James A. Goins
James is the Founder and President of Visually Enhanced Literature, a film production company dedicated to producing and creating content with passion and purpose for entertainment and enlightenment. He is a composer, director, and writer of both film and theatre.
James is a member of BMI, The Dramatist Guild of America, The American Composers Forum, Composers Diversity Collective, and The Playwrights Center. He is also the Executive Director of the Laity Institute of the Arts, a Private Arts Foundation. He learned to hone his skills in Indie filmmaking through hard work and great collaborations.
James studied music under Emmy Award-winning and Academy Award-nominated composers such as Gerald Fried (Roots, Roots: The Next Generation, Star Trek, Napoleon, and Josephine), Thom Sharp (When Harry Met Sally, City Slickers, Aladdin, Little Mermaid), Jerry Grant (Quantum Leap, Hired to Kill, Hunter) and composition under Dr. Russel Steinberg one of America's leading Neo-Classical composers and performers.
James has a BA in Theatre from California State University Dominguez Hills. He later attended UCLA, where he received his Teaching Credential and completed his training in Film Scoring from UCLA's Film Scoring program. He also holds an Executive MBA from Grand Canyon University. James has been involved in the entertainment industry for over 30 years.
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Reyna Calvillo is a Mexican American actress who grew up in a border town in Arizona. To learn English, she would watch TV and movies and rewind them repeatedly until she could mimic the lines of the characters.
After obtaining a full-ride scholarship, Reyna moved to Los Angeles and received a BA in Film Production from CSUN. She worked behind the scenes on notable TV shows for great companies, including HBO and Warner Brothers, before switching to being in front of the camera.
When she’s not acting, Reyna enjoys traveling, photography, eating great sushi, and collecting more books than she has time to read! She’s excited to help bring the arts to everyone who’d like to learn and will happily preach about its incredible and life-changing power.
Jordan Davis-Wiley, a three-time Undergraduate Dean’s List awardee, is a sophomore at the University of Southern California majoring in Business of Cinematic Arts and minoring in Screenwriting. She holds a 3.8 GPA and is honored to have been admitted to USC as a Trustee Scholar. Jordan has participated in the Marshall Global Leadership Program where she spent time abroad enhancing her understanding of international business relations and has studied in the Dornsife Thematic Option Honors program to further enhance her creative writing skills.
Jordan’s work and accolades demonstrate her commitment to service and community and her pursuit of global citizenry through the arts. She has served on the Marshall Women’s Leadership Board, been named by Junior Achievement as an 18 Under 18 person to watch, and awarded as an Outstanding Youth Entrepreneur. A native of Arizona, Jordan holds a seal of biliteracy in Spanish and is working towards conversational status in Japanese and Korean.
Creatively, Jordan is the co-founder of Nickel Berry Works, a publishing company, and the author of its first publication, Dreamcatcher, written at the age of 12. She was incredibly proud to have Dreamcatcher featured and sold in international airports across the country. Jordan is an avid reader, plays five instruments, and importantly loves spending her free time cultivating the minds, hearts, and spirits of those younger than her. Professionally, she seeks to develop stories that illustrate the totality of the human experience, embracing every similarity and celebrating all differences, such that our story is told.