The Production Team
Director / Producer
Anne Rapp is a writer and a script supervisor in the movie industry who worked on more than 60 feature films, beginning with Tender Mercies in 1981 and ending with the HBO TV series “Westworld.” She has worked with many acclaimed directors including Jake Kasdan, Billy Bob Thornton, Judd Apatow, Harold Ramis, Ken Kwapis, Jonathan Nolan, Lawrence Kasdan, Sydney Pollack, Robert Benton, Bruce Beresford, Steven Spielberg, Robert Zemekis, David Mamet, Rob Reiner, Bill Forsythe, Ivan Reitman and Tom Hanks. She began writing short stories which led to a job writing for Robert Altman who directed two of her original screenplays, Cookie’s Fortune and Dr. T and the Women and a television episode written for the ABC series “Gun” entitled “All the President’s Women.” The screenplay for Cookie’s Fortune earned Anne an Independent Spirit Award nomination as well as an Edgar Allen Poe nomination. She wrote a television special for CMT, a live Texas music variety show called “Stars over Texas” hosted by Ray Benson of Asleep at the Wheel and featuring Dolly Parton and Vince Gill, and she later teamed with Benson again and wrote the musical “A Ride With Bob” a stage performance about the life and legacy of the western swing great Bob Wills. It ran for eight years. Anne has also written scripts for Alison Eastwood, Whoopi Goldberg and Dana Kuznetkoff, and has a few of her own original scripts in development as well. She has published short stories and essays, and has twice served as visiting professor of screenwriting at the Michener Center for Writers, the graduate writing program at University of Texas. She currently lives in Austin, Texas.
Joe Dishner has worked in the film industry for over 35 years as a Producer, Line Producer, and Unit Production Manager. He has had an extensive and diverse career that included feature films, TV series, documentaries, and TV commercials. His producing credits include The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003), and 22 episodes of the CBS series “The Ghost Whisperer.” His UPM credits include A Simple Plan, Road Trip, The Mothman Prophecies, Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story, The Evening Star, The Big Green, Houseguest, the first two seasons of the TNT series “Dallas,” and 22 episodes of the Fox series “The Good Guys.” Joe served as Line Producer on the feature film Laser Team 2 for Rooster Teeth, and he is currently serving as UPM on the Amazon limited series “Panic” to air in 2020. In 2015, he co-founded Production For Use, a development and production company with Louis Black (SXSW) where he worked until 2018. Joe was also a founding co-publisher of The Austin Chronicle, which began publication in 1981. He currently serves on the project committee for the Filmanthropy Fund of the Dallas Foundation, the advisory board of the EarthX Film Festival, and Media Productions Development Zone Advisory Committee for the State of Texas. He is a long-time member of The Directors Guild of America and Sam’s Club.
Don Stokes began his career processing prints in the family dark room at the tender age of four. His first paying job in the film business was rolling filmstrips at Jamieson Film Company at the age of seven, and he has been involved in the industry ever since. A graduate of Southern Methodist University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Radio, Television and Film, Don has worked as a grip, animation cell painter, animation camera operator, still photographer, projectionist, editor, sound recordist, production manager, post supervisor, director, writer, and producer. He has produced films and videos in the commercial, corporate, documentary, and entertainment sectors for more than forty-five years, using his extensive experience in overseeing script and project development, supervision, selection of production teams, budgeting and cost control. His work as producer, writer, and director has taken him to numerous international locations and earned numerous awards. In 2002 Don founded his own post-production facility, Post Asylum, Inc., which provided a resource to advertising agencies and independent film and video producers in making their transition to the post-production process. Post Asylum also provided an environment of unparalleled production support. In January of 2016, Don sold Post Asylum in order to return to his roots as a producer and also pursue his passions of writing and still photography. His feature length producing credits include the HBO Documentary, TV Junkie, the Sports Documentaries, The Big Shootout: The Life and Times of 1969 and Sweet Science, and the narrative feature The Playroom starring John Hawkes and Molly Parker. Don is also a founding member of and past President of the Texas Motion Picture Alliance, Chairman of the Dallas Film Society, and President of the Dallas Producers Association, where he continues to serve on the board.