Writer and business leader Charlie Haviland is a retired standup comedian and veteran of film, both behind and in front of the camera. He got his start in the movie industry in 1975 when he operated a concession stand at a New York drive-in theater, where “Tommy”–starring Ann-Margret– had a six week run. Charlie launched a journalism career as a student at the University at Buffalo and his work has appeared in The New York Times, Huffington Post, Wired, and scores of other publications. He has co-authored or edited five business books. Charlie still has a crush on Ann-Margret. He lives in Franklin, Michigan
Gene Meadows is an architectural and fine art photographer. After attending the College for Creative Studies he founded Meadows & Co. Photography. Gene’s work has been displayed in private collections and museums, including exhibitions at The Detroit Institute of Arts and the Toledo Museum of Art. His images have appeared in Architectural Record, House Beautiful, and several other publications. Gene’s creative talents extend beyond photography, proving invaluable in his role as a member of the Royal Oak Commission for the Arts. Gene is also a co-founder of the Royal Starr Film Festival.
Billy Whitehouse is a real estate broker with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices – Hannett, Wilson, Whitehouse & Burke REALTORS. He is also the creator of the Michigan Entertainment Network as well as a founding member of the Detroit Windsor International Film Festival. He is inspired by and inspiring to empower the Creative Class to reinvent the Detroit region as a thriving commercial and creative powerhouse. Billy has his Bachelor of Science from Michigan State University. As a super connector and transformational coach , he is a leader that creates leaders and a stand for a World that works for everyone.
Luke Castle is a Detroit native, graduate of Full Sail University with a degree in film, and the founder of the popular nerd culture podcast, The Rack Show. From his Voxvii media studio in Ferndale Michigan, Luke hosts and oversees the commentary of everything at the intersection of Fandom, Technology, and Nerd Culture. Luke was an influential member of the Detroit Windsor International Film Festival in (2009-2013) as the community volunteer manager. Luke’s passions for the modern creative arts, social media, and filmmaking bring him to the Royal Starr Film Festival as a coveted member of the leadership board of directors.
Shane Sevo is a Metro Detroit professional and an award winning independent filmmaker with SuperHouse Pictures. Shane kicked off his professional career in 2000 where he worked in downtown Detroit as a 3D artist and corporate media producer. Growing up with the tools of modern media Shane has worked his way through the visualization industry, into open source website design, and now digital marketing where he currently resides as the Marketing Director for Commercial Progression in Northville Michigan. On nights and weekends, Shane has enjoyed participating in the Detroit Indie film scene as a leader in the local creative arts community. Shane was the founding member of the Detroit Windsor International Film Festival (2008) where he focused on the creation and management of a popular weekend film making competition, the DWIFF Challenge. Shane is a founding and active member on the board of directors for the Royal Starr Arts Institute and the Royal Starr Film Festival in 2016.
Kelley Whitehouse is an actress who is also a public speaker around local high schools, and is passionate in the arts; stage, film and music. She is a freshman at Rochester Adams High School. She is the student liason for the Royal Starr Film Festival. In 2015, Kelley sat on the executive board of a four state conversation for empowering teens to live life happily. Having been in over 24 stage productions and a handful of films, performing and sharing of the arts is a love that drives Ms. Whitehouse’s life.