Presenting some of our amazing Judges and Presenters for the 21-Day Filmmaking Competition and the Philadelphia Film & Animation Festival 2013!
Norristown, PA native DJ Q-Ball has been honing his craft for the past 18 years and continues to stand out as one of the most sought after DJs in the industry. He auditioned for the then local act, “The Bloodhound Gang” in 1996. Needless to say, the band chose Q-Ball. The Bloodhound Gang successfully toured the United States and abroad, with performances in all 50 states and 43 countries. They have sold 10 million records worldwide, stemming from a string of singles, and won a European Grammy Award. Their Greatest Hits CD came out in 2010, and a new studio album is in the works for the band. When not on the road with the Bloodhound Gang, Q-Ball stays active in the music scene by doing studio work for Universal Records and can be heard on remixes of a vast number of well known artists.
Sara Jane Blazo has been a SAG and AFTRA union member since 1985, working as an actress in Philadelphia for over 30 years. Ms. Blazo was elected to the SAG board in 2008 and continues as an active member of the SAG-AFTRA Philadelphia Local Board and the SAG Awards planning committee. She truly enjoyed viewing all of the Project Twenty1 entries.
Philadelphia legend Tony Luke Jr. worked tirelessly with his Father Tony Sr. and brother Nick to build the Tony Luke’s legend. From lunch trucks to full Italian meal take-out, they tried it all until they hit on the Old Philly Style Sandwich formula that took enormous culinary leaps beyond the famous Philly Cheesteak. Working since 13 in various family food businesses, Tony’s other gifts bloomed early as a student at the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts. Tony has continued to hone his craft as an actor appearing in a number of feature film productions, doing one-on-one scenes with heavyweights like Dennis Hopper. Film and TV credits include: The Nail: The Story of Joey Nardone (2008), Invincible (2006), and National Treasure (2004).
Susan Moses was a long time board member of both AFTRA and SAG in Philadelphia and also served as a National Board member of AFTRA. She currently serves on the newly merged SAG-AFTRA Philadelphia Local Board. Ms. Moses has worked stage, film and TV in New York, Philadelphia, and Washington/Baltimore for many years as a character actress, voice-over and improv performer. She offers her congratulations to all of the Project Twenty1 filmmakers!
Eric Rivera, Writer, Disney
Eric Emilio Rivera has written for Disney (Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil) and Spin Magazine. His project “Into the Fire” won the Derek Freese Film Foundation Prime Time TV Award in 2012. He is currently a writer at MediaMark spotlight, an award-winning Philadelphia marketing firm.
Craig joined WHYY in 2002 and shortly thereafter started the station’s first youth media program. Since then, he has created and managed ongoing after-school documentary workshops for Philadelphia teenagers and partnered with community centers to hold video production classes for teens who had dropped out of school. He’s developed award-winning video summer camps, partnered with numerous schools to train teachers to use video in their classrooms and created video learning experiences for nonprofit organizations and area retirees.
Karl Staven has been making animated films for more than 20 years in a variety of styles. Currently he is the Chair of the Media Arts Department (Photo/Film/Animation) at the University of the Arts in downtown Philadelphia. www.karlstaven.com
Dan resides in Philadelphia where he writes about fun and geeky things to do in the city of brotherly love. He loves photography, anime, manga, comics, horror, and anything with an Apple logo on it.