November 5 - 10, 2024 • Las Vegas

Speaker Bios

2019 Speaker Bios P-Q

Pacatte, Rose2

Sr. Rose Pacatte

Sr Rose Pacatte, FSP, D.Min., is a Catholic Pauline sister and the founding director of the Pauline Center for Media Studies ( in Culver City, CA. She is a media literacy education specialist and the award-winning author and co-author of books on scripture and film, film guides, media literacy education in faith formation, and biographies on actor Martin Sheen and pop artist Corita Kent. Since 2003 Rose has the film columnist for St. Anthony Messenger and the film and media contributor to the National Catholic Reporter since 2009.

Donald Petrie

Donald Petrie

Donald is probably best known for the hit comedies How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days starring Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey for Paramount Pictures, and Miss Congeniality starring Sandra Bullock, for Warner Bros., not to mention the holiday hit Grumpy Old Men starring Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau and Ann-Margret.

Most recently Petrie has crossed back to television directing episodes of the Chuck Lorre/Netflix series The Kominski Method starring Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin, and multiple episodes of the Dick Wolf Chicago series Chicago Med, Chicago PD and Chicago Justice which he also executive produced.

Donald directed this year’s romantic comedy Little Italy for E One starring Emma Roberts and Hayden Christensen. Other feature credits include the Fox Searchlight comedy My Life In Ruins starring Nia Vardalos as a guide of the ancient Greek ruins leading the most outrageous bus tour group ever. Richard Dreyfuss heads up an international cast. The quirky comedy Just My Luck, starring Lindsay Lohan and Chris Pine, the political satire-romantic comedy Welcome To Mooseport, with Ray Romano and Gene Hackman, the gender-bender comedy The Associate starring Whoopi Goldberg, Disney’s My Favorite Martian with Jeff Daniels and Christopher Lloyd – and the Orion Picture The Favor, starring Harley Kozak, Elizabeth McGovern, Bill Pullman and Brad Pitt.

Petrie began his entertainment career as an actor, appearing in many TV episodes. In 1979, Donald decided to shift his focus to directing when he was accepted as a Fellow at the American Film Institute. While there, he made a short film, The Expert that caught the eye of Steven Spielberg, who asked Donald to direct an episode of Amazing Stories. That episode, entitled “Mister Magic”, starring Sid Caesar, began Petrie’s professional directing career. Donald then began a  busy period directing episodes of MacGyver, The Equalizer and the landmark Steven Bochco series L.A. Law. A controversial episode he directed for the latter entitled “The Venus Butterfly” brought Petrie both Directors Guild and Emmy nominations.

Those episodic successes prompted Samuel Goldwyn Jr. to offer Donald the chance to direct his first feature, Mystic Pizza. Both a critical and box office success, and still today a cult favorite, Mystic Pizza starred Annabeth Gish, Lili Taylor, Vincent D’Onofrio and provided Julia Roberts with her first breakthrough role. (It also gave a young Matt Damon his first onscreen appearance.)

Donald has also been a proud and active member of the Directors Guild of America. Following in his father Daniel’s footsteps, Donald has served as a National Board Member, a Western Directors Council Member, and past Chairman of the Directors Guild Foundation.

Poujol, Patrice

Dr. Patrice Poujol

Patrice is an EnTech research expert and a film practitioner. He has 8-year experience in the financial sector and movie finance and 12-year experience as a creative consultant and producer in the movie industry. In 2018, he obtained the first PhD worldwide on the integration of blockchain technology in Creative Media (CityU Hong Kong) through an academic exchange with UCLA and a participation in the MEFTI programme organised by MIT. Patrice is a member of the Hong Kong Internet Governance Forum (HKIGF) and EnTech public policy postdoctoral research fellow at the centre for Applied Computing and Interactive Media (ACIM – CityU). His book “Online Film Production in China Using Blockchain and Smart Contracts” was published by Springer in March 2019. Patrice is the founder and CEO of Lumière (芦明) which has recently exclusively partnered with Finfabrik to create a series of film finance tools aimed to facilitate access to film funding for independent producers, to increase transparency for all the film industry professionals, and to reduce investment risk for film financiers. Their first tokenised film ‘Papicha’ was selected by the Cannes film festival and it is Algeria’s nomination for Best International Feature Film for the Oscars.

Christian Parkes

Christian’s first job in film was in 1986 at 13 years of age at Stan’s Video in Birmingham, England. After studying Film, he moved to the US and began a 20-year career in marketing that has seen him build a $2.6BN business for Nike, lead global campaigns for Levis, and market a 20-week NYT bestseller. Prior to leading Marketing at NEON he was the CMO at Alamo Drafthouse. He has won Clio’s, Golden Pencil’s, Golden Trailer’s, and has been named one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business. Based in LA, his favorite film is JAWS.

Marko Post

Marko Post

Marko Post is a manager at Winter-Post, the leading VFX and post-production house, the winner of the prestigious Lumiere Award for their 3D animated opera “Lisa Limone and Maroc Orange, a Rapid Love Story” (2013). Marko oversees post-production projects for Winter-Post and has worked on numerous VFX heavy movies, TV shows and commercials. Winter-Post is behind the post-production and VFX for large number of movies and TV series including “All the Sins”, “Iron Sky”, “Big Game” and feature “Truth and Justice”, which has been selected for the best international feature film category at the 2020 Oscars.

Katie Pryor

Katie Pryor

Bienvenue à Baton Rouge, Louisiana’s capital city. Just over an hour drive from the New Orleans airport, Baton Rouge qualifies for the extra 5% base credit and offers a variety of locations, the state’s largest purpose-built studio, and a film-friendly city. Film Baton Rouge offers free permitting, location scouting assistance, community and city liaison services, and assistance in securing competitive accommodation rates. With a background in marketing, political consulting, and film, Katie Pryor started as Executive Director of Film Baton Rouge in April 2017. Katie is an active member of The Association of Film Commissioners International, an adjunct professor at LSU, and always ready to recommend the best food in Baton Rouge.