Guests

 
 
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Franco Sama

Independent feature film producer Franco Sama boasts a remarkable and extensive history in public speaking and public relations, and a decade of independent film development, production, and financing.

Sama has Executive Produced an impressive array of over twenty (20) independent feature films, most recently including “Guns, Girls and Gambling,” starring Gary Oldman, Christian Slater, and Dane Cook. Quickly becoming a cult favorite, this film was released into theaters in December 2012 and in January 2013 acquired a worldwide distribution deal from Universal Pictures. Check out http://www.samacofilms.com/ to learn more!

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Bobby Gott

Bobby is an actor/producer who is very active in the Buffalo movie scene. He has acted as a location scout for many of the movies filmed in the Buffalo area, most recently for the upcoming "The First Purge." When not working on films Bobby orchestrates events to connect actors, producers, post-production companies, etc in the Buffalo area.

 
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Amber Rinehart

Amber Rinehart is an award-winning teacher and documentary filmmaker. She graduated with a degree in communication from Fredonia in 2006 and received her Master of Fine Arts in documentary production and media in 2011. Amber has produced a number of short documentary films and is currently in production on a series of films documenting the history, culture and stories of the indigenous peoples of Western New York. Amber is a professor of communication and the coordinator of the video production program at Erie Community College.

 

Sarah  Schwab

Sarah is a member of the Playwrights/Directors Unit at Actors Studio. Her full-length play "Until Death" had a staged reading at The Cherry Lane Theatre as part of their TONGUES reading series in March 2017 with actors Karen Allen and Jeffrey DeMunn, directed by Larry Moss. Her short film, " 'A' My Name Is" was her directorial debut and was shot in December 2017 in Buffalo (www.AMyNameIsTheFilm.com). The project is a not-for-profit film, fiscally-sponsored through the Independent Filmmaker Project. Her work has been published in Tin House, the Evergreen Review, Writer’s Digest Magazine, The Buffalo News, The Dunkirk Observer, and on websites NBC, Nerve, Jezebel, and The Buffalo Spree.

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