Act One, Inc., exists to create a community of Christian professionals for the entertainment industry who are committed to artistry, professionalism, meaning, and prayer, so that through their lives and work they may be witnesses of Christ and the Truth to their fellow artists and to the global culture.
Our graduates are prepared for careers marked by integrity and excellence, in writers’ rooms, on sets, and in studio and network offices.
Mastering the craft of storytelling to move audiences through the radiance, wholeness, and harmony of beauty.
“In every heart there is a secret nerve that answers to the vibrations of beauty.”
Exceeding the best practices of the industry in excellence, honesty, trustworthiness, hard work, and a “no excuses” mentality.
“Excellence is an art won by training. We are what we repeatedly do.”
Telling stories of substance to beckon audiences toward truth, goodness, and even faith.
“Faith is what someone knows to be true, whether they believe it or not.”
Sustaining a soul-nourishing spiritual journey of holiness and love made possible by individual and community prayer.
“Prayer may not change things for you, but it for sure changes you for things.”
-Samuel M. Shoemaker
OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
RICHARD L. GATHRO, Ed.D.
Director, Washington DC Program, Pepperdine U
Partner, Wind Dancer Production Group
President, Mpower Pictures
CHARLES B. SLOCUM, M.B.A.
Assistant Executive Director, Writers Guild of America, West, Chair, Act One, Inc
Christina Lee Storm
Christina Lee Storm is an international independent producer who has collaborated with filmmakers from around the world. While living in Hong Kong she was head of Creative Development and produced for legendary Hong Kong director Johnnie To on films including Running Out of Time, The Mission, and Second Time Around. Some of Christina’s recent producing credits include The Least of These, To Save A Life, Flesh: Bought & Sold in the U.S., and Life After Pi.
Christina was Production Supervisor for 2012 Oscar-winning film The Artist. She was Manager of Digital Production at Rhythm & Hues Studios, which won the Oscar for Best Visual Effects on Life of Pi. While at R&H, Christina worked on over a dozen films including The Hunger Games, Life of Pi, Snow White and the Huntsman, R.I.P.D., and Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters to name a few.
Christina currently is President of Act One, Inc. where she provides leadership and vision for the 16 year innovative, faith-based training and incubator for writers and producers in film, television, and digital media. She has spoken at numerous Universities including University of Southern California, UCLA Extension, Azusa Pacific University as well as speaking on panels, at conferences and film festivals on film, faith, and culture. Most recently she was the Keynote Speaker for the Gideon Media Arts Conference and gave a timed 9 minute talk on “Creating Significance in our Storytelling” for Q Ideas at their global Q Commons event.
Christina has a passion for making films with profound themes. She is an alumnus of Act One: Writing for Hollywood program and has served on its Advisory Board for the Executive/Producing Program. Christina is an active member of the Producers Guild of America and has served on the guild’s National Board of Directors for the last 6 years. She is Co-Chair/Mentor of the PGA’s Diversity Workshop, a member of the PGA’s China Task Force, Women’s Impact Initiative, and Digital VIP Committee. Christina received the 2013 AP Council Commitment Award, the highest award given by the AP Council, and was recently elected Treasurer of the PGA.
Vice President, Programming
Lara is responsible for creating and implementing programs that further Act One’s mission and equip Alumni to make an impact in the industry. Her love for story-telling was influenced by her humanitarian work abroad, and has worked with local communities in the Dominican Republic, Thailand, Kenya, Mexico, and Chile. She has lived in England and the Dominican Republic, has backpacked through the Mediterranean countries, and couch-surfed her way throughout the United States. Currently she lives in LA working with Act One, as well as an independent producer and project coordinator for film projects.
Vice President, Marketing & Communications
Chris is a graphic designer, corporate communications director, and writer with over twenty years of experience. He has written and designed for Fortune 500 companies like Eli Lilly and Lockheed Martin, as well as non-profits, small businesses, and entrepreneurs.
A published author, his articles have appeared in Group Magaine, Relevant Magazine, and other online journals.
Chris is currently writing the feature films Vertical Leap for N’Said Productions and Slight of Hand for a small group of investors out of Arizona. In addition, he is in development on the feature films The Legends of Saint Nicholas, The Adventures of Lewis & Clark, The Sounds of Fury, and The Haunting of the Polestar.
This June, Chris will be releasing his first novel under his own imprint label. The Legends of Saint Nicholas is the origin story of the Santa Claus myths. The book will be available from The Story Haus and sold wherever fine books can be found.
Chris is married to Carissa, an actress, and they have three sons. All reside in Los Angeles, California.
Vice President, Finance & Operations
Steve is a USC School of Cinema-Television graduate and veteran story consultant who has spent over 15 years helping clients pinpoint the heart of their stories and build tightly crafted entertainment experiences around that core. In addition, he spent six years on the core leadership team of a diverse inner-city church that helped to transform and enrich the personal stories of hundreds of people.
Steve initially joined Act One in an interim role in order to meet an immediate need. But the combination of his non-profit background and his extensive story training has proved so beneficial in helping shape the direction and impact of our organization that he has extended his commitment. He is excited to continue contributing to Act One’s growth and to the success of our many talented alumni.