Film Athens Staff

Danielle Robarge • Executive Director
Danielle Robarge, an Athenian since 1995, has spent most of her career life in sales and web development. With a lifelong love for film she has worked for local film festivals, independent and big budget film productions. In 2004 she co-founded the Athens Film Foundation (now known as Film Athens) to promote and support the filmmakers in the Athens, Georgia community. Film Athens has kept her busy coordinating festivals, workshops, screenings, offering online filmmaker support services at and working diligently towards bringing the film industry to Athens. She works on film productions as a producer, location scout/manager, and all sorts of other random jobs.
Stephanie Skinner • Development Director
Stephanie Skinner is a Georgia native and UGA grad ('93, BA Journalism). She is a screenwriter and Director of Business Development for LA based creative agency, Tiny Hero, that creates and produces theatrical trailers, TV promos and sizzle reels for Disney, Lionsgate, ABC, and Nickelodoen. With fifteen years experience in the entertainment business, Stephanie's career started with assistant work to two major film directors and a film producer then to feature film development at United Artists, and finally, film marketing (feature trailers, TV spots, sizzle reels) for KO Creative, Happy Hour Creative and now Tiny Hero. She has completed several feature screenplays and was hired by Drew Barrymore's Flower Films to complete a book adaptation of So Love Returns. Currently, she is shopping an original TV pilot, Sugartown, written with her husband, Cole Skinner to production companies for cable networks.
Chris Hines • Board Member
Chris Hines is a graduate of the University of Alabama. He is an entrepreneur, writer, producer, marketer and family man. He has lived in Athens since 2000 and is the president of the Athens Chapter of BNI (Business Network International). In 2010 his script Will Mime for Food won a national Steven de Souza screenwriting contest. He is a founding member of the writing group the Betwaddlers and frequently gives feedback to novelists and screenwriters. He has been on the board of Film Athens since 2011.