The Louisville Film Arts Institute, Inc., (LFAII) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to celebrating and promoting the arts in Kentucky since 2008. To help facilitate the foundation’s goals, we created the Louisville International Festival of Film (LIFF) as a sustainable annual film festival located in Louisville, KY. We have partnered with Governor and First Lady Beshear, on a variety of year round initiatives, which will be funded by the festival’s proceeds, to expand educational and economic opportunities in Louisville and around the Commonwealth. A key goal of LFAII is to underwrite film magnets at Kentucky public high schools. The programs offer teachers a unique and proven technique for engaging students in the classroom and making learning fun. Furthermore, by gaining hands-on experience in all aspects of filmmaking – from lighting, sound, and editing to writing, directing, and performing – they will acquire important and practical skills, including verbal and written communication, time management, budgeting, and creativity. The second educational component funded by the festival are scholarships for students to pursue advanced film studies and experiences. In 2012 three JCPS and their chaperone were provided a scholarship to go to Hollywood, California and participate in a film both on and off camera. They were able to film their experience and create a documentary about it. Over the years LFAII has donated tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of film equipment and programs to the public school system.
In conjunction, the two enterprises will afford Kentucky students the opportunities and tools to pursue film at a young age and reach professional status without ever leaving the Commonwealth. The advantage for students will be matched only by the long-term benefit of Kentucky. With our rich and diverse landscapes, coupled with a tradition of artistic talent – from D.W. Griffith to Johnny Depp, Ashley Judd, George Clooney, Ned Beatty, Jennifer Lawrence and countless others – Kentucky has the potential to draw major economic investment in film production. By developing educational opportunities, we build the workforce and infrastructure to bring the movie industry to Kentucky as well as the financial boom that comes with it. The world of film has presented this community and Commonwealth with some incredible opportunities, and LFAII looks forward to working with all of you to seize those opportunities and help Louisville and all of Kentucky thrive into the foreseeable future.
Brett C. Bachmann
Chief Executive Office / Director
Brett Bachmann J.D. LL.M co-founded and volunteers as Louisville Film Arts Institute CEO. He has spent more than a decade as an attorney in California defending the rights of special needs children. He was the Associate Director of Pepperdine’s Special Education Law Clinic where he litigated pro bona cases on behalf of those children.
In 2013 Brett made the move from Los Angeles to Louisville to become Heuser Hearing Institute’s new CEO. He received a BA from San Diego State University, Juris Doctorate from Pepperdine University School of Law, and LLM from The Strauss Institute of Pepperdine School of Law. He studied International and European Union law while living in London, UK, as well as participating in international mediation training programs in The Hague, Netherlands.
Conrad G. Bachmann
Co-President / Director
A Louisville native and graduate of Valley High School and the University of Kentucky, Conrad Bachmann headed west in 1957 to pursue his Hollywood dream. Over his distinguished career, Conrad earned credits in more than 25 films, hundreds of television shows, countless commercials and as a Governor of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
Although he moved to California fifty years ago, he left his heart in Kentucky and now has a commitment to bringing filmmaking to the region and state. LIFF is his way of giving back the opportunities h has enjoyed, through sharing his extensive knowledge and long list of industry contacts in creating this unique forum for others to achieve their dreams.
Michelle Care Wix
Michelle D. Care Wix has worked in design for more than 25 years including the past 14 years as a multimedia designer with Louisville’s top advertising agency, Power Creative. Michelle has created and designed both linear and non-linear multimedia presentations including interactive and non-interactive, prerecorded and live. She has been on several creative award winning ADDY award teams in her career. She is a multi-media adviser for several radio stations in the Missouri area. Michelle has also worked with the Louisville Film Arts Institute since its inception.
Michelle received her bachelor of art degree from Columbia College. She currently resides in Cape Girardeau, Missouri with her husband Jeff.
Co-President / Director
Brian L. Cullinan is a co-founder and principal of Cullinan Associates, Inc., a Louisville-based investment firm.
Since 1996, he has served on the Board of the Ned Beatty Hope for Children Classic, which raises funds for the Louisville Easter Seal Center, and became the organization’s President in 2001. In addition, he has been a volunteer fundraiser for the Boy Scouts and the J. Graham Brown Cancer Center. He also served on the Board of Louisville Forum and as a trustee for Walden School.
An attorney with a J.D. from the University of Louisville School of Law and a B.S. in Public Affairs from Indiana University, Brian garnered a Mayor’s Citation in 1988 for work involving the City of Louisville’s lawsuit against asbestos manufacturers.