About San Diego Filmmakers
Expanding opportunities for filmmakers through networking and education.
San Diego Filmmakers (SDF) is a community, platform, and resource through which local filmmakers can share insight, engage in meaningful dialogue about critical issues, and form lasting connections. We hold events on the second Tuesday of each month where filmmakers can learn from guest speakers and connect with members of the community.
San Diego Filmmakers was established in September 2005 by award-winning writers, directors, and producers who came together to create a resource for filmmakers through which they could share insight, engage in meaningful dialogue, and form lasting connections. The association's first events featured Silver writer Chrisanna Northrup, former San Diego Film Commission vice president and director of features Kathy McCurdy, and Tombstone producer Bob Misiorowski. The founding board of directors was comprised of writer-director Dan Margules, producer-writer Aaron Matthew Kaiser, producer-director Gerald "Wade" Varney, writer-director Robin Rigby, and Video Gear founder Martin Banks.
Since then, San Diego Filmmakers has produced nearly 80 events which have featured more than 100 exceptional guest speakers, including actor Richard Hatch (Battlestar Galactica), character actor Doug Jones (Hellboy, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer), actor-comedian Mark Christopher Lawrence (The Pursuit of Happyness, Chuck), actor Faran Tahir (Iron Man, Star Trek), writer Jimmy Diggs (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager), Emmy Award-winning producer Erik Bork (From the Earth to the Moon, Band of Brothers), Sundance Film Festival award-winning director Destin Daniel Cretton (Short Term 12), and Oscar-nominated director Gregg Helvey (Kavi).
Mitch Feingold — President
Mitch Feingold is president at San Diego Filmmakers. For more than 20 years, Feingold has produced, directed, written, and performed improv sketch and stand-up comedy shows. He has performed at the La Jolla Comedy Store, the Lyceum Theatre, and colleges, clubs and corporate events throughout Southern California.
Greg Lefevre — Vice President
Greg Lefevre is vice president at San Diego Filmmakers. Lefevre has more than 40 years of experience with broadcast journalism. Currently, he is a media consultant and executive coach whose clients regularly appear on 60 Minutes, CNN, CBS, Fox News and in the New York Times. For 17 years, Lefevre was a Bureau Chief and Correspondent at CNN, where he directed major network news coverage for an 11-state region.
Gerald "Wade" Varney — Treasurer
Gerald "Wade" Varney is a cofounder of San Diego Filmmakers. Wade is Vice President of Programming for North County Videomakers, and has produced and directed many corporate videos as well as over 200 television commercials. His work has won numerous first place industry awards, including the Cindy Award, Golden Eagle Award, Golden Camera Award, and the AAF's "Best in the West" Award for his commercials. In 2007, his experimental short, "Flaming Chicken," took home the Grand Festival Award at the Berkeley Film Festival.
- Aaron Matthew Kaiser
- Bob Unger
- Jack Whidden
- John Cole
- Len Savage
- Martin Banks
- Moh Salim
- Paul Lopez
- Rametin Movahhed
- Stuart Allman