Don Jensen was appointed Chair by Gov. Jay Inslee in August 2013. Previously he served as treasurer of Washington Filmworks. He is the owner of Alpha Cine Labs in Seattle, Washington. Jensen has 40 years experience in film and video production and post production. Jensen worked with a group of Washington companies to develop and pass the Motion Picture Competitiveness legislation in 2006.
Film Leadership Council Co-Chair
Jeff Barehand is CEO/President of Sky Bear Media, a production company headquartered in Olympia, WA. Jeff is of the Gila River and Navajo people of Arizona but has lived in Washington State for more than twelve years. He is a 2014 Sundance Native Lab Film Fellow and is currently adapting a book to film. He is the founder and current Board President of OlyFilm, a filmmaking non-profit that supports filmmakers in the South Sound and promotes Women and POC in the film industry. He is a singer and actor, currently cast in the first Native American pop musical, Distant Thunder, set to debut at the First Peoples Museum of Oklahoma City spring of 2022. He is a 2022 recipient of the Evergreen Longhouse’s Inspired Natives Grant award, in recognition of his artistry and community work with youth and others. He resides in Tumwater, WA with his partner Shana Greenberg Barehand, and his four children.
John Cooper is President & CEO of Yakima Valley Tourism where he oversees a multi-faceted tourism promotion organization for the region that manages the Yakima Convention Center, Sports Commission, Visitor Information Center, plus working with the film and video industry. Prior to that he was the CEO of Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism. Throughout his tenure in Washington state he has been actively involved in destination advocacy and marketing, including serving on state and multi-state tourism boards and associations.
Tony is a SAG-AFTRA actor and producer with an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts. A successful actor for over 34 years in LA, New Orleans, and Seattle, he has been teaching and coaching actors for 25 years, both privately and at the college level. He currently serves as the Film/Theatre Department Chair, at Shoreline Community College.
With over 130 film and television credits, Tony has had roles in a wide variety of film and television projects. Tony co-starred in the feature film The River Murders with Ray Liotta and Christian Slater, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. He also had a leading role in the feature film The Off Hours, which was written and directed by Megan Griffiths and premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and the Seattle International Film Festival. He is the lead in the feature film Frayed, released by Lionsgate. Tony has also appeared in some of the most noteworthy projects that have filmed in the Pacific Northwest including Wild, starring Reese Witherspoon; At Middleton starring Andy Garcia, and the Sci Fi hit series Z Nation.
Jannat is an Emmy and Peabody winning producer and executive producer of the Academy Award winning documentary, Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised). As SVP of Documentaries for Westbrook Inc., she is charged with developing and producing a slate of premium documentaries the first of which is Full Circle, a film about the first all-black climbing team to summit Mt Everest. Prior to joining Westbrook, Gargi served as VP of Documentaries for VICE Studios overseeing development for a slate of premium documentaries and series including ESPN’s 30 For 30 series about the American Gladiators and Executive Producer of three-time Academy Award nominated documentary FLEE (2022). Prior to VICE Studios, Jannat served as Head of Documentary Films for Vulcan Productions where she developed and produced a wide range of acclaimed, cause-based documentary films.
After graduating college with degrees in music and communications, Alan moved to Settle in the mid-90s where he began a career as a commercial editor. In 2005 Alan started World Famous; then a small 3-person editorial company. With amazing storytelling at its root, World Famous grew from a full-service production company to a creative agency, crafting national advertising campaigns for AWS, FireTV, REI and more. Along the way World Famous has been featured in Communication Arts, Vice, The Today Show, has won some Gold Pencils and National Addy’s for its work, and been recognized for its unique creative culture. A strong believer in supporting the creative community, Alan served on the Mayor’s Economic Development Commission advocating for the arts and overall creative economy. Alan also grills a mean salmon, is a pretty ok DJ and has been known to throw an amazing party once in a while. 🙂
Born and raised in Seattle, Myron is the owner of Chameleon Creative Services and has spent most of his career in the sound field. More recently he goes back and forth between sound and camera. Credits include Grey’s Anatomy, 21 and Over, World’s Greatest Dad and an Emmy for Bill Nye The Science Guy. Myron was the Past President and current committee member of C89.5/KNHC Public Radio Association, Co-Chair of Seattle Film Task Force and served on boards of Washington Film and Video Association, Seattle Ad 2, and the ITVA.
Malcolm Pelles is a professor, playwright, and filmmaker. He teaches screenwriting at Eastern Washington University. His plays have been performed Off-Broadway in New York City and in Washington, DC at places like the Kennedy Center. Malcolm has written scripts for CBS Entertainment, the National Football League, Gameloft, and the US Army. He has an MFA degree in dramatic writing from the New York University Tisch School of the Arts and an undergraduate degree in film production from Florida State University.
Film Leadership Council Co-Chair
Devante Smith is a recent graduate of Eastern Washington University’s Film program. After interning for season three of Z Nation, he has been working as the basecamp production assistant for the past two years on the show. In the off-season, he works with local musical artists to build a voice and brand through interviews, podcasts, and music videos to bridge the gap between the music community and the visual art community. Currently, he is working with a colleague on starting a production company that can tailor to new upcoming film enthusiasts in the Pacific Northwest area. Having worked on a handful of productions from student shorts to professional TV shows, Devante values the opportunities the film industry has given him and hopes to pass the opportunity on to generations to come.
Jessica is the Marketing and PR Director at the Leavenworth Chamber ofCommerce, where she manages the media, marketing, and public relations for the chamber and the town of Leavenworth. As the official film liaison in the area, she serves as an ambassador to visiting film and video companies and assists with the permitting process, location scouting, and identifying local residents to work on the production. Having worked with over three dozen productions as a film liaison, Jessica is the resident expert on all the businesses and non-profits which helps to make Leavenworth one of Washington’s most film-friendly destinations. She is part of a small team launching the new Summit to Sea Film Festival in Leavenworth, showcasing independent films that are shining a light on conservation which launches in October 2022.
Andrea has been a creative her whole life, focusing on music and filmmaking. She spent 10 years as Creative Director of a boutique video creative agency in Paris, France, where she focused on leading the creative process. A graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts’ Kanbar Institute of Film and Television, she currently is the Chief of Staff of the Safety Department at Sound Transit. Andrea also directs the Seattle Black Film Festival, and remains active as a filmmaker, musician, and a mom.