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ABOUT US

We are a coalition of film professionals and their stakeholders, aimed at supporting the film industry through advocacy and education around film-friendly legislation in Kansas. Grow Kansas Film is a 501(c)(4).
2024 GROW KANSAS FILM BOARD

Max Thomas, Film Professional, Lights On KC

Steph Shannon, Film Professional

Justin Begnaud, MS, MFA, Film Producer

Christie Scanlin Dobson, PhD., Theatre & Film Producer

Celeste Lupercio, Film Producer, Director of Operations for Grow Kansas Film

Hillary Thomas, Community Volunteer 

2023 GROW KANSAS FILM ADVISORY COMMITTEE

We are confirming our 2024 Advisory Committee now! Email us with interest in nominations.

Kevin Willmott, University of Kansas Film Professor, Oscar Winner

Isaac Alongi, Filmmaker 

Melanie Addington, Executive Director, Tallgrass Film Association

Marlo Angell, Free State Film Festival 

Eric Bowles, Covid Officer 

Alan Carr, Visit Kansas City Kansas

Lonita Cook, Film Critic, Kansas Creative Arts Industries

Sean Hackett, Filmmaker 

Brandon Haralson, Arts KC 

Gordon Hayman, IATSE 493 Representative

John January, Signal Theory 

CommissionTyler Emerson, Conlee Schmidt & Emerson LLP, Entertainment Attorney 

Peter Jasso, Former Kansas Film Commissioner 

Laura Kirk, University of Kansas Film Professor

Sharon Liese, Owner- Herizon Productions  

Laura Lombardi, Filmmaker 

Ali Mahaffy, Signal Theory 

Sandra Martin, Writer, Director, Filmmaker 

Maureen O'Brien, SAG Aftra - Missouri Valley

David Parks, Photographer, Filmmaker, Son of Gordon Parks 

Shawn Rhodes, Film Producer 

Kirk Sharp, Gordon Parks Museum Foundation

Kate VanSteenhuyse, Acting Kansas Film Commissioner

Justin Rorabaugh, Director, School of Digital Arts, Wichita State University

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