Joel Malizia is one of the co-creators being Et Cultura and served as the Director of Development for 2016.
As co-founder of Pilot Moon Films, Joel has spent the past several years building a successful full service video production company that specializes in music festivals, music videos, television commercials and branding videos that works across the country.
With Pilot Moon Films, Joel has created video commercials with Keep Saint Petersburg Local and Safety Harbor Song Fest in recent years and has gained invaluable experience over the past three years as videographers/documentarians employed by SXSW ( South by Southwest) Festival. Joel brings a unique perspective to our team with his love of film making/ story telling, music and personal experience with large scale multi-faceted events.
David Allison is one of the co-creator of Et Cultura and Director of Content for 2016.
A veteran filmmaker and graphic designer who has worked on numerous projects including feature films and motion design work for the World Cup.
David has been in video and film production since 2000. He is a co-founder of Pilot Moon Films, a production company specializing in music videos, commercials, and marketing and mini-documentary videos for companies and organizations. He is also co-founder of Creative Bundle, a graphic design firm focusing on motion graphics for television and LED billboards.
David studied film and television at the University of North Texas before he went on to pursue film editing studies in Los Angeles, where he worked as assistant editor on several independent films.
With every project he takes on, David approaches it as a storyteller, not just a videographer. He seeks out the most natural way to convey the clients’ message in an emotional, cinematic style and will bring all this talent and eye for detail to the Et Cultura project.
Lea was the Managing Art Director at HSN for the past 6 years and has also maintained a Design Business for Film and Stage of over 15 years. She received her MFA in Design for Stage and Film at NYU and has designed for film and theater all over the United States, but she has always had a home grown love for all things Florida after spending her formative years growing up in the St. Pete/Clearwater area.
She brings her extensive design and project management background to every project and can not wait to start collaborating with the City of St. Petersburg, filmmakers, musicians, artists and makers to help build Et Cultura and deliver a nationally recognized festival to the Sunshine City.
Colin Lyman is the co-creator behind the original production concept of Et Cultura. He was responsible for the establishment of the film, multi-media art, makers, and music element of the festival.
During his time as General Manager and Event Coordinator of Green Bench Brewing Co., Colin had the opportunity to gain an intimate understanding of St. Petersburg’s cultural revolution. In getting to know the people behind the movement, he became passionate about bringing St. Petersburg’s eclectic community together to celebrate what makes it one of the preeminent cultural destinations in the Southeastern United States.
Along with community partners, Colin co-produced the following events and coordinated logistics for Et Cultura, 2016:Maker’s Village presented by Rosey Williams of the St. Petersburg Indie Market, Cultura graphic design exhibition with Hype Marketing Group, Heroes vs. Villains in Film & Literature art show with Black Amethyst Tattoo and Art Gallery, Carousel No. 6, an ongoing photography exhibition presented by Todd Bates of Orange Box Studio, The Florida Folk Scene Et Cultura stage with Mark Etherington and Roger Thomas, Projection Mapping with Pixel Rain and Molecular Media, Vintage Moto-Bazaar with Tai Swank of Ronin Vintage, Cardboard Castle art installation with Bloom Gallery, booking the Hip Abduction headliner band, street closure and coordination with municipal entities, and all site logistics for the Nov 18-20, 2016 event.
The Interactive, Et Kidtura and Main Sound Stage Branches, along with other aspects, were added to Et Cultura, 2016 by his partners, Lea Umberger and Joel Malizia and Dave Allison. Being passionate about traveling and experiencing global culture, Colin has taken great joy in seeing his home city of 12 years grow into a cultural destination worthy of the global stage.
Danielle joined Et Cultura in 2016 to help create the Et Cultura Website. Danielle volunteered her time and energy to help support not only the website creation, but also pitched in with graphics creation for several banners and visuals at the festival.
Cameron Morris and Brad Lehmann worked tirelessly as the booking team for the Et Cultura Main Stage Music line up. From sourcing local and national bands to running the backstage logistics these two were the team that brought the sounds to the streets this past November!
Derek Horne is excited to return to his home-state of Florida and join the team at Et Cultura as the curator of their film program.
With years of experience programming film festivals from coast to coast from Newport, R.I. to Newport Beach, CA., Derek has raised the bar for programming standards within every film festival in which he has participated. With an emphasis on “quality over quantity,” Derek always considers the audience when he programs. “I recognize that people are busy and have limited time,” says Derek. “I want to give people a good reason to spend some time with us and to not feel like they have wasted it.” As a programmer, Derek has been well-regarded and known for his penchant for selecting entertaining, worthwhile, and accessible films that audiences enjoy. “I aim for the sweet spot where art and entertainment meet. I don’t really want boring art films on one extreme or meaningless entertainment on the other.
Having just finished programming short films for three prominent film festivals this year including the DC Shorts Fest, Santa Fe Independent, and Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival (which is Academy-accredited and the country’s oldest non-fiction festival), Derek is excited to share the best short films he has discovered this year at Et Cultura.
Derek has been a longtime advocate for short films throughout his career, starting in the 90’s while working in acquisitions for Atom Films, Shortbuzz.com, and iCast, curating short film programs at the Anthology Film Archives in New York City, and writing articles about short films for IndieWire. In 2001 he became the founding editor of Kodak’s “Campus Beat” magazine, the first ever publication dedicated to student filmmaking. He worked in the Filmmaker Services Department at the Sundance Film Festival for six years often times coordinating the short films and he was the Film Coordinator at Chapman University’s film school for eleven years handling the distribution of thousands of student films.
St. Pete Indie Market is a makers faire held the first Saturday of every month showcasing the best of all things indie, located in the heart of downtown St. Petersburg.
Rosey and the St. Pete Indie Market team created the Et Cultura Market that stretched the length of Baum Ave and included more than 80 vendors on Saturday and Sunday of the Festival in 2016.