Brian Armes, President
Brian W. Armes has overseen production on over 170 short films and taught filmmaking classes for high schools and colleges across the country. He earned a B.A. In Writing from Taylor University and an M.F.A. In Producing from The American Film Institute where he studied with D.C. Fontana (Star Trek) and Neil Canton (Back to the Future). He was second assistant director on the independent feature film What Love Is starring Cuba Gooding Jr. and Matthew Lillard. As a director/producer, Brian has helmed several short films, music videos, and stage productions, including a 2013 staging of The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie and a 2014 original production Apocalyptic (both in Lexington, KY). Brian taught Cinema History at Eastern Kentucky University, a variety of writing, directing, and producing classes at the Art Institute of Ohio – Cincinnati, and screenwriting classes at Film Athens EDU. He is currently teaching directing and production at the University of North Georgia.
Gabriel Reiter, Producer
Gabriel Reiter is an independent producer of feature films, documentaries and commercials. Gabriel has always been intrigued by, and attracted to, the visual arts. He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Miami, graduating in three years with a double major in video/film and political science. He then went on to pursue film producing full-time by attending the American Film Institute’s producing program in Los Angeles. After receiving his M.F.A, Gabriel worked with veteran film producer Robert Cort, whose producing credits include Save The Last Dance, Jumanji, and Mr. Holland’s Opus.
As a freelance producer, Gabriel brings a narrative approach to all of his projects. In the commercial space he has produced multi-million dollar projects for clients including Chevrolet, Levi’s, Converse, Orbit Gum, Walmart and others. From 2012 – 2014 Gabriel produced “Raising An Olympian”, a branded mini-documentary series for Procter and Gamble that covered forty athletes and filmed in twenty-one countries. Each episode in the series features the mother of an Olympic athlete and tells the story of what it took to raise her child. The heralded series screened at the Cannes Lions International Film Festival and has attracted over twenty-five million views online.
D.C. Fontana, Creative Consultant
Fontana’s numerous writing credits include STAR TREK, BONANZA, THE WALTONS, THE STREETS OF SAN FRANCISCO and DALLAS. She has served as story editor on the original STAR TREK series, FANTASTIC JOURNEY and LOGAN’S RUN; as Associate Producer on STAR TREK ANIMATED and STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION; and as producer on a series of science fiction comedy sketches for Galaxy Online. She has written children’s shows, science fiction, Westerns, action adventure, mysteries, animation and interactive games. She is the author of novels “The Brazos River,” “The Questor Tapes” and “Vulcan’s Glory,” and the short story “Cut To: Murder,” included in the mystery anthology “Murder in Los Angeles.”
Fontana was nominated for a Writers Guild Award in 1969 for her THEN CAME BRONSON script, “Two Percent of Nothing,” and won a Film-Con Award for her STAR TREK: THE ANIMATED SERIES script, “Yesteryear.” Two of her SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN scripts were nominated for Film-Con Awards. In 1987, she wrote the premiere episode of STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION, which was nominated for a Hugo Award. Fontana was honored with the Writers Guild’s Morgan Cox Award and was twice elected as a member of the Board of Directors of the Guild. She was previously inducted into the American Screenwriters Association Hall of Fame and the “She Made It” program of the Paley Center for Media.
She is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Romance Writers of America and the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, as well as the Writers Guild of America, West, and Writers Guild of Canada.
Her current projects include two proposed TV series being readied for presentation.