Board of Directors
Alex Boden: Based in the UK and increasingly working internationally, Producer Alex Boden enjoys being at the centre of the Film and TV industry through the Pistachio Pictures group of companies, launched in 1999.
With 500+ festival selections to date, current projects include the ground-breaking Netflix Original series SENSE8 from the Wachowskis and the INTRIGO films, all releasing in 2018. Other credits include Tom Tykwer and the Wachowskis’ CLOUD ATLAS with Tom Hanks and Halle Berry, Ed Zwick’s DEFIANCE with Daniel Craig, Susan Jacobson’s Fantasporto-winning thriller THE HOLDING and Florian Habicht’s film about Britpop legends PULP, which premiered at SXSW, winning NME Best Music Film.
Alex is a returning mentor to Stowe Story Labs programs.
Stacey Davis is an award-winning screenwriter, producer and entertainment lawyer. Her debut film, THE SIBLING CODE (wrote/produced), screened at nearly a dozen festivals, including Nantucket Film Festival, BendFilm Festival and Cucalorus Film Festival. The comedy stars Amy Okuda (ATYPCIAL), Jonathan Lisecki (GAYBY) and Amy Hill (CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND), and was directed by former Sundance Film Festival programmer, Roberta Marie Munroe. She has several other projects in development and is in production on a short documentary about the history of pie throwing in film.
Her latest script won Best Feature Screenplay at the 2017 Broad Humor Film Festival, and she placed in the following competitions: Nicholl Fellowship (quarterfinalist); Page (Top 25 in Comedy) and Austin Film Festival (second rounder). She has participated in the Squaw Valley’s Screenwriting Conference, the Stowe Story Labs’ Narrative Lab as well as its Writer’s Retreat program.
She’s executive produced over a half-dozen films, including LITTLE SISTER (SXSW, starring Addison Timlin, Ally Sheedy and Peter Hedges, and named by “The New Yorker” as the best film of 2016); 1985 (SXSW, starring Cory Michael Smith, Virginia Madsen and Michael Chiklis) and F*CKING PEOPLE (starring Noel Wells, Samira Wiley and Josh Radnor).
As an entertainment lawyer, she’s represented A24, Tadmor Entertainment, Erwin Brothers Entertainment and others on a variety of projects, including I CAN ONLY IMAGINE, SUMMER ’03, THROUGH THE GLASS DARKLY and ONLY. Davis serves as the President of the Board of Directors for The Sidewalk Film Center + Cinema and sits on the board of the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame.
Stacey is an active alum of Stowe Story Labs.
Shawn Kerivan has been involved with the Stowe Story Labs since its inception. He is a writer and has published works of fiction and memoir, and he recently wrapped up a 17-year stint as an innkeeper. Shawn is a professor of writing and composition, and he lives in Stowe.
Ellen Parks: Following a long professional acting career, Ellen opened her NYC casting company. Her 30+ years of experience ranges from LB projects to network, cable and studio fare. Working with Scorsese, the Coen Bros., Alexander Payne, David O. Russell, Debra Granik and numerous independent writer/directors, Ellen assembled award-winning high profile casts and discovered break-out stars. She’s taught at Columbia’s & NYU’s directing programs, Smith College, Rutgers, American Academy of Dramatic Arts and Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center. Currently on the NYU Tisch faculty teaching Screen Analysis, Character & Imagination, she’s also a master teacher for Beijing’s prestigious new Dome Studio. Ellen’s been a proud mentor/ consultant for Stowe Story Labs since 2013.
Ellen is a returning and founding mentor at Stowe Story Labs.
David Rocchio - Founder and President: is an attorney, writer and filmmaker. As a practicing attorney David worked both as a litigator and served as Legal Counsel to Vermont’s Governor Howard Dean, M.D. As an emerging filmmaker, David’s short films THE BROTHERS (Cannes Short Film Corner, ‘Best of Capalbio’ – Italy’s Capalbio International Short Film Festival) and THE MEETING (finalist best screenplay – 2015 Los Angeles Independent Film Awards) screened at film festivals internationally. Working with Stowe Story Labs alumni, David will shoot his next short film, WHERE IS HOME?, in Rome, Italy and New York City in 2018. He has three feature scripts optioned. In 2016, he conceived and co-produced The Gun Shop, a documentary about gun ownership in the US. The Gun Shop screened as part of the UK's Channel 4’s Cutting Edge strand and the first element of a series about guns in America aimed to begin true dialogue (and dialogue starts by listening). David is a nationally certified EMT, a veteran ski patrolman and in addition to screenwriting, writes short fiction and for twenty years has written a column for central Vermont newspapers. He lives with his family (and dog) in Stowe, Vermont.
Steven Jon Whritner is an Emmy-winning writer and producer. He’s served in senior executive level positions at A&E, UPN and Food Network. He’s also created more than 100 hours of successful television programming. In 2006 Steven launched Plymouth Rock Entertainment, a boutique creative agency specializing in the development, production and marketing of a vast range of entertainment content. Current projects under the Plymouth Rock banner include the scripted drama series Son of the Dragon. A graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Steven also attended Rhode Island School of Design. He lives in northern New Jersey with his wife, Karen, head of studio operations for MLB Network.
Steven is an active alum of Stowe Story Labs.
Paula Willoquet-Maricondi is Dean of the Division of Communication and Creative Media at Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont. She holds a Ph.D in Comparative Literature and Film Studies from Indiana University and a Maters in French from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her teaching and research interestests include film, literature, gender studies, and environmental justice. She is the editor of Framing the World: Explorations in Ecocriticism and Film (2010), Pedro Almodóvar: Interviews (2004); and Peter Greenaway's Postmodern/Poststructuralist Cinema (2001/2008). She serves on the Board of Directors of the Vermont International Film Festival. She was born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil.
Debi Yazbeck's life changed in an instant several years ago with the death of her husband and father of their children. The three survivors crashed and burned. After a few years of floundering, writing saved her sanity... and continues to.
Debi’s projects have won and placed at Austin Film Festival, Final Draft Big Break, BlueCat, Page, TRMS, California Women’s Film Festival, Ojai Film Festival and many more. Debi is a lifetime member of Tracking Board’s Launchpad Alumni due to top placement of a feature. Four of Debi’s screen/teleplays have been chosen as Stowe Official Selections. Debi Yazbeck/Piss Elm Inc are currently in production on two of her short scripts.
Debi is an active alum of Stowe Story Labs.