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Founders​​

MARTIN ​ANAYA​

 

Social entrepreneur and multi-media producer, Martin Anaya was the original Managing Director of the Sac Film Fest from 1998 to 2005 before becoming the Executive Director.



Since then, Mr. Anaya has expanded the scope and brand of the Sacramento Film Festival by adding conferences like the DIGITAL ODYSSEY and AMERICAN SCREENWRITING conferences and partnering with the CALIFORNIA FILM FOUNDATION. Considered the fastest growing festival in California, The Sacramento Film Festival continues to expand under Mr. Anaya's leadership and is now an 8-day, multi-venue event.

KEN ​KNOLL

Ken is the original founder of the Sacramento International Film Festival. Known as the Sacramento Festival of Cinema from 1995 when it was founded, the event has grown into a jewel of the
 
Northern California art scene.
In 2016, with the screening of Colin Hanks' seminal film on the founding of Tower Records, "All Things Must pass", Ken was awarded our "Founders Award" for his tireless efforts to promote local art. 

RON ​COOPER

 

Through his role as Executive Director at Access Sacramento, Ron partnered with Ken Knoll and supported the Festival of Cinema since its founding. In 1998 Ron took the festival under AC/SAC's wing to manage. From 1998 to 2004 the Festival was managed by Access Sacramento, the region's Public Access TV station. To this day AC/SAC still manages the highly popular spin-off event, "A PLACE CALLED SACRAMENTO". 

Most people know Russ Solomon as the affable creator of Tower Records. What many do NOT know is that in 1995 when Ken Knoll was putting together a film festival for Sacramento, it was Russ who stepped up to create and manage a student aspect called "Tower of Youth". In 2016 at the same screening of the Colin Hanks film, "All Things Must Pass", Russ was given a Founder's award for his amazing contibution.  

RUSS ​SOLOMON​

VINCENT DEE MILES

Long-time actor and arts impresario, Vince Miles has worked with some of the biggest names in the industry including Steven Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis. in 2005, Vince was asked to helm the fledgling Sacramento Black Film Festival (Cine Soul). Since then, Vince has overseen the screening of more than 300 films that celebrate the width and depth of the African cinema diaspora.