Program Director

Anthony Pedone is a producer/writer/director/collaborator/musician with over a dozen films, bands, albums, demos, and incredible highs and lows from the plains of New Mexico to the deserts of Arizona. Pedone was born in Dallas and now resides in Victoria, TX. He studied music composition at Southwest Texas State Univerisity in San Marcos, TX, and recieved his certificate in writing social commentary from Penn State University.

Most recently, Anthony produced THE STRONGEST MAN directed by Kenny Riches. After its world premiere at Sundance. TSM was released theatrically and on VOD by Film Buff in North America, and Sundance Global internationally. 


Anthony's directorial debut, AN AMERICAN IN TEXAS, is on the festival circuit now and World Premiered in Australia at Byron Bay and had its US premiere at the 24th Annual Austin Film Festival.


Currently Anthony is collaborating on a documentary with Blowback Productions  for HBO

about stress featuring CNN medical correspondent Dr. Sanyjay Gupta; produced director Kenny Riches' third feature A NAME WITHOUT A PLACE starring Elizabeth McGovern, Patrick Fugit and Chris Parnell; produced first time feature director Xia Magnus' thriller SANZARU and completed a short film in the Rockaways by director Ryan O'Leary entitled THE LOST WEEKEND with Reed Birney, Live Barer and Catherine Curtin.


Content Manager / Producer

Jake is the Photographer better known as Sumerian~Lights. His passions is photography and filmmaking. He has been the content Manager for VTXIFF for 6 years as well as works in production. He currently is the Production Manager for South Bridge Street Live. 



Stuart Allister started out in commercial photography after leaving school where he developed a passion for the visual arts. He went on to work behind the scenes in local theatre where he worked on various concerts and comedy gigs including Steve Coogan's sell out live tour. Stuart decided soon after to move into film as well as photography and now divides his time between working with 8mm cine film and digital formats.

Louise Allister is a writer and free lance artist from England. After studying three dimensional design at Middlesex University she went on to design and build sets for local theatre productions including Shakespeare's The Tempest and Bertolt Brecht's The Good Person of Sichuan with Director Mark Babych. Louise now spends her time script writing and editing films with her husband Stuart.

Joe Friar


Joe Friar is a film critic for The Victoria Advocate and 104.7 KVIC where he hosts the Breakfast Buzz
morning show. He is a member of the Houston Film Critics Society and the Broadcast Film Critics
Association in Los Angeles. You can read his reviews every Thursday in the Flix newspaper column or
online at In 2016 he received the First Place Comment and Criticism Award by
the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors. To promote the advancement of film in the Victoria area,
Joe co-founded the Victoria Film Society to give local cinephiles a chance to see independent films,
foreign films, and documentaries that don’t get booked at the local cineplex. He spent a large portion of
his childhood in Victoria movie theaters owned by theatre mogul Rubin Frels who passed away in 2014.
To honor his legacy Joe co-founded the Frels Fright Fest film festival with VTXIFF executive director
Anthony Pedone. Joe’s love for film can be attributed to his mother who introduced him to “The
Godfather,” “Rosemary’s Baby,” and “Cabaret” at an early age over more family-friendly films. His
fondest memories of cinema life include forging notes to get into R-rated films, watching “Jaws” 32
times by age 11, and arguing with a theatre manager over “All the President’s Men.” The Watergate
thriller was listed as an R-rated film by mistake so in the spirit of Woodward and Bernstein, 12-year old
Joe fought for his rights and convinced the manager to step outside and explain to him why the poster
clearly listed the film as rated PG. He watched it twice that day.

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