Consulting Team

Artists United is proud to introduce our Consulting Team. This team includes individuals with special expertise who are available to consult one on one with the members of Artists United. We have negotiated a special member discount with each consultant.

Be sure to use the code AU_Discount_Consulting when you contact one of the Consulting Team members about their work. Discounts vary from consultant to consultant. Consulting Team members also pledge to donate back a percentage of their fees to Artists United to support our work.

Holly Million

Holly Million

Consulting Team

Holly Million is an artist, filmmaker, nonprofit leader, teacher, speaker, and writer whose personal passion is empowering people to change their world. Holly has over two decades’ experience in nonprofit management, has been a consultant, director of development, executive director, and board member for scores of organizations, and has raised millions of dollars throughout her career.

Holly also has over two decades’ experience fundraising for films. In addition to securing funding for A Story of Healing, which won a 1997 Academy Award, she has raised money for documentary and dramatic films that have aired on PBS, HBO, and other broadcast outlets. A skilled producer, Holly can handle the business, fundraising, and logistical aspects of taking a film from concept through completion.

As a film director, Holly created Changing Room, a dramatic film that had its television debut on PBS in 2005. She is also the director of the feature-length documentaries A Permanent Mark: Agent Orange in America and Vietnam and Frackture, a film about parents in Western Pennsylvania fighting the installation of six fracking wells .5 miles from their children’s school. Holly is the producer of The Rugby Player, a feature-length documentary that tells the story of United Flight 93 passenger Mark Bingham and his mother, Alice Hoagland. Holly also produced It Came From Kuchar, a documentary about underground filmmaker George Kuchar directed by Jennifer Kroot, and she was a fundraising consultant on Blind Spot: Murder by Women, a film by Oscar-winning filmmakers Allie Light and Irving Saraf, Everyday Heroes, a film by Oscar-nominated director Rick Goldsmith, and numerous additional narrative and documentary films.

Holly has an MA in Education from Stanford University and a BA in English from Harvard University.

Contact Holly by emailing her at Holly@artistsunited.net. Mention Artists United for a discounted rate.

Kristine Maltrud

Kristine Maltrud

Consulting Team

Kristine consults on: Business Model Development; Resolving Money Roadblocks; Online and In-person Communications (Online Presence, Websites, Social Media); Fundraising, including Crowdfunding; Career Planning; Legacy Planning, Leadership; Audience Development; Community Engagement. Kristine is a life-long performing artist and founder/CEO of ArtSpark (http://art-spark.org).

She has provided consultation and coaching for a wide variety of artists and creators in the U.S. and Canada for 20+ years. ArtSpark developed The Artist Business Canvas, a tool and process that both empowers and equips artists and creators to make a living on their own terms while staying true to their creative practice.

The Artist Business Canvas online course is available to Artist United members. Contact info: kristine@art-spark.org

Sam Hull

Sam Hull

Consulting Team

Sam is a professional director, teacher, designer, creative consultant, acting coach and performer. He has directed award winning productions both on stage and in film, won numerous design awards and has appeared as a performer in over 60 productions including opera, stage, film, and TV. He has worked in Las Vegas as an Assistant Show Director and as a Director for Sabre Latin America both in Miami and Orlando, Florida.

Sam has worked with Universal Studios, Artists Repertory Theatre, The Cantilever Project, Bump in the Road Theatre, Van port Square Studios, Staged!, Running Deer Films, Seaside Music Theatre, Hot flash Films and the Portland Area Theatre Alliance (PATA) where he served on the Board of Directors. He was a professor of Theatre for 17 years and has taught at the University of Florida, St. John’s University, College of St. Benedict, Rollins College, the University of Central Florida, PCC and The Art Institute of Portland.

Sam has presented at the American Theatre of Higher Education conference (New York City) and served as an international consultant to the Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance (GVPTA) in Vancouver, BC. Sam holds an MFA from the University of Florida and two Bachelors from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois.

Sam has built his career on producing, directing and reinventing artistic opportunities for women. He encourages women to look beyond the limitations set by the industry and find new and exciting methods of communicating with the world at large.

His primary mission is to raise the awareness of limited opportunities for women in the arts, with a goal of advancing the definition of “women’s work” and creating outlets and partnerships for women in the professional and educational arenas. He is currently serving as the Executive Director and Founder of ARTemis an organization advancing women artists through knowledge building, exposure, and support. Email Sam here: samhullpdx@gmail.com

Richard Lee

Richard Lee

Consulting Team

Richard J. Lee has been an attorney in private practice for more than 30 years. His practice emphasizes estate planning, probate and business transactional work, including nonprofit organizations and independent filmmakers.

Mr. Lee provides advice and guidance to clients buying, starting, operating or selling their businesses. He emphasizes thorough planning that anticipates possible complications and works vigorously to solve problems once they have arisen.

In his estate planning work, Mr. Lee stresses the planning and preparation of appropriate legal documents (such as durable powers of attorneys, advance health care directives, wills and living trusts) to safeguard families from unexpected events with potentially wide-ranging legal and monetary ramifications. He also conducts detailed planning for complex estates and works with clients to meet the financial and personal goals that precede death and the transition of assets.

Mr. Lee helped establish the Film Arts Foundation in 1976 and served as its counsel until 2008, when he assisted in the transition of the services it provided to independent media professionals to the San Francisco Film Society. As one of the first panel members of Bay Area Lawyers for the Arts (now California Lawyers for the Arts), he represents many nonprofit corporations, including numerous filmmakers and videographers, and provides group legal services to members of the San Francisco Film Society.

Mr. Lee was born in Spokane, Wash., and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. He graduated from Stanford University in 1969 with a B.A. in Sociology with honors and with distinction. He received his Juris Doctor from UC Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law in 1974. While in law school, he worked for the Environmental Defense Fund and the California Attorney General’s Consumer Protection and Environmental Protection Units.

Richard J. Lee is affiliated with the following organizations:

  • State Bar of California (http://www.calbar.ca.gov) member since 1975, past chair — Group and Prepaid Committee of Legal Service Section
  • Alameda County Bar Association (http://www.acbanet.org) Member, Judicial Appointments Evaluation Committee, 2007 to present
  • San Francisco Film Society (http://www.sffs.org) Provider, group legal services to members
  • National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture (http://www.namac.org) member, past board member
  • California Lawyers for the Arts (http://www.calawyersforthearts.org) panel attorney
  • Mira Vista Golf and Country Club (http://www.miravista.org) past president
  • Northern California Golf Association (http://www.ncga.org) member, past certified rules official

Email Richard here: rjl@blythlee.com

Robert Rivenbark

Robert Rivenbark

Consulting Team

Robert Rivenbark, Lanieakea Productions LLC

Robert’s firm, Lanieakea (Hawaiian for “infinite heavens”) Productions LLC, offers you a skilled, cost-effective, responsive group of advertising, marketing, and filmmaking professionals with decades of experience branding and promoting clients ready to take their films, businesses, nonprofits, and artistic careers to the next level of success. Services include:

  • Screenwriting
  • Copywriting
  • Business plans & marketing strategy
  • Creative direction & account management
  • Art direction & graphic design
  • Websites
  • Email blast & social media campaigns
  • Print and digital ads & collateral
  • Video scripting & production
  • Translation (English to Spanish & Italian & Italian & Spanish to English)
  • Voiceover acting (English with an Italian accent or English- & Spanish- language)

Robert is a screenwriter, director, producer, and novelist. He serves on the Artists United Board of Directors as Chair of the Marketing and Communications Committee, and is directing and producing the Artists United Music Video. He has 22+ years of experience as an advertising copywriter, creative director, and video producer—including eight years in L.A. His passion for filmmaking and fiction writing are equaled by his commitment to build up the Global Village through the power of storytelling, to spread mutual understanding to people of many cultures. He earned his MA in Creative Writing from Antioch University while studying in Oxford and London, England

Creative portfolios of Lanieakea creative team members:

www.linkedin.com/in/robert-bob-rivenbark-m-a-50658138/

Sarah Scheideman

Sarah Scheideman

Consulting Team

After earning a Bachelors of Arts degree in Film and Visual Culture from UC Riverside, Sarah returned home to the Coachella Valley in 2008 to a barren desert lacking art and community. To fill the void she started a blog documenting and promoting the local emerging arts community and called it “The Coachella Valley Art Scene.” She still runs the organization to this day (10 years later), and has lead its evolvement from blog, to business, to art incubator, to festival curator to (now) nonprofit organization. In her most recent venture she has launched a creative agency based in Palm Springs, called “Scene Creative.” Through Scene, Sarah produces creative online content for businesses and music festivals across California with the help of her artistic peers. 
 
SceneCreative.us
 
@TheCVArtScene
@SceneCreative.us

www.scenecreative.us/

Thomas Schlesinger

Thomas Schlesinger

Consulting Team

Tom Schlesinger facilitates storytelling trainings at Pixar, Lucasfilm, the American Film Institute, the WGA, and the DGA. He also facilitates human potential workshops like: Art as Transformation at UCLA; Myths, Dreams and Movies at the Esalen Institute and The California Institute of Transpersonal Psychology; and Creative Flow: the Inner Reaches of Outer Space, at the Academy of Art in Munich and the Working Group in Toronto. Tom was story consultant on the Academy Award-winning Nowhere in Africa and the HBO documentaries A Small Act and Prom Night in Mississippi, featuring Morgan Freeman. Email Tom here: tfilm23@gmail.com.

Andrea Schlupp

Andrea Schlupp

Consulting Team

Andrea loves to guide people who are on a journey of self discovery and exploration. She is walking on this path for several decades, and would be very happy to accompany you with all the tools she learned on the way. As a trained animal communicator, Andrea can also help you get to know your companion animal much better, and assist with health, behaviour and end-of-life issues. She is also a registered nurse for 30 years, and feels passionate about bridging western medicine with alternative approached to health and healing. Andrea is passionate about helping people energetically and shamanically to overcome obstacles with their creativity For more information, either visit her website or email her at:andreaschlupp@yahoo.ca.

andreaschlupp.com/

Alice Shikina

Alice Shikina

Consulting Team

As a certified mediator, Alice Shikina has a unique background. She has over 20 years of theatre experience, which she brings to her mediation practice. She is a practiced improviser and an excellent people reader. She has mediated hundreds of hours of landlord/tenant cases, as well as families/au pair cases. She is a good listener, compassionate and a true neutral. Alice Shikina has coached mediators in training through UC Berkeley extension. Alice works hard to make sure that all parties are heard, and all issues are explored deeply. She believes that most situations can be resolved and she uses her creative, out-of-box thinking style to help parties come up with solutions that work with everyone. Alice has a high success rate in settling cases she mediates. Alice is a member of The Bar Association of San Francisco and the Alameda County Bar Association, a volunteer mediator for the Superior Court of California in Alameda County and mediates for the San Francisco Police Accountability Department. “I have worked with many expensive mediators, JAMS SF, JAMS San Jose, many retired judges, many mediators used by insurance defense firms, etc. Ms. Shikina is up there with the very best in getting results and settling cases, no matter how difficult.” ~Peter Tuann, Esq. People can find me at aliceshikina.com. They can also find me on Yelp https://www.yelp.com/biz/shikina-mediation-and-arbitration-oakland?osq=shikina

www.aliceshikina.com/

Manuel “Manoli” Tsingaris

Manuel “Manoli” Tsingaris

Consulting Team

Manuel Adrian Tsingaris has been an editor for over twenty years. Most recently he edited the feature documentary, Alive Inside, which won the US Audience Award for Best Documentary at Sundance 2014. He also was an Editor on The Latino Americans, a 6-hour PBS mini-series retelling US history through a Latin lens which won a Peabody Award, and Purgatorio, which premiered at the Guadalajara International Film Festival.

Long Gone won Best Documentary at Slamdance, and China Blue was an official selection at the Toronto International Film Festival and won the Amnesty International Human Rights Award at IDFA in Amsterdam. A Dream in Doubt received a Grand Jury Honorable Mention Award at Slamdance. Writ Writer was an official selection at SXSW 2008 and aired on Independent Lens on PBS. DOGTOWN REDEMPTION aired on Independent Lens in early 2016. Other past work includes The Rugby Player, Uncle Gloria and A Test of Courage.

www.tsingaris.com

Suzanne Yada

Suzanne Yada

Consulting Team

Suzanne Yada has spoken at sold-out panels across the United States about social media, storytelling, education and entrepreneurship. As the CEO of yadaCreative Digital Marketing, she guides clients big and small through the overwhelm of online marketing.

She is the founder of Signal Boost Collective, where marketing professionals gather to help creatives and changemakers be seen. She is also passionate about mindfulness, social justice, technology and creativity, and she blends those passions together as singer-songwriter @ Little Spiral @, where she explores what it means to be a human in an increasingly digital world. Email Suzanne here: suzanneyada@gmail.com

Kimberly Wiefling

Kimberly Wiefling

Consulting Team

Kimberly Wiefling helps individuals, teams and organizations achieve what SEEMS impossible, but is merely difficult. How? By turning managers into leaders and groups of people into real teams through her unique “WorkShocks” – highly engaging, experiential, interactive “Learning Laboratories” where real change happens. And these changes lead to meaningful and measurable business results.

Kimberly has worked all over the US, Europe and Asia, traveling to Japan over 100 times to work with culturally diverse employees of globalizing Japanese companies.

Kimberly’s first book, Scrappy Project Management, was also published in Japanese by the #1 business publisher in Japan, Nikkei Business Press. She has edited and co-authored an additional 5 books and dozens of blogs. Her mentor is Dr. Edgar Schein, who wrote the foreword to her new book “Inspired Organizational Cultures” which will be published later in 2017.

Kimberly is passionate about making a meaningful difference by working with organizations, individuals and teams committed to solving the problems of Our World – profitably and thus sustainably. She is determined to transform Planet Earth one effective leader and engaged team at a time!

You can email her here:kwiefling@gmail.com