ABOUT

Mission:

Chris Brinker (CB) Film Foundation is a nonprofit charity whose mission is to provide academic scholarships to high school students with aspirations in filmmaking and related arts; CBFF supports candidates who demonstrate talent and possess a financial need.

Video Tribute:

Fellow filmmakers and actors collaborated to produce this short film about Chris Brinker with humorous anecdotes and testimonials about his talents, integrity and character.  

Check-out the poignant tributes by Willem Dafoe, Clifton Collins, Tom Berenger , Norman Reedus & more!

Officers

Board of Directors

Brear CannarsaPresident
Patrick NewallVice-President
Laura BrinkerChief Financial Officer
Clint McCordGeneral Counsel
Jonny HirschbeinProgram Director, Scholarships
Larry ZeigerPublic Relations Director (San Diego)

Bios – Officers & Directors (in alphabetical order):

Laura Brinker

Chief Financial Officer / Treasurer / Secretary

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Laura Brinker

Laura is a senior manager in corporate management with over 15 years of experience in the accounting field. She currently is the head of the Accounts Payable Department for Active Network, a mid-size global software company recently acquired. Laura has held senior accounting management positions at multinational companies in different industries: technology, medical devices, fast food and healthcare.

Laura has also devoted her professional expertise to nonprofit, volunteer work by overseeing and performing the accounting for several parochial fundraiser events and Make a Wish Foundation in past years. A health enthusiast and avid runner, Laura has competed in several half-marathons including an upcoming 2014 PKD fundraiser.

She holds a Master’s degree in Finance & Tax from SDSU and a B.A. in Accounting from Point Loma Nazarene University. Laura graduated from Point Loma High School. Laura lives in San Diego with her husband and two children.

Michael P. Brinker

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Michael P. Brinker

Michael is a retired financial planner, Air Force pilot and military officer. Mike flew military aircrafts internationally for almost two decade; he climbed the officer ranks to retire as a Lieutenant Colonel for the Joint Chief of Staff office at the Pentagon, Washington, DC. Mike moved to California to establish his own company, Brinker & Associates, where he helped individual clients manage investments, conduct retirement planning and provide financial advisory services until 2005.

Mike was a member of Rotary International club, holding numerous leadership roles and performing community service. He was a past Point Loma club President and supervised the student-run “Interact Club” at Point Loma High school, sponsored by Rotary. Mike is also a former board member for Hazeltine school for over 15 years.

Mike earned his Master’s degree in Business Administration from CMU and undergraduate degree from George Washington University while in R.O.T.C. training and Judo martial arts for his black belt degree.

Mike resides in San Diego, California with his wife, enjoying his seven grandchildren, reading and travel. Mike is a dedicated board member of CBFF and Chris’s father, along with that of Michael Joseph, Laura and Brea. He celebrates 50 years of marriage in 2014.

Graziella Cannarsa

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Graziella Cannarsa

Graziella is a senior at Cathedral Catholic High School, and is involved in many extra-curricular activities. She is the President of the National Honor Society at her school, leading volunteer community service projects. She teaches Level 1 Faith Formation at St. Therese of Carmel and is a Campus Ministry Retreat leader. She also works part time at Studio Barre Carmel Valley.

Graziella was Chris’s niece, and was compelled to be an active member of the Chris Brinker Film Foundation in order to honor her uncle’s legacy.

Brear Cannarsa

President

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Brear Cannarsa

Brea is an independent investment manager with over 20 years of relevant experience. Prior to founding her investment advisory firm in 2011, she was a Research Analyst covering healthcare companies at Brandes Investment Partners, a large investment advisory firm, where she worked since 2001. Her transition to buy-side investments from international banking occurred when she became a consultant European stock-picker for a subsidiary of Allianz AG when she relocated to San Diego from Switzerland in 2000. Brea had worked at JPMorgan Chase (Switzerland) in Structured Trade Finance where she was responsible for large corporate clients and commodities trading companies doing business in emerging market countries. She also worked for several years at Citigroup (Switzerland) in Private Banking with Latin American clients, an opportunity that emerged when she worked for Ford Motors Co. in Venezuela, where she held various finance and accounting roles.

Brea has nonprofit experience having served on the board of Directors for a charity, Hands United for Children (HUFC) as Financial Director and Treasurer in 2011-12.

Brea holds a B.S. in Business Administration from U.C. Berkeley and studied Spanish Literature & Economics at the University of Madrid, La Complutense. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst and fluent in Spanish and French languages. Brea graduated from Point Loma High School. Brea lives in San Diego with her husband and four children.

Don Carmody

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Don Carmody

Don Carmody has been producing films for close to 40 years. He was vice-president of production for Canada’s Cinepix (now Lions Gate Films), where he co-produced David Cronenberg’s early shockers THEY CAME FROM WITHIN and RABID as well as the popular comedy MEATBALLS.

Starting his own production company in 1980, Carmody went on to produce the smash hits PORKY’S and PORKY’S II, as well as the classic A CHRISTMAS STORY, the WEEKEND AT BERNIE’S series, and THE LATE SHIFT which was nominated for seven Emmy Awards and three Cable Ace awards.

His credits include some 100 films thus far, including STUDIO 54, the Academy Award nominated GOOD WILL HUNTING, THE PLEDGE, WRONG TURN, GOTHIKA, the cult hit THE BOONDOCK SAINTS, ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13, LUCKY NUMBER SLEVIN, ORPHAN and the RESIDENT EVIL films, the 4th of which grossed over 300 million dollars worldwide and has become Canada’s reigning Box office champion.

In 2002, he was Co-Producer of CHICAGO starring Renée Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Richard Gere, which won 7 Academy Awards including Best Picture and 3 Golden Globe Awards including Best Musical/Comedy.

Recent productions include GOON, SILENT HILL: REVELATION, RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION and THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES. His latest film POMPEII is due out in theatres in 2014.

Don Carmody grew up in Montreal and has gone on to produce films all over the world. He currently has offices in Toronto and Los Angeles.

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Kevin Chapman

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Kevin Chapman

Kevin Chapman is an actor and producer, currently costarring in “Person of Interest” as Detective Lionel Fusco since the series aired on CBS in 2011. He was previously a central character on the award-winning series “Brotherhood.”

His calling card in film and television is his ability to become his character; on “Rescue Me,” he made us want to give him a nice brotherly slap, as Garrity’s obnoxious brother Terrance; and in Clint Eastwood’s “Mystic River,” we feared him as street enforcer Val Savage. His television credits include recurring roles on “Lost,” “24”, “Rescue Me,” “Sons of Anarchy,” “Hawthorne,” and guest-starring roles on “NYPD Blue,” “The Practice,” “Homicide: Life on the Street,” “Leverage,” and “Rizzoli & Isles.” On CBS he’s appeared on “Cold Case,” “Criminal Minds” and “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation“. Chapman had standout roles in such Academy Award-nominated films as “Mystic River,” “21 Grams,” “In the Bedroom and “The Cider House Rules“. Among his other feature film credits, “Unstoppable,” “Sunshine Cleaning,” “Ladder 49,” “In Good Company,” “Two For the Money,” and cult classics “The Boondock Saints,” and “Black Dynamite.” He produced “Lonely Street” starring Jay Mohr and Robert Patrick; and is currently filming the thriller “Backmask“.

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Jonathan Hirschbein

Program Director (Scholarships)

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Jonathan Hirschbein

Jonathan is a screenwriter who wrote the 2014 crime thriller film, “Bad Country“, and co-wrote the film, “Road to Paloma” the same year. Before that, Jonathan wrote the short films, “Bleach” and “The Fix.”

He holds a B.A. degree in English from University of the Pacific and currently resides in Los Angeles, California.

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David Krintzman

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David Krintzman

David is the managing partner of the entertainment law firm of Morris Yorn Barnes Levine Krintzman Rubenstein Kohner & Gellman. David represents actors, writers, directors and producers in film and television. He represents many of the firms most prominent clients including Zoe Saldana (female lead in “Avatar,” “Star Trek” and the upcoming, “Guardians of the Galaxy“) and Liam Hemsworth (“Hunger Games” franchise), Michael Shannon (“Boardwalk Empire“, “Man of Steel“), author James Frey (“A Million Little Pieces“, “Bright Shiny Morning“), Terry Crews (“Brooklyn 99“), Clifton Collins, Jr. (“Boondock Saints II“) and Rockstar Games (“Grand Theft Auto” game franchise).

David graduated from Point Loma High School, UCLA and USD Law School.

David resides in Venice Beach, California with his wife Tawny.

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Clint McCord

General Counsel

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Clint McCord

Clint McCord is a partner in the Litigation Department of the international “Am Law 100” law firm Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP. He is a complex commercial litigator focusing on contract disputes, business torts, insurance, intellectual property litigation, defense of class actions and environmental and consumer claims. Clint has represented clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to individuals in cases involving nearly every area of California and federal law. He advises clients on every aspect of a dispute or potential dispute, from pre-lawsuit considerations through trial or settlement. Clint spent the first four years of his career in the Los Angeles office of Foley & Lardner, after which he spent a number of years developing his litigation practice in boutique trial firms. Prior to law school, Clint worked as a journalist, and was a contributor to U.S. News and World Report online magazine.

Originally from Iowa, Clint attended the University of Iowa College of Law where he graduated with distinction in 1999. He obtained his B.A. degree from the same university, majoring in Philosophy and Biological Sciences. He currently resides in Los Angeles where, in addition to practicing law at Edwards Wildman, he serves the community as a pro bono attorney for the L.A. Museum of Contemporary Art and California Lawyers for the Arts. In his spare time, Clint practices creative writing.

Patrick Newall

Vice-President / Vice-Chairman

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Patrick Newall

With his wide range of experience – and true to his Brooklyn roots – Newall has a well-earned reputation as a scrappy, no-nonsense, blue-collar producer. He started making low-budget films soon after moving to LA, and he wrote, produced and co-starred in his first feature BOROUGH OF KINGS with Olympia Dukakis and Philip Bosco, which was distributed by Lions Gate.

He co-produced KILLER JOE directed by William Friedkin which starred Matthew McConaughey and Emile Hirsch, and soon after served as an executive producer on THE NECESSARY DEATH OF CHARILE COUNTRYMAN directed by Fredrik Bond, which starred Shia LeBeouf, Evan Rachel Wood, and Melissa Leo.

Recently, he produced THE KEEPING ROOM directed by Academy Award-Nominated Daniel Barber starring Sam Worthington , Brit Marling, and Hailee Steinfeld. Additionally, he executive produced Terry Gilliam’s THE ZERO THEOREM starring two-time Academy Award Winner Christoph Waltz with Matt Damon and Tilda Swinton. Most recently, he executive produced GOOD KILL directed by Andrew Niccol starring Ethan Hawke. Among some of his other credits are BAD COUNTRY produced and directed by Chris Brinker with Willem Dafoe and Matt Dillon and RESIDENT EVIL: AFTERLIFE directed by Paul W.S. Anderson.

Newall is a graduate of Brooklyn College. He lives in Santa Monica, CA with his wife and three young daughters.

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Lloyd Segan

Chairman

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Lloyd Segan

Lloyd Segan is an Executive Producer for television programs in addition to several motion picture credits. He is the Executive Producer of Haven, the SyFy series, running since the 2010 premiere season and based on Stephen King’s novella The Colorado Kid.

Segan made his introduction into television in 2002 with The Dead Zone series based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name. Following The Dead Zone, Lloyd along with Michael & Shawn Piller executive-produced Wildfire. Segan also served as an Executive Producer on the hit series Greek (ABC Family), produced Sexy Evil Genius (Lionsgate) and served as a Producer for the documentary, Jujitsuing Reality, chronicling a screenwriter’s struggles with ALS. Other feature film credits include Bickford Shmeckler’s Cool Ideas; Bones (New Line Cinema); The Bachelor (New Line Cinema); the cult-classic, Boondock Saints and the sequel, All Saints Day; Showtime’s Emmy-nominated film, Hendrix; the Eric Schaeffer comedy Wirey Spindell; Judgment Night (Universal Studios); Blown Away (MGM); and Crossworlds (HBO). Before becoming a producer, Segan was a Programming Executive at NBC, then a Motion Picture and Literary Agent at InterTalent Agency, where he represented leading film directors and writers.

He is a graduate of Alleghney College, has a Masters in Professional Studies from New York University as well as a law degree from Whittier College School of Law. Lloyd lives in Los Angeles with his family of two daughters and wife, Allison Lyon Segan, a former Disney Executive and critically acclaimed producer.

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Larry Zeiger

Public Relations Director (San Diego)

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Larry Zeiger

Larry is a composer, author, photographer, director, filmmaker, film festival artistic director, and award-winning high school educator. Larry retired from the faculty of Point Loma High School in 2007, where he was the preeminent musical theatre, cinema & language arts teacher for 33-years; he created the GOTTA SING, GOTTA DANCE Company, producing and directing 31-years of original musical productions featuring casts of nearly one hundred students per show.

In 2013, Larry co-authored and published his humorous book NICE LEGS, A PAIRING OF WINE & WORDS; co-authored, composed & wrote a musical short story and CD released in 2009 called MEETCHU IN MACHU PICCHU following his earlier album, “Sweating Palms-Steamy Tale of Passion with a Coffee Aroma”. Larry has been writing songs since the age of 15-years; his work in film arts and musical theater have been the subject of a nationally televised documentary, Quest for Excellence. Stories about his career have also appeared on CNN, MSNBC, BBC, People Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, LA Times, New York Post, and La Repubblica in Italy as well as other media outlets throughout the world.

Several film festivals and live ceremonies provided Larry with numerous executive roles; founder & director of Best Fest America Student Film Festival, artistic director of Imperial Beach Film Festival, student volunteer program coordinator at San Diego Latino Film Festival, and Larry serves annually as Emcee for the San Diego Water Conservation PSA Competition since its inception. He also has directed student variety shows and produced musical revues featuring university students.

Larry enjoys numerous professional accolades: San Diego Teacher of the Year Award, California Golden Bell Award (Top program-visual/performing arts), Old Globe Theater Award (Excellence in Education), San Diego Champions for Children Award, Southwest Regional Emmy Award, California Association of Teachers of English Award, Channel 10 News Leadership Award, and the San Diego North County Philanthropic Award.

Keenly committed to public and community service, Larry also serves on the Board of Directors for the San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum in Escondido and resides in San Diego, California where he composes music, theatrical pieces, and enjoys writing, composing, and photography.

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Honorary Board Member (in remembrance):

Sherron Brinker

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Sherron Brinker

Sherron is a retired, registered nurse, former hospital administrator and home health caregiver. In 2002, Sherron retired from nursing two decades of after working at Kaiser Permanente as a registered nurse, primarily working with premature babies in NICU. Shortly after nursing school in the early 1960’s, Sherron joined the U.S. Air Force Reserves and while stationed in France, she met her future husband, Michael.

Sherron pursued Law studies at George Mason University and graduated from St. Paul nursing school in St. Louis, Missouri, where she grew up. She is active with Children’s Hospital Advisor for UCSD Transplant program and a well-known legal consultant in San Diego. She is a retired member of Kaiser Permanente and a member of ARC and KPBS organizations. Sherron is also a member of Sigma Theta Tau National Nursing Honor Society.

She resides in San Diego, California with her husband, Michael, where she enjoys retirement, playing bridge, reading and pastimes with her seven grandchildren. Sherron is a dedicated board member of CBFF ; Chris (CB) was her youngest of four children: Michael Joseph, Laura, Brea and Chris.