October 16 – A Gathering of San Pedro’s Creative Tribe
Panel Discussion at the San Pedro International Film Festival
3p at The Space
Please join our panel of professionals from film, technology, industrial design, music, theater, education, and art for a town-hall conversation on how we can both cultivate our town’s youth — and attract innovative professionals to San Pedro, with the goal of developing our downtown into one of the great creative corridors of Los Angeles. All current and future leaders, innovators, and big thinkers are encouraged to attend.
Jack Baric, Film and TV Director/Producer (Panel Moderator)
Jack Baric is an Emmy Award winning filmmaker who has made numerous documentary films. Prior to filmmaking, he spent 15 years in magazine publishing, during which time he launched San Pedro Magazine. Baric won his Emmy for Bloody Thursday, a documentary that chronicles how West Coast dockworkers overcame huge obstacles to win their union during the Great Depression. Baric also made A City Divided, a documentary about the history of the USC vs. UCLA football rivalry. The film launched Rivals United for a Kure, an annual philanthropic campaign, which has netted $1.5 million for the cancer hospitals at both universities.
Matt Misetich, General Manager/Director of Development, Script Pipeline
Matt Joseph Misetich has worked in the film and television industry for over 14 years, the majority of which spent with writer discovery platform Script Pipeline. In that time, he’s helped launch the careers of Evan Daugherty (Tomb Raider, Snow White and the Huntsman), Tripper Clancy (Stuber), and numerous other writers developing projects with studios and networks. As of 2016, Script Pipeline reviews more unproduced screenplays and TV pilots than any other company, giving Matt a ground-floor view on up-and-coming talent worldwide.
Joshua Stecker, Publisher San Pedro Today/Co-director Modjeska Playhouse
Joshua Stecker is a writer, journalist, actor and theatre producer based in Los Angeles. He’s the publisher/editor-in-chief of San Pedro Today and Torrance Today magazines, the co-artistic director of Modjeska Playhouse theatre company in Lake Forest, and senior writer for Script Magazine (www.scriptmag.com) covering the film festival circuit. Stecker is a former editor at The Hollywood Reporter and was host of The Script Reporter podcast, produced by Kevin Spacey and Dana Brunetti’s Trigger Street Productions. He splits his time between Los Angeles and New York City.
Leo Rossi, Entertainment Executive/Entrepreneur
San Pedro native, Leo Rossi has been producing music tours for over 42 years. His worldwide tours have included legendary acts such as Fleetwood Mac, Billy Idol, Neil Young, Diana Ross, and the Beach Boys. From 2012 to 2016, Rossi has served as associate producer for the music TV show, Soundstage, which airs on PBS. In addition, Rossi provided visionary leadership for Orphanage Entertainment Group, a start-up entertainment company, offering artists’ ownership of their own products that are distributed via Universal Music Group. Rossi is also the co-founder and president of a company credited with creating the world’s first digital, surround-sound studio for music.
Todd Congelliere, Owner, Recess Records
Todd Congelliere’s music career perfectly illustrates the do-it-yourself ethos of punk rock. Congelliere used money he earned as a pro skateboarder to put out a record that he made on a 4-track in his bedroom “playing a shitty guitar and a Toys “R” Us drum machine.” He released the record in 1990 on a label he made up, Recess Records, and twenty-six years later the label is still alive and kicking and serves as the anchor for the local punk community. The core of Recess has included bands that Congelliere played in, first F.Y.P. and later Toys That Kill, which is still active. Congelliere’s bands have toured many times across America, Europe and Japan.
Patrick Muldoon, Actor/Producer
Born and raised in San Pedro, Patrick Muldoon has an extensive resume as a working actor in Hollywood. Muldoon’s first big shows included prominent roles on the popular teen TV series, Saved by the Bell the daytime soap, Days of our Lives, and the primetime hit, Melrose Place. He was the only actor ever to have an exclusive development deal with Spelling Entertainment based on his daytime popularity. Muldoon has also starred in various films, such as Black Cat Run, Ice Spiders, and Starship Troopers, and continues to star in numerous TV movies. In addition, Muldoon has produced numerous films, including Tribes of Palos Verdes and Badge of Honor. He is the lead singer and guitarist in the rock band, The Sleeping Masses.
Ann Lee Carpenter, CEO, Braid Theory, a tech entrepreneur incubator
Ann Carpenter is a strategic and market-focused leader dedicated to building the tech entrepreneurial community in Southern California. She is a deep and innovative thinker and visual communicator, “bilingual” in tech and design. Carpenter brings more than thirty years experience in strategic planning, marketing, business development, and community outreach in the corporate world, with nonprofit organizations, and as an entrepreneur. She has served as an advisor, coach, and mentor to countless tech startups.
Steve Fuchs, Design Professor, Orange Coast College
Steve Fuchs is a multidisciplinary designer, tenured professor, and surfing vagabond. He earned a Master of Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc, 2006) and is currently engaged in a Doctor of Computer Science. His research focuses on how emerging media and digital augmentation affects project-based learning and design process. Steve’s recent career highlights: Featured Artist in MANA: The Film (2014); Graduate Faculty at Harrington College of Design (2010-2012); Senior Project Consultant with famed architect Frank Gehry (2007-2010); Design Life Now: Cooper-Hewitt Triennial (2007); and a constantly growing list of global travel destinations. Connect with him at stevefuchs.com
Linda Grimes, Managing Director, San Pedro Waterfront Arts District
Linda Grimes is currently the Managing Director of the San Pedro Waterfront Arts District (the group bringing more public art to Pedro) and maintains a marketing consulting firm, Eighteenth Street Marketing. In previous incarnations, Linda worked for AT&T in international sales and marketing. Since moving to California, she has been the Executive Director/Board President for the Golden State Pops. Highlights of her client list include; the Grand Vision Foundation, the Port of Los Angeles High School, Pacific Energy Partners, the Community Redevelopment Agency and the San Pedro Chamber of Commerce. Board service spans; the San Pedro Chamber of Commerce, Angels Gate Cultural Center, Toberman Neighborhood Center and Friendly House.
Mike Lansing, Exec. Director Boys & Girls Club LA Harbor
Mike Lansing became executive director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Los Angeles Harbor in 1995, which now operates fourteen program sites in San Pedro and Wilmington. During Lansing’s tenure, he developed the nationally recognized College Bound program. In 2015, he was chosen to serve on the “Higher Education Task Force” for Boys & Girls Clubs of America. In addition to the Clubs, Lansing founded the San Pedro Youth Coalition (1988) and in 1999 he was elected to the Board of Education of LAUSD. He was re-elected to the LAUSD Board of Education in 2003 and retired in 2007.