Leah Shaw is an Actor, Writer, and Producer. She discovered her passion for filmmaking as a child shooting short films on her Father's VHS, and at the age of 16 became an award winning filmmaker for a documentary she shot that toured the festival circuit. Over the past decade she has lived in Los Angeles, New York, and London where she has worked in Theater, Television, Film, Commercials and Music Video's both in front and behind the camera. As an Actor she has appeared on Nickelodeon, CW, Fox, HBO, and many other network shows. For more about Leah Shaw go to her website:
Will has produced, written, and directed numerous award- winning films. He is a producer at Sunflower Films with Terrence Malick and Ed Pressman in L.A. His projects include executive producing the new IMAX film “Flatland: The Movie” (Martin Sheen & Kristen Bell), & directing the multi- award winning comedic feature entitled “Cake”. Will produced, “Rock Slyde”, (Patrick Warburton, Andy Dick, & Jason Alexander), “Clear Lake, WI”, (AMC theater limited release) and “The Appearing”, (Lionsgate release). Most recently, Will directed and produced the featureentitled, “Red Wing”, starring Bill Paxton, Frances Fisher and Luke Perry, which had a limited theatrical release (Warner Brothers Digital for On Demand).
Will is currently in post production on a film he produced and directed called “Trafficked” (Ashley Judd/Anne Archer). Additional recent producing- post-production credits include “Warning Shot” (Bruce Dern/James Earl Jones/David Spade), and “The Great Race” (Treat Williams, Bruce Davison, Henry Thomas). As an actor, Will has worked on over 40 films including: “The Thin Red Line”, “I Am Sam”, “Rules of Engagement”, “The New World”, “The Tree of Life”, and “Broke Sky” for which he received a best actor nomination from San Fran Indyfest. Will has also played roles on TV shows such as "Leverage", “Beverly Hills 90210” (both series), "Pensacola" and “Baywatch”. He was recently seen in the film “Detention” (Dane Cook, Josh Hutcherson) and"Doonby", both theatrically released and currently “On Demand”.
Founders & Judges
Matt Sloan is a VFX Supervisor from Queensland, Australia. Matt has been working in film for over 20 years, moving from practical special effects and animatronics into VFX 15 years ago. He has worked on over 40 feature films including The Hobbit, Avatar, District 9, The Avengers, Prometheus X-Men Days of Future Past. Recently he has completed work on The Martian and X-Men Apocalypse.
Emilia Uzunova Graduated in Films studies from Columbia University. She has Directed multiple Films and Music Videos, but mostly focusses on Producing with two Feature films under her belt and another two currently in Development. Her background includes working in The Film Distribution Market for Cannes. She also worked on The Dr. Phil show as the Story content developer for over a season. This is her second year with The SoCal Clips Indie Film Fest.
Hugh has been active in professional theatre, television and film for over 25 years. He has appeared on Broadway and at some of the nation’s most respected Regional theatres; he received a SAG Award nomination for Remember WENN on AMC. Since 2002 Hugh has been the Head of Acting at California State University Long Beach. He is the President of the Craftsmen of Dionysus: A Society of Acting Teachers, and offers ongoing classes at The Praxis Acting Studio in Culver City.
A 20 year industry veteran, Christian recently served as co-producer on two music videos for the metal band Slayer, production coordinated the highly anticipated Death House and produced the talk show pilot Rewind with Sean Whalen and Felissa Rose. He served as a producer on the features Bethany, Restoration, 2 Jennifer, Elwood Carlisle Superstar, Dead and Gone and Deadly Reunion, in which he was also a co-writer. In 2015, he directed a segment for the upcoming horror anthology, Virus of the Dead 2. He is also the producer of Blood Read Live, monthly staged readings of legendary unproduced horror screenplays in Los Angeles. His short films Hell’s Belles & The Summoners have garnered 35 film festival accolades.
Recent Emmy nominee; Terry worked as a focus-puller on several TV series, “Silk Stalkings”, “Push”, plus many more. He moved to camera operator on “Silk Stalkings”, and then to Director of Photography on a reality series called “Arrest & Trial”. Now Terry has several 100 episodes of TV under his belt such as Modern Marvels, Taboo, and Sand Masters. He Has also worked on numerous music videos,documentaries, and several award winning features. You can find his work on National Geographic, Discovery Ch, History Ch, VH1, among many others.
Jen is an award winning Director who has written, directed, and produced films and music videos while also working in various positions in the film industry. After Graduating from Santa Clara University in their video production program. She found that filmmaking not only gave her an exciting outlet for storytelling, but it also granted her the opportunity to work with a collaborative team of creative minds.
Most recently, she worked as the assistant to the Executive Producer of the HBO series "True Blood." Since the series finale, Jen has been focusing on her directing career; and has directed multiple Films and plays.
"OUT" won for Best Acting at the Women's Independent Film Festival 2015 and will be screening at the 2016 New Hope Film Festival in July.
Mark Millhone has taught all aspects of screencraft at a number of film programs including New York University, Columbia University, North Carolina State University and University of North Carolina, Wilmington. He has led international film workshops in Italy and the Czech Republic and consults widely in the areas of new media, film production, entrepreneurship and arts education. He holds an MFA in Film Directing from Columbia University where his student film, Christmas in New York, won the Academy Award for Best Student Film. Other awards include the New Line Cinema Award, Westmoreland Davis Fellowship and the Ralph Rosenblum Comedy Award. His most recent feature film, the sci-fi feature Universal Squadrons, premiered at the Comic-Con Film Festival and was distributed by Archstone/Maverick Entertainment. Current projects in development include the dramatic series Delta Blues and the feature film Serenity Falls, both for Dreamfly Productions (Homestretch, A Birder’s Guide to Everything, Horseplayers). Also active as a producer in new media, he is the series creator, writer, director and star of MensHealth.com’s first foray in entertainment programming, KRUSH. Mark is also a national magazine columnist and book author. His memoir, The Patron Saint of Used Cars and Second Chances, was published by Rodale Books.
Mads Heldtberg is a Danish/US composer. With a background in grindcore and avantgade, he stated scoring for Nicholas Winding Refn in his early years, and proceeded to score numerous films in the US and Europe including Cheap Thrills, Your’re Next, Excision, etc.
He owns the music production house www.houseofhayduk.com scoring movies and commercials, and releases albums under the same moniker; the upcoming one featuring Dave Lombardo (Slayer) Billy Gould (Faith No More) Dean Hurley (David Lynch) And Carla Azar (Autolux, Jack White)
Chris Knoblock is a Director of Photographer, and Director. Chris started out in front of the camera as an actor back in the ’80’s and ’90’s. His trip behind the camera began working for several Woody Allen films in New York.
His Credits include Documentaries (“The Wrecking Crew”, “The Treasures of Long Gone John”). His Television credits include “The Amazing Race”, “Street Outlaws” (Discovery Channel), Swamp Pawn (CMT), “21st Century Warship” (Nat Geo), and dozens of other shows.
As a Director, Chris’s experience includes a number shorts, and most recently the feature, “House of Sticks”, starring Jack McGee.
Jay Johnson currently works as the Content Manager for HULU.-Origonal. He Studied Screenwriting at Coloumbia University and Since Graduating he has worked for Focus Features, and Ascent Media before beginning his current job at Hulu.
Andrew is an Actor, Writer, Director and Producer from Texas. An avid tech geek he is always interested in the latest hardware and tech for the film industry. Andrew works as a carpenter and technichian in theatre and film. On the artistic side he holds an M.A. in Acting from BCU in the UK and an B.A. in Theatre from UNT and extensive travel and study in POLAND. He has been seen on DI Network', MTV, 'Lifetime' and 'Sci-fy Channel' to name a few and most recently in 'Tenured' Produced through Bad Teacher Productions and 'Hair Metal Shotgun Zombie Massacre' out later this year.