EXECUTIVE TEAM:

rjp_170x170RICHARD PAYNE • PRODUCER, WRITER

With his son Stephen, Richard has produced and directed over 120 film & television episodes over the past 20 years for his production company Arcadia Films Ltd.  These include many hit Catholic television series like, 40 episodes of “The Saints Speak” (2004/05), 30 episodes of “Parable” (2006), 30 episodes of “Eucharist” (2008), and 14 episodes of the 2012 Gabriel Award winning series for Best Religious Program in National Release “Saints Alive!” (2011).  Born in Ottawa, Canada, after studies in Science, Philosophy, Theology and Religious Education, he was a school supervisor, a freelance writer/researcher for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and National Film Board. Moving to the U.S.A. in 1967, he became an editor and publisher. He conceived and developed as founding Editor-in-Chief the now 130-volume “The Classics Of Western Spirituality” (Paulist Press) – a library of new modern English translations of the great books of the Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant Christian, Jewish, Islamic and Native American traditions. Publishers Weekly called it “the most hopeful sign in American publishing.”  He conceived and developed the 25-volume “World Spirituality: An Encyclopedic History of the Religious Quest” (Crossroad Publishing). He has also conceived and developed a 60-volume series “The Classics Of Eastern Spirituality” (unpublished). Richard was an editor of the Paulist Press and of its monthly journal New Catholic World; Associate Publisher of Crossroad Publishing, and Publisher of Amity House. Active in interfaith dialogue he was President of The Conference of the World’s Religions, Vice President of UN-NGO The Temple of Understanding and Executive Director of The Assembly of the World’s Religions. He co-founded Arcadia Films with his son Stephen in 1991. He and his late wife Patricia raised five children in their marriage of 49 years.


sp_alexa_170x170STEPHEN PAYNE  •  PRODUCER, WRITER, DIRECTOR

With his father Richard, Stephen has produced and directed over 120 film & television episodes over the past 20 years for his production company Arcadia Films Ltd.  These include many hit Catholic television series like, 40 episodes of “The Saints Speak” (2004/05), 30 episodes of “Parable” (2006), 30 episodes of “Eucharist” (2008), and 14 episodes of the 2012 Gabriel Award winning series for Best Religious Program in National Release “Saints Alive!” (2011).  Born in Ottawa, Canada, Stephen was raised in the United States. After studying the art and science of filmmaking at York University in Toronto, he entered the film and television industry, first in New York then Hollywood and Toronto. Through a wide range of production and post-production roles, Stephen gained a remarkable reputation for his “hands-on technical expertise.” He was an assistant director of features, and a post-production coordinator for Power Pictures and the USA Television Network. He was a member of the production team of Canada’s two great internationally acclaimed film directors – the 1998 Oscar nominated Atom Egoyan, and the 1989 Oscar nominated Denys Arcand. In 1991, he and his father Richard founded Arcadia Films. As an accomplished cinematographer, he was Director of Photography on a number of projects. Also a musician, he composed the theme music to some of their films. Stephen is President of Arcadia Films Canada Ltd., which is working to extend the Arcadia brand to Catholics worldwide. Through cutting-edge projects coupled with powerful grassroots/Internet marketing and distribution, Arcadia Films seeks to change the way traditional religious films are made and delivered to believers over a new digital landscape.


mlevijoiki-170x170MARSHALL LEVIJOKI  •  EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Marshall has worked in Catholic broadcast media since 1984. As Vice President and Executive Producer of Renewal Ministries, he produced Ralph Martin’s “The Choices We Face” for its first ten years on the air. This weekly series has enjoyed international distribution from 1984 to the present and is arguably the longest running Catholic television program in the world.  Marshall is Executive Producer of the Emmy Award winning television special “A Place Called Home” (Detroit ADI). This film documents the spiritual aspirations of a demographic cross-section of baby boomers including a Presidential advisor, a pop star, an upwardly mobile socialite, a Vietnam veteran and an aspiring actress raised in the inner city housing projects in Detroit. Bookstore Journal describes it as “one of the best evangelistic films ever.”  As Vice President of Programming and On Air Promotions for EWTN Catholic Global Network, Marshall created and managed a team who expanded the acquisition and adaptation of independently produced programming near zero to 40% of the domestic schedule and 60% of international schedules. For the first time, EWTN viewers could tune in to movies, dramatic series, animated series, and documentaries gleaned from film libraries in North and South America, Europe, Australia and the Philippines. This innovations contributed significantly to a near doubling of financial support for EWTN from U.S. cable viewers from $13.5 to $26 million a year and accelerated to the growth and diversification of a global audience.  He has also served as Director of Conventions and Programs for Legatus International, and as Director of Millennium Films USA.  Marshall recently launched the video-streaming site http://toseeJesus.com, which features a verbatim film of the RSV Gospel According to Saint Luke. An estimated 400,000 have viewed video on the site. Marshall believes the website provides a simple, low inertia, and safe way for ordinary lay Catholics to confidently reach out with the Gospel message to friends and family and to engage in the New Evangelization.  An adult convert to Catholicism, Marshall earned his MA in Communications and Media from the University of Michigan and is an experienced producer, director and character actor for the classical theatre.


jim_morlino_170x170JIM MORLINO  •  PRODUCER, WRITER, DIRECTOR

Jim was born in 1959 in Los Angeles CA, and grew up in San Diego, CA where he received a BA in Music from the University of San Diego, and an MFA in Drama from the University of California, San Diego. He moved to New York City in 1989 and worked as an actor for a number of years in Film, TV, and Theater. He then spent 10 years as an audio and video producer for various Catholic groups and Charities, and in 2010 started his own production company, Navis Pictures which specializes in the unique film genre of “Children’s Cinema”. Both his films, “St. Bernadette of Lourdes” and “The War of the Vendee” have been broadcast worldwide on EWTN and sold tens of thousands of copies each.  “The War of the Vendee” won “Best Director” from the JPII International Film Festival in Miami, and “Best Film for Young Audiences” from the Mirabile Dictu International Catholic Film Festival at the Vatican.  Jim and his wife, Frances and their 6 children live in Danbury, CT.


CraigW_take2_170x170CRAIG WILLIAMS  •  VICE PRESIDENT OF DEVELOPMENT AND EXTERNAL RELATIONS

Craig is responsible for creating, increasing and expanding City of Light’s fundraising/development program and external relationships across the broad spectrum of philanthropic and creative content partners and supporters on a local and national basis. Craig is an attorney with over 30 years of senior level executive/management experience in both the profit and non-profit sectors. Craig worked in senior leadership roles as corporate counsel in the corporate law departments of John Hancock Financial Services, Prudential Insurance Company and Absecon Mills, Inc. Craig has held or holds leadership positions in the non-profit sector working in senior development and leadership positions with the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Foundation, Colgate University, Boston University, Pontifical University of the Holy Cross and other non-profit organizations. Craig is active in religious and community non-profit work as a volunteer and has served as a board member and chairman of the board development committees for the American Red Cross Greater Somerset County, Pedals for Progress in High Bridge, NJ and KindQuilts in Lahaska, PA.


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JUDI LAKE  •  DIRECTOR OF CREATIVE MEDIA SERVICES, MARKETING AND PUBLIC RELATIONS

Raised on Long Island, New York and after attending SVA (School of Visual Arts) and FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology), Judi has lived a wide, varied and very successful career as a new media entrepreneur. She is recognized internationally as someone who has kept up with leading edge social communications and business trends. Her award winning experience as founder of her own New York based advertising agency, art and music video director of MTV, radio call-in talk show host, publisher of Goodliving and Vigore magazines, founding director of The Working Women’s Connection, author of the book 7001 Forgotten Secrets of the Age. Judi brings a vast array of skills to the founding, branding, website and package design of City of Light Films and to the design, marketing, promotion, advertising and public relations facets of its mission. As a devoted Catholic wife and mother, she is dedicated to offering her multi-talented gifts to this needed breakthrough effort in the new evangelization.


JOSEPHJOSEPH GIUSTOZZI  •  EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Joe was born, raised, and educated in New York City and his professional career has taken him to Florida, the Midwest, Texas, and California. He has spent many years working as an educator, teaching college mathematics; as an engineering consultant to companies such as Northrop Grumman, General Dynamics, and General Electric; as one of the founders and first president of GBL Systems Corporation, an engineering services firm supporting the development and testing of military fighter aircraft for the Department of Defense; and as the founder and president of Cartografx Corporation, a software development company that specializes in mapping software and services for personal and business computing. Along the way Joe spent several years managing the operations of his family’s retail business in lower Manhattan. He and his family currently live in New Canaan, Connecticut and are members of St. Aloysius Parish.


frbevins_170x170FR. JOHN BEVINS  •  CHAPLAIN EMERITUS

A retired Naval Chaplain, Fr. Bevins is a Roman Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Hartford, Connecticut. In June of 1991, he was appointed Pastor of Immaculate Conception Church in Waterbury, CT. There, he started twenty-four hour Eucharistic Adoration, feeding the homeless every morning, bought back music to the Immaculate with the choir, workshops for adult education, and many other accomplishments. The church renovation project was a success with the collection of over 1.2 million dollars in under six weeks. The Church of the Immaculate was named a Minor Basilica by Pope Benedict XVI on February 9th, 2008, an honor made possible by Henry Mansell, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Hartford with the help of Sister Mary Kathleen Ronan, a member of the Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma, Mich. and the liturgical consultant for the Archdiocese of Hartford. It became official in the Archdiocese of Hartford, Sunday, August 10th 2008, at the 12:30 PM Mass at the Immaculate with the reading of the basilica proclamation by Fr. John Bevins in the presence of Archbishop Henry Mansell at which time, Fr. Bevins, received the title of The Very Reverend John J. Bevins, Rector of the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. Since collaborating with the Payne’s on “Saints Alive!” in 2011, Fr. Bevins has been a close spiritual father to the Payne’s and the City of Light Studios effort.


FrJamesSullivan-170x170FR. JAMES SULLIVAN • CHAPLAIN

Fr. Sullivan was ordained on May 17, 2014 in the Cathedral of St. Joseph for the Archdiocese of Hartford, Conn., after a 26-year career owning and operating Sullivan Brothers, LLC, contracting company in Wolcott, Conn., in partnership with his brother John. After the brothers graduated from Providence College, they co-founded this business on the spur of the moment and on a shoestring budget, with a single $5 ad. It grew into a home remodeling and construction company employing 33 people. They built the chapel at Holy Apostles Seminary and College in Cromwell, CT. Of this experience Fr. Jim says: “St. Joseph was a carpenter, and Christ was a carpenter….I have had the privilege of following Christ working with my hands, and now I have the privilege and honor of following Christ in the priesthood… My calling in life has changed, I suppose, from building and remodeling homes to building and rebuilding hearts. So I’m still in the building and remodeling vocation.” On his Mass card, he put the words of Elizabeth from Luke 1:25, “So has the Lord done for me at a time when he has seen fit.” Born in Waterbury, CT the birthplace of Fr. Michael McGivney (founder of the Knights of Columbus) and for a time a parishioner of St. Thomas in Thomaston, where Fr. McGivney was pastor, Fr. Jim has a special devotion to him. “My first Mass on May 17 was at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Waterbury, Father McGivney’s home parish, where I went to daily Mass at 6:15am for many years. On the dresser by my bed, I have his relic, part of his clothing, and I kiss it each night before falling asleep. I had the relic in my pocket during the ordination ceremony as I was ordained a priest. He was a model priest and one that I would love, by the grace of God, to imitate in some small way”. Fr. Jim’s sister has been a Sister of Life for 15 years — Sister Veronica Mary Sullivan. Previously, she was an Air Force captain, a cardiac nurse, as well as a labor-and-delivery nurse. Fr. Jim is Associate Pastor in the Torrington CT parish cluster.


MARKETING & PRODUCTION TEAM:

plauer-170x170PAUL LAUER  •  MOTIVE ENTERTAINMENT, MARKETING / DISTRIBUTION

Paul is the founder of Motive Entertainment, which designed and managed the highly-successful grass roots marketing campaigns for The Bible” miniseries, Son of God”, The Passion of the Christ”, “The Polar Express”, The Chronicles of Narnia” (Lion, Witch, and Wardrobe), and many unexpected successes like “Rocky Balboa”, United 93″, Secret Life of Bees”, and Ben Stein’s “Expelled”. He has also marketed the highly successful Heaven is for Real, and many other films. Films Motive has worked on have grossed over $2.4 billion worldwide. Motive has also marketed three books that have reached #1 best-seller status. Lauer previously created and the award-winning YOU! Magazine, published worldwide in six languages (3,800,000 copies distributed); the syndicated page Youth Beat (1,000,000 circulation); Catholic Singles (100,000 circulation); and the World Youth Day Music Festival (100,000 attendees in Denver, 1993). He has appeared on CNN, Fox, and MSNBC, and in over 50 newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and the Wall St. Journal. He also spent two years launching Internet start-ups as Senior Vice President of sales and marketing at both Universal Internet and webBASIS, where he pioneered initiatives with Hewlett Packard, Cisco, and OracleMel Gibson said of Paul, “You knew exactly what was needed to really energize a grass roots campaign to promote the film…through endless screenings, meetings, events and promotional materials… In the midst of trying moments, long hours, and tremendous obstacles, you always kept your cool, remained positive, and focused on the goal line. …All our hard work has truly paid off.”


julie_hogben_170x170J. MARGARET HOGBEN  •  SCREENWRITER

Julie has been writing under the pen name “Julia Dahl” for ten years. She’s the author of three produced plays, “Wonderland” (American Place Theater), “Filling Empty” (Ensemble Studio Theater) and “Licking Grandma’s Fingers” (Playwright’s Horizons). In television she wrote for FOX’s Emmy Award winning series, PARTY OF FIVE and NBC’s Emmy Award winning series THE WEST WING. She has been under contract with a three-pilot, blind script deal at SONY Television Studios. She has also written pilots for ABC, the Sci-Fi Channel, NBC/Universal, and Lifetime Television. She has worked as a script doctor on various feature films for New Line, Fine Line, SONY Pictures, Columbia Tristar and New Regency, including FIRST DAUGHTER, starring Katie Holmes, directed by Forrest Whitaker. Her original feature film, “Molly Gunn,” was produced for MGM as UPTOWN GIRLS, starring Brittany Murphy and Dakota Fanning, and was directed by Boaz Yakim. Another original feature, TRIANGLE, about the Triangle Shirtwaist Company fire of 1911, was developed with Diane Keaton. Hogben is a graduate student at Columbia University’s Journalism School. She received her master’s in journalism with a newspaper concentration in May, ’08. She has also studied writing at Tufts University, the University of Iowa, N.Y.U. and The New School. Originally from Rye, New York, she now splits her time between New York City and Los Angeles.


sean_crose_170x170SEAN CROSE  •  SCREENWRITER

Sean was born in Waterbury, Connecticut in 1971. At the age of thirteen he moved with his family to prison property in the town of Enfield, Connecticut (his father had become an assistant warden at the state’s maximum security prison). After attending high school in nearby Springfield, Massachusetts, Sean moved back to Waterbury with his parents in 1991. Deeply interested in film and literature, Sean spent years working on a variety of projects, eventually finding himself being accepted into the Act One Writing For Hollywood program in Los Angeles. After graduating from the program, Sean became a finalist for the McFarland Screenwriting Fellowship and earned his B.A. in English at Albertus Magnus College. Marrying his wife Jennifer in 2008, Sean went on to complete coursework for his M.S. in Education at the University of Bridgeport and fulfilled all obligations required to become a high school English teacher in the state of Connecticut. Writing all the while, he had his fiction, non-fiction and poetry published in such outlets as Breakwater, Fiction 365, Crack The Spine, 6 Tales, Linguistic Erosion, The Copperfield Review and The Cheshire Patch. Sean is the lead writer of “Sam and Me”, City of Light Films first feature slated for pre-production. He currently lives in Cheshire, Connecticut with Jen and their cat, Cody.


rdraper-170x170ROBERT DRAPER, ACS  •  DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY

Known as a technical innovator and creative risk taker in the industry he has pioneered many new techniques and worked on development of motion picture products for SONY, Panasonic, Fuji Film, Arri and Zeiss. Rob was also the first to run a full scale Hi Definition shoot in Hollywood on the then “new gen” camera’s.  Rob set the style for what has become known as Reality TV in a groundbreaking series he shot for Universal Studios called “The Street”…after which the New York Times declared “the show practically creates a new visual language.”  Rob also worked on some of the first Music Videos used to promote feature Films and developed a visual style for using promotional music videos for retailing in a 5 minute Hollywood extravaganza for Coca Cola.  Rob’s cinematography on the Sundance Film Festival Audience Award Winner, “The Spitfire Grill”, drew accolades worldwide.  Rob draws inspiration from the classic painters and his skilled and delicate use of light and shade as integral elements of composition sets his work apart. Over the past 20 years he has inspired thousand of cinematographers worldwide as a dynamic instructor at workshops, and as a consultant, on the art of film lighting.  More recently he has been on the cutting edge of digital technology on the web with his groundbreaking IPTV channel Singlemalt TV. Launched in 2006 it immediately drew attention and a long relationship with major media players in UK.  Rob has worked worldwide on TV movies, Feature Films, Mini Series, TV series documentaries, TV Commercials and Music Videos. He has worked for every major Hollywood studio and US TV Network claiming multiple Awards in both Australia and the United States.


sedwards-170x170STEPHEN EDWARDS  •  MUSICAL COMPOSER

Steve is a gifted composer with a vast and varied experience. He has served as Musical Composer for 35+ motion pictures and television series, including the Gabriel Award winning “Saints Alive!” (2012), and contributed to the soundtracks of movies like the Academy Award winning “Dallas Buyers Club” (2014) with Matthew McConaughey, Christopher Nolan’s “The Prestige” (2006) with Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman, “What Women Want” (2000) with Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt, “The Patriot” (1998) with Steven Segal, as well as for scores of broadcast and cable television programs.  Steve has also composed sacred music like “The Ave Maria Mass” and “Requiem for My Mother” which was performed in the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican in February 2014. Born and raised in Ann Arbor, he studied at Lawrence University in Wisconsin, the Eastman School of Music in New York and the University of Michigan. Steve began his work in the film industry as a keyboard player for the television series “L.A. Law.”  Steve has a great working relationship with the Payne’s, having scored their docudrama “JESUS LIVING IN MARY: The Spirituality of St. Louis Marie de Montfort” (2001).