President's Message

I want to take this opportunity to introduce myself to the San Diego Filmmakers community.

Before I continue, however, I want to recognize our outgoing president, Dearin Crockett. Dearin has finished his term as President, and moved to Los Angeles to pursue his career as an actor. All of us at San Diego Filmmakers thank Dearin for the excellent job he has done. He certainly raised the bar, and contributed a great deal to the association's growth. Anyone who has worked with him appreciates his many talents and professionalism. Dearin, we wish you the best, and we look forward to seeing you on the big screen. Remember, you always have a home at San Diego Filmmakers!

This month, I assumed the role and responsibilities of President. The year 2012 will be about growth and formalization. Through my company, Mitch Feingold Presents, I have nearly 20 years of experience with producing, directing, writing, and performing improv sketch comedy, stand-up comedy, and music shows for corporate and public events. Currently, I'm studying acting with Billy Cowart at WCI Studios.

Greg Lefevre has accepted the role of Vice President. He is the owner of Greg Lefevre Media, where he works as a professional training and coaching consultant for corporate and community leaders. Previously, he was a correspondent at CBS in Northern California, and served as a bureau chief at CNN for 18 years, directing major network news coverage for an 11-state region.

Our commitment, of the necessary time and effort to support this association's growth, is only a small part of what it takes to make things happen. A team of volunteers is absolutely critical to keeping the organization running smoothly and effectively. We are always looking for volunteers to participate as members of the Planning Committee, which meets on the third Tuesday of every month at Video Gear.

Martin Banks, who is the founding sponsor of San Diego Filmmakers, has relocated Video Gear to a new location—8969 Kenamar Dr., Suite 104, San Diego, CA 92121. If you are interested in volunteering, please get in touch with us during our next event on December 13 at Groovy Like A Movie.

Last month's Sixth Year Anniversary Party at the Marriott Courtyard San Diego Central Hotel was a big success. We had 155 attendees. To all of those who made the event possible, and to all of those who attended, thank you! We plan to make such events an annual occurrence.

Finally, I would like to thank Aaron Matthew Kaiser, a cofounder of San Diego Filmmakers, for all he has done—not only in the way he has conducted the monthly events, but the enormous amount of work he did behind the scenes! Although Aaron lives in Burbank, he would commute to every event, and call in for our monthly planning sessions. While I would kid with him about his introductory "monologues," he was a driving force in making every event a success. On December 13, Aaron will emcee the final event of the year for the last time. I hope that you all come out to give Aaron what he deserves—a standing ovation! Thank you, Aaron.

I hope that you had a great Thanksgiving holiday, and I look forward to seeing you at our next event!

One response to “President's Message”

  1. Jenallenmedia says:

    Hi Mitch, Congrats on the new position. It was fun speaking with you @ the Anniversary party...your humor is contagious. Dearin is a great actor & was fun to work with during the 48hr film fest (our whole group met @ a SD Filmmakers event). Aaron is also a funny MC & worked it with the tickets during the Anniversary (he forgave those who didn't print em out). These LA guys will be missed but I look forward to meeting more people & having many more laughs.
    Take care
    Jen Allen

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