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TRANSFORMATION FILM INSTITUTE

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Doctor of Philosophy, Communication Studies, areas of concentration: Theology, Theory, History, Critical Studies in Literature, Film, and Television, Script and Screenwriting; Experience as both classroom and on-line university instructor at Regent University.

Experienced researcher and published writer in Communication Critical Studies, seasoned and dynamic communicator with teaching, logistic, production and writing abilities. Award Winning script and screenwriter, story consultant, actor, director.

 

Kesha was first introduced to acting in Decatur, GA as a child and after earning her MFA from LSU, she moved to Los Angeles and jumped right into the professional acting scene where her credits include Django Unchained, Hours, FX’s American Horror Story – Coven, 3 seasons on HBO’s Treme, Roots, WGNA’s Underground, Free State of Jones and Southern Rep theater’s production of The Breach (world premiere).

Her goal is to help young artists realize and reach their potential. When asked her God-given purpose, she says simply, “As light has been given to me, so shall I give it to others”.  

Stephen at 9 and at 12, performed as a solo boy Soprano for the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. Later, while studying Film and Theater at the University of New Orleans, he partnered with five classmates to create 2-cent TV, where he took on producing, writing, hosting, and directing and the show was picked up by ABC. 

This led to an NAACP/PBS/AFI Silverdocs Award.  Stephen’s reputation began to take shape, booking roles in HBO’s Treme, TNT’s Memphis Beat, The Butler,  Remember Sunday,  and The Power of Few. A Measure of Faith Stephen's first leading role in a redemptive film struck a chord with Stephen and from that point on he has refused any roles which compromise his faith. 

Chey Sanders has been teaching, directing, coaching, writing and producing for over 30 years. She served as the Education Director at Creative Arts Theater & School as Head Acting Consultant.

Her undergraduate degree is a BA in Secondary Education Drama/Theater from the University of Hawaii. She has two masters, one in Communication Radio, TV, Film and an MA in Marriage/Family Counseling, both from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Chey loves teaching people of all ages and is passionate about her faith. 

 

Mr. Newberry is a 25-year veteran in film production, communications, and the visual arts. Multi-Telly Award winner, he has made a niche for himself working in reality television, and he has also done commercials, music videos, and short films.

As head joke writer, director, and editor for several long-running cable sports television shows, his work has aired on the Bravo Network, NBC Sports Outdoors, Destination America, and others.

His education includes a B.A in Business Admin. and an M.A. in Communications.

Leann Barna holds an M.A. in Cinema and Television/Script and Screenwriting and an M.A. in Biblical Studies from Regent University.

She has worked as a story analyst for studios, production companies and screenwriting competitions, including Disney, Mar Vista Entertainment, BlueCat Screenplay Competition, Goldcrest Films, and Eclectic Pictures. She has extensive experience in all aspects of film festival production, including judging/programming for the DTLA Film Festival, NYC Independent Film Festival and the Artemis Women in Action Film Festival.

 

Richard made his broadcasting mark by winning five television Ace Awards for a signature network music series. Richard then segued from production to management, while pursuing his Master’s in Film at Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA. At CBN Network Richard produced for some of their highest rated programs, shows such as the Emmy-award winning Scarecrow and Mrs. King and Remington Steele.

Richard and his work have been profiled on the Family Channel, The BET Network, Bravo, and MTV. Richard Polite comes to us with over 30 years of both corporate and creative television and film experience. 

Richard Polite is the Managing Director of TFI responsible for the day to day operations of the institute.