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27th Annual SSOF Judging Panel

The Palm Beaches Student Showcase of Films is proud to present the dynamic panel of 50 industry professionals from around the globe who will judge this year’s submissions.

Categories:
Animation | Music Video | Documentary | Screenwriting | Poster Design | Education PSA | Commercial/PSA | Environmental PSA | College Feature/Short | High School Feature/Short |  Burt Reynolds Scholarship 


Animation



Cedrick Dawson
has a passion to inspire the younger generation of artists to be future story-tellers and leaders in the field of traditional and digital arts.  He received his master’s in computer animation and special effects in 2006 from Digital Media Arts College. Cedrick taught digital arts at G-Star School of the Arts for 8 years and seeks to share his passion locally and globally via Dawson Digital Art School, a head start program that provides students with the tools they need to develop their skills and to make a career out of what they love.

 

 

Adam Howard is regarded as an accomplished visual magician, supervising, and creating high end visual effects, animation and design work for the motion picture and television industry in both the USA and Australia. His career spans over 30 years with 4 Primetime EMMY Awards and nine nominations. He also won 11 International Monitor Awards and has been honored twice by the AICP for visual effects and animation and was a nominated for the Visual Effects Society Awards in the theme park attractions category for Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. Adam was senior visual effects compositing supervisor on the Academy Award Nominated visual effects and animation for Armageddon and was Co-Visual Effects Supervisor on Rush Hour 3, His recent work can be seen in The Social Network, Unknown, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn I & II, Tower Heist, Last Vegas, and Birdman.

Dean Lyon has spent more than 25 years collaborating with cutting-edge directors, studios, production and post-production facilities and technology developers throughout the world. He is passionate about transforming visual storytelling through technology. Lyon’s career has included roles as producer, director, visual effects supervisor and CEO, leading innovative work such as pioneering computer graphics (CGI) for film and television, serving at Boss Film Studio, Industrial Light and Magic (ILM), Computer Film Company (CFC) da Vinci Systems and creating several start-up ventures. In 2000, Dean journeyed to New Zealand and for five years led the start-up of Oktobor, which made international news with its contribution to Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy. Lyon received credits on all three films as a visual effects supervisor, and he was elected to the Visual Effects Society (VES) in Hollywood in 2004 in recognition of this and his VFX supervisor roles on Without a Paddle, Spooked and Bogeyman.

 

Chris Ryan was born and raised in Jupiter where he was the only graduate of the ill-fated Digital Domain Institute. Shortly after, he moved to Los Angeles and collaborated with Dreamworks Animation, Lionsgate, and Netflix, and eventually took a job with Jordan Peele. From his time with Jordan, he worked on Key & Peele, Keanu, and most notably, Get Out earning his first producer credit. Since then, he has transitioned into writing and directing, and helmed his first short film, A Better You! As well as starting his own South Florida production company, Deft Touch Productions.

 

John Thomason is the managing editor of the award-winning Boca Raton and Delray Beach magazines. He also serves as arts and entertainment editor and features writer covering Arts & Entertainment for Bocamag.com. He contributes freelance film reviews for Palm Beach Arts Paper and theatre reviews for Florida Theater On Stage. He is a voting member of the Florida Film Critics Circle and has served as a judge for Carbonell Awards, honoring excellence in South Florida theatre.

 

Monte Young is a producer and writer and recently partnered with Mana Entertainment to develop an animated educational series for children.  He is currently producing a medical reality show for television that explores Chinese and western medical practices.

 


Music Video



Jesse Friedman
is a television editor who currently resides in Los Angeles. He graduated from Dreyfoos School of the Arts in 1997 and worked at the Palm Beach County Film & Television Commission as an intern the following year. Since arriving in Los Angeles, Jesse has edited countless episodes of television projects and series. The most notable shows include The Black Dahlia Murder, Paranormal State and Barter Kings for A&E, most recently four episodes of  Vanderpump Rules and Hunting Hitler for History Channel.


Vanilla Ice
parlayed his love of poetry into music had a number one hit Ice, Ice Baby at a very young age. His career has expanded to include writing and acting with over 30 titles on IMDb, including the Adam Sandler comedies That's My Boy and The Ridiculous Six.  His biggest mainstream resurgence, hosting the series The Vanilla Ice Project for nine seasons on the DIY Network, and recording a debut single with Jedward, Under Pressure (Ice, Ice Baby), a mash-up of the two songs. At the 2011 Gathering of the Juggalos, it was announced that Vanilla Ice had signed to Psychopathic Records.

 

Michael Orland is thrilled to have been a part of the mega-hit TV show American Idol for 16 seasons as the Pianist, Arranger, Vocal Coach and Associate Musical Director for FOX and ABC. In between he served as  Music Director/vocal coach on Little Big Shots and Forever Young hosted by Steve Harvey. Michael has appeared on Oprah, Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood and Ellen.  He has collaborated with music industry giants such as Burt Bacharach, Neil Sedaka, Diane Warren, Elton John, Dolly Parton, Harry Connick Jr, Jennifer Lopez, and Keith Urban all as a result of American Idol.

 

Hal Rosenfeld is a percussionist, composer, arranger, and orchestrator whose work can be heard in over 50 films, television shows, and video games. As a drummer and percussionist, Hal can be heard on projects including The Greatest Showman, The Hate U Give, Netflix's A Series of Unfortunate Events, ABC's The Mayor, and the Robert De Niro/Zac Efron film Dirty Grandpa. As a composer, arranger, and orchestrator, he contributed to Robin Hood, Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G., Quantico, Need for Speed Payback, Apple's iOS "Photos" app, and Wolf Warrior 2. Rosenfeld is currently living in Los Angeles.


Ryan Shore
is a 2x Emmy Award and Grammy Award nominated composer, songwriter, music director, and conductor for film, television, virtual reality, games, records, concerts, events, and theater. Shore was Assistant Music Director and Contributing Composer / Arranger / Orchestrator for the 87th Academy Awards. Shore’s scoring credits include Star Wars: Galaxy of Adventures (Lucasfilm), Star Wars: Forces of Destiny (Lucasfilm), The Not-Too-Late Show with Elmo (HBO Max), and the Lin-Manuel Miranda movie musical In The Heights (additional music, Warner Bros). 

 


Documentary


Christopher Cobb holds a Theater Arts degree from Florida School of the Arts, and a Bachelor of Arts from Florida Atlantic University. He served as Manager of Media Technology for Palm Beach State College for almost a decade before joining the Palm Beach County Film & Television Commission. Christopher recently transitioned to The Education Network. His work has been published by Darkwater Syndicate which delivered the re-release of his first novel, A Moon Called Sun, and his second book, The Slant Six. Both novels received critical acclaim as well as praise from New York Times best-selling author Piers Anthony. Christopher recently served on the Board of Directors of the Florida Writer's Association and is a member of the South Florida Writers Association and the Bloody Pens Writers Group.

 


Eric Gordon
is an award winning director and producer and has worked on major feature films and music videos, serving as cinematographer and associate producer. Over the past six years, he has produced, shot, and directed the feature length documentary, When All That’s Left Is Love. It is an emotionally gripping film about his aging mother’s determination – against nearly impossible odds - to care for her Alzheimer’s husband at home and by herself. The film gives viewers an unprecedented, behind-the-scenes understanding of a medical dilemma that currently has no cure – and depends heavily on the heroic tenacity and love of the Alzheimer’s caregivers. Gordon holds a Master of Fine Arts in Film Production from the University of Miami, as well as a Certificate in Documentary Arts from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. His non-profit fiscal sponsor is the well-known group, From the Heart Productions.

 


Nicollee Inguagiato
is a cultured global educator with many years of experience working in the film industry. She has a degree in education curriculum design. Living and working in New York, California, Hawaii, South America, and other locations, her career in education continues to allow her the unique opportunity to spend much of her life in and around the film industry. It is her life's joy and passion to build a kinder world through the lasting impacts of her work in education, connecting humanity and the art of filmmaking.

 

 

 

 


Suzanne Niedland
is an award-winning filmmaker, actor and Broadway producer. Ms. Niedland serves on boards of The Palm Beach County Film and Television Commission, The Cultural Council for Palm Beach County, The International Committee for the Performing Arts, and The President’s Advisory Council at The Kennedy Center as well as DeVos Institute for Arts Management.

 

 


Screenwriting



Hal Cantor
writes for television, film, theater and fiction. His comedy, To Hal & Back, was optioned by Sony Pictures. He wrote for Fusion channel's acclaimed special, The Naked Truth- Dirty Little Secrets, which broke The Panama Papers story. Prior to that, his drama pilot, Mouthpiece for Fox TV and The Lake Effect, a one-hour drama pilot for Showtime, with Emmy-winning director Scott Winant. Hal also teaches television at London Film School and has been a featured lecturer and workshop presenter worldwide.

 


Michael Chasin
is a South Florida screenwriter and award winning filmmaker with experience in writing, directing, editing and producing as well as screenplay consulting and film festival founder. Michael’s passion for film has led him into the classroom where he teaches classes on screenwriting and film finance, marketing and distribution. In addition to being a film school graduate, Michael holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. In his spare time, Michael reads widely, severely neglects his lawn and exercises just enough to delude himself that he is still in black belt shape.

 

 

Kim Festa Gelnaw is currently focused on writing children’s picture books and is developing episodic programming based on her book, LetZooLunch. Her past professional life included working for Oscar-winning film producer Stanley Jaffe. During her 20 year tenure, she worked with creative executives and studio staff at Paramount Pictures and Sony Studios and was promoted to Executive Assistant to Mr. Jaffe in his role as President & Chief Operating Officer at Paramount Communications (now Viacom International). Other pursuits include work as a residential interior designer.  Kim currently lives in Tequesta, she is married and has twin boys.

 

 


Poster Design



Rolando Barrero
is an America born artist and graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago 1990 where he was awarded a Ryerson Fellowship. Rolando has been creating work for over 40 years and is most known as a multi-media artist. He has been recognized as one of the nine most intriguing persons in the regional arts, one of the top green trailblazers, and has received a Congressional Letter of Commendation for his contributions to the advancement of the arts and was recognized locally as an Outstanding Cultural Leader by the Cultural Council for Palm Beach County. He is a Florida native and currently resides in West Palm Beach.

 

Adrienne Mazzone is the president of TransMedia Group a full service public relations firm specializing in entertainment. Adrienne oversees both its domestic and expanding international operations, adding new and innovative services such as the product distribution division, licensed talent agency, Madden Talent, and she is editor of Dietary Supplement News.  Her successes created an entertainment route to market properties in film and film festival arena, spearheading PR for the then iconic Palm Beach International Film Festival and Israeli Film Festival. 

 

Scott Glinski is a native of Michigan and moved to West Palm Beach to attend Northwood University where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration in the field of entertainment, sports, and promotion management. He joined the Palm Beach County Sports Commission in 2007. As the Senior Business Development Manager, he has extensive experience in marketing and advertising including website content, in-house design and national publications. Scott has found innovative solutions to grow tourism in The Palm Beaches and enjoys working with events and projects including The Honda Classic, Winter Equestrian Festival, NCAA Golf National Championships, and the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award which is given annually to the nation’s best place-kicker in Division I collegiate football.  

 

 


Mary Murray
is the executive editor at Palm Beach Media Group, where she works on Palm Beach Illustrated, Naples Illustrated, Fort Lauderdale Illustrated and Jupiter magazines, , She holds an English/creative writing degree from Florida State University and a master’s in arts journalism from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. She previously worked at Town & Country magazine and served as a contributing reporter at the Charleston Post & Courier, covering the Spoleto Arts Festival. She frequently writes personality profiles and travel articles for PBMG and also covers the arts for Palm Beach Illustrated, including managing their online arts blog.

 

 


Greg Ross
is the owner and director of Time In Media, a communications media company specializing in brand awareness with a focus on messaging, storytelling and photography for documentary film work. He serves as executive producer for Art Adventures of The Palm Beaches and is passionate about giving back and making a difference with causes that are important and relevant for today’s global issues. He has an extensive background in photography and served as a Creative Uses Consultant for Polaroid Corp, Lecturer for Fuji USA and as a Beta Tester for Fuji Professional Products. His current affiliations include the Board of Directors, Palm Beach County Film & Television Commission and the National Press Photographers Association.

 


Education PSA


Christopher Cobb holds a Theater Arts degree from Florida School of the Arts, and a Bachelor of Arts from Florida Atlantic University. He served as Manager of Media Technology for Palm Beach State College for almost a decade before joining the Palm Beach County Film & Television Commission. Christopher recently transitioned to The Education Network. His work has been published by Darkwater Syndicate which delivered the re-release of his first novel, A Moon Called Sun, and his second book, The Slant Six. Both novels received critical acclaim as well as praise from New York Times best-selling author Piers Anthony. Christopher recently served on the Board of Directors of the Florida Writer's Association and is a member of the South Florida Writers Association and the Bloody Pens Writers Group.


Alicia Haywood
is founder of The iSpeakMedia Foundation and an award-winning producer who has been working in the professional media industry for 27 years. Her credits include: iHeartMedia, How Stuff Works, Fusion TV, Microsoft’s AltspaceVR, OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network, Oprah Radio, Onion Studios, AOL/TechCrunch, ABC Radio Networks, The Style Network, The History Channel, LiveNation, Intel, and SiriusXM.

 

Horace Buddoo is  an author, speaker, education consultant, speaker, coach and educator. For the past 19 years, he has worked in multiple facets of education which includes teaching, professional development, curriculum writing, mentorship, and education leadership on local, state, national and international levels. He has served on the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) Mathematics Achievement Level Description Panel, the Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) Standard Setting Educator Panel, and the FSA Mathematics Item Content Review Panel. He was selected by Legacy Magazine as one of South Florida's "40 under 40" Honorees for his leadership in education. Horace has a passion for the arts and how storytelling through visual media can support educational outcomes.

 


Commercial/PSA



Ric Blackwell
is an anchor/reporter for the Palm Beach County School District’s Education Network.  Ric co-hosts “Spotlight on Education” which airs Saturdays at 9:30 am on WXEL-TV (PBS for the Palm Beaches). Ric’s education stories also air every week on CBS 12.  Ric and his wife Meredith have four children Taylor, Owen, Charlie and Drew.  

Ellen Jacoby is founder and President of Ellen Jacoby Casting International, she has employed over 250,000 Florida actors, dancers, performers through the years. She finds time to lecture; teach and coach acting classes and is the VP of FFPC. She has worked with a who’s who of Hollywood directors, including Steven Soderbergh, Joel Schumacher, Sidney Pollack, The Farrelly Bros., Bob Zemekis, Ron Howard, Mike Nicols, Michael Bay, Randa Haines, Tom Shadyac, Martin Scorsese, Tim Burton, Garry Marshall, John Landis, James Cameron, Joe Roth, Mira Nair and Tony Scott. Ellen is a Miami native, raised in New Jersey and made her way back to Florida. She is a former professional singer and dancer and travelled the world as an international backgammon champion.


Lawnette Mundy
is originally from Philadelphia but raised in sunny South Florida, her love for production stems from attending arts schools in Palm Beach County. A Communications major through and through, Lawnette attended BAK Middle School of the Arts, A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts, and the University of Central Florida for her bachelor's and master's degrees. After graduation, Lawnette joined the Olympusat, Inc. team and has served several integral roles throughout the years. She is currently producing & editing for Olympusat Entertainment. Their work has earned a dozen prestigious awards. The ability to create a compelling piece by taking a project from conception through post-production is Lawnette's dream come true.

 

 

Rochelle Walters is the owner of the Indie-Art Houses: The Movies of Delray and The Movies of Lake Worth in Palm Beach County. She prides herself in featuring the very best of blockbuster, art, independent, and foreign films, and delivering an exceptional theater experience that is accessible to all. Along with operating the business, Rochelle’s primary role is carefully navigating theater release schedules and selecting films with the most meaningful and intriguing composition of story, characters, tone, and artistry. Rochelle understands that the film selection process is both intuitive and strategic. She knows that watching films on the big screen has the power to educate, entertain, and inspire audiences of all ages. The theater business is truly Rochelle’s labor of love.

 


Environmental PSA


Jason Andreotta is the District Director of the Southeast District of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Prior to being promoted to District Director, he served as the Southeast District’s Assistant Director and was responsible for overseeing the Compliance Assurance Program, which includes compliance and enforcement activities for the air, waste, and water programs; and oversight of Emergency Response for pollution threats.  He started with the Department in 2003 and previously served as Program Administrator for the Environmental Resource Permitting Program, responsible for all permitting, compliance and enforcement. Jason was born and raised in New Jersey and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Earth & Environmental Science from Lehigh University.

 

Joyce Belloise is the VP of Content & Community Partnerships at South Florida PBS.  A third generation South Floridian, Joyce has written and produced content for public television for over 20 years.  From local public affairs discussions to magazine shows, from wildlife programs to a travel series and internationally distributed documentaries. She also produced one of WPBT's signature series - Check, Please! South Florida,  and documentary, Taste the Florida Keys with Chef Michelle Bernstein. Joyce oversees a team of producers, videographers, editors, and interactive staff at South Florida PBS. She has earned 8 regional Emmy Awards and recently served two terms on the Board of the Suncoast Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.


Jay Cashmere
has worked for WPTV as a reporter and anchor for 20 years anchoring the evening news on WPTV, The Now at 6:30 pm and the 10 pm news on WFLX Fox 29. Over the years he has won multiple Associated Press awards along with 14 nominations for Emmy awards many for his stories focusing on ocean conservation and the environment. Jay was born and raised in New Orleans and has a Broadcasting degree with minors in English and Geography.

 

 


James Currie
is one of the most recognizable faces in wildlife in North America. James hosts and produces the popular birding TV show, Nikon’s Birding Adventures, airing on Discovery Channel’s Destination America. He also hosted the popular action-birding show Aerial Assassins on National Geographic WILD, and appeared as himself in the reality birding show, Twitchers, that aired on the Nat Geo Channel. He has led professional wildlife and birding tours for over 15 years and his passion for birding, adventure and remote cultures has taken him to nearly every corner of the globe. James consulted for and provided footage for the Hollywood birding feature film, The Big Year, starring Steve Martin and Jack Black.


Linda Moreno
is the executive director of Keep Palm Beach County Beautiful, a non-profit, volunteer-based organization that serves as Palm Beach County’s affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and Keep Florida Beautiful. She attended Palm Beach State College and has worked for the Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County since 2003. She has extensive knowledge in litter abatement, illegal dumping, neighborhood beautification, community service initiatives, waste prevention, and recycling. Linda uses her strong leadership skills coupled with dynamic vision to give back and serve in various capacities.


Benji Studt
has been with the Palm Beach County Department of Environmental Resources Management since 2006. He serves as the Environmental Program Supervisor in ERM's Outreach Section. In addition, his experience includes wetland mitigation administration, and designing, permitting and managing restoration projects on County natural areas. He also assists with biological monitoring and prescribed fire activities. Benji launched photography workshops for students and strives to raise awareness of the County’s natural areas, their native habitats, the wildlife that uses them, and the countless photographic and recreational opportunities that they provide. The program has evolved into the Adventure Awaits series of free guided events introducing our Natural Areas. Outside the office, Mr. Studt is a passionate conservationist and nature photographer, aspiring to inspire others to connect with the outdoors.  

 


College Feature/Short



JC Cummings
is the founder of The Motion Picture Company and has provided long term production and camera support to Disney, Universal and Jim Henson to name a few. His is a showrunner for television projects and producer for cinema production. Known as a master of moving shots and owner of several television series and motion picture projects. He is a Certified Steadicam owner/operator and has worked under the direction of Robert Wise, John Landis, Michael Mann, Michael Eisner, Jim Henson, Ron Howard and more. He is an independent force for distribution platforms, digital formats, cinema development, creative production techniques and modern equipment enhancements.


Michael Jordan
has worked in the industry for 20 years, contributing to the success of the acclaimed series Forensic Files. Having directed over 275 episodes, he pushed creative boundaries by incorporating high-energy action and stunt sequences into the show. His experience in coordinating moving vehicles helped him develop into a successful Director/DP of car commercials and stunt driving sequences for film and TV. He trained with Filmotechnic’s Sci-Tech Academy Award Winning RUSSIAN ARM SYSTEM and is one of the top operators in the world, shooting feature films, television shows and commercials. His credits include Stranger Things, Bloodline, The Walking Dead, We’re the Millers, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: End Game.


Mike Kennedy
is a world-class motorcycle stunt rider, skydiver and aircraft daredevil, with a need for speed and danger. A high-end recovery expert, weapons trader and Animal Zoologist, Mike finds himself all over the globe, often with potentially deadly altercations brewing right outside his door. Normally working solo, but sometimes with a small and seasoned crew, Mike - who can fly just about anything - is deft with flight permits, fuel stops, customs issues, import, export and capturing the elusive log-book for Discovery channel’s Airplane Repo. His kids grown and his youth behind him, a voice in his head dogs Mike to get the most out of life.


Kelsey Scott
began her career in the theatre scene of her hometown of Atlanta and is a two-time Emmy-nominated actress and screenwriter.  Best known for her role as Anne Northup in the Oscar-winning 12 Years A Slave and her two-season arc as Wes Gibbins’ mother, Rose, on How to Get Away With Murder, her credits also include: Insecure, NCIS, Grey's Anatomy, True Detective, and Army Wives.  Kelsey is a firm believer in the power of artistic expression as an avenue to personal and educational growth, and joins Ty Burrell as a Celebrity Ambassador for Kids in the Spotlight  - a non-profit organization that enlists professional filmmakers to train foster care youth to create, write, cast and star in their own short films.


Kevin Sharpley
is the President/CEO of Kijik Multimedia Inc. a production company specializing in integrated, branded and convergent media and development. He is also Executive Director of CineVisun TransMedia a non-profit that supports independent film, media and entertainment industries. His range of work includes films, television, documentary, commercial, music video, multi-media and event video production. In addition, he is an actor and artist and holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami with a dual major in motion pictures and psychology in addition to an Associates of Arts degree from Miami Dade College and was inducted into the Miami Dade College Alumni Hall of Fame in 2014.


Sam Tedesco
has spent his career searching the world for dramatically beautiful settings for film and television productions of all sizes and budgets. Starting with the television series Miami Vice, his credits include Pirates of the Caribbean 5, 22 Jump Street, Rock of Ages, Marley & Me, Bad Boys, Any Given Sunday, 2 Fast 2 Furious, True Lies and There’s Something About Mary.  Tedesco and Captain Sandy Yawn of the Bravo TV reality show Below Deck Mediterranean are currently partnered in developing a movie based on her real life experience of being rescued from Somali pirates by the US Navy after a fire and explosion left her and her crew drifting off the coast of Yemen while delivering a brand new mega yacht from France to Dubai.

 


High School Feature/Short



Jack Backhus
is an award-winning producer, director, editor and audio engineer. He is a graduate of Full Sail University and has been involved with productions for major networks such as Fox News, NBC, CNN and ESPN and other networks. After several years of working for The Education Network and PBS for the Palm Beaches, Jack moved to Nashville and started Brockzilla Productions where he creates video profiles and packages for Music City Eats, The Animal Planet, Coach Michael Burt and other clients. Jack and his wife Cara are also the owners of Breathe Easy Salt Rooms in Tennessee.

 

Louise Levison, President of Business President of Business Strategies, has been a highly respected financial consultant in the entertainment industry specializing in the creation of film business plans. Her clients have raised money for low-budget films such as The Blair Witch Project, the most profitable independent film in history, and for companies raising money slates of films.  She is the author of Filmmakers & Financing: Business Plans for Independents. The book is the inspiration for the feature documentary Movie Money CONFIDENTIAL in which Levison is interviewed for which she was the technical advisor. She also is editor of the monthly online newsletter The Film Entrepreneur: A Newsletter for the Independent Filmmaker and Investor which is available for free at moviemoney.com.  


Jane Rumbaua
is an actor, award winning director and photographer. She was born in the Philippines and moved to America at the age of 5. Known for The Falcon and The Winter Soldier (Marvel/Disney+), The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (HBO), Chateau Vato ( HBO),  MacGyver (CBS) and Star Crossed (CW Network). She began acting in college when she earned a theater scholarship at Jacksonville State College. She quickly earned her SAG card, with her 1st commercial audition for Burger King. Jane studied with Burt Reynolds as a student in his Master Acting class. Jane lives in Palm Beach Gardens, she enjoys cooking, working out, yoga, archery and mixed martial arts.

 




Shawn Zatorsky
 is a writer, producer and casting director. She hosts a Women in the Arts Empowerment social media group, and also conducts social media workshops is passionate about making Hollywood a more inclusive place.


Marc Zatorsky
 is a writer, producer, director and acting/improv instructor. Marc is a seasoned acting coach and taught at the Burt Reynolds Institute for Film and Television. Together with Shawnee Morell, under the banner of See-Worthy Films, created  InSanity, Florida  (2017), Day Dreamers (2011) and Tweet: The Series (2014). Marc and his wife Shawn are currently writing screenplays and honing their pitching skills.

 


Burt Reynolds Scholarship



Frank Eberling is a multi-award-winning film and television Writer, Producer, Director, and Cinematographer with over forty-four years’ experience in the field, producing thousands of film and television segments. In addition, Frank served as a high school English, drama, and filmmaking teacher for five years and a college filmmaking instructor for twenty-six years at Palm Beach State College. He has written/directed two full-length feature films that have been distributed internationally and is the author of six novels, five of which are available on Amazon.


EK Keratsis is a film and television producer of shows such as USA Network’s hit TV show Burn Notice and most recently two 2019 Miami Film Festival independent film picks: Vandal and Huracán. Currently residing in Miami, she is a former Massachusetts resident who has been around the world with film crews and on the road directing powerboat racing and professional wrestling. Co-author of the New England true crime bestseller Citizen Somerville, she is a lifelong scribe who took her inspiration for writing and love of words from the eclectic combination of childhood favorite Harriet The Spy and the adult provocateur Charles Bukowski.

 



Suzanne Niedland is an award-winning filmmaker, actor and Broadway producer. Ms. Niedland serves on boards of The Palm Beach County Film and Television Commission, The Cultural Council for Palm Beach County, The International Committee for the Performing Arts, and The President’s Advisory Council at The Kennedy Center as well as DeVos Institute for Arts Management.


Aaron Wells is an award winning veteran of the film, television, and video industries. He received his BA and MA with Honors in TV/Film Production at Michigan State University. Aaron has produced film and television projects throughout the US, Mexico, Caribbean, and Europe, and directed program content in both short and long format, single and multi-camera productions. Aaron's work has been featured on networks ranging from Showtime’s iN DEMAND to The Travel Channel, from PBS to CNBC. He’s worked with some of the best in the business including Burt Reynolds, Bill Cosby, and Bob Newhart. His work has garnered national honors including Addy, Aegis, Communicator, Telly and Vision awards.