Experts Panel

Andy Rodriguez- McCradic

Emmy winner(Rocky Mt. Division) , 41-year veteran of professional TV, film, radio and magazine newsprint.  In early 2016, wrote Arizona House Bill 2646, the pre-cursor and catalyst to creating the Arizona Film Office.

Produced over 1,100 NBC affiliate newscasts and former national television reporter for BET and former CNN contributor.. Wrote, produced and directed  "Darkfury" one of the first Arizona based films to get national distribution in 1995 proving filmmaking was viable in Arizona. Created a film distribution network with sales in 44 countries on 5 continents. Featured in national film magazines like Variety, Indie Slate and MovieMaker.

Produced two over-the-air television series in Phoenix and currently in pre production on his third, the sci fi horror anthology series Strange Places, which has national syndication in place. 

Played Arizona State football, Arizona State graduate and a Phoenix native.

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Mr. Phipps 

Began his professional career in the 1990's as a graphic and digital artist working on publications such as X-Men and GI Joe comics. His passion to grow and create a well-rounded foundation for himself led him to another pivotal decision, authoring a children's book titled "Hergbert: The Not So Scary Monster".  During the drafting phase of his second book, Mr. Phipps decided to take a break from writing, a decision that would change his life forever.

As an avid lover of film and the filmmaking process, an opportunity presented itself in the form of directing an independent film. He found the passion he had been looking for all along and the rest they say is history. Kevin's directing and assistant directing projects, to date, include a slew of independent feature films, music videos, and nationalcommercials. Most notably his recent work on the feature film ”Grief “ "Coyote Requiem", the TV pilot "H.O.P.E", several commercials such as Kellogg’s, Vanish in London, Oil of Olay, Cigna, Canal+ which is now C-More, Quest, Head and Shoulders to name a few.


Helen Stephenson

Emmy Award-winning producer/director who has been in the film and video business for over 30 years. She is an Arizona native and received her bachelor’s degree from California State University, Long Beach with a degree in Radio/TV/Film and her Master’s Degree in American Media and Popular Culture from Arizona State University.

Helen began her professional career in the news department at KTTV Los Angeles, later establishing her own production company.

Helen is the Founder and Executive Director of the Prescott Film Festival, where she provides vision and direction. She is also the Managing Director of Operations at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center and the Director of the Film and Media Arts Program at YC.

In 2018 she won an Emmy for producing and directing “Campus Safety During an Alien Invasion” in the Educational/Instructional category, Rocky Mountain Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.


Kim Marie

Kim Marie is the founder and president of Mirror Dog Productions, an award-winning multimedia production company. Mirror Dog Productions is a full-service production company and partner in WWTVN worldwide network and foreign distribution.  Developing media inspiring awareness, education, and change from the inside, out. Kim Marie has chosen to influence the world for the better--through cinematography and sharing narratives of those whose voices that need to be heard. 

“I have a passion for storytelling and being the “Voice for the Voiceless,” said Kim Marie. Mirror Dog creates productions that are an organic unity of integral works of art. Developing films and television that showcase the human spirit, while inspiring change from the inside, out. 

Kim further feels that “The positive change we bring, and the level of outreach we have, 

brings hope, inspiration, education, and awareness that will save lives all around the world.” 

Experts Panel
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Ruben Angelo 

(Producer/Actor) has worked in and out of entertainment for the past 25yrs.  His career spectrum includes work in many different areas such as music, film, television, and international business. Innovative by nature, he has held many hats throughout his life in order to better understand how to consistently bring success to projects that warrant the opportunity.  Being raised in a family with a history of strong work ethics and an affinity for the arts, it was natural that he would eventually gravitate towards starting his own company.  

As an actor, Angelo has acted in close to 30 narrative and short film projects to-date that have garnered several critical acclaim write-ups and independent awards.  In 2011, and after many years of acquiring international business and marketing experience he formed his own production company, Rangelo Productions.  


Mitesh Patel

Mitesh Patel is the Founder and President of Applied Art Productions. Patel graduated from M.S University for a Masters in Applied Arts. After graduating, he decided to open a business focusing in advertising and design. Later developed into a production, distribution, and VFX. With his experience, Patel continues to bring his combination of creative solutions and management skills ensures success of each production. Patel holds extensive knowledge to establish creative and professional partnerships with talented writers, directors and producers.

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Bill Wetherill

Bill Wetherill is a multiple award-winning actor and director, a lifelong resident of Arizona, a small business owner, and a painter.  

Bill Wetherill is a multiple award-winning actor and director, a lifelong resident of Arizona, a small business owner, and a painter.  He also loves his dog Scruffy. But who wouldn't?


Kristopher Mason Strachan

My name is Kristopher Mason Strachan; I'm a stand up comic who performs and writes as Kris Mason. I studied Film and Photography at Rutgers University. I was a Valley film critic for 10 years and a member of the Phoenix Film Critics' Society. I've hosted multiple Q&A Filmmakers' panels each year at the Phoenix Film Festival.