NMPA Board Of Directors

Brad_byToby_sml-400x400Brad Stoddard

Filmmaker, Educator

Award winning filmmaker, writer and cinematographer. Brad’s credits cover a broad range of feature film, television, documentary projects and educational media. Brad is owner of Stoddard Communications, a New Mexico production/postproduction company and is an Apple Certified Trainer for Final Cut Pro X at the University of New Mexico, Continuing Education. He has experience in project development, production, postproduction and as a postproduction supervisor. Brad is experienced in workflow design for digital acquisition and editorial systems. His film credits include: Picture Editor, A Lonely Place for Dying; Producer/Director, CONNECT PBS TV Series. IMDB

Aaron Star
Vice President
Filmmaker, Editor, Director of Photography
Aaron has a passion combining information technologies, and the creative arts of cinematography and post production.  Star began working as 1st Assistant Camera for Matthew Libatique, ASC, and other DPs in Los Angeles working on features, commercials and music videos.   Aaron has worked at various companies such as Creative Artists Agency, Boeing, NBC, Picture Vision, and FramesPerSecond.tv.  Production experiences include commercial spots for “My Name is Earl”, Medium, The tonight show with Jay Leno, The Office, and Sony PlayStation.  Production experience on music videos for Toby Keith – “i ain't as good as i once was”, Brooks and Dunn – Play Something Country, Miranda Lambert – Me and Charlie Talking, and Good Charlotte - I Believe. As a cinematographer, Aaron has shot a feature film, music videos, and numerous short films, one of which was shown at the Sundance Film Festival.
Carolyn Kuehn

Writer, Actor

For more twenty years, Carolyn has served as a writer, editor, and marketing consultant. She worked in the publishing and marketing industries before starting a successful freelance business. Carolyn’s extensive experience and excellent communication skills have attracted a range of clients in a variety of industries. Her work has appeared in publications such as The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Albuquerque Journal, New Mexico Kids! Family Magazine, Education Week, The Sun, The Santa Fean, and others. In addition, Carolyn is active in the New Mexico film industry – as an actor, with starring and supporting roles in several New Mexico-made independent films, and as a member of New Mexico Women in Film. Carolyn is currently working on her first screenplay.

Chris Paul

Video Producer, Editor

Chris is a 30-year video production veteran based in Albuquerque, NM. He has shot and edited a ridiculous number of commercials, industrials, music videos and regional broadcast shows for clients including Motorola, Sandia National Laboratories and the Multiple Sclerosis Society. He currently owns POV, Inc, a full service boutique media production company that features 4K video and closed captioning. He volunteers with Amnesty International and enjoys travel and music with his wife and son.

Michael Donnelly
Board Member

Filmmaker and Photographer

Film industry veteran producer and post-production specialist; photographer; partner in Fahrenheit 444, LLC. Michael’s career spans the domestic theatrical, independent and Latin American filmmaking industries at all budget levels. He served executive terms with CFI and Technicolor and has a history in theatrical distribution, innovative film exhibition and curatorial film work at UCLA. Fortunate to have worked with some the best filmmakers of our time, Michael is most proud of his contributions to film preservation, festival programming and international cinema foundations. His work has screened at festivals such as Cannes, Telluride, Sundance, New York, Toronto and San Sebastian.

Reinhard Lorenz
Board Member


Reinhard holds an MA in Filmmaking from the University of the Arts in Berlin, Germany. Reinhard’s film company specializes in the production of creative documentaries. He works as director, director of photography, and editor for documentaries, television news, and clients.

Sherwin Lau
Website Committee Chair

Filmmaker, Educator

Sherwin Lau is an award-winning filmmaker and educator based in Las, Cruces, NM.  Since 2004, he has worked on independent features, shorts, documentaries, music videos, and commercials both in the states and internationally.  In addition to his filmmaking career, he teaches undergraduate courses in Editing, Sound Design, Cinematography, Producing, Documentary and Short Film Production as an assistant professor at the Creative Media Institute at New Mexico State University.

Aaron Estrada
Education Committee Chair

VFX Artist

Aaron Estrada is a VFX artist and technologist with over 20 years experience and 14 feature film credits and numerous TV credits. He is VP of Applied Technology at Cinnafilm, where he oversees their cloud strategy and cloud product development. An avid supporter of education, Aaron also teaches Digital Compositing and other C.G. disciplines part time at UNM. Several of his former students, and people he has mentored, have gone on to careers at major studios.

Shawn Wayman
 Robert Loeser
Events Committee Chair
First Assistant Director, Editor, Production Consultant
Robert Loeser is a DGA First Assistant Director, Video Editor, and Production Consultant living in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, NM.  Robert started with LA work as a production assistant for network MOTW’s (movie-of-the-weeks) and studio feature films including: Extreme Prejudice, Back to the Beach, Throw Momma from the Train, Tequila Sunrise, Homer and Eddie, Delta Force II, Timebomb, and Indian Runner. Drawn to the quirky, unusual, and creative, he was the 2nd Assistant Director on the cult film, Stepfather 2, and the final season of Pee Wee's Playhouse.  Robert then joined the Northern Exposure crew in Redmond, WA for two and one-half years, finishing as a First AD. He moved to Albuquerque in 1997, where he works with talented filmmakers who are committed to creating the best of independent cinema. Robert edited the documentary, “Justice Denied,” about sexual trauma in the military.  Justice Denied has screened for the Pentagon, the U.S. Senate, Columbia Law School, and is being shown as training at military installations worldwide. IMDB - http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0517315/
Rick Clemente
Legislative Committee Chair — Director at Large
CEO I-25 Studios
Industry veteran, Rick Clemente, brings more than 30 years of Hollywood experience coupled with several years of New Mexico movie making to his role as Director and Chair of the Legislative Committee. His creative and technical leadership has been proven in the creation of several cutting-edge facilities and innovative production teams. He has become a leader in New Mexico’s film community and has both the experience and confidence to get the job done for any production.
Lance Maurer
President Emeritus, Director at Large
Film Technology Entrepreneur

CEO and founder of Cinnafilm, Inc., a global leader in innovative video optimization solutions for television, film, and multi-media delivery. Cinnafilm is based in Albuquerque, New Mexico USA. Lance is an active member of the Hollywood Post Alliance, Digital Cinema Society, Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, and the American Moving Image Archivists group.

Luca Ceccarelli
President Emeritus, Director at Large
Luca Ceccarelli is a Director/Writer/Producer, based in Los Angeles where he heads development at EDGY Pictures, shingle to veteran New Mexico production company, HDNM Entertainment. His passion for directing moved Luca and business partner, Eileen Street to spearhead The Director's Edge, which offers TV & Film Directors enrichment resources, methods and tools featuring the unique Get-Set-Ready! Approach. Luca is proud to have served as founding member of the board and president of the NMPA.