This Christmas, I wanted to especially thank our FILMMAKERS ROUNDTABLE for the incredible staff they have become. We are celebrating another amazing year ending 2017 with the best year ever. This happens because we have an amazing group of unselfish and hard working professionals.
Stephanie has been with our organization for coming up on ten years. She has been a huge part of the success of the Table because of her dedication. When you find people who really work hard, believe in the process and understand the benefit to authors, you have a treasure. I believe Stephanie's paralegal background, her attention to detail with authors and her leadership has moved us to the highest level. We wanted to honor her and thank her as our first Vice President of Author Relations leading our team in many areas. She has been the most productive of our entire staff and we applaud Stephanie's hard work.
Mark has just celebrated his first year and has brought three publishers to the Table in strategic partnering. His fifteen years publishing experience connects with some of the largest publishers in the world. We are so thankful for him and Melissa, whom our family has known for forty years and believe in the future being brighter than ever before. He is our Vice President of Development and if you are a publisher and don't know how valuable it is to have an asset like Mark, just contact us today how you can begin this new strategic partnership.
In the final quarter of 2017, Jessica came from one publisher as an executive on staff with our Table as the Marketing Director. She is our newest member and what an amazing marketing professional she has become. By joining strategic screenwriting groups, understanding author relations and connection with writing teams everywhere, Jessica has a "can do" spirit that is contagious in our group and we feel so honored she is with us.
Josh leads our FILMMAKERS ROUNDTABLE SHOW on YOUTUBE and plays a vital role in our film communication to the world. Having a degree from MTSU in film and also a background in "story", Josh has and will continue to play a vital role in our future! Josh brings a fresh approach to the Table with his dedication and perseverence. I believe his roots are part of the creative genius he shares, along with his knowledge of the industry.
Rebecca has continued to be our social media coordinator and worked behind the scenes to "share our story" with the world. Becca recevied her Masters a couple years ago from the University of London Richmond in the Visual Arts and we feel incredibly thankful she is one of our most insightful "Table" participants in understanding the strengths and weaknesses of how we communicate via Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, SnapChat and so much more. As one of our support team members, we are thankful for her.
Truly, being a part of this growing team is an honor. Serving every day with people who are bringing their skills is one of the best ways to continue to improve in a highly competitive field. When we got 114 WGA screenplays sent to us after our last feature film, we knew it was time to provide a "trusted source" in reviewing and providing invaluable adjudication, review and reports to content creators and people inside and outside the industry.
Our film team ROUNDTABLE is anonymous, which protects the privacy of highly successful WGA and non WGA screenwriters. They have won a list of prominent writing awards and they care deeply about the future of story in motion pictures worldwide. It is among the highest of integrity and best practices this TABLE is here for you, the content creators of the world. So I want to close by saying THANK YOU to the multi talented TABLE TEAM who represent the "family of man", are from every race and many religions, backgrounds and belief systems. Thank you for always giving your best.
Because of this entire team, this year we are seeking to find publishers of faith we can be equally yoked with to serve. We are honored to serve with publishers who desire to help authors in their journey along the way.
Because of the quality of this team, we launched a Bible publishing arm which we will talk about more in 2018 and we are doing everything we can to help grow publishing and the "best practices" in an industry which has seen a lot of problems. This does not happen without competent, trained, educated and hard working men and women who love helping others, for the right reasons.
We rally around a common principal entitled, THE GOLDEN RULE. We review films we believe have unique stories and will stand the test of time because of the quality of craftsmanship. Thank you FILMMAKERS ROUNDTABLE and most of all, for being our "family". Thank you for overcoming the struggles, for standing up against wrongdoing and for being a leader in helping others with truth. We salute you all.
Happy New Year 2018,
One of the most wonderful opportunities we have at the Filmmaker's Roundtable is when we get to connect with authors who have a story they believe can change the world. So many great books are being written and the visual language of film should be an integral part of their future. Personal biographies are always exciting when you see how powerful truth goes beyond imagination into a new realm.
Tom and Rene' Stewart have both been victims of abuse and to a large degree, they have been treated tragically in their past and much worse than the average person. When you meet them now, you find people who have gone through so much, to turn tragedy into triumph and they are now focusing on helping others.
This past month, Tom flew to Detroit to be with our team as we shared one of our movies honoring American Veterans and what a wonderful experience it was. Tom's story is unique in that it is all true and this became part of a worldwide legal case which got international attention when he and his brother illuminated truths about a national organization who desperately needed to improve the qualifications in the role of helping supervise children. When you take a stand, this requires real courage.
As a victim, who understands other people who have lived through tragedy on so many counts, I am always moved by stands of courage. In October 2017 the author and his wife who had tried to capture their story in a book, came to us with a dream. We believe this is a perfect venue to help share this story to the world.
The couple was in between publishers and yet, still had a dream to create a new work, a new visual documentation of where they were going. A special thank you to all the great self publishing arms in the industry who are doing a great job of encouraging these authors.
It didn't take long for us to realize this was a "Christmas gift" in a new fashion. You see they desire to start a worldwide organization with a big vision, to help those in need. They started a new website we helped them with, it's entitled secretknots.net and if you want to see how something can be birthed in a short order, established to help others, you have to check the site out today!
Authors who realize their role in helping find investors, securing the seed capital needed and are willing to role up their sleeves like Tom and Rene', should be applauded. Not only are these wonderful people, they have a mission and a purpose in everything they are doing.
Another side to the Stewart family, is their gentle approach in helping people who have gone through PTSD and other tragic forms of emotional challenges. Today, they are looking to network with some of the finest counselors in the world and beginning a new portal for people in trouble. This is the kind of "vision thinking" which really inspires us at the Roundtable.
To summarize, never think of your story "inside the box", but think outside the realms of traditional thinking and you will be amazed at what can truly happen to change people and their lives for the better!
Merry Christmas Friend,
Love you all!
Dr. K is also called "Coach KMAC" and is a veteran filmmaker, speaker and author and coach who's been coaching hoops in the NCAA for 21 years with Mercer University Bob Hoffman Men's Basketball coach. His unique FILM COACH style is how this blog rolls.
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