OUR BOARD OF TRUSTEES AND OFFICERS

True Passion

WILLIAM SOKOLIC

Founder and Chair

A journalist by trade, William has written a number of screenplays, two of them in pre-production

JOELLE SOKOLIC

President

Part of the festival since its inception, she works for a non-profit in the health care industry.

HEATHER COLACHE

Board Member

Part of the festival from the beginning, she is Tourism Account Director with Meet AC and Atlantic City Film Commissioner.

NED ECKHARDT

Board Member

Retired film professor at Rowan University and a screenwriter.

SEBASTIAN FOXWORTH

Board Member

A filmmaker and animator from South Jersey.

STEFANIE RYAN-MANHIM

Board Member

CEO of Weist-Barron-Ryan casting agency and academy in Atlantic City.

JOHN SACHAR

Board Member

A filmmaker and actor from Cape May

SIMONE SIMONE

Board Member

A local artist in Atlantic City.

QUINN SHOWELL

Board Member

Vice President of Weist Barron Ryan, Quinn specializes in film and commercial acting.

CATHY BURKE

Board Member

Owns the popular Irish Pub in Atlantic City on long time supporter of everything film in Atlantic City.

JACK SKYYLER

Board Member

A filmmaker from Las Vegas.

Notable Moments in Our History:

  • New Jersey filmmaker, Kevin Smith, was our initial honoree in 2008.

  • Chadwick Boseman won best actor for his role in The Kill Hole.

  • Robert Downey Sr, screened Putney Swope.

  • Terry Winter screened an episode of Boardwalk Empire the night before it aired on HBO.

  • Blanche Baker introduced a screening of Sixteen Candles, the John Hughes film where she portrayed the sister getting married.

  • Bonnie Bedelia introduced Die Hard, the tough spouse of Bruce Willis' character.