Ken Ham is president and founder of Answers in Genesis-US, the highly acclaimed Creation Museum (well over two million visitors since it opened), and visionary behind the construction of a full-size Noah’s Ark. Since moving to America in 1987, this Australian has become one of the most in-demand Christian conference speakers and talk show guests. In one year alone he appeared on Fox’s The O’Reilly Factor, Fox and Friends in the Morning, CNN’s The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, ABC’s Good Morning America, the BBC, and more. He became internationally known for his 2014 creation/evolution debate with Bill Nye “The Science Guy,” which has been watched by an estimated 15 million people.
Tosca Lee is the award-winning New York Times bestselling author of eight novels: The Progeny, Iscariot (winner, 2014 ECPA Fiction Book of the Year), The Legend of Sheba, Demon: A Memoir, Havah: The Story of Eve, and and the Books of Mortals series with New York Times bestseller Ted Dekker. The Progeny and Iscariot are currently in development with Radar Pictures and Odyssey Networks/Paulist Productions, respectively. A former classical ballerina and first runner-up to Mrs. United States, Tosca lives in Nebraska with her husband and four children.
Dallas Jenkins has been producing and directing since 2000 when he produced the feature Hometown Legend, distributed by Warner Brothers. He has directed shorts and features that have won multiple festival awards, including Midnight Clear (Lionsgate DVD), Though None Go With Me (Hallmark Channel original), and What If… (Pure Flix DVD). He is Executive Director of Vertical Church Media at Harvest Bible Chapel in Chicago, where he directs and produces films. He just completed his first feature at Harvest, “The Resurrection of Gavin Stone.”
Kevin Downes has a producing, acting, directing and writing career that spans over 20 years, with roles in COURAGEOUS and MOMS’ NIGHT OUT. He produced the critically acclaimed LIKE DANDELION DUST, and also produced, co-wrote and starred in the Pure Flix theatrical release, FAITH OF OUR FATHERS. Behind the camera, Downes directed AMAZING LOVE and SIX: THE MARK UNLEASHED. Kevin recently teamed up with the Erwin Brothers to produce WOODLAWN. He is currently executive producing and starring in TV’s first Christian sitcom called “Hitting the Breaks.”
Cindy Bond, a globally recognized leader and pioneer in the world of faith-based and faith-friendly entertainment, has worked in the distribution, sales, marketing, finance and/or production of over 200 films. Since 1996 Cindy has co-founded faith-based production and distribution companies, including Norann Entertainment, Providence Entertainment, Mission Pictures International. Her companies that have been involved with the distribution of THE OMEGA CODE, I’M IN LOVE WITH A CHURCH GIRL, THE JESUS FILM, HEAVEN SENT, UP Network’s highest rated movie and 2014 MovieGuide Epiphany Prize winner LOVE FINDS YOU IN SUGARCREEK, LOVE FINDS YOU IN CHARM, LOVE FINDS YOU IN VALENTINE, I CAN ONLY IMAGINE and the TV series PATRIOT PAWS.
Eric LeMarque is a former professional and Olympic ice hockey player while being one of the worlds’ most unrelenting and compelling survivors. In 2004, Eric, an expert snowboarder, set off for Mammoth Mountain’s 12,000’ summit and soon found himself chest-high in snow and plunging into the wilderness. By nightfall, he knew he was in a fight for his life. Surviving 8-days in sub-freezing temperatures, he would earn the name, ‘The Miracle Man,’ by the National Guard. Currently, he is working on a new book in conjunction with the feature film about his story, 6 BELOW, starring Josh Hartnett. Eric’s sights are on God and the desire to encourage by sharing his story.
Sheila Ann Smith Singer/Songwriter is an Integrity Music Artist, Worship Pastor and three time Gospel Music Association Award nominee and her music is as captivating as her radiant smile. A talented musician and worship leader with a heart for loving God and loving people, Sheila Ann has ministered around the world and is as comfortable on the streets of Africa, South America or India doing humanitarian work or conferences as she is leading worship or performing in concerts for thousands of listeners who are experiencing God in a deeper way by enjoying her music.
Tim Mahoney is founder and president of Mahoney Media, a television commercial production company, and Thinking Man Films, a documentary production company. In 2015, Tim’s company released the award-winning feature documentary Patterns of Evidence: The EXODUS in over 650 theaters nationwide. Upon the success of the two night Fathom Event the 12-year production went on into distribution with Walmart, Christian retailers, Netflix and International Television. Tim served as President of ICVM six years.
Doug Jones is possibly the most famous person you’ve never seen. A 25-year career under heavy make-up, he’s played memorable roles in FANTASTIC 4: RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER, HOCUS POCUS, and PAN’S LABYRINTH. Doug has also enjoyed playing roles in the CW’s ARROW and THE FLASH, Hallmark’s THE ULTIMATE LEGACY and in Steven Spielberg’s series FALLING SKIES. Doug loves short films with a special purpose, playing roles in THE BUTTERFLY CIRCUS and THE CANDY SHOP addressing the issue of child sex trafficking.
Barbara Mudge began her career with domestic distribution before entering the international field at Cannon Films, New World, and 20th Century Fox. Founding her own sales agency 1998, she represented notable libraries including BGEA’s World Wide Pictures. Recently, Mudge shifted her focus to Worldwide Faith Entertainment On Demand, licensing Faith & Family content product (TRADE OF INNOCENTS, DOONBY and Rick Garside’s “Faith Happens” series) to cinemas, broadcast and VOD world-wide. She serves on the IFTA’s Board of Directors and moderates the annual AFM roundtable panel “Passion Of The Film.”
Simon Swart is an Independent Film and TV Producer focusing on inspirational and aspirational programming with broad commercial appeal. He has several projects in development, including the gripping survival story of Eric LeMarque, 6 BELOW and the true story of Amy Purdy, I BELIEVE IN LOVE. Simon recently transitioned from his role as EVP and General Manager of Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, where he provided strategic vision and led tactical execution in developing and monetizing content, launching Fox Faith in 2002. He has championed and created new markets within the realms of entertainment and digital media delivery channels during his tenure at Fox, Disney and Warner Brothers in a career spanning more than two decades.
Heinz Winckler started his professional career in 2002 when he won South Africa’s version of American Idol. That lead to placing 4th in World Idol, a Disney soundtrack, 3 South African Music Award nominations, 6 studio albums and 2 Live DVD’s, the lead role in the North American and Japanese touring production of RENT ’07-’08, roles in the local soap opera, Binnelanders and drama series, Getroud Met Rugby, lead role in “Jesus The Musical” at the Pretoria State Theatre and the hit romantic comedy film, MOOIRIVIER. Heinz released his first book in 2015, “In Ritme Met God” (In Rhythm With God) – a testimony based book about identity and calling. Recently he was cast in Frans Cronje’s (Faith Like Potatoes) film THE ROAR set for release next year. The singer is poised to release his first Christian Contemporary Worship album in July 2016.
Claire Hutchinson is an award-winning screenwriter and script analyst. Her screenplay, “The Doctor,” won the Grand Prize at Life Fest and the Winnipeg Real to Reel Film Festivals. She has consulted for companies such as Living Water Media, Visual Productions, Worthington Media, CV Films, and Abel Company. Recently, Claire wrote “Lucky’s Treasure” for Grace Alone Films, to be distributed by Pureflix Entertainment in 2016. Claire judges screenwriting for 168 Film Festival, 168 Write of Passage Screenwriting Competition, and Life Fest Film Festival.
Dale Mason serves as VP of Media & Product Distribution for Answers in Genesis (AiG), which is the sponsor of the Creation Museum and the Ark Encounter themed attraction near Cincinnati. Dale has co-written two books with his wife Karen, on Christians and their use of media. He leads AiG’s ministry’s radio and TV outreaches, all product distribution via the web, direct mail, and the ministry’s bookstores. Before moving to Answers in Genesis in 2004, Dale served in executive roles with Gospel.com (Gospel Communications Int’l) and ChristianAnswers.net (Films for Christ). He is a current board member of National Religious Broadcasters and a former board member of ICVM.
Cristóbal Krusen, internationally acclaimed writer/director, founded Messenger Films in 1988. He has written and directed Ropa Nueva para Felipe, Final Solution, The Bill Collector, and Undaunted: The Early Life of Josh McDowell. In 2015 he released Sabina K., which was shot in Bosnia and Hercegovin.
Beverly Holloway, CSA, a casting director for over 20 years, her career has included casting some of the most talented actors in the industry including Jim Caviezel, James Garner, Abigail Breslin, Dermot Mulroney, Patricia Heaton, Sean Astin, Kelsey Grammer, Jon Voight, Brian Dennehy, Malcolm McDowell, Tim Conway and Don Knotts. Focusing primarily on independent films and TV with themes of faith and inspiration, Beverly’s credits include MOMS’ NIGHT OUT, THE ULTIMATE GIFT, BOBBY JONES, STROKE OF GENIUS, TRADE OF INNOCENTS, as well as (several produced by ICVM members) including BEYOND THE MASK, LAST BEST SUMMER EVER and VANISHED.
Jared Geesey has led ChristianCinema.com for 12 years, growing it into the largest selection of Christian movies on the internet and the authority for industry news and digital distribution strategy. Since Achieving the Bizrate Circle of Excellence Award amongst the top 4% of online retailers and ranking in 2010’s Inc. 5000 leading companies, he launched the first transactional digital streaming platform exclusively for Christian filmmakers, with an app ecosystem spanning from mobile and OTT streaming devices to powering Christianbook.com.
Edward Geach spent over 20 years in the South African music industry, including 16 years of service at Sony Music Africa. Currently Edward is responsible for film and music acquisitions for Christian Art Media, and also heads up the media division for the Christian South African retailer “Christelike Uitgewersmaatskappy (C.U.M Books)” who have had a national foot print of 40 stores.
Marc Harper is Vice President of Film Distribution and Church Engagement at City on a Hill Studio. City on a Hill distributes film-driven church resources to churches, consumers and to retailers. Over the last 18 years, Marc has served many studios, producers and distributors and helped pioneer the resurgence of church movie nights. Marc has served on marketing teams launching movies such as WOODLAWN, THE SONG, OCTOBER BABY, SOUL SURFER, and FIREPROOF in theaters, in church movie events and for home entertainment.