Saturday, August 25, 2018

Meet the 2018 SWFF Jury!

We would like to introduce you to the amazing men and women who made up this year’s Jury Members.  At the head of this year’s event sat Kevin L. Powers as the Festival Judge and underneath him was a group of dedicated film-makers and film lovers who judged all the submissions and helped decide what was to be screened this year and what films deserved to be nominated for awards.  They had a hard task to dwindle down the huge list of amazing shorts and features from all over the world from animation to fantasy, from horror to science fiction, and experimental to non-fiction.  It was a monumental task for which we at Something Wicked FF are entirely grateful.

Anne McCarthy
A writer/producer/director of short films whose films Movie Night and Monster in the Wash (both 2014) screened at Something Wicked Film Festival from previous years.  Although now living in California she is originally from Georgia and got her start in live theater before moving and focusing on film work.

Dave R. Watkins
Dave R. Watkins is a Georgia based Director, Producer, Writer & Actor. He directs and starts in the Comedy Web Series "Lumber Baron of Jasper County" and he is producing and directing a new Psychological Thriller series called "Herman Jones". He also directed the feature length movies "Stragglers" and the "Return of the Jackalope" and starred in the Lions Gate release of Jack O'Lantern.

David Young
David Young first discovered his passion for film while he attended high school in a small town in Virginia. Devouring classics by Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, Ridley Scott and many more, he decided to enroll in the New York Film Academy's filmmaking program upon graduation in 2005. There, he received a crash course in everything from directing to screenwriting to editing and even acting, all of which he put to use when co-founding a filmmakers' club in college. With an eventual BS in Computer Science and an additional formal training in audio recording and engineering, David moved to Atlanta to pursue a career in the entertainment industry in 2011. Since then, he has been working as a professional live sound engineer at multiple venues around the metro area. He has lent his services as a production sound mixer to recently-released feature film "Go Mad and Mark" which debuted at the Plaza Theater, and he continues to moonlight as a boom mic operator and sound editor/mixer as projects arise. 
Nate Hill

Nate Hill lives in the Atlanta area and reads more horror novels and comics than could be considered healthy. He’s also the writer of the graphic novel “Giant Robot Warrior Maintenance Crew,” and the co-writer of the forthcoming online series “Herman Jones.” 

Chris Simoes
Simoes is a film-maker based out of Georgia.  He is the writer/producer/director of the feature films Bigfoot: The Curse of Blood Mountain (2015), which screened at SWFF in a previous year, and most recently Halfway to Hell: The Movie (2018) which had a special World Festival Premiere this year.

Heather Place
Heather Place is a Charlotte-based, award winning Actor/Producer, member of SAG-AFTRA, Founding Member of Falling Tree Films, and Managing Partner of Four Leaf Features, LLC. Heather has worked as a professional actress for over 25 years in theatre, film, television and as a voice-over artist.
Some of Place's credits include, the cult favorite "Basketcase 3" and several independent films which have won awards on the festival circuit.  Some of her award winning "indies" include:  "Searching for Signals", "Winter's Tale", "Muted" and "We Three Kings". Heather also produced and acted in the short film, "Second Wind Storms McKenzie Farms", which won the award for "Best Short or Web Series" at the Georgia Entertainment Awards. She is currently in pre-production on two feature films: "Forgotten Word", a religious thriller, and “Alive and Kicking”, a Southern ensemble comedy set in an Assisted Living Center. Heather is part of the producing team for both projects and will play roles in both films.
Here's the link to Heather’s IMDb page: 

Regina PArtee
Regina Partee is a graduate of Full Sail University with a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing, of Georgia State University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Film, and a graduate of The New York Film Academy director’s certificate program.

Regina has written, produced and directed several short films, a documentary, musical stage plays and a sketch comedy television show that ran for two seasons on a local station in Atlanta. She has also written multiple short films, feature films and television shows for multiple independent production companies.

Most recently, Regina developed the characters for the upcoming production “Coming of Age.” She has also added author to her title with her book, Bold Obedience, and is currently working a musical stage production.

Regina’s related work experience includes an internship at Rainforest Films as a script consultant, a script supervisor on a short film for Blank Stage Productions, and a screenwriting instructor for the Independent Black Film Festival in Atlanta.

Some of Regina’s accomplishments are: Best Sci-Fi Short (Goodnight Princess), Women in Film Atlanta Short Film Showcase 2015; Honorable mention (A Latte’ Love Story), Short Film Showcase 2013 for Women in Film Atlanta; Quarter-finalist, Creative Screenwriting Cyberspace Open Competition in 2009; Full Sail Course Director Award in Editing for Film, Games and Animation for Outstanding Script Coverage; Full Sail Course Director Award in Creative Writing Portfolio II for Outstanding Writing; and graduated with a 4.0 from Full Sail University. 

Regina is a member of Women in Film and Television Atlanta and Women in Film and Television International.

Joshua Haire
Joshua Haire has been acting in Atlanta for 8 years and has appeared in This Old Machine (2017), Murder Comes To Town (2018), Full Count (2018), 3am Live (2018), All Hallows Evil: Lord of the Harvest (2012), and most recently Herman Jones (which was the Opening Night film for this year’s festival), among many other titles. His love for the arts and craft of acting drive his passion for film and he is excited to be a judge this year!

Evan Avers

Evan Avers is a graduate of Kennesaw State University with a BA in English. Evan is twenty-three years old and is a native of Gwinnett County. He works as a high school teacher and has a love for film of every sort. Evan is very excited for the opportunity to get to share in the art of so many wonderful filmmakers, and he hopes you'll find his feedback valuable.

Philip Wray
Philip Wray (Judge)- This is the first time Philip has been a part of the Something Wicked Film Festival but he is no stranger to film festivals. Philip served as a volunteer and volunteer chair for the Milledgeville Film Festival in 2014 and 2015. He also worked as a production assistant for the film, “Side Harm” that was submitted to the Atlanta Film Festival in 2015. He has also worked as an extra, production assistant, and assistant director for a couple of other short films and television pilots. When Philip isn’t judging, he mostly works as a freelance theater lighting designer and technician.

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