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The TFI Team

Mark A. Keuthan, PH.D.

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.

Tad Newberry MA

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.

Chey Sanders, MA

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. 

Tom Allen

TOM ALLEN co-founded and co-directs Allied’s Faith & Family division. He is an award-winning filmmaker ("Champions of Faith"), bestselling author ("A Guide to The Passion"), and industry leader in Faith & Family promotion through churches, dioceses, nonprofit associations, educational and organizations.

Tom has co-founded and managed American Family Media, and financing for "The Passion of The Christ". His highly specialized market and marketing focus have made Tom a true innovator in the field of faith-based film marketing.

 

 

Stephen C. Lewis

Stephen understood at a young age that he was blessed with a gift to be an artist. He booked his first film, a FOX production, at 9 years old 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 for the first time, and after 2 seasons, were picked up by ABC. This led to a NAACP/PBS/AFI Silverdocs Award. From there, Stephen’s reputation began to take shape, booking roles in HBO’s Treme, TNT’s Memphis Beat, and films including The Butler Remember Sunday, The Power of Few, and his first leading role in the redemptive film, Measure of Faith. This role struck a chord with Stephen. God spoke and he listened. He took a stand, and from that point has refused any roles which compromise his faith. He has never looked back and he’s never been happier.

 

Kesha Bullard Lewis

Kesha was first introduced to acting in Decatur, GA as a child in school plays. Her professional career, however, began after entering the Louisiana State University (LSU) MFA program where she had her first lead role as Juliette in I Have Before Me a Remarkable Document Given To Me By a Young Lady From Rwanda. This life-changing role helped her realize the gift God gave her to inspire and change lives through the art of storytelling. Alongside her actor training, she taught acting in the undergraduate theater program at LSU. After earning her MFA, she moved to Los Angeles and jumped right into the professional acting scene including film, television, voice-overs, & commercials, where she has been blessed to work with a number of talented artists. 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). She can also be seen in commercials such as BlueCross/BlueShield & Oschner Hospital. Since coming back down south, Kesha’s time has also been committed to teaching theater through non-profit arts programs in New Orleans. 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”.  

 

  Richard J. Polite - Partner

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.