Inspire Film Festival would not be possible if not for the hard work and dedication of our team of professionals and their willingness to sacrifice their time for this event.
From her first job at Austin City Limits to the recent completion of a full length documentary, Jane Minarovic has never strayed far from the film and video business. She attributes much of her creativity and resourcefulness to a position which had her writing, directing and editing $200 TV ads. Bored after several weeks, she talked her clients into letting her produce outside the box and was soon winning ADDY and national Telly awards. She moved on to bigger projects but always came in under budget, and continued winning awards making music videos for legends like Waylon Jennings and Billy Joe Shaver.
She loves attending film festivals and finding films that inspire her and has always wished that she could share that experience with her community. It is this desire that drove her to pursue the idea for the Inspire Film Festival.
Jane lives in The Woodlands with her husband and three kids. When not driving them to practice or researching films, you can find her playing bass guitar with her band, The Dark Side of the Moms.
David Holbrooke is a filmmaker whose last documentary, The Diplomat, is about his father, Ambassador Richard Holbrooke. The award-winning film was named one of the five best documentaries of 2015 by the National Board of Review and made a robust festival run. Holbrooke appeared on Morning Joe, Charlie Rose and The Daily Show promoting the film before it aired on HBO in November of 2015. Holbrooke is also the festival director of Telluride Mountainfilm, a position he has held since 2007. In that time, he has watched countless documentaries, curating hundreds of films, speakers and artists for the festival.
Denton is the Executive Producer of the EMMY Award winning documentary film, Sam Houston, and the creator of the film’s award winning web site, www.samhoustonmovie.com. An enthusiastic photographer and outdoorsman he has a passion for inspiring people through the beauty of nature and the creative arts. Denton is also an Airline Transport Rated pilot and holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Texas at Austin and a master’s in business from Texas State University.
Stash Wislocki has worked on docs, independent films, network news and film festivals around the world for over 20 years. He has directed several features and shorts films that have played at festivals around the world. His film credits include HBO, Warrior Poets, Patagonia, Felt Soul Media, Reel Thing Productions, NBC, CBS, MSNBC, ABC, Discovery and Apple.
His film festival credits include Telluride Mountainfilm, Sundance, Maui Film Festival, Dominican Republic Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival and FilmAid Film Festival in Kakuma Refugee Camp in Northern Kenya.
Joe DeMonico is a Producer and Director in Film and Music Video. He graduated from UCLA with an MFA in Theater. Joe spent nearly 20 years in Los Angeles as a professional in film and TV and has over 30 years experience as an actor. He holds a degree in Marine Biology and enjoyed that career before eventually following his artistic passions. Most recently, he served as the Performing Arts Chair at The John Cooper School in The Woodlands.
Rob Renfroe is the pastor of spiritual growth at The Woodlands United Methodist Church, a congregation of over 12,000 members. For fifteen years he has led a men’s group of 600 men which has built over 40 homes in the slums of Latin America. Rob is the author of two books, The Trouble with the Truth and A Way Through the Wilderness. Rob and his wife Peggy have been married for 38 years and have two grown sons.
Mike Huffine is the co-owner of Silver Rock Productions, the leading video production studio in The Woodlands, TX. Mike founded Silver Rock in Orlando, Florida in 1993 with Brian Falcon and relocated to The Woodlands early in 1994 where they quickly established Silver Rock as the leader in digital broadcast video, DVD, CD, web casting, and graphic design services.
Mike has been recognized with a Telly Award in 2000, the 2001 Citizen of the Year award from the South Montgomery County/Woodlands Chamber of Commerce and the 2001 Pinnacle marketing award from Town Center Improvement District. In 2013 Mike won an EMMY Award for his work on the celebrated 3-hour documentary film, Sam Houston.
Nickole Kerner Bobley
Nickole Kerner Bobley is a freelance writer and creative consultant. Her previous work includes serving as Classic Media’s Director of Creative Affairs & Production where she collaborated with writers, directors, producers and intellectual property owners on a variety of film, television, and stage-based projects. Her animation film producing work includes CASPER’S SCARE SCHOOL (Jim Belushi, Bob Saget and Phyllis Diller) and HERE COMES PETER COTTONTAIL 2: THE MOVIE (Roger Moore, Molly Shannon and Kenan Thompson). In the television arena, Kerner Bobley served as Executive in Charge of Production for GERALD MCBOING BOING, a pre-school animated series for Cartoon Network and animated music videos for Destiny’s Child and Mariah Carey. Kerner Bobley holds a Bachelor of Arts from Sarah Lawrence College and a Master’s degree in Fine Arts from The American Film Institute (AFI).