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Millburn middle and high school students have until Monday, February 27th to submit their films at millburnfilmfest.com. You won’t want to miss the Red Carpet Premiere on Friday, April 21, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. at Millburn High School! The films will be shown again at an Encore Performance at Millburn Bow-Tie Cinema, Wednesday April 26th at 11 a.m. Tickets and sponsorships are available now at www.millburnfilmfest.com. Film Fest is grateful to our sponsor of 5 years – The Gonnella Team  and sponsor of 6 years- Investors Bank. The funds raised this year at film fest will go towards enhancing the Millburn High School auditorium.


Each year a panel of industry professional judges review and score all of the entries. The Ed Foundation and Millburn Film Fest are pleased to announce the judging panel for it’s 6th year! Judges for 2017 are Stuart Sender, Kay O’Connel, Cathy Scorsese, Laraine Brennan Barach, Amy McGovern, Victoria Plummer, Orna Greenberg, Andrew Permison, Donna Davis, Judith Kramer and Kathi Hecht.

Millburn alum, Stuart Sender has an eclectic background as an Academy Award® nominated filmmaker, broadcast journalist and screenwriter. His current work includes writing the story for THE VOW starring Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum; and the screenplay adaptation of the acclaimed eco-thriller The Golden Spruce: A True Story of Myth, Madness and Greed by John Vaillant. In addition to graduating from Millburn High School, Stuart has a bachelor’s degree in Politics from the University of California at Santa Cruz; and a Masters Degree in Journalism from Columbia University. His credits include producing and directing the Academy-Award® nominated documentary Prisoner of Paradise which also received a Directors Guild nomination and won the prestigious Grierson Award for best documentary on film. Stuart also executive produced The Garden which was nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Documentary Feature. Stuart began his career at CBS news, then worked as Senior Producer of the weekly PBS series South Africa Now, which won a Polk Award for excellence in journalism and a New York Emmy for best newsmagazine. He produced the first exclusive interview with Nelson Mandela following President Mandela’s release from prison; and was Senior Producer of the documentary Mandela: Free At Last. Stuart is a partner in Balcony Films, a Los Angeles based media production and consulting firm. Stuart produces and directs much of Balcony Films award-winning content which has featured some of our best-known public figures and personalities, including: His Holiness The Dalai Lama, Yasser Arafat, Yitzhak Shamir, KKK Grand Dragon David Duke and performers such as Will Ferrell, Jason Alexander, Felicity Huffman, Rosario Dawson and Stevie Wonder. http://www.balconyfilms.com

Kay O’Connell graduated from Millburn High School and studied English and Film at Denison University. Her first job out of college remains one of her favorites, working as an NBC Page in NYC at 30 Rock. It was always her dream to be an actress and after three years at NBC – as a Page and working in the news division – she auditioned for the Lee Strasberg institute and studied there for two years. After waitressing, working as a coat-check, appearing in a few movies, soap operas and off-off-off-off Broadway plays, Kay found her comfort behind the scenes as a successful producer. She began her career in TV as an Associate Producer on The RuPaul Show on VH1. She has gone on to produce shows for everyone from Zach Galifianakis to Ryan Seacrest and was part of the team that launched, Jimmy Kimmel Live on ABC. Kay Executive Produced Kathy with Kathy Griffin on Bravo and Stroumboulopoulos with George Stroumboulopoulos on CNN. She recently sold a documentary to Netflix about the life of writer Kitty Kelly. She has Executive Produced numerous pop culture shows including The Approval Matrix (from New York Magazine) which aired on Bravo, Out of Character with Krista Smith (Vanity Fair) on USA and The Doc Club with Rosie O’Donnell on OWN. Recently she produced Fashionable Late with Rachel Zoe for Lifetime and loved working with Rachel who is enormously talented and also a graduate of MHS. Her latest project is “Page Six TV” (from The eponymous column The New York Post) which aired on FOX in the summer of 2016 and is poised to launch in syndication Fall 2017. Kay lives in LA and NYC but remains at heart – a Jersey girl.

The Millburn-Short Hills Arts Advisory Committee’s 18 year mission has been to enhance and advance the arts in Millburn Township. The Committee curate
s and conserves this community’s significant 350 piece Art collection. They curate Art shows, and events (Appraisal Days) and Sculpture projects. For 9 years under the guidance of Laraine Brennan Barach, Art Advisory has sponsored the highly acclaimed Millburn/Short Hills Art Advisory Scholarship. The committee is comprised of recognized Leaders in the Art Community, professional Artists, Sculptors, Television and Film producers, Art directors, Set Decorators, and Gallery owners. Cathy Scorsese, Laraine Brennan Barach, Amy McGovern, Victoria Plummer, Donna Davis, Orna Greenberg, Andrew Permison and Kathi Hecht will be representing the Art Advisory committee this year as judges for the film fest. https://mshartsadvisorycommittee.wordpress.com/about/

Catherine Scorsese, alum of Millburn High School, is currently an advisor for the Millburn Arts Advisory Committee. She attended NYU film school and upon graduation, Catherine worked as an assistant to an executive producer at Children’s Television Workshop, creators of Sesame Street and other memorable children’s programming. After that, Catherine began a 20 year journey in the art department for feature films, working as prop person and set decorator on “CASINO”, “THE SOPOANOS”, “THE AVIATOR”, “THE DEPARTED”, “MUSIC AND LYRICS”, “SHUTTER ISLAND” and “BOARDWALK EMPIRE”, among dozens of others. Recently she was the executive producer of the animated Christmas special “THE ELF ON A SHELF, AN ELF’S STORY,” already on it’s way to becoming a Christmas classic.

Millburn Arts Advisory Chairwoman, Laraine Brennan Barach has lived with her family and volunteered in Millburn Short Hills for 40 years. After careers in film and television production in New York, Ms. Barach relocated to Millburn and became active in many New Jersey based volunteer positions in Millburn PTO’s, Maplewood Board of Education; Seton Hall University Theater in the Round. Laraine established the Millburn Short Hills AP art scholarship with AAC Member support 11 years ago. 
She is a past member of SAG, AFTRA & Actors Equity. 
 She has worked with Martin Scorsese, Cathy Scorsese on industry projects, and the New York Art Students League & Morris Museum.

Township resident, Amy McGovern is currently the Arts Advisory Vice Chair. While working as a public defender, Amy has worked as a mosaic artist, and has studied photography in Costa Rica (School of the World) and at NJ Center for Visual Arts. She is currently studying multiple media under the professional artist Anne Kullaf.

Orna Greenberg, AAC member/Curator, award-winning artist and graphic designer. Orna has a BFA in Graphic Design from Tyler School of Art, Temple University. A member of The Art Students League of New York City and NJ Plein Air Painters. She has studied and participated in workshops in the US, Canada and Europe. Orna paints in oil and watercolor as well as working in ceramics. She has worked as a substitute Art Teacher in North Plainfield and Millburn since 2006. Orna has been a resident of Millburn since 2000, when she moved here from Toronto and a member of the AAC since 2006.

Andrew is MHS graduate and longtime resident of Short Hills. He is an art dealer, painter, and a founding member of the Millburn Art Advisory Committee. He is an avid collector of fine art and mentor of young artists and works on the Millburn Art Committee school programs.

Victoria Plummer has a passion for sharing the world of art with the public, through education and public programs. This started in film school, when she was one of the founding members of NextFrame international film festival and continues on today with her creation of the Six Week Film Festival at Millburn Library. She also enjoys volunteer work promoting the arts in South Mountain Elementary School, working as Marketing Director for Susan Frei Nathan Fine Works on Paper, and teaching art classes at The Messy Artist. Victoria is the Millburn Arts Advisory Committee Publicity Chair, Webmaster, and Children’s Film Festival Curator. With a background in film, video and printmaking, Victoria enjoys creating art in her spare time and spending time with her family here in Millburn.

Donna Davis is resident of Millburn Township for the past 37 years. She has taken both active and leadership roles in the past South Mountain School PTO/PTA and local Civic Association. Donna’s personal interest in art, greater free time, and awareness of the Millburn Arts Advisory’s many activities focused on expanding the arts in Millburn, have fostered her move to offer service to this Committee. She has participated in the Appraisal Events in 2008-2010 and continues to support our young artists through the Committee’s AP Art Scholarship program event.

Judith Kramer Esq. is an attorney in Millburn and a town resident. She is former president of the Rotary International Millburn/Chatham chapter and was chosen to receive the prestigious Paul Harris Fellow award. Judith was formerly on the board of the Millburn Red Cross and a big sister in the Morris County Big Brothers/Big Sisters organization. Currently she has been elected to the board of the Downtown Millburn Development Alliance, Art Advisory Committee and Senior Citizens Committee. She enjoys film, oil painting and yoga. Most of all, she likes to attend charity functions for the Colon Cancer Association and help others in need.

Kathi Hecht is resident of Millburn for 25 years. She has a B.S. in Art Education and has taught art at many levels in after school programs in town and neighboring school districts. Art has always been a part of her life whether creating stained glass designs, masks, puppets, weaving, marquetry, or jewelry design. Her desire to see art as a more integral part of a student’s life has led her to work with the Millburn Arts Advisory Committee.

“We are so lucky to have so much talent right here in Millburn and I’m so happy we can help the high school auditorium get much needed equipment with the funds raised at this event!” said Lynn Farscht, Film Fest Co-Chair. Contact Millburn Film Fest event chairs Lynn Farscht & Alyssa Russo at millburnfimfest@gmail.com