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Timeline
 

2006

  • For its third year, REE writes the Her Family/His column, feature and travel articles for The Family Magazine Group (1 million + readership), covering unique entertainment, leisure and travel topics in America and abroad
  • REE is awarded the production contract for the twelfth annual IFFF (International Family Film Festival), showcased at the Valencia Edwards 10 & IMAX in Los Angeles County, CA.  The 2006 IFFF will screen over 90 domestic and international films over 7 days with overall attendance reaching 13,000+.  The festival also showcases a children’s film festival named “What IFFF? Kids Film Festival and Film Camp”
  • REE contracts with The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and launches Team FilmWorks, an after school digital filmmaking program targeted for youth (ages 7 – 15)
  • AC produces its “back by popular demand” live show, The Claus Family Christmas, now in its twenty-fourth year of production, reaching over 10,000 youth and families each year
  • REE develops and debuts www.clausfamilychristmas.com, a whimsical, “truthy” and virtual home for The Claus Family Christmas (TCFC) live show.  The site retails (Claus Letters and original poetry) its first holiday product lines. 
  • REE inks a VOD (video on demand) distribution deal to provide family entertainment product via satellite and cable carrier

2005

  • AC conceptualizes, co-writes and completes the first book of Daddy,Tell Me About Baseball, an original sports-themed children’s book series
  • The company creates a holiday book/merchandise brand that encourages all people to “keep the spirit year round”
  • AC originates a proprietary acting/movement curriculum for the Santa Clarita School of Performing Arts
  • For its second year, AC writes the Her Family/His column, feature and travel articles for The Family Magazine Group (1.5 million circulation), covering unique entertainment, leisure and travel topics in America and abroad
  • AC produces and directs the eleventh annual IFFF (International Family Film Festival), showcased at the Valencia Edwards 10 & IMAX in Los Angeles County, CA.  The 2005 IFFF screens over 90 domestic and international films over 7 days with overall attendance reaching 13,000+.  The festival also launches a sidebar children’s film festival named “What IFFF? Kids Film Festival and Film Camp”
  • AC develops, in cooperation with The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), the What IFFF? Kids Digital Filmmaking Curriculum as an after school program targeted for youth (ages 7 – 18)
  • AC provides creative design/sponsorship opportunity services to Mobility Resource Associates, a mobile marketing company based in Detroit, MI.
  • AC continues to produce its “back by popular demand” live show, The Claus Family Christmas, now in its twenty-third year of production
  • Roads End Entertainment launches its film and television distribution company through Roads End Entertainment licensing various properties for online distribution and sales to broadcasters

2004

  • AC moves its company offices to the historic Bob Hope Airport at Burbank, CA.
  • AC directs the 10th annual IFFF sponsored by Regal Entertainment Group at the Canyon Country Stadium 10 theaters in Santa Clarita, CA.  The festival honors the DreamWorks™ Creative Team of Shrek I & II with the “IFFF Friz Award” for Animation Excellence and Mr. Renaud and Andre’ Veluzat (owners of the Melody Ranch™ Motion Picture Studio) for the IFFF/Santa Clarita Film Excellence Award.  The 2004 IFFF screens 88 domestic and international films over 7 days with overall attendance reaching 12,000+.
  • The Company creates the concept for the Hydro Express™ Tour,  a mobile, educational, interactive water exhibit conceived to tour across the United States.
  • Completion of the Hydro Express™ website.
  • The Company’s Principals write feature articles, celebrity interviews and establish a magazine column called “Her Family/His” that reviews entertainment and cultural events for the Los Angeles Family Magazine, a division of The Family Magazine Group.
  • AC develops a new line of Collectable Gifts for a Corporate client.

2003

  • The Wabo and Ip 30 sec. animated PSA premieres at the United Nations to help launch the inauguration of the UN’s International Year of Freshwater (2003), a sustainable resource initiative with the goal to provide fresh drinking water within one kilometer to every human being by the year 2015.
  • AC concludes the 9th annual IFFF honoring Don Hahn (Walt Disney Studios), the world’s #1 animation producer and Mike DeLorenzo, President of Santa Clarita Studios (permanent set for the television hit CSI) and numerous blockbuster feature films. IFFF also completes its second year association with Algonquin Arts (Manasquan, NJ), IFFF’s Jersey Shore sister festival.
  • IFFF Awards Show, hour broadcast, Time Warner Cable (regional broadcast)
    Up Close With the Festival, half hour broadcast, Time Warner Cable (regional broadcast)
  • AC incorporates as Roads End Entertainment, LLC based in California

2002

  • Wabo & Ip’s Adventures, Waterman Productions, Inc. AC introduces a new children’s (3-10) animated property that premieres to the public at the New York Licensing Show (June). Plush dolls (all 10 characters), coloring book, activity book, posters, musical CD and other product lines developed and manufactured domestically and abroad.
  • IFFF presents its 8th annual Family Film Festival at the Valencia Town Center and Edwards Grand Palace Cinemas. Mr. Roy Disney is honored with the prestigious Friz Freleng Lifetime Achievement Award for Animation.
  • IFFF becomes the first bi-coastal family film festival expanding its mission and festival presentation to Algonquin Arts, Manasquan, NJ on the Jersey Shore. This festival is named the GSIFF (Garden State International Film Festival).
  • AC story boards and produces the IFFF 30 sec. animated logo introduction with Cantina Productions.
  • IFFF Awards Show, hour broadcast, Time Warner Cable (regional broadcast)

2001

  • “KidQuest - The Viking Trail” is awarded the WORLDFEST HOUSTON - 2001 Platinum Award for best pilot episode in the Television & Cable award category.
  • BICFF presents its 2nd annual film festival in October/November.
  • NPR (National Public Radio). Chris interviews with Ina Jaffe about the IFFF family film festival for “All Things Considered” (3.18.01).
  • Fun City - New York Indoor Water park Project. AC leads attraction mix, design process and overall presentation with developers, Parson Construction and Wyatt Design to the city of Yonkers, NY in Westchester County.
  • AC creates “The Ribbit Family”, an extended “sports-minded” frog family to represent the Fun City - New York project.
  • Spreewald - Germany theme park. AC assists with “blue sky” development concept for LEDO International, Inc., Newport Beach, CA.
  • Financial Pitch Team, Wall Street, FC - NY Water Park Project
  • IFFF Awards Show, hour broadcast, Time Warner Cable (regional broadcast)
  • IFFF 30 second and one minute promotional spots, Time Warner Cable,
    Adelphia Cable(regional broadcast)
  • KidQuest: In Search of Vikings, pilot episode, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Newfoundland, one hour (regional broadcast)

2000

  • KidQuest, USA! AC with Shoemaker Productions, LLC produces a children’s (11 - 15) television pilot shot in Canada covering the millennial celebration of Leif Ericson’s historic voyage to Lans Aux Meadows, Labrador, Canada.
  • AC researches and writes the manuscript for Erikson: Fafnir Rising, adapting the book to a feature film length screenplay and action- adventure television series.
  • Chris Shoemaker featured in Hollywood Reporter personal profile insert as Executive Director of BICFF (Burbank Children’s International Film Festival). October 13-15, 2000 issue.
  • BICFF presents its first annual film festival in October.
  • Financial Pitch Team, City of Yonkers, County of Westchester, FC - NY Water Park Project
  • IFFF 30 second and one minute promotional spots, Time Warner Cable,
    Adelphia Cable (regional broadcast)

1999

  • The People’s Celebration! Governor Jesse Ventura’s Gubernatorial Celebration at the Staples Arena, Minneapolis, MN. Breaking with tradition, AC and Compass Media direct and produce this “celebration for the people” for the people of Minnesota. AC produces videotaped segments with Jay Leno of the Tonight Show and Al Franken, a favorite son of Minnesota. Musical acts include Warren Zevon, America and Johnnie Lang.
  • Ongoing development of NordicAmerica Theme Park.
  • AC cofounds BICFF (The Burbank International Children’s Film Festival) in Media City (Burbank), CA. Stan Lee, Steve Allen, Gary Marshall and Mr. Bob Rogers are honored for Lifetime Achievement Awards.
  • Pat Boone Christmas Spectacular! AC stages and directs Pat Boone and his grandchildren in several numbers for their live Holiday Tour throughout the United States.
  • Financial Pitch Team, Wall Street, NordicAmerica Theme Park Project
  • Developed five show original slate for American Independent Network(AIN)

1998

  • Waterman Productions, Inc., Maui, HI. Owner Michael Beck contacts AC to co-create and develop an animated property based on a logo character for his bottled water company. Mr. Michael Beck contacts AC to create and develop an animated property based on a logo character for his bottled water company. AC develops the property into Wabo and Ip’s Adventures, an environmentally focused animation property with multiple licensing and branding applications.
  • Suzanne Shoemaker and AC featured in Santa Clarita Valley Living Magazine article. May issue.
  • Development of Full-Timers™, a television animated series is completed. Character design, storyboards, biographies, story treatments and production budgets included.
  • Wall Drug Store, South Dakota. Known as the “largest roadside attraction in the United States” that draws more than 2 million tourists annually, AC develops a comprehensive and forward thinking entertainment plan for this third generation family-run business.
  • taaec (The African Academy of Excellence & Creativity), Accra, Ghana. AC completes planning stages for multi-disciplinary arts curriculum and architectural design with architect Johanne Wong for leading edge academy.
  • AC consults with Adventions, Inc. (Rochester, NY) on proprietary 3-D animation game/attraction installation in US shopping malls. Game/attraction focuses on recognizing proper nutrition, dietary habits and the promotion of health lifestyles for adolescents, teens and their families.
  • Maze Attraction Development, Universal-Japan Project
  • International Family Film Festival Awards Broadcast, American Independent Network(AIN), two hours ( national broadcast)

1997

  • PlayOpolus - The City of Play! (a family entertainment center) opens in Norwalk, CT. AC develops a unique entertainment mix, design concept, restaurant and installs the PlayOpolus FEC in a Norwalk shopping mall. PlayOpolus opens to rave reviews.
  • Chris Shoemaker featured on the cover page of L.A. Life, The Daily News (Feb. 5, 1997) regarding the International Family Film Festival (formerly the Santa Clarita International Film Festival).
  • MazeAdventures™ Play Attraction. AC develops a proprietary maze attraction for the theme park/leisure entertainment facility market. Maze designed to quickly and economically change play configuration and theme.
  • Entertainment consulting for ASSI Inc. (Las Vegas, NV). Development of family entertainment centers leveraging the Berenstain Bears property.
  • Wuhan Theme Park Project for Landmark Entertainment. Theme park conceptual design on rides, attractions, live entertainment shows, character branding and footprint of park. AC responsible for Chinese translation of project’s presentation to the Chinese Government.

1996

  • AC relocates from Santa Clarita to Burbank, CA.
  • Toho Entertainment, Tokyo, Japan. AC begins to contract performers (singers, musicians, dancers, performance artists, etc.) for Toho owned and operated theme parks in Japan.
  • Marina Del Rey Fourth of July Festival. AC programmed and produced the annual 4th of July Festival that included a fireworks/laser light extravaganza, over 50 unique vendor booths, 3 stages with live music and performances, a vintage car show, sand sculptures and strolling entertainment.
  • Developed WeKruz Productions, Inc., the web’s 1-stop address for Inline skating enthusiasts and fans. AC creates a cool cast of characters (Lil, Jesse and Harold) that travel by a magical Jamaican caravan (Gypsy Cab) to surf the web.
  • The Museum of Creativity (Santa Monica, CA), The Milken Family Foundation . AC collaborates with the Foundation to envision a new model of museum where each individual realizes his or her’s individual uniqueness, creativity and special place in the world.
  • Script and Pilot completed for Citizens™, a television sitcom based on the high-spirited relations between the multicultural workers in the Los Angeles INS office. The office is responsible to teach new and illegal immigrants job preparation and English as a second language.
  • Project Consultant, Disneyland Parks
  • Field of Cotton Films, Co-Producing, Assistant Directing

1995

  • NordicAmerica Cultural Theme Park Project begins as Fish World Entertainment. Over the next 6 years, AC develops with Hertz Associates, Inc. a cultural park based on Scandinavian/Nordic cultures located in Northern Minnesota. Inital site visitation, attraction assessment and conceptual blue skying begins.
  • “Mystique” (later called Sea-Odyssey), a live underwater musical for Princess Cruises, Inc. AC writes and directs a 15 member ensemble musical and flies to Anchorage, Alaska to install the first of 3 show installations on the Princess Regal. Mystique runs for 3 consecutive years becoming one of Princess Cruises’ favorite live shows.
  • Spanish Hills Golf & Country Club (Camarillo, CA). AC signs a two year contract with prestigious SHGCC to provide Holiday and Special Events entertainment and programming.
  • Six Flags California. Jack and Jill’s Enchanted Caverns is contracted a second year.
  • TableTop Adventures™ toy conceptualized and prototype developed.
  • Ongoing development of Raleigh Enterprises/AC Criss-Cross family entertainment center.
  • Treasure Trails™, an animated/live show action adventure series is developed and performed for Southern California schools and libraries. Show emphasizes environmental education and resource conservation.
  • Oregon State Fair - AC books entertainment.

1994

  • AC joins IAAPA (International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions). Chris and Suzanne recognize a need for originally scripted shows and attractions in the theme park and amusement industries.
  • The Nuclear Whales Saxophone Orchestra Live Stage Show (Santa Cruz). What a great group!
  • ACW classes continue - classes fill with 15 students/class.
  • Hollywood Stunt Pilots Show. Several top film stunt pilots are proposed to various venues for aerial stunt show.
  • With Raleigh Enterprises (Los Angeles), AC develops Criss-Cross, an original, educationally based family entertainment center with a focus on interactive play. Instead of isolating children for solitary play activities, Criss-Cross aims to connect children with thier caregivers for a quality play experience.
  • The Great American Jamboree Festival, Santa Clarita, CA. In conjunction with the Santa Clarita Arts Council, a two-day American music festival featuring storytellers, banjo, guitar and folk music singers at the newly renovated Historic Center in old town Newhall.
  • Six Flags California. “Jack and Jill’s Enchanted Caverns” Live Show. AC transforms an abandoned rock maze into an interactive live show that alternatively leads 3 separate audiences through a performer led journey. The twenty minute show consists of music, songs and storytelling. An audience favorite.
  • Suzanne Shoemaker serves on Santa Clarita Valley Film & Entertainment Bureau (1994/95).
  • Field of Cotton Films, Co-Producing, Script Development, Casting

1993

  • AC cofounds IFFF (International Family Film Festival) in Valencia (Santa Clarita, CA) becoming the first International Film Festival premiering films exclusively in the family genre.
  • Suzanne Shoemaker works in conjunction with Six Flags California as entertainment supervisor and show conceptualizer.
  • AC tours Hawaiian performers (Jeff Gere, nationally acclaimed storyteller, Makia Malo, Native Hawaiian storyteller, Marie Solomon, Big Island storyteller) to the mainland.
  • The Claus Family (an AC holiday tradition) continues to grow on the Mainland, adding clients such as The Ronald Reagan Library, The Los Angeles Kings/Galaxy, 2 Rodeo Drive, The Biltmore Hotel, Verizon, The Grand Wilshire Hotel, and numerous So. Cal. Libraries and Schools.
  • AC consults with Catholic Charities (Honolulu) on a performing arts immigrant youth “gang prevention program”.
  • The Shoemakers form the Actors Comprehensive Workshop (ACW). Advanced/Beginners Studio Acting Classes offering study in Movement, Voice, Action, Method and Physical Acting Techniques. Classes taught at Santa Clarita Office. AC advertises in local papers.

1992

  • Ongoing services to BADA’s Midsummer in Oxford Program.
  • Ongoing agreement with The Cultural Transition Project, Catholic Charities, Honolulu, HI.
  • Second year to present “Christmas With Aloha in Waikiki”.
  • Hawaii DBED contracts AC to showcase Hawaiian artistic talent at the ‘92 Universal Expo at Seville, Spain following the ‘92 Barcelona Olympics. 88 Hawaiian performers light up the American Pavilion Stage with Modern Dance, Hula, Butoh, Storytelling & Music.
  • “Stopped By Language: Out Of Order” 30 minute instructional video completed for U.S. Dept. of Justice combining animation, live action and puppets. Used to inform U.S. Immigrants about language/cultural discrimination.

1991

  • AC tours Hawaiian performers throughout the State of Hawaii.
  • “Christmas With Aloha In Waikiki”, Waikiki Improvement Association, HI. AC produces and stages multiple performances on Waikiki.
  • The Cultural Transition Project, Catholic Charities, Hawaii. AC services refugee youth-at-risk, most specifically the Vietnamese, Filipino, Samoan and Native Hawaiian populations. The project uses the performing arts as a tool to improve the youth’s sense of self- esteem and cultural skills.
  • British American Drama Academy (BADA), Midsummer in Oxford Program. For 2 years, AC coordinated and conducted Pacific auditions for BADA.

1990

  • Acts of Creation (AC) is founded in Honolulu, Hawaii. The company’s primary focus is performing arts/live show production.
  • AC develops its corporate structure and artistic projects (initially live theater productions) for commercial production.
  • Kahala Hilton Hotel (now the Kahala Mandarin Oriental Hotel) Holiday Party. AC begins to book The Claus Family show at local hotels, libraries and schools.
  • AC stages “Christmas with Aloha in Waikiki” for Hawaii's DBED (Department of Business and Economic Development).