Jay Stern

JAY STERN was a studio production executive for twelve years: first at Disney under Jeffrey Katzenberg and Michael Eisner for six years, and then at New Line Cinema under Michael De Luca and Bob Shaye. At New Line, Stern developed, launched and supervised the RUSH HOUR franchise, starring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker, one of the most successful franchises in New Line and independent film history. In addition, he developed and produced HORRIBLE BOSSES, another worldwide comedy hit, as well as its sequel.

Stern started his career on the production side of the business in New York City, working as a location manager and production assistant. He was a location manager on Sydney Pollack’s “Tootsie,” starring Dustin Hoffman, and worked as a production assistant on “Going in Style” directed by Marty Brest, among other films.

After a one-year stint as Director of Development for Michael Peyser Productions, which had a first-look producing deal at the Touchstone division of Disney, Stern joined the newly formed Hollywood Pictures in 1989, also at Disney. He started there in the position of Creative Executive, and over the next several years was promoted to Director of Development and then Vice President of Production.

Stern started his employment at New Line Cinema as Vice President of Production in 1995. During his tenure, he shepherded “Money Talks,” “Rush Hour,” “Love Jones,” and “Love and Basketball,” among other movies, and moved up the ranks to Senior Vice President and then Executive Vice President of Production.

In 2001, he joined Rat Entertainment and ran the day-to-day operations until 2009. He served as producer on such titles as “Rush Hour 2” and “Rush Hour 3,” “After the Sunset,” as well as the hit comedy “Horrible Bosses" and its sequel.

In 2009, Stern co-founded Route One Films, an independent movie production and finance company, where he served as CEO for five years. He was executive producer of A WALK IN THE WOODS starring Robert Redford, Nick Nolte and Emma Thompson, and served as a producer on EQUALS, starring Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult.

Jay is currently developing and producing movies and television under his Boone Entertainment label. He is an executive producer of EXTINCT, an animated movie that he brought to the financier/production company China Lion, where he has had a consulting deal for the last several years. He has also partnered with Gaumont on the animated television series THE MICE TEMPLAR, which he will be bringing to distributors in the next couple of months.

Stern graduated Yale University cum laude in 1981, and lives with his wife Vicki in Los Angeles. His son Eli is in his senior year at Princeton University and is an aspiring writer-director.


Thursday, April 4

10A-5P — Registration

5P-6:45P — Opening Reception

7P — Welcome and Introductions

7:20P — Keynote: Jay Stern

8:45P — Film Screening Block #1

  • Missing Sock (Comedy)

  • Old People Vs. VR (Comedy)

  • Intramurals (Comedy)

  • Car Treble (Drama)

  • Passing Through (Documentary)

  • Black Barber’s A Lifetime Thing (Documentary)

Friday, April 5

9A-12P — Registration

9:30A — Intro and Announcements

9:40A — Professional Film Showcase

10A — Arjay Arellano, ADRA International

10:45P — Film Screening Block #2

  • Roads (Art/Experimental)

  • Skate (Art/Experimental)

  • KYUSS (Art/Experimental)

  • Movie Night (Drama)

  • Heavy (Drama)

  • 6 Feet Under (Drama)

  • Mental Drive (Drama)

  • Touch (Drama)

12P — Interview: Chris and Tatia Cibelli

12:30P — Lunch Break

2P — Film Screening Block #3

  • Pacman (Drama)

  • The Unhireables (Comedy)

  • Writer’s Journey (Comedy)

  • How to Solve the World in 5 Easy Steps (Comedy)

  • Agirlsitsaloneatadesk (Art/Experimental)

  • But Fellas… (Art/Experimental)

  • Perspective (Art/Experimental)

  • Red Towel (Art/Experimental)

  • Halo (Art/Experimental)

  • Beep Bop Symphony (Animation)

  • The Button Fly (Animation)

  • Thanks, Obama (Animation)

  • Drawn In (Animation)

  • Just My Luck (Animation)

3:15P — Break/Networking


  • Lumaberry Farmer (Comedy)

  • Fish Tank (Art/Experimental)

  • Discover Driving Pleasure (High School)

  • Why Do You Make? (High School)

  • Recipe (High School)

  • There’s No Money in Flipping Cards (High School)

  • Suicide PSA (High School)

  • A Song About You (Documentary)

  • Alone (Documentary)

5P — Supper Break (Courtesy of Good to Go Media)

7P — Belly of the Whale - Film Screening

8:45P — Film Screening Block #5

  • Polarized (Drama)

  • Redemption (Art/Experimental)

  • Origami Bull (Drama)

  • Fear (High School)

  • Dear Big Brother (High School)

  • For King & Country - Joy (High School)

  • Distant Light (Drama)

  • Hear Me Out (Drama)

Sabbath, April 6

9:30 AM — Welcome and announcements

9:35 AM — Devotional: Plantation Film Ministry

10:30A — Documentary Feature: Paul Kim

11A — Fathers Network Film/Stimme der Hoffnung

12:15P-2:30P — Lunch Break

2:30P — Film Screening Block #6

  • Stand Strong (Drama)

  • You Are Loved (Art/Experimental)

  • Alexis Howard Profile (Documentary)

  • An SM is Many Things (Documentary)

  • A Child of Apartheid (Documentary

3:45P — Break

4P — Film Screening Block #7

  • The Wound (Professional)

  • The Voices We Don’t Have (Documentary)

  • DACA and the Death of Dreams (Art/Experimental)

  • Bridge the Gap (Art/Experimental)

  • The Land Bleeds Still (Documentary)

  • Charlie (Drama)

  • Whisper (Drama)

  • Vow of Silence (Documentary)

6:30p — break

7p — Awards ceremony

8p-9:15p — closing night reception


Hampton Inn & Suites Riverside/Corona East

4250 Riverwalk Parkway

Riverside, California 92505

Group Code: SSF

Individuals making their own reservations must identify themselves with the group by calling the Hampton Inn & Suites Riverside/Corona East directly at 1-951-352-5020 by 03/21/2019 to receive the Sonscreen rate ($129.00 per room, per night). After that date the group rate will no longer apply.

All guests are responsible for their own charges.

Check-in time: After 3:00 p.m.

Check-out time: 11 a.m.