As founder of the Seattle Film Festival, Ben is realizing a dream — to mobilize the extraordinary talent and resources in the Northwest to create a robust local film industry. As a Seattle based Actor, Director, Producer, and local film advocate, his projects have been in over 200 festivals around the world and have won over two dozen awards. In 2013, he founded the Seattle Film Summit with a singular goal of expanding film opportunities in the Seattle area. Now, the summit has evolved into the Northwest’s premiere film market. As a member of the Washington State Film Leadership council and the Pacific Northwest eSports Council, he is a tireless advocate for showcasing creative talent in Washington State.
Marissa Fujimoto is fully engaged in the film, video and production process. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from Sanford-Brown College, specializing in digital media. Her post-production work is most notable on shows such as “Hoarders” and “Project Afterlife”. Additionally, she has produced local “48 hours” films, earning her the Real Grrls Outstanding Producer Award in 2015. In 2018, Marissa produced another Holly Short’s original short film, “Jameson”, directed by John Humber. This was her third short film to make it to Hollywood and her first year under her production company Slager Fuj Creative Media, which offers film, video, and design services.
For Chad, it’s all about telling a compelling story. Whether it’s through a screenplay, on social media, or with an event like the Seattle Film Summit. After completing the University of Washington’s Screenwriting program, Hutson found quick success when two of his screenplays made it to the final round of several prestigious screenwriting competitions. He’s now been hired to write two screenplays, has several more in the works, and is negotiating with a major network for future projects. Thankfully for us, he lends his talents to the Seattle Film Summit by providing everything from social media management to strategic communication oversight and event planning.
By trade, Jonathan Keasey is a writer. But don’t let that fool you. He also knows his way around the legal system. He is member of the prestigious Writers Guild of America and has been hired to write films for Columbia Pictures, Sony Studios, and Paramount Pictures, among others. Along the way, Jonathan has written for, and worked with, some of Hollywood’s biggest names including Will Smith, Norman Lear, Justin Lin, Danny Boon and Fan Bingbing. He holds a B.A. from the University of Washington, a Juris Doctorate from Washington University in Saint Louis, and an international law degree from Bucerius Law School in Hamburg, Germany.
Communications is more than just a by-line or quick ad for Jeremy Dodd. Jeremy is an award-winning writer, director, and producer whose work spans commercial television, show development, and corporate communications. Most recently, he’s worked as a writer and producer at Microsoft, articulating the company’s vision for how artificial intelligence impacts people’s lives. Prior to that, Jeremy ran his own ad agency for 10-years, where he produced national and regional campaigns for clients such as Boeing, Behr Paint, Virginia Mason Hospital, and many others.
As a professional actor for 10 years and a VP of Strategy and Innovation for a global, Seattle-based health communications company, Genevieve Trainor is no stranger to tapping into the multiple skill sets needed to create a film career in the PNW. She has produced and directed multiple video shoots, including a first-ever talent-based video of its kind for one of the world’s largest biotech companies. She’s also acted in several award-winning films shot in the Seattle area and elsewhere. Now, splitting her time between Washington State and New Mexico, Genevieve is involved in the business and on-camera sides of the film industry in both states.