Our Team: We Make It Happen For You
Summer Peacher – President / Co-Founder
Summer is experienced in producing and getting things done. She received her BA in Communications from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, and over the years has worked on many films, commercials and music videos, as well as the Academy Awards, Emmy Awards, and MTV Awards. She was the Production Manager for the Beverly Hills Film Festival in 2003 and the Producer/Managing Director in 2006, 2007, and 2008. She has worked at Creative Artists Agency in the Motion Picture Talent Department, been involved with successful projects for Steele Films, Bulls Eye Entertainment, New Ground Productions, Heavy Dialogue Pictures, Think Tank Productions, American Film Institute and Apples and Oranges Productions, and is an active member of Women in Film.
Brian Peacher – Vice-President / Co-Founder
Brian was raised in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. He is a graduate of the College of Charleston with a BS of Economics, and avid traveler with over 10 years experience dealing in international business and relations. Brian contributed to the success of both the 2006 & 2007 Beverly Hills Film Festivals in California. He has always had a passion for art and creativity in all forms, but believes the art of film is one of the most unique and powerful mediums for touching the hearts and emotions of people. Brian is excited to help bring the projects of filmmakers from around the world to the city he holds close to his heart.
Jim Bush – Director of Festival Operations
Jim has been part of the Charleston International Film Festival for the past few years, and has devoted his professional career to serving the nonprofit community. Jim grew up in Virginia Beach, VA, and made his home in NC for many years after graduating from Elon College with a B.A. in Political Science. Jim’s work with the YMCA in North Carolina eventually brought him to Charleston, where he worked with local leaders to expand the YMCA here. Now, Jim is a senior fundraising consultant with Winkler Group, a full-service fundraising firm based in Mount Pleasant. As Director of Festival Operations, Jim is responsible for making sure you have a great festival experience, and overseeing festival venues and logistics and directing volunteers.
Genna Shelnutt – Marketing Director
Genna joined the Charleston International Film Festival team in 2012 as Marketing Director. Originally from Marietta, Ga, Genna has lived in Charleston for four (glorious) years working at Rawle Murdy Associates, a local marketing and communications firm. At Rawle Murdy, Genna works with clients on the account service side of advertising and public relations, as well as on the creative side, as a copywriter. Her areas of specialty include social media community management, web content development and search engine optimization. In her spare time, Genna enjoys running, blogging and creative writing, reading, painting, drinking red wine and soaking up Charleston. Her interest in CIFF came from a passion for supporting local or undiscovered art and artists. She has a B.A. in Journalism and B.A. in Business from the University of Georgia.
Lee Barbour – Musical Director
Lee is a local musician with a degree in jazz guitar performance from the University of South Carolina. After college, he moved to Charleston where, within a year of graduating, became the youngest adjunct professor of jazz guitar at the College of Charleston. During his six years there, he played for several groups including a gypsy swing band, several jazz ensembles, and a touring rock band. He has played the Austin City Limits Festival, recorded with jazz guitar legend, Joe Beck, and toured with indie rockers, Band of Horses. He has been featured in Jazz Times, Spin magazine, and The New York Times. He currently resides in Charleston after a recent year spent teaching, playing, and freezing his southern bones in New York City. Lee has released four albums; his latest, ‘nonfiction’, is his most ambitious project to date. When not playing, teaching, or writing music, Lee plays competitive-level table tennis, the shakuhachi flute, and occasionally sits in silence.
Gabrielle Schecker – Festival Liaison
Gabrielle is a senior at the College of Charleston pursing a BA in English with a concentration in Creative Writing and a minor in Film Studies. Raised in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, she first began working with CIFF in 2011 as the festival’s Intern. Gabrielle is currently the Director of Operations for CofC’s student-ran media network, Cistern Yard Video and in 2012 was inducted in CofC’s Hall of Leaders. She has multiple volunteer experiences including a counselor and educational assistant at Camp Air Waves, a camp devoted to the education of children who have Bronchial Asthma. For the past 15 years, she has been a volunteer in a variety of capacities for the Myrtle Beach Marathon and most recently developing a videography of the event. In the Fall of 2012, she will work as the Assistant Lighting Designer for CofC’s Department of Theatre’s production of Flyin West and will serve as the Lead Light Designer for the College’s Spring Dance Concert. In the future, she plans to continue her involvement in non-profit organizations and pursue a career that most comprehensively utilizes her creative writing talents.
Timothy Burnham - Social Media/Production
Timothy Burnham is a native of Charleston, South Carolina. With a passion for photography, videography and computer technology at a young age, Tim’s first foray into production began in the fast paced television news industry where he worked at WCIV-TV in Charleston, SC learning all aspects of the TV news from camera operation, editing, audio and floor direction. He went on to work at WMBF -TV in Myrtle Beach as well. He joined the Charleston International Film Festival as a volunteer photographer in 2012 and 2013. In 2014, you will see him once again capturing our events and updating our social networks.
CIFF Task Force
Jim Gooden - Venue Director
Jim has been with the Charleston International Film Festival for more than four years. An architecture major from Notre Dame, he practiced several years in his native New Jersey while enjoying another passion, radio announcing. After moving to Charleston he worked at the top radio stations as a DJ, news director, promotions director and in sales. That led to creating a successful marketing and communications company which he still runs. Jim is also a SAG/AFTRA member with film and television credits in the movie Radio and the long-running tv series, Army Wives. He continues to act and do voice work for corporations such as Blue Cross/Blue Shield and Wells Fargo. In his spare time, he plays USTA league tennis, serves on the Footlight Players Theatre board of directors and is the past chairman of the American Lung Association's national board of directors. As the CIFF's Venue Director, Jim makes sure that the film viewing experience is perfect for you from the moment you enter the building until you leave with a smile on your face.
Rob Britt - Director of Filmmaker Relations
Rob Britt became a part of the Charleston International Film Festival in 2013 as a volunteer and is very happy to have been offered the role of Director of Filmmaker Relations. Rob is the author of five books has been involved in improv comedy, television, theater and film in front of the camera, on stage and in support roles. He and his wife Deb moved to Charleston a few years back to live in a city that embraces the arts and to enjoy the beach year-round.
Deb Britt - Director of Box Office and Volunteers
Deb is a native of Baltimore, MD and moved to Charleston by way of Pennsylvania in 2011 along with husband, Rob. She became involved with the Charleston International Film Festival in 2013 as a volunteer and enjoyed the experience so much she accepted the offer to become a part of the team. Her background includes many years of community theater as an actor, stage manager, and board member, a passion that continues here in Charleston. Outside of her commitments to the festival and theatrical pursuits, she is the owner of a small graphic design business.
Barbara Yeates - Director of VIP Relations
Bringing a professional portfolio of small business operations/ownership, event planning and the culinary arts, Barbara has a unique skill set that compliments the business, hospitality and culinary sectors. Barbara brings professional experience developing strong customer relationships, growing business revenue, understanding trends and changes and anticipating the needs of her clientele. She enjoys supporting and sharing her passion for the art of film.
Rob Potter - Director of Logistics
Rob has been with the Charleston International Film Festival for the past couple of years. He was born in Ottawa IL, a town just south of Chicago. He moved to Charleston in 1989 with his family. For the last 13 years the restaurant industry and customer service has been his life. His roll with the film festival involves logistics. In short he is responsible for making sure everything is in it's place and as it should be from start to finish.
Board of Directors
MICHAEL HOLLINGS – CHAIR
Attorney, Special Assistant to the General Counsel, Medical University of South Carolina
In 1987, Mr. Hollings formed Hollings and Associates, LLC for the purpose of representing corporate clients before the S.C. General Assembly and the U.S. Congress. For the next 23 years, he actively represented corporate clients by addressing key policy issues relating to transportation, commerce, natural resources, the environment, nuclear energy, healthcare, insurance and telecommunications. Some of Mr. Hollings’ more prominent corporate clients were the Motion Picture Association of America, Time Warner, BASF Corporation, CSX Transportation, America Ecology Corporation and Porsche Cars of North America. Mr. Hollings was recently named Special Assistant to the General Counsel at the Medical University of South Carolina. During a span of 38 years, Mr. Hollings actively participated in fundraising events and grassroots campaigning during his father’s 38 year tenure in the United State Senate. Mr. Hollings is a Board Member of the Charleston International Film Festival and is a member of the S.C. State Chamber of Commerce, The Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, and the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce.
MARGARET FORD ROGERS – VICE-CHAIR
Owner, Vagabond Pictures, MM Arts & Tours; Owner, Margaret Ford Rogers Photography
Margaret Ford Rogers, was born in Baltimore, Maryland and has a B.A. from Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa. She is a Registered Nurse, a documentary filmmaker, internationally award winning screenwriter and freelance journalist and photographer. Margaret is the co-owner of Vagabond Pictures, and MM Arts and Tours and owner of Margaret Ford Rogers Photography. Her work has appeared in such diverse publications as Critical Care Magazine, The Annals of Surgery, The Minnesota Women’s Press and Southern Living. She is a frequent contributor to the Charleston Post and Courier. Currently Margaret has 85 clips licensed with Getty Images. She is a 2010 recipient of a Solas award for best travel writing, and a Kodak Access Grant. Margaret has optioned a number of screenplays, currently has two photo exhibits in Charleston and is a member of the International Documentary Association and the Charleston Center for photography. Recently Margaret has joined the board of the Charleston International Film Festival.
JOE RILEY, III
Brokerage Director at TCFN
Joe Riley, III is the Brokerage Director at TCFN (The Carolinas Financial Network) in Charleston, SC. As the insurance brokerage director, Joe provides brokers with guidance from product implementation to complex financial plan design. His specialty is in the Long term Care and Estate Planning arena. Previous to TCFN, Joe was the Brokerage Director and Long Term Care Specialist with Mass Mutual Financial group for the last 17 years. Joe holds the professional designation, CLTC (Certified in Long Term Care) and holds both series 6 and 63 securities licenses. Joe serves on numerous boards including the Charleston International Film Festival and The Gavalas-Kolanko foundation. The Gavalas Kolanko foundation provides college scholarships to students with special needs. Joe is also the standing president elect for NAIFA (National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors) Charleston region. Beginning in June 2013, he will serve a two year term. Prior to his work in the financial arena, Joe was a manager for the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games. He also served as a staff member on the US Senate Commerce Committee in Washington, D.C. He graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1991 and served on the Board of Governors for U.S.C. from 1998 until 2001. Joe currently resides in Charleston, SC with his daughter Mary Gail.
Regional Vice President, Agile 1
Elizabeth Bushéy was born in Denver, Colorado and currently resides in Charleston. She has three daughters. Elizabeth is Regional Vice President of Agile 1, a global workforce solution company and has more than 20 years of industry experience that includes business leadership and managing operations. Elizabeth holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Washington State University and is the recipient of numerous industry awards.
Program Director, Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired
Courtney was raised in Charleston, SC and earned a BA form Wofford College. She is the Program Director for the Association for the Blind and Visually impaired. Courtney is also the owner of Fini Event Planning through which she has planned numerous private, corporate and fundraising events.
President, BOLD Communications Group
Doug Coupe is the consummate communications professional. Diligent, thorough and relentless, Doug is committed to effectively ‘spreading the word’ in this ever changing media environment. Through a creative, intelligent and an often outside-the-box approach, his clients are able to take advantage of both traditional and new media opportunities. Doug has designed and implemented innovative and successful PR and communication campaigns for a broad range of forward-thinking businesses, entrepreneurs and organizations. His clients quickly recognize that all efforts will be undertaken to connect their unique message with their intended recipients. Doug is certainly no stranger to the public arena. In a ‘previous life’, Doug experienced great success during his fifteen plus years in the film and television industry. He has acted in hit TV shows in addition to having appeared in a wide array of television commercials, music videos and print campaigns. That experience has served his clients well. Doug has no problem tracking down unique opportunities for all of those savvy enough to benefit from his services. In addition to his role as President with BOLD Communications Group, Doug is also a Producer of the feature film WARRIOR ROAD. He resides on the coast of South Carolina with his wife Edie and their two children.
President, Addlestone International Corporation
A Charleston native, Ed has spent most of his time focused on Charleston’s growth and success. A practicing attorney since 1992, he left his firm and joined Addlestone International in 1999, as Vice President and Corporate Counsel, and has served as its President since 2001. The Company’s focus has become renovation and rejuvenation of Charleston’s business communities. Ed serves as the Vice Chair of the Charleston Housing Authority, College of Charleston Library Advisory Board, Coastal Community Foundation Representative on CJF, Past President of the Hebrew Benevolent Society, Past President of Charleston Organization for Rehabilitation Through Training, Past Chair of Charleston Jewish Federation Allocations Committee, Charleston Day School Board of Trustees, Hebrew Orphan Society Board Member, Avondale Business Association, and past recipient of the CJF Young Leadership Award and the Westof West Ashley Community Leadership Award.
Actor and Entrepreneur
Rob was born and raised in Greenville, SC. He spent the early part of his childhood engulfed in sports and outdoor activities with his neighborhood crew, nicknamed “The Goonies” after their love for the adventure film. At 17, he headed off to study International Business at Auburn University in Alabama and during college studied in Prague, Czech Republic and Budapest, Hungary. After graduation he lived in the beach town of Lagos, Portugal. A constant nomad, Rob has spent the last 15 years living in Europe, Atlanta, New York City, LA, and numerous islands in the Caribbean. Currently Rob has a recurring role on “Second Generation Wayans” on BET and just wrapped a feature film with Kate Mara and Micheal K. Williams “Captive,” directed by legend Jerry Jameson, due for a 2014 release. He also has a starring role in Jeff Foxworthy’s “Crackerjack” released in 2013. Rob is very active in business around downtown Charleston as the Owner of the Queen Street Grocery and Cafe as well as managing investments in two other restaurants. His home base is in Charleston, SC.
Co-founder and CEO, in/PACT
Building brands with purpose has been John's passion for more than 25 years. After starting as a journalist, advertising copywriter and creative director, John ran integrated communications agencies and global accounts in places as far flung as Paris, Istanbul, Dubai, Los Angeles, and Tokyo. He has developed award-winning campaigns and helped deliver growth and market success for some of the world's greatest brands, in categories as diverse as packaged goods, financial services, automotive and consumer electronics. He is co-founder and CEO of in/PACT, a digital, social media and e-commerce solutions provider that helps brands with purpose connect with their customers by empowering them to give back. in/PACT's mission is to harness customer purchasing power to become the largest contributor to causes in the world. A New York native who has made Charleston his home since 2012, John cannot imagine a better base from which to build a global brand and business.
Vice-President/Co-Founder, Charleston International Film Festival
Brian Peacher was raised in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. He is a graduate of the College of Charleston with a BS of Economics, and avid traveler with over 10 years experience dealing in international business and relations. Brian contributed to the success of both the 2006 & 2007 Beverly Hills Film Festivals in California. He has always had a passion for art and creativity in all forms, but believes the art of film is one of the most unique and powerful mediums for touching the hearts and emotions of people. Brian is excited to help bring the projects of filmmakers from around the world to the city he holds close to his heart.