Roxanne Peña has 16+ years combined experience related to Audio/Video Production & Film Entertainment with five years of experience teaching in after school programs, the public education system, and abroad in South Korea. She holds an M.A. in Education from Texas State University at Round Rock, graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Communication from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas, and received an A.A. in Radio, Television, & Film from Austin Community College.
She interned as a Casting Director Assistant for five months in which she managed a portfolio of projects from concept to sizzle. She spent two years working on reality TV shows as a Production Assistant on shows like “He Shed, She Shed”, “Tiny House Nation”, as well as educational series and owns Lot 31 Films– a video production company. Roxanne has co-coordinated several student film festivals such as South By Southwest’s “Make a Film in a Day,” Austin Jewish Center’s “Lights, Camera Chutzpah!” and Vidal M. Treviño’s 4th & 5th “Media and Film Festival.” In 2019, she founded LearnThink Media and coordinated its inaugural summer film camp and Youth Vision Film Festival.
Roxanne has been selected to serve as Laredo’s City Producer for the 48 Hour Film Project, a world-wide film competition scheduled for July 31st to August 2nd, 2020. The film festival and awards ceremony is scheduled August 15, 2020.
Bert Kiefer has been a photographer for 12+ years covering over 200 events that does not include his experience with bridal, engagement, and fashion shoots. He was first introduced to photography by his grandfather who showed him how to use a camera, develop film, print his own photos and the basics of lighting.
At the young age of 13, Bert created a small studio in his home and began taking photos of his sisters, family, and friends. He developed and printed his own black and white photographs. Bert Kiefer knew was that he had to practice every chance he got and once in high school shared his work with his teachers. His dedication proved to be an invaluable resource for his school that he was asked to help create the first photography class where he taught the teachers everything he knew. He also assisted in building the first photo developing lab so students could develop and print their own photographs from school projects.
Bert graduated high school, married, and had two children. Slowly, his passion for photography drifted away and was forgotten. He rekindled his love with photography when DSLR cameras launched. After working in an office for 16 years, he established Bert Kiefer Photography.
Bert’s favorite part of being a photographer is meeting new people and having the opportunity to work with them in various settings. “It’s a gift to be able to capture important events, hearing the stories, witnessing love stories unfold and watching kids grow up.”