Meet the Creators and Producers of
The Big Shootout
Don Stokes, Producer
President Post Asylum
Don began his career processing prints in the family dark room at the tender age of four. His first paying job in the film business was rolling filmstrips at Jamieson Film Company at the age of seven and he has been involved in the industry ever since. A graduate of Southern Methodist University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Radio, Television and Film, Don has worked as a grip, animation cell painter and camera operator, still photographer, projectionist, editor, sound recordist, still photographer, production manager, post supervisor, director, writer, and producer.
Don has produced films and videos in the commercial, corporate, and documentary sectors for more than thirty-five years. His involvement has been inclusive of script and project development, supervision and selection of production teams, in addition to budgeting and cost control. His work as producer, writer, and director has taken him to numerous international locations and earned awards for him and his clients.
In September of 2002 Don founded his own post-production facility, Post Asylum, Inc. His goal was to provide a resource to assist advertising agencies and independent film and video producers in their transition to the post-production process while providing them with an environment of unparalleled production support. Part of the successful growth of Post Asylum has been Don’s commitment to pursuing entertainment projects as well as the traditional core business of commercial and corporate work. Post Asylum has been the facility of choice in the finish of numerous independent film and television productions. Services include creative editorial, color grading and finish, graphics, animation, visual effects, sound design and Foley, original music composition and mixing. Don was Supervising Producer on the theatrical documentary, “TV Junkie” winner of a Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, which premiered on HBO as part of their addiction series. The narrative feature, “The Playroom”, which Don Executive Produced, is scheduled to premier opening weekend of the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival.
Don is a past President of the Texas Motion Picture Alliance and of the Dallas Producers Association and currently serves on that organization’s board of directors as well as the board of the Dallas Film Society. He is also a member of the Texas Association of Film and Tape Professionals and an associate member of Women in Film.
Fred Baker, Executive Producer
Fred Baker is Owner and President of Parking Company of America-Dallas, Inc. and Parking Systems of America, LP and has served the parking needs of parking customers in six states. Mr. Baker is also the President of Belclaire Investment Corporation and Belclaire Real Estate. The Belclaire Companies are dedicated to the investment of downtown and inner city real estate as well as the redevelopment of historic and underutilized buildings in these areas. Mr. Baker is a 1970 graduate of the University of Texas in Austin, is married and is the father of four children, Michelle, Nicole, George and Jacqueline and the grandfather of three.
Mike Humphrey, Producer
Michael Humphrey is currently President of Education 2020. His expertise is in revenue generation, raising private equity and venture capital and managing companies for institutional investors. In 2007, he joined Human Performance Labs and developed a patented nutrition formula with Dr. John Ivy of The University of Texas before leaving in 2010. From 2001 to 2007, he served as Executive Vice President for Compass Learning, an Austin-based educational software company that was acquired in March 2007 by Ripplewood Investments/Reader’s Digest. He also served in Business Development at Broadcast.com where he closed major transactions with companies including Pearson Publishing, McDonalds Corporation and Pepsi Corporation. Humphrey continued his role in Business Development at Yahoo! after Broadcast.com was sold to the company in 1999. Before that, Humphrey served as Vice President of Sales for Simon & Schuster’s Children’s Educational Publishing Unit, growing their sales revenue from $30 million to more than $300 million. In addition, Humphrey served as part of the creative team that managed the roll-out of VH-1’s Save the Music Program with Blockbuster Video, and, from 1981-1984, worked on the Olympic Development Team at ABC Sports. Humphrey is a graduate of Texas Tech University.
Mike Looney, Co-Director/Producer
Mike’s new non-fiction book, The Battle of the Bulge: The Untold Story of Hofen is a riveting controversial World War II story centering around a false battle report filed during the Battle of the Bulge. “Hofen” has already received critical praise from the media and public including such lofty sources as political dignitaries and even Hollywood. The Untold Story of Hofen reminds us that history continues to rewrite itself until we ultimately find the truth. His first novel, Heroes Are Hard to Find was also widely acclaimed by the media and public alike. Heroes delves heavily into the theme of good over evil and exploits the pitfalls of cheating in life and sports. In conjuncture with Heroes, Mike appeared on over 70 radio stations nationwide discussing the impact on society of cheating in sports and vice versa.
Mike was born in Monticello, Arkansas but his parents relocated to Dallas in 1963 and he graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1967. Mike graduated from Texas Tech in 1971 where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity and earned a degree in marketing. Mike has enjoyed a successful business career as an insurance broker for over 30 years, specializing in employee benefit plans and executive compensation. He currently lives in the Lakewood area of Dallas with his wife, Sandra, a former model and current local actress. The Looney’s have three daughters, Sloan, Kate and CeCe who all graduated from Woodrow Wilson in 2001, 2003 and 2007 respectively.
Sam Donald, Editor/Assistant Director
The Big Shootout
Executive Producer: Fred Baker
Produced By: Mike Looney, Don Stokes, Michael Humphrey, Jay Shanker
Written By: George Francisco
Directed By: Mike Looney & George Francisco