Presenting some of our amazing Judges for the 21-Day Filmmaking Competition 2014!
Lowell Boston is the producer and creator of the half hour TV show Optical Toys, featured on both PhillyCam on channels 66/966 Comcast, and channels 29/30 Verizon, and Collingswood TV (CTV) channels 19 Comcast and 44 Verizon. Optical Toys features live-action and animated short films from independent, award winning regional and national filmmakers. Lowell has been graciously drawing from the 21-Day Competition Films and Philadelphia Filmathon Film Library since the show’s inception.
Lowell attended the University of the Arts as a doublemajor in live-action filmmaking and animation and earned his MFA from the California Institute of the Arts. Writing short stories and poetry in his spare time he currently teaches animation at the University of the Arts, the Art Institute of Philadelphia, Philadelphia University and conducts animation and art workshops across the Delaware Valley.
Teaches graduate and undergraduate screenwriting courses the in Philadelphia area. Since 2006 he has been hired to write or doctor over 30 feature film screenplays. An original screenplay, “Aftermath” was optioned by an L.A. production company and is tentatively set for a Philadelphia shoot in 2013. Another original screenplay, “Morgan, Michael, Vanessa & Max” was optioned in 2012. His book, “100 Movies To Watch With Your Kids” will be published in fall 2012.
His 1995 short film “The True Meaning Of Cool” won an award from The American Film Institute. “Jumpcuts: An Art Film” was produced in 1996, “The Audition” was shot in NYC in 2009 and screened in January at the Idyllwild Film Festival in California. “Technical Support” was produced in 2012 and “Sugar Cookie” was produced in Philadelphia in 2011. “Nightcap” is scheduled for a fall 2012A graduate of the film program at Temple University, David worked on industrial films, music videos, independent films and Hollywood features after college before turning his attention to screenwriting.
Dayna Gonzalez is an award-winning Animator and Designer with extensive experience in producing creative content for television, film, and the internet. Her work has appeared in shows for Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, MTV, and Sesame Workshop, among others. Dayna also specializes in web design for professional artists and small businesses. She is the Co-President of ASIFA-East (Association Internationale du Film d’ Animation) and manages their website and blog, The aNYmator. In her spare time, Dayna is also a wanna-be foodie and movie enthusiast. www.jumpingtadpole.com
A child of the 80s, Liesje Kraai isn’t as exotic as she sounds. A native of New York, Liesje resides in Brooklyn, working both freelance and full-time as an animator and puppeteer for over 10 years. By day, she heads up the Animation Department at digital ad agency MRY, producing graphics for the likes of Coke, Visa, Jagermeister and Sony. By night, she creates animated music videos for bands like They Might Be Giants, Grouplove and the Griswolds. Her most recent film “Moons” is making the festival rounds with a stop at the New Orleans Film Festival this October. When she does have a minute free, Liesje enjoys spontaneous road-trips, biology books and harassing her enormous black cat, Behemoth.
Keith Milstead FISH TO DIE FOR, my first story, took 4th place in the P&E Annual Readers Poll for Short Horror Story (2013). Susan Simone, the incredible and beautiful artist grabbed 1st place for the cover. Currently my book is #17 out of 733 books in Goodread’s Little Known Gems Poll. My story was nominated for the J. Ellington Ashton Best Short Story of 2013 and yours truly was nominated for Best Writer (my novelette against full novels) for 2013. Find him on Facebook: Keith Milstead
Craig Santoro, WHYY
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.
Dan Tabor, Film Review/Writer, Geekadelphia
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.