Entertainment -Special Guests & Performers
Arlyne Spalla is a Mom of 4 from Yorktown, VA. She is a fitness instructor, personal trainer, health coach, entertainer at Busch Gardens, and Actress. She teaches Boot Camp, Zumba, Kickboxing, spinning, TRX, and more. Arlyne works part-time as a counselor/personal trainer for a Bariatric Surgeon. She is a seasonal entertainer at Busch Gardens, Williamsburg, where she works on the Howl-O-Scream scare squad and at Christmas Town. She is a L.A.M.P. (Laughter as Medicine Production) actress. They are a comedy/theatre group that performs on stage every 3 months. Arlyne has acted in several June Daguiso short films including, "A Lyon's Heart", "Rome Must Die", and "Serial Madness." She also has acted in the short films, "Purgatory's Table" and "Raleigh Street UFO." She is passionate about acting and wants to continue to pursue it because of the creative challenge and all the amazing, talented people she gets to meet and work with.
Angel Gathers - Model/Actress
WMIFF 2016 Best Actress Winner
King of DC media
WMIFF Multi-Award Winners
Tammy Barboza began performing in theatrical productions 12 years ago and has acted in a total of seven independent films produced, directed and/or written by Master June Daguiso, earning WMIFF Short Film DMV awards of Best Actress in 2016 and Best Supporting Actress in 2015. Tammy served as a host of Virginia Living Television for three years and as presenter, interviewer or co-host for many WMIFF events. Employed within the healthcare industry, Tammy is an active supporter of numerous non-profit organizations.
Ka Zarr Coleman
Queen Achia Zeina Diallo
W. Keith Scott
Rome Brooks garners her namesake from Rome, Georgia. She attended the University of Alabama on an athletic scholarship. Upon moving to Los Angeles, writer-director Renji Philip saw her eating an ice cream cone in a park and immediately cast her in a short film he was directing at the time. Twelve years later, Renji and Rome have collaborated on 3 short films (Milkshake, I Love You, Dirty Laundry), two feature-length films (Cheesecake Casseroleand The Wake of Life).
Adeyemi Lardner (Sierra Leone)
Renji Philip is an award-winning writer and director. He grew up in Littleton, Colorado, flyfishing the rivers of the Roaring Fork Valley. He graduated from the University of Miami with intent to join the FBI but changed paths to the arts, studying acting at the Stella Adler Conservatory in New York for two years and with Howard Fine (and visiting teacher Uta Hagen) in Los Angeles as a full-scholarship student for four years. He's written, directed and produced 5 short films and 2 features, including THE WAKE OF LIGHT, winning the Platinum Award for Best Domestic Film at Worldfest Houston, Best Domestic Film at The Cobb International Film Festival, Best Director at the Silicon Beach Film Festival and Best Director at The Cobb International Film Festival.
His films have been featured at the Palm Springs, Raindance-London, California Indie, Ramsgate UK, Knoxville, Catalina, Hoboken, Ozark Foothills, Fort Worth, Mayday, Christian International, Worldfest-Houston, Silicon Beach, Angaelica, Frame 4 Frame, Rendezvous, Fort Worth, World Independent, Culver City, Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Cinequest, Starz-Denver, Mill Valley, Bel Air, Clermont-Ferrand and the Methodfest film festivals.
Renji is passionate about films that challenge stereotypes and often suggest connections between chance, destiny and coincidence
Matt Bush plays Andy Cogan on the ABC hit comedy The Goldbergs. He is well known from the film Adventureland(with Kristen Stewart and Ryan Renyolds), his AT&T Rollover Minutes commercials, Nice Guy Johnny (with Edward Burns), Margaret (with Anna Paquin and Matt Damon), Trouble with the Curve (with Amy Adams and Clint Eastwood) and Undrafted (with Jim Belushi). His additional select television credits include Anger Management, Hawaii Five-O, Glory Daze, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Scrubs and Veronica Mars.
William Morton is a Viet Nam Vet who served two tours as an Infantry Marine. He was honorably discharged after being shot by friendly fire on patrol in the Quang Tri Province. He worked for Lockheed Martin for 21 years, including secret work on the F-117 Stealth aircraft. He began his career in theater at the tender age of 58 in Hollywood, acting in plays and several commercials, including playing the iconic zombie with a chainsaw in the Be the Boss of What Your Kids Watch PSA. The Wake of Light is William’s fourth collaboration with writer-director Renji Philip. He currently resides in Pryor, Oklahoma.
WMIFF 2017 Best Supporting Actor Winner
Brian Conteh (Sierra Leone)
Vigil Bose (India)
Frank "Steel" Anderson
Multi Grammy Nominees
WMIFF 2 Times Winner of Best Actress & Supporting Actress - Bessey Ikem (Nigeria)
Ms. Josie Moralidad Ziman, 46, a cancer survivor, serves as a staff writer for Manila Mail, the longest-running Filipino-American newspaper in the Washington DC area. Ms. Ziman is a radio correspondent and White House correspondent for Radio Mindanao Network (RMN), Iloilo City, Philippines. RMN is the largest network in the Philippines with almost 65 company-owned AM and FM radio stations around the country. Prior to her affiliation with RMN, she served as a crime, political and celebrity correspondent for Manila Broadcasting Company, Aksyon Radyo Iloilo in which her news beat included live on scene radio reporting throughout Western Visayas and other cities and provinces in the Philippines. She also served as Vice-President of the Iloilo City Hall Press Corps in the Philippines.
During the November 2016 United States Presidential Election, Ms. Josie Moralidad Ziman was one of the first Filipino reporters to report live on radio the election of Donald Trump to the Philippines before major news outlets. In January 2017 she was invited by The US State Department to brief a delegation of Filipino journalists on the state of relations between the United States and the Philippines. Segments of the briefing were broadcast on Philippine news television and other media outlets. In March 2017, Ms. Moralidad Ziman's article in Manila Mail on a contestant Anatalia Villaranda for "The Voice" television show.
Betty Cooper is from Goldsboro North Carolina, She acts in Indie films and Author of eight books. She is an investor of IGNITE/Voyage Media-Hollywood California. Former Runway Model at John Casablancas-Modeling & Career Center in Cary North Carolina. She is a Gold Member of Strathmore's Who's Who Worldwide, for her books and other achievements, also an Honor Member of Covington Who's Who Worldwide. She was featured in More Magazine 2012. The New Times featured her book The Healing Hands of Jesus. She found so much Joy and Strength in her belief in God and reaching out to other people, to tell her story.
Patrick Elizabeth Sims is:
a #1 bestselling author of EYEWITNESSED: BELIEVE WHAT YOU CANNOT SEE and more
an actor and model for MTM Agency for John Casablancas’ Centers
owner of Kingdom Designs and Services LLC
co-founder and inspirational speaker for Manna Ministries of Oklahoma
designer for Vida Signature Collections
American Family 2006-2007
Fidelity Network 2008-2009
Christian Freedom Network 2013