2016 Selection Team


Liza Olson...

...is professional Story Analyst and owner of Synoptic Media, a Los Angeles-based script consultancy. Her clients include production companies, talent agencies, managers, and writers.

Liza was previously on the Acquisitions team at Osiris Entertainment, where she sourced and evaluated completed films to acquire for worldwide distribution. Liza was the Vice President of Creative Affairs at a film finance company and has served as a judge for screenplay competitions for ScreenCraft and the Cinequest Film Festival in Silicon Valley.

Prior to working in the entertainment industry, Liza was a News Producer and Writer for the NBC television station in the San Francisco Bay Area and at KBJR in Duluth. She earned a B.A. in Communication from the University of Minnesota-Duluth and studied screenwriting and feature film development at UCLA Extension.


Jack Reher...

...is a Minnesota born writer and producer represented by ICM Partners and Primary Wave Entertainment. His 2015 film, Into the Grizzly Maze starred Billy Bob Thorton and James Marsden. 

Jack currently has a script, Don't Look There, in preproduction. The film is being produced by Jeremy Bolt (Resident Evil) and is in the casting process.

His script Corrosion is in development with producer Mike Macari (The Ring, The Ring 2, 6 Souls).

In 2015, Jack, co-authored Rex'd: Welcome to Scholomance, a fantasy/horror novel for young readers. His ongoing writing includes on an adaptation of the Jon Bassoff's best selling novel The Incurables.

Jack earned his B.A. at the University of Minnesota and went on to earn his Masters of Arts in Screenwriting


Keith Robinson...

...is an actor and musician who may be best known for his critically acclaimed role as “C.C. White” in the Academy Award winning feature film, Dreamgirls. Robinson’s song "Patience," from the film's soundtrack was also Oscar Nominated. Most recently Robinson joins the cast of Tupac Shakur’s Biopic Film All Eyez on Me. 

Keith, a Kentucky native, attended the University of Georgia and later relocated to Los Angeles. Keith's most recent projects include Cru, Zodiac Sign, Product of the American GhettoSaints and Sinners, and All Eyez on Me.

Robinson currently has two songs featured on the Soundtrack for Saints and Sinners, one of which is a duet with Erica Campbell, from the Grammy Award Winning duo Mary Mary. Robinson launched his own music and film production company Scenes & Songs and the film scoring company Theme Song. 


Jaki Velez...

...is a Music and Entertainment Business student at IPR College of Creative Arts. In addition to handling social media and data management for EDU, she serves as a member of the Soundset Street Team, part of the Rhymesayers Entertainment Organization. 

In high school, Jaki participated in the professional/student collaborative music video for Atmosphere's single "Became," which received national recognition and critical acclaim.

As a student in the BrandLab program, an organization whose mission is to guide and prepare underrepresented young people to careers in marketing and advertising, Jaki was awarded a prestigious scholarship and internship package. She served her internship with Target Inhouse, where she worked with the art department and assisted in talent acquisition.


Andrew Hunt...

...studied filmmaking at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Soon after, he began working professionally as a writer/director on television commercials, documentaries, short films and music videos.

In 2007, Andrew was selected by Steven Spielberg to be a contestant on the Fox Reality series, "On The Lot.” He placed top six out of 12,000 filmmakers. Next, Andrew jumped into the world of television, where he became a showrunner on a variety of documentary dramas.

In August 2015, Andrew wrapped production on his feature film directorial debut, Miles Between Us, and is in development on his second feature, Deadmen. Finally, Andrew’s 10-part Web series, Gods@Play, debuted in 2015.


Natalie Morrow...

...founded The Twin Cities Black Film Festival in 2002 where she serves as CEO. TCBFF is a discovery and showcase for emerging filmmakers of color and other ethnicities. TCBFF also provides a platform for Industry professionals from around the country t o see emerging talent from various genres.

The Twin Cities Black Film Festival celebrates 14 years October 6-9, 2016. TCBFF has showcased more than 500 Filmmakers, have shown more than 700 films and documentaries, numerous Panel Discussions and Festival Mixers.


Morrow has been honored by the NBA Minnesota Timberwolves, Metropolitan Airport Commission, Comcast's Who's Who in Minnesota in 2005, 2010 and 2014. Morrow has also won Promoter of the Year and Fresh Face of the Month by First Friday in 2009.

Born in Omaha, Nebraska, Natalie moved to Minneapolis in 1987. She worked for Northwest Airlines for 12 Years before beginning her career promoting and organizing music and film events.


Jason Wallace...

...is first and foremost a storyteller. He is an award winning independent film and video producer, director, editor whose work has been broadcast nationally on several networks including the Independent Film Channel and The Lifetime Movie Network. 

He founded Line Road Pictures in 2007 to develop and produce independent films, as well as provide consultation services to filmmakers in need of financing and production assistance. 

He produced the web series, Fear of Girls 2 & 3, for ABC Family, and Produced and Directed the television pilot season of the Telly Award winning reality web series Cardinal Voices. In the long format world he co-produced and edited the feature films Mulligan and Fall Into Me. He also developed, produced, and edited the feature film Vernie for The Lifetime Movie Network, which is currently in distribution through Vanguard Cinema and Netflix.