BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  • Kourtenaye Monroe

    Kourtenaye Monroe

    Director of Students Outreach

    Kourtenaye Monroe is a Singer, Actor, and Film Production Assistant. She graduated the Las Vegas Academy of Performing Arts

    High-School, attended University of Nevada Las Vegas on the Millennium Scholarship as well as a Vocal Scholarship, and completed her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts Degree attending Boston University on a full Theatre Arts Performance Scholarship.

    Originally from Las Vegas, Nevada, Kourtenaye is pleased to support Nevada Veterans & Caretakers, having sung the National Anthem for the UNLV Veteran Students Commencement Ceremony Spring 2018, and for the kickoff event to ‘Operation Battle Born’ Nevada Veterans Memorial Walk 2018. She is excited by her work as Production Assistant on major Films, Televisions Shows and Award Screenings based in Las Vegas and proud to assist multiple Film Festivals, Arts & Culture Events and Media promoting human connection & life-enriching experiences.

  • Tamara McClure

    Tamara McClure

    Executive Film Festival Director

    Tamara McClure originally hails from Oklahoma City and currently lives in Huntington Beach, California. She graduated from Oklahoma City University with a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications. Tamara’s passion lies in a fantasy world as she is a writer and actress besides being the editor of No Strings Attached-ENews.

    One of Tamara’s favorite quotes is one from her own mind: “There is no greater feeling than that of being moved.”

    Tamara is “Married with Two Cats.”


    Film, to me, is one of the greatest forms of self-expression. Thoughts, feelings, and actions collide into an explosion of emotion and the viewer is left with an experience; good or bad, it doesn’t matter. You were transported from your daily life, if only for a moment.

    Filmmakers have these wonderful imaginations and ability to share part of themselves with the world, and I think that needs to be supported. Everyone from the crew to the actors have bought into this vision, dug deep within themselves to create and impart a cathartic experience to others.

    I am thrilled to be able to provide a medium for which these storytellers are able to showcase their work with not only the viewing public, but also their colleagues in the entertainment industry, as well as have an opportunity for a distribution deal.

    – Tamara


     

  • Brian Shirley

    Brian Shirley

    Executive Film Festival Producer

    Brian T Shirley has toured the USA, Canada, The Bahamas and Japan for 25 years as a Stand-Up Comedian. He’s created 3 Web TV series Behind the Scenes at Kinetic HiFi, BTS on the Road (Still active) and Bengleton Socks (still active). Brian has also hosted or cohosted 3 radio shows and a still active radio segment “BTS Entertainment Corner”. He’s also acted and did VO work for several Indie movies and WEB Series.

    Brian also served in the USAF as a B1-B Avionics Electronics Technician. He’s proud to have served and, as a matter of fact, has material in his show about the military. Brian was honored to perform for the Marines stationed at Fuji and Okinawa, Japan. He continues to perform for Military Installations and Veterans events all across the USA as well.


    I’m committed to helping film makers get their project more exposure, that’s why I believe this Festival in an important event! I especially identify with independent artists because I am one.

    – Brian


    Website: www.briantshirley.com

  • Vanessa Hundley

    Vanessa Hundley

    Producer and Film Festival Consultant

    Vanessa Hundley, aka DJ Audioprism, started her career at Bellbottoms, a legendary Buckhead retro club that brought the best dance hits of the disco era to the nineties to an enthusiastic following. She then jumped into the scene full time at American Pie, a legendary party bar known for it’s variety of music genres spanning the 50’s to current along with signature novelty tunes. From there she continued her journey to entertain crowds at notable venues across Atanta including Runaround Sue’s, Olive’s Waterside, East Andrews and numerous others. She currently presides over two popular karaoke nights weekly at G’s Midtown and appears at high profile dances, sports gatherings, special club bookings, and corporate and fundraising events across Atlanta and beyond. She has also expanded into Web television with The Audioprism Show, featured on the No Strings Attached E-News website, YouTube and American Hearts Radio.


     

    I have been involved in the arts all my life, and see many wonderful things come from collaborations among industries. This film festival has already brought together a wide spectrum of creativity, I can’t wait to see what the filmmakers themselves have to present! ”

    – Vanessa


    Website: www.audioprisment.com

  • Thomas Paris

    Thomas Paris

    Director of Operations

    Born in Los Angeles, California, Thomas Paris is an accomplished actor and stand-up comic. The son of a stay at home Mom and an Army doctor, he loved aircraft and went to work for Boeing.  One fateful day, he saw an ad for a comedy workshop by Second City in St. Louis.  Taking a chance, he attended the workshop and soon became hooked on the stage.  He appeared in a commercial for Smithfield Ham with Paula Deen.  Appearing in multiple movies and stage productions as the principal actor, he continues to perfect his craft. Work lead him to Savannah, where he founded the Savannah Comedy Revue at the Bay Street Theatre in 2009.  The Savannah Comedy Revue hosts a variety of  comedians from across the nation and provides entertainment at corporate events and fundraisers.

    Website: www.savannahcomedyrevue.com

  • Beatrice Davis

    Beatrice Davis

    Director of Special Events Planning and Creative Consultant

    A former tour & road manager for many celebrities, Beatrice Davis, decided 15 years ago it was time to close the suitcase for good in order to enter the world of entertainment  & business consulting. In 2001, a new business child was born to bring some new attention and head-waves to the ever-evolving business world.

    Sassy B Worldwide Productions, Inc. was established so she could bring her expertise of worldwide red carpets, celebrity events, concert touring, branding, image, business and life style consulting to a high-profile clientele.

    The name, Sassy B, reflects her personality and was given to her while on the road. Her clientele reaches across the worlds of sports, movies & film, politics, fashion & beauty, corporate and speakers. Go ahead visit her website, and discover all the secrets she may hold in the world of entertainment & business luxury.

    Sassy B Worldwide Productions is not just a consulting company; Sassy B is a company that cares deeply about clients.

    Her motto states, “Your Success is our Success.”

  • Carla Arroyo

    Carla Arroyo

    Creative Producer and Producer of Digital Content

    Carla Arroyo, lives in the Philippines, loves to read and write about anything. She writes short stories online and dreams of publishing a book someday. She is also into graphic design and website development. She loves learning and exploring new things. And she loves her family more than anything.

    Words she lives by:

    “You can never undo things that you’ve done or expect to happen all the things that you’ve planned for the future. But you can always make the best out of everything you have right now. So don’t be a fool dreamer or a sucker of the past. Just live every day you live. Let go and get going.”

  • Ordaz Jeter

    Ordaz Jeter

    Executive Webmaster and Producer of Digital Content

    Ordaz Jeter finds interest in all things dealing with technology and the online community.  He has many years of experience in K-12 and higher education as an instructional technologist and instructor.  He is currently the owner of the Virginia Computer Institute, Inc., a technology based company that provides technology implementation services, customized training and aerial drone videography services.  He is a proud member of the NSAEN team and is responsible for the overall IT mission, vision, and strategy.

    He believes in the incredible power of positive thinking and he is firmly committed to making a positive impact throughout the world.

  • Janice Hermsen

    Janice Hermsen

    Media Director

    Janice Hermsen is the co-founder and managing partner for LeRue Press, a publisher, printer and a professional business center located in Reno, NV. She is also the editor of What’s the Story?™

    Janice has been writing since she was 13, primarily poetry in the early years and then technical writing in her job. She worked in finance for years in accounting, then as a financial advisor and mortgage broker building a strong foundation to eventually open her own family publishing company. Hermsen writes for nostringsattached.com, was a Featured Contributor in the finance section on yahoo.com and hosts two radio shows Book Hound™ and What’s the Story?™ that air in northern Nevada. With the help of the internet, she has followers from around the world.

    She lives in Reno, Nevada with her husband (and tons of family in the area). If you ask her what her favorite thing is? She’ll answer, “Being independent in what we do and making a difference for the many people looking for a way to express themselves.”

    Preferred public contact e-mail: janice@lrpnv.com

  • Vincent Esterhazy

    Vincent Esterhazy

    Musical Director

    Vincent Esterhazy is a singer/songwriter with some experience in stage acting and musical. Music has been Vincent’s calling already from a rather early age, but that didn’t materialize in true form until he was accepted to the “Popakademie Baden-Württemberg” in Mannheim/Germany the leading “University for Popular Music” in Continental Europe, to study for his Bachelor degree in “Pop-music Design”.

    Before that, Vincent completed a two-year musical school, a public-private initiative “International Munich Art Lab (IMAL)” that resulted in an original piece of creativity: “Grauzonentango” first airing in the summer of 2015 and containing his first published song in German.

    Leading up to IMAL, Vincent sampled various bits of coursework at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich, dep. of North America Studies, and the Globe Business College Munich, leaving him with a slight confidence in basic marketing principles and expanding his knowledge in history and literature, all necessary ingredients for his present profession.

    In the fall of 2017, Vincent was awarded a scholarship from the State of Baden-Württemberg and was invited to attend an academic exchange program for two terms at Columbia College Chicago. This was a time for expanding his horizon immensely, learning from more walks of life and multiple cultures. Gospel singing was one of the highlights, but he felt even most strongly about his private sessions with the renowned and famous Jazz musician “Ms. B” (Bobbi Wilsyn). A truly challenging and rewarding experience, making friendships for life.

    Beyond his professional skills, starting from the design and composition of a song, to the production, mixing and mastering of an entire album, including storylines for the creation of music videos, Vincent has a strong empathy for the disadvantaged and forgotten people, perhaps because he himself had to overcome some very challenging times in his own life. He has volunteered on various humanitarian and spiritual projects around Europe, with the disabled and homeless. Vincent is very close to his family and dear friends from an early age. He enjoys coming home and sharing the creativity of his own songs, while playing the piano and singing in his unique voice.

    Vincent comes from a multi-national family and speaks German and English both fluently. He writes, composes and sings in English.

    Current projects, Vincent is working on Mannheim, Germany, working on his EP, project title: “Mocud – The Tower of Ivory” …

    Vincent@esterhazy.biz