The proven education at VFS is built on a premise that the skills students learn here must prepare them for a lifetime of personal and professional opportunity. Our mission is to ensure that students come here and, in one year, learn what they need to move directly into the industry.
As part of this mandate, we involve prominent industry professionals in the development of our programs. These advisory boards serve as lifelines to the industry, providing students with direct connections to the professional world. Advisory board members come from many of the world's top companies, and include independent thinkers and scholars from their respective fields.
Andrea Baynes has produced over 30 films, among them Miss Rose White, which won 4 Emmys including Best Picture, and also garnered the Humanitis Award. The Interrogation of Michael Crowe was presented with the George F. Peabody Award as well as the American Bar Association Silver Gavel Award as the best annual telefilm dealing with legal issues. Her film, Kate's Secret, was chosen for an American Psychiatric Association Award, and the 2008 Toronto Film Festival presented her feature film, Who Do You Love.
She has produced films for every major American television network as well as for SONY, Disney, Columbia, Warner Bros. and her own company, Andrea Baynes Productions. Prior to her years as a producer, she was Executive Vice-President at Fox Television Studios, Senior Vice-President at Columbia Television and Director of Development at NBC.
In 2010 she produced two films for Lifetime Television Network: The 19th Wife, based on the best-selling novel, and Unanswered Prayers, based on the Garth Brooks' song. She continues to develop and produce material for film and television.
Bruce Gilbert has been writing and producing since the late 1970s. He received an Academy Award Nomination for Best Picture and won the Golden Globe Award and the prestigious Humanitas Award. In all, his films have been nominated for 24 Academy Awards. His TV projects have been nominated for 11 Emmys and won 5.
He co-wrote and Associate Produced Coming Home, the first serious homefront story about the Viet Nam war from a major Hollywood studio. Directed by the great Hal Ashby, the film went on to receive 8 Academy Award nominations, winning in the categories of Actor (Jon Voight), Actress (Jane Fonda), and screenplay.
He then Executive Produced the nuclear thriller The China Syndrome, and produced the hit comedy Nine to Five and the classic On Golden Pond, which starred Henry Fonda, Katherine Hepburn, and Jane Fonda for the first and only time. The film garnered 10 Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture for Mr. Gilbert and Best Director for Mark Rydell. Henry Fonda won the only Academy Award of his career and Katherine Hepburn won her record-setting fourth. The screenplay, by Ernest Thompson, also received the Oscar.
Mr. Gilbert then turned his attention to television, first Executive Producing the TV series of Nine to Five, which ran for three seasons on ABC.
Gilbert then changed formats again, Executive Producing the three hour mini-series The Dollmaker, which was nominated for six Emmys, including Outstanding Drama/Comedy Special and won two Emmy awards, Best Actress for Jane Fonda and Best Costumes. The director, Daniel Petrie, won the Directors Guild Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Specials. The screenwriters, Susan Cooper and Hume Cronyn, won the Best Adapted Drama Anthology award from the Writer's Guild of America.
Returning to feature films, Mr. Gilbert produced the Sidney Lumet-directed The Morning After, which garnered another Academy Award nomination for Ms Fonda and co-starred Jeff Bridges and Raul Julia.
Mr. Gilbert returned to writing with the screenplay for the HBO miniseries By Dawn's Early Light, which he also Executive Produced. The film starred James Earl Jones, who was nominated for an Emmy. The mini-series also won the Emmy for Outstanding Achievement in Visual Effects.
In the 1990s, Mr. Gilbert produced the feature films Man Trouble, starring Jack Nicholson and Ellen Barkin, and Jack the Bear, starring Danny Devito. Jack the Bear co-starred Reese Witherspoon, who won the Best Youth Actress award from the Young Artist Awards.
Gilbert returned once again to television, Executive Producing for Turner Network Television the true-life drama Glory & Honor, about the discovery of the North Pole by explorers Robert Peary and African-American Matthew Henson. Henson's participation in the discovery of the Pole was previously little known, and he is now buried with full honors next to Admiral Robert Peary in Arlington National Cemetery. The film won a Golden Satellite Award for its star, Delroy Lindo, and an Emmy for composer Bruce Broughton.
Mr. Gilbert continues to develop stories for motion pictures and television. He has two grown children and divides his time between New York and California.
Steve Miner has had a very popular career in making films and remains one of Hollywood's most prolific directors. He has worked with a variety of stars that includes Jamie Lee Curtis, Leslie Nielsen, C. Thomas Howell, Tom Arnold, Rick Moranis, and Bill Pullman.
Before becoming a director, Steve worked as an editor for Wes Craven and Sean S. Cunningham on several occasions, helping bring the notorious film The Last House on the Left to the screen. He worked for Cunningham again in 1980 on Friday the 13th as an associate producer, and the following year he was hired to direct its next two sequels. Miner also directed the comedy, Soul Man, and moved onto serious drama with Forever Young before coming back to comedy with Rick Moranis and Tom Arnold in Big Bully. He returned to horror with the very successful Halloween H20: 20 Years Later and the underwater/comedy thriller Lake Placid.
Kim C. Roberts brings two decades of entertainment law experience, having provided legal advice on a wide range of film and television projects through his law firm Roberts & Stahl. At Sepia Films, Kim oversees co-productions, production financing, contract negotiations, E&O insurance and tax credits for Canadian and foreign productions and certification for Canadian productions, as well as all aspects of production legal.
Kim is also involved in the development and production of Sepia's feature film slate, utilizing strong working relationships with financial institutions and federal agencies - both of which are necessary to finance and produce motion pictures in Canada - and providing input on the slate's creative elements.
Together with Tina Pehme, Kim has produced Sepia's feature films Replicas, A Shine Of Rainbows (2010), Partition (2007), Civic Duty (2006), Love on the Side (2004) and the feature music documentary And The Beat Goes On... (2009). He also executive produced the award-winning Canada/UK co-production It's All Gone Pete Tong (2004). The pair established the development company Honalee Productions to handle their growing development slate and to facilitate post-production in-house.
In 2009, they commenced pre-production on the feature documentary Hue in partnership with the National Film Board of Canada.
Kim consistently demonstrates knowledge of the complexities of financing films in today's marketplace and the ability to problem-solve the challenges that arise during production.
He is also passionate about his garden and enjoys creating new cocktail recipes.