St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase

Master Class: Casting


Moderated by Cliff Froehlich, executive director of Cinema St. Louis, and featuring the following panelists:

David Martyn ConleyDavid Martyn Conley: A former St. Louisan now based in Atlanta, David is a writer, director, and actor. David co-starred on the Lifetime Television series “Army Wives,” “Drop Dead Diva,” and “Star.” He had a recurring role on Tyler Perry’s “House of Payne” and has been featured in such movies as Disney’s “Let It Shine.” David’s film “Tapestry of Shadows” — which he wrote, directed, and starred in — won several awards across the country, including Best Ensemble Acting at the 2006 St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase. David developed a television series entitled “D.N.R.,” whose pilot episode won several awards as a short. His short film “Timing” has received nearly 100,000 YouTube views. David’s screenplay “Raising Izzie” won UPtv’s Faith and Family Screenplay Competition and served as the directorial debut of Roger M. Bobb. “Raising Izzie” was nominated for two NAACP Image Awards, five Black Reel Awards, and the Movieguide Epiphany Prize for Most Inspiring TV Program. David is currently writing screenplays for hire, teaching/coaching actors, and developing several films, including “The Blues on Maple Avenue” and the thriller “Tooth and Nail.”

Brian JunBrian Jun: A regional filmmaker based in the Midwest, Brian started his career with the working-class drama “Steel City,” which starred John Heard, America Ferrara, and frequent collaborator Raymond J. Barry. The film was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival and was the winner of the New Filmmakers Forum at the St. Louis International Film Festival. His other features include “The Coverup,” “The Bandit” (formerly “Joint Body”), and “Sleep with Me,” and he directed two segments of the three-part “She Loves Me Not.” Brian is also a professor of film and video, a construction worker, and an avid St. Louis Blues fan. His website is

cody StokesCody Stokes: Cody is a director of films, documentaries, and commercials. Recipient of the Princess Grace Film Award, Cody’s film work has received a number of accolades from festivals and screened around the world. His first narrative feature film, the St. Louis-shot “The Ghost Who Walks,” won the Jury Award at the 2018 US in Progress section of the Champs-Elysées Film Festival and the Best Narrative award at the 2019 Bushwick Film Festival. “The Ghost Who Walks” is currently available on Netflix. Commercially, Cody has directed work for companies such as  BMW, Toyota, GMC, Yahoo!, AT&T, American Express, Federal Express, Nike SB, Jack in the Box, and ESPN.

Joni TacketteJoni Tackette: A casting director, Joni has more than 30 years of experience working in the motion- and digital-media industry. Her diverse casting experience includes principal casting for hundreds of commercial, corporate-film, digital, and print projects. In addition, she’s worked on more than 25 feature films, providing principal, day-player, extras, and promotional-crowd casting in St. Louis and on location throughout the U.S. and Canada. She is a member of Casting Society of America (CSA), the past president of the Missouri Motion Media Association, and a 10-year board member for Cinema St. Louis. Her website is