Thank you to all of those who voted in the 2016 LMGI Board Member Elections. We would like to congratulate all of the nominees in this year’s election and thank them for running.

The new Board Members are Kokayi Ampah, JJ Levine, Phill Kane and Matt Palmer. Re-elected to the Board for another year term are Business Members, Sinclair Anderson, Melissa DeMonaco and Mario Ramirez.

The new Board will be meeting in the next two weeks where they will determine the new President, two Vice Presidents, Treasurer and Secretary.

To find out more about our new Board Members see below

The new and returning 2016 LMGI Board of Directors:

Sinclair Anderson – RE-ELECTED
Kokayi Ampah– NEW
Jimmy Ayoub
Robert Decker
Melissa DeMonaco – RE-ELECTED
Mike Fantasia
Wes Hagan
Eric Klosterman
Phill Kane – NEW
JJ Levine – NEW
Matt Palmer – NEW
Mario Rameriez – RE-ELECTED
Rick Schuler
Rebecca “Puck” Stair
Dorion Thomas




Kokayi Ampah

I have been in the film and television industry since 1968 doing a wide range of jobs. I am know primarily as a Location Manager which has been my primary job from 1978 to 2013. I have managed music videos, tv movies, pilots, episodic series and over 35 feature films.

I was voted the Feature Film Location Manager of the year at the California On Location Awards in 1995, Received a Lifetime Achievement Award from this prestigious body in 2015 and have now been honored by becoming a member of the Motion Picture Academy.

I am in awe of the work this organization has accomplished to this point and will do my best to maintain this level of excellence. I will lend my seasoned eyes to scope out any new avenues the organization might travel.

Again I want thank those who voted for me and congratulate my fellow new members.

~ Kokayi Ampah


JJ Levine


Location Manager Jennifer “J.J.” Levine recently completed “Future Man” a TV Pilot for Hulu, directed and produced by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. She was also the Location Manager for the 2015/2016 primetime ABC series “the muppets.”. Ms. Levine has extensive experience in television, feature film, commercials, music videos and new media.   Prior to location managing, she worked as an executive, producer and production manager for Tri-Star Pictures, Columbia Television, TNT, NATGEO, PBS, and CBS Television. She was also a Brand Marketing/Public Relations Manager for Ironstone Vineyards and Brown-Forman Beverages Worldwide, with responsibility for promoting tourism and marketing luxury wine brands.

Ms. Levine is currently Co-Chair of the Marketing and Communications Committee for the LMGI. She strongly believes the location manager skillset: the ability to balance logistics with creative and strategic thinking, along with interpersonal and public relationship skills are key to establishing and maintaining the bonds with local community, city officials and press that are core to meeting the mission of the LMGI. Ms. Levine has a strong interest in living and working “green”.


Phill Kane


I have been a Location Professional for over 18 years working primarily in Television over the past decade however during my career I have done everything from short form commercials to feature films. During this time I have worked with and learned from some great people who have taught me that we as Location Managers should act as ambassadors for the film industry as a whole.  I look forward to helping the LMGI in it’s quest to create awareness of the enormous contribution Location Professionals make both the creative and logistical aspects of filming

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Matt Palmer


Matt is an award-winning independent filmmaker with over twenty years experience in various creative positions. Matt creates his own projects, and works with other creative team members, through conception, story development, fundraising, production, and post-production. His projects have screened on networks like the CBC (Pay Dirt), he has worked with the National Film Board (GDP), and his feature documentary “Letters From Litein” screened theatrically in Canada.

Matt has worked in locations since 1993 when he started as a location scout on “Legends of the Fall”. Most recently he has worked on shows like “Interstellar”, “Fargo Year 2”, “Wynonna Earp Season 1” and the ABC Mini-Series “When We Rise” in Vancouver. Matt is a member of the Location Managers Guild International, and was nominated for the 2015 LMGI Compass awards for Best Period Locations for the multi-Emmy and Golden Globe Award winning FX series Fargo. See some of Matt’s work at