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Jurors

 

 

Christine McCarthy

Christine Elise has been acting professionally for 25 years and is recognized primarily for her roles as U4EA-popping bad girl, Emily Valentine, on Beverly Hills, 90210, as Harper Tracy on ER, and as Kyle, the gal who killed Chucky in Child’s Play 2.  She has also appeared in recurring roles on China Beach, In the Heat of the Night, and Tell Me You Love Me.  Among her other film roles are Abel Ferrara’s Body Snatchers and two films starring Viggo Mortensen: Vanishing Point and Boiling Point.  


As a writer, she has written three episodes of Beverly Hills, 90210 as well as characters and storylines for the series, a pilot that was optioned by Aaron Spelling, and comical true-life essays that she performed at the Upright Citizens Brigade and Naked Angels theaters in LA.  She maintains an irreverent food porn blog called www.DelightfulDeliciousDelovely.com for which she provides recipes, photographs and sometimes shares details of the triumphs and, more frequently, the humiliations of her own life. She has a great passion for photography (www.MyPinUpArt.com) and has shown her pin-up and decaying Americana imagery in the United States & Paris.  She has been on the selection committee of Michigan’s Waterfront Film Festival since its inception in 1999, she is co-director of the Victoria Texas Independent Film Festival, programs for the Self-Medicated Film Festival and The Lady Filmmakers Film Festival, and consults & judges for many others.  Her directorial debut, Bathing & the Single Girl, was accepted into over 100 film festivals and won 20 awards.  

Bathing & the Single Girl, inspired by the short film, is her debut novel.

Will Moore

 

Will Moore’s award-winning feature Satellite of Love premiered at the Dallas International Film Festival in 2012. It screened at over 20 film festivals nationwide (including the Victoria Texas Independent Film Festival) and was released by FilmBuff in March 2013. IndieWire called the film “Absolutely gorgeous," stating "Rohmer would be proud he inspired Moore’s film.” At 24 Moore made his first feature, Wesley Cash, a film that was distributed by Vanguard Cinema. Next was a sequel of sorts, Cowboy Smoke, an homage to the spaghetti western. He is currently wrapping up post-production on an Apocalyptic Thriller titled Jack’s Apocalypse which he plans on releasing late 2015/early 2016.

Chad Freeman

 

Chad Clinton Freeman is the founder and director of the PollyGrind Film Festival in Las Vegas. He has been called the “new champion of unabashed B-movie sleaze” by ArrowInTheHead.com and has been a member of the Exploitation Film Preservation Society since 1996. Freeman is an independent filmmaker and mass media specialist with more than two decades of print, film and internet experience. In 2006, Freeman founded the entertainment website PollyStaffle.com, which at its height of popularity received 100,000 unique visits a month. He founded Polly Staffle Films in 2009. Seeing a need in the film festival scene for an event that thought outside the box, Freeman launched PollyGrind in 2010. It has since been named to several MovieMaker lists: Top 25 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee in 2012, Top 5 Coolest Experimental/Underground Film Festivals in 2013, and Top 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee in 2014. Freeman's festival launched a distribution label named PollyGrind Presents in 2014. In addition, Freeman helped produce the short film Broken, which was used to get funding for the screenplay Reversal, now a feature film that is a 2015 Sundance official selection.

Susan Ansara

 

Susan Ansara grew up in Massachusetts and has lived and worked in the United

 

States and around the world, from Tunisia, Lebanon and France to Italy, Mexico and 

 

Australia. She has avidly followed filmin each country she has visited.  Her 

 

professional life included teaching English as a Foreign Language in the Peace Corps 

 

in Tunisia, and serving as Director of International Education at universities in New 

 

York State and Florida.  She moved to southern New Mexico 10 years ago, and 

 

continues to travel both internationally, and within the US. She enjoys music, 

 

theater, and dance in addition to film.  She has two children, one a professor of 

 

astronomy, the other a creative arts director.