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Doug Belgrad is a President of Production at Columbia Pictures, currently supervising several films in development, production and post-production. Among the films that Doug has supervised are “Men In Black II,” starring Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith; “Deed,” starring Adam Sandler; and “National Security” with Martin Lawrence. He is currently overseeing “8 Crazy Nights,” an animated feature produced by Adam Sandler (and starring his voice, too). Doug has also supervised such blockbuster films as “Big Daddy,” “Men In Black” and “Hollow Man.”


Shane Black has been responsible for creating a number of box office blockbusters, including the first two installments of the “Lethal Weapon” series and 1991’s “The Last Boy Scout.” In 1990, Shane sold his espionage script “The Long Kiss Goodnight” for a record sum of money. His directorial debut, the romantic thriller “Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang,” re-teamed him with producer Joel Silver. Shane was the recipient of the Austin Film Festival’s Distinguished Screenwriter Award in 2006.


Bill Broyles was the founding editor of Texas Monthly and editor-in-chief of Newsweek. He was the co-creator of the television series “China Beach.” He wrote the original screenplay for “Cast Away” and the screenplay for “Jarhead.” He’s co-authored six other screenplays, including “Apollo 13,” “Unfaithful,” “The Polar Express” and “Flags of Our Fathers.”


A native Texan, Jim Dauterive was one of the original writers on the Emmy® award-winning comedy “King of the Hill.” Last year, he wrote a television pilot for Fox with Mike Judge called “Monsignor Martinez,” about a Mexican priest who kills drug lords. Turns out, priests are a touchy subject. The pilot was not picked up. Never one to learn from its mistakes, Fox has hired Jim to write another pilot this year. Jim has also recently completed a feature script about bull semen.


A contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and National Geographic, as well as a correspondent for GQ, Robert is the author of several works of fiction and nonfiction, including the New York Times bestselling biography “Dead Certain: The Presidency of George W. Bush.” A former Austinite and senior editor for Texas Monthly, he now lives in Washington, D.C.


Matt recently resigned his position as President of Production for Kopelson Entertainment to head up his own production company Gross Entertainment. He has exclusive deals with Touchstone Television for TV and a first look feature deal with John Davis and 20th Century Fox. While Matt was at Kopelson, they produced “The Devil’s Advocate,” “A Perfect Murder,” “U.S. Marshals,” “Mad City,” “Murder At 1600,” “Don’t Say a Word” and “Joe Somebody.”.


Barry Josephson is a film and television producer. His distinguished career ranges from personal management to key roles in music, television and film productions, including “Enchanted,” “Like Mike,” “The Lady Killers” and “The Last Boy Scout.” Barry was formerly President of Worldwide Production for Columbia Pictures and is a founding member of Comic Relief.


Peter Kang turned his internship with 20th Century Fox into a full-time position, eventually rising to his current position as Vice President of Production at Fox 2000. A 1996 alumnus of the Peter Stark Producing Program, Peter was recently named one of the “Next Generation” of executives by the Hollywood Reporter.


Lawrence Kasdan, a four-time Oscar© nominee, has directed eleven films, among them “Body Heat,” “The Big Chill,” “The Accidental Tourist,” “Grand Canyon,” “Wyatt Earp” and “Dreamcatcher.” In addition, he has written or co-written four of the most successful films in motion picture history: “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “The Empire Strikes Back,” “Return of the Jedi” and “The Bodyguard.” “The Big Chill” and “The Accidental Tourist” were both Oscar©-nominated for Best Picture. “The Accidental Tourist” was named Best Picture of 1988 by the New York Film Critics and “Grand Canyon” received the Golden Bear for Best Picture at the 1992 Berlin Film Festival. Meg Kasdan and Lawrence Kasdan’s script for “Grand Canyon” was nominated for an Academy Award© for Best Original Screenplay. Kasdan’s new film, “Darling Companion,” based on a script by Meg Kasdan and Lawrence Kasdan, will be released by Sony Pictures Classics at Easter 2012.


A singer-songwriter, guitarist and sometime film actor and composer, Lyle Lovett won a 1989 Grammy for Best Male Country Vocal Performance. His albums, the first of which was released in 1986, incorporated elements of country, Western, folk, swing, jazz, bebop, blues and gospel music. He graduated from Texas A&M with degrees in German and journalism.


After an abysmal showing as assistant teacher at a West Australian boarding school, Christopher McQuarrie returned to his home state of New Jersey, where he worked for four years at his uncle’s detective agency. His first produced screenplay became the utterly abysmal “Public Access” – inexplicable co-winner of the 1993 Sundance Film Festival’s Grand Jury Prize. Shortly thereafter, Christopher was at work on “The Usual Suspects.” He has been working for the last six years on an untitled project for director Ed Zwick. It had better be good.


Rick is an entertainment attorney specializing in motion pictures, publishing, new media and theatre. In 1991 he conceived and produced “red hot + blue,” a charity recording/film project that generated more than $5 million for aids research and relief.


Daniel Petrie, Jr. wrote the screenplays for Beverly Hills Cop and The Big Easy, co-wrote and produced Shoot to Kill, co-wrote and executive produced Turner & Hooch, and co-wrote and directed Toy Soldiers, Petrie served two terms as President of the Writers Guild of America, West, and is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of the Writers Guild Foundation. Petrie is a partner in Enderby Entertainment, an independent film company. Enderby is the judge for the AFF Screenplay Competition’s Enderby Entertainment Award, open to original feature scripts that can be independently produced under $5 million


Anne Rapp is a screenwriter who also works as a script supervisor. She has worked with such noted directors as Judd Apatow, Harold Ramis, Ken Kwapis, Jake Kasdan, Lawrence Kasdan, Sydney Pollack, Robert Benton, Bruce Beresford, Steven Spielberg, Robert Zemekis, David Mamet, Rob Reiner, Bill Forsythe, David Byrne and Tom Hanks. She began writing short stories in the mid ’90s, which led to a job writing for Robert Altman for three years. Altman produced and directed two of her original screenplays, “Cookie’s Fortune” and “Dr. T and the Women,” as well as a television episode for the ABC series “Gun.” “Cookie’s Fortune” earned Anne an Independent Spirit Award nomination and an Edgar nomination. She wrote a television special for CMT called “Stars over Texas” starring Dolly Parton, Vince Gill and Ray Benson, then teamed up with Benson again and co-wrote the musical “A Ride With Bob” about the life and legacy of Bob Wills. It is still being performed around the country. Anne is currently directing and producing a documentary about the acclaimed playwright and screenwriter Horton Foote. She has also published short stories and essays. Anne lives in Austin, where she has twice served as visiting professor of screenwriting at the Michener Center for Writers at University of Texas.


Alvaro Rodriguez is a screenwriter who has co-authored the films Shorts and Machete, both directed by Robert Rodriguez, as well as The Hangman’s Daughter, a prequel to From Dusk Till Dawn. A frequent panelist and presenter at the Austin Film Festival, he has also curated an Epoca de Oro Mexican film series at the Museum of South Texas History and has presented on the smuggled subtext(s) in Machete at South Texas College. His border influenced short fiction has appeared in multiple publications both physical and digital, including Along The River (edited by David Bowles, 2011) and After Death (edited by Eric J. Guignard, 2013). He is currently developing a television series for Robert Rodriquez’s nascent EL REY television network while juggling fatherhood and family in along the South Texas border.


Philip Rosenthal’s early writing credits include the series Down the Shore and Coach.
He was the creator/executive producer of the hit CBS comedy, Everybody Loves Raymond, staying with the show for its entire nine season run, beginning in l996.Everybody Loves Raymond was nominated for over 70 Emmy awards, and won 15 times, including for Best Comedy Series in 2003 and 2005.

Rosenthal has the distinction of having directed President Bill Clinton in the White House Correspondents Dinner video, which was shown to wide acclaim at the April, 2000 event. He co-wrote America: A Tribute to Heroes, the 9/11 telethon which aired on all four networks, won a Peabody Award and an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Writing.Rosenthal won the 2002 Writers Guild Award for Excellence in Television Writing for his Everybody Loves Raymond script, “Italy.”

His first feature for Sony Pictures: Exporting Raymond, which he wrote and directed, the true story about the attempt to turn Everybody Loves Raymond into a Russian sitcom, was released in April of 2011.


writer/director Metropolitan, Barcelona, The Last Days of Disco, Damsels in Distress


Randall Wallace is unique among Hollywood filmmakers; his movies have been both critical award winners and tremendous commercial successes.  Combined, his four films have grossed nearly $1 billion dollars at the theatrical box office, garnering numerous accolades including the Academy Awards’ prestigious Best Picture Oscar.

Randall wrote the Academy Award winner “Braveheart” and the blockbuster “Pearl Harbor.”  He also wrote, directed and produced the critically acclaimed “We Were Soldiers” and “The Man in the Iron Mask.”  For his work on “Braveheart,” he received the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay as well as Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations.  Randall is also the New York Times bestselling author of seven novels and the lyricist of the acclaimed hymn “Mansions of the Lord,” performed as the closing music for President Ronald Reagan’s national funeral.

In 1999, Randall founded Wheelhouse Entertainment with the purpose of creating original films, music, videogames and books for a worldwide audience based on the classic values of love, courage and honor.

Bill Wittliff Advisor

Bill Wittliff has had a distinguished career as photographer, film producer, director, publisher and screenwriter. Mr. Wittliff is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, a past board member of the Sundance Institute, a board member of the Austin Film Festival and member of the Texas Philosophical Society. In the late 1980s, Wittliff wrote the teleplay and served as executive producer for the Emmy award-winning TV mini-series Lonesome Dove (1989). Previously, he had written scripts for the westerns Barbarosa (1982) and Red Headed Stranger (1986). His other film credits include The Black Stallion (1979), Country (1984), Legends of the Fall (1994), and The Perfect Storm (2000). As a photographer, Wittliff is best known for his photographs made on the set of Lonesome Dove.

Board of Directors

  • Lidia Agraz Member
  • Naila Ahmed Member
  • Miguel Alvarez member
  • Joy Anderson Member
  • George Anson Member
  • Olga Campos member
  • Fabienne Harford Member
  • Chris Hyams member
  • John Langmore member
  • Marsha Milam AFF Co-Founder
  • Barbara Morgan AFF Co-Founder
  • Allen Odom Member
  • Maya Perez member
  • Andrew Shea member
  • Ric Roman Waugh Member
  • Ryan Piers Williams Member