2017 Storytelling Conference



  • 8:30 – 9:00 AM
  • Registration, Coffee, Networking
  • 9:00 WELCOME
  • Shiron Butterfly, Oscar Ray and Andrew Sikora
  • 9:15 – 10:00 AM
  • Screenwriters Panel
  • Lorraine Portman, Christian Lybrook, Shiron Butterfly
  • Moderated by Oscar Ray
  • 10:00 – 10:30 AM
  • Public Media in the Digital Age
  • Dan Schiedel
  • 10:30 – 11:00 AM
  • Broadcast versus Narrowcast
  • Steve Boettcher
  • 11:00 – 11:30 AM
  • Tulsa’s Documentary and Feature Film Landscape
  • Russ Kilpatrick
  • 11:30 – 12:00 PM
  • “Hollywood Indie Filmmakers in the Digital Age”
  • Luciano Saber
  • 12:00 – 1:00 PM
  • Lunch
  • Mysterious Mr. Lee
  • Dr. Russell Lawson
  • 1:00 PM
  • Closing remarks
  • Shiron Butterfly, Oscar Ray and Andrew Sikora




Director/Producer Steven Boettcher is a five-time Emmy Award-winning filmmaker. His current work includes producing and directing PBS’s national series Pioneers of Television, now in its fourth season. His other television projects include productions for History Channel, Discovery Channel, BBC, CBS and NBC. Most recently, he and his partners swiftly assembled a PBS documentary on the life of Robin Williams, the comedian who tragically died in early August. Boettcher and his team have interviewed dozens of TV celebrities for their Pioneers series, including Bill Cosby, Anthony Edwards (“E.R.”), Bob Newhart and a slew of other breakthrough artists from American TV history.


Russ Kirkpatrick is co-owner of Kirkpatrick & Kinslow Productions, LLC, which creates messaging for nonprofit and corporate clients, and produces documentaries and fiction films. Using nearly 30 years of experience in TV and radio, combined with financial services, Russ oversees day-today operations, managing multiple active productions simultaneously, including the release of four documentaries. Russ also serves as board president of the Lindsey House and is a frequent supporter of Tulsa community events.

Based in Tulsa, Kirkpatrick & Kinslow Productions is an Emmy Award-winning film production company specializing in short and feature length films. In 2013, Russ Kirkpatrick and Andy Kinslow started the company and three years later in 2016 won an Emmy Award for “Boomtown: An American Journey.” The movie, focusing on pieces of Tulsa’s history, was awarded “Best Oklahoma Film” at the Twister Alley Film Festival and was also an official selection at the Bare Bones & Trail Dance Film Festivals. “Boomtown” profiles points in history ranging from Native American Culture and Cattle Ranches, to Oil, Route 66, Architecture and the infamous Tulsa Race Riot of 1921.


Russell Lawson was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. His first intellectual interest was in ancient Greek mythology, which led to a lifelong fascination with the history of the ancient Mediterranean. He matriculated at Oklahoma State University from 1975 to 1979, majoring in history. From 1980 to 1982, he studied at OSU for a Master’s degree in Ancient Mediterranean history. He earned a Ph.D. in American history from the University of New Hampshire in 1987. He has taught at schools in New England, Oklahoma, and Ontario. In 2010, Dr. Lawson was Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Transnational Studies at Brock University. In December, 2011, Fulbright Canada awarded him a grant to establish a traditional organic garden for teaching purposes at Bacone College. Dr. Lawson teaches and writes on scientists and explorers; the history of America, Europe, and the world; and the history of ideas. His latest book is The Sea Mark: Captain John Smith’s Voyage to New England, published by University Press of New England. He is finishing his fifteenth year at Bacone, and has just completed a narrative history of Bacone College that was published by Indian University Press Pro_ScreenwritersConference2017.indd 4 4/6/17 12:52 PM


Christian Lybrook is a writer, director and producer who lives and works in Idaho. His work has appeared at film festivals throughout the U.S., including the Tribeca Film Festival, SeriesFest, and the Sun Valley Film Festival (SVFF).

His script for the sci-fi western short film Carbon won SVFF’s inaugural One Potato Award. He is a fellow of IFP’s ScreenForward Lab and their No Borders Program, and participated in the first-ever Tribeca’s Digital Creators Market for the award-winning pre-apocalyptic thriller series Zero Point, which he co- wrote and co-created.

He is currently producing the comedic noir feature film 6 Dynamic Laws for Success (in Life, Love & Money), and developing a western crime series, Branded, about a cattle cop who is pulled into a police detective’s murder investigation of a prominent ranching family after their cattle are found skinned alive.


Lorraine is an award winning Playwright, Screenwriter, and Filmmaker. She spent ten years teaching Playwriting and Screenwriting at Flagler College in Saint Augustine, Florida. She holds a B.A. in Theater from Smith College and M.F.A. in Film from Florida State University. Lorraine also attended the National Theater Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. Upon graduation from Smith College, she won the Denis Johnston Playwriting Award for “Small Animals”, which has been given staged readings at NTI and Smith College and has been produced by Limelight Theater, Flagler College, and The BOOM Theatre Company. Her play “Barefoot” was produced by The Boom Theater Company in Bel Air, Maryland. “Barefoot” has been published in “The BOOM Theatre Co. Anthology of New Plays, Volume 1 2011-2013”. She has written and directed five short films and a feature. “Saving Sophie”, the feature, was based on one of her produced plays and as a film played 26 film festivals and won 9 awards. She directs plays as well as films. Newest film “Jordan Almonds” will premier on Saturday, April 23 at 12:30 pm at the Roxy Theater. Lorraine is gearing up for her next film, “Falling South”, which will shoot this summer in Toronto, Florida, and locations in between. Her screenplays have been placing in national and international competitions. Gordy Hoffman, of BlueCat Screenplay competition, awarded “Peace, Love, and Law Enforcement” the “Screenplay Live!” award. The screenplay was produced as a staged reading. Lorraine has optioned the screenplay and two others. She has been doing for hire work for producers in a number of genres. She is developing “Peace, Love, and Law Enforcement” as a TV series. Lorraine grew up in Peekskill, New York. She now prefers living in rural Florida with her retired professor turned fern farmer and poet boyfriend. Pro_ScreenwritersConference2017.indd 5 4/6/17 12:52 PM


Oscar is a professional screenwriter, writing over 200 movie treatments, 20 screenplays with 5 produced and several optioned. Trains actors, writers and filmmakers in the Bare Bones Method of Moviemaking. Is a major force in the Oklahoma Movie and Arts Community. He is an author of ”Secrets to Bare Bones Moviemaking”. Oscar is a founder of Darkwood Film Arts Institute and an owner of BareBones Filmworks. Currently in post production on the documentaries, the Water of Masaya and The Bronze Warriors Is currently in production on Outlaw Queen and Lawman King the stories of Bass Reeves and Belle Starr. Producer of Muskogee Employee Spotlight for Muskogee City Television and is currently developing a historical video series about the City.


Shiron is a Founder, Director and Programmer of the Bare Bones International Independent Film & Music Festival, the Bare Bones Script- 2-Screen Independent Film Festival & Screenwriting Conference and the Bare Bones/Soonercon Sci-Fi/Horror Film Festivals. She has over twelve years of progressive training and experience in the motion picture industry. Shiron worked on more than twenty productions and she has been an actress in more than nine independent movies. Shiron holds a Masters Degree in Education from Pepperdine University and a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and Behavioral Sciences from California State University.


Luciano Saber writes, directs and produces feature films and TV shows and is a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA), Directors Guild of America (DGA), the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and the Screen Actors Guild (SAG-AFTRA). He won film festival awards for screen-writing and producing and is heavily involved in the day-to-day physical production of his projects. He sold film and television projects to studios and networks and worked with producers and fellow screenwriters from concept to final draft. He gave back to the film community by serving as a screen-writing instructor at UCLA Extension and produced over 40, new media, episodes to help aspiring artists, entitled “Aspiring Hollywood.” He’s also a published author, “A Story of Courage,” sold at Barnes & Noble. Luciano started his career in the entertainment industry as an actor in Chicago’s famous theater district. He portrayed a suppressed Albanian director in the award winning play “Sing For Me Naxia.” The production won Chicago’s best directorial award. “Placebo Effect,” a feature film, in which Luciano starred, wrote and produced, won Best Feature, Best Original Screenplay and Best Cinematography at the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival. He also won the Award of Merit from the Accolade Competition for “Edge of Salvation.” He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia College, served as an undercover agent and police officer and attended two police academies. Pro_ScreenwritersConference2017.indd 6 4/6/17 12:52 PM


Polish born, Andrew J. Sikora is a recipient of several American and international film awards including a PBS documentary “Katyn: Slaughter & Silence” and a 2008 Telly Award winning and 61st Cannes Film Festival film - “Stories of the Cherokees.” Andrew’s films are utilized by organizations around the world including the Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C. His latest PBS production Cherokee Veterans from Bacon, won a 2015 Telly Award as well. During his career, he started an MTV station, developed the first online video business news service and created numerous educational initiatives including the Digital Cultural Exchange program. He is currently an Executive Director of Media Center at Bacone College, where he is developing a new Media & Communication degree.


Daniel Schiedel recently became the Executive Director and CEO of United Way of Enid and NW Oklahoma, where he works with the community to raise funds for 15 partner agencies who provide human service needs. Dan also is the President and managing partner of Schiedel Consulting which provides services that include: media marketing, video and educational content development, organizational leadership, fundraising, community engagement, government relations, public relations and strategic planning. He is a 28-year Public Broadcasting veteran and has managed and produced diverse media projects for PBS stations in South Dakota, Missouri, Wyoming and Oklahoma. He has successfully led multiple operations, fundraising initiatives, partnership development projects, creation of programming strategies, and the production and promotion of numerous award winning programs.

He is a native of South Dakota,Dakota, and an alumnus of the University of South Dakota where he received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts degrees in Journalism and Contemporary Media. Dan serves on the executive committee of the Oklahoma City Men’s Dinner club, is on the Potts Family Foundation and the Oklahoma Academy boards. He is an Oklahoma Champion for Early Opportunities (OKCEO) and a current member of the Enid Rotary Club and past president of the Riverton Wyoming Rotary Club, and the Claremore Reveille Rotary Club in Claremore, OK.

MA, and the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science’s Visual Arts Center in Sioux Falls, SD. Shirley was assistant director for the South Dakota Arts Council, and she was a founder of Northern Plains Tribal Arts Show, the Oyate Trail cultural tourism byway, and the Alliance of Tribal Tourism Advocates.