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

Lessa Robinson

William Powell

King of DC media

WMIFF Multi-Award Winners

Connie Lamothe



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

Eriah Howard

Queen Achia Zeina Diallo

(West Guinea)

Jane Chua


Maria Amor


W. Keith Scott

Rome Brooks:

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

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

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

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)


Adrien Boublil


Vigil Bose (India)

Frank "Steel" Anderson

Multi Grammy Nominees

WMIFF 2 Times Winner of Best Actress & Supporting Actress - Bessey Ikem  (Nigeria)

Gwen Rogers

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

  • gospel singer

  • designer for Vida Signature Collections

  • martial artist



American Family 2006-2007

Fidelity Network 2008-2009

Christian Freedom Network 2013


Sally Steele - Las Vegas

Sally Steele is Publisher, Founder, CEO Editor- In-Chief of Vegas Rocks! Magazine which she founded in 2004. In 1980 Sally moved to Hollywood where she formed her band that played on the famous Sunset Strip. Sally landed several roles on television and in movies, along with lead and featured roles in several MTV videos which included “Hungry Eyes” with Eric Carmen and the lead role in “Little Lady” by Duke Jupiter. In 2008, Sally founded VEGASROCKSTV.COM interviewing major stars in the entertainment world. In 2010, Sally created and launched the VEGAS ROCKS! Magazine Music Awards. As producer, creator and executive producer, Sally oversees the entire events which have featured and honored national artists such as Sammy Hagar, Vince Neil, Scorpions, David Coverdale, Nicolas Cage and hundreds of other superstars. In 2016, Sally directed, filmed and produced her first Film “Raised on Rock” – The Burnette Family Legacy”. Affectionately known as “The Publishing Queen of Rock N’ Roll.” She continues her work as head rock photographer and journalist for her publication as well as pursuing her film career. Sally sums it up best by saying: “I live and breathe rock n’ roll 24 hours a day!”

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