Meet Our Board of Directors
Founder & CEO
Jennifer is an Independent Filmmaker who originally hails from Las Vegas, NV, where she was first bitten by the film bug growing up in the shadows of Vegas’ entertainment infused Strip. She later moved to Pittsburgh, PA where she received her education in Film Directing and Producing from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and Point Park University. Jennifer also attended the prestigious Pittsburgh Filmmakers Directing and Editing program.
After graduation, Jennifer relocated to Atlanta, GA where she started her career in film. Wanting to learn all aspects of production, Jennifer took jobs as a production assistant, location scout, art department assistant, and set dresser. She has worked behind the scenes on both small indie shorts, as well as feature films within the LGBT film community, handling all aspects of production, from scouting talent, to organizing contracts, to budgets.
In 2014, Jennifer took on a life-long dream of giving back to her community by establishing the 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, Arts Out Loud, Inc. The organization’s triad mission is to mentor, educate, and provide scholarships to LGBT students pursuing their arts-related passions. The Board of Directors is staffed with some top LGBT entertainment and business professionals.
Garrett maintains a great blog on law here.
Krista has worked with local groups including Troy Hill Citizens, Inc, Northside Leadership Conference, Business Volunteers for the Arts, and Arts Out Loud on community outreach, financial management, grant writing, and special event planning. She also volunteered during the creation of La Hütte Royal by artist Thorsten Brinkmann, an art installation in a once abandoned house in her neighborhood of Troy Hill.
Allyson Neal, DNP
Allyson is all about her family, is an animal lover and all things of nature. She enjoys hiking in the Great Smokey Mountains National Park and taking classes to become a certified naturalist. Allyson lives with her husband, daughter, two rescue dogs and rescue cat.
William is originally from New York but moved to the west coast some 25 years ago where he fell in love with the beauty of California. He resides in Los Angles with his husband.
An award-winning film director and Tony Award nominated producer, Craig Saavedra is co-founder of Starry Night Entertainment (NY and LA)
Saavedra has directed the feature films “Sherman’s Way” (Best Feature Film winner: Cinequest Film Festival, Newport Film Festival, Jackson Hole Film Festival) starring James LeGros, Enrico Colantoni, Michael Shulman and Donna Murphy and “Rhapsody In Bloom” (Best Feature Film winner: Hollywood Film Festival) starring Penelope Ann Miller and Ron Silver.
Recent theatrical ventures have included the Broadway hits “Hamilton,” “The Elephant Man” starring Bradley Cooper, “The Cripple of Inishmaan” (nominated for producer, Best Play) starring Daniel Radcliffe, “After Midnight,” (nominated for producer, Best Musical) “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” starring Neil Patrick Harris and Nora Ephron’s “Lucky Guy” starring Tom Hanks in his Broadway debut. London West End productions include “The Elephant Man” starring Bradley Cooper, “Photograph 51” starring Nicole Kidman, John Logan’s “Peter and Alice” starring Judi Dench and Ben Whishaw and “Henry V” starring Jude Law. Off-Broadway productions include the NY premiere of J.T. Rogers’s “White People,” “Hit The Wall” at Barrow Street Theatre and Craig Wright’s “Mistakes Were Made” (Michael Shannon) (Time Magazine’s Top Ten Plays of the Year).
Saavedra has also produced and/or supervised the production/development of numerous film and television projects including “Only You” (starring Academy Award winner Helen Hunt), “Gross Misconduct” (Jimmy Smits and Naomi Watts), “December Boys” (Daniel Radcliffe) “The Real MacCaw” (Jason Robards), “At First Sight” (Jonathan Silverman), “Closer and Closer” (Kim Delaney) and the TV series “The Man From Snowy River.”
He has held senior management positions at entertainment companies such as Becker Entertainment (President, Film Division), Producer Representatives Organization (Sr. Vice President, Production), Big Time Pictures (Director of Development), Storer Communications (Vice President, Marketing) and Weintraub Entertainment Group (creative executive).
Saavedra lives in Los Angeles and New York with his husband Joaquin Sedillo.
In addition to shooting the television hits “Glee” (Fox), “Scream Queens” (Fox), “Veronica Mars” (CW), “American Horror Story” (FX), “Swingtown” (CBS) and “No Ordinary Family” (ABC) among many others, Sedillo is also a member of the Directors Guild of America (DGA) and has directed episodes of VH1’s first scripted series “Single Ladies” and “Glee.” His feature film credits as Director of Photography include the upcoming “Billy Boy” starring Blake Jenner and Melissa Benoist, “Sherman’s Way” starring James LeGros and Enrico Colantoni, and “The Last Run” starring Amy Adams.
Born in rural Flagstaff, Arizona, Sedillo quickly worked his way up in the entertainment industry after graduating USC and settling in Los Angeles, booking his first feature film just days later with help from one of his visiting film teachers, director Jay Roach, for whom he was a teaching assistant. This led to eventually working with and being mentored by cinematographers Glenn Kershaw, Wally Pfister and Victor Hammer as a camera assistant, operator and eventually 2nd Unit director of photography on projects like TV’s “Felicity” (WB) and director Chris Nolan’s first feature “Memento.”
In addition to his full work schedule, Sedillo enjoys mentoring young filmmakers through a program of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, guest lecturing at USC, B&W still photography and is an avid Twitterer (with nearly 30k followers).
Sedillo lives in Los Angeles and New York with his husband Craig Saavedra. Together they have raised a son, Joshua, who currently works in post-production for ABC.