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Our Team


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Allison Whitmer, Film Commissioner

allison.whitmer@mt.gov | 406.841.2881 | 406.461.8760

For over 20 years, Allison has been involved in filmmaking – beginning with the Robert Redford classic, The Horse Whisperer. A member of the Directors Guild, Allison’s filmography includes 30+ movies and numerous television and documentary credits. Notable credits include the adaptation of the Native American breakthrough novel, Winter in the Blood, penned by the acclaimed author James Welch; Certain Women, which brings the everyday stories of Montana women to life; and Walking Out, which captures the very real consequences of interacting with the Montana wilderness. Over her career she has worked with many clients in Print (Valentino, Italian Vogue), Sports (SLC Olympics), and Commercials (Ford, Toyota, Jaguar). She is a graduate of Montana State University with degrees in Media and Theatre Arts and Consumer Economics.

As the Montana Film Commissioner, Allison is an expert in the business aspects of filmmaking. She strives to market Montana as an Ultimate Location and prove the value of our industry through economic reporting, managing incentive programs, and advocating for Montana filmmakers.

Allison emanates the generational knowledge and spirit of her pioneer grandparents and possesses a love of open spaces. She actively promotes historic preservation and youth education, especially in her home area of Montana – the Fort Peck Indian Reservation.

Stacey Zyliak, Incentives Coordinator

szyliak@mt.gov | 406.841.2883

Stacey has served the people of Montana via non-profit and government sectors for over 9 years. With a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication (Montana State University-Billings alum) and as a member of the National Communication Association Honor Society, she has a proven track record in communicating with diverse audiences and developing relationships.

Stacey is passionate about elevating the Montana filmmaking community by administering the Big Sky Film Grant Program, certifying productions for the tax credit, managing MONTANAFILM.COM, and assisting with all film-related inquiries that come through the office.

A cinephile, both scholarly and recreationally, film consumes much of her free time. Road trips, access to public lands, Flathead Lake, and summer nights are why she makes Montana, The Last Best Place, her home.

Sean Tippin, Locations Coordinator

sean.tippin@mt.gov | 406.841.2880

Sean grew up skiing and playing in the mountains around Helena, Montana – which fueled his interest in outdoor film and photography. He is a graduate of Montana State University, School of Film and Photography in Bozeman. Sean has over eight years of professional experience working in creative agencies, television production companies, and as a freelance Producer. Blending the world of traditional cinema with local Montana resources has always been a foundational value for him and he’s excited to bring his experience and dedication to the Montana Film Office.

Sean is responsible for scouting, gathering local intel, and photographing the best Montana has to offer in terms of production locations.

When he’s not at work, you can find him in the South Hills trail system on his mountain bike or tirelessly discussing the technical cinematography from the latest Netflix series.

Angela Blatt, Marketing & Film Assistant

anglea.blatt@mt.gov | 406.841.2764

New to Montana, Angela joins us from Charlotte, North Carolina. With an associate degree in Travel and Hospitality from King’s College, and 20+ years working in the tourism industry, she brings a wealth of experience in tourism, travel, and trade to the Department. She has extensive knowledge as a Convention and Visitor Bureau expert, an event planner, and all-around hospitality industry master.

Angela is responsible for assisting with administrative support and communications for the Marketing Bureau – including film and tourism programs.

Her love for travel and tourism is one reason for her recent move to Montana. When she is not traveling, Angela and her husband are chasing after their five-year-old son, learning to fly fish, or enjoying an afternoon as being a tourist.

Media Contacts

If you are a journalist or other member of the media interested in covering Montana film industry projects, news, and/or events – please contact:

Samantha Offerdahl
Communications Manager
Montana Department of Commerce
406.841.2893
sam.offerdahl@mt.gov

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