Robert Enriquez

SSFF WEST Festival Director


Florida native Robert Enriquez serves as Producer/Owner of Red Baron Picture Corp. Before leaving his home state of Florida Robert was instrumental in developing Projects with Peter Tors of Tors Family Entertainment. (Flipper, New adventures of Flipper, Creatures of the Night, Looking for Trouble). Working in development Robert started in LA under Liz Selzer-Lang and Robert Greenwaid at Robert Greenwald Productions (Steal this Movie, Xanadu, A woman of Independent Means). Under the RED BARON PICTURE CORP. Shingle Robert has completed Feature length films. Like underground classics, DANNY PELVIC & THE THRUSTERS (Audience Award winner South Beach Film Festival) and THE GRIND to the Lions Gate Release of Knock Knock 2. As a Co-producer Robert and Barbara Seymour produced the filmed segment of HBO’s THE FREAK -The Lequizamo Legacy—For which John Leguizamo won an Emmy for best comedic performance. As Director Robert’s Short Film CASH FOR GOLD has been accepted to several Academy Qualifying Film festivals. It is currently a semi-finalist for the NBC/Universal Shorts Fest. While continuing to produce and Direct Robert has simultaneously been able to run RED BARON MANAGEMENT which has offices in ATL and LA. Representing Writers, Directors, and Talent for Motion Pictures, TV and commercials. RBM clients have worked on projects from all major studios and networks. (The Equalizer, 22 Jump Street, The Social Network, National Treasure, LOST, Greek, Etc, etc, etc) Robert is Currently working with Tony Armer of the Sunscreen Film Festival as it’s West Coast director and will be celebrating its 3rd year in Los Angeles in 2015. Regarding philanthropic endeavors Robert is the Director Of Marketing and PR for the Association for the Recovery of Children.


Tony Armer

Co-Founder


Tony Armer is the Film Commissioner for St. Petersburg Clearwater (Pinellas County) FL. He is the Founder and Former Executive Director of the internationally acclaimed Sunscreen Film Festival. He is also an Award Winning Filmmaker, and has been Producing Film, TV, corporate and digital media content since 1997. The Sunscreen Film Festival held annually in St. Petersburg, FL each Spring and in Los Angeles, CA each fall. The fest was founded in 2005. It was voted one of the “25 Coolest Film Festivals in the Country” by Movie Maker Magazine in 2009 and the “Best Film Festival” in the Tampa Bay area by Tampa Bay Magazine for 2012 and is one of only 23 fests in the country to be sponsored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (the Oscars) for 2013-2014.

Tony studied communications at the University of Toledo, he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA in Business Management from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL and is finishing an MFA in Motion Pictures and Television from Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA. He is also currently an adjunct professor at the Art Institute of Tampa and the University of Tampa.


Blair Skinner

SSFF/West Programming Director


Blair Skinner has newly become a Coordinating Producer on the Golden Globe Winning Amazon series Transparent. She just completed production on the FX series The Comedians, in which she was Clearance Coordinator and Asst to Producer Victor Hsu. She spends her free time directing and producing independent projects like her recent short film Eleanora: The Forgotten Princess. You can find more about the project here: theforgottenprincess.com.


Julie Nunis

Executive Director of Community Development


Mrs. Nunis received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre from the University of Texas at Austin. She continued her studies at The Actor’s Center in New York, concentrating on Shakespeare, Clown, Voice and Movement. She wrote and performed The Bookie’s Daughter for web series pioneer producer, Sandy Kaye’s ONLINEVOICE.COM. Her Associate Producer credits include the indie film, FLAMINGO DREAMS starring Terry Kiser, Richard Moll and Dee Wallace Stone; and a short film called A TANGO FOR JOE, which was the Audience Choice winner of Christopher Coppola’s Project Access Hollywood. Her Television and Film career so far has included acting roles giving her the chance to work with directors like Ivan Reitman (JUNIOR) and Lawrence Kasdan (MUMFORD); Television credits include a recurring role on the Lifetime series, STRONG MEDICINE, NYPD Blue, Melrose Place, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and a comedic turn in the indie short film THE BLOOD OF THE CROSS, directed by Todd Lubitsch, winner of the Audience Choice Award at the New York Shorts Fest.

As assistant to Broadway Producer, Joan Stein, Mrs. Nunis assisted on Steve Martin’s PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE (NY, San Francisco & Chicago productions,) RUTHLESS! AIDS Benefit with Bernadette Peters, and Andrea Martin’s NUDE, NUDE, TOTALLY NUDE among others. A former member of West Coast Ensemble, she learned the ropes of 99-seat theatre in Los Angeles, Co-Producing Ira Levin’s DEATHTRAP, and Terrence McNally’s THE LISBON TRAVIATA as well as garnering the lead role in the controversial play, THE SHROUD by Michael Kassin. Directing credits include A.R. Gurney’s Pulitzer Prize nominated play, Love Letters, (in which she cast local celebrities and business owners in Hermosa Beach with all proceeds going to the Hermosa Beach Education Foundation) and her passion for directing original plays was realized when she received the opportunity to direct Cellphone Funeral, by John Trapper and The Ten Year Plan, by Geraldine Athas.

She lives in Hermosa Beach, California with her husband and two daughters.


Ty Leisher

Executive Director of The Bijou Screening Series


Ty Leisher is a writer and director from Los Angeles. He grew up in the shadow of Hollywood and was addicted to telling stories with moving pictures from a very young age. He has had the honor of directing such talented actors and musicians as MTV’s Faking It star Michael J Willett, Miss USA 2006 Tara Conner, The Voice’s Erick Macek, Dexter star Dave Baez and Poker Pro Ali Eslami. His 2012 web series, Bullets was heralded as “Better than Rounders” by Bluff Magazine. Ty was selected as a semi-finalist in the 2015 Sundance Episodic Story Lab for his drama pilot, The Line. Ty is a writer and director of dark crime dramas, sickening thrillers and action comedies.


Dave Deborde

Education Director


Dave DeBorde is an active filmmaker, professor of Cinematic Arts and overall content creator who is involved in a variety of Film and TV projects. One of his more recent efforts is the feature film romantic-dramedy, Old Fashioned, which broke a box office record in its 1st weekend and enjoyed a nation-wide theatrical release. DeBorde is involved in the development of multiple TV shows and recently completed an entire season as showrunner for the new reality series, Soccer Moms. DeBorde is cultivating multiple film projects including, Matryoshka, a Rom-Com slated to be shot in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia, 2017. Another interesting project is the historical biopic on Eliezer Ben-Yehuda the controversial “Father of Modern Hebrew,” as well as an additional Romantic Comedy, which is a much sought after Latino cross-over for a major studio. Dave lives in Nashville with his Rockstar English professor wife, Alisa, and their 4 hyper creative kids!


Michael Hixon

Advisory Board Member


Since 1996, Michael Hixon has held several positions at The Beach Reporter including entertainment, business and sports editor. He has freelanced for various magazines, newspapers and websites around the country, writing features about the entertainment industry, from Hollywood to Comic-Con International. He is also a contributor to the internet radio station healthylife.net, where he talks about South Bay entertainment. He has a bachelor’s degree in newspaper journalism, with a minor in creative writing, from California State University, Long Beach.