Geof Miller was the founding president of the original Northwest Screenwriters Guild, thus coming full circle to lead it again. He taught screenwriting at the University of Washington Extension and was a development consultant for Vulcan Productions. With his writing partner, Troy Hunter, he has two projects in active development with Anonymous Content/CAA, an event TV series in casting and a feature film out to directors.
Staci Bernstein’s screenwriting work includes hundreds of client scripts and 14 independently produced and distributed short movies. She has acquired numerous awards and recognitions and most recently received 3 site-specific 4 Culture grants for historical movies in South King County. She honed herleadership skills running HeroLabs and ArtSpots over the course of two and a half decades. She founded Screenwriter’s Anonymous, served on the board of Women in Film Seattle and played a key role in the revival of the Northwest Screenwriters Guild. Currently she teaches film production at Cornish College of the Arts.
David Larson, who manages the NWSG Compendium-level membership, wrote and directed a feature film set in Seattle in the late 90s. After that was finished, he decided to learn how to write a screenplay correctly. In the years since, he has had a number of short screenplays produced, including BIG BOY, which premiered at the 2015 TRIBECA Film Festival, and NO PLAYGROUND FOR LITTLE COWBOYS, which won the Best Comedy prize at The Smalls Film Festival in 2012. Dave is currently collaborating with BIG BOY director Bryan Campbell on a number of projects including a feature length horror film. He also runs a podcast network/comedy website called NOBODYSNOSE.COM and is the host of the I’VE KNOWN YOU TOO LONG podcast.
MEMBERSHIP AND EVENTS
Betty Kim is a screenwriter, singer, songwriter, actor, and former ballet dancer. She was a past president, treasurer, secretary, and head of the compendium for the NWSG. Currently she co-chairs the membership committee and focuses on writing feature length comedies. She is featured in Save the Cat Strikes Back for her pitching method.
Michael DiMartino has served as Treasurer on past boards. As a screenwriter his scripts have been a semi-finalist in the Final Draft Big Break Contest and have been 2nd Round choices at the Austin Film Festival. He currently has two screenplays that have been optioned.
Kate Calamatta, PhD, is a writer and researcher who has produced articles for a wide range of clients. Nowadays, Kate focuses her energy on screenwriting and is working hard to increase her portfolio of scripts. When not writing, you can find her either walking a dog, or @KFGCal. She has a unique name which makes her uniquely Google-able. Kate looks forward to supporting the efforts of the NWSG as fact-finder and digger out of insights.
Jeremy J. Dodd is a writer, director, and producer. His work spans commercial television, show development, and corporate communications. Currently his focus is on scripted drama series development, and building out his reel as a writer-director of short films. His interest in NwSG lies in constructing a vibrant community of local writers and filmmakers, and furthering careers of young writers in the Seattle area. If you’re looking to connect with Seattle’s filmmaking community, Jeremy is a great place to start.
George Thomas Jr. is an award-winning filmmaker whose feature-length rom-com, Something Between Us, won Best Indie Video at WorldFest-Houston. He has done industry coverage for L.A.-based production companies, including one with a first-look deal with HBO, analyzing graphic novels, manuscripts, television pilots and feature-length screenplays. George has been involved in digital marketing since the early days of the “World Wide Web,” and has worked n a variety of website content management roles at Microsoft, led email marketing campaigns at Amazon, and freelance website development. He also is a freelance writer, contributing to a variety of blogs, including his own Action! Romance! Intrigue! blog, which focuses on visual storytelling.
Bill Murray is an advisor to the board and founding member of NWSG.