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 7th year! Judges for 2018 are Michael Klein, David Koh, Cathy Scorsese, Laraine Brennan Barach, Amy McGovern, Victoria Plummer, Orna Greenberg, Andrew Permison, Donna Davis, Kathi Hecht, and Judith Kramer. This year Millburn Film Fest is pleased to honor judge Laraine Brennan-Barach with the Krueger-Rhodes Award honoring her for her dedication to art education in the community.
MEET THE JUDGES:
Michael Klein is a documentary, narrative, and commercial producer. After graduating from Millburn High School in 2005 he went on to receive a BA in Cinema-Television Production from the University of Southern California. In 2016, Michael founded the production company Circadian Pictures and has produced and directed commercials for clients such as AT&T, American Express, Viacom, Puma, Google, Apple, Target, Coors, and Beats by Dre. Michael produced the award-winning documentary “Romeo is Bleeding”, directed by Jason Zeldes, the short film “The Deal” written and directed by Danny Kaminsky and executive produced by Joss Whedon, and the short film “Dog Food” which premiered at the 2014 SXSW film festival, directed by Brian Crano, starring Amanda Seyfried, Cory Michael Smith, and David Craig. He also executive produced Crano’s most recent feature film “Permission” starring Rebecca Hall and Dan Stevens that premiered at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival and will be in theaters in early 2018.
David Koh graduated from Millburn High School in 2009. In his teenage years, he began learning filmmaking and photography as well as studied art in the Millburn High School AP Art program for 3 years. From 2011 to 2015, David attended New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and went on to receive a B.F.A. in Film and TV Production. Some of his notable projects include: “Molly and the Moon” (2014), “Lady in Lavender” (2016) which went on to screen with the Tokyo Lift-Off Film Festival, “Been Waiting” (2017) – a music video for the electro-pop artist Computer Magic, and “Bare” (2015) – a short that went on to win awards at the 72 Hour Film Shootout and screened at New Filmmakers NY and the Asian American International Film Festival. For photography, David has been accepted in The Print Swap Project by Feature Shoot as well as having his work recognized by the International Photo Awards. After college, David joined Through the Lens Entertainment Inc. (TTL) – an upstart production and IP development company working in the film and entertainment industry. Influenced by the rise of new technology and its potential for art and storytelling, David’s creative output takes the shape of multi-media art pieces. Working under the pseudonym CELLESTIAL and Cellestial Studios (@cellestialstudios), he explores the intersection of art, technology, and narrative. He is most interested in themes relating to cultural identity, urban isolation, and the effects of digital culture. David is based in Brooklyn and in his spare time enjoys hip-hop dancing, writing, and trying new cuisines.
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 her 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. She was the executive producer of the animated Christmas special “THE ELF ON A SHELF, AN ELF’S STORY,” already becoming a Christmas classic.
The Millburn-Short Hills Arts Advisory Committee’s 20 year mission has been to enhance and advance the arts in Millburn Township. 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. For 10 years under the guidance of Laraine Brennan Barach, Art Advisory has sponsored the highly acclaimed Millburn/Short Hills Art Advisory Scholarship for Millburn High School Students. Laraine is the recipient of this years Krueger-Rhodes award which is given to individuals who enhance education in the arts and film at Millburn.
THIS YEAR’S RECIPIENT OF THE KRUEGER-RHODES AWARD: Millburn Arts Advisory Chairwoman, Laraine Brennan Barach has lived with her family and volunteered in Millburn Short Hills for over 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 12 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. She is currently studying multiple media under the professional artist Anne Kullaf. She has been a member of the art committee since 2007 and a township resident for over 20 years.
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 an MFA in Film and the Media Arts from Temple University and previously worked as an editor for television and in the editing department of feature films. She also has a great love of festivals , helping to start the UFVA International Film Festival (now called NextFrame) while in graduate school and more recently bringing the Six Week Film Festival to the Millburn Library. Victoria is a member of Millburn Arts Advisory Committee since 2010 and serves as the Publicity Chair, Webmaster, and Children’s Film Festival Curator.
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
Kathi Hecht is resident resident of Short Hills for 28 years. She has a BS in Art Education and has taught art at many levels in the Millburn school system and South Orange/Maplewood school system. Additionally, she worked in Special Education. Art has always been a part of her life whether creating glass fused fish, paper mache masks, puppets, marquetry scenes, stained glass lamps or jewelry designs using her glass beads (lampwork). Kathi has been teaching for 15 years Mask Making and Puppet Making at the South Orange/Maplewood Adult School Program.
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.