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                         Gain knowledge and mentorship from industry leading Christian filmmakers and university professors!  

 

                  Transformation Film Institute is able to share real-life experience on set and behind the scenes. Meet our executive staff.

Executive Staff

Richard made his broadcasting mark by winning five television Ace Awards for a signature network music series. Richard then segued from production to management, while pursuing his Master’s in Film at Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA. At CBN Network Richard produced for some of their highest rated programs, shows such as the Emmy-award winning Scarecrow and Mrs. King and Remington Steele.

Richard and his work have been profiled on the Family Channel, The BET Network, Bravo, and MTV. Richard Polite comes to us with over 30 years of both corporate and creative television and film experience. 

Richard Polite is the Managing Director of TFI responsible for the day to day operations of the institute.

Leann Barna holds an M.A. in Cinema and Television/Script and Screenwriting and an M.A. in Biblical Studies from Regent University.

She has worked as a story analyst for studios, production companies and screenwriting competitions, including Disney, Mar Vista Entertainment, BlueCat Screenplay Competition, Goldcrest Films, and Eclectic Pictures. She has extensive experience in all aspects of film festival production, including judging/programming for the DTLA Film Festival, NYC Independent Film Festival and the Artemis Women in Action Film Festival.

Doctor of Philosophy, Communication Studies, areas of concentration: Theology, Theory, History, Critical Studies in Literature, Film, and Television, Script and Screenwriting; Experience as both classroom and online university instructor at Regent University.

Experienced researcher and published writer in Communication Critical Studies, seasoned and dynamic communicator with teaching, logistic, production and writing abilities. Award Winning script and screenwriter, story consultant, actor, director.

Mr. Newberry is a 25-year veteran in film production, communications, and the visual arts. Multi-Telly Award winner, he has made a niche for himself working in reality television, and he has also done commercials, music videos, and short films.

As head joke writer, director, and editor for several long-running cable sports television shows, his work has aired on the Bravo Network, NBC Sports Outdoors, Destination America, and others.

His education includes a B.A in Business Admin. and an M.A. in Communications.

Chey Sanders has been teaching, directing, coaching, writing and producing for over 30 years. She served as the Education Director at Creative Arts Theater & School as Head Acting Consultant.

Her undergraduate degree is a BA in Secondary Education Drama/Theater from the University of Hawaii. She has two masters, one in Communication Radio, TV, Film and an MA in Marriage/Family Counseling, both from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Chey loves teaching people of all ages and is passionate about her faith. 

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