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Speaker Bios

2020 Speaker Bios J-L

Lee Jessup

Lee Jessup

Lee Jessup is a career coach for professional and emerging screenwriters, a twice-published, best-selling author, whose consulting services have been utilized by Universal Writers Program, NBC International, and Final Draft’s Big Break contest. Lee’s clients include writers who have major spec, pilot and pitch sales under their belts, writers who have written major studio films, staffed TV writers on shows including DEAD TO ME, MRS. AMERICA, GOOD GIRLS, UNDONE and MANIFEST (just to name a few), TV writing program fellows, writers named to The Hit List, The Blood List, The Young & Hungry List and The Black List, major contest winners, as well as writers just beginning to chart their professional course. Lee is the author of BREAKING IN: TALES FROM THE SCREENWRITING TRENCHES (Focal Press) and GETTING IT WRITE: AN INSIDER’S GUIDE TO A SCREENWRITING CAREER (MWP). She has appeared in countless screenwriting conferences and panels domestically, abroad,and online, is a contributor to Script Magazine, and has been the interview subject of countless podcasts. Never too far from the industry, Lee resides in Los Angeles with her family.

Sabrina Jurisich

Filming has a long history in Shasta County. With the abundant natural resources, ideal weather, experienced local cast and crew base, and the community’s warm welcome for productions, Shasta County continues to grow as an ideal destination for filmmakers.

Sabrina Jurisich has been the film commissioner for Film Shasta since January of 2017.  Film Shasta provides free pre-scouts, permit information, local production support services, onsite monitoring, and the latest information about tax incentives for filmmakers.  In addition to adding over 550 easily searchable film friendly locations, local cast and crew, and other resources to the Film Shasta site, she also launched a local incentive program to help inbound productions that film in Shasta County.  Her commitment to providing high level service has led to exponential increase year over year for productions filming in Shasta County.

Her skill set has been recognized on the state level as well.  Barely a year into her position, she was elected onto the FLICS (Film Liaisons in California Statewide) executive board as Secretary, only to advance to Vice President the following year, where she continues to serve.  Sabrina serves as the Co-Chair for the California On Locations Awards show which recognizes the top location professionals who film in California. She also earned a rare accolade as a “Certified Film Commissioner” through an intense training program through AFCI (Association of Film Commissioners International), a certification fewer than 10% of the film commissioners in the world have earned.

Ryan Koo

Ryan Koo

Ryan Koo’s directorial debut AMATEUR is a 2018 Netflix Original Film starring Michael Rainey Jr. (POWER, LUV), Josh Charles (THE GOOD WIFE, SPORTS NIGHT), Sharon Leal (ADDICTED, DREAMGIRLS), and Brian White (RAY DONOVAN, SCANDAL). AMATEUR is produced by Jason Berman (THE BIRTH OF A NATION) and Chip Hourihan (FROZEN RIVER), and is executive produced by former NBA All-Stars Tony Parker and Michael Finley.

Koo’s screenplay for AMATEUR was selected for the Sundance Screenwriters Lab, multiple Sundance grants, a Tribeca Film Institute grant, and Film Society of Lincoln Center and IFP programs. At the time he ran it, Koo’s Kickstarter campaign for AMATEUR became the most successful narrative film in Kickstarter history, raising $125,000 from over two thousand backers.

Koo also released a short prequel to AMATEUR directly online, where it was selected as a Vimeo Staff Pick and was featured by Grantland, JAY-Z’s Life+Times, SLAM Magazine, Indiewire, Filmmaker Magazine, and Short of the Week. The short was subsequently invited to play film festivals, including Urbanworld, Indie Memphis, and NBCUniversal’s Short Cuts festival, where it won the Audience Award out of 1,400 entries.

For his web series THE WEST SIDE, Koo won the Webby Award for Best Drama Series, and he was named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Film.Koo is also the Founder and CEO of the popular filmmaking website No Film School, which won Total Film’s Best Creative Blog award and averages millions of readers a month.

Noam Kroll

Noam Kroll

Noam Kroll is a micro-budget narrative filmmaker & creative entrepreneur based out of Los Angeles. Over the past decade his personal filmmaking blog (www.noamkroll.com) has grown into a burgeoning resource for DIY creatives, spawning a popular podcast (Show, Don’t Tell) and newsletter (micro-budget weekly), which collectively reach millions of filmmakers each year. He also runs the commercial production company Creative Rebellion, as well as the color grading platform cinecolor.io. Currently, he is in development for his third feature film which is slated to shoot in summer 2021.

Kate Langrall Folb

Kate Langrall Folb

Kate Langrall Folb, M.Ed., is director of Hollywood, Health & Society (HH&S), the flagship program of the University of Southern California Annenberg School Norman Lear Center, and a veteran for more than 20 years in the entertainment education field. At HH&S, she leads a team of public health and media professionals to connect entertainment content creators with experts in health, medicine, science, safety and security to ensure accuracy in their depictions. Her team also conducts research on the impact of TV storylines on viewers’ knowledge, attitudes and behaviors. After an early career in television and music production, Kate joined the Scott Newman Foundation as director of special projects where she worked with top TV shows and films on portrayals of alcohol and other substance abuse, developed a media literacy program for middle and high school students and produced the foundation’s annual public service announcements (PSAs). Later, she served as director of The Media Project, a partnership of Advocates for Youth and the Kaiser Family Foundation, working with entertainment on storylines about HIV/AIDs and other sexually transmitted diseases, teen pregnancy prevention, condom use and sex education. She also produced the annual SHINE Awards for sexual health in entertainment and developed a cutting-edge media campaign for Viacom to normalize condom use and encourage healthy relationships. From 2001-2012 Kate led Nightingale Entertainment, an independent consulting firm garnering celebrity involvement, producing PSAs and coordinating national media events for a variety of health-related causes. She joined Hollywood, Health & Society in July of 2012. Kate speaks fluent Spanish, holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Denver, and a master’s degree in education from UCLA.

Beverly Lewis

Beverly Lewis is the Director of the Placer-Lake Tahoe Film Office promoting Placer County to the entertainment industry since 1998. As the liaison between productions, the county and local communities, she expedites production needs over an astonishing diversity of a terrain – from 90’ to over 9000,’ a ski resort community, flat ranchlands, deep river canyons, and high-tech facilities.

Among the films she has shepherded through the county: the 2014 Academy Award winning film “Her” starring Joaquin Phoenix; “The Muppets;” the HBO TV movie, “Cinema Verité;” “JackAss 3D;” “XXX, Almost Famous,“Dragonfly,“The Deep End,” a Sundance Award winner, and Disneyland’s IMAX film “California Adventure,” as well as independent productions, television programs, print photography and commercials including for the Superbowl and the Olympics.

She is a three-term past president of the Film Liaisons in California Statewide (FLICS), the state professional association for film commissions. Representing FLICS in the campaign that passed the successful California film & TV incentive program, revitalizing this major state industry.

Beverly is also the co-founder of the Film in California Conference, a joint FLICS and California Film Commission venture; and the Content Creation and Distribution Expo.

Beverly is a member of the Sierra College Press Advisory Board and has served on state media grants panels and moderated various media panels. Prior to her current position she worked at the Louisiana Film Office.

Beverly has a Masters of Fine Arts degree from UCLA Film School and produced and directed a number of critically acclaimed and awarding winning television documentaries prior to her current position. She received a BA in Anthropology from CSU East Bay.

Greg Lyon

GREG LYON, a CPA by trade, started his career in film in 2009, writing a wide variety of scripts in all genres. In 2011, Greg wrote a short drama SUX2BME, starring Lisa Robin Kelly from That 70’s Show. The film was an official selection into the California Independent Film Festival and RXSM Film Festival.

Greg is perhaps best know for Pas a Vendre, a French Foreign short film starring Elsa Mollien (Crossing Lines), that was an official selection and winner of the Best Foreign Short Film in the Burbank International Film Festival. The film was also a selected into Cinequest International Film Festival, Paris International Film Festival, and Reno Tahoe International Film Festival among other festivals.

Gibby was his first venture of series of scripts to become a full-length feature film, which starred Shannon Elizabeth (American Pie), Sean Patrick Flanery (Boondock Saints), Vivica A. Fox (Independence Day), and Peyton Meyer from Disney’s Girl Meet’s World and Crystal the Monkey (Hangover II and Night at the Museum).  Greg is a scriptwriting judge for a major film festival in his spare time.

Behind the scenes, Greg is actively involved in casting, production, post-production, marketing, and distribution to ensure the success of the films. In addition, where required, Greg will work with directors to help develop the vision of the scripts.  His company – Half Moon Films, LLC has worked with several independent filmmakers to help get their films made and to market.