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MEET THE 2018 FILM FEST JUDGES

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.

Andrew Permison, Laraine Brennan-Barach, Donna Davis, Kathi Hecht, & Victoria Plummer

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.

 

 

ED FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES JUDGES FOR THE 6th ANNUAL MILLBURN FILM FEST

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.

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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

 

Millburn Film Festival Announces Judges for Its Fifth Anniversary

By Joyce Kaffel
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“Build it, and they will come” might have been the thought lurking in the minds of township residents Lynn Farscht and Alyssa Russo when six years ago, they had the idea to start a Millburn Film Festival. The two women were enjoying themselves at “Millburn Schools Rock,” a fundraising event for the Millburn/Short Hills Education Foundation. “We should start a film festival for the kids,” Lynn said to Alyssa, after both were spellbound by a terrific student-made rap video shown at the event.
Now, celebrating its fifth year as a result of the dedication of Film Fest Co-Chairs Farscht and Russo, the Millburn Film Festival is getting ready to roll once more, paving the way to the festival’s Red Carpet Premiere where the judges’ picks will be shown on April 1st at 7 p.m. at Millburn High School. An encore presentation will be held on April 6th at the Clearview Millburn Cinema at 11 a.m.
The Film Fest, also a fundraiser for the Education Foundation, is being sponsored on the Academy Award level by Karen Bigos and Daniel Cannizzo of Towne Realty Group and by the Gonnella Team on the Studio level.
All student film submissions are due by February 22nd. Students ranging from sixth to twelfth grade are welcome to submit their work with a limit of two submissions per student. The length of the film submissions ranges from three to fifteen minutes.
This year’s slate of jurors represents individuals from various professional backgrounds including those with high profile media experience. In order to serve as a festival judge, each juror must be either an alumnus of the Millburn school system or currently live in town. Many of them serve on the Millburn Advisory Arts Committee.

There are nine people on the judge’s bench this time around:

Actor John C. McGinley was raised in Millburn. Currently, he lives in L.A. with his family. He has most recently landed a role opposite Danny Glover in the romantic comedy, The Good Catholic. In addition, McGinley has completed production on the upcoming feature films, The Belko Experiment and Rounding Thir He’s played characters in over sixty films, such as Platoon, Wall Street, Nixon, and Highlander II. He executive produced and starred opposite John Cusack in HBO’s Western classic, The Jack Bull. McGinley is well known for his role as Dr. Perry Cox in the Emmy nominated comedy series, Scrubs. In theater, he was featured in Requiem for a Heavyweight, The Ballad of Soapy Smith, and Talk Radio. McGinley starred in Glengarry Glen Ross appearing with Al Pacino and Bobby Cannivale. JCM headshot.jpg-2-2

Chip Todd has lived in Millburn for the past 26 years. He’s a Broadcast Television Executive with NBC Universal in New York City. At this time, he is Vice-President in the Broadcast Network Operations department. His work involves coordination with the Broadcast Operations hub at NBC and actively communicating on-air plans as they unfold live with all 235 NBC stations across the country. As a Millburn resident, he has coached Millburn Little League and has served on the Millburn High School Basketball Booster Club.FullSizeRender-3-3

All the following jurors serve on the Millburn Advisory Arts Committee:

Catherine Scorcese is a Millburn High School graduate. She attended NYU film school. Her background includes experience in children’s programming at the Children’s Television Workshop. Her love of children’s literature led her to executive produce The Elf on the Shelf, an Elf’s Story, an animated film that is becoming a Christmas movie tradition for the young at heart. She’s worked as a prop person and set decorator on Casino, The Sopranos, The Aviator, The Departed, Music and Lyrics, Shutter Island, Boardwalk Empire and many other productions. Now she’s working on Vinyl, a new HBO series to premiere on February 14th.image
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Laraine Brennan Barach is AAC Chairwoman. She has lived in the township and volunteered for many organization in the area for the past 41 years. Before she lived here, her career was in film and television production in New York. Eight years ago, she established the AP art scholarship with AAC member support. Laraine has collaborated with Martin Scorcese and Cathy Scorcese on industry projects and has worked at the New York Art Students League and Morris Museum. She is a former member of SAG, Aftra and Actors Equity.

Amy McGovern, AAC Vice- Chair is a public defender. She is currently studying multiple media under professional artist Anne Kullaf.

Donna Davis, AAC member, has lived in Millburn for the past 37 years. She has taken leadership roles in South Mountain School PTO/PTA and local Civic Association. Her interest in art has motivated her to serve on the committee.

Andrew Permison is a founding member of the AAC. He graduated from MHS and resides In Short Hills. Andrew is an art dealer and painter, and an avid art collector. He mentors young artists through his work on the Millburn Art Committee school programs.

Kathi Hecht has lived in Millburn for 25 years. She has a B.S. in Art Education. Kathi has taught many levels of art in after school programs locally. She was inspired to join the committee to promote art as an important part of students’ lives.

Victoria Plummer, AAC Publicity Chair, received an MFA in Film and Media Arts from Temple University. She’s worked as an editor for television and in the editing department for feature films. Victoria has recently been involved in bringing the Six Week Film Festival to the Millburn Library. She helped start the UFVA International Student Film Festival, now called NextFrame.

Judith Kramer is an attorney in Millburn and a town resident. She has currently been elected to the board of the Downtown Millburn Development Alliance, Art Advisory Committee and Senior Citizens Committee.

The judges are looking forward to viewing the creative works of Millburn students on the festival’s milestone fifth year.