Trey Brayden Roper
10/14/96 – 05/23/97
The festival is founded in memory of the festival founder, Toni’s second child, Trey, who died unexpectedly at the age of 7 months. She desired to create something good from tragedy that would benefit the entire artistic community that she so dearly loves.
“The phoenix hope, can wing her way through the desert skies, and still defying fortune’s spite; revive from ashes and rise.”
Each year Toni and her children, Taylor and Chase present the rising spirit award to the most inspired film in honor of Trey.