Sponsored by the Education Foundation of Millburn-Short Hills, the Millburn Film Fest is an annual event that celebrates the work of middle and high school filmmakers in the Millburn School District. The films are made possible by the Ed Foundation’s generous donation of equipment and technology to the schools.

RED CARPET PREMIERE
Friday, April 26th 2019
7:30 p.m.
Red Carpet opens 7:00 p.m.
Millburn High School
462 Millburn Avenue
Millburn, NJ 07041

ENCORE PERFORMANCE
Wednesday, May 1st 2019
11:00 a.m.
Bow Tie Millburn Cinemas
350 Millburn Avenue
Millburn, NJ 07041

Judges:

Every year a panel of industry professionals judges the Film Fest entries. We are excited to announce that Tanya Nirielle Barach, Domenica Cameron-Scorsese, Alexander Franke, and Josh Schwartz will judge the 2019 festival, joining Millburn-Short Hills Art Advisory Committee members Laraine Brennan-Barach, Donna Davis, Kathi Hecht, Amy McGovern, Andrew Permison, Victoria Plummer. 

Tanya Nirielle Barach is a dual-citizen of the US and Ireland, Tanya was born in New York City, raised in Millburn, and now lives in San Diego. She attended Rutgers University and the American Repertory Theater program at Harvard University. She was a founding member of the theater group The Cosmic Joke Collective in New York City with French actress Audrey Dana and Grammy winner Jesse Harris and performed in many NYC venues, including the Knitting Factory and Cornelia Street Cafe. Her short film “Don’t Be Such a Girl” won Best Director of a Short at the New York International Independent Film Festival and her short film “Mercy” screened at multiple festivals. She is married to Bill Carrasco and they have two children, Sofia and Nico. Tanya is honored to be a judge for the Millburn Film Festival and thanks all the participants for their courage and creative vision.

Domenica Cameron-Scorsese is an award winning filmmaker whose feature film debut, ALMOST PARIS, premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival. It went on to play the festival circuit with multiple nominations and wins, including Best First Feature Director at the Big River Film Festival (where Domenica was also nominated for Female Filmmaker of the Year) and the Audience Choice Award at the Beaufort International Film Festival. Her previous short films SPANISH BOOTS and ROOTS IN WATER also premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. Her first short, A LITTLE GOD, won the Torchlight Short Film Award at the Woodstock Film Festival in 2001. Domenica began her storytelling professionally at the age of eleven as an actress in Chicago— later growing into a writer/director/producer. Aside from being born into a film family and having the privilege as a child to work with both her mother (Julia Cameron) and her father (Martin Scorsese), she has gone on to work with multiple Oscar, Emmy, and Tony award winners and nominees appearing in over twenty films and several off-Broadway and regional plays. While in New York, Domenica was an associate director for the multimedia lab BdA, helping develop new plays. Since returning to Chicago, she directed her first full-length theatrical production, Caryl Churchill’s A Number, with the Runcible Theatre Company at the Royal George Theatre. Domenica studied film at Wesleyan University (CT), where she also helped produce, write and direct for the student playwrights’ workshop. She now lives in Evanston with her husband and daughter.

Alexander Franke is a documentary and reality TV editor based out of New York City. His credits include the Emmy nominated series “Spartan Race” for NBC Sports, “Abuse of Power” for Oxygen, among many others. He’s worked for networks such as Discovery, Animal Planet, TLC, HGTV, MTV, and more. Before that he spent many hours running around Millburn’s forests with his parents’ camcorder creating ripoffs of Die Hard. He is a 2008 graduate of Millburn High, where he directed his first short film about a high school student in the midst of an existential crisis (in retrospect, strongly autobiographical). These days, when he’s not editing, you can find him reading James Baldwin in his Park Slope apartment or stuffing chicken wings in his face at the local dine-in movie theater. He’s excited to screen the work of young filmmakers from his hometown!

Josh Schwartz is a 2008 graduate of Millburn High School and currently works as a video editor in Brooklyn, NY.  He has edited various TV shows featured on PBS and Nickelodeon, including Front and Center and Take Me To Your Mother, as well as branded content. Josh’s passion for film started in Millburn, when he made “CSI: Short Hills” for MHS teacher Ellen Krueger’s Mass Media class.  His hobbies include writing, performing comedy, and making music.