Executive Director of CROSS WIND PRODUCTIONS is BARBARA SUNDSTROM, professional playwright, director and screenwriter. Her adaptation of THE HUNDRED PENNY BOX, a Newbery Honor Book, premiered off-Broadway in the 1998 Ensemble Studio Theatre’s “Marathon of One Act Plays,” alongside those by David Mamet, Joyce Carol Oates and Shel Silverstein. Ms. Sundstrom’s adaptation was published by Smith & Kraus, Publishers, in EST Marathon 1998: The One Act Plays.
Ms. Sundstrom studied screenwriting in UCLA’s online professional writing program where she developed her screenplays, MODEL HOME, winner of the Platinum Remi Award at Worldfest Houston International Film Festival, and MISS AMERICA IN INDIA, a “Second-Rounder” in the Austin Film Festival and in the top 25% at the EXPO5 Screenwriting Competition in Los Angeles. Her screenplay, KENTUCKY INFIDEL, was one of 30 semi-finalists for the 2006 KAIROS PRIZE in Screenwriting from The John Templeton Foundation from MOVIEGUIDE in Los Angeles.
She is the author and director of Cross Wind Productions’ movies: HOLLY’S STORY, THE SABER, IN THE MIRROR DIMLY, ON THE EDGE, ADRIFT, FOSTER CARE and THE CHRISTMAS BEAUTY PAGEANT. The movies have won numerous awards including the Adam Award from Sabaoth International Film Festival in Milan, Italy; Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards from Worldfest Houston International Film Festival; Silver and Bronze Crown Awards from the International Christian Visual Media Association and two Bronze Telly Awards.
Ms. Sundstrom’s other past experience includes Director of Promotion, playwright and actress with professional theatre company, A.D. Players, Houston, Texas, where her stage plays, GIDEON and JOSEPH & THE MADRAS PLAID JACKET were produced. As Director of Promotion, she was a recipient of the ADDY Certificate of Excellence presented by the Houston Federation of Advertisers.
Ms. Sundstrom received her Bachelor of Arts from Baylor University, Waco, Texas, and her M.A. in Communication from the University of Houston, Houston, Texas. She taught English, speech and theater in Junior and Senior High Schools.
Associate Director, ROZANNE DAMONE CURTIS, “Rozie,” is a professional actress, director, choreographer and author. She choreographed two major motion pictures: PARADISE TEXAS and Cross Wind Productions’ THE SABER. Her many talents make her a regular for film, commercials, TV work, and voice-over contracts for ADV Films, an Anime Film Company. She was nominated as best actress in anime for her work on the series, Pani Poni Dash. She has completed 10 animated series where she had the lead or supporting role.
Ms. Curtis grew up and began her career in Las Vegas as a theatrical performer and dancer. Stage credits include over 50 productions in children, youth, and adult theatre across the country. In addition she tours her one-woman show which she wrote entitled, THE REAL ONE IS BOOKED, and the gospel play, BEFORE THE MASK. She is the published author of five full-length plays and two children’s books. She has scripted pieces for classes, local theatres, TV and independent films. The play, GUILTY BY REASON OF INNOCENCE, (written by Ms. Curtis and her husband) premiered at the famed prison in Angola, LA. nicknamed, “The Farm.” They are in pre-production for converting the stage play, GUILTY BY REASON OF INNOCENCE into a major motion picture. She wrote and directed Cross Wind Productions’ LAST CHANCE SCHOOL and was producer/director for THE GUARDIAN.
Ms. Curtis runs a full time drama ministry at her home church, The Fountain of Praise, in Houston, Texas. She is a sought-after acting coach and teaches workshops in acting, writing and teaching. Her private students are almost all signed with theatrical agents and have gone on to star in National and International Stage Tours and have had film and commercial success. She has also directed and choreographed several music videos.
This Emmy Award winning cinematographer began his visual arts career over thirty-five years ago as a still photographer and through the years evolved into the world of cinema. Early in his career, his expertise in setting moods and manipulating emotions through lighting and composition led him to serve as technical lighting advisor on shoots for National Geographic Magazine. Recently however, he has used the motion in television, film and video as his medium of choice. Mr. McKee possesses an intense awareness of the impact that camera angles and the subtleties of camera movement place on the final image produced during a shoot. Additionally, he understands the tools that technology of today offers to the world of cinematic and visual expression. His ability to combine all of the aspects of this medium sets him apart as a more than effective communicator.
Past projects have taken him from the bright lights and glamour of Hollywood to the most remote regions of Russia. Mr. McKee is no stranger to talent as he has worked with the likes of Willie Nelson, B.B. King, Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, Antonio Bandaras, three U.S. Presidents and many others. Several credits include PBS, the Discovery Channel, TNN, and The Outlaw Music Channel. He has lensed dozens of nationally broadcast TV commercials, a number of documentaries, including one on Elmer Wayne Henley, Jr., and many short films. He has also served as Director of Photography and Producer on a dozen feature films and is a guiding light and focus to any project he takes on. (Bio by Trey Huguley)
Elizabeth Byrd Shipsey holds a B.A. in Music and Musical Theatre with a minor in Piano and Dance from Shenandoah Conservatory of Music in Winchester, VA and a M.A. in Dramatic Communications from Regent University in VA. Beach, VA. In addition, she interned under the direction of Executive Director, Carolyn Rossi-Copeland at the Lamb’s Theatre in New York City, NY. She currently serves as Assistant Director Of Vocal and Choral Studies at Blinn College in Brenham, Texas.
As a performer, Ms. Shipsey toured extensively with the National Broadway touring company of MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS and was a company member with the AD Players in Houston, TX. She has been seen on the stages of; The Palace Theatre in NH, The Wortham Theatre, Theatre Under the Stars, Stages Repertory Theatre, Unity Theatre, TheatreLab Houston and Main Street Theatre.
She has choreographed for the Houston Children’s Chorus, Unity Theatre, Interactive Theatre, Applause Theatre, AD Players, Regent University, Fort Bend Baptist Schools, St. Anne’s Catholic School, and many others.
Ms. Shipsey also has extensive training in On-Camera and Voiceover performance and has numerous TV/Film, Commercials, Industrials and Voiceovers to her credit.
She is proud to have served CROSS WIND PRODUCTIONS in the areas of Actor, Assistant Director, Production Manager and Acting Coach.
Tom Hickman began his career as a project recording musician/keyboardist and recording engineer/mixer before combining his love of music with studies in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and Business from Texas A & M. He worked for a number of years in the corporate world in IT and software development before the call to active ministry at Mars Hill Productions. While at Mars Hill, Mr. Hickman worked in a variety of positions including production/post production sound, original sound track composition, sound effects creation, foley recording, recording and ADR engineering, audio mixing, video editing and support for Avid editing systems. While at Mars Hill Productions, he learned of the ministry of CROSS WIND PRODUCTIONS. Mr. Hickman has combined all these skills and more in serving the ministry of CROSS WIND PRODUCTIONS. He is actively involved in all areas of production and post production sound, ADR recording, video editing and computer technology as well as training the teen crew in areas of production and sound.
- To produce quality films that speak to youth with hope for their future.
- To train competent future leaders in a faith-based, constructive environment.
- To bring glory to God who called us and equips us.
"We will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, His power, and the wonders He has done." (Psalm 78:4 NIV)
- Broadcasting around the world via TBN/JCTV and Parables (US and worldwide), Alfa Omega TV (Europe, Middle East, Northern Africa & Romania), Family 7 (Netherlands), and United Christian Broadcasters (Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia).
- Distributing worldwide via www.ChristianCinema.com and Jax Distribution.
- YOU! It is through your prayers, referrals and financial support that we continue. Proceeds from sales and broadcast licenses make up approximately 10% of the cost of producing quality films & mentoring the next generation. YOU are the reason the message of God's love and hope in Christ reach so many.
CROSS WIND PRODUCTIONS, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, meets the needs of the teen generation through offering hope-filled dramatic media productions and by mentoring young artists in a Christian faith-based environment that supports and encourages the expression of their God-given talents.
CROSS WIND PRODUCTIONS wants to show teenagers that
- there are positive, healthy ways to deal with issues that concern them
- they have the ability to make wise decisions
- they have opportunities to make a difference in their generation and generations of the future
- there is an avenue where their talents are celebrated and expressed, and
- there is hope for their future in salvation through Jesus Christ.
The teenagers in Cross Wind Productions’ internship program are not only actors but also vital members of the production crew, working under the guidance of industry professionals in a Christian faith-based environment.
For more information on the internship program, go to the TEEN page.