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About NFG

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ABOUT NFG

[/themeone_header][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][themeone_spacer height=”58px”][vc_column_text]The Nashville Filmmakers Guild began like most groups, it started with a need. A need for community, growth and collaboration. On January 13th 2014, under the leadership of Jon Bufkin, NFG held its first meeting in the upper room of Bongo Java, situated near the campus of Belmont University in Nashville. From that initial group a Facebook group began as a way to communicate between monthly meetings. The group grew from a few dozen members to a few hundred within a matter of months. Many people in the group knew something unique was happening. Each month brought new insights from the very people the community embraced as their own. The same people learning one month was sometimes teaching the next month, the essence of community was permeating the walls of the meeting room. [/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”3862″ img_size=”720×405″ add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center” css_animation=”fadeIn” css=”.vc_custom_1491835649016{margin-top: 20px !important;margin-bottom: 20px !important;}”][vc_column_text]By the fall of 2014 the group had grown tremendously. Bobby Marko took the helm and with the help of a core team made up of Nathan Thompson, Brian Hallett and Scott Simmons, the group expanded it’s vision always keeping the core mission at the heart, to empower the film and video community in Nashville.

Since re-launching the group in April of 2016 NFG has grown leaps and bounds. It has incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non profit organization. It has pulled in sponsors from leading industry companies such as Abel Cine, Blackmagic and G-Technology. 2016 also saw the launch of the organizations workshop series that included topics such as lighting, VR/360 Video Capture and partnering with Kodak to allow attendees to learn how to use and operate actual film cameras! NFG has expanded its social presence by adding Instagram as a way to elevate the work that the Nashville creatives produce. All the images on the NFG Instagram account are re-posts of how the members in the community work.

The core vision of NFG is the empower filmmakers to grow, give and create. This isn’t only lived out by doing, it’s realized by being, in the minds of its members and all who participate. If it is truly believed that we are better together, then being an NFG member can play a vital role in the betterment of the Nashville and the entire Tennessee community.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”4649″ img_size=”720×405″ add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center” css_animation=”fadeIn” css=”.vc_custom_1522423923678{margin-top: 20px !important;margin-bottom: 20px !important;}”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row txt_section_color=”dark” txt_section_align=”txt-center” css=”.vc_custom_1522423538182{padding-top: 60px !important;padding-bottom: 30px !important;}” el_id=”members”][vc_column css_animation=”fadeInUp” delay=”0ms”][themeone_header subtitle=”Meet some of the people who are making it happen!” txtalign=”txt-center”]NFG TEAM[/themeone_header][themeone_spacer height=”32px”][themeone_team_member rows=”3″][themeone_member name=”Bobby Marko” position=”Executive Director” img=”/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/LI2A2399-1X1-2-e1496763397865.png” email=”bobby@nashvillefilmmakers.com” twitter=”https://twitter.com/markovisual”]Bobby is an award winning producer, director, and cinematographer in the Nashville area. As the executive director of NFG, he leads a team of dedicated creatives who strive to uplift and empower the filmmakers in the community![/themeone_member][themeone_member name=”Nathan Thompson” position=”Development Director” img=”/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Nathan-Film-Portrait_1-300×300-e1448916681287.jpg” email=”nathan@nashvillefilmmakers.com” facebook=”https://www.facebook.com/ContrastVisuals/” twitter=”https://twitter.com/ContrastVisuals”]Nathan is a 19 time Emmy Award winning filmmaker and is the founder of Contrast Visuals. He joined NFG in 2015 and, as Director of Development, has contributed greatly to the success of its initiatives![/themeone_member][themeone_member name=”Sarah Haas” position=”Organization Coordinator” img=”/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Sarah-Haas_BlackWhite_500sq.jpg” email=”email@nashvillefilmmakers.com” twitter=”https://twitter.com/sarah_haas”]Sarah is an experienced line producer and production manager working for independent films, commercials, and video content. She is enthusiastic about promoting the arts community via regional and international film and music festivals.[/themeone_member][/themeone_team_member][themeone_team_member rows=”3″][themeone_member name=”Ally Venable” position=”Board Member” img=”https://nashvillefilmmakers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/AVenable-bio-pic-1.jpeg” email=”email@nashvillefilmmakers.com”]Ally Venable is the Director of Development of Centric Screenworks. Her experience as a manager for artists like Kelsea Ballerini and LeAnn Rimes in entertainment and agency markets has led her to co-founding TONS (The Other Nashville Society), a trade and social organization for alternative music & art in Nashville. Her passion for music, creativity & advocating for others is the heartbeat of who she is.[/themeone_member][themeone_member name=”Scott Simmons” position=”Board Member” img=”/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/IMG_1402-e1448916855496.jpg” email=”email@nashvillefilmmakers.com” facebook=”https://www.facebook.com/ProVideoCoalition/” twitter=”https://twitter.com/editblog”]Scott has worked both as a freelancer and on staff at post-houses in Nashville for well over a decade. As a managing editor for Pro Video Coalition Scott brings his knowledge and networking capabilities to help propel NFG forward.[/themeone_member][themeone_member name=”Stacey Cato” position=”Board Member” img=”https://nashvillefilmmakers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/StaceyCato2018.jpg” email=”email@nashvillefilmmakers.com”]Stacey Cato is a Manager, Music & Talent, at CMT/Paramount Network/TV Land/MTV Networks (Viacom). With a passion for music and 20+ years of television, film and online experience, his work includes shows such as Nashville, CMT Crossroads, CMT Music Awards and more. Stacey’s experience paired with his forward-thinking vision brings a wealth of knowledge & leadership to NFG. [/themeone_member][/themeone_team_member][themeone_team_member rows=”3″][themeone_member name=”Scott McDaniel” position=”Advisory Board Member” img=”https://nashvillefilmmakers.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/SM_2018.jpg” email=”email@nashvillefilmmakers.com”]Scott McDaniel serves as Vice President of Creative for the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. He has personally crewed 100+ films, videos & has commissioned over 400 music videos & films to award-winning directors between multiple genre formats. His experience includes producer credits for live concert films, feature length films & documentaries. McDaniel has served in both the national & local NARAS Nashville Chapter and the Motion Picture Industry Advisory Board for Belmont University.[/themeone_member][/themeone_team_member][themeone_spacer height=”100px”][/vc_column][/vc_row]