SOLUTIONS FOR EARTH. HOPE FOR HUMANITY.
ABOUT US — THE CORE TEAM
Roger Ressmeyer, CEO, Photographer and Filmmaker
Roger Ressmeyer is the Director and Producer of Visions of Tomorrow, a documentary feature film now in pre-production, as well as the Executive Director of the Visions of Tomorrow Foundation™.
Ressmeyer is also a world renowned photographer, speaker, entrepreneur, and digital rights pioneer defending the rights of visual artists. He has received multiple accolades throughout his career, the most recent of those include being named PhotoMedia’s 2012 Person of the Year (as seen in the Fall 2012 issue), which recognizes him for his exceptional artistic and business accomplishments, his tremendous leadership among colleagues in the motion picture and photo industries, as well as for his humanitarian efforts to advance the cause of scientific exploration, and promote solutions to the world’s social and environmental challenges.
Prior to starting VTF, his acclaimed Starlight Collection of over a half-million images taken while on assignment for National Geographic Magazine and other publications (including rare images obtained through privileged access to NASA projects), became the first major acquisition by Bill Gates’ Corbis Corporation. He has also served as VP, Strategy & Corporate Development for Getty Images, as President of PACA, the Picture Archive Counsel of America, and as Chief Executive Officer of Science Faction Images. You can view more of Ressmeyer’s work at www.ressmeyer.com.
Charlie Sliwoski, Co-Producer
Charlie has held various management positions at media and imaging companies. Most recently he was VP of Editing and Production at Science Faction Images where he ran the day to day operations of a fast paced stock photo agency distributed by Getty Images and Corbis. Prior to that he was Director of Media and Production at GalleryPlayer where he was in charge of the departments responsible for producing DVDs and high definition video for broadcast on Comcast and other carriers.
From 1995 to 2000 Sliwoski was the Imaging Manager at Corbis, a privately held Bill Gates company, where he was instrumental in building and overseeing the scanning, archiving and image processing of one of the world’s largest digital archives. While at Corbis he worked together with photographer Roger Ressmeyer and astronaut Jay Apt on the award winning NASA and National Geographic book and imaging project ORBIT — NASA ASTRONAUTS PHOTOGRAPH THE EARTH, scanning original NASA flight film in Houston for the first and only time that was allowed. Charlie has trained at the Heidelberg Academy in Atlanta and is a Microsoft Certified Professional.
Lance Rosen, Entertainment Attorney / Producer
Lance Seth Rosen started his legal career as an entertainment law attorney in Los Angeles at the Proskauer Rose firm and went on to serve as Director of Business and Legal Affairs for The Disney Channel. In 1992 he established the first full time entertainment law practice in Seattle. Mr. Rosen has been actively engaged in the production of dozens of motion pictures, mostly as business and legal counsel and occasionally in a producer capacity.
Prior to becoming a lawyer he was a professional actor. In addition to his television, film and stage credits, he co-founded two regional theatre companies, where he produced, directed and performed in many plays. Mr. Rosen has served as an Adjunct Professor of Entertainment Law at Seattle University Law School, and has taught entertainment business classes at the University of Washington and Seattle Central Community College. He has served on the Boards of several nonprofit organizations including Pacific Northwest Ballet, Seattle International Film Fest Festival, Northwest Film Forum and the ACLU of Washington. A graduate of Ohio’s Antioch College and of UCLA Law School, Mr. Rosen is a member of the bar in Washington, Oregon, and California.
Samantha Pineda, Associate Producer
With a passion for film, Samantha attended UC Santa Barbara where she majored in Film Studies. While there she was nominated for the Lazarus Screenwriting Scholarship and worked on several projects including editing the award winning documentary Perspectives. The film received high praise by the Santa Barbara International Film Festival and others.
After graduating, Samantha went on to work for George Harrison’s production company, Handmade Films, known for groundbreaking films such as Monty Python’s Life of Brian. During her tenure there, she assisted producers Thomas Adelman (Focus, The Usual Suspects) and Ron Rotholz (When Will I Be Loved), and worked on several films including the animated feature Planet 51. Samantha has also worked at Smashbox Studios in West Hollywood, where she supported the CFO and HR.
Kelli Richards, Strategic Advisor
Kelli is CEO of The All Access Group LLC based in Cupertino, CA. She’s an industry visionary and innovator with deep expertise in digital distribution, new revenue models, celebrity wrangling, branded content and social engagement. Kelli served at Apple for 10 years, was at EMI Music previously, and helped to birth the digital music and entertainment space. She has since been working with disruptive, innovative start-ups and F100 companies in tech and entertainment alike as a strategic business development consultant, mentor, trusted advisor and change agent in the convergence of technology and entertainment for over 15 years.
Kelli is also actively involved in capital raise efforts for start-ups & complex projects alike, and she sees a broad range of deal flow on a weekly basis. Her coaching clients include tech geniuses and innovators as well as rock stars and entertainers. She is also a published author, thought leader, talent producer, and the host of a popular online radio show.
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