What is the Windrider Film Forum?

Independent Films. Compelling Conversations. Unexpected Journeys.

The Windrider Film Forum takes participants on a journey, exploring our common humanity imaginatively, intellectually, and compassionately, through film. Many filmmakers have become the conscience in our culture, creating films that do more than simply entertain us. They inspire us to find ways to make a difference in the world and in our local communities. If you open your minds and your hearts, these independent films can be a catalyst for meaningful, productive, intentional action.

So, what does that mean?

It means we work to find independent feature length and short films exploring the human condition with creativity and respect. We scout for these films at the Sundance Film Festival and other top festivals in the country. We bring the films and the filmmakers/subjects here and facilitate Q & A sessions that allow you to ask your questions from the principals of the film.

Why here?

We have the perfect community for this type of film forum. We have an intelligent, educated, caring population that is open to independent, thought-provoking films. We have citizens who are willing to engage in meaningful discussions and to reach out and respond to the needs of others.

Why now?

It is always the right time to look for the right thing to do. Look for where you can make a difference and feel the joy of serving others in some capacity, large or small. Our goal with Windrider is to bring some of the films telling the stories of these issues, and motivate our audience to respond actively and constructively.

Who We Are

Leadership Team

Terri Bullock, Director Terri Bullock, Director Terri has been on the leadership team of Windrider Film Forum, Bay Area since its inception. She’s passionate about the arts as a powerful and creative vehicle to engage the community in thought-provoking issues. She’s been an active volunteer for UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, for the Parents of Alumni Committee for Menlo School, has served on the board of the Menlo Park Atherton Education Foundation and sponsored Music@Menlo, an internationally acclaimed Chamber Music Festival, since it began in 2003. Previously, she worked for twenty years in wholesale banking and finance for Wells Fargo Bank, Chase Manhattan Bank and The Savant Investment Group. She presently serves on the Advisory Boards of The Savant Investment Group and the Brehm Center for the Arts of Fuller Seminary. She has a BA in English from the University of the Pacific, an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management and is a Certified and Licensed Financial Planner.
Will Stoller-Lee, Educator and Windrider Co-Founder Will Stoller-Lee, Educator and Windrider Forum Co-Founder Will Stoller-Lee has been the Director of Fuller Theological Seminary’s regional campus in Colorado Springs since 1995 when the local program was launched. He is also one of the co-founders of the Windrider Film Forum (along with John and Ed Priddy and Dr. Craig Detweiler). In 2004, the four co-founders visited the Sundance Film Festival and launched Windrider with a one-of-a-kind immersive educational experience that is offered each year at Sundance. The Forum includes engaging, creative workshops and discussions, which allow both graduate and undergraduate students to interact with filmmakers from the year’s top indie film projects. This annual event has grown to become the largest student group at Sundance each year. It includes students from Fuller Theological Seminary, Taylor University, Oauchita Baptist University, Vanguard University, the Los Angeles Film Studies Center, Pacific Union College, Pt. Loma Nazarene University, Dallas Theological Seminary, George Fox University, and BYU. Will now serves as the Executive Director of the Windrider Forum overseeing the course each year at Sundance and collaborating on local film forums like this one in the Bay Area.

Emeritus Co-Founders

Meritt Sawyer, Emeritus Producer Meritt Sawyer, Emeritus Producer Meritt Sawyer is dedicated to medical and economic development in the Congo (DRC) as Executive Director for the Paul Carlson Partnership affiliated with the Evangelical Covenant Church. She has given executive leadership to non-profit organizations for over thirty years as the International Program Director for Langham Partnership International (London), Vice President of John Stott Ministries and co-founder of FACT (global leadership), and has been personally active in a far-reaching series of local and global endeavors including the boards of Fuller Theological Seminary, Able Works, Oasis USA and is Producer of Windrider-Bay Area Film Forum. She holds a B.A. in music, a M.A. in Education and a M.A. in theology. She and her husband, Steve, have three grown children (and a brand new son-in-law!).
Dr. Curt Longacre, Regional Director of Fuller Seminary Northern California Dr. Curt Longacre, Co-Founder The Bay Area Windrider Film Forum committee came together under the leadership of Dr. Curt Longacre, who had the vision of transplanting the already successful Windrider Film Forum to the San Francisco Bay Area. Curt envisioned bringing together the diverse cultures of the Bay Area to engage in dialog surrounding film, culture and faith. Dr. Longacre has served as the Regional Director of Fuller Seminary Northern California (FSNC) for 14 years. Under his leadership, FSNC has become the largest and one of the most successful regional campuses of Fuller Theological Seminary. Prior to Fuller Seminary, Curt had a successful career in business. He worked as a CPA and audit manager for KPMG Peat Marwick, LLP, a Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer for a division of Wells Fargo Bank, and as a Vice-President for Charles Schwab & Co.

Meet Our Staff and Volunteers

Dan Baer, Tech Manager Dan Baer, Tech Manager Since graduating with a B.A. in Broadcasting from San Francisco State University, Dan has worked in many roles in media production over the last 25 years ranging from audio to live multi-camera direction. With considerable experience in broadcast, corporate, ministry, academic, and live event venues, Dan cherishes the opportunity to live in the intersection of the creative and technical. Regardless of the setting, he enjoys being on a team that uses media to magnify a great message. He now works for Apple, Inc. as a Broadcast and Video Conference Engineer specializing in broadcast event streaming and system design. He has been involved with Windrider since 2012 serving as Technical Director and consultant.
Christina Bullock, Marketing Christina Bullock, Marketing After several years of attending the Windrider Bay Area Film Festival, Christina is excited to volunteer with Windrider’s marketing efforts this year. A Bay Area native, Christina brings a unique background in marketing, design and project management to the team. Christina holds a double bachelor’s degree in design and art history from UC Davis, as well as a masters in marketing degree from Hult International Business School. Christina is passionate for the arts and enjoys sharing her creative talents with the community.
Lucy Calder, Community Relations Lucy Calder, Community Relations Lucy L. Calder is in Community Relations with Windrider and enjoys bringing uplifting, message driven independent films to Silicon Valley. She graduated from Wake Forest University with a B.A. in English and went on to obtain an internship at "Good Morning America" where she was solely responsible for the production of New Products Spots. Following her time at GMA, she developed the international traveller's assistance program, MasterAssist, for MasterCard International. She left MasterCard to join Harry and David's Corporate Sales Division where she had the largest territory consisting of Manhattan (below 41st Street), Westchester, Fairfield and Rockland Counties. After a nearly ten year tenure at Harry and David, she pursued charitable work with the Junior League and her church. In recent years, she has been a full time mom while maintaining an active presence in the community with multiple volunteer positions.
Wendy Iverson Chute, Filmmaker and Host Family Liaison Wendy Iverson Chute, Filmmaker and Host Family Liaison Wendy attended the first Windrider Film Forum and was so impressed by the event that she joined the Windrider Bay Area team immediately thereafter. She finds getting to know filmmakers and listening to what has inspired them and how they created their films to be a unique and fascinating experience. Wendy has loved literature and film since she majored in English in Washington State. She worked as a copywriter in a Seattle Advertising Agency and as a paralegal for patent law firms in San Francisco and Palo Alto. After 'retiring' to raise a family, Wendy has played an active role as a volunteer in her son and daughter's schools and sports teams. She currently shares her love of reading with East Palo Alto first graders as a reading aide. She's an avid tennis player, loves hiking and traveling with her family and is proud to be a member of the Windrider Team.
Shannon Fischer, Marketer and Aspiring Filmmaker Shannon Fischer, Marketer and Aspiring Filmmaker Shannon Fischer is a marketing professional turned aspiring Independent Filmmaker after attending the Sundance in 2010, “I went to Sundance as spectator and came home an aspiring filmmaker." A Bay Area native and UC Berkeley Graduate, Shannon is currently enrolled in the Cinema Studies program at City College of San Francisco where she writes, directs and produces films. She has led the marketing and PR team for the City Shorts Film Festival in San Francisco for the past two years. Some of her contributions to Windrider include; film selection, liaison for the entertainment industry, and marketing/PR. Shannon is a champion for independent film and uses her background in sales and marketing to help her fellow filmmakers network, produce and market their films. Shannon loves being a part of Windrider because it supports the spirit of Independent film by bringing story and audience together.
Dr. Jonathan Fung, Filmmaker and Professor Dr. Jonathan Fung, Filmmaker and Professor Dr. Jonathan Fung teaches film production and film theory classes, and produces the annual Genesis Film Festival at Santa Clara University. Dr. Fung is a prolific filmmaker and visual artist. He conceived Down the Rabbit Hole, a video installation exhibited in the Tenderloin District in San Francisco that exposed the darkness of human trafficking and left the viewer with a call to action. His most recent narrative film project, Hark was a selected short film at Windrider Bay Area 2013. Hark is spreading awareness and raising a social consciousness regarding the sex trade industry and is being used as a catalyst to educate students and parents in schools, churches and community groups. Dr. Fung is also a pastor and leads a coffeehouse ministry called X-Factor, committed to bringing hope and positive change through faith, arts and justice.
Tony Gapastione, Pastor and Filmmaker Tony Gapastione, Pastor and Filmmaker Tony is a graduate of Fuller Seminary and serves as a pastor with Peninsula Covenant Church in Redwood City. He's been a working SAG-AFTRA actor for over a decade and loves being behind the camera, writing, directing, producing, and casting, including two short films this year. He's currently in pre-production on his first feature film. Tony is passionate about encouraging creativity and collaboration so he leads a monthly meet-up for filmmakers and artists in the Bay Area. He and his wife, Wendy, keep inspired (and exhausted) with their three girls ages seven, five, and three.
Maureen Garrett, Email Ambassador Coordinator Maureen Garrett, Email Ambassador Coordinator Maureen has been involved with Windrider for three years and has helped with Volunteer Coordination and Corporate Solicitations in the past. She loves the format of Windrider—great, thought-provoking films with stimulating conversation afterward. When not involved with Windrider, Maureen is the Development Director for Peninsula Bridge a nonprofit which supports highly motivated, low income middle school, high school and college students (from Mountain View to San Mateo) in a comprehensive 12-year program (5th grade through college graduation) with year-round academic and social-emotional support. Maureen and her husband Bill, an attorney in Palo Alto, have three children and live in San Carlos.
Dana Hendrickson Dana Hendrickson A former high-tech executive, Dana leads a Menlo Park-based, national nonprofit that helps the families of severely disabled veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan transition to civilian life. He also advises new business and nonprofit teams, actively participates in community programs and enjoys riding his bike wherever it will take him. Dana is a volunteer driver for the Avenidas senior ride service and operates the online Menlo Park Commercial Development Forum. This year Dana is managing our ticketing process. His wife Lisa and he love the Windrider films and conversations and enjoy hosting participating actors and directors. Great people. Each year friends join us for dinner and then we share an unforgettable Windrider experience. It’s a Kick!
Judy Hyrne, Marketing and Event Volunteer Coordinator Judy Hyrne, Marketing and Event Volunteer Coordinator Judy Hyrne discovered The Windrider Film Forum during its inaugural year in the Bay Area.  She fell in love with the intimate setting that gave the audience a chance to view thought provoking, independent films, as well as, the opportunity to engage in conversation with the filmmakers, themselves. Judy is the Director of Operations at Atrium Capital and has been an active volunteer in her son's schools, including a board member of the Menlo Park Atherton Education Foundation. She is an ardent hiker and finds many opportunities to explore the trails that abound our beautiful hills and beyond.  She is thrilled to be part of the Bay Area Windrider Team!
Chris Rivera, Marketing Chris Rivera, Marketing Chris has previously attended Windrider Bay Area Film Festivals and is excited to be part of the volunteer team. Building community is at the core of her interests and what drew her to Windrider. Chris was a co-owner of a local bakery and formerly an executive recruiter. As an active volunteer for her two children, she has served on the Menlo Park Atherton Education Foundation as well as the M-A board in fund-raising activities. Aside from her passionate interest in film, she enjoys yoga, reading and travel.
Scott Shek, Website and Print Designer Scott Shek, Website and Print Designer Scott has been on the Windrider Bay Area team since 2012. He graduated from the University of Colorado in Boulder with a degree in marketing. Scott currently runs a creative media company in Colorado that specializes in video production, graphic design, and web development. He is a lover of film and music, and spends his down time traveling the world. Most recently, Scott traveled to Peru to hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
Kayla Skidmore, Filmmaker and Host Family Liaison Kayla Skidmore, Filmmaker and Host Family Liaison Kayla Skidmore, Filmmaker Liaison – Kayla came to the Windrider Bay Area’s first Film Forum as part of the viewing audience and, because of a happy coincidence, became part of the volunteer team. A long-time resident of the Bay Area, Kayla has served on PTO Boards, the Menlo Park Atherton Education Foundation, co-Chair of the Menlo-Atherton High School Athletic Boosters, founding Board of the Redwood Chapter of the National Junior Basketball League, and a CASA (court appointed special advocate to a child in the foster care system). She worked for many years as a pediatric nurse at Lucille Salter Packard’s Children Hospital. She is an avid basketball fan, in particular, the Golden State Warriors – go Dubs!
Regina Susa, Advertising Co-Chair and Email Ambassador Regina Susa, Advertising Co-Chair and Email Ambassador Regina is excited to join the Windrider Film Forum team and is inspired to be part of a thought-provoking community event that will engage and motivate others. Regina is a private banking professional with more than 20 years of relationship management experience. She is currently responsible for working with a team of experts to deliver a full range of financial solutions and expertise to high net worth individuals and families. Regina and her husband Steve, a Menlo Park Fire Captain, live in Belmont with their daughter and son. She has been an active volunteer with her children's schools and sports teams. In addition to spending time with her family, Regina enjoys entertaining friends, running, hiking, cooking, and reading.
Karen Yu, Treasurer Karen Yu, Treasurer Excited to join the Windrider team this year, Karen is returning to the business world after spending the last several years at home as the domestic COO to raise their three children, and volunteering at various school, athletic and extracurricular activities, including being the Eichler Swim Team Communications Lead. Karen's corporate experience include the audit practice at Price Waterhouse and Corporate Finance at Sun Microsystems and Hewlett-Packard. Karen is a CPA, and graduated with a BS and MBA with emphases in accounting and finance from UC Berkeley. Karen is looking forward to the transition from watching animated and kid-orientated movies to enjoying films in different genres, especially independent films.