Instructor, Story in Ministry
Jeremy Casper is a writer/director/producer as well as a film instructor and lecturer. He currently teaches narrative storytelling at his alma mater, the Los Angeles Film Studies Center and has led screenwriting and directing seminars all over the world, in partnership with The Global Short Film Network and the Visual Story Network. His first feature film, Vacant House has won numerous festival awards for screenwriting, directing, acting, and best picture. Jeremy has co-authored two books on writing for short films–The Inside Out Story in 2015, and his most recent, Master of the Cinematic Universe through world-renowned film book publisher, Michael Wiese Books. Jeremy’s third book, due next year is about developing compelling main characters for stories. Jeremy has also worked in media production with Saddleback Church and The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.
Instructor, Foundations in Media Strategy
Tom has been a writer, producer, director, cameraman, and editor on projects ranging from television commercials to documentaries to dramatic films. Having worked in many mediums over the past 30 years, he most enjoys bringing time-tested storytelling principles to new technologies and audiences. He has a passion to tell cross-cultural spiritual stories. He currently leads a team at 10X Productions working to develop projects that involve collaborative productions and training in visual storytelling and media strategies, especially those in cross-cultural settings. Recent projects include a feature-length dramatic film, The Enemy God, an on-going series of short films in Arabic for social media campaigns, and short and feature-length dramatic screenplays. He holds an MFA in Professional Screenwriting and resides in the Rocky Mountain region of the US.
Nancy Sawyer Schraeder
Mentor/Story in Ministry. Instructor/Expand Your Mission Through Media
Nancy is a screenwriter and author. Magdalena: Released from Shame, a feature film she scripted, premiered at the United Nations in 2007 and has been translated into over one hundred languages. Rivka, a follow-up mini-series she co-wrote, was released worldwide in 2012. Her award-winning screenplay, Wilberforce, was optioned by Patricia Heaton’s Fourboys Films and Walden Media, which later released the film, Amazing Grace. Nancy has penned documentaries and multi-media stage productions. She contributed to three nonfiction books by Dr. Bill Bright and has consulted for corporations and non-profits. A passionate teacher and speaker, Nancy has taught writing at Biola University and Long Beach City College and guest lectured on screenwriting at California State University, Long Beach. Nancy served on the board of the 168 Hour Film Festival and has been a mentor for Act One: Writing for Hollywood.
Instructor, Expand Your Mission Through Media
Shirin Taber comes from a multicultural background and is the author of Muslims Next Door (Zondervan/Harper Collins). With an Iranian Muslim father and an American Catholic mother, she has lived in the United States, Europe and the Middle East. Currently, she is directing the Middle East Women’s Leadership Network, which equips and empowers females to impact the Farsi-speaking world. With a background in media and cross-cultural training, Shirin assists multiple organizations in faith-based initiatives. The Los Angeles Times, Detroit Free Press and Fox News have featured her writing and work among Muslims and Christians alike. Previously, Shirin served with Cru, the JESUS Film Project, the Visual Story Network, the Strategic Resource Group and the Christian Broadcasting Network. She is a graduate of the University of Washington and speaks English, French and Farsi.
Clyde leads the Visual Story Network, a coalition of 270 organizations and 2400 media leaders in 85 nations working to expand a worldwide movement of media so everyone has the opportunity to encounter Jesus and His kingdom. Since the VSN launch in 2007, more than 150 projects, products and partnerships have been established. Prior to this, he oversaw new media development for The JESUS Film Project (Magdalena: Released From Shame, Damah Film Festival, JESUS: Fact or Fiction?) and coordinated the campus work of Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ) throughout North Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia. Clyde received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland-College Park and a Master of Divinity degree from Denver Seminary.