Offshoot Film Fest

A Northwest Arkansas Film Festival

from Seedling Film Association

About Us

For more information, or to get involved!

Phone: 501-291-3310

PO Box 310
Rogers, AR 72757

Meet the Board of Seedling Film Association

A dedicated group of individuals came together at the first of this year to discuss the possibilities of creating a Film Association that would be focused on more than just a single film festival. They knew going into it that it would be a commitment of much time and energy, but they felt it was worth it to celebrate this fabulous art of storytelling. Aside from the monthly events and the Summer Sidewalk Series, this operating board has been instrumental in every aspect of the Offshoot Film Fest.

Cassie Self -

Gary Berger -
Gary Berger is a board member and the Jury Director for the Seedling Film Association and Offshoot Film Fest. He was Jury Director for the 540 Film Fest in 2009 and Jury Director and Projectionist for the Poppy Jasper Film Festival in CA from 2004-2006. He served as Executive Producer for Morgan Hill Public Access Television Channel 19 for ten years and as a camera operator for KQED Public Television in San Jose, CA. Gary now lives in Bentonville and works remotely as a project manager and owner/ manager of NWA Cycle Service.

Jason Suel -
Jason is a teaching artist with the Arkansas Arts Council, but his teaching experience reaches beyond Arkansas. He spent three and a half years working in the United Kingdom both for a large arts center and the education system. He is currently a lead teaching artist for Trike Theatre in Bentonville and a new teacher at Arts Live Theater in Fayetteville. As a professional actor he has recently been working with the Walton Arts Center to develop the original play "Digging Up Arkansas", currently touring schools throughout the state.

Landon Carpenter -
Landon has been an actor and vocalist for over 20 years. He is the co-owner of Real Live Productions in Rogers, AR. He is the author of the play After Midnight. He served the 540 Film Fest of 2009 with his technical expertise as well as compiling video spots for promotional use, presentations and parties. He currently resides in Centerton and has produced a number of short films including the winner from this years 4320 film challenge in Bentonville, AR.

Juan Martinez -
Juan is a Programmer Analyst for the Information Systems Division of Wal-Mart. He is co-owner of Real Live Productions, a local production company. He sits on the Board of Producers at the Rogers Little Theater and directed a musical there earlier this year. He served the 540 Film Fest of 2009 as projectionist and is Technical Director for the Seedling Film Association. He has also produced a number of shorts and was involved in the winning short from the 4320 Film Challenge.

Tom Pyron -
Tom is an IT professional and small business owner. He studied film at the Academy of Art in San Francisco, CA. Owner and Producerof the newly formed Yellow Footprint Films, a motion picture production effort that has a focus on military stories, Tom has experience with all elements of the filmmaking process. He served as a film liaison for the 540 Film Fest in 2009 and has a strong vision and passion for the NWA film community.

Phillip Person -
Phillip is an account executive for PAZE interactive and served the 540 Film Fest of 2009 by providing media and web sponsorship. Phillip comes with many years of experience in the motion picture industry in Los Angeles before returning home to build a new film career. He has worked with 5 Star Productions in Fort Smith for many years before starting his own production house in Fayetteville, Arcade Punx.

News Articles - Links to some online articles about us:

- Seedling Film Association announces outdoor film series
- Seedling Film Association launches with the luck o' the Irish tonight
- Seedling Film Association to hold first meeting March 17
- Get Your Short Made: Seedling Short Storm arrives Wednesday