The Selection Committee for The Feature Film Project is made up of owners & programmers of some of the major Art House Cinemas in the USA. Each year we will meet at The Art House Convergence in Midway Utah (Jan 18-21, 2016) and take a vote on what film should be selected film for the annual Feature Film Project.

For an Indie Filmmaker...these are the people you want seeing your film and it's their cinemas you want your film screening at.

(List for the selection committee will be updated weekly)

PATRICK SCHWEISS
Executive Director Sedona International Film Festival
and Mary D. Fisher Theatre

Patrick has been director of the Sedona International Film Festival for 10 years and has overseen the expansion of the festival from a 3-day fest to a 9-day celebration of independent film. Under his leadership, the organization built its own Arthouse Theatre in 2012, the Mary D. Fisher Theatre, which hosts year-round independent films and alternative content.

JEFF YANC
The Loft - Arizona

Jeff Yanc has been the Program Director at The Loft Cinema in Tucson, Arizona since 2006.

JONAH CRISMORE
The Cinema Center Fort Wayne Indiana

Jonah Crismore is relatively new to the world of art house exhibition, being Cinema Center's Executive Director since 2012. He has had roles in a variety of capacities in the film and television industries, as well as worked on commercial productions, and has directed several music videos. However, nothing is quite as fulfilling as running Cinema Center, his hometown theater where he first fell in love with independent film.

RICHARD PARADISE
Founding Director of the
Martha's Vineyard Film Society & Film Center

As Founding Director of the Martha's Vineyard Film Society and Film Center, Richard transformed the Martha's Vineyard Film Society from the dream of a handful of volunteers, to a vibrant, year-round, cultural organization with over 1800 members, also as founder of the Martha's Vineyard International Film Festival and now, more than 30,000 people attend Richard's events each year.

CHRIS HAMEL
Gateway Film Center

Chris Hamel is a graduate of The Ohio State University and has nearly 25 years of experience in the business of motion pictures. Prior to becoming President and programmer of Gateway Film Center in Columbus, Ohio, Chris spent time with Cinemark Theaters, the Drexel Theater Group and the Columbus Association for the Performing Arts. Additionally, Chris is the founder of Movie Media and Autumn Associates and previously served as the Executive Director of Sales for Unique Screen Media and Cinedigm. In addition to his current duties, Chris is the President and CEO of the Greater Columbus Film Commission, Executive Director of FFOCOL: The Film Festival of Columbus and a partner in Green Thumb Design Group.

LANI JO LEIGH
Programmer Booker for the Clinton Street Theatre

Lani Jo once had a rich and full life as a wife, mother, grandmother, lover, sister, daughter, aunt, friend, colleague, endurance walker, filmmaker, singer, story-teller, priestess, poet, witch, baker, apple butter maker, and washer of sheets; but in April, 2012, Lani Jo and Roger bought the historic Clinton Street Theater and now she's a programmer, booker, operations manager, social media mogul, community organizer, graphic designer, ticket seller, popcorn maker, delivery person, fundraiser, event planner, and a super nice but one hell of an overworked person. She's still not sure about the trade-off.

LORETTA MILES
Salem Cinema - Oregon

As a 32-year veteran film exhibitor, Loretta meticulously hand selects everything that lights her screens and is known for selecting quality over potential box office draw.

Loretta is one of the original founders of Salem Film Festival and remains Director and Lead Programmer of the annual event in addition to operating her 3 screen art house theater.

MERRILL JARVIS
Merrill's Theatre Group

As owner, programmer and CEO of Merrill's Theatre group and operating twenty-five screens in three theatres, the Palace 9, the Majestic 10 and Merrill's Roxy, Merrill Jarvis is the largest owner of cinemas in the State of Vermont.