VMA Board Candidates Announced

By February 5, 2015Members, News

We’re pleased to announce that four VMA members have volunteered to serve on our new board of directors.  The election will take place via SurveyMonkey immediately after our annual meeting on Saturday, February 7.

You’ll find statement and biographies from our four candidates below.

Running for the two-year seats (two available):

Tara O'Reilly

Statement: My focus as a Vermont Media Alliance board member would be to help the VMA build momentum by presenting more workshops and events, particularly for actors and directors, and developing the VMA website into a more interactive, member friendly site to which people turn as easily as they turn to their social media sites.

Bio: Tara O’Reilly is an actress and yoga teacher who resides in Northern Vermont. She has been a member of the Screen Actors Guild since 2002. She has been lucky to work  in Vermont films doing scenes with such great Actors as Bruce Dern, Emile Hirsch, David Warner, Genevieve Bujold, Dan Butler and George Woodard. Her first film was Jon Andrews’s “Pursuing Happiness”. She has been in over 15 short films and numerous VT commercials and industrials. She has studied film Acting in LA with Eric Stone (Meisner Technique), Jock MacDonald (Cameron Thor Studio East), Michael Monks (Ivana Chubbuck Studio) but her most influential teachers have been Richard Waterhouse( Roy London Technique) and her fellow Actors in the Vermont Film Acting Group.

Pamela Preston

Statement: I have worked on productions in numerous states. These opportunities have enabled me to locate talented crew, performers, film makers and experienced workers. They ask questions when needed, offer wonderful assistance and are caring passionate people in the industry. Coming back to Vermont, I find that it has been a challenge to communicate, find resources and ask for help when the resources seem to be minimal or hard to find. I know they are there. We need to find a vehicle to bring them all together.

My goal as a Board member is to  work with a team to help us create a community of communicators, provide access to finding crew, talent and other needs, assisting and directing all creative people to get their productions up and running. As an added bonus to local communities productions can hire local residents for projects to be brought into Vermont. I would be proud to serve on such a Board.

Bio: Pamela Preston has a passion for video production. Through the years she has worked in a variety of positions including Film, Theater, Video, Dance and other creative outlets. Over the past 18 years she has acquired a BA degree in communications, worked on a series of six Documentaries for National Geographic, was the Production Accountant for the Award Nominated Feature Film “Frozen River, and won a Telly award for Co-Producing a local TV series in Colorado, “Keeping It Real”. She has enjoyed creating short films and music videos on her own. Pamela has been looking for a venue to work with other filmmakers in Vermont. She feels strongly that this opportunity with the Alliance is one that will help all creative people come together to pool resources. This is a great opportunity to bring other films and related activities to the State of Vermont.

Giovanni Tabor

Statement: Music is a unique commodity. It has the ability to touch the soul and to evoke emotion and feeling. Many media producers I work with express that they’d love to have a composer for their project, but simply don’t have funds. Subsequently, many of our local music creators are forced into second jobs and alternate careers. Last year, I made a dangerous decision to turn music composition into my full time job. Despite all the hard work, it has been an absolute blast every step of the way. As a Vermont composer, I immediately noticed a divide between the local media and music industries. This year, I began working with local 3D animator, Greg Harrison, and founder of Cable Line Entertainment, Leeroy Farrere, as well as connecting with artist relation manager at First Night Burlington, Sarah Stickle, to create a music publishing company with a mission to connect the local media and music industries. It’s our goal to find alternative ways with which to pay music creators without costing more money for producers. Becoming part for the VMA board would allow me further opportunity to help connect great people with great projects.

Bio: Giovanni Tabor is a film and game composer from Burlington, Vermont. He is known for being extremely passionate about the craft of music composition, learning new things, and being completely committedto finishing the task at hand. He loves all genres of music and incorporates many styles into his own compositions. Above all else, Giovanni loves collaborating with clients and friends to create something great.

Running for the one-year seat (one available):

Luke Stafford

Statement: I am running to ensure that southern Vermont is well-represented in the Vermont media scene.

Bio: Luke is the founder and chief of Mondo Mediaworks. He lives in Williamsville, Vermont with his wife and two daughters. A graduate of the St. Michael’s College journalism program, Luke is also a freelance writer and videographer. When he’s not steering Mondo, he’s snowboarding, DJing, tinkering with his vintage Triumph motorcycle or out exploring the Green Mountains.