Alumni Weekend

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This is a three-day event for us as Act One Alumni to join together as a community.

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AUGUST 14 – Networking Cocktails in Hollywood

Let’s start this celebration right. Drinking with a joyful heart. We’re going to gather as alumni of Act One to create and deepen relationships over libations in Hollywood. The specific bar will be announced soon. In the meantime, ready your wineskins to drink soberly to the glory of God. And who knows, maybe you’ll meet your next collaborator?

Thursday, August 14th
7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Pour Vous
5574 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038

Across the street from Paramount Studios.
Ample street parking available beginning at 7:00pm
$10 custom specialty cocktails
Cash bar.
Dress code. Cocktail Attire Only.


AUGUST 15: Act One Presents: The Church and Hollywood Exchange

A unifying dialogue between Christian Leaders and Filmmakers about the Church’s engagement in both faith-based and secular entertainment highlighting the creative contributions of the Act One Community featuring special guest speakers and panelists from the pulpit to the screen.

Friday, August 15th
3:30 pm – 8:30 pm
First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood
Mears Center
1760 N Gower St.
Hollywood, CA 90028
(Parking and entrance off Carlos Ave.)

Dinner is provided.
This Event is free for Act One Alumni.
Space is limited.

Confirmed speakers include:

• David McFadzean – Co-Creator/Executive Producer/Writer, Home Improvement, Roseanne, St. George
• Clare Sera – Writer, Blended, Curious George, Princess Diaries
• Andrea Nasfell – Writer, Mom’s Night Out
• Samuel Curphey – Attorney, Mom’s Night Out
• Scott Teems – Writer, Rectify, Holbrook/Twain an American Odyssey
• Jason Cusick – Pastor, Journey of Faith
• Naima Lett – Pastor, Hope in the Hills
• Father David Guffey – Priest, Family Theater Productions
• Kim Dorr – Associate Pastor, Bel Air Presbyterian Church; Agent – Defining Artists Talent Agency
• Pip Craighead – Communication Director, Reality LA
• Chuck Slocum – Assistant Executive Director of the WGA
• Christina Lee Storm – Producer of the viral film “Life After Pi”, Production Supervisor on Academy Award Winning Best Picture, The Artist; Manager of Digital Production, Rythm & Hues, Life of Pi
• Joel Pelsue – Founder & President, Arts and Entertainment Ministries
• Lara Sumera – Act One, Program Coordinator

Event Schedule:

3:30pm – Check In, Step and Repeat
4:00pm – 4:20pm – Exchange Begins; Introduction: Christina Lee Storm
4:20pm – 5:15pm – Panel of Ministers:

Jason Cusick – Journey of Faith
Naima Lett – Hope in the Hills
Father David Guffey – Congregation of Holy Cross; Family Theater Productions
Pip Craighead – Reality LA

5:15pm – 6:15pm – Alumni Panel:

Scott Teems
Clare Sera
Andrea Nasfel
Samuel Curphey

6:15pm – 7:00pm – Break for Dinner
7:00pm – 7:10pm – Act One Visionary Award Presentation
7:10pm – 7:30pm – Special Guest Speaker: Kim Dorr
7:30pm – 8:00pm – Keynote Interview with David McFadzean
8:00pm – 8:15pm – Close in prayer


AUGUST 16: Ice Cream Social in Culver City

To cap off the Act One Alumni Weekend, we’d like to invite you, your family, and friends to a family-friendly time of ice cream and fellowship in Culver City. In the immortal words of Eddy Murphy “The ice cream man is coming!”

Saturday, August 16th, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Roxbury Park
471 S Roxbury Dr.
Beverly Hills, CA 90212

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