's triple Sundance award-winning Hurricane Streets (MGM); and his follow-up Desert Blue (Samuel Goldwyn), starring Christina Ricci, Casey Affleck, and and Kate Hudson; Rob Tregenza’s Inside/Out (Cannes 1997); John-Luke Montias' Bobby G.