FI Team

Film Interchange is a forward movement of filmmakers. It's our intent to connect you with the people you need to know to move your film career forward.

Jenn Mello is the Founder/CEO of Film Interchange and an indie film producer through her partnership at Visual Music Ink. 

In 2013 Mello Founded Film Interchange, a community of and for serious filmmakers.

At her seasonal events, which are live streamed, Mello elicits the guidance of Thought Leaders in the film space who have forged their own way towards lucrative, successful and prestigious film careers.  Speakers have ranged from Sundance Grand Jury Price Winners to the former VP of Disney.

Mello takes the utmost interest in all of her members, ensuring that they have a place to go for guidance and career enhancement. The purpose of Film Interchange is to inspire working filmmakers to DO MORE!

As a producer, she is currently in development for a film called Amber with Director Heidi Marshall. her partner are currently developing a feature film entitled (Make Me) Blush, as well as a television pilot entitled The Rise and Fall of Lisa Fox, both written by Gina Gajdosik. 

Jenn came to filmmaking by way of music holding a BA in Music Education from The University of North Carolina, Greensboro and MM from NYU's Steinhardt School.  She has served as an adjunct voice professor at both NYU Steinhardt and The College of Saint Elizabeth (CSE).  She was honored to direct a production of The Crucible during her time at CSE.  Mello has also presented workshops at Seton Hall University as well as The University of Richmond.   Education and the arts have always been at the core of Mello's life calling.  

JENN MELLO  -  Founder/CEO

JENN MELLO  -  Founder/CEO

Mentors & Advisors

Michael Roderick, Founder + CEO of Small Pond Enterprises

When Michael went from high school teacher to Broadway producer in under two years people started to ask him how he managed it.  Michael began his career as a high school English teacher before producing Off Broadway and then on Broadway. This combination of experience in the arts and entrepreneurship led to Michael starting an arts incubator program to teach more artists about building and growing their own businesses (PLAE). Eventually, he decided to develop a workshop on networking which grew into a full time consulting practice and that became Small Pond Enterprises.

Michael took a short break to work as the V.P. of Operations and as a Director of Business Development for an NYC Ed. Tech Startup which introduced him to the New York Startup community. Most recently, Michael founded The Connecting Connectors Conference (ConnectorCon).

 

Robert S. Fingerman, Film CPA

Robert S. Fingerman will forever be a part of Film Interchange. Sadly we lost this incredible man in the late part of 2015. Robert was endlessly fascinating, kind, inspiring, nurturing and in a word GOLD. We lost a great man the day he past. His life was well lived through intense passion and JOY for what he did. His first love will always be Indie Filmmakers! His second love? Snazzy socks! Let's continue his life's work! Get out there and make great films!  

 

Robert S. Fingerman, CPA,  is the Founder & President of Independent Films Production Consultants, Inc., (IFPC) which provides a wide range of financial consulting and accounting services to the motion picture and media industries. IFPC also provides management, tax  and consulting services to artists, film producers, financiers, film funds, studios, distributors, directors, government film agencies, screenplay writers and playwright authors, as well as providing on-site film accounting and tax services. His over 25 years of experience in the entertainment industry includes working for some of the most respected entertainment accounting firms in the country, such as Prager and Fenton, where he was a tour accountant for rock and roll bands, and was senior accountant to many well known recording stars, including Diana Ross, The Bee Gees, Arrowsmith, etc. He received his B.S. in accounting from the State University of New York at Buffalo, CPA certificate from the State of New York and has served as the chairman of the Entertainment & Sports Committee of the New York State Society of CPA.