JUDGE BIOS

Dr. Julia Evergreen Keefer www.nyu.edu/classes/keefer is a writer, screenwriting consultant and professor at NYU for the past fifteen years. She just published an 800 page fantasy memoir, and is now writing a screenwriting/story structure textbook. She received her Ph.D from NYU in drama and when she is not working on films she is teaching kickboxing, so she can give you the energy to get your butt and your story in shape!

 

James Bewley is a performer and visual artist whose work has appeared in group exhibitions at Stephen Wirtz Gallery (2003), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (2003), San Francisco; White
Columns (2004), New York; and Shore Institute of Contemporary Art
(2005), New Jersey. He is co-creator and voice talent for the award
winning short films, Strindberg and Helium.  Available free online, the
shorts have also screened at the Sundance Film Festival and the
Vancouver Comedy Festival and gained notices in Entertainment Weekly, the New York Times, and G4TechTV. He earned a BFA in Sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1997 and has performed professionally with Killing My Lobster, San Francisco; Theatre de la Jeune Lune, Minneapolis; and theater designer Robert Wilson, New York. Bewley is Head of Public Programs at the Hammer Museum at UCLA, Los Angeles. He lives in Los Angeles.

Desiree Burch is a writer, comedian, actress and New York NeoFuturist*, host of the Smut Reading and Performance series, Monday nights at Galapagos Artspace.  Her solo work has culminated in full-length solo pieces Sit-Down, Careless and Greatest Hits, with performances at CenterStage NY, Dixon Place (HOT! Festival 2005), the Marquee, Manhattan Theatre Source, P.S. 122 and in Seattle's Mae West Fest. Her stand-up comedy has been featured at Carolines, the New York Improv, New York Comedy Club, Boston Comedy Club, the Producer's Club, with the Comedy Social and Chicks & Giggles, Joe's Pub and in the 2005 New York International Fringe Festival and the 2006 Midtown International Theatre Festival.  Favorite acting roles include In the Bar of a Tokyo Hotel (Miriam), Othello (Emelia), Romeo & Juliet (Nurse), An Ideal Husband (Mabel), The Marriage of Bette & Boo (Soot), For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf
(Lady in Red), and Steel Magnolias (Ouiser).  She has worked with
Gorilla Rep, Playwrights Theater of New York, Moving Theater, Afrikan Women's Repertory, Columbia University School of Theater, NYU's E.T.W. and the 24-Hour Plays.  She can be seen on film in the recently released Maya's Soul (2006 Joco Films) and as the Mysterious Woman in Bodybuilder Island (Meaty Okra Films). Burch is originally from Los Angeles and graduated with a B.A. in
Theater Studies from Yale University in 2001.  She has been a New York City performing artist for five years.

*The  New York Neo-Futurists are a collective of wildly productive
writer/director/performers who create:Theater that is fusion of sport,
poetry, and living-newspaper.* Non-illusory, interactive performance
that conveys our experiences and ideas as directly and honestly as
possible.* Immediate, unreproducable events at headslappingly affordable prices.* We embrace those unreached or unmoved by conventional theater-inspiring them to thought, feeling, and action.

Joel Haber is a professional script analyst with over a decade of
professional film industry experience. He has been a script reader for such companies as New Line Cinema, Walden Media, William Morris Agency, Tribeca Productions (DeNiro), and many other companies and screenplay competitions. He has also consulted independently with developing screenwriters, helping them to further grow in their craft. Joel is a Senior Writer at scr(i)pt magazine
(http://www.scriptmag.com/), and blogs regularly about screenwriting (http://funjoel.blogspot.com/). Joel will be presenting two seminars at Screenwriting Expo 5, after being named a "Star Speaker" at Expo 4. He has an MA in Media Studies, writes screenplays and freelance articles, and lives in Los Angeles after many years in New York City. He may be reached for private script consultations at FunJoel@earthlink.net.

Jodi Horenstein is a writer, people-watcher, and pop-culture
obsessive. Officially, she is a graduate of NYU, where her  concentration in Communications Studies focused on the relationship between mass media and its audience. Jodi currently works in film and television production in New York City.

D.B. Gilles is the author of "The Screenwriter Within" and "The
Portable Film School." He is a produced and published screenwriter,
TV writer and playwright. He did the screen adaptation of the play
"Spinning Into Butter" starring Sarah Jessica Parker due this Fall. He teaches Screenwriting and Comedy Writing in the Undergraduate Film & Television Department at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. He is also a Script Consultant. You can contact him at
www.screenwriterwithin.com 


Eun-Ha Paek was born in Korea. Before making a career in animation and web design in San Francisco, she made ketchup in Iran, fished with plastic bags in Thailand, drowned in Los Angeles, felt lonely in New York, attended high school in New Jersey and studied at the Rhode Island School of Design.

She is one of the founding members of Milky Elephant art collective.
Milky Elephant makes sweet design, fancy characters, funny games and loads of animation.More of her work can be seen here:
http://www.milkyelephant.com
http://www.eun-ha.com

Eun-Ha's Animations have been featured on the Sundance Channel,
in the film for "Simple Song" by The Residents,San Francisco Asian
American Film Festival,Sonar 2004 Festival Barcelona -
SonarCinema::,Resfest 2002 - Videos that Rock!, and "Strindberg and Helium" - Online flash series

Screenings: Comedy Central's "Jump Cuts" 2004, Sundance Online Film Festival 2003, "9:09" - Music video for Utah Carol - Selected Screenings: New York Expo of Short Film and Video, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Black Maria Film Festival, Art, Culture,Technology installation at 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia

Benjamin Swicker is a graduate of Fitchburg State College with a degree in Film Studies. As written by Benjamin himself, " I have a
long history and interest in film making and scriptwriting.  I started
gaining interest in films around the age of 15, after watching Martin
Scorsese films (how cliche), but they really inspired me to move into the world of film making and writing.  Early on, I would team up with my film fiend friend, Mike Parmelee, and together we would pull
all-nighters and shoot some very hysterical horror and other films.
Such classics as:  Killer Apparel, Taxi Men Are Invisible, The
Turnaround and One Night (shot all night in a convenient store, where I worked the 11-7 shift.)  These crazy films definitely introduced me to the do's and don'ts on film making.  As I made my way to college, I had a few other shorts under my belt, including one where I directed myself as a thief who holds up three girls with a gun. I  used a fake prop gun for this scene and someone nearby called the police and I soon found myself with my hands on my head and two MA state troopers pointing their very REAL guns at me. The situation was soon cleared up, but I could never quite wash out the stains from my pants. In college I worked on many student films, and I worked on a professional short film called "Haunt" which can be found on IMDB.  My senior year, I co-produced and had a small role in a film called "Booth" which showcased the last few days of John Wilkes Booth.  It cost us around 5 thousand dollars to make, and we burned down a shed in the making but the result was a very worthwhile achievement,  and one that I am very proud of. I have directed a couple short films and acted in dozens of student films. My writing credits include 12 full length scripts, and I am working on at least 8 more.  My desire to be a filmmaker has slowly diminished through the last few years, but my passion for  movies, as well as my love for writing and reading scripts will never die." The link to my IMDB page: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2074810/

 

Rustin L Odom - Karma Creek Pictures was founded in September, 11 2003 by Rustin L Odom, Richard C Judd and Jeremiah Woods in Thatcher, AZ. Starting as "Packaged Meat Productions" they have created such short films as "What;s with the Bug?" "TP Chaos" and "Real College." Branching out and creating an official production company in 2006, they have created such short films soon to reach festivals around the nation as "Nonsense" and "Homeless."

Rustin L Odom has written over 6 screenplays, one produced "Pizza Men" and several in pre-production. Working with other companies, Karma Creek Pictures produces short films and full-lengths. More information can be viewed on their website,  www.karmacreekpictures.com
 

 

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