Board of Directors
Former Associate Director at Nonprofits Assistance Fund.
Janet directed all program activities, manages the nonprofit loan program, and oversees the financial management of training and strategic financial counsel. In this capacity she brought further cohesion and integration to programming and services, helping the lending team assess each nonprofit’s unique financial situation and craft loans that best meet their immediate and long-term needs. As a loan officer, she assisted individual nonprofits during the loan application, review process, and throughout the lifecycle of the loan. She also delivered training workshops and provides technical assistance on financial management topics to nonprofits throughout Minnesota. Prior to joining the Nonprofits Assistance Fund, Janet was Director of Operations and Financial Manager at Minnesota Environmental Initiative, where she oversaw the financial reporting, budgeting, and operational systems. She has a BA in Business Management from the University of St. Thomas. A graduate of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits Leadership Institute, Janet serves on the board of directors for LegalCorps and Family Tree Clinic.
Founder and CEO: Media Bridge Advertising®
Tracy Call is the Founder and CEO of Media Bridge Advertising®, a media buying, social, video production and creative agency founded on delivering maximum bang for the media buck.
Since its founding in 2010, Media Bridge has grown to become the 10th-largest ad agency by revenue in Minneapolis. After building a successful media-buying career on the sell side, Tracy started her own agency to bring a results-oriented culture of fairness and customer service back to the media industry. She has now built one of the most successful media and advertising agencies in Minnesota, billing over $100 million in media to date with rapid growth year after year.
Media Bridge has made the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal’s Fast 50 and Inc.’s 5000 Fastest-Growing Private companies lists every year since 2014, and it was honored as a “Best Places to Work” business in 2018. Tracy was named a Business Journal “Women in Business” award-winner in 2016. And several Media Bridge employees have been named to the Ad Fed “32 Under 32” list and the Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” list highlighting future industry leaders.
VP, Acquisitions and Digital Distribution: Mill Creek Entertainment
Beginning with his first high school job at the Showcase Cinema 5 in Brookings, SD, Jeff has been working and involved in the movie business for over 20 years. Prior to living in Minneapolis, Jeff worked for an independent film and music distributor in Los Angeles, CA. In 2007, Jeff and his Wife Kathleen moved to Minneapolis when Jeff began working for Mill Creek Entertainment. Since that time, Jeff has overseen all of the company’s Film and Television acquisitions. Mill Creek is now the largest independent distributor of DVD and Bluray product in the World. In his role, Jeff has negotiated licensing agreements with Walt Disney Studios, Sony Pictures, NBCUniversal, CBS, Lionsgate and many, many more!
VICE President: Lake III Group Insurance
Cory Lake is CEO of Lake III Group Insurance. Prior to establishing his brokerage, he owned and operated a global music business and music academy. Cory advises on all aspects of personal and business lines of insurance and risk management, with an emphasis on emerging markets and networking within health, wellness, manufacturing, agribusiness, retail, entertainment and hospitality sectors. Actively involved in the community with his wife, Dr. Stephanie lake, Cory is spearheading an initiative with the boys and girls clubs of the twin cities to improve nutrition and decrease the incidence of preventable, chronic disease. the lake family hosts its own fundraiser benefit this old horse, one of the most esteemed horse sanctuaries in the us, and Cory is also actively involved with the angel foundation, providing life-saving and emergency funds for individuals battling cancer.
Molly Littman is an associate attorney at Gray Plant Mooty in Minneapolis, MN, representing client on a wide range of intellectual property enforcement issues. She focuses primarily on trademark, copyright, patent, and trade dress litigation in state and federal courts across the country, but also represents clients in matters before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) and in Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Proceedings (UDRP). Molly began focusing on intellectual property law while at William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, where she served as the Editor-in-Chief of the law school’s intellectual property law review, Cybaris. Molly currently volunteers as a referral attorney for artists through Minnesota Lawyers for the Arts and Springboard for the Arts.
Associate: Lee & Associates
Ra’eesa Motala has been an Associate with Lee & Associates since its launch in 2016. Under the mentorship of Chris Garcia, Ra’eesa specializes in industrial manufacturing, supply chain and technology. She represents her clients in lease negotiations, acquisitions, dispositions and development. Prior to Lee & Associates, Ra’eesa worked as a Business Manager with The Excelsior Group and later joined Chris’s team at CGC Commercial. During her time at The Excelsior Group, Ra’eesa developed a strong understanding of property management, acquisitions, business development, and strategic negotiations. Those skills were later applied to her role at CGC Commercial.
Kathy has deep experience in partner marketing, promotions and entertainment marketing with a passion for film. As a co-owner of Intemark, a global partnership agency for nearly 25 years, she has worked on behalf of 20 Century Fox Studios, Searchlight Pictures, Disney, Lucasfilm, Peanuts Worldwide, AMC Network and FX Network to forge a wide range of winning marketing partnerships with other leading brands. Kathy is thrilled to be part of the Twin Cities Film Festival to help grow the organization and build connections to the community.
Executive Director – Twin Cities Film Fest
Being a recent recipient of the ’40 under 40′ Award from MSP Business Journal as well as being named as one of the ‘Real Power 50′ by MN Business Magazine, Jatin has been recognized by the professional community as a business leader and an innovator. With the Twin Cities Film Fest, Jatin seeks to bring the community together in a celebration of the arts it deserves. Jatin currently sits on the Discover St. Louis Park Board of Directors serving as the chair elect as well as being a board member of the Twin Cities Actor Expo and the Twin Cities Film Fest. Being part of the Minnesota film community, he longs to give the Twin Cities an organization that highlights film-making as art.
VP Production: Werc Werk Works
Mark Steele is the VP of Production at Werc Werk Works where he was Co-Producer on Lawrence Kasdan’s DARLING COMPANION, Jill Sprecher’s THIN ICE, Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Freidman’s HOWL, and Todd Solondz’s LIFE DURING WARTIME. Other producing credits include the recent documentaries THEO WHO LIVED, and SEMBENE!; Zachary Heinzerling’s Oscar-nominated CUTIE & THE BOXER, and Michael Sladek’s CON ARTIST. Mark is also an industry leading Post-Production Supervisor and has served as the technical and operations guru for various film festivals (e.g. Sundance, Tribeca, Telluride). Mark was a 2013 Trans-Atlantic Partners Producing Fellow and is a member of the Producers Guild of America.
Director, Retail Partnerships: Universal Studios
Andrea is a passionate and creative marketing professional. Andrea spent over 15 years at General Mills where she worked on brand promotions and entertainment partnerships, and now works at Universal Studios where she manages retail partnerships for consumer products and film properties such as Jurassic World and DreamWorks’ Trolls, among others. Andrea is thrilled to be part of the Twin Cities Film Festival to help bring more attention to film, the Twin Cities and our vibrant community overall.
Director | commercial banking: BMO Harris bank
co-founder: warbux sports
Waris Syed’s dynamic vision is curated by his own unique identity coupled with entrepreneurial perseverance as it combines the mediums of sports, lifestyle and entertainment marketing. As Director of Sports & Lifestyle Marketing and Co-Founder of Warbux Sports & Entertainment, Waris is responsible for marketing, partnerships and public relations. Waris is regarded as an innovative multi-cultural and lifestyle marketing specialist due to his unique industry- related insights and forward-looking vision, which is exemplified by his extensive marketing relationships with clients ranging from Adidas to Devialet.
Madeline Bickel (Consultant)
Eric Benedict (ADS Group / Studio 120)
Jim Burke (Producer)
Rachael Leigh Cook (Actor)
Hana Chughtai (MOD 22 / Mani Mela)
Chris Denton (The Good Fortune Group)
Melanie Full (Gallo Wine)
Michael Gibbons (OutSystems)
Tom Hoch (CONSULTANT)
Jared huizenga (State of MN)
Kevin Karel (Anheuser Busch)
Michael Landstad (CBRE)
Michelle Lawless (Media Minefield)
Marsha McManus (Principal Entertainment)
Jami Newstrom (Can Can Wonderland)
Shaun Nugent (Consultant)
Chad Olson (Nemer Fieger)
Cameron Potts (Deluxe Corporation)
Lea Thompson (Actor)
Steve Zahn (Actor)