board of DIRECTORS


In addition to serving as the Moving Picture Institute's president, Rob Pfaltzgraff is the secretary and treasurer of the Moving Picture Institute's board. (Pfaltzgraff's biography is listed under Team.)


Michael J. Friedman is general counsel at Trillium Trading, LLC, a premier proprietary trading firm that focuses on short-term equity trading. He serves as compliance chief of the company's trading unit and as a corporate adviser to its technology and business development teams. Previously, he was a partner at Winston & Strawn LLP, an international law firm with 15 offices worldwide. He received an AB in history, cum laude, from Princeton University and a JD from Northwestern University School of Law. He serves on the board of the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures and as an independent, voting member of the Moving Picture Institute's board of trustees.


Kevin Harper is the founder and chief investment officer of Junto Financial. Prior to that, he was a managing director of investment research at Endowment Capital Group, LLC, where he was instrumental in launching the fund and raising approximately $500 million from endowment and foundation clients. A Pennsylvania Army National Guard veteran, Harper is also founder and chairman of the ValorTrust Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to helping disabled veterans. Harper holds a BS from the Wharton School, a BA in chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA from the Wharton School. He serves as an independent, voting member of the Moving Picture Institute's board of trustees.


Marc Leader is a financial executive at SunGard Availability Services, which provides IT operations support for disaster recovery, managed services, IT consulting, and business continuity management. He is responsible for the company's annual and long-range financial plans, as well as the evaluation of strategic initiatives. He has served on the boards of several non-profit organizations, including the University of Pennsylvania Alumni Association and PSI Upsilon of Philadelphia. He holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from New York University's Leonard Stern School of Business. He serves as an independent, voting member of the Moving Picture Institute's board of trustees.


Stephen Modzelewski has been active in the field of finance for decades. At Salomon Brothers, now part of Citicorp, he created mathematical models for valuing fixed income securities and developed the framework for "option adjusted spread," now a standard analytical metric for complex fixed income securities. In 1988, he established the hedge fund Parsec Trading Corp. Then Modzelewski established his own firm, Maple Engine L.P., a private multi-strategy investment and trading fund focusing on speculative trading and venture investment. He serves on the boards of the Reason Foundation and the Institute for Justice. He serves as an independent, voting member of the Moving Picture Institute's board of trustees.


Stacey Parks has over 16 years of experience in independent film as a sales agent, producer, and consultant for independent filmmakers. As a former foreign sales agent she's sold hundreds of films worldwide. Her clients include Sundance, Cannes, Berlin, and Toronto award-winning filmmakers and producers who have successfully secured studio and mini-major distribution for their films. Parks has conducted extensive lectures and workshops on film distribution, finance, and marketing for the British Film Institute, the American Film Market, the South Australia Film Corporation, the National Association of Latino Independent Producers, FilmArc for FilmPool Nord, Women In Film, Berlin Film Festival, and the Raindance Film Festival. Parks is producer on the MPI Original feature, Miss Virginia. She serves as an independent, voting member of the Moving Picture Institute's board of trustees.


Rob Long is best known for his work as a writer on Cheers, which he also co-executive produced in its final season. During his time with Cheers, the series received two Emmy awards and two Golden Globes. His most recent television series are George and Leo, starring Bob Newhart and Judd Hirsch; Love & Money on CBS; and Men, Women & Dogs on the WB Network. He created all three with his writing partner, Dan Staley. Their production company, Staley/Long Productions, has been based at Paramount Studios since 1993. A contributing editor to Newsweek International, he also writes for the Wall Street Journal. His book Conversations with My Agent chronicled his early career in television, a story that he continued in his 2005 book Set Up, Joke, Set Up, Joke. He graduated from Yale University in 1987, and spent two years at the UCLA School of Film, Theater and Television, where he has also been adjunct professor of screenwriting. He serves on the board of directors of the American Cinema Foundation and My Friend's Place, an agency for homeless teens in Hollywood. He serves as an independent, voting member of the Moving Picture Institute's board of trustees.

+ Mary Beth Weiss

Mary Beth Weiss is an entrepreneur whose professional career spans the restaurant, travel, investment, and avocado farming industries. She is also the owner of Hawthorne Ranch in Carpinteria, California. Weiss serves on several local and national boards including American Commitment, American Transparency, and the Network of Enlightened Women. She studied mass communications at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is an independent, voting member of the Moving Picture Institute's board of trustees.

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Michael Mandaville is a bondable line producer/unit production manager whose films include Taken and Taken 2 with Liam Neeson, Havoc with Anne Hathaway, The Kiss with Terence Stamp and Billy Zane, and American History X with Edward Norton. In addition to directing commercials, shorts, and documentaries, he has written several scripts and novels. He graduated from the University of Southern California with his MA in professional writing. He received his BA in philosophy at UC Santa Barbara and attended the undergraduate film program at Columbia College.


John Papola is an award-winning director and producer. He has worked in entertainment with major brands, including Spike, Nickelodeon, and MTV, and with leading agencies. He is the co-founder of Emergent Order, an Austin-based media company dedicated in part to the exploration of the values of a free and peaceful society. He co-wrote, produced, and directed the viral videos Fear the Boom and Bust and Fight of the Century. A Moving Picture Institute fellowship allowed him to co-create EconStories, which explores economics through storytelling. He partnered with the Moving Picture Institute on the web series EconPop. Papola’s critically-acclaimed documentary At the Fork is currently available on Amazon and iTunes.


Granddaughter of the celebrated filmmaker Cecil B. DeMille, Cecilia DeMille Presley is a dedicated film preservationist, philanthropist, and producer. She is the president and the guiding spirit of the Cecil B. DeMille Foundation, the long-time benefactor of higher education, child welfare, and film in southern California. She serves on the Board of Councillors of the UCLA Foundation and the Board of Trustees for Chapman University, and actively supports the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as well as the Hathaway Home for Children. She has served on the board of the National Film Preservation Foundation.


S. Leigh Savidge founded Xenon Pictures, Inc., the first independent distribution company for black audience content in the U.S. home-entertainment marketplace. Xenon Pictures currently has a library of 160 titles and has financed and produced a number of documentaries including Welcome to Death Row, the basis for the screenplay of the Universal Pictures 2015 box office hit Straight Outta Compton, which Savidge also executive produced. In 2016, Savidge received a Writers Guild and an Academy Award nomination for the Straight Outta Compton screenplay.

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