ABOUT ACT ONE

OUR MISSION

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.

OUR KEYNOTES

Artistry

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.”
-Christopher Morley

Professionalism

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.”
-Aristotle

Meaning

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.”
-Flannery O’Connor

Prayer

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

STEVE BEAL
Executive Consultant

RICHARD L. GATHRO, Ed.D.
Director, Washington DC Program, Pepperdine U

DAVID MCFADZEAN
Partner, Wind Dancer Production Group

JOHN SHEPARD
President, Mpower Pictures

CHARLES B. SLOCUM, M.B.A.
Assistant Executive Director, Writers Guild of America, West, Chair, Act One, Inc.

FATHER DON WOZNICKI
Priest, Archdiocese of Chicago (W. Hollywood); Founder/Chairman-Executive Director, New Ethos

OUR STAFF

Christina Lee Storm

President

Christina Lee Storm is an international independent producer who has collaborated with filmmakers from around the world. Her most recent producing credits include To Save A Life, The Least of These, and Flesh: Bought & Sold in the U.S., a documentary about the widely overlooked yet widespread practice of human trafficking in the United States. Christina was Production Supervisor for the highly acclaimed, 2012 Oscar-winning film The Artist. She was Manager of Digital Production at Rhythm & Hues Studios (R&H), which recently won the Oscar for Best Visual Effects for their ground-breaking visual effects work on Life of Pi. While at R&H in digital production management, Christina also worked on over a dozen films including The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, Happy Feet, and most recently Hunger Games, Snow White and the Huntsman, and Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters.

Christina currently is Executive Director of Act One, Inc. where she provides leadership and vision for the 15 year innovative, faith-based training and incubator for writers and producers in film, television, and digital media. Her latest producing project is a documentary about Rhythm & Hues which explores the factors that led to the company’s bankruptcy, ironically at the very time it was receiving accolades and awards for its work on Life of Pi and Snow White and the Huntsman.

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. She is also a member of the Producers Guild of America and has been serving on the guild’s National Board of Directors and AP Council Delegates for the last 6 years. She recently received the AP Council Commitment Award, the highest award given by the AP Council.

Lara Sumera

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.

 

Chris Dalton

Vice President, Marketing & Communications

Chris has worked as a graphic designer, corporate communications director, and creative director for the likes of Eli Lilly and Lockheed Martin, along with non-profits and small businesses for the last 17 years. He is an avid reader — bordering on an addict — and loves to write film, novels, and plays. Chris is an Act One Writing Program alum. He is also married and has three sons.