CMM Speaks Schedule

We bring together passionate speakers from across the industry to give engaging presentations.  Each

speaker has a unique background, a passion for film and a mastery of the subject matter.

Keynote Address
Friday, October 11, 2019
@7:00 pm
Battaglia will share the secret to fulfilling purpose as a faith-based filmmaker.
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Joe Battaglia, Media Company President, Author 

Joe Battaglia is the founder and president of Renaissance Communications, a media company whose mission is to provide media platforms for gifted communicators of Biblical truth. Current clients include Prison Fellowship, Dr. Steve Brown and the Key Life Radio Network, Affirm Films/Sony Pictures Entertainment, Provident Films, PureFlix Entertainment, actress Shari Rigby, and Jeanne Nigro Ministries.

Renaissance has been involved in the promotion of successful hit movies to the faith-based marketplace, such as The Passion, The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe, The Polar Express, Facing the Giants, Fireproof, Courageous, Soul Surfer, Son of God, God’s Not Dead, Heaven Is For Real, When the Game Stands Tall, Left Behind, Do You Believe, War Room, Risen, Miracles from Heaven, The Star, and I Can Only Imagine.

Joe is the author of A New Suit for Lazarus, published by Thomas Nelson; The Politically Incorrect Jesus: Living Boldly in a Culture of UnbeliefThat’s My Dad! and Fathers Say, published by BroadStreet Publishing.

Nurturing Your God - Given Creative Nature
Saturday, October 12, 2019
@10:00 am
You were born creative.  You are divinely creative, but you must choose to exercise creativity.  Sometimes it’s difficult to unleash your creativity because your creative genius is stifled early in your life.  The great American Poet Maya Angelou once said, "By the time the creative people are ten or twelve, they want to be like everyone else."  This panel presentation will encourage you to live a lifetime of creativity.

Duda Penteado, Cultural Visionary

Duda Penteado is a fine artist, filmmaker, educator and cultural visionary, who lives between the United States and Brazil for more 20 years and works with: performance, video, installations, murals, sculptures, paintings and other visual practices.  In recent years Duda has devoted much of his work on important issues of: peace, globalization, diaspora, dual citizenship and other geopolitical and social phenomena of the twenty-first century.

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LaVonne McIver James, Film Fest Director, Podcast Host

LaVonne McIver James is the founder and  currently the executive director of the Churches Making Movies Christian Film Festival, the largest Christian film festival in New Jersey.

She is also the host of the Two Minutes to a Greater Creative You podcast that helps listeners live up to their creative potential and say "yes" to a future of imagination, inspiration, and innovation.


Sam Cintron, Fine Artist, Singer/Songwriter

Sam Cintron is a fine artist, interior and stage designer and owner of Cintron Vidal Design Group LLC, an interior design company that combines different artistic languages; architecture, design and artistic elements into the creative process. Singer-Songwriter

Sam is also musician, composer and prolific singer-songwriter born in the United States.

Sam has also shared the stage with Rita Springer, Martha Munizzi, Paul Baloche, Jeremy Camp, Danny Gokey and TobyMac.

Screenwriter's  Bootcamp
Saturday, October 12, 2019
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Let master screenwriter Sean Paul Murphy help you unlock your inner screenwriter in this one day of intensive training  where he shows you how to turn your script dreams into reality. 

Sean Paul Murphy, Master Screenwriter

Sean Paul Murphy, a prolific screenwriter and one of the best screenwriting minds in the country, opens the vault to his screenwriting success. Learn how he has turned his dream of writing screenplays into a career that has produced 16 writing credits including top-selling Christian movies, Sarah's Choice, Holy Man Undercover released by EMI, Marriage Retreat, The Encounter, and Revelation Road. 

Murphy is also creator and co-writer of the television feature series pilot Brother White, starring Emmy-winner Jackee Harry ("Sister, Sister,") and Reginald Vel Johnson, ("Family Matters,") on the GMC cable network. It was the third highest premiere event in the history of the network. The Philadelphia Tribune called it "an engaging film with captivating performances.  In addition, his  first book, "The Promise, or the Pros and Cons of Talking with God," was released by Touchpoint Press

in 2014.

Discover what you need to know to develop your God Idea into a professional screenplay from a seasoned veteran in the business. Join Sean Paul, a working screenwriter, for one day of intensive training  as he shows you how to unlock your inner screenwriter and turn your script dreams into reality.  If you are not a screenwriting semifinalist or finalist in the CMM Screenplay Contest, please call  518-530-1413,  if you are interested in attending this bootcamp. 

The Making of Trinity's Triumph: A 25 -Year Journey
Saturday, October 12, 2019
@1:00 pm
Faith, perseverance, and divine assistance kept Father Stephen Fichter for over 25 years as he sought to make Trinity's Triumph about the adventures of three young men on their journey to the priesthood. The film is scheduled to be released in 2020.  Father Fichter, co-writer Kathe Carson, and producer Thomas Hanna Jr. will share their inspirational  journey during this presentation.   
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Reverend Stephen Joseph Fichter, Ph.D, Visionary, Trinity's Triumph

Reverend Stephen Joseph Fichter, Ph.D.  is the co-author, along with Kathe Carson, of the feature film Trinity’s Triumph, to be released early in 2020. Father Stephen and Kathe are also the co-creators of the Peacequest App, which is a 3D animated immersive experience designed to transport the user to a destination, where they can become part of a more “you are there” spiritual environment.

Father Stephen is a research associate specializing in clergy studies at the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University. In coordination with the National Organization for Continuing Education for Roman Catholic Clergy (NOCERCC), he has worked on many Cultivating Unity projects for dioceses throughout the United States. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Systematic Theology at Seton Hall University.

Father Stephen obtained a Ph.L. and an S.T.B. from the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum in Rome, an M.S.W. from Fordham University's Graduate School of Social Service, and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Sociology from Rutgers University.


Kathe Carson, Director of Communications, Co-Creator, Trinity's Triumph

Kathe Carson is the Director of Communications at Saint Elizabeth Parish in Wyckoff, New Jersey where she promotes many programs and events at this very successful parish of over 3,300 families. Prior to her work at Saint Elizabeth’s, she was president of Kathe Carson Incorporated, a company dedicated to producing high-quality videos and commercials for corporations and non-profit organizations. Kathe was also Vice President and Director of Broadcast Production for Venet Advertising, where she was responsible for all radio and television production in New York and New Jersey. Kathe received her early production training at Grey Advertising.

After graduating from Marymount College with a Bachelor of Fine Arts,

Kathe earned two masters degrees - one a Master of Communication Arts

from William Paterson University and the other an MBA in Marketing from Rutgers.

Kathe is the co-creator, along with Fr. Stephen Fichter, of the feature film Trinity’s Triumph, to be released early in 2020.


Thomas, an attorney in New York, has a general practice with a focus on litigation and entertainment, real estate, and contract law.

Thomas has produced award-winning independent feature films: BuzzKill (Indican 2012), with Darrell Hammond and Krysten Ritter, winner, Best Feature Film at the 2008 New Jersey Film Festival at Cape May and Best Feature Comedy and Best Director at the 2009 Big Easy Film Festival; A Novel Romance (Entertainment One/New Films International 2012), with Steve Guttenberg and Shannon Elizabeth; and Swing Away (2015) with Shannon Elizabeth and John O’Hurley. Most recently, he produced Trinity’s Triumph (2019), with Joe Morton.

TThomas was the producer of the innovative Shooting Gallery Film Series for Shooting Gallery Entertainment, where he oversaw all aspects of the series.

Currently, Thomas is the co-founder of the celebrated SOMA Film Festival and has several feature films and television programs in development.

Thomas H. Hanna Jr., Attorney/Producer,

Trinity's Triumph

Creative Challenges Directing the Low Budget Film
Sunday, October 13, 2019
@1:30 pm
In this informative seminar, directors discuss how they overcame obstacles to get their films completed.
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Brian Finn, Director 

Resilience and the Lost Gems

Brian Finn has made film making his life as Stunt Coordinator, Director, Producer and
Production Designer. He started the company Line 204 that currently has 12 stages right in the center of Hollywood as well as supplies everything from simple directors chairs to complete grip and lighting packages to projects all over the world.
His first job on the Michael Jackson video as a production assistant where he did everything from art department to special FX to personal assistant to the director John Landis, He was completely hooked. He has worked with so many talented people such as the following Directors to name a few.:
Albert Brooks “ESPN Commercials”
Andrew Stanton “John Carter”
Brian Singer “Usual Suspects”
Jason Alexander “Online” Video of the Year  John Landis “Michael Jacksons “Black and White”
John Woo “Face Off”
MCG “Charlies Angels” Michael Soloman “Toby Keith” Video of the Year, Ridley Scott “GI Jane”
Steven Spielberg “Indiana Jones the Last Crusade,

Director Statement

My goal is to make action based projects that will have a strong but subtle message that a strong family unit will give a great chance for success.

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Anthony Hackett, Director


Anthony Hackett is the Founder and President of Sonset Friday Entertainment,  a multi award-winning, faith-based entertainment company that produces Christian entertainment with the intent to share the gospel, and help people to enjoy God again! Hackett is an award winning, actor/ filmmaker/ speaker.  His call in life is to help people enjoy God through the use of entertainment and public speaking.SONset Friday Entertainment is
In  2014, he directed his first full length feature film entitled, CRISIS CALL (formally CATASTASIS).  CRISIS CALL went on to gain national attention during our film festival run and was blessed to receive multiple festival selections, nominations and wins.  The next year (2015) he directed his  second full length feature film entitled, LOVE DIFFERENT, which also went on to garner national attention being one of the first films of it's kind to effectively and comedically address race related issues within the faith-based film making world.  LOVE DIFFERENT has been featured in multiple national media outlets, included a featured interview on Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN).


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Born and raised in sunny Ft. Lauderdale, Fl. Derrick developed his passion for film making as he began his career working as a store manager for Blockbuster Inc. Derrick became inspired by the sneak previews, behind the scene footage from movie trailers and blockbuster hits. Derrick has always been enamored by the entertainment industry as he pursued a singing career during his adolescence into adulthood. Derrick has no formal training in filming. He started practicing his cinematography by developing his YouTube reality web series called "Chefn in Atlanta". Although, most of the series was shot on an iPhone, he proved to himself that you could use anything with a lens to film, combined with technique and creativity. Derrick continued his film training as a videographer at his home church in Atlanta, Ga., along with producing videos for weddings and other events. His aspirations of shooting his first film became a reality when he met writer and producer Kyria Williams who produced her own stage plays in St. Louis. Derrick introduced the idea of changing Kyria's stage play "The Wake Up Call" into a screen play, thus giving him an opportunity to test his cinematography and his directorial debut.

Derrick Mullen, Director

The Wake Up Call