Our signature event with industry insiders as they share their war stories and answer questions from the audience.
Join us each morning at the nexStage theatre for free Coffee Talks.

2016 SVFF Coffee Talks Guests


Oliver Stone

Oliver HeadshotAcademy Award® winning writer and director Oliver Stone will join us in March for Coffee Talks. With over 20 full-length feature films to his credit, Mr. Stone has made some of the most influential and iconic films of the several decades. Some have been at deep odds with conventional myth—films such as “Platoon” (1986); “Born on the Fourth of July” (1989); “JFK” (1991); “Natural Born Killers” (1994); and “Nixon” (1995).

Stone’s films have often reached wide, international audiences and have had significant cultural impact. These include “Salvador” (1985), deeply critical of the U.S. Government’s involvement in Central America; “Wall Street” (1987), an exposé of America’s new capitalism; “World Trade Center” (2006), a true story of 2 (of only 20) 9/11 survivors; and “The Doors” (1991), a poetic look at the 1960s and Jim Morrison’s ecstatic music.


Chris Moore

Chris MooreChris Moore has worked in Hollywood for nearly 30 years, starting as an agent representing writers and directors including M. Night Shyamalan, and then transitioning to producing. As a producer, his filmography includes The Adjustment Bureau, Howard Zinn’s documentary The People Speak, Feast, Waiting, Iconoclasts, Best Laid Plans, Joy Ride, and the Academy Award®-winning Good Will Hunting.  He is also the co-creator of HBO’s Project Greenlight and STARZ’ The Chair.

His filmography also includes the highly successful series of American Pie films, Reindeer Games, Pop & Me, Promised Land, Think Tank and The Can.  He founded several industry companies over the course of his career including Launch Media, LivePlanet and most recently, The Media Farm.



Amy Smart & Carter Oosterhouse

Amay SmartAmy Smart has starred in over 60 feature movies and television shows over her 20 year film career.  After steady appearances as Alison on the television series Justified, Amy was most recently seen in the film Break Point alongside actors Jeremy Sisto, David Walton and J.K. Simmons. She is currently working on two new independent film scheduled to premier next year.  Previously, Amy starred alongside Ashton Kutcher in The Butterfly Effect, Jason Statham in Crank and Crank: High Voltage, Emmy Rossum and William H. Macy in the hit teleivsion series Shameless, and Ryan Reynolds in Just Friends. She was also seen alongside names such as Matt Dillon and William Dafoe in Bad Country. A Los Angeles native, Amy who got her start in TV-movies and made her feature debut in Stephen Kay’s The Last Time I Committed Suicide screened at 1997’s Sundance Film Festival alongside Keanu Reeves. She was a relatively new arrival to the film scene when she first gained notice for her supporting roles in the hit teen films Varsity Blues and Outside Providence. Other credits include Rat RaceFelicityScrubs, and Single Moms Club.


OosterCarter Oosterhouse is one of America’s most recognized lifestyle experts. Having carried many popular television series ranging from TLC’s Trading Spaces and HGTV’s Red and Hot & Green to Million Dollar Rooms and Celebrity Motor Homes. Most recently, Carter played host to FYI’s Home GrownMakeover and will be co-hosting ABC’s hit primetime series, The Great Christmas Light Fight. Carter’s unique combination of skill, passion and charm have given him widespread appeal for families and individuals alike seeking to improve the quality of their lives by enhancing their surroundings. An authority in eco-living, Carter has a history of gently leading viewers to greener pastures by creating manageable steps to an eco-friendly lifestyle. Carter Oosterhouse and Amy Smart are married.