GIFF-CON Board Officers

Marvin Walters


Marvin Walters is a retired Professional Motion Picture 2nd Unit Action Director, Stunt Coordinator,  Stuntman, and Consultant.

Walters as the chair of the Galveston Island Film Festival and Conference

brings 32 years of knowledge about

the Entertainment Industry. As a 2nd Unit Action Director, Stunt Coordinator and Stuntman, with responsibilities varied from creating budgets ranging from $5,000 to as high as $1.5 million per project, as well as supervised from 1

to as many as 125 stuntmen and women

at various times on motion picture and television productions. Coordinating with 1st and 2nd Directors, Cinematographer, shooting schedules and camera angles.

Marvin is the founder of “The Black Stuntman’s Association” in 1967. This organization was formed to help open doors in the film and television industry for black stuntman to serve as stunt-doubles for the black actors.

In 1972, Along with Jade David the “Coalition of Black Stuntmen and Women” was formed. By setting goals and timetables, Walters and David contribution impacted the entire motion picture industry.

In 1976 Marvin was selected by MGM Studios as an Affirmative Action Consultant to locate minority hiring employment areas.

 In 1984 he graduated from “Paramount Pictures Associate Producers Program”.

In 1994 Marvin and Jade Co-founded The Alliance of Stunt Performers of Color for the Screen Actors Guild.

He was co-writer, co-creator of the first six story lines for FORTUNE DANE, A television series starring Carl Weathers in 1986 for ABC.

An author and publisher of “AWAKENING GIANT”, and the author of “SO YOU WANNA BE A STUNT PERSON”, now on Amazon.

Jim Gossett


Jim Gossett is a film and theatre enthusiast and his involvement with Galveston Island Film Festival began at

the inaugural event by “jumping in” and helping with

set-up.  Being mistaken for a volunteer, Jim put his paid tickets in his pocket and rolled up his sleeves to help wherever needed.


His volunteer spirit and appreciation for the GIFF-CON mission has paved the way to establish strong relationships with the GIFF-CON founder Sherrill D. Hilton and become an active Board member for the 2nd Annual Galveston Island Film Festival and Conference.  Jim has also been an active participant/volunteer with several long-standing film festivals in the southeast (Gasparilla Film Festival and Sunscreen Film Festival).  In the fall, he will be engaging with a team of amateur film makers to work on the creation of a short film.

Currently, he is senior executive for an entrepreneurial

Texas City-based risk mitigation company.

As COO and CTO, his focus on operational excellence and cultivation of a sustainable business model have resulted in consistent innovation, organic growth, and expansion into new markets.  Leveraging his MBA and progressive executive leadership experience working with Fortune 500 technology and service organizations, Jim blends strategy development, market focus, and technology acumen as a formula for sustained progress.  


As a new Board Member, Jim has brought energy and passion in addition to working closely with the Founder and active board members on strategy, sponsorships, and development of a sustainability model for the Galveston Island Film Society and future GIFF-CON Film Festivals. 

GIFF-CON Board Officers

Eugene Cook


A native of Galveston, Texas, Eugene Cook is a retired Senior Project Manager for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD).


For over 34 years, he. has managed major military projects, including aircraft integration, weapons system and navy intelligence programs.

Mr. Cook is a community volunteer, working with nonprofit organizations

to mentor and counsel young adults.

He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Broward County Urban League,

and the Washington D.C. chapter of the Coalition of 100 Black Men of America.

Eugene holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Prairie View A&M University.

Robert Stanton


Robert was born and raised in Galveston, Texas, where he returned after the death of his father, Dr. R.H. Stanton Jr., a prominent African American dentist.

Robert Stanton is an award-winning writer/editor whose career has taken

him on the ride of his life, working for newspapers and electronic media in his career in journalism and media relations. He is a persuasive communicator with a strong background in writing, editing, photography and social media. 

At every stop – The Houston Post, The Houston Chronicle, KHOU-11 News, The Galveston Daily News and international media – he thrives in the fast-paced, deadline-intensive media world.

In 2014, he won First Place in Deadline Writing by the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors. The award went to The Houston Chronicle news team for its coverage of a tragic Houston fire that killed four firefighters.

A dynamic communicator, Robert is a sought-after writer whose work appears in local, national and international media. His work has appeared in the The Daily News, Minority Business News, The Houston Chronicle, and Reuters News Agency, and others.

GIFF-CON Consultants

Commissioner Stephen D. Holmes

Amy Carmen-Bly

District 1 City Councilman

GIFF-CON Board Members

Deborah Cook

Tommie McNeil

Virginia Diaz-Laughlin

Leon Phillips

Launita Robinson

GIFF-CON Board Members

Bobby Wilson

Chaille Thomas

Joyce Townsend

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