Founder and Executive Director
Charles Grande is the founder of FilmProjects.org and serves as its Executive Director. He holds an MA in Theology from Catholic University of America, Washington DC, and an MA in Counseling Psychology from Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts. Born and raised on the East Coast, Charles grew up within an innate sense of social justice. With this goal in mind he launched FilmProjects.org with the goal of reaching those on the edges of society in an attempt to exemplify that happiness and fulfillment are gained through acceptance of oneself. FilmProjects.org tells the stories of ordinary people facing horrific challenges yet who respond in extraordinary ways. These stories give hope and encouragement to us all. The media of film was chosen because of its major influence in our society.
David Lewis is an award-winning filmmaker, journalist and book editor. His film career began in 2002 when he wrote and edited “Under One Roof.” Since then, he has written and directed several features, including “Rock Haven” and “Redwoods” (winner of the prestigious Iris Prize in Wales). He also wrote and produced a 20-minute short called “Can’t Buy Me Love,” which won audience awards at film festivals in Dallas and Long Island. All of his feature films have been acquired by TLA Releasing for distribution. His movies have played at film festivals all over the world. Mr. Lewis, a writer since childhood, shared a Pulitzer Prize as an editor at the San Jose Mercury News. His editing work has won numerous awards at the San Francisco Chronicle, where he also reviews films. These days, in addition to his film and newspaper work, he is a writing coach for novelists. He currently has several feature films in various stages of preproduction.
David Wang is a San Francisco financial specialist who has been involved in the film industry for the past decade. He served in producing capacities for three of Mr. Lewis’ previous films: “Rock Haven” (producer); “Longhorns” (executive producer); and “Redwoods” (associate producer). A veteran participant of numerous film festivals across the country, Mr. Wang has been part of the financial services industry for the past two decades, his latest stint being at Charles Schwab. As a graduate of the University of Hawaii, he earned degrees in both accounting and MIS.