About Us

Our History

Originally created as an ad hoc committee under the name, West Michigan Film Initiative Task Force, this group was tasked with undergirding the West Michigan Film Office. However, a more pressing need arose in when Governor Snyder called into question our state’s generous incentives program.

With political pressures negatively impacting our thriving industry, we began to meet with legislators in Lansing to educate them on our industry and the important part it can play in our state’s future. In doing so, we quickly realized that formalizing our organization under a 501(c)(4) designation would give our group the ability to better promote film and digital media as a viable and growing industry in West Michigan.

As such, we’ve since helped generate legislative support for a new Incentives Program that was passed and signed into law. This new program operates under a yearly, appropriated budget.

Board of Directors

President: Joseph Scott Anthony – SAG Actor & Producer
Vice President: Stephen Afendoulis – Attorney, Varnum Law
Secretary: Tamaryn Tobian – Owner, Spectacle Creative Media
Treasurer: Keri Lowe – President, Compass College of Cinematic Arts

Derk Baartman – Director of Production, DoMoreGood | Hannon McKendry Company
David Baker – Instructor/Program Coordinator, Digital Animation & Game Design, Ferris State University
John Grooters – President, Grooters Productions / Ferocious Films
Rick Hert – Film Commissioner, West Michigan Film Office
John Hyatt – President, John S. Hyatt Associates
David Lowing – President, Lowing Light and Grip
Elizabeth Merriman – Alumni Relations Specialist and in-house Producer, Compass College of Cinematic Arts
Les Raebel – Career Services Specialist, Compass College of Cinematic Arts
Dick Rolfe – Co-founder & CEO, The Dove Foundation
Bob Schellenberg – Partner, Schellenberg and Evers, CPAs

Board of Advisors

Jax Baker – Production Coordinator and Independent Producer
Attila Bokor – Co-founder, Michigan Film Reel
Harold Cronk – Founding Partner, 10 West Studios
Brad Bower
– Director of Operations, S2 Games, LLC
Bob Goodrich – President, Goodrich Quality Theaters
Dr. Deb Havens  – Co-founder/CEO Film Friendly Michigan & Founding Chair, West Michigan Film Video Alliance
Matt Horn – President, Samba Productions
Shelley Irwin – WGVU Morning Show Host/Producer
Paul La Vigne – Founder/President, DVS
Dan Lemieux – President, Superior Stunts Tom Lowe – Author, Consultant
Tom Lowe – Author, consultant
Kim Roberts – Associate Professor, Department of Communications, Grand Valley State University
Kristen Taylor – Development Officer, Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts (UICA)
Teresa Thome – Co-founder/Managing Partner, Fubble Entertainment
Skot Welch – Principal, Innovation Strategist and Facilitator, Global Bridgebuilders