Film COOP is dedicated to bringing film industry production to Cooperstown, Oneonta, Otsego County and the greater Leatherstocking region in order to build a lasting film industry in the area.
Board President Greg Klein, union name Gregory Evan Klein, is an actor and writer, who has been the primary lobbyist for a film commission office since former Cooperstown Mayor Jeff Katz suspended his efforts to start an office late in his political tenure. Klein is a member of SAG/AFTRA and can be seen in season six of “24,” and also in “The Devil Wears Prada.” He has written several plays, screenplays and novels, including two plays which have played Off Off Broadway (”The Sun” and “Hanging Chad”) and a biography (“The King of New Orleans”), which was published in 2012. He is the former editor of The Cooperstown Crier, and works as a staff writer for The Daily Star. As a proponent for a film office, he has talked with dozens of politicians and film supporters.
An Oneonta resident and SUNY Oneonta graduate, Korey Rowe is the owner of Otsego Media & Production Services. He is an United States veteran who served in Afghanistan and Iraq, and continued to be a political advocate for veteran health. He has produced films, television shows, documentaries, web series and much more. He has experience as a director, producer, videographer and editor. His involvement with Film COOP is driven by his passion for the arts and a desire to improve the local economy for all industries.
Avery Miritello is a videographer, director and editor who has been making films since he was in high school. Since then, he has continued to grow his skills to the point where he began creating his own content for a variety of mediums. He is committed to continuing his career in Upstate New York, and through his experiences, believes in growing the industry in Otsego County.
Judith Pachter, secretary-treasurer, has worked in the nonprofit world for more than 40 years. She is on two other board of directors, including a longtime association with United Hospice of Rockland County. She spent almost 30 years working in the financial industry and also has a background in theater.
Geoffrey Doyle is the Executive Director at the Foothills Performing Arts & Civic Center in Oneonta. He has been working at Foothills since 2007 and has been an active participant, supporter, and patron of the arts in Oneonta, and the greater Otsego County area, for most of his life. Geoffrey is experienced in all facets of event planning, event production, promotion, and venue management. Over the course of his career, Geoffrey has accumulated 20+ years of hands-on experience in concert production, audio recording, lighting and sound for theatrical productions, and all management of all varieties of performance-based and civic events.
Cheyenne Phillips is an actress, producer, writer, and model. She has the unique advantage of working as an actress in both the U.S and Australia because of her dual citizenship, plus training with the Lee Strasberg Institute has had a profound effect which has led to a successful film career. Cheyenne is known for her roles in Outlaws and Angels, Within The Darkness, Ouija Witch, and her upcoming film called A Cooperstown Christmas which she co-wrote and stars in. Apart from Ms. Phillip's film career, she has worked extensively around the world with well-known photographers including Johanna Siegmann who sought out Cheyenne for Ms. Siegmann’s coffee table book. A picture from that shoot was commissioned by the restaurant franchise ‘Ice Box Cafe’ in Florida and was positioned on the walls of the cafe.
Australian photographer to the stars, John Waddy, flew Cheyenne to Sydney for a layout with Tony Bonner, an Australian actor, and an icon. The shoot took place on Sydney’s Manly Beach. Upon returning to Los Angeles, Cheyenne was signed by the ‘Wolf Connection’ a non-profit organization for the prevention of abuse to wolves and hybrid wolves in the United States. The project involved Cheyenne’s interaction with the animals for a publicity campaign to raise awareness at a red-carpet media event on Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles.
Cheyenne has appeared at numerous sports model events hosted by Michael Torchia and has worked for beauty infomercials including the Luminess and ENVY line of products.